On Sunday, December 11, 2022, the regime’s weak currency rial fell to a new low against the U.S. dollar amid continued protests and the country’s increasing isolation in the face of criticism by the West and rights activists and groups of its cruel crackdown.
On the unofficial market on Sunday, the dollar was traded for as much as 374,100 rials according to the foreign exchange site Bonbast.com. The rial has lost more than 13.8 percent of its value since nationwide protests erupted on September 16.
Recent demonstrations sparked by the heinous murder of Mahsa Amini in police custody. However, it is not the whole story. The poor state of Iran’s economy is also another factor driving the protests, with soaring prices, high unemployment, and systematic corruption, which ignited and fueled anti-regime demonstrations in November 2019.
December 11 marked the 87th 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 280 cities. The regime has killed over 700 citizens, injured tens of thousands, and detained more than 30,000. The MEK has published the names of 580 killed protesters.
As of 11:30 pm Tehran time on December 9, protests in #Iran have expanded to 280 cities.
Over 700 people killed and more than 30,000 arrested by the regime's forces. The PMOI/MEK has published the names of 580 killed protesters.#IranRevoIution#مرگ_بر_ستمگر_چه_شاه_باشه_چه_رهبر pic.twitter.com/LKvxDNtOAh
— People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) (@Mojahedineng) December 9, 2022
“The time has come to an end the rule of repression,” said Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, the President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran. “The time has come to establish a nation based on respect for human rights. And this will be so.”
- New Zealand imposes travel bans on 22 Iranian security forces and morality police as protests over the death of Mahsa Amini continue.
- On Human Rights Day, my thought is with Iranian women and men who bravely risk their lives to establish a nation based on human rights values, said German Interior Minister Nancy Faeser.
- Children represent 14 percent of the overall deaths of protesters and bystanders recorded by Amnesty International. Our investigations into killings by security forces continue and the number of those killed, including children, is believed to be higher.
- The World Medical Association calls for a moratorium on all executions in Iran following the imprisonment of a doctor and his wife, who now face the death penalty for participating in a protester’s funeral.
- “Recent peaceful protests in Iran show the strength of the Iranian people in their demands for basic rights like speech, press, religion, assembly, and more,” said U.S. Sen. Jim Risch. “The regime’s brutal crackdowns reinforce its status as a pariah state as the Iranian people demand change.”
- “UK Foreign Minister James Cleverly’s statement on Iran executions is welcome,” said Lord Alton. “Now expel regime diplomats and recall British diplomats from Tehran; proscribe the Revolutionary Guards; end the impunity of regime officials; and work with international allies to prosecute regime leaders.”
- British MPs and Peers strongly condemn the brutal execution of a detained young prisoner by the Iranian regime.
- “The Australian Government is imposing Magnitsky-style sanctions on 13 individuals and two entities involved in egregious human rights violations and abuses,” stated Australian Foreign Minister Penny Wong. “Among them are Iran’s Morality Police, the Basij Resistance Force, and six Iranian individuals involved in the violent crackdown on protests following the death of Mahsa ‘Jina’ Amini and the continued oppression of the people of Iran.”
Protesters attacked the IRGC Basij base in Andisheh town-phase 4 with Molotov cocktails! Source
Students of Meli [Beheshti] University-Faculty of Law install banners condemning death penalties, ongoing suppression, and arbitrary arrests. Source
Protesters cover the grave of Mohsen Shekari with flowers. Source
Footage shows non-plaque ambulances on Imam Ali highway, Afsariyeh. Activists say the regime uses these “ambulances” to take detainees from Tehran Prison to the IRGC Sarallah base for interrogation. Source
“Sunday; Our lesson: Sit-in inside the classroom, protesting Mohsen Shekari’s execution. ‘Fight oppressors and aid oppressed people,’ said Imam Ali,” wrote a professor at the Islamic Azad University. Source
Protesters chant “Death to Khamenei,” and “Street [protests] is the solution” in Sattarkhan St after midnight. Source
Students of Babol’s Nushirvani University protest the regime’s suspension of their classmates, chanting: Zahedan and Kurdistan are the pride of Iran! Source
Protesters in Rudsar set tires ablaze and blocked a road. Source
Locals in Fuman attacked two bases of the regime’s IRGC paramilitary Basij force in response to the mullahs’ executions and sentencing protesters to death. Source
Protesters chant in Karaj: Hail to [martyrs]; Navid [Afkari], Mohsen [Shekari], and comrades! Source
Employees of the petrochemical plant in Sanandaj remain on strike, protesting the regime’s failure to pay their overdue salaries. Source
Students of the University of Arts protest the execution of Mohsen Shekari, chanting: “This is the last message; we’ll rise up if you execute!” and “We are all Mohsen!” Source