NOS News•Saturday, 4:19 PM
Activists in Iran have called for new nationwide protests against the regime. The strikes and protests should last from Monday to Wednesday, according to messages shared on the internet. The calls ask that as many people as possible take to the streets.
Calls are circulating on Telegram for new targeted attacks on paramilitary units. In recent weeks, protesters have dumped oil on roads and erected barriers to make it more difficult for security forces to advance.
Protests have so far been brutally crushed by the police. Thousands of people have been arrested. Demonstrators are therefore increasingly organizing spontaneous meetings to express their dissatisfaction with the Islamic Republic. Internet blocks also make organization difficult.
Protests across Iran began in September after the death of Mahsa Amini. The Kurdish-Iranian woman died after being arrested by the moral police for violating strict Islamic dress codes.
The protests have intensified in recent months and are most intense in the predominantly Kurdish cities in the northwest of the country. About 470 demonstrators have been killed since the protests began, according to Iranian human rights activists.
Iran’s Interior Ministry announced today that 200 people have been killed in the protests. Earlier this week, an Iranian general said more than 300 people were killed in the protests. It is not known what that difference is.