A Comprehensive Report of the First 82 days of Nationwide Protests in Iran

  HRANA – Mahsa Amini, a 22-year-old young woman, was arrested by the morality police for the crime of improper hijab. Her arrest and death in detention fueled nationwide protests in Iran. Protesters came to the streets with the central slogan “Women, Life, Freedom” in protest against the performance, laws, and structure of the regime. The following 486-page report is dedicated to the statistical review, analysis, and summary of the first eighty-two days of the ongoing protests (September 17 to December 7, 2022). In this report, in addition to the geographic analysis and the presentation of maps and charts, the identity of 481 deceased, including 68 children and teenagers, an estimated of 18,242 arrested along with the identity of 3,670 arrested citizens, 605 students and 61 journalists or activists in the field of information is compiled. In addition, the report includes a complete collection of 1988 verified video reports by date and topic. The report examines protests across 1115 documented gatherings in all 31 provinces of the country, including 160 cities and 143 universities.


Mahsa (Zhina) Amini, a young 22-year-old woman from Saqqez, Kurdistan was visiting Tehran, when she was taken into custody on Tuesday, September 13, 2022, by the Morality Police officers at the Haqqani metro station in Tehran. The reason for her arrest: not properly observing the strict Islamic dress code. Mahsa/Zhina was taken to the infamous detention center of Moral Security Police known as Vozara.
Shortly after Mahsa’s arrest, she went into a coma with level three concussion, and her partially alive body was transferred to the intensive care unit of Kasra Hospital. Given the track record of the police and Guidance Patrols in mistreating the arrestees and similar previous incidents, with the believe that Mahsa was beaten during the arrest people were outraged.

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Unpersuasive explanations given by the Central Command of the Islamic Republic Police Force (FARAJA) in defense of its actions regarding the death of Mahsa, the past performance of the police force, along with widespread dissatisfaction with the existence of a body called the Moral Security Police, fueled widespread protests in Iran.
The widespread protests sparked at the time Mahsa Amini was announced dead in front of Kasra Hospital on Argentina Street in Tehran, and then quickly spread to the streets despite the intimidating presence of Iran’s security forces. The protests intensified after Mahsa’s burial in a Saqqez cemetery. To the extent that after eighty-two days of nationwide protests between September 17, 2022, to December 7, 2022, they have spread to Iran’s all 31 provinces, 160 cities, and 143 major universities.
The protests did not stay limited to Mahsa’s death, it rather, quickly targeted the Iranian government’s political and ideological foundations. These protests were violently quashed by the anti-riot police and Iran’s militia force (Basij). teargas, pellets, and live ammunition were used in the repression of protestors. This widespread crackdown has led to the death of dozens of people and the wounding of hundreds of protestors.
Despite sever communication restrictions imposed by the Islamic Republic, this report attempts to give a clearer picture of the first 82 days of the protests between September 17, to December 7, 2022. It’s worth mentioning at the time of this report the protests are still ongoing in various forms.

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4 Turkish Activists Released and Acquitted

HRANA News Agency – On August 14, Meysam Jolani and Tohid Amir Amini were released from Ardabil prison by the end of their sentences, on the other hand Aydin Zakeri and Saeed Babakishizadeh were acquitted from the charges in Meshkinshar court.
According to the report of Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA), on August 14, Meysam Jolani and Tohid Amir Amini, two Turkish (Azari) activists were released from Ardabil prison by the end of their 6-month sentence. Continue reading “4 Turkish Activists Released and Acquitted”

2 Civil Activists Arrested In Ardebil

HRANA News Agency – Meysam Jolani and Morteza Parvin, two civil activists, after attending Branch 5 of the Public and Revolutionary Court in Ardebil, were arrested and sent to the prison of Ardabil.

According to Human Rights Activists News Agency in Iran (HRANA), two Azerbaijani activists named Meysam Jolani and Morteza Parvin, who received the summons from the fifth Branch of the Public and Revolutionary Court in Ardebil, were present there, and after interrogation they were accused of disturbing public order and the prosecutor of this office issued an arrest warrant and arrested these two and sent them to prison. Continue reading “2 Civil Activists Arrested In Ardebil”

Civil activists prevented from going to Babak Castle

HRANA News Agency – Security police forces of Kalibar city, has prevented the presence of a group of civil activists in “Babak Castle”.
According to the report of Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA), Security police of Kalibar on the morning of Friday 1st August, stopped dozens of people who were going to climb the Babak Castle located in this city then searched and detained some of them for few hours. Continue reading “Civil activists prevented from going to Babak Castle”