A woman stands on a car and salutes the crowd gathering for the 40th day ceremony for Mahsa Amini, who died in Iranian police custody on September 16

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Iran Protests — Demonstrators on Streets for Festival of Fire


Two young women dancing in a mall in East Azerbaijan province in northwest Iran….


A young woman sings blues music in Ferdows Park in Tehran:


The Iranian currency is plummeting once more.

The rial closed at 538,500:1 v. the US dollar on Wednesday. That is a fall of about 8% since last Friday, eroding part of the 25% recovery — from a historic low of 605,000:1 — after a Central Bank intervention last month.


Data from Iran’s Central Bank indicates an official point-to-point inflation rate of 63.9%.

The rise is the fourth-highest monthly figure in the history of the Islamic Republic, after March 2020 (64.5%), March 2019 (65.2%), and February 2019 (65.3%).

The unofficial inflation rate, particularly for food and other essential items, is reportedly even higher.


Canada has sanctioned another eight Iranian individuals and two companies, linked to the Revolutionary Guards and security forces, over human rights violations and production of drones and ballistic missiles.

The Canadian measures follow similar steps this month by the US, the European Union, and other countries.

Ottawa said sanctioned entities help the Iranian regime to “disrupt and manipulate the online communications” of protesters and supply security forces with tactical equipment used in violent suppression of demonstrations.


The Iranian rial has slid further to 517,000:1 v. the US dollar on Tuesday.

The rial is down almost 5% since Friday, after a Central Bank intervention last month brought it back from a historic low — 605,000:1 — with a 25% recovery.


Iran’s regime is planning large fines for women who refuse to wear hijab in public, according to a leading member of Parliament

Hossein Jalali said on Monday that the plan, approved by the Supreme Leader, is for penalties of up to 30 billion rials ($60,000); revocation of driver’s licenses; cancellation of passports; and prohibition of Internet access.

Jalali said the financial and administrative penalties will replace physical punishment. To limit confrontations, surveillance cameras will monitor public spaces, with women not wearing hijab tracked down and penalized afterward.

Parliament’s Cultural Commission has said shopowners and businesses such as shopping malls and accommodation centers will be responsible for implementation of rules. Officials have closed some firms, including a hotel in Kashan and a shopping center in Tehran, for not reporting “violators”.


Women’s rights activist Shilan Kordestani has been sentenced to 3 years and 4 months in prison over “membership in the illegal group” and “propaganda against the state”.

Kordestani has been involved in protests in Sanandaj in northwest Iran, a center of the 6 1/2 months of nationwide demonstrations.


A scene from Saqqez — the hometown of Mahsa Amini, whose death in police custody sparked 6 1/2-month nationwide protests — in northwest Iran….


Despite a heavy security presence and cutoff of the Internet, thousands of protesters gathered on the streets of Zahedan in southeast Iran for the 25th Friday in a row.

Friday Prayer leader Molavi Abdolhamid, Iran’s leading Sunni cleric, again called for the Iranian regime to heed the “legitimate demands of the majority of the people”.

He said authorities have “mishandled” the nationwide protests: “It would have been fitting for them to listen to the concerns of the people.” Only drastic changes to domestic and foreign policies could alleviate the problems Iran’s “ailing economy”, he explained.

Demonstrators followed by chanting on the streets, “This is the last message, the whole system is the target”; “I’ll kill whoever killed my brother”; and “We don’t want this child murderer government”.

On September 30, security forces killed more than 90 worshippers and demonstrators near the Makki Grand Mosque. Every Friday since then, residents have rallied in a show of defiance and demand for rights.


Activist Fatemeh Sepehri has been given an 18-year sentence over her call on the Supreme Leader to resign.

Sepehri’s brother Asghar said his sister informed him during a phone call from prison that the Revolutionary Court had handed down the punishment. It includes 10 years for propaganda activities against the Islamic Republic, 5 years for cooperation with hostile governments, 2 years for insulting the Supreme Leader and the late Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, and 1 year for gathering and conspiring against national security.

The activist must serve the length of the longest sentence in prison, condemning her to 10 years behind bars.

Sepehri is one of 14 activists in Iran who wrote an open letter seeking the Supreme Leader’s departure and a new political system, within the framework of a new constitutio, to secure dignity and equal rights for women.

She was seized by security personnel on September 21, five days after the start of nationwide protests over the death of Mahsa Amini in police custody.


Iran’s currency is sinking again.

The rial has slid to 510,000:1 v. the US dollar, a fall of more than 3% since Friday.

The rial plummeted to 605,000:1 on February 25, a fall of almost 50% in value since nationwide protests began on September 16. Central Bank intervention, including a large injection of UAE currency, fostered a 25% recovery to about 450,000:1 by March 11.


A scene from Isfahan in central Iran….


Protester Hossein Al-Ali, who fell into a coma on March 14 after reportedly being thrown from a window by security forces, died in hospital on Tuesday.

Al-Ali was rushed to hospital after the security forces raided an apartment in which he was sheltering in Bandar Abbas in southern Iran. They reportedly threw him from the fourth floor of the building.

Al-Ali, a café owner in Bandar Abbas, was in hiding for the last two months because he was being sought by authorities, his relatives said.

His funeral was scheduled for Thursday in his hometown of Shiraz.


An assistant coach with Iran’s national football team has been fired after he criticized the regime’s response to six-month nationwide protests for rights, justice, and gender equality.

Rahman Rezaei, a former star player for Team Melli, was named an assistant coach last week. But regime supporters brought up his social media comments such as a post in October — weeks after the death of Mahsa Amini in sparked the protests — “Enough is enough. You should be tried in the nation’s courts.”

