HRANA Recap: This Week’s Protests in Iran

According to HRANA, the news agency of Human Rights Activists, a number of protests took place this week in Iran, many of which were continuations of ongoing movements.  Read our recap below for details, photos, and videos from the demonstrations.

Saturday, September 11

Several workers of Abadan Municipality and workers of Arvand Free Zone in Abadan, some  workers of Hoveyzeh Municipality, a group of teachers in Ahvaz, a group of Job applicants of Karname-Sabz for the eighth consecutive day in Tehran, shareholders of Amin Khuzestan Fund in Ahvaz, and a group of teachers in Shiraz, in Protest rallies called on their demands to be addressed this Sunday.

Workers of Abadan Municipality:

Workers of Hoveyzeh Municipality:

Protest of teachers in Ahvaz:

Job applicants of Karname-Sabz in Tehran:

Shareholders of Amin Khuzestan Fund:

Protest of teachers in Shiraz:

Sunday, September 12

A group of job applicants of Karname-Sabz for the ninth day in a row in Tehran, a group of retirees of the Isfahan Steel’s Fund, and a number of shareholders of Saipa Diesel Company protested on Sunday.

Job applicants of Karname-Sabz:

Retirees of the Isfahan Steel’s Fund:

Shareholders of Saipa Diesel Company:

Monday, September 13

A number of shareholders of Cryptoland Exchange in Tehran, a group of workers at the Galltut Coal Mine in Zarand in Kerman province, job applicants of Karname-Sabz for the tenth consecutive day in Tehran, and a number of workers at the Shafa Rud dam in Rezvanshahr county in protest rallies called for their demands to be addressed.

 

Shareholders of Cryptoland exchange in Tehran:

Workers of the Galltut Coal Mine in Zarand:

Job applicants of Karname-Sabz:

Tuesday, September 14

A number of employed and retired teachers and a group of teachers of the Literacy Movement in Tehran, a group of teachers in Khorramabad, a number of teachers in Ahvaz, a few lost cryptoland exchange shareholders in Tehran, a group of job applicants of Karname-Sabz for the 11th day in a row in Tehran, a group of third-party workers at the Fajr Jam refinery, and workers of Steam company in Bushehr, rallied to call on their demands to be addressed.

Workers of Steam company in Bushehr:

Protest of teachers in Tehran:

Protest of teachers in Lorestan:

Protest of teachers in Khuzestan:

Job applicants of Karname-Sabz:

Retiree teachers in 2020:

Shareholders of Cryptoland exchange in Tehran:

Workers of the Fajr Jam refinery:

Wednesday, September 15, and Thursday September 16

A group of job applicants of Karname-Sabz for the thirteenth day in a row, in Tehran, a number of medical interns at Mofid Hospital in Tehran, a group of workers at Bandar Emam Petrochemical Company, and a number of medical students at the Azad University in Mashhad rallied to call on their demands to be addressed.

Job applicants of Karname-Sabz:

Medical interns at Mofid Hospital in Tehran:

Medical students at the Azad University in Mashhad:

Workers of Bandar Emam Petrochemical:

Summary Report from the Second Week of Khuzestan Protests; Protests in 41 Cities

In the two weeks since their start on the evening of July 15, public rallies in cities throughout Khuzestan over water cuts and provincial officials’ resource mismanagement have spread to at least 41 cities.

According to HRANA, the news agency of Human Rights Activists, dozens have been killed and injured during the protests, and hundreds were detained. HRANA has identified a number of victims along with 171 detained citizens in Khuzestan and other parts of Iran. The following report also reveals some of the human rights violators and addresses issues such as internet cuts, the security atmosphere, and reactions since the protests started.

Abstract

Citizens of Khuzestan have held protest rallies in at least 26 cities including Ahvaz, Susangerd, Hamidiyeh, Abadan, Kut Abdollah, Khorramshahr, Mahshahr, Bostan, Mollasani, Shadegan, Hoveyzeh, Abou Homeyzeh, Shavur, Karkheh, Kut Seyed Naeem, Shush, Veys Chamran, Izeh, Behbahan, Masjed-e-Soliman, Sheiban, Ramshir, Elhaei, Ramhormoz and Horr. In many cases, the protests have escalated into violence with the presence of military and security forces.On a number of occasions, police have opened fire and released tear gas towards protesters. HRANA has received videos showing the heavy presence of security forces and special forces vehicles in several cities in Khuzestan province.

Two citizens living in Susangerd emphasized the security climate in the city is very strong and told a HRANA reporter, “Officers with military equipment have been deployed into the streets and have caused terror among the citizens of this city.”

After the protests of the people of Khuzestan, people in the cities of Mashhad, Karaj, Saqqez, Bojnourd, Ardabil, Tabriz, Aligudarz, Bandar Genaveh, Tehran, Robat Karim, Kermanshah, Meybod, Yazdanshahr, and Baharestan of Isfahan also held protest rallies.

In addition to supporting the protests in Khuzestan, the protesters chanted slogans such as “Death to the dictator”, “Shame on Khamenei, leave the country alone”, “Iranians would die, but will not accept humiliation,” “do not be afraid, we are all together,” ” Zealous Iranians, support us,” and “We do not want the Islamic Republic”.

HRANA has received videos showing the continued presence of large numbers of security forces and special forces vehicles in many of above-mentioned cities where mass protests have taken place.

A citizen living in Tehran who was present at the protest rallies in the city told HRANA, “Besides supporting Khuzestan, we are protesting unemployment, high prices, poverty, and the existing problems in the country. We can no longer bear the hardships of life created by unworthy officials. The authorities must address the problems in the society that have filled the tolerance threshold of the people, instead of repressing and detentions.”

In response to the question of “whether anyone has been arrested in connection with the protests in Tehran”, The NAJA police Commander Ashtari clarified, “The leaders have been identified and measures have been taken with judicial coordination.”

In a short conversation with HRANA, a citizen who was present during the Tehran protests reported the arrest of at least 50 citizens after the rally. According to him, the families of the detainees went to the Evin court on Tuesday, July 27, to follow up on the status of the detained members of their families.

According to reports received by HRANA, cellphones and home internet have been cut off in many parts of Khuzestan province, and internet disconnections have been reported in other cities of the country. According to citizens, this disorder has also affected people’s jobs and income besides disrupting communication and limiting access to news.

The global internet watchdog website “Netblocks” earlier confirmed the internet disruptions since the protests took place in Khuzestan saying that “widespread Internet disruptions in Iran have occurred since Thursday, July 15, following popular protests in Khuzestan province and it continues.”

