National coverage of protests in Iran on Saturday

As Saturday dawned in Iran, two trends could be discerned. First, many have started saying this is a revolution, not just protests, and second, it is being led by women.

Another major development was that people did not wait until the usual afternoon hours to start their protests. The protests began early in at least Tehran and Shiraz, as the regime tried to control the popular movement, which has spread too far and too widely geographically for the few hundred thousand security forces.

The disruption of internet access by the government has certainly prevented news and videos from reaching us from all places in Iran, but some reports have indicated that this was the most active day of protests so far. day.

There are unconfirmed reports on social media citing riot police and regime loyalists saying they are physically and emotionally exhausted after six days of relentless protests. That may be true, but they still use force whenever they get the chance.

In other places they are retreating, such as Oshnavieh in the Kurdish-populated west, where protesters drove the Revolutionary Guards out of its barracks and the town on Friday, becoming virtually the first urban area to come under People. A tweet from a resident said people are determined not to allow government forces to return, but cannot defend themselves against heavy weapon attacks.

Reports say government forces are trying to retake the city, with helicopters and drones flying over Oshnavieh all day Saturday.

Our live coverage ended Sunday at 1:00 a.m. local time.

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People shout from buildings in a neighborhood west of Tehran: “Khamenei is a killer – His rule is null and void”.

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A tweet read: “A photo of the streets of Tehran which, at this moment, are witnessing a revolution which has stunned the world. Iranian youth have felt victory and tasted freedom. It’s a one-way road to victory.

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Protesters in Karaj, a town 32 km west of the capital Tehran, shout “Death to Khamenei” during unrest on Saturday night.

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News has arrived of violent protests in the religious city of Mashhad, Iran’s second largest urban center. A protester is heard shouting “Alamolhoda, we won’t let you live”, in reference to the ultra-conservative Ayatollah who controls the city. He is also the father-in-law of President Ebrahim Raisi, another hardline cleric.

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A tweet says “Tehransar seized by protesters” but Iran International cannot verify this information. The demonstrators shout “scumbags” at the security forces. The video shows a large group of protesters in the streets. Tehransar is a popular district in the west of Tehran.

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Protesters cut their hair during a protest after the death of Iran’s Mahsa Amini, in Athens, Greece, September 24, 2022. REUTERS/Louiza Vradi

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People protest during a demonstration in support of Mahsa Amini, a young Iranian woman who died following her arrest by the country’s vice police, in front of the Foreign Ministry in Stockholm, Sweden, September 24, 2022. Fredrik Persson /via REUTERS

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Residents of the predominantly Kurdish town of Sanandaj, who have been protesting for eight days, took to the streets again on Saturday evening.

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Demonstrations on Saturday evening in the Sattar Khan district in Tehran, one of the centers of the movement in the capital for the past three days.

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Demonstrations also began in Isfahan in the early evening and continued into the night.

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Families of demonstrators arrested in recent days gathered outside the notorious Evin prison in Tehran to demand their release or the whereabouts of their loved ones.

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Protesters forced security forces to retreat to Kashmat, a city of 100,000 people to the east.

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The secretary general of French President Emmanuel Macron’s Renaissance party has invited members and supporters of the party to attend a demonstration in support of Iranian women at 4 p.m. on Sunday at the Trocadero in Paris.

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A large demonstration in Shiraz, capital of the province of Fars, in the heart of the Persian regions of Iran. A young woman removed her veil and, standing on the roof of a car, led protesters in chanting “Death to the dictator”, a reference to the country’s clerical leader Ali Khamenei.

On Saturday, protesters at an unknown location chant “Death to the dictator”, a clear reference to Iranian leader Ali Khamenei, 83.

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The government is closing schools and universities often citing public health excuses as young people are given the opportunity to congregate on campuses and start protests. Here is a video of students gathered at the University of Tehran and chanting “Death to the dictator”.

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A large crowd of protesters marched through Amol, northern Iran, during the day on Saturday. Amol has been a hotbed of protests for the past six days.

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