Nationwide strikes and protests continue in Iran:
On the first day of the three-day nationwide strike call, Iran witnessed a nationwide strike mingled with protests that began 60 days ago.
Last week, a call to strike was sent out on social media and around the streets in Iran to commemorate the bloody November of 2019. The call to strike asked business owners, shopkeepers, labourers, students and faculties, and every other industry to close down their businesses and stop working to show their unity with protestors on the street. It is a three-day strike, which started on Nov 15th, and will continue until the 17th, marking one of the most horrific 72 hours in Iran’s modern history.
On November 15th, 2022, the country saw one of the most widespread strikes of the past four decades. Different sectors and industries closed their businesses, some in the disguise of “emergencies” and some openly claiming that they stood with the mourning people of Iran during a crucial historical moment. Big cities like Tehran, Shiraz, Isfahan, Hamedan, Mashhad, and others. Saw massive protests in different neighbourhoods brutally cracked down by the Islamic Republic’s forces. Smaller and geopolitically important cities such as Mahabad, Booshehr, Ahwaz, Babol, Rasht, Arak, and several others, also saw unrest, and for the first time since the protests began in September, towns with less than 10 thousand habitants also took to the streets to show their unity with the demands of the nation. The Collective’s Instagram page has been bombarded with images of those who have been abducted by the regime since yesterday, and families are pleading with the public to help them find their loved ones. It is still not confirmed how many have been abducted and how many have been killed during these confrontations between the protestors and the IRGC, as some families are too afraid to step forward and give information about the status of their as the pressure from the regime’s intelligence services intensifies.
Fact 1: It is confirmed that at least one person, Foad Mohammadi from Kamyaran in Kurdistan province, was shot and killed on November 15th. When his family went to the hospital to retrieve his body for burial, the police opened fire at them, wounding his elderly father.
Fact 2: Some more names have been circulating on social media about those who were killed on November 15th, and the following are their names and city of residence:
- Saman Ghaldarbeigi, Bukan
- Milad Saeidi, Shahsavar
- Saeid Asaadi, Bojnourd
- Kian Pirfalak, Izeh
- Mohammad Hassan Zadeh, Bukan
- Borhan Karami, Kamyaran
- Danial Pabandi, Saghez
- Alireza Shojaei, Behbahan
- Artin Rahmani, Izeh
Pictures and videos that are coming out of the country are limited due to the internet shutdown by the regime. But those that make it online display the bravery that the people are putting forward. In one video, two teenage girls run after an IRGC agent to show that they wouldn’t back down from their demands.
This article will be updated as we monitor the situation closely.