Comments from officials and other reactions

The protests have provoked reactions from many officials, experts and critics, human rights organizations and institutions, artistic figures, and others. Some officials have tried to deny that protests even took place, others have threatened protestors and attributed the rallies to “dissident groups”. Some other officials confirmed the arrests and use of violence against citizens and called for the protesters’ demands to be addressed. In this regard, Qassem Sa’edi, a representative of the people of Azadegan plain confirmed the news of the death of two young men during the protests in Shadegan and Karun counties, and claimed, “The law enforcement and security forces did not move against protesters and shootings came from terrorist groups”!

Waliollah Hayati, the governor’s deputy security chief in Khuzestan, said the protests in the cities of Khuzestan province were “limited” and claimed that the protests ended “peacefully” and that no one was killed in Susangerd. He told IRNA that the news published about killings are “negative and false” and that the publishers would be dealt with.

Fars News Agency that is close to the Revolutionary Guards, in a report on Tuesday, July 20, confirmed the shooting of the military forces and claimed that “the NAJA police shooting is to take care of the protests and the demands of the people of Khuzestan.”

Without giving details, on July 20, the governor of Behbahan confirmed the arrest of a number of people whom he called “norm-breakers” in the city.

In a threatening statement, the Ahvaz prosecutor called the protesting people of Khuzestan “rioters” and threatened that “They will be harshly confronted.”

Ali Shamkhani, secretary of the Supreme National Security Council, confirmed the arrest of the protesters in a post on his social media page, claiming: “he has ordered the security forces to immediately release the detainees if they have not committed any criminal acts.”

The Khuzestan police chief also called the protesters “disturbers of order and security” and threatened them with “decisive confrontation.”

On the other hand, institutions, organizations, and some popular figures issued statements in support of the protesting people.

Iranian Writers’ Association, Theater House, Human Rights Defenders Association, Iranian Music House, more than 600 film artists, Hamedan Teachers’ Union, a number of artists from Fars province, more than 230 lawyers, Amnesty International, A group of political, social, union and human rights activists, the Tehran Teachers’ Union, the Human Rights Watch, and more than one hundred and thirty documentary filmmakers, issued separate statements supporting the protests of the people of Khuzestan and condemning the repression of the protesters.

Names of human rights violators identified in relation to the protests:

The Spreading Justice (human rights violators’ databases) has revealed the names of the eleven main violators of human rights in the protests, citing details of their actions, as are outlined below.

 

Abbas Mohammadi, as the police commander of Aligudarz city in Lorestan province, is responsible for the violent suppression of the July 22 protests by the forces under his command in this city.

Hojat Sefidpoost, as Izeh police chief, is involved in the violent suppression of the July protests by forces under his command in the city.

Seyed Mohammad Akbari Salehi, commander of the Khuzestan police force and a member of the provincial security council, is responsible for the violent repression of the citizens in July protests, by forces under his command.

Valiollah Hayati, as the head of Khuzestan province’s security-law enforcement coordinator with the armed forces (including the police and the Revolutionary Guards) and a member of the provincial security council on behalf of the governor, is responsible for violently suppressing the July protests in this province.

Qassem Soleimani Dashtaki, as the governor and chairman of the provincial security council, is involved in the violent suppression of the July protests of the citizens by the security and law enforcement forces.

Reza Papey, as the police commander of Mahshahr city, is involved in the suppression of the July protests and their murder. He is also responsible for the violent repression of protesters in November 2019.

Yahya Elahi, as the police commander of Lorestan province, is responsible for the violent suppression of the July 22 protests in the city of Aligudarz by the forces under his command.

Fereydoun Bandari, as the acting governor of Mahshahr port in Khuzestan province, is responsible for the violent suppression of the July protests by security and law enforcement forces in this city.

Eskandar Jamashiani, as Shadegan police chief, is responsible for the violent suppression of the July protests by forces under his command.

Seyed Qassem Mousavi, as the police chief of Dasht-e Azadegan, is responsible for the violent suppression of the July protests by the forces under his command in this city, especially in the city of Susangerd.

Hassan Shahvarpour, as the commander of the Khuzestan Provincial Corps (Valiasr Corps), besides in the Khuzestan protests, played a key role in violently suppressing the protesters during the November 2019 protests, and in violating people’s right to freedom, the right to protest, and especially the right to life, in this province. In 2020, the United States placed Hassan Shahvar Pour on its human rights sanctions list for his role in commanding the massacre of protesters in Khuzestan.

Killed citizens of the protests

So far, various reports have named at least 10 people killed in the protests.

HRANA has been able to confirm the death of 6 of them based on confirmed reports and based on its sources. Other names are still under investigation. The confirmed victims are as follows:

Mostafa Naeemavi (Asakereh) from Shadegan, killed on July 16.

Qasem (Naseri) Khediri from Kut Abdollah, who was injured on July 16 and died in hospital on July 17.

Meysam Echresh from the city of Kureh (Taleghani town), who was injured on July 18 and died in hospital on July 21.

Hadi Bahmani from the village of Susan in Izeh, killed on July 22

Omid Azarkhosh from Aligudarz in Lorestan was killed on July 22

Hamzeh (Farzad) Farisat, 32years-old, from Alavi in Ahvaz, killed on July 20

Hrana is still investigating the reports about three murder of other citizens, Issa Baldi from Taleghani town in Mahshahr, Mohammad Chenani from Shus, Hamid Majdam (Jokari) from Chamran, and Amir Mashari (Ebadi) from Mahshahr.

Detained citizens

Although reports from various cities in the country indicate that hundreds have been detained, due to restrictions on the free flow of information in Iran, and the Iranian authorities’ refusal to allow independent civil society organizations to operate inside the country, HRANA has only been able to identify detention of 171.  122 citizens in Khuzestan, 23 in Tabriz, 2 citizens in Urmia, 14 citizens in Tehran, 1 citizen in Ardabil, 3 citizens in Behbahan, 1 citizen in Junqan section of Chaharmahal and Bakhtiari province, and 5 citizens in Kermanshah.

