Women of Iran IMPACT New wave of protests January 2020
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The third day of protests by Iranian people and students continued on Monday, January 13, 2020 in Tehran and other cities. Brave women of Iran and female students have been actively and widely participating in the new wave of protests against the mullahs’ supreme leader which has already spread to 19 provinces.
Sunday evening, January 12, 2020, Iranian people and youth gathered in Azadi Square, Enqelab Square and the roads and avenues leading to them. In Qods City, women tore down a poster of Qassem Soleimani and set it on fire.
In Azadi Square, masked agents attacked the protesters. Authorities closed down the gates of the metro station at Azadi Square, to prevent passengers from joining the protesters. The large crowd of passengers were stranded inside the metro station for several hours.
Sunday night, security forces received orders from their supreme leader, Ali Khamenei, to use batons and tear gas against protesters and fire at them. They also brought in water cannons and vehicles equipped with 50 caliber machine guns to confront and disperse the protesters.
A number of protesters were wounded in the crackdown on the protests. Clips posted on the internet show several young women shot by security forces in Azadi Square and nearby streets. A large number of students and protesters have also been arrested in Tehran, Karaj, Mashhad, Zanjan, Babol, Rasht, Gorgan, Tabriz, Kermanshah and Kashan.
Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, the President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran, hailed the arisen people of Iran and said, “The time has come for the world community to acknowledge the truth that the ruling religious fascism does not represent the Iranian people and to recognize the national demand of the Iranian people to overthrow this regime.”
She also called on the UN Secretary General, the UN Security Council, the European Union and its member states, and all international human rights organizations to take urgent action to free those arrested defenders and organizations throughout the world to take urgent action to free those arrested in Iran. She also called for the clerical regime’s criminal file to be referred to the Security Council and regime officials to be brought to justice.