The last resort efforts of a regime on its last leg
Iran protests marked the 32nd day on Monday, October 17, 2022. The clerical regime committed a horrific crime in the Evin Prison in Tehran against defenseless prisoners, including many political prisoners and the young protesters detained recently.
Ward 7 of Evin Prison where the detained protesters were held has burned down.
A 21-year-old protester, Hossein Jazzi, was among those killed in Evin. The regime has admitted that 60 prisoners have been wounded in the incident. Those wounded in the attack by special guards, have been abandoned despite heavy bleeding.
All indications are that the fire at Evin Prison on Saturday, October 15, was a premeditated plan on the part of the authorities to get rid of their opponents. The female political prisoners in the women’s ward of Evin are reportedly unharmed. Political prisoners say they do not have food, water, or gas.
Some political prisoners have been moved out from Evin and relocated to other prisons, but their numbers are not known. Prisoners calling from wards 4 and 8 say between 40-50 prisoners are missing from each ward.
However, the atrocity in Evin just fuelled more protests in cities across the country. More than 190 cities have seen anti-regime protests over the past month.
Evin fire fuels more protests
Dozens of universities held protests on Monday, comparing the fire in Evin to the incident in the Rex Movie Theatre in Abadan, where some 600 people were killed due to arson in the final months of the Shah’s reign.
The universities holding protests on Monday included Khajeh Nasir University in Tehran, the Dental School of the University of Medical Sciences in Tehran, the University of Social Sciences in Tehran, the Medical University of Ardabil, the Azad University of Shahr-e Kord, the University of Najafabad in Isfahan, the Persian Gulf University in Bushehr, the University of Sari, and the University of Tabriz, among others.
Plainclothes agents attacked the students at Ardabil University, but the students confronted them. In Tabriz, the students clashed with security forces. Plainclothes agents also attacked the dormitory of female students at the University of Rasht, arresting and taking away the girls by ambulances.
At the same time, high school students actively participated in the protests on Monday. The clerical regime has been especially brutal towards high school students in recent days in a bid to quell their protests.
More women among those slain
The names of more people killed during the Iran protests have been determined. The total number of the victims reaches 224, at least. Among them are more women. They include:
Hasti Narouii, killed in Zahedan, on September 30
Elaheh Saeedi, killed in Saqqez, on October 10
Horrific brutality against women, protesters
The clerical regime has been brutalizing women on the streets, even sexually assaulting them. The regime is trying in the way to terrify women and force them to back off from leading the protests.
They are doing the same thing to young men, making very violent arrests on the streets. The regime has also stationed tanks in some cities and used helicopters to confront the protests.
Such measures are only the last resort efforts of a regime on its last leg.