 

The date, place of detention, and the status of these cases are as follows:

  1. 1. Ahmad Asli, arrested on July 21 in Ramshir, latest status: unknown
  2. 2. Ahmad Savari, son of Abdol Ali Shamil, arrested on July 20 in Alavi in Ahvaz, latest status: unknown
  3. 3. Ahmad Mojaddam, son of Issa, arrested on July 22 in Chamran, latest status: Unknown
  4. 4. Esmail Jalali, son of Hassan, 40 years old, arrested on July 21 in Susangerd. Latest status: unknown
  5. 5. Ashkan Sa’adat Mehr, arrested on July 24, in Urmia. Latest status: freed
  6. 6. Afshin Hamoudi, arrested on July 26, in Kermanshah. Latest status: unknown
  7. 7. Akbar Gholizadeh, arrested on July 24 in Urmia. Latest status: freed
  8. 8. Omid Saeedi, arrested on July 23, in Tehran. Latest status: imprisoned in quarantine in Greater Tehran Prison
  9. 9. Omid Tusi, arrested on July 20 in Ramshir. Latest status: unknown
  10. 10. Amir Alhaei, son of Khalaf, arrested on July 22 in Elhaei. Latest status: unknown
  11. 11. Amir Sattari, a citizen of Tabriz and a former political prisoner, arrested on July 22 in Tabriz, latest status: Unknown
  12. 12. Ahura Mohammadi, arrested on July 21 in Lordegan. Latest status: unknown
  13. 13. Olduz Ghasemi, arrested on July 24 in Tabriz, latest status: she is imprisoned in Tabriz prison, and bail requested.
  14. 14. Ayad Abiat, son of Rahim, arrested in Susangerd, date of arrest: unknown. Latest status: unknown
  15. 15. Ayoub Abboud al-Namnum, a 12-year-old boy, arrested on July 22 in Shavur, latest status: unknown
  16. 16. Arash Sadeghi, arrested on July 20 in Tehran. Last status: freed
  17. 17. Arash Kaykhosravi, arrested on July 20 in Tehran. Latest status: freed
  18. 18. Armin Kiani, from Liqak in Kohgiluyeh and Boyer-Ahmad provinces, arrested in Behbahan. Last status: unknown
  19. 19. Bassem Heydari, 20 years old, arrested in Ahvaz, date of arrest; unknown. Latest status: unknown
  20. 20. Bassem Soleimani, son of Nasser, arrested on July 18 in Khorramshahr, latest status: unknown
  21. 21. Basam Zargani, son of Hamidan and 30 years old, arrested on July 21 in Ahvaz. Latest status: unknown
  22. 22. Behzad Homayouni Arrested on July 20 in Tehran Latest Status: Released
  23. 23. Bahman Taybi, arrested in Behbahan Last status: unknown
  24. 24. Behnam Hassani, arrested on July 21 in Lordegan. Latest status: unknown
  25. 25. Parham Naderi, arrested on July 26 in Kermanshah, latest status: unknown
  26. 26. Parviz Siabi, Turk (Azerbaijani) activist, arrested on July 25 in Ardabil, latest situation; unknown
  27. 27. Pouran Nazemi, arrested on July 20 in Tehran Latest status: Released
  28. 28. Pouya Naderi, arrested on July 25 during a rally in Kermanshah. Latest status: unknown
  29. 29. Jassem Chaldavi, 35 years old, arrested on July 19 in Bostan. Latest status: unknown
  30. 30. Jasem Tusi, arrested on July 20 in Ramshir, latest status: unknown
  31. 31. Jasmian (small name unknown), date of arrest; unknown, place of detention; Hamidiyeh. Latest status: Unknown
  32. 32. Jasmian (small name unknown), date of arrest; unknown, place of detention; Hamidiyeh. Latest status: Unknown
  33. 33. Jasmian (small name unknown), date of arrest; unknown, place of detention; Hamidiyeh. Latest status: Unknown
  34. 34. Jasmian (small name unknown), date of arrest; unknown, place of detention; Hamidiyeh. Latest status: Unknown
  35. 35. Jafar Azimzadeh, arrested on July 20 in Tehran Latest status: Released
  36. 36. Jamil Obaidawi, arrested on July 21 in Shavur. Latest status: unknown
  37. 37. Javad Jaberi, arrested on July 21 in Ramshir. Latest status: unknown
  38. 38. Javad Dehghan, date of arrest; Unknown. Latest status: He is detained in Tabriz prison and bail is requested
  39. 39. Hamed Hassani, arrested on July 21 in Lordegan. Latest status: unknown
  40. 40. Hamed Khaledi, arrested on July 21 in Ramshir. Latest status: unknown
  41. 41. Habib Fadaei, a citizen of Junqan in Chaharmahal and Bakhtiari province. Arrested in Junqan district. Last status: unknown
  42. 42. Hassan Saeedi, date of arrest; unknown. place of arrest Ahvaz. latest status: unknown
  43. 43. Hassan Amoori, arrested on July 20 in Ramshir, latest status: unknown
  44. 44. Hassan Mohsen Zeidan, arrested on July 21 in Shavur. Latest status: unknown
  45. 45. Hossein Shomeli, arrested on July 22 in Shavur. Latest status: unknown
  46. 46. Hossein Qarajeh Daghi, date of arrest; unknown. Latest status: He is detained in Tabriz prison and bail requested.
  47. 47. Hossein Manshadavi, son of Abdolreza and 22 years old, date and place of arrest; unknown, latest status: unknown
  48. 48. Hamzeh Afravi, arrested on July 20 in Susangerd. Latest status: unknown
  49. 49. Hamoud Chenani, arrested on July 17 in Ahvaz. Latest status: unknown
  50. 50. Hamoud Savari, from Ahvaz, arrested on July 23 in Ahvaz. Latest status: unknown
  51. 51. Hamoud Shamousi, 18 years old. Arrested on July 17 in Ahvaz, latest status: unknown
  52. 52. Hamid Asefi arrested on July 20 in Tehran Last status: Released
  53. 53. Heydar AlBushoke – Arrested on July 21 in Ramshir, latest status: unknown
  54. 54. Khaled Amoori, arrested on July 22 in Ramshir, latest status: unknown
  55. 55. Khaled Mazraeh, arrested on July 17 in Shavur, latest status: unknown
  56. 56. Khalid Amoori, arrested on July 21 in Ramshir, latest status: unknown
  57. 57. Darem Soleimani, arrested on July 18 in Khorramshahr, latest status: unknown
  58. 58. Davood Rahimi, arrested on July 24 arrested in Tabriz, latest status: released on bail
  59. 59. Dahimawi (first name not verified), arrested on July 21 in Hamidiyeh, latest status: unknown