On Monday, a Sports Ministry official tweeted, “Do you think that someone who insults the Islamic republic so brazenly can be trusted to serve honestly under the holy flag?”

Rezaei’s dismissal was soon announced via the Fars News Agency, the outlet of the Revolutionary Guards.

Throughout the protests, authorities have cracked down on athletes, including football stars, over any dissent. Some have been given lengthy prison sentences and even condemned to death. Others have had property confiscated.

See also Iran Protests — The Regime is Killing and Detaining Athletes


In an address for Iranian New Year, the Supreme Leader belittled six-month protests for rights, justice, and gender equality as “riots”, insisting, “The Islamic Republic proved that it is strong.”

Speaking from a shrine in Mashhad in northeast Iran, he tried to portray the demonstrations a “global conspiracy”, plotted by the US and some European states, with only “a very small number of Iranians” participating.

Ayatollah Khamenei’s words were challenged as the New Year began in the first hour on Tuesday. Residents in cities such as Tehran, Karaj, Mashhad, Shiraz, and Rahst chanted “Death to Khamenei” from rooftops or behind their windows.

People in mainly-Kurdish areas of northwest Iran continued their resistance, gathering at cemeteries to commemorate victims. In Saghez, mourners chanted revolutionary songs and carried torches around the grave of Mahsa Amini, whose death in police custody on September 16 sparked the protests.

In Mahabad, at least 30 people were injured after they were fired upon by Revolutionary Guards, according to the Kurdish human rights agency Hengaw.


The Supreme Leadeer and President Ebrahim Raisi have largely ignored the six-month nationwide protests in their addresses for Iranian New Year.

Ayatollah Khamenei did implicitly acknowledge Iran’s economic problems in his declaration of a Year of Inflation Control and Growth in Production.

Raisi did not even do this, instead proclaiming that it has been “the year of the power of the people and the heroism of the Iranian nation and its brilliance in the decisive fields”.

He instead dismissed demonstrations by saying that the protests were “Iran’s ill-wishers…tried to disrupt the progress of the country through riots”.


The European Union has added eight Iranians and the Supreme Council of Cultural Revolution to its sanctions list over human rights violations.

Among those named are clerics, judges, and a broadcaster have been involved in the crackdown on six-month nationwide protests. The EU noted specifically that it was “sanctioning members of the judiciary responsible for handing down death sentences in unfair trials and for the torturing of convicts”

The Europeans cited the Supreme Council of Cultural Revolution for its promotion of “several projects undermining the freedom of girls and women and discriminating against minorities”

Citing the human rights abuses, the UK confirmed sanctions on Iranian officials financing the Revolutionary Guards.

The Foreign Office named five members of the organization managing Guards investments and two Guards commanders from Tehran and Alborz Provinces who committed “gross human rights violations”.

And Australia sanctioned 27 individuals and 15 entities over “egregious” human rights violations in Iran, as well as Iranian support for Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

Among the additions are four member of the “morality police” unit that seized and reportedly beat Mahsa Amini, whose death in police custody in mid-September sparked the protests.

The sanctions were announced as the UN Special Rapporteur for Iran, Javaid Rehman, reported on regime violations of human rights that amount to a “crime against humanity”.

ORIGINAL ENTRY, MAR 20: A leaked document indicates frustrated Revolutionary Guards targeted the Supreme Leader’s residence with artillery at least once during the six-month nationwide protests over rights, justice, and gender equality.

During a January 3 meeting with the Supreme Leader, Guards commanders warned Ayatalloh Khamenei about the Islamic Republic’s future, according to a confidential report obtained by IranWire.

The meeting marked the third anniversary of the US assassination of Gen. Qassem Soleimani, the commander of the Guards’ Qods Force. All but 13 of 58 commanders and security officials gave speeches over the course of four hours.

Some commanders said troops had refused to stand against the Iranian people and had rejected orders to shoot at civilians. They warned of a drop in troop morale and a rise in conflict among Guards officers.

Abdullah Haji Sadeghi, Khamenei’s representative within the Guards, acknowledged:

Based on our reports, it appears that IRGC [Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps] forces are not in the same situation as last year, particularly with respect to their morale, as there has been a decline.

We have gathered information and statistics from various units across divisions, which reveal the existence of conflict.

The deputy commander of the Guards force in Alborz Province, just west of Tehran, said, “Recently, we have witnessed instances of disruption and aid by armed forces of civilians.”

Ehsan Khorshidi, cited a group of conscripts and a lieutenant taking material from a military storage facility: “[They] distributed everything among the underprivileged neighborhoods of Karaj. The suspects are currently in custody, but we’re unsure of how to proceed.”

Another commander, Gholamali Rashidi, explained:

Since the start of the protests, we have had personnel who have defied orders.

One incident involved an individual targeting the Supreme Leader’s residence with artillery. Thanks to the immediate response of our fellow members in the unit, the perpetrators were identified and apprehended.

Khamenei issued a series of orders, including the release of a large number of detainees; a 52% increase in the budgets for the Revolutionary Guards, military, and intelligence force; and an exemption of Basij paramilitary members from paying income tax and taxes on electricity, gas, and water.

The day after the meeting, Khamenei did not use his customary reference to protesters as “rioters”. Instead, he was conciliatory:

I was on a provincial trip and people came out to welcome me. I noticed that at least a third of the population, including women who weren’t wearing good hijab, were shedding tears. It’s not fair to label them as counter-revolutionary or anti-revolutionary. How can anyone criticize their enthusiasm and eagerness to participate in religious or revolutionary ceremonies?

They are our daughters.