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MEK : Consequences of Mullahs’ Rule, Poverty and Misery

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MEK : Consequences of Mullahs’ rule: Poverty and misery

After four decades of the ruling, unemployment, corruption, embezzlement and many other social disasters have been the souvenirs of the mullahs for the Iranian people. Structural economic crisis, a staggering rate of military and security expenses, plundering of the population, water-shortage, destruction of the environment and …. have made a black hole of poverty, homelessness, and misery for the Iranian people. The minimum wage is at least less than one-fourth of the poverty line. Minimum needs, even a loaf of bread, are no longer on the people’s table.

In the first place, dictators annihilate democracy so that they can plunder the people and destroy the economy. This is the roadmap chosen by the religious dictatorial regime in Iran since its formation.

On 16 April 2019, Rezaie, Iranian MP, acknowledged in the regime’s parliament that people are furious about discrimination, injustice and more lies. He added that how do you expect teachers to educate our children while they are paid five to seven dollars a day?  He compared the condition of workers with slaves.

Controlling the situation, the mullahs, as usual, resort to intimidation, imprisonment, torture, and long term sentences. Arresting labor activists, teachers, defiant youth, and … are the tools that mullahs use to curb opposition movements. In response to this catastrophic situation, the people have no other option but to resist a decent and better life. Mujahedin-e Khalq (PMOI/MEK) resistance units are mobilizing people to restore their rights.

IRGC Commander, Hussein Rahimi, acknowledged that from March 2018 to January 2019, during nine months, there have been 923 protest gatherings just in the capital, Tehran. Another IRGC commander from the province of Khuzestan also admitted there had been 650 protests by workers in this period of time in this Southern province.

Last year the Secretariat of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) and also the MEK’s networks inside Iran covered the news of protest movements, daily gatherings, and strikes of workers, farmers, particularly in Isfahan, teachers, pensioners, nurses, and looted people by credit firms affiliated to IRGC. MEK reported that in the one month period of 22 June to 22 July 2019there had been 267 protests in different cities, villages, and industrial districts in Iran; that is nine protests a day. MEK resistance units played a key role to form and direct those growing protests.

 

Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, the President-elect of NCRI, said in this regard:

“Expand the resistance units in all schools and universities. Turn every school into a resistance unit, every college into a resistance unit, and every Iranian city into a resistance city. Freedom and victory are in your hands!”

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MEK: Iran execution rate rising

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Iranian diaspora protest against the 1988 massacre in which 30000 MEK members and supporters were executed in Iran (file photo)

October 10 was World Day against the Death Penalty and this makes it the perfect time to reflect on the death penalty in Iran, for which Iran Human Rights Monitor’s (HRM) annual report has just been released.

There are hundreds of people in Iran that are sentenced to death every year, with thousands lingering on death row in Iranian jails, but the Iranian officials have never heeded the world’s calls to ban the death penalty.

Several independent international bodies, including the UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in Iran and Amnesty International, have said that Iran is the top executioner per capita, the second biggest executioner in terms of numbers, and the world leader in the executions of children and juvenile offenders.

Iran Human Rights Monitor notes that in 2019 alone, at least 200 individuals have been executed, including eight juvenile offenders, 10 women, and six political prisoners. At least 12 executions were carried out in public. More worrying still, this appears to be escalating, with at least nine women executed in just eight months, compared with an average of 6 to 10 per year from 2016 to 2018.

The Regime uses execution as a tool to suppress the Iranian people, most of whom live under the poverty line, are unemployed, and deprived of freedom of expression. They hardly make a secret of it. Supreme leader Ali Khamenei appointed notorious former judge Ebrahim Raisi, who was partly responsible for the massacre of 30,000 people in 1988, mostly members of the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI, Mujahedin-e Khalq or MEK), as judiciary chief back in March to keep a lid on social unrest.

The US State Department deputy spokesman Robert Palladino denounced Raisi’s appointment as a “disgrace” and a “mockery of legal process”.

He tweeted: “Ebrahim Raisi, involved in mass executions of political prisoners, was chosen to lead Iran’s judiciary. What a disgrace! The regime makes a mockery of the legal process by allowing unfair trials and inhumane prison conditions. Iranians deserve better!”

While 160 countries have abolished the death penalty, Iran continues to execute people contrary to the standards required under international law and executes juvenile offenders, those with mental disabilities, and those who have not committed serious crimes (i.e. drug users, political activists). They also refuse to categorize murders according to their degrees, meaning that there is no leniency for manslaughter, self-defense, or domestic abuse victims.

Iran HRM wrote:  “[We urge] all international human rights organizations, especially the High Commissioner for Human Rights and the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Iran, journalists and the media, to condemn horrendous executions in Iran and take immediate action to stop these medieval crimes being carried out in the twenty-first century. We want an Iran, free of any executions.”

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MEK: Iran is top executioner in world

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Street exhibition by Iranian diaspora highlighting the 1988 massacre, mainly MEK members and supporters, in Iran, Paris (file photo)

Iran has the most number of executions per capita in the world, as well as being the world’s top executioner of juveniles, having executed at least 3,800 people since supposed moderate Hassan Rouhani became president in 2013.