  60. 60. Dahimawi (first name unknown), arrested on July21 in Hamidiyeh, latest status: unknown
  61. 61. Razi Dahimavi (Dahimi), arrested on July 21 in Hamidiyeh, latest status: unknown
  62. 62. Razi Dahimavi, arrested on July 21 in Hamidiyeh, latest status: unknown
  63. 63. Rahim Sasani, arrested on July22 in the city of Khajeh, latest situation; freed
  64. 64. Rasoul Bodaghi, arrested on July 20 in Tehran Latest status: Released
  65. 65. Rasoul Sava’edi, arrested on July22 in Hamidiyeh, latest status: unknown
  66. 66. Reza Savari, 23 years old, arrested on July 22 in Ahvaz, latest status: unknown
  67. 67. Reza Abiat, arrested on July 23 in Susangerd, latest status: unknown
  68. 68. Reza Afravi, son of Abbas, 24 years old, arrested on July 20 in Susangerd, latest status: unknown
  69. 69. Reza Afravi, son of Abbas, 23 years old and a resident of Alboufari village of Susangerd, date of arrest; Unknown, place of arrest is Susangerd, latest status: unknown
  70. 70. Ra’d Heydari, arrested on July 21 in Ahvaz, latest status: unknown
  71. 71. Ruhollah Mardani, arrested on July 20 in Tehran Latest status: Released
  72. 72. Sajad Eshaqi, arrested on July 23 in Mahshahr, latest status: unknown
  73. 73. Sajad Mousavi, arrested on July 21 in Ramshir, latest status: unknown
  74. 74. Sa’dollah Sasani, arrested on July 22 in the city of Khajeh, latest situation; he was freed
  75. 75. Siamak Kooshi, arrested on Juky 24 in Tabriz, latest status: released on bail
  76. 76. Seyyed Hassoun Iraqi, arrested on July 22 in Shavur, latest status: unknown
  77. 77. Shahin Barzegar, arrested on 31 July in Tabriz, latest status; unknown
  78. 78. Shahrooz Barzegar, a Turk (Azerbaijani) activist from Tabriz, arrested on July 24 in Tabriz, latest status: imprisoned in Tabriz prison, bail requested
  79. 79. Sadegh Sa’edi, arrested on July 22 in Hamidiyeh, latest status: unknown
  80. 80. Sadegh Abiat, arrested on July 22 in Hamidiyeh, latest status: unknown
  81. 81. Saleh Obaidawi, arrested on July 21 in Shavur, latest status: unknown
  82. 82. Salah Khaledi, arrested on July 21 in Ramshir, latest status: unknown
  83. 83. Samad Ladvandi Nadarli, about 30 years old, arrested on July 24 in Tabriz, latest status: unknown
  84. 84. Teyban Sa’edi, arrested on July 22 in Hamidiyeh, latest status: unknown
  85. 85. Adel Naderi, 40, arrested on July 20 in Susangerd, latest status: unknown
  86. 86. Amer Zohairi, son of Khalaf, 18 years old, arrested on July 17 in Ahvaz, latest status: unknown
  87. 87. Abbas Alhaei, Malik’s son, 19 years old, arrested on July 22 in Alhaei, latest status: unknown
  88. 88. Abbas Albunasser, 18, arrested on July 23 in Shadegan, latest status: unknown
  89. 89. Abbas Khoin Vahid, 30 years ol, arrested on July 22 in Alhaei, latest status: unknown
  90. 90. Abbas Daghaghleh, 26 years old, son of Abdol Zahra, arrested on July 23 in Ahvaz, latest status: Unknown
  91. 91. Abbas Zargani, son of Sha’m, 27 years old, arrested on July 21 in Ahvaz, latest status: unknown
  92. 92. Abbas Sa’edi, arrested on July 22 in Hamidiyeh, latest status: unknown
  93. 93. Abbas Savari, son of a Naji, date of arrest; Unknown, arrested in Ahvaz, latest status: unknown
  94. 94. Abdol Amir Jalali (Abu Yahya), 45 years old, arrested on July 20 in Susangerd, latest status: unknown
  95. 95. Abdol Razzaq Vahid, 36 years old, married, arrested on July 22 in Elhaei, latest status: unknown
  96. 96. Abdolreza Soleimani, son of Yaber, arrested on July 18 in Khorramshahr, latest status: unknown
  97. 97. Abdollah Obaidawi, son of Mardav, arrested on July 22 in Shavur, latest status: unknown
  98. 98. Adnan Atabi, 21 years old, from Shavur, arrested on July 25 in Shavur, latest status: unknown
  99. 99. Erfan Naderi, arrested on July 26 in Kermanshah, latest status: unknown
  100. 100. Aziz Atabi, 19 years old, arrested on July 25 in Shavur, latest status: unknown
  101. 101. Ali Hassanzadeh, arrested in Tehran Latest status: unknown
  102. 102. Ali Khosraji, arrested on July 21 in Shavur, latest status: unknown
  103. 103. Ali Soleimani Tamimi, arrested on July 18 in Khorramshahr, latest status: unknown
  104. 104. Ali Soleimani, son of Yarollah, arrested on July 18 in Khorramshahr, latest status: unknown
  105. 105. Ali Abdol Hossein Gatafeh, arrested on July 18 in Khorramshahr, latest status: unknown
  106. 106. Ali Obaidavi, 23 years old, arrested on July 22 in Susangerd, latest status: unknown
  107. 107. Ali Agbi, a resident of Beit Khalaf village, date of arrest; Unknown, place of detention; Shavur, latest status: unknown
  108. 108. Ali Amoori, arrested on July 22 in Ramshir, latest status: unknown
  109. 109. Ali Ka’b Alhaei, 50 years old, arrested on July 20 in Ahvaz, latest status: unknown
  110. 110. Ali Ka’bi, Heydar’s son, arrested on July 21 in Shavur, latest status: unknown
  111. 111. Ali Mojaddam, son of Issa, arrested on July 22 in Chamran, latest status: unknown
  112. 112. Ali Mohsen Zeidan, arrested on July 21 in Shavur, latest status: unknown
  113. 113. Ali Mazraeh, son of a Shoai’e, arrested on July 17 in Shavur, latest status: unknown
  114. 114. Emad Abiat, son of Rahim, date of arrest; Unknown, Arrested in Susangerd, latest status: unknown
  115. 115. Issa Mazraeh, son of Abdolsadeh, arrested on July 16 in Ahvaz, latest status: unknown
  116. 116. Faraj Obaidai, 40 years old, arrested on July 19 in Bostan, latest status: unknown
  117. 117. Farzad Atabi, arrested on July 21 in Ramshir, latest status: unknown
  118. 118. Fallah Chaldavi, son of Hassan, 20 years old, married, arrested on July 21 in Ahvaz, latest status: unknown
  119. 119. Falak Amoori, arrested on July 22 in Ramshir, latest status: unknown
  120. 120. Fahad Heydari, son of Rahim, arrested on July 21 in Ahvaz, latest status: unknown
  121. 121. Faisal Mazraeh, arrested on July 17 in Shavur, latest status: unknown
  122. 122. Qasem Sae’di, arrested on July 22 in Hamidiyeh, latest status: unknown
  123. 123. Qasem Savari, son of Mohammad, arrested on July 23 in Ahvaz, latest status: unknown
  124. 124. Qasem Mazraeh, son of Amer, arrested on July 17 in Shavur, latest status: unknown
  125. 125. Kamran Norouzi, arrested in Tehran Last status: unknown
  126. 126. Karim Esmailzadeh, arrested on July 24 in Tabriz, latest status: released on bail
  127. 127. Majid Hamidi, 30 years old, resident of Mollasani, date of arrest; Unknown, arrested in Ahvaz, latest status: Uunknown
  128. 128. Malek Chaldavi, 28 years old, arrested on July 19 in Bostan, latest status: unknown
  129. 129. Mubarak Alhaei, son of Vahid, 45 years old, married and father of three children, arrested on July 22 in Alhaei, latest status: unknown
  130. 130. Mojtaba Salehi, son of Mohammad, 18 years old, arrested on July 20 in Susangerd, latest status: unknown
  131. 131. Mojtaba Abdoli, arrested on July 23 in Bostan, latest situation; unknown
  132. 132. Majid Mousavi, arrested on July 21 in Ramshir, latest status: unknown
  133. 133. Mohsen Abbaspour, arrested on 31 July in the city of Khajeh, latest situation; he was freed
  134. 134. Mohammad al-Bushouka, arrested on July 21 in Ramshir, latest status: unknown
  135. 135. Mohammad Pourali, arrested on July 22 in the city of Khajeh, latest situation; he was freed
  136. 136. Mohammad Harizavi, son of Badr, 24 years old, date of arrest: Unknown, arrested in Susangerd, latest status: unknown
  137. 137. Mohammad Sakhravi, 23 years old, date of arrest: unknown, place of detention: Ahvaz, latest status: unknown
  138. 138. Mohammad Askari, son of Ali, 29 years old, arrested on July 22 in Ahvaz, latest status: unknown
  139. 139. Mohammad Korushat, date of arrest; Unknown, place of detention; Ahvaz, latest status: unknown
  140. 140. Mohammad Ka’bi, son of Fakher, arrested on July 22 in Shavur, latest status: unknown
  141. 141. Mohammad Mujaddam, son of Issa, arrested on July 22 in Chamran, latest status: unknown
  142. 142. Mohammad Mahmoudi, arrested on July 24 during the Tabriz rallies, latest status: released on bail
  143. 143. Mohammad Mardi, arrested on July 24 in Tabriz, latest situation; unknown
  144. 144. Mohammad Niazi, arrested in Tehran on July23, latest status: He is detained in the quarantine of the Greater Tehran Prison.
  145. 145. Mohammad Amoori, arrested on July 21 in Ramshir, latest status: unknown
  146. 146. Mahmoud Sae’di, arrested on July 22 in Hamidiyeh, latest status: unknown
  147. 147. Muslim Echrash, arrested on July 22 in Ramshir, latest status: unknown
  148. 148. Mostafa Arfaei, arrested on July 23 in Tehran, latest status: is being held in quarantine in the Greater Tehran Prison.
  149. 149. Mansour Jalali, son of Mohammad, 17 years old, arrested on July 20 in Susangerd, latest status: unknown
  150. 150. Mansour Soleimani, son of Yaber, arrested on July 18 in Khorramshahr, latest status: unknown
  151. 151. Mehdi Hamid, arrested on July 19 in Ramshir, latest status: unknown
  152. 152. Mehdi Khasraji, son of Majid, arrested on July 22 in Shavur, latest status: unknown
  153. 153. Mehdi Zargani, son of Khalaf, 20 years old, arrested on July 22 in Ahvaz, latest status: unknown
  154. 154. Mehdi Zogheibi, arrested on July 20 in Ramshir, latest status: unknown
  155. 155. Mehdi Mesbah, arrested in Behbahan Last status: unknown
  156. 156. Meysam Savari, arrested on July 20 in Ahvaz, latest status: unknown
  157. 157. Milad Savari, arrested on July 21 in Ahvaz, latest status: unknown
  158. 158. Milad Obaidavi, 14 years old, arrested on July 19 in Bostan, latest status: unknown
  159. 159. Nader Sadeghian, arrested on July 25 in Tabriz, latest situation; unknown
  160. 160. Nader Abiyat, date of arrest; unknown, place of detention; Susangerd, latest status: unknown
  161. 161. Naser Zargani, son of Sha’lan, 27 years old, arrested on July 21 in Ahvaz, latest status: unknown
  162. 162. Narges Mohammadi, arrested on July 20 in Tehran Latest status: Released
  163. 163. Ne’mat Naderi, arrested on July 26 during a rally in Kermanshah, latest status: unknown
  164. 164. Hadi Mohammadi, date of arrest: unknown, latest status: released on a bail
  165. 165. Hashem Motavari, 27 years old, arrested on July 21 in Khorramshahr, latest status: unknown
  166. 166. Vahid Abhari, arrested on July 22 in Tabriz, latest situation: unknown
  167. 167. Vahid Mohammadi, date of arrest: unknown, latest situation: He is imprisoned in Tabriz prison and bail requested
  168. 168. Yarollah Soleimani, arrested on July 18 in Khorramshahr, latest status: unknown
  169. 169. Yashar Piri, arrested on July 22 in the city of Khajeh, latest situation; he was freed
  170. 170. Yousef Salahshour, a citizen of Tabriz, arrested on July 25, last status: unknown
  171. 171. Yousef Abiawi, 25 years old, arrested on July 21 in Ahvaz, latest status: unknown
According to confirmed reports and statistics documented by HRANA, public rallies began on the night of Thursday, July 15, in Khuzestan province due to the frequent water cuts and mismanagement of officials. Protests spreaded to other cities in the country, including Mashhad, Karaj, Saqez, Bojnourd, Ardabil, Tabriz, Aligudarz, Bandar Genaveh, Tehran, Robat Karim, Kermanshah, Meybod, Yazdanshahr and Baharestan of Isfahan, and Janqan section in Chaharmahal and Bakhtiari.

