On Thursday, December 22, 2022, citizens from different walks of life continued anti-regime protests, strikes, and activities despite the regime’s oppressive measures.
Last night, people in Tehran and other cities took to the streets despite the Yalda Night ancient celebration. Protesters blocked the streets in Tehran, Saqqez, and Sanandaj and chanted anti-regime slogans, including:
—Death to Khamenei!
—Death to the dictator!
—This is the year of [Khamenei] overthrow!
Furthermore, the families and relatives of slain protesters attended their loved ones’ graves, marking the Yalda celebration. In Tehran, many citizens partook in Behesht Zahra cemetery and commemorated the late Yalda Aghafazli, Mohsen Shekari, and Siavash Mahmoudi. Similar events were seen at the grave of Hamid-Reza Rouhi in Bandar Anzali, Peyman Moniri in Sanandaj, and the graves of Hannaneh Kia and Hossein-Ali Kiakajouri in Nowshahr.
In the capital, citizens resumed demonstrations in Enghelab [Revolution] St, Hemmat, Tehranpars, Narmak, Imam Ali, Yousefabad, Amaniyeh, and Mosaddeq intersection. Students at Qom Medical Sciences University distributed papers with anti-regime slogans. In Isfahan and Rudsar, protesters wrote slogans against Supreme Leader Khamenei in graffiti.
“No to Shah or supreme leader, yes to democracy and equality,” “Uprising to the regime’s overthrow,” and “Death to the regime of executions,” defiant youths wrote in Rudsar.
“Such a development marks a genuine change of season in Iran’s democratic movement, which in contrast to the bitter past experiences will never return to the winter of the Shah and the mullahs,” said Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, the President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran. “Instead, it will herald a new spring of freedom and people’s sovereignty in Iran.”
December 22 marked the 98th day of anti-regime protests in Iran. The demonstrations began following the heinous murder of Mahsa Amini, 22, in police custody. However, it immediately turned into a revolution against the entire theocratic regime.
According to the Iranian opposition Mojahedin-e Khalq (MEK/PMOI), the protests have extended to 282 cities. The regime has killed over 750 citizens, injured tens of thousands, and detained more than 30,000. The MEK has published the names of 603 killed protesters.
As of 12:30 pm Tehran time on December 21, protests in #Iran have expanded to 280 cities.
Over 750 people killed & more than 30,000 arrested by the regime's forces. The PMOI/MEK has published the names of 601 killed protesters.#IranRevoIution#مرگ_بر_ستمگر_چه_شاه_باشه_چه_رهبر pic.twitter.com/32sOqA4WjM
— People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) (@Mojahedineng) December 21, 2022
- In an open letter, 238 current and former United Nations officials, judges, human rights experts, Nobel laureates, and NGOs called on world leaders to step up pressure on Iran to halt the execution of anti-government protesters.
- “The latest victims of Iran’s reign of terror – condemned to death, or already hanged, after speedy trials and no appeal,” said Amnesty International Secretary General Agnes Callamard. “The Judiciary is a weapon of repression; it is meant to spread fear and exact revenge on protesters.”
- The U.S. dollar exchange rate surpassed 400,000 rials. “The Raisi government has a budget deficit, and to compensate for it, it increases the dollar exchange rate, leaving people in more economic trouble,” says economist Hossein Raghfar.
- “Sweden expresses its strong support for the Fact-Finding Mission. Accountability for the violence and human rights violations in Iran remains essential,” stated Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs.
- A majority of the House of Representatives approves a motion by the Christian Union to place the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) on the EU list of terrorist organizations.
- Freedom-loving Iranians rallied in London, Hanover, and Borås in support of the ongoing revolution inside Iran.
- “America must condemn these actions from the Iranian government and continue to stand with the people of Iran as they fight for their freedom,” said U.S. Senator James Lankford.
- The U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) is targeting the Prosecutor General and key military and paramilitary officials in Iran, as well as a company manufacturing and providing Iran’s Law Enforcement Forces with anti-riot equipment.
- Following the Qatar gate scandal, European Social-Democratic Party ousted Eldar Mamedov, an Iranian regime’s infamous lobbyist. “He has long been debated within the S&D group. He was accused of his pro-Iranian positions,” L’Echo reported.
- “The Police Security Service (PST) regards Iran as an authoritarian state that uses its intelligence services to map and monitor people in Norway,” answered Norwegian Minister of Justice and Emergency Emilie Mehl to a question raised by MP Rasmus Hansson.
Darband residents chant: “Death to the dictator!” Source
Sadeghiyeh residents chant: “Death to Khamenei!” Source
Citizens in Karaj attended the 40-day memorial of Abbas Shafiei, gunned down by authorities during the 40-day memorial of Hadis Najafi. Source
Citizens in Izeh attended the 40-day memorial of Artin Rahmani, 16, killed by authorities on November 16, chanting, “Death to Khamenei!” while the regime lays the blame for its crimes on protesters. Source
Protesters torched a billboard of regime founder Khomeini and supreme leader Khamenei in the Sardar-e Jangal stadium, Rasht, early morning. Source
Citizens block the streets in Semirom, resuming anti-regime protests. Source
Citizens in Kamyaran attended the 40-day memorial of Foad Mohammadi, killed by authorities on November 15, and chanted “Pourya Javaheri.” Authorities accused Pourya of Moharebeh, paving the path for hanging him. Source
Kamyaran locals chanted: “Martyr never dies!” “Swearing the martyrs’ blood, we resist to the end!” “Foad is a hero!” and “Political prisoners must be freed!” Source