The protests continued Friday night until Saturday morning. In Simashahr Square, people chanted slogans against the mercenary attacks: “Do not be afraid we are all together; and we are children of war, let’s fight”. At Quds intersection, the shooting of repressive forces on the protesters led to clashes where in addition to wounding the youth, a number of plainclothes and intelligence agents of the regime were also wounded. In the clashes on Thursday, the young people also beat some of the regime's agents and forced them to flee. The injured mercenaries were transferred by a bus to Nourabad Mamassani. The people of Kazerun are protesting the division to their cities.
Plundered women and men gathered in protest on May 17 outside the Caspian Institute’s branch in Bassij Square of Kerman, southern Iran, against the company’s pilfering of their savings and deposits. On May 16, the wives of HEPCO workers joined their husbands on the third day of their protest and sit-in. Heavy Equipment Production Company or (HEPCO) produces road construction equipment and is located in Arak, capital of Markazi Province, southwest of Tehran Province.
On the same day, the State Security forces cracked down on the inhabitants of Abrak Azhgil village in Izeh, Khuzistan Province, opening fire on them. A 38-year-old woman was killed and two persons were wounded during the attack.
On May 15, students of Technical School of Yazd University and the students of Kermanshah’s Industrial University staged protests for the second day in a row, against the new policy of demanding tuition from students, and other problems in the university.
In another development on the same day, at least 70 Gonabadi (Yaresan) dervishes including a number of women faced trial in the regime's revolutionary courts. Most of them were indicted of “acting against national security” charges including through “gathering and collusion against national security”, “defying law enforcement agents”, “disrupting public peace and order” and in some cases “membership in Majzoban Noor (Gonabadi dervishes group).”
It was earlier reported that eight Yaresan women inmates were taken to sharia court from the notorious Qarchak prison without any lawyer accompanying them.
Mrs. Shaparak Shajarizadeh was arbitrarily arrested along with her 9-year-old son in the city of Kashan, central Iranian province of Isfahan. Her son was freed several hours later but she is still in captivity. Mrs. Shajarizadeh is going to stand trial at Branch 1089 of Tehran’s Penal Court on June 10, on the charge of “violating (the compulsory) veil” and “promoting corruption.”
Iranian women immediately face violent arrest and detention if they do not comply with the compulsory veil and dress code.
The Women’s Committee of the National Council of Resistance of Iran strongly condemns the arrests of Iranian women and girls under the pretext of mal-veiling and for protesting the compulsory veil; it urges international organizations and authorities defending human rights and women’s rights to take urgent action for the immediate and unconditional release of these women.
In her visit to the Council of Europe in Strasbourg in January 2018, the NCRI President-elect Maryam Rajavi called on EU member states to adopt effective measures and binding decisions to compel Iran’s ruling religious fascism to end subjugation of women and abolish the compulsory veil.
In earlier developments, Ms. Enisa Motahhar, a Baha’i residing in Isfahan, was summoned to court on May 8, after her residence was ransacked by the State Security Force and her own and her family’s personal belongings were confiscated. Ms. Kiana Thanie, a student of architecture, was banned from education and dismissed on April 30, 2018, from Mirdamad Non-profit University in Gorgan (in northern Iran) for adherence to the Baha’i faith.