Seven weeks have passed since the protests in Iran, in recent days, the memorial service for the victims and Friday prayers has become an opportunity and an excuse to intensify the protests.
On Friday, which is the holiest day for Muslims, thousands of people protested in the cities of Zahedan, Khash, Saravan and Rask in Sistan and Baluchistan province in the southeast of Iran, just like the previous Fridays.
Most of the residents of this province are Sunni. On the first Friday of the protests, more than 100 people were killed in this province.
In the sermons of Zahedan Friday prayers, Maulvi Abdul Hamid, the prominent Sunni cleric in Iran, referring to the protests of the past 50 days, announced that the majority of people are dissatisfied with the Iranian system. If you don’t agree, hold a referendum with the presence of international observers and accept the result.”
Mr. Abdul Hamid said: “You cannot push back a nation that has been protesting in the streets for 50 days by killing and imprisoning and beating.”
After the Friday prayer, thousands of people marched in this city and the cities of Khash, Saravan, Rask and chanted against the regime.
Protesters in khash set the governor’s building on fire.
News has been published that at least three people were killed in the demonstrations on Friday in Sistan and Baluchistan.
On the other hand, in the province of Kurdistan, where the majority of the residents are Sunni, a number of clerics declared their support for the protesters.
Night gatherings were also held in the cities of Sanandaj, Mahabad, Urmia, Ilam, Bukan, Marivan and Saqqez.
In these gatherings, men and women chanted slogans of “woman, life, freedom” and “death to the dictator” and blocked the streets by lighting fires.
In Kermanshah, the largest Kurdish city in Iran, a number of women marched without headscarves.
In Tehran, the capital of Iran, in a number of neighborhoods of this city, gatherings were held.
On Friday, the commemoration ceremony of the 40th day of the killing of two protesters turned into a demonstration in the cities of Isfahan and Shahinshahr. Security forces were sent to the participants in these ceremonies.
Iran’s current protests started on September 16 after the killing of Zhina (Mahsa) Amini. So far, more than 277 people have been killed in these demonstrations.
Zhina Amini, a 22-year-old Kurdish girl from Saqqez, had traveled to the capital on September 13 to visit her relatives in Tehran. she was arrested by the Tehran police for not complying with the mandatory hijab. This Kurdish girl went into a coma after being detained for two hours and died in the hospital 3 days later.