After a major escalation of the nationwide uprising yesterday, commemorating the third anniversary of the Bloody Aban (November 2019) protests, the uprising raged on today on its 62nd day.

Bazaars and shop owners in at least 45 cities, including Tehran and its Grand Bazaar, Garmsar, Share-Kord, Semnan, Shiraz, Qazvin, Bijar, Mashhad, Mahabad, Bukan, Sanandaj, Fasa, Dorud, Abadeh, Abdanan, Rasht, Babol, Sowme’eh Sara, Ravansar, Sari, Yasuj, Behbehan, Nikshahr, Hamedan, Gohardasht, Bandar Abbas, Behshahr, and Shahin Shahr closed shop in a sign of support for the protests. Workers at Isfahan’s steel mill continued their strike for the second day and rallied at the factory’s premises.

Protests were also reported in Tehran’s Metal Bazaar, also on strike. Security forces attacked protesters with teargas to disperse them. The protesters resisted and clashed with security forces.

Universities and schools also continued their protests throughout the country. By the afternoon, people are again out in the streets protesting. In Tabriz, students, helped by locals, managed to break the siege laid by the IRGC, and walk out of the university. They were chanting, “death to the oppressor, be it the Shah or the leader (Khamenei).” Elsewhere, students in Mashhad, Ahvaz, and Sanandaj staged protests, chanting “death to Khamenei.”

The city of Kamyaran saw mass protests on Wednesday as citizens gathered to mourn the death of Foad Mohammadi, shot and killed by security forces two days ago. Iranian authorities forced his family to bury him in the dark of the night on Tuesday in a bid to prevent mass protest rallies. But a large contingent showed up the next morning to hold a massive rally.

Mourners vowed to continue on Foad Mohammadi’s path and chanted slogans against the regime. Security forces opened fire on protesters to disperse them. Clashes ensued as protesters resisted with stones and forced the repressive forces to retreat.

Protesters in Mahabad clashed with security forces attacking them. They took over a Basij center and confiscated weapons belonging to the IRGC.
Tonight, heavy clashes broke out between the people and the security forces in Izeh, southwest Iran, in which eight people were reported to have been killed, including a 10-year-old child, by the security forces.

In a message, Maryam Rajavi, the NCRI President-elect, said, “Iran with its bazaar merchants, workers, youths, women and students, rose up on the third anniversary of the November 2019 uprising despite the regime’s maximum mobilization. From morning to midnight, from north to south and from east to west, they were chanting, ‘We will fight, we will die, we will take back Iran’ and ‘Pledge to Mahsa, Hadith, Siavash, fire will be reciprocated by fire.’”

“The world witnessed the decisive resolve of the people to overthrow the regime and establish a democratic republic, based on the people’s votes and the separation of religion and the state. The oppressors do not have the ability to confront a nation that has risen up. The world must recognize the Iranian people’s democratic revolution,” Mrs. Rajavi said.

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