Fifth day of uprising in Iran despite heavy casualties and Internet blackout
The anti-regime uprisings in small towns and big cities across Iran continued for the fifth day despite heavy crackdown and the rising number of casualties. Amnesty International says the security forces have killed at least 106 Iranian protesters. The United Nations expressed concern over the significant number of casualties in Iran Protests.
The most popular chants among the protesters across the country seems to be "death to dictator", "Reza Shah, bless your soul", "Islamic Republic, we don't want it, we don't want it", "Oh king of Iran, return to Iran", and "no Gaza, no Lebanon, I sacrifice myself, only for Iran".
According to numerous reports, the anti-regime protests also continued in the capital city of Tehran on Tuesday.
Based on Iran International audience messages, despite the heavy presence of security forces in Tehran’s Sadeghiyeh square, there are still clashes between the protesters and security forces in this area.
Reports indicate that in Tehran’s suburban town of Malard the clashes between the security forces and the protesters are more intense and huge crowds are in the streets.
According to the regime’s Fars news agency, most gas stations in Malard have been burnt down.
In Karaj city, the capital of Alborz province, there are heavy clashes between the people and the security forces in the streets and alleys. One Karaj resident told Iran International that in Karaj there is an unofficial martial law in place, but “we will go out again at 4:00 pm.
In Isfahan city, the capital of the central province of Isfahan, there are also reports of clashes between protesters and the security forces. One video shows the protesters throwing stones at the security forces and security forces shooting back at them.
One citizen from Isfahan said: “Citizens’ lives are worthless to the security forces, they’re shooting at them directly.”
Another report from Isfahan says: “The crowd is very big. The police and Basij (IRGC militia) do not dare to move toward them. People are everywhere.”
In the suburbs of Isfahan, the situation seems to be even more intense. For example, a video from Baharestan city shows that the protesters have set fire to the police station, security office, and the military draft office.
The clashes between the security force and the protesters were also very intense and the security forces opened fire at the protesters directly, killing several.
One audience report from Shiraz says: “Our resistance still holds in Adel Abad, Zendan Intersection, and Bushehr road. They (regime’s forces) are setting fire to the banks themselves. We do not harm private properties and cars. They set fire to the communications platform and cellphone tower and blamed it on us. They shot at us directly.”
According to the report, it seems that Khuzestan province in the southwest of Iran has suffered many casualties. Among the highest being in Mahshahr city, where according to some reports, at least 8 people were killed last night.
One medical professional in Khuzestan province told Iran International: “Unfortunately, people who get injured in Mahshahr are transferred by helicopters to an IRGC (Islamic Revolutionary Guard) hospital in Ahvaz.
A resident of Dezful said: “Police is creating chaos and unsafe conditions. They attack and destroy cars and streets. They insult and curse at people.”
According to NetBlock, Internet access in Iran is still at 5 percent. The minister of communications said no decisions have been made regarding lifting the Internet blackout.
Aside from the Internet blackout, the regime has also been trying to jam Persian speaking satellite channels.