Iran: Uprising At A Glance Day 173 – OpEd
By Hamid Enayat
Iran’s nationwide uprising witnessed its 173rd day as the regime’s orchestrated chemical gas attacks targeting schools and universities across the country have led to increased anger and protests among the public.
Parents and locals in cities throughout Iran are pointing fingers at regime officials and authorities for not only failing and refusing to prevent these attacks but also accusing them of turning a blind eye and facilitating this horrendous crime that is leaving hundreds of schoolkids, especially girls, suffocating and hospitalized.
According to official accounts, 230 schools in 25 provinces have been targeted by chemical attacks, with over 5,000 students falling ill. There were attacks on 57 cities Monday alone.
People and parents in different cities across Iran rallied on Tuesday morning to protest the recent chemical gas attacks by regime operatives targeting their children in the country’s schools. These protests were reported in the cities of Tehran, Shiraz, Isfahan, Karaj, Ardabil, Ahvaz, Lahijan, Babol, Rasht, Lahijan, Kashmar, Harsin, Saqqez, Aligudarz, Qazvin, Sanandaj, and others. In Shiraz the protesters were seen chanting “Death to the child-killing regime!”
In Tehran, Iran Students of the University of Tehran, College of Fine Arts, held a gathering and protested the regime’s recent chemical gas attacks targeting schools.
Local teachers in the city of Mashhad, northeast Iran, protested against the attacks targeting their students and schools. In Marivan, authorities deployed security units to prevent locals from holding rallies protesting the recent chemical gas attacks.
Similar protest gatherings were held in Kerman, Sari, Bandar Ganaveh, Neyshabur, Nourabad, Saqqez, and Kohgiluyeh & Boyer Ahmad Province, Sojas Rud of Zanjan Province.
Tuesday morning, chemical gas attacks targeted a number of all-girls’ schools in Zahedan, southeast Iran, leaving at least 53 students poisoned. A similar attack was carried out against a secondary school in a village near Urmia, northwest Iran, the town of Dalahu in Kermanshah Province, western Iran, and the city of Bandar Ganaveh in Busheh Province, southern Iran. These attacks have left dozens of students poisoned and ill.
Further reports indicate additional chemical attacks targeting at least four more schools near Urmia.
In Karaj, west of Tehran, families of death row inmates rallied outside Ghezel Hesar Prison. Reports indicate seven death row inmates, convicted for drug charges, could be executed tomorrow morning.
- Days: 173
- Protests: 282 cities
- Fatalities: 750+ estimated deaths, 664 identified by MEK
- Detentions: 30,000