This should come as no surprise because all the way back in 1980, when he was a lawmaker, Rouhani called for the Regime’s political opponents to be hanged in public at Friday prayers to serve as an example to others.

These executions have continued in Iran throughout 2019, with at least 199 people executed so far this year, according to Iran Human Rights Monitor (Iran-HRM). This is despite the fact that the United Nations Special Rapporteur on human rights in Iran, Javaid Rehman, condemned Iran’s execution rate in 2018, specifically the executions of at least six juvenile offenders.

Under the Regime’s so-called Citizens Rights Charter, Iranians don’t have a right to life and the age at which the death sentence can be handed down is nine for girls and 15 for boys.

The most common victims of this heinous crime are activists of the Iranian opposition group, the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK), with some 120,000 of them executed by the Regime since 1981.

Some 30,000 of these were executed under a fatwa by Regime Founder Ruhollah Khomeini in 1988 after hastily set up Death Commissions held kangaroo trials and ordered the execution of anyone who refused to renounce the MEK. The victims were buried in mass graves, their deaths covered up, and those responsible given cushy positions in the Regime, like current Judiciary Chief Ebrahim Raisi and current Justice Minister Alireza Avaei.

Amnesty International, the late UN Special Rapporteur on Iran Asma Jahangir, and Iran HRM all called for an independent investigation into the massacre, but so far it has not materialized.

Iranian opposition leader Maryam Rajavi wants to ensure that the death penalty is banned in Iran, alongside torture and all other human rights abuses; something they’ve advocated many times over the past four decades.

Rajavi said:

“Our plan for the future is to put an end to the mullahs’ religious decrees. We reject the inhuman penal code and other abusive laws of this regime. We believe Retribution is an inhuman law. Our plan is to institute an independent, dynamic and free judiciary. Our plan is to defend democratic values, freedom, equality, and sanctity of every citizen’s private life…. Our plan is for all citizens to enjoy genuine security and equal rights before the law. We are seeking a new order based on freedom, democracy, and equality.”

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MEK pushes the mullahs towards a deadly cliff

Iranian Regeme dead end road

MEK pushes the mullahs towards a deadly cliff

Confronting the unrest in Iran, Khamenei, the Supreme Leader of religious fascism finds no solution but accelerating internal suppression and external terrorism. Adopting Ebrahim Raissi, the key figure in the 1988 prison massacre, in which 30,000 Mujahedin-e Khalq (PMOI/MEK) members and supporters were executed in just a few months, as the head of the Judiciary shows he has no other option to control the explosive situation in Iran but appointing henchmen as high-ranking officials.

However, the growing protests during recent months in Iran led by the MEK indicate repression does not work for mullahs as it did before. The protests in Iran prove that the rulers cannot dictate their demands and people do not accept this miserable situation any longer. Expanding the popular movements and protests, and also the growing war between different factions inside the regime, both reflect the reality of Iranian society.

This leads the society to stand up and protest against poverty and repression. Recent uprising of people in the Southwest city of Lordegan is just an example.

Saturday, October 5, 2019, 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 rocks. The suppressive forces fired live rounds and tear gas into the crowd to disperse them, wounding a number of demonstrators.

Despite the unprecedented suppression, the angry workers in two industrial facilities, Hepco and Arak Azarab, are still continuing their protests against the regime.

Everything indicates circumstances are changing in Iran with freedom and prosperity on the horizon.

Pointing to the protests of people in Lordegan, Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, the President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) said:

“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,”

On the current situation she emphasized:

“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.”

After four decades of suppression, the MEK resistance units are active more than ever, pushing the mullahs towards a deadly cliff. Victory is within reach. It is time for the international community to recognize the Iranian Resistance, the NCRI and the MEK.

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Maryam Rajavi on the World Day against the Death Penalty

Maryam Rajavi, the President-elect of NCRI

Maryam Rajavi, the President-elect of NCRI delivering speech on the memory of MEK’s martyrs.(file photo)

On October 10, which was the World Day against the Death Penalty, Maryam Rajavi, the leader of the Iranian opposition, president-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), gave a speech about execution in Iran, which has stolen the lives of 120,000, Mujahedin-e Khalq (PMOI/MEK) members and supporters.

Rajavi said the sacrifice of the martyrs not only exposed the bloody nature of the mullahs’ religious dictatorship but also helped raise support for banning the death penalty in Iran; something that she is sure will happen as soon as the mullahs are overthrown.

Rajavi said: “Over the past 40 years, the cycle of executions of youths in Iran actually perpetuated the rule of the mullahs’ religious tyranny. Such bloody insanity has created an atmosphere of suppression and terror crucial to preserving the mullahs’ decadent regime, on the one hand. And on the other, it provided a mechanism for training ruthless mercenaries to take on the rule. Their fieldwork included interrogation and torture of victims, laying the hanging noose around their necks or giