Three Days of Iran Protests Over Fuel Price Raise

Posted on: November 18th, 2019

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:

13 Unreported Executions in Different Cities During Last 2 Weeks

Posted on: April 20th, 2015

HRANA News Agency – During the last two weeks, 13 prisoners who had been sentenced to death, were hanged in different cities in Iran, which has not been mentioned in any report, so far.

According to the report of Human Rights Activists News Agency in Iran (HRANA), these executions have not been announced by the authorities or the media, and its report just recently has been given to HRANA. (more…)

7 Men and 1 Woman Executed in Iran

Posted on: March 1st, 2015

HRANA News Agency – On 25th and 26th of February, 8 prisoners including one woman were executed in prisons of Kerman (Shahab), Bandar Abbas, Jiroft, and Adel Abad in Shiraz.

According to the report of Human Rights Activists News Agency in Iran (HRANA), during 25th and 26th of February, 7 men and one woman were hanged in prisons of Kerman (Shahab), Bandar Abbas, Jiroft, and Adel Abad in Shiraz. (more…)

21 Prisoners Hanged in Iran During 48 Hours

Posted on: February 23rd, 2015

HRANA News Agency – 21 prisoners in prisons from Adel Abad in Shiraz, Bam, and Bandar Abbas prisons were executed during last 48 hours. State-run sources are silent about these executions.

According to the report of Human Rights Activists News Agency in Iran (HRANA), during last 48 hours, 21 prisoners were executed by hanging in three prisons; Adel Abad in Shiraz, Bam, and Banda Abbas. (more…)

Video report of public execution of three prisoners in Bandar Abbas

Posted on: November 21st, 2014

HRANA News Agency – Three prisoners were executed by hanging in public on Saturday, November 15. The video report of this execution is publicized by HRANA.

According to Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA), three prisoners with the names of Rahim Moradi Shahbadi, Milad Saberi, Reza Rezapoori were executed by hanging on charges like kidnapping, armed robbery, rape and keeping illegal weapon in a costal boulevard in Bandar Abbas. (more…)

Three Executions Postponed In Bandar Abbas

Posted on: September 13th, 2014

HRANA News Agency – Three death–row prisoners who were taken to solitary confinement to be sent to execution chamber were given extra time by the families of the victims. These three prisoners were sent back to their Wards after the families consent to postpone their execution.

According to the report of Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA),  on Tuesday 09 September, 2014 three death-row prisoners ( two from the Youth Ward and 1 from Ward 4)  were transferred to solitary confinement cells to be prepared for execution. However, they were sent back to their wards after the families of victims agreed to provide them with a time extension. The chance was given to them so they could attempt further negotiations with the families of victims to ask for mercy. (more…)

8 executions at Bandar Abbas Prison

Posted on: September 6th, 2014

HRANA News Agency – Seven people charged with drug smuggling and one person charged with murder were executed in Bandar Abbas.

According to the report of Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA) received from Mehr , the following were sentenced to death by Bandar Khamir city Islamic Revolutionary Court:(Y.D)  charged with possession and trafficking of 3 kilos of Heroin on Bandar Abbas to Bandar Khamir route.(M.KH)  charged with possession and trafficking of 94 kilos and 450 grams of Heroin in Bandar Abbas  to Bandar Khamir route.(M.A) charged with possession and trafficking of 8 kilos of Heroin on Bandar Abbas to Bandar Khamir route.(A.H) charged with possession and trafficking of 30 kilos of compressed Heroin (Crack)  on Bandar Abbas to Bandar Khamir route. (more…)

Execution of at least three prisoners in central prison of Bandar Abbas

Posted on: September 4th, 2014

HRANA News Agency – At least three prisoners, who were charged with smuggling drug were executed by hanging in central prion of Bandar Abbas.

According to the report of Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA), aT least three prisoners with the names of Morad Adin, Mahmoud Khaghani and Yaser Rigi, who were charged with carrying and storing drug were executed by hanging in central prison of Bandar Abbas, on Thursday August 28. (more…)

5 prisoners hanged in Bandar Abbas

Posted on: August 28th, 2014

HRANA News Agency – 5 prisoners have been hanged at the Central Prison of Bandar Abbas.

According to the report of Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA), at 8:25 on August 26th, Edris Hassanzade, Sajad Rezapour, Mansour Heydari, Mohammad Baluch and Mehdi Hashemi wer hanged at the Central Prison of Bandar Abbas. (more…)