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1) Yesterday peaceful demonstrations organically reached 27 provinces. This protests hit the stronghold of the Supreme Leader, most of the top #IRGC commanders as well as the "Hardliners" and has hit a raw nerve in #Tehran. #IranProtests
2) The most dangerous one in the eyes of Tehran took place in #Lorestan. Lorestan is very crucial for the regime's security. They hadn't realised that #KhorramAbad is unhappy with the situation. The first chant in Lorestan was death to(down with) dictator.
3)As I reported in the afternoon some police forces rejected to crackdown and shoot at the protesters so the #IRGC itself in many cities including in Lorestan were wearing police uniforms. They came brutally on the protesters in Lorestan and 6 lost their lives in and many wounded
4)They did the same thing in #Zanjan (Azari)as one lost his life and three were injured. Also in #Rasht, many were wounded by the security forces again wearing police uniforms. Alos in #Kermanshah, many were injured. In #Kerman the same reaction.
5) In result of this protesters fought back and in Kermanshah, one Basij died, four wounded, in Lorestan 8 wounded and in Zanjan 3. Reports and videos suggest that the protesters were peaceful until SF started shooting at them.
6)In result of this, governor offices, IRGC and Basij bases were targeted and burned.People don't want violence but peaceful transitional in Iran. They are asking for a #referendum. A democratic way of solving issues.This is the path they want to take and not violence.
7) Many officers and soldiers in the army and police forces are saying that they will not shoot at the people. This is a very terrifying point for Tehran. That is why the IRGC is deploying more troops to west, north-west, and north of the country.
8)State media which were silence for two days, yesterday afternoon came up with the usual plan pomping it from Tehran to Washington:
A.These demonstrations are backed by the #US and others to destabilize Iran. You can see this reflected in NIAC's statement in Washington DC.
8)B. The west wants to create another #Syria.
They have been pomping this into state media since yesterday afternoon. So if you see any indication of such perception then you know the source. Iran isn't going that way. They are calling the regime to leave Syria to prevent this.
8)C.The west wants to separate Azarbayejan, Kurdistan, Khuzestan, and Balouchestan from Iran.
But the truth is all the protesters are chanting "No Gaza, No Syria, My Life for Iran". It is Tehran who wants to divide Iranians by using its propaganda machine within and outside Iran
9)Ignoring and shooting at protesters will turn the country into a Syria and not a peaceful people. Even if the US wants to can't happen because they have no influence on Iranians neither sources to do so nor Saudis, Qatar, Turkey,
Iranians are not fools and see all of this.
10) The regime needs to put an end to its conspiracy theories which have been pomping into people's mind from 7am to midnight(bedtime). In worst scenario yes they will welcome west's support like Germans did to get rid of Nazism and Hitler. These are true facts can't be ignored.
11)There are two blocks just now in Iran,one wants a regime change through a peaceful process for democracy.Other wants to keep Iran as it as to get worse.In Tehran,hundreds of thousands in different locations were protesting but the one who supports the regime'll say anything.
12)What appeared today in Iran is a clear indication that Tehran-by shooting at people-wants the crowd to be violent and this way escalations can be used to delegitimize people's demands for democracy and their rights as citizens.However, I think people have understood their plan
14)Last night female IRGC forces were countering protesters under the name of ordinary women.Protesters understood and didn't want to respond to them in the way IRGC forces wanted.
13)Many argue that Iranians don't have a leader. What I have understood is that people are creating a civil movement(longer run) for a final goal and they will create leader/maybe not. However, as we saw in the past two days they are also ready to pay the price if necessary.
14)Another good news is that a group of solicitors(Iranian&none Iranian) in the west today formed a coordination desk to take legal action against those who support the IRGC within western departments and institutions. I better go to bed, haven't slept for 3 days #IranProtests

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There are many fake news, unconfirmed reports, fabricated photos and photos taken for propaganda use.
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