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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At least Five Animal Rights Activists Arrested

Mehdi Fadaei, Hadi Behbahani, Mojtaba Rasouli, Mohammad Azizi and Milad Shaterani are among the animal rights activists arrested during the recent nationwide protests.

These Animal rights activists were arrested earlier on 26th October, for unknown reasons in relation to the current nationwide protests.

At the time of writing, there is no information on the charges and place of detention of these individuals.

Since the outbreak of nationwide protests, over 18200 people, including journalists, lawyers, teachers, students and civil rights activists, have been arrested. For more details and statistics on the nationwide protest across Iran, read HRANA’s comprehensive.

A Group of Prisoners Transferred to an Unknown Location in Rajaei Shahr Prison

HRANA News Agency – After representative of ward number 11 of section 4 in Rajaei Shahr prison insulted the third Imam of Shia, poisoners started a protest and prevented him from entering the hall. Some of the prisoners were transferred to an unknown location and there is no information about them.
According to the report of Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA), after a group of prisoners asked the representative of the ward in hall number 11 of section 4 in Rajaei Shahr prison, for black textile for honoring Muharram month, on Thursday September 29, he denied their request and insulted the third Imam of Shia. Continue reading “A Group of Prisoners Transferred to an Unknown Location in Rajaei Shahr Prison”

A Death Row Prisoner on Hunger Strike in Rajaei Shahr Prison

HRANA News Agency – A death row prisoner, who has started hunger strike in protest to discriminatory behavior of prison’s internal manager, is kept with handcuff and shackles in clinic of Rajaei Shahr prison.
According to the report of Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA), Mohammad Azizi, a prisoner who has been sentenced to death, started hunger strike a week ago, in protest to being transferred to another hall, which he claims to be because of discriminatory behavior of internal manager of prison. Continue reading “A Death Row Prisoner on Hunger Strike in Rajaei Shahr Prison”

The Names of 38 Death Row Prisoners in Rajai Shahr Prison in Karaj

HRANA News Agency – Hundreds of prisoners on death row are being kept in Rajai Shahr prison. HRANA tries to attract the public support to save them from the gallows by publication of these prisoners’ identities. In this regard, the names of 38 prisoners on death row in Rajai Shahr prison is being published as follows.

This prisoners have been sentenced to death on charge of murder and are mostly being kept in ward 3 of Rajai Shahr Prison in Karaj. Continue reading “The Names of 38 Death Row Prisoners in Rajai Shahr Prison in Karaj”

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