Nov.11 – Several cities in Western Iran went on strike this week to mark the 40th day since security forces opened fire on protesters in the south-eastern city of Zahedan.

The demonstrations were largely in response to the alleged rape of a 15-year-old Baluchi girl in June by a police commander in Chabahar, and the death of Kurdish-Iranian Mahsa Amini on Sept.16 while in police custody.

The brutal crackdown, known as Bloody Friday, left at least 96 protestors dead and 300 people injured.

The United Kingdom said it stood with Iranians demanding their “fundamental freedoms” at a United Nations general assembly on human rights in Iran.

In its statement to the UN, Britain said Mahsa Amini’s death was a “shocking reminder of the repression to which women and girls in Iran face,” and praised Iranians for their courage during the protests.

The UK also said it condemned the use of violence and live ammunition at the demonstrations, and urged the Iranian government to restore the country’s internet access, and release all individuals who were unjustly detained.

And the Iranian regime has built a fourth entrance to its tunnel complex at Natanz, according to the Washington-based not-for-profit Institute for Science and International Security.

The complex will be used to store a new centrifuge assembly facility to replace a previous center destroyed in an attack in July 2020, according to Iranian officials.

However, the Institute said the purpose of the site remained unclear, as there was no recorded evidence of centrifuge manufacturing or centrifuge-related equipment being moved into the complex. It added that the regime appeared to be experiencing problems in completing the complex’s construction.

Kayhan Life’s thoughts remain with Iranians demonstrating for their freedom.