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.

Summary

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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Dozens of Sunni Prisoners Executed in Rajai Shahr Prison in Karaj; Additional Information

HRANA News Agency – Lack of transparency of Iranian judiciary has caused a confusion about the fate of death row Sunni prisoners who had been taken to solitary confinements on Monday. In the newest remarks, the Attorney General has declared the number of executed prisoners to be 20. Such a high number of executions is in itself rare.
According to the report of Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA), after 36 death row Sunni prisoners were taken unexpectedly to solitary confinements of Rajai Shahr prison in Karaj, the families of at least 21 of them were summoned to the prison for the last visit. However none of them managed to show up in the prison because of long distances and abnormal rush in carrying out the executions. Continue reading “Dozens of Sunni Prisoners Executed in Rajai Shahr Prison in Karaj; Additional Information”

Death Row Sunni Prisoners Beaten by Prison Guards in Solitary Confinements

HRANA News Agency – Some minutes ago, the Sunni death row prisoners who are being kept in the IRGC’s solitary confinements in Rajai Shahr Prison after learning about the mass-executions of their fellows began to protest. They were beaten by the prison guard as they were handcuffed and shackled. Other Sunni prisoners in hall 7 have gone on hunger strike. The warning alarm is to be heard in the prison.
According to the report of Human Rights Activists News Agency in Iran (HRANA), 10 to 29 of 36 Sunni prisoners who had been transferred to IRGC’s solitary confinements in Rajai Shahr Prison were executed this morning. Continue reading “Death Row Sunni Prisoners Beaten by Prison Guards in Solitary Confinements”

Sunni Prisoners Go on Hunger Strike in Rajai Shahr Prison

HRANA News Agency – The Sunni prisoners of hall 7 of ward 21 of Rajai Shahr prison have gone on hunger strike in protest at mass-execution of Sunni prisoners which occurred today morning.
The situation in Rajai Shahr Prison is very tense.
According to the report of Human Rights Activists News Agency in Iran (HRANA), the Sunni prisoners of hall 7 of ward 21 of Rajai Shahr Prison have gone on hunger strike “to protest at executing their friends and expressing their condolences to the families of the executed prisoners.” Continue reading “Sunni Prisoners Go on Hunger Strike in Rajai Shahr Prison”

Dozens of Sunni Prisoners Executed in Rajai Shahr Prison in Karaj

HRANA News Agency – Dozens of Sunni prisoners were executed in Rajai Shahr Prison in Karaj. The families confirmed that they had seen the corpses of these prisoners in Kahrizak forensics.
According to the report of Human Rights Activists News Agency in Iran (HRANA), at least 36 Sunni death row prisoners of ward 10 of Rajai Shahr Prison had been handcuffed, shackled, blindfolded and taken to solitary confinements to be executed. Continue reading “Dozens of Sunni Prisoners Executed in Rajai Shahr Prison in Karaj”

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36 Sunni Prisoners Transferred to Solitary Confinements to be Executed

HRANA News Agency – Last night, in an unexampled raid, 36 Sunni death row prisoners of ward 10 of Rajai Shahr Prison were handcuffed, shackled and blindfolded by the prison guard and taken to solitary confinements. The families of at least 21 prisoners have been summoned to the prison to have their last visit before the executions.
According to the report of Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA), at least 36 Sunni death row prisoners of ward 10 of Rajai Shahr Prison have been taken to solitary confinements to be executed. Continue reading “36 Sunni Prisoners Transferred to Solitary Confinements to be Executed”