At least 185 Basijis injured in clashes with protesters in Tehran
At least 185 operatives of Iran’s paramilitary Basij Forces, which are affiliated with the Revolutionary Guards, were injured in clashes with protesters just in the capital Tehran.
Hasan Hasanzadeh, the commander of Tehran’s Mohammad Rasulullah Unit – the IRGC’s largest division which has been praised by authorities for suppressing popular protests in previous years – said on Wednesday that the skull of one of their soldiers had been broken and that “five of the Les Basijs are now in intensive care.”
While he said none of the Basij fighters had been targeted with firearms, he claimed the protesters “were armed”.
Iran is engulfed in unrest and chaos following the death of a young woman who died in the custody of hijab police. Residents of many cities are staging daily protests against the government while workers’ unions, including teachers’ and students’ associations at several universities, have announced strikes. Essential workers in the oil sector also threatened to strike on Wednesday.
Iran Human Rights (IHR), a watchdog group based in Oslo, Norway, said on Monday that at least 76 protesters were killed by security forces as of Monday, while unofficial social media sources report much higher figures.
Earlier today, Iran’s judiciary issued a directive to the courts to act ‘decisively’and impose harsh sentences on many of those arrested during the ongoing anti-regime protests.