Errors of Western Policy Persist Amidst Latest Protests and Crackdowns in Iran
The National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), and the People’s Mujahedin of Iran (PMOI / MEK Iran) reported over the last week, much of the Iranian provinces of Sistan and Baluchistan became overwhelmed by protests after an altercation that took place between the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) and fuel transporters working in the area.
Solidarity with the fuel porters
This has led to more opposition to the current regime as supporters showed their solidarity with the fuel porters throughout the country.
It has been more than 2 years since serious anti-regime protests erupted in Iran and the spirit to discredit the regime is still as strong as ever. All of these protests have been brought about due to the lack of respect the regime has towards human rights.
Time and time again anyone who acts against the regime is subject to imprisonment, torture, and even execution.
Europe has shown little contempt towards the regime and has wholeheartedly supported the planned Europe-Iran Business Forum, which is to commence next Monday, and the European Union’s head of foreign policy, Josep Borrell, is expected to participate. His decision to be part of this event has been highly criticized, especially following the conviction for terrorism of an Iranian diplomat early in February.
What’s Behind the Sistan and Baluchistan protest?
This community, which belongs to a local Baluchi ethnic group, has been fuel porters for a long time, but now the IRGC has dug massive trenches close to the Pakistani border to make it difficult for the porters to continue to work. When they demanded an explanation the response was met by an open fire and numerous deaths. The IRGC then quickly chased residents from the border village.
After further protests that took place on Tuesday in Saravan, the MEK estimated that the death toll was at least 40, with more than 100 other unarmed civilians being wounded.
“Iran’s Year of Uprising”
Following protests between 2017 and 2019, November 2019 was the worse month for this activity. The slogans at the protests included:
- “Death to the dictator”
- “down with the rule of the mullahs.”
Because the regime became afraid, it opened fire on the protesters in 2019, killing 1,500 in the process. Not only that, but there may have been up to 12,000 arrests, according to MEK sources. A report released last year called “Trampling Humanity” by Amnesty International claimed those arrested were the victims of torture.
The EU ignores killings
No one took any notice in the EU of the killings that were taking place in Iran. Because of this, Tehran began to crackdown on the opposition, hoping to wipe it out for good at the thwarted bomb attack of the 2018 Free Iran Rally held by the opposition, The National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), and the People’s Mujahedin of Iran (PMOI / MEK Iran) reported just outside Paris.
If it had succeeded there would have been many deaths, even some important Western dignitaries who were in attendance.
If western governments decide to increase sanctions to isolate the regime, those Western governments will undoubtedly help safeguard their own people.
Universal human rights should
In fact, any European or American policymaker who is dedicated to ensuring universal human rights should push the regime to end its human rights abuses.
So far there has been little interest from outside Iran to support the Iranian people’s right to build better futures for themselves.
Monday’s Europe-Iran Business Forum shows that it intends to do nothing about the regime in Iran even though recent killings of fuel porters are a stark reminder of the cruelty of the regime.
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