Following a 50% increase in the price of rationed gasoline, major Iran protests erupted in more than 65 cities, with angry protesters torching banks, gas stations, and Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) and Bassij bases.
Dozens of videos published on social media channels and from sources inside Iran showed large protests in the capital Tehran, northeastern city of Mashhad, various cities in the southwestern province of Khuzestan, and northwestern city of Tabriz. Iranians in the western province of Lorestan, Kermanshah and Sanandaj also took to the streets. In Kermanshah and Sanandaj, locals clashed with security forces.
In Behbahan, in the southwestern province of Khuzestan, angry protesters torched the Meli Bank and broke the windows of the Refah Bank. Videos showed ensuing clashes between security forces and protesters.
Protesters chanted “Down with Rouhani” addressing the president of the Iranian regime. They also chanted “Down with Dictator”, “Down with Khamenei”, and “Mullahs should get lost”.
Protesters chanted against the regime’s policy of spending billions on its proxies in foreign countries, including in Lebanon, Syria and Palestine.
Riot police used tear gas and water cannons against protesters. There were several videos of security forces brutally beating peaceful protesters in the northwestern city of Tabriz and other areas.
Protesters in Miandoab, in northwestern Iran, also torched a local gas station.
In Baharestan Country, Tehran, protesters torched the local bank.
Iranians also set fire to police cars and motorcycles. They blocked roads and highways with burning tires and also parked their cars on the streets to prevent transportation.
In the city of Karaj alone, near the capital Tehran, protesters torched 15 banks.
Riot police and security forces used lived bullets against protesters. Reports from Iran indicate that 14 protesters were shot and killed.
The last major protests in Iran occurred last January. The 2018 protests erupted as a result of high prices but quickly turned political targeting the regime in its entirety.
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