Citizens of Khuzestan marched rallies in at least 26 cities of Ahvaz, Susangerd, Hamidiyeh, Abadan, Kut Abdollah, Khorramshahr, Bandar Mahshahr, Bostan, Mollasani, Shadegan, Hoveyzeh, Abu Homeyzeh, Shavur, Karkheh, Kut Seyed Naeem, Shush, Veys, Chamran, Izeh, Behbahan, Masjed Soleiman, Sheiban, Ramshir, Alhaei, Ramhormoz, and Hor. In total, 41 cities in the country have staged protest rallies.

To have a better view, see the map of the dispersal of the protests from July 15 to July 26:

HRANA has documented and collected a total of 129 verified videos related to the 13 days of protests, which can be viewed on HRANA’s YouTube channel or in the continuation of this report.

 

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Khuzestan Update: IRIB Confirms that Citizen was Shot and Killed During Last Night’s Protests in Izeh

The Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB) confirmed that a citizen was killed during last night’s protests in Izeh, Khuzestan.

According to HRANA, the news agency of Human Rights Actiists, the IRIB report did not specify the identity of the killed citizen. However, it described his death as a result of a “suspicious” shooting—notably vague phrasing, considering that the overwhelming majority of gunfire throughout the protests has come from government forces.

Widespread protest rallies in Khuzestan started Thursday, July 15, in response to the negligence of officials that led to frequent cuts of drinking water and the drying of Karun River.

The demonstrations against the water cuts and lack of proper resource management continued yesterday into their sixth day. Rallies were held in Susangard, Behbahan, Abadan, Izeh, Ahvaz, Khorramshahr and Shadegan.

Hassan Nabovati, acting governor of Izeh, stated that one police officer was killed and another injured during the protests in Mahshahr last night.

As released videos show, the protests in Izeh were disrupted by violence from military forces. There were reports of military officers spraying tear gas and opening fire at protesters.

Activist Arrests and Tear Gas: Khuzestan Protests Continue Into Sixth Day

Today, July 20, the widespread protests in Khuzestan over the ongoing water crisis continued for a sixth consecutive day. Since the start of the protests on Thursday, provincial authorities have confirmed that at least two civilians have been killed by military forces.

According to HRANA, the news agency of Human Rights Activists, today’s protests took place in the cities of Izeh, Khorramshahr, Ahvaz, Shadegan, Abadan, Susangard, and Behbahan. HRANA received reports of shootings and internet shutdowns in some areas, as well as a report of the death of a protester, but neither have been confirmed as of this writing.

Today a number of prominent civil activists also gathered in Tehran to voice their support for the protesters in Khuzestan, and were met with violence from security forces. Activists Narges Mohammadi, Arash Sadeghi, Arash Kaykhosravi, Ruhollah Mardani, Jafar Azimzadeh, Rasoul Bodaghi, Pooran Nazemi, Hamid Asefi, and Behzad Homayouni were arrested by security forces in Tehran and taken to an unknown location.

Below is our updated map of the protests of the last five days.

Watch our compilation of footage from the protests.

Read our fact sheet for more info on what is going on in Khuzestan.

Five Day Summary: Recap of Ongoing Protests over Water Crisis in Khuzestan

Today, July 19, the widespread protests in Khuzestan over the mismanagement of officials regarding the ongoing water crisis continued for a fifth consecutive day. Since the start of the protests on Thursday, provincial authorities have confirmed that at least two civilians have been killed by military forces.

According to HRANA, the news agency of Human Rights Activists, today’s rallies in Khuzestan took place in Hamidiyeh, Ahvaz, Kut Abdullah, Susangard, Ramhormoz, Mahshahr, Khorramshahr, Veys, and Chamranhere. There were no reports of violence or shootings by government forces except a report from Chamran city, which seems to be aerial shooting.

 

 

The weekend’s demonstrations also saw heavy escalation. As shown in videos previously published by HRANA, the Susangard protests were responded to with violence from on-duty military forces this Sunday. In multiple areas police opened fire on unarmed protesters.

The protestors blocked the roads connecting Ahvaz to Khorramshahr and Ahvaz to Shush by lighting fires. There have also reportedly been sporadic internet outages across the province.

Since the second day of the protests, provincial officials have confirmed that two citizens, 30-year-old Mostafa Naeemawi from Shadegan, and 17-year-old Ghasem Naseri (Khaziri) from the Kut Abdollah area of Ahvaz, were killed during the protests. HRANA has received reports, which have yet to be verified, of a third civilian additionally being shot dead by military forces.

Previously, the governor of Khuzestan said,  “The published videos of the protests in the province are fake and no protest has taken place.”

“Some seek to provoke the people and publish fake images of the protests in cyberspace,” the governor  further stated. “For example, nothing has happened in the cities of Khorramshahr and Susangard, but clips related to the past events are published in cyberspace!”

Public rallies to protest the water cuts and lack of access to drinking water began on the night of Thursday, July 15, and have spread to at least 17 cities so far.

During the last four days, people protested in at least 17 cities, including Shavur, Karkheh, Kut Seyed Naeem, Shush, Ahvaz, Abadan, Hamidiyeh, Bostan, Susangard, Bandar Mahshahr, Khorramshahr, Shadegan, Kut Abdollah, Mollasani, Hoveyzeh, and Abou Homeyzeh in Khuzestan Province and Mashhad. In some of the released videos, the sounds of gunfire can be heard, and a recurring theme across the footage is the heavy presence of armed military and security forces.

Local sources published reports, as of yet unverified, that several protesting citizens were injured and many others were detained in the city of Khorramshahr. So far, Abdolreza Soleimani, Darem Soleimani, Mansour Soleimani, Yarullah Soleimani and his son Ali Soleimani, all residents of Khorramshahr, are reportedly detained.

Workers at the Haft Tappeh Sugarcane Agro-Industry Company supported protests in Khuzestan during their rally and march on Sunday, July 18.

A resident of Ahvaz told HRANA about the situation in the city, “Special forces from other places are quickly (being) deployed to Ahvaz to suppress young protestors. Access to drinking water is one of the most basic civil rights. While Khuzestan was once considered the most water-rich province in the country, the mismanagement has led to the crisis of supply of drinking water in Khuzestan to become a serious challenge for people.”

Mahmoud Ahmadi Bighash, a representative of Shazand City in Parliament, said that providing water and development is an immediate responsibility of the entire government. Bighash wrote in a tweet:

“The situation in Khuzestan is concerning, I point it out indirectly, be very careful about what happened in Khuzestan; open all the [Karun River’s] water sources to quench Khuzestan’s thirst and put out the fire.”

Abdullah Izad Panah, Speaker of the House of Representatives of Khuzestan, also gave a statement in a recent meeting about crisis management in which he criticized the water transfer projects in the province.

“Water transfer projects should be stopped,” the representative said. “Drought is just one side of the issue. The transfer of water has caused Khuzestan to fall to this condition.”

Earlier, Jalil Mokhtar, the representative of Abadan, considered the problems caused by the transfer of water from Khuzestan province to other provinces, and mismanagement.

“Unfortunately, we have witnessed the water transfer from Khuzestan to other areas based on government approvals,” Mokhtar said. “Khuzestan, which was a fertile plain, is now on a desertification path.”

The Human Rights Defenders Association wrote an open letter to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights expressing concern about the suppression of protesters of the water crisis by security officials and calling for an end to the suppression.

“Khuzestan province, despite having rich oil resources, is among the most deprived provinces in Iran, and its residents are facing a high range unemployment, losing water sources, polluted air, and frequent power outages, so their protests are completely justified, and the response must not be bullets and imprisonment.”

Watch our compilation of video footage taken at various protests throughout the province.

