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Iranian General Seyed Sadeq Hosseini, head of the Basij (Mobilization) Forces of Iran

Iranian authorities have deployed the dreaded Basij paramilitary mobilization forces across the country to support police in suppressing the protests that have erupted throughout Iran over the downing of Ukraine International Flight 752 last Wednesday by Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Aerospace Force.

Tens of thousands of demonstrators converged on Azadi Square in Tehran on Sunday to continue their protests against the regime. Nearly 100,000 people had gathered to protest against the Iranian government by nightfall, according to Middle East defense analyst Babak Taghvaee.

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Tens of thousands more Iranians were reportedly using their cars to cause traffic jams and block highways in order to stop – or at least, slow down – the security forces who were on their way to suppress the protesters expressing their outrage.

All the roads to Azadi Square in Tehran were blocked by the drivers who were trying to protect the protesters from the security forces.

In Kermanshah, security forces have already began attacking protesters who were demonstrating against the regime.

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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.
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