LORDEGAN: A Deep Wound
What happened in Lordegan, southern Iran was not an isolated incident. It was one in many such cases occurring in Iran every day.
Yesterday, thousands of residents in Lordegan demonstrated against the mullahs’ regime in support of the residents of Chenar Mahmoudi village in Chaharmahal-Bakhtiari Province. Angry youths set ablaze the office of the representative of the regime’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei and Lordegan Governor’s Office as well as several other regime’s centers.
The demonstration began outside the Governor’s Office and spread to the Health Department’s local office. The security forces attacked the protesters at both locations. The protesters defended themselves by throwing stones. The suppressive forces fired live rounds and tear gas into the crowd to disperse them, wounding a number of demonstrators.
Clashes reported between #Iran riot police and #Lordegan protesters.
Furious protesters demand justice after village health clinic contaminated 300 men, women & children with #HIV. pic.twitter.com/I4DR2P1d3e
— IRAN HRM (@IranHrm) October 5, 2019
The protesters were chanting, “Down with the dictator,” “have no fear, we are all together,” “neither Gaza, nor Lebanon, I give my life for Iran,” and “incompetent official, resign, resign.”
The mullahs’ regime dispatched swarms of Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) to stop the protesters. But they were no match for the angry mob.
On October 2, Khamenei told the Revolutionary Guards commanders,
“Continuing the strategic depth is sometimes more imperative than the most important issues facing the country. Some people do not recognize this. Some pay attention and chant neither, Gaza, nor Lebanon to the benefit of the enemy.”
Women played a prominent role in the protests which began on October 2. The protesters broke the windows of the local health department and blocked the road to the village on October 3rd.
Ali Mohammad-Akbari, IRGC commander for Qmar-Banihasheim Brigade assigned to the region blamed the Mujahedin-e Khalq (PMOI/MEK) for Lordegan’s unrest yesterday.
Mohammad-Akbari told the citizens that MEK was responsible for what had happened. He said:
“Those who had covered their faces with scarfs and directing the people in Lordegan were not locals and had come from elsewhere.”
“With their chants of death to the dictator and attacking the office of the representative of the Iranian regime’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, they targeted the clerical establishment as the main cause of all the atrocities perpetrated against the Iranian people,” Mrs. Rajavi said, adding, “This corrupt and criminal regime has squandered Iran’s national wealth by pursuing nuclear and missile projects and engaging in foreign warmongering, which has destroyed all aspects of life for the people of Iran, including health and well-being.”
Mrs. Rajavi urged all the youth, especially in Chaharmahal-Bakhtiari Province and the neighboring areas to support the protesters and the victims of the inhumane policies of the mullahs’ regime.