Iran is on general strike, protests enter fourth week

10/8/2022 7:08:08 PM
 Protesters burn their headscarves in a street in Tehran, October 1, 2022.
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Kurdish cities in Rojhelat went on strike following civil society organizations' call to go on strike.

Videos published in Persian and Kurdish social media show closed shops and commercial centers across Iran. Streets of Javanrud, Saqez, and Sanandaj cities are seen emptied following the strike.  

The Prime Minister of Canada announced "significantly" expanding sanctions against Iran, and in a statement, the PM of Canada said, "we intend to list more than 10,000 officers and senior members as inadmissible to Canada for their engagement in terrorism and systemic and gross human rights violations."


According to an Iranian lawmaker, the children of 5400 Iranian officials live abroad and says if the US and Canada are enemies, why do your children live there. 

In a video, Iran security forces are seen fleeing as protesters march towards them in Sanandaj. Many security officials and commanders were killed in the protests, especially in the Sistan and Baluchistan province.

Tehran's Intelligence Department summoned Hussein Safamanesh, a well-known artist from Kermanshah, following Safamanesh's protest against the death of Zhina Amini, and his fate remains unknown,  according to Hengaw.

In a joint letter titled "fulfill your promise to confront Authoritarianism," 21 human rights organizations called on US President Joe Biden to support Iranian protesters and called on the United States to invite the UN Commission on Human Rights to investigate the violence in Iran.


Zhina Amini's death in the custody of Iranian morality police sparked the protests that initially covered only Kurdish cities in Iran. Now it has entered its fourth week and continues to spread across the country, with violent clashes between the protesters and security forces common.

An Iranian medical examiner's report denied Mahsa Amini had died due to blows to her body while in the custody of Iran's morality police and linked her death to multiple organ failure caused by cerebral hypoxia. According to the report, she had brain surgery at Milad Hospital in Tehran at age eight.

The recent unrest is unlike any other that Iran has experienced in the past. Although the 2009 protests have stories to tell about the women's rights-related protests, the current protesters are from a new generation that spends most of their lives online and consumes a large portion of their daily information dosage from abroad rather than Iran. 



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