Bakhtiar Sasani Arrested in Marivan

On Monday, October 9, security forces detained Bakhtiar Sasani in Marivan and transported him to an undisclosed location, as reported by Kolbar News.

Bakhtiar Sasani, a 42-year-old resident of Marivan in Kurdistan Province, was allegedly apprehended at his residence. As of now, the grounds for his arrest, his current whereabouts, and the specific accusations against him remain undisclosed.

Three Individuals Arrested in Marivan

IRGC forces arrested Kamal Kiani, Omar Kiani and Aram Kiani in Marivan and took them to an undisclosed location.

According to HRANA, the news agency of Human Rights Activists, quoting Kolbarnews, Kamal, Omar and Aram Kiani, three family members, were arrested by IRGC forces in Marivan.

The allegations against these individuals are still unknown.

Nationwide Protests Continue into Fourth Week

The nationwide protests after the death of Mahsa Amini continued on October 8 and 9, 2022. People in the streets and university students marched and chanted slogans against the regime. In many cities, traders and shopkeepers went on a general strike and closed their shops. People’s access to the global internet is still restricted.  Hacktivists increased their cyberattacks against their regime.

On Saturday, October 8, people took to the streets and demonstrated in several cities, including Tehran, Sanandaj, Aak, Isfahan, Karaj, Mashhad, Hamedan and Javanrud.

Moreover, the students gathered and protested on at least 17 universities campus. The students chanted slogans against the regime, such as “We will fight, We will take Iran back,” “Student! Shout out for your rights,” “Death to the dictator,” and “They took Nika and gave back her body” (referring to Nika Shakarami, a teenage girl who was killed by the security forces during the protest).”

In Tehran, Mashhad and Sanandaj, bloody street clashes erupted between the protestors and the police. In some videos, sounds of gunshots are heard.

In several cities, including Tehran, Shiraz, Marivan, Bukan, Sanandaj and Saqqez, traders and shopkeepers went on strike and closed their shops in protest.

Iran-State TV broadcasted more coerced confessions extracted from people arrested during the protest.

So far, thousands of protestors have been arrested, and the number is increasing daily. On Saturday alone, HRANA identified 26 arrests.

HRANA has identified more than 200 people killed during the protests. HRANA, the news agency of Human Rights Activists, is still working on fact-checking and reviewing the reports independently.

Below is the compilation of the videos from the protests on Saturday, October 8.

HRANA’s Daily Review of Protests in Iran

On Tuesday, September 6, 2022, at least seven protests and one labour strike took place in Iran.

A group of families of prisoners presently on death row gathered in front of the Karaj Revolutionary Court to demand the end of executions. Three inmates were executed in Karaj Central Penitentiary and six are at risk of imminent execution in Ghezel Hesar Prison.

A group of Women Rights Activists protested at the Justice Building in Marivan, Kurdistan Province. The protestors demanded security for women, following a recent incident.


For the third consecutive day, the workers of Kian Tire Manufacturing Company went on strike and assembled at their workplace to protest unpaid wages and job uncertainty.

A group of contract teachers gathered before the Governorate Building in Arak to demand official recruitment by the Ministry of Education.

The residents of the Morgmalek village in Shahrekord County held a protest against slow court proceedings in handling a lawsuit in regard to their lands.

A number of school service workers held a protest in Mahabad and Kermanshah.

The workers of Ardestan Cement Factory gathered before the Ministry of Labour in Ardestan, Isfahan Province.

Citizen Summoned and Arrested by Marivan Intelligence Office

On Thursday, August 26, 26-year-old Mohammad Rasaei, a resident of the village of Sardush in the city of Marivan, was arrested.

According to HRANA, the news agency of Human Rights Activists, quoting Kurdpa, Rasaei was arrested after being summoned to the city’s intelligence office.

The report quoted an informed source saying Mr. Rasaei was summoned to the Marivan Intelligence Office by telephone.

As of this writing, no information is available on the reasons for Mr. Rasaei’s arrest or the charges against him.

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Aram Fathi and Soraya Haghdoost Released on on Bail of 100 Million Tomans

Today, Monday, June 28, Aram Fathi and Soraya Haghdoost, two detained citizens from Marivan, were released on a bail of 100 million Tomans.

According to HRANA, the news agency of Human Rights Activists, quoting Kurdpa, the two citizens were arrested by security forces on Thursday, June 17th. Ms. Haghdoost was transferred to Sanandaj Prison after her arrest, and Mr. Fathi was transferred to Marivan Prison.

Aram Fathi, a resident of Marivan with a history of arrests and convictions, was  arrested by security forces at his home arrest.

Soraya Haghdoost, also citizen of Marivan, was arrested by security forces on Thursday, June 17, and transferred to Sanandaj Prison.

As of this writing, no information is available on the charges against the citizens.

Juvenile Defendant Sews his Mouth Closed in Sanandaj Youth Detention Center

On June 19, a teenager in Sanandaj Youth Detention Center sewed his mouth closed to protest the prolonged process of his case by the Second Investigation Branch of Marivan.

According to HRANA, the news agency of Human Rights Activists, quoting Kurdpa, 17-year-old Arman Farahmand is the son of Mokhtar and a resident of Sardush village in Marivan city in Kurdistan Province.

Arman Farahmand is said to have been arrested along with eight others in Marivan in September 2020 following a mass brawl over the murder of a citizen named Pouya Chareh Talab. The rest of the defendants have been acquitted in recent months.

Milad Yazdan Nejad and Aram Fathi Arrested by Security Forces

Two citizens were arrested by security forces this week and taken to unknown locations.

According to HRANA, the news agency of Human Rights Activists, on June 15, security forces arrested Milad Yazdan Nejad, and transferred him to an unknown location. Nejad is a former political prisoner and resident of Tehran.

According to Kurdistan Press Agency, on June 17, Aram Fathi, a resident of Marivan city in Kurdistan province was arrested by security forces at his private home and taken to an unknown location.

Per a relative of Mr. Fathi, he was arrested at his home without a court order, and judicial and security authorities refused to provide a clear answer as to the reasons for the detention.

Kurdistan Province: Four Citizens Detained by Security Forces in Marivan

On May 4, 2021, four citizens were detained by security forces and taken to an unknown location in Marivan.

According to HRANA, the news agency of Human Rights Activists, quoting Kordpa, on the evening of Monday, May 4, four citizens from the “Darsiran” neighborhood in the city of Marivan were detained by security forces without a court order. Kajvan Feizi, Foad Feizi, Shirko Sohrabi, and Ako Chavegi were detained after they protested violent persecution from a religious extremist group. Their current location is unknown.

Pictured above: Kajvan Feizi (top right) , Foad Feizi (top left), Shirko Sohrabi (bottom left), and Ako Chavegi (bottom right)

Four Kulbars were killed or injured by police shot

In the past two days, two Kulbars, 23 years old Sina Mam-Hamidi and 55 years old Naser Olian were injured in Marivan and Urmia and two others, Khaled Salimi and Akam Bardel were killed by patrol police in Piranshahr.

In 2018, 48 Kulbars were killed and 104 had been injured by police patrol in the west and north west of Iran. According to this report, 300 other citizens (beside Kulbars) in 11 provinces were injured or killed by military forces.

Kulbars (carriers) are labors who are carrying goods across borders for living. The majority of Kulbars are working in West Azerbaijan, Kermanshah and Kurdistan provinces. Kulbars are carrying goods across the borders from unofficial locations, in lieu of a very low amount of money.