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HRANA Recap: This Week’s Protests in Iran

Friday and Saturday, July 2 and July 3

 

Several young job seekers in the Ghal’e Chan’an in Koot-Abdollah city, a group of workers of Kaveh Float Glass in Saveh, a group of fired workers of Khuzestan Pipe Manufacturing Company, a group of Shiraz Telecommunication employees, workers of the transportation unit of South Zagros Oil and Gas Production Company in Shiraz, Agar and Delan, a group of Khorramshahr municipality workers, and a group of pest control workers of Haft Tappeh Sugarcane Agro-Industry Company all held labor protests on between Friday and Saturday.

A group of Khuzestan environmental activists, teachers of Green Score Letter, a number of farmers of Hamidiyeh city, and a group activists  protesting the killing of Kurdish Kolbars (cross-border labors) also held rallies.

 

Job seekers in the Ghal’e Chan’an in Koot-Abdollah:

Protesters against the killing of Kolbars:

 

Employees of Kaveh Float Glass in Saveh:

Employees of Shiraz Telecommunication:

Workers on the transportation unit of South Zagros Oil and Gas in Shiraz:

Haft Tappeh Sugarcane Agro-Industry Co. workers:

Khuzestan environmental activists:

 

Teachers of Green Score Letter:

Fired workers of Khuzestan Pipe Company

 

Khorramshahr municipality workers:

 

Sunday July 4:

A group of Karnameh Sabz teachers (Teachers of Green Score Letter) protested for a seventh day and night in a row. Animal rights advocates in Qazvin, ranchers in Takab city in West Azerbaijan province, shareholders of the Rezvan Qom project, retirees in Khorramabad , Shush, and Ahvaz, a group of Shush farmers, a group of pest control workers of Haft Tappeh Sugarcane Company for several consecutive days, a number of school janitors and caretakers in different provinces, retirees of Khuzestan Steel Company in Khuzestan and Isfahan Steel Company in Isfahan provinces, staff of Qom Health Centers, young job seekers from the village of Maravneh in Ahvaz, workers of Khorramshahr municipal for the second day in a row, and taxi drivers in Zanjan all also held protest rallies this Sunday.

 

Animal rights advocates in Qazvin:

Ranchers in Takab:

 

Shareholders of the Rezvan Qom project:

Qom Health Center staff:

Retirees in Khorramabad, Shush, and Ahvaz:

Shush farmers:

Khorramshahr municipally workers:

 

Pest control workers of Haft Tappeh Sugarcane:

School janitors:

 

Retirees of Khuzestan Steel and Isfahan Steel Companies:

Teachers of Green Score Letter:

 

Young job seekers from the village of Maravneh in Ahvaz:

 

Taxi drivers in Zanjan:

 

Monday, July 5

 

Following the general strikes of contract workers of refineries, petrochemicals and power plants, contract workers of Jofeir refinery in Khuzestan province, people in some cities of Golestan province including Gonbad Kavous, Bandar-e-Gaz, Bandar-e-Turkmen and Aqqala and also Kazerun in Keshavarzan in Fars province gathered after frequent, long-lasting power outages.  Farmers in Isfahan, shareholders and remitters of Azico Company, a group of pest control workers of Haft Tappeh Sugarcane Company for several consecutive days, a group of truck drivers from Rasht, a group of bakers in Qazvin, and a number of people with disabilities additionally organized demonstrations.

 

Protest of a of people in different cities with frequent, long-lasting power outages:

Kordkuy

Gonbad Kavus

 

Kazerun

 

Farmers in Isfahan:

 

Shareholders and remitters of Azico Company:

 

Pest control workers of Haft Tappeh Sugarcane Company:

Bakers in Qazvin:

Truck drivers in Rasht:

 

People with disabilities in Tehran:

 

Tuesday, July 6

 

Farmers in Ahvaz, a group of social security nurses in Tehran, kitchen workers in the Khark Offshore Oil Operation Area, employees in the Fars Region Telecommunication Company, a group of workers in the pest control department of Haft Tappeh Sugar Company for several consecutive days, a group of Retirees of Homa Airlines, Abadan bus contract workers, and contractors of the new city of Hashtgerd Metro all held protest rallies on Tuesday.

 

Ahvaz Farmers:

 

Social security nurses:

 

Kitchen workers in the Khark island Offshore:

Employees in the Fars Region Telecommunication Company:

Pest control workers of Haft Tappeh Sugar Company

Retirees of Homa Airline:

 

Abadan bus contract workers:

Staff contractors of Hashtgerd metro:

 

Wednesday, July 7

 

At least 4 rallies were held this Wednesday. Workers of Abadan Petrochemical, a group of third-party contract workers working in the South Pars Special Economic Zone, a group of Damghan cattle breeders, a group of railway maintenance workers in Azerbaijan all held protest rallies. Pest control workers from Haft Tappeh Sugarcane Cultivation also gathered for a twelfth for days in a row.

 

Workers of Abadan Petrochemical:

Contract workers South Pars Economic Zone:

 

Damghan cattle breeders:

 

Pest control workers of Haft Tappeh:

HRANA Recap: This Week’s Protests in Iran

According to HRANA, the news agency of Human Rights Activists, a number of protests took place this week against the results of cities’ local elections and inadequate labor conditions. This week also featured the continuation of widespread labor strikes across the country. The oil industry, petrochemical industry and power stations experienced strikes in Abadan, Isfahan, Assaluyeh, Kerman, Qeshm Island, Yasuj, Bid Boland, and Urmia and Bushehr. Below is a brief recap and footage from some of the week’s demonstrations.

 

Saturday and Sunday, June 19-20

Several citizens in Yasuj protested the results of the city’s local elections in front of the Boyer-Ahmad government building.  A group of Tehran Metro staff held protest rallies in front of the metro operating company in Tehran. Project workers of Farab Company of Bidkhoon refinery in Assaluyeh went on strike and left their jobs.

 

Citizens in Yasuj:

 

Tehran Metro staff:

 

Project workers in Bidkhoon refinery in Assaluyeh:

 

Monday and Tuesday, June 21-22

9 protest rallies and 11 workers’ strikes took place. A group of pharmacists in front of the Ministry of Health building in Tehran. Workers of Pars Tire in Saveh in Markazi Province rallied in front of the local factory. Workers of Sepahan Cement Company protested at their workplace, and a group of resident doctors in protested in the cities of Tehran, Urmia, Zanjan, Babol, Shiraz and Tabriz. Workers in Tehran Oil Refinery, Gachsaran Petrochemical Company, phases 13 and 14 of Assaluyeh, phase 13 of Kangan, Lidoma Company located in phase 13 of South Pars, AJC Company working in Abadan Refinery, Bidboland Refinery of Behbahan, Bushehr Petrochemical Company, Sina Palayesh Company Qeshm Island, and workers of Tehran Metro Line 5 went on strike.

