MEKIran: Regime is Unable to Silence Protest in Isfahan
Iran’s government despatched a strong deployment of security officers to Isfahan on Friday to prevent farmers in the province from organizing a planned assembly in the Zayandeh Rud river basin. The regime’s terrified and rushed security response occurred just one week after the dictatorship forcefully dispersed the farmers’ peaceful demonstrations in Zayandeh Rud, where they had congregated for several weeks to protest water shortages and detrimental government policies.
Despite the brutality, Isfahan residents chose to return
Tear gas and pellet guns were used by anti-riot authorities to target the protestors. But the protesters, who had only heard empty promises from government officials, stayed strong and stood up against the brutal police forces. The protesters’ chants, which had previously been about water shortages, quickly became political, with marchers asking for the mullahs’ regime to be overthrown.
Despite the brutality with which their protests were met, Isfahan residents chose to return to the Zayandeh Rud basin on Friday to oppose the regime’s restrictive policies. Fearful of the potential consequences of such protests, the dictatorship dispatched its security forces to prevent them from taking shape.
Anti-riot forces were deployed around the Zayandeh Rud
To quell the protests, the regime dispatched units from the Revolutionary Guards (IRGC), the Basij, the State Security Forces, anti-riot forces, the Ministry of Intelligence and Security (MOIS), the judiciary police, and traffic police, according to sources. Helicopters were even deployed by the authorities to patrol the city and identify and disperse any sort of protest.
Anti-riot forces were deployed around the Zayandeh Rud and Khaju bridges, where the protest was scheduled to take place. The police had announced ahead of time that any form of gathering at the site would be prohibited, and that individuals would not even be permitted to park their cars near the bridge or the river.
The regime’s claimed of foreign enemies propaganda
Throughout the day, motorcades were patrolling the city. The traffic cops were blocking a lot of roadways. Locals further claimed that the authorities had shut internet connectivity in the Zayandeh Rud area ahead of time in order to prevent reports of impending protests from being published online.
“Security authorities will deal with anyone who publishes news and spreads rumours on social media channels,” Isfahan’s governor warned demonstrators ahead of time.
The regime’s state-run media broadcasted propaganda against the “foreign enemies” who are organizing and leading the country’s protests.
The brave people no longer we have anything to lose
The authorities went to considerable pains to silence the voices of Isfahan’s farmers, who had been pleading for basic necessities. The regime’s approach to all kinds of protests has been this. To avoid dealing with the people’s legitimate demands, the regime resorts to violence and repression. However, the reality is that Iran’s economic and living situations have deteriorated to the point that the people no longer have anything to lose. This is why, as the regime’s persecution increases, people become more determined in their protests, knowing that the only option to regain their rights is to take action themselves.
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