Tehran was again the scene of anti-government rallies on Thursday night as Iran’s ruling clerics intensify their crackdown against opposition voices and ongoing nationwide protests.
Following a widespread power outage in Parand, southwest of Tehran, residents came to the streets and chanted slogans against the government. People in several nerigborhoods in Tehran itself, including Ponak, Bagh-e-Faiz, Tehran Pars and Bagheri town, also staged protests overnight.
Protesters defied the government’s efforts at a clampdown and wrote anti-establishment slogans in the subway.
They could be heard chanting “Death to the dictator" and “Death to the republic of executions," a reference to clerical leadership and the recent executions of protesters, as well as slogans against the Islamic Revolutionary Guards.
Other residents joined the protesters from their balconies by adding their voices to the chants.
The authorities have cracked down hard on the nationwide protests triggered by the September 16, 2022, death of a 22-year-old Iranian Kurdish woman, Mahsa Amini, who died in policy custody after being detained for “bad hijab”.
More than four months into the anti-government protests, and despite executions, mass arrests and repressive tactics, Iranians are still determined to fight against the Islamic Republic’s 43-year rule.
Authorities in Tehran seem increasingly frightened by the scale and determination of the popular uprising against their rule, and increasingly ruthless in their attempts to crush the movement.
Security forces have killed more than 500 people, including dozens of children, and detained over 18,000, human rights activists say.
At least 100 protesters are currently at risk of “execution, death penalty charges or sentences,” according to one rights group.
Around 20 people have been handed capital punishment in connection with the protests. Four have been executed so far amid international outrage. And many detainees have been handed long-term prison sentences.