 

Workers of Bidboland Gas Refinery in Behbahan:

 

 

Workers of Gachsaran Petrochemical Company:

 

Workers of Tehran Oil Refinery:

 

Workers of Lidoma Company located in phase 13 of South Pars:

 

Pharmacists in Tehran:

 

Resident doctors in Tehran, Urmia, Zanjan, Babol, Shiraz and Tabriz:

Pars Tire workers:

 

Wednesday, June 23

Workers of recently-closed stoning units of Hana Industrial Town located in Neyriz city in Fars gathered in front of the city government building. A group of employees of Ramin power station in Ahvaz city in front of the office building of the station, and a group of employees of Abadan refinery in front of the entrance door.

 

Ramin power station workers in Ahvaz:

Abadan refinery employees:

 

Thursday, June 24

Several residents of Maravneh village of Ahvaz city,  workers of Mapna 3 Qeshm power Station continued their participation in the nationwide protests of the workers of the country’s oil industry.

 

Mapna 3 power Station employees:

Residents of Maravneh village:

 

Friday, June 25

Workers of refineries, petrochemicals and power plants, workers of Yazd Steel, went on strike.

Three Days of Iran Protests Over Fuel Price Raise

Protests have erupted across Iran after the government unexpectedly announced it is rationing petrol and increasing its price. The protests took place across the country following the decision of the Iranian president, Hassan Rouhani, at midnight of November 14, 2019, to cut petrol subsidies to raise funds for social assistance to the poor. Petrol price was increased to a minimum of 15,000 Rials per liter, 50% increase from the day before.

Nationwide protests in the last three days were in at least 48 cities such as: Ahvaz, Shooshtar, Dezful, Gachsaran, Abadan, Khorramshahr, Bandar Mahshahr, Rasht, Shiraz, Bandar Abbas, Gorgan, Khorramabad, Qom, Ilam, Karaj, Sanandaj, Dorud, Qazvin, Arak, Mahdi Shahr, Garmsar, Shahroud, Najafabad, Mariwan, Tehran, Tabriz, Ardabil, Urmia, Saveh, Pasargadae, Qods (Qal’eh Hasan Khan), Varamin, Sari, Yasuj, Qaemshahr, Shahrekord, Malek Shahr, Parand, Damavand, Pol Dokhtar, Neyshabur, Sarepol Zahab, Kahnooj, Yazd, Bandar Bushehr, Bahmai, Shahriar, etc. They are still ongoing in several cities.

Peaceful demonstrations turned violent in Sanandaj, Mahshahr, and Shiraz, with online videos purporting to show police officers firing teargas at protesters and mobs setting fires. Several people were injured or killed in the first three days of protests as a result of the police’s direct shots. On November 17, 2019, students of Tehran University and Tabriz University protested inside the university. Shops at Tehran Grand Bazaar went on strike on November 17, 2019.

The protests started on November 15, 2019, and are still ongoing. The arrest of more than 1000 people across the country was confirmed. More than 150 banks and supermarkets were set on fire and a police officer was killed. Two Hawzas -a seminary where Shi’a Muslim clerics are educated- were set on fire in Shiraz and Kazerun. According to unconfirmed reports, at least 36 people were killed in Sirjan, Shiraz, Behbahan, Marivan, Khoramshahr, Isfahan, and Shahriar.

According to Fars News, protests were held in 100 cities and at least 100 banks and 57 supermarkets were set on fire. Based on this report, the number of protesters were 87400 from which 82200 are men and 5200 women. At least 1000 people were arrested. Yazd prosecutor confirmed the arrest of 40 people in the city of Yazd. Bam Prosecutor also confirmed the arrest of 15 people in the city of Bam. The prosecutor of Robat Karim confirmed the arrest of 34 protesters for vandalism. According to Mohammad Reza Amoui, Kermanshah’s chief of Law Enforcement Force of the Islamic Republic of Iran, on November 16, Major Iraj Javaheri was killed fighting with protesters in Kermanshah. A journalist resided in Mariwan, Adnan Hasanpour, reported that security forces shot people directly and at least seven people were killed in Javanrud, one person was killed in Sanandaj, and several people were injured. According to unconfirmed reports, 15 of the killed people are identified as following:

Meisam Adgipour, Khaled Maniat, Ali Ghazlavy, Milad Hamidavi, Ali Boghlani, Hamzeh Savari, Mohammad Asafi Zargani, Ehsan Abdollahnejad, Mehdi Nikouei, Osman Naderi, Mehran Tak, Shahou Validi, Javad Nazari Fathabadi, Mehrdad Dashtizadeh, Mohammad Hossein Ghanavati.

Iran has almost completely shut off access to the internet across the country. On November 16, 2019, by the approval of the National Security Supreme Council, the government has completely blocked Internet access in Iran to stymie protests. Due to the internet shut down and the lack of access to freelance reporters and citizen journalists, confirming news about demonstrations and deaths is difficult. It also caused difficulty for Iranian citizens to have access to news agencies websites. On Monday, November 18, schools are closed in 17 cities across Iran:

Shiraz, Kazerun, Alborz, Fereydun, Fereydun Shahr, Farsan, Kuhrang, Laran, Taleqan, Astara, and Najafabad. In addition, universities are closed in Shiraz.

Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, has backed petrol price increases claiming opponents of the Islamic Republic and foreign enemies were guilty of sabotage and not ordinary people. According to Khabar Online, Mojtaba Zonnour, a parliament member representing Qom, is collecting parliament members signatures to impeach Ali Larijani, the head of parliament. He gathered 50 signatures so far. Mohammad Qasim Osmani, a parliament member representing Bukan, filed his resignation and added that he resigned to announce that he was not involved in this decision [raising petrol price]. Today, with respect to Ayatollah Khamenei’s views, the Ministry of Intelligence announced that the protesters will face harsh punishments. Reportedly, people received threatening text messages in Khuzestan and Karaj from the prosecutor’s offices of their province. People were warned about attending protests and not to disturb public order and facilitate the abuse of opposition groups.

Video reports of the first day protests:

Video reports of the second-day protests

Video reports of the third day of protests:

Laid Off Workers Gather at the Refinery in Abadan

HRANA News Agency – On Sunday, April 3, 2011, dozens of laid off workers from Sakhteman Nasbe Co. and Farab Co. gathered in front of Gate 19 in Abadan’s refinery to demand their reinstatement.

According to a report by Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA), in an attempt to reduce their workforce, it has been a while since the officials at the refinery in Abadan have offered severance packages to some of the workers in order to terminate their employment.

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