Nationwide protests began in Iran before noon on Saturday after activists earlier in the week called for further demonstrations against the government.

By early afternoon, protests in Tehran and several other cities were loud and large alongside demonstrations at many universities.

Protests took place during the day in Isfahan, Shiraz, Tabriz, Rasht, Mashhad, Sanandaj, Kerman, Hamedan and other cities.

In the evening, there were reports and videos of unrest in the capital Tehran, but due to government disruption of internet access, it is difficult to get a full picture of the situation in all cities.

Street protests had become less frequent and more limited since October 2, prompting senior religious leaders and those supporting the regime to say the uprising had been crushed. However, it was clear that civil disobedience and small protests continued amid persistent negative news about teenage protesters killed by security forces in September.

Random attempts by the government to explain the deaths as accidents or suicides have been dismissed by a public extremely suspicious of authorities who have severely restricted internet access.

Meanwhile, Western pressure is mounting on the Islamic Republic to respect international standards and the human and civil rights of its citizens.

While the United States has imposed sanctions on some officials responsible for suppressing dissent, Canada on Friday imposed sanctions on the Revolutionary Guards who are the backbone of Tehran’s repressive apparatus.

We will provide live coverage of Saturday’s protests below by posting news and videos received on social media.

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President Ebrahim Raisi held a meeting with the speaker of parliament and the head of the judiciary on Saturday evening to discuss the ongoing unrest.

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People block roads in the western town of Sanandaj, where security forces killed a driver earlier in the day.

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Around 7:00 p.m. local time. Protests in the working class neighborhood of Nazi Abad in Tehran, reported earlier, appear to have escalated without any visible reaction from security forces.

Another video from Nazi Abad shows protesters walking around.

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Another protest in the western part of Tehran where a big fire burns in the street. Difficult to say if protesters lit a fire to block the street or if it is a police car on fire.

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Early evening in Tehran (around noon Washington DC time). Demonstration on Shariati Avenue, a main boulevard in Tehran.

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Early evening in Tehran. Demonstration in the district of Pars, east of Tehran. The tweet indicates that the crowd is growing by the minute.

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Saeed Hafezi, an Iranian journalist currently residing in Germany, tweeted that a workers’ strike spread to the Abadan refinery near the Persian Gulf. The refinery manager sent a report on the strike to government officials. He added that since yesterday truckers at the refinery have refused to work and today the strike has spread. Oil workers are the key to Iran’s strategic energy sector which provides its main exports and revenue.

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It is now early evening in Tehran and a huge column of protesters is seen in Nazi Abad, a popular district in the south of the capital.

At 6 p.m. local time, again in Nazi Abad.

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On Vosughi Square in Tehran, protesters chant “Mojtaba, you will die before you see yourself as leader”. Mojtaba is the son of Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, who is reportedly preparing to succeed his 83-year-old father when he dies.

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An iconic scene of security forces fleeing protesters in the western town of Sanandaj with a Kurdish population.

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ALERT – YOUNG WOMAN ATTACKED BY SECURITY FORCES IN MASHHAD. THE VIDEO CONTAINS SENSITIVE IMAGES.

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A group of protesters march through the northern town of Rasht, and passing cars honk their horns in support.

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Protests in the western city of Hamedan and its university on Saturday. People chant “Women, Freedom of Life”.

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Security forces on a street in Tehran attack and beat people, while some point their guns at them.

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Reports from Tehran indicate that all the traditional bazaar has closed and traders and retailers have joined the protests. In the video below, the voice says people swarmed downtown streets near a subway station.

A small bazaar in northern Tehran was also on strike on Saturday – Tajrish

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A member of the security forces shot and killed a driver in Sanandaj, western Iran, because he honked his car horn in support of protests. The incident outraged Iranians on social media.

WARNING: DISTURBING IMAGES

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A large crowd of students from Tehran Polytechnic University demonstrated on campus on Saturday.

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One of many protests in the capital Tehran. This one is in the Narmak district. The female lead can be seen among the singing crowd.

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Protesters in Isfahan (Isfahan) in central Iran chanting ‘Death to the dictator’.

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Demonstrations in Shiraz, southern Iran, early Saturday afternoon.

Security forces armed with shotguns try to push back the demonstrators.

Another scene of Shiraz protests. People chant “Freedom, freedom”

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In the early afternoon, protests began on Tehran’s Keshavarz Boulevard, where the first protests took place on September 19, following the murder of Mahsa Amini while in the custody of Iran’s notorious police of the moral”.

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A large demonstration at Azad University in Mashhad, where students chanted “Women, Life, Freedom”. Mashhad is an important religious center.

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Hundreds of students demonstrated outside Al Zahra Women’s University in Tehran as President Ebrahim Raisi toured the campus. They sing “Raisi, get lost”.

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Police use tear gas near Sharif University in Tehran, where student protesters last week were surrounded and many arrested after being beaten by plainclothes officers.

Gunshots are heard around Sharif University around noon in Tehran.

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Demonstration at Tehran Technical University on Saturday morning.

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A large crowd demonstrating in Mashhad, Iran’s second largest city and an important religious city controlled by an incendiary Ayatollah, Ahmad Alamolhoda, who is the father-in-law of President Ebrahim Raisi.

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Security forces had a heavy presence in all parts of the capital Tehran since Saturday morning, as a citizen reported that they had brought in buses to possibly take protesters away, but by midday no large demonstrations had been reported.

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On Friday evening, October 7, individuals set fire to a large propaganda banner depicting former IRGC Al-Quds Force commander Qasem Soleimani, who was killed in a targeted US airstrike in Iraq in January 2020.

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A high school student from the town of Sanandaj, in western Kurdistan, demonstrates by chanting “Women, freedom to live”.

There was also a general strike in Sanandaj with all shops closed as seen in this video.

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Demonstration in the central city of Kerman on Saturday at midday, as crowds chanted “Death to the dictator”.

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