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June 21 2021

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#IranProtests in Yasuj after Election Boycott

 

Protests have spread throughout the Southwestern Iranian city of Yasuj as dissent continues to mount against the Iranian Republic’s widespread fraud in last week’s presidential election. Videos from inside the country appear to show hundreds of protesters, mainly youth, taking to the streets of Yasuj and protesting the fraud committed in local council elections.

The local council elections, held concurrently with the “elections” for the Islamic Republic’s presidency, were largely boycotted. Analysts and activists believe the nationwide turnout rate to be below 20% after a widespread campaign by the opposition, “No to the Islamic Republic.”

Security forces in Yasuj, on the tenth anniversary of the murder of Neda Agha Soltan during the 2009 Green Movement, have responded by firing live ammunition at protesters and baseej units have been seen riding through the streets of the city indiscriminately beating civilians.  Videos taken by citizen journalists show a heavily militarized presence in the city amounting to effective martial law.

The films coming out of the country appear to be delayed by several hours due to regime-enforced Internet disruptions being monitored and reported by Internet experts.

Videos circulating of protests against local council elections yesterday in #Yasuj Iran met by live bullets by authorities. Info circulating on Telegram says that the Internet was allegedly shuttered around 7pm& returned at 1am, why videos coming out today with delay. #فیلترنت 

— mahsa alimardani ? مثلا (@maasalan) June 21, 2021

Some clips have shown what appear to be young protesters unconscious on the streets of Yasuj.

NUFDI will continue to monitor the growing protests.