Protests gain momentum as Iran protests enter 50th day
Iran university students stage sit-down strikes.
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The youth of Tehran, Lorestan and Tebriz called for fresh nighttime protests across Iran. Today, Sunday, students in Bokan, a Kurdish city in the west, and many other cities took to the streets. It renewed protests as they had lost momentum.
In online statements, groups of young protesters announced that they "will not stop until complete victory." The groups also stressed, "they would remain in the streets until the overthrow of the Islamic Republic's regime."
Nighttime unrest is underway in many Iranian cities, with torching pictures of revolutionary figures, including Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei and the former Quds Force Commander Qassem Soleimani, characterizing the unrest. In the latest show of dissent, youngsters knock off Mulla's turbans while walking in the streets of Iran, as the clergy is considered the source of power in the Islamic Republic. Videos posted online showed his statues defamed and pictures vandalized.
The death of 20-year-old Zhina Mahsa Amini in the custody of religious police fueled anger over several issues, including restrictions on personal liberties and strict women's dress code, as well as the living and economic crisis facing Iranians.
Activists said that security forces adopted new measures to halt protests at universities in Tehran, searching students and forcing them to remove face masks.
The Human Rights Activists News Agency Hrana reported that 314 protesters were killed in the Friday unrest, including 47 minors. At least 14,170 people, including 392 students, were arrested in those protests in 136 cities and towns and 134 universities.