Iran: Protests Sweep Tehran on the 23rd Day of Uprising

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Secretariat of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI)

Iran Protest-No. 42

NCRI logoAl-Zahra students to Raisi: “Death to the oppressor, be it the Shah or the Leader (Khamenei)”, “Raisi get lost, we don’t want a murderer as a guest”
On Saturday afternoon and evening, October 8, Tehran was the scene of protests and clashes with suppressive forces from the north to the south and from the east to the west. Angry demonstrators poured out in Baharestan Square, Lalezar street, Nasser Khosrow, Grand Bazaar, Saadat Abad, Azari T-Junction, Coca-Cola district, Mokhber Al-Doleh, Qolhak, Tajrish, Shariati Street, Vali-e Asr, Narmak, Park Shahr, Tehran Pars, Yousef Abad, Nazi Abad, Labaf Nejad, Vosouq Square, Qods Square, Sarqanat, and elsewhere. They chanted, “death to Khamenei, death to the dictator”, “mullahs must be killed”, “death to the Supreme Leader after many long years of crimes”, and “This is a year of sacrifice, Seyyed Ali (Khamenei) will be overthrown”.

Most of Tehran’s universities were on strike on Saturday. The students at Al-Zahra University confronted Raisi who was visiting the university by chanting, “Death to the oppressor, be it the Shah or the Leader (Khamenei)”, “Raisi get lost”, “We don’t want a corrupt system, we don’t want a murderer as a guest”. Many high school students also went to the streets in Tehran chanting, “death to the dictator.”

The State Security Force, the paramilitary Basij, and plainclothes agents attacked the demonstrators by firing teargas and pellet guns. In some areas such as Quds Square and Sarqanat, the Guards entered the scene directly. In all areas, people challenged them. In Baharestan, they set fire to a motorcycle of the police force and in Tehran’s Bazaar, they set fire to their kiosk. In Shariati and Lalezar streets, they closed the streets by lighting fires, and in Vali-e Asr Street and Park Shahr, they clashed with repressive forces by throwing rocks and blocking the roads.

In Baharestan Square, agents of the paramilitary Basij force were beaten and in Tehran’s Bazaar, they were forced to retreat. In Saadat Abad, the protesters clashed with the agents who had attacked a young man and helped him escape arrest. In one of the areas, protesters attacked the police van and released the women who had been detained. They blocked the road in Narmak and Ayat Street using roadside barriers and electric light poles.

On Saturday evening, large-scale demonstrations continued in Tehran in various areas, including Naziabad, Azari T-Junction, Qal’eh Hasan Khan, Hashemi St., Kashani St., Sattari, Sadeghieh, Vali-e Asr, Saadat Abad, Shariati St., Salsbil St., Haft Howz of Narmak, Sadra Township, Fallah, Abuzar Boulevard and Tehranpars. Protesters were chanting “death to the dictator.”

Secretariat of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI)

October 8, 2022

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