After the bloody suppression of the last 10 days of demonstrations in Iranian Kurdistan, in which more than 50 people were killed, now all the cities of Kurdistan have turned into barracks.
Telephone lines are under control and internet speed is at the lowest level. I could hardly contact a number of activists in the cities of Kurdistan.
An atmosphere of intimidation and severe suffocation prevails in the cities, a large number of IRGC forces have been stationed in the city centers.
An unofficial military government in the cities of Kurdistan
One of the journalists I contacted said that the cities have turned into barracks, armed forces are present in all cities and harass people without any excuse.
This journalist, who did not want to be named due to security issues, said, “It is a military regime”, “especially in the cities of Bukan, Mahabad, Piranshahr, Javanrud and Marivan, the security forces do not go from house to house looking for the demonstrators and the injured”.
A large number of checkpoints have been established between the cities and within the cities, and a large number of young people have been arrested at these checkpoints.
There is no information about the fate of many of those arrested, there is a possibility that the number of those killed is much higher than the number that was announced earlier.
An activist from Bukan said, military helicopters regularly fly over the city at a very low altitude, their intention is to create terror among the residents of this city.
One of the activists of the recent protests said that many activists went to rural areas or other cities of Iran and hid because of the fear of arrest.
Terrible news about severe torture and rape in prisons is published.
In summary, what I received from my contacts with 7 reliable sources in the three Kurdistan provinces of West Azarbaijan, Kurdistan and Kermanshah shows a horrible picture of unprecedented repression and suffocation in the cities of Kurdistan.
Protests against the killing of the Kurdish girl Zhina (Mahsa) Amini started on September 16. The longest protests after the 1979 revolution. More than 450 people have been killed in these protests. According to the latest statistics of the Kurdistan Human Rights Network, 105 of the victims are Kurds. More than half of these people were killed in the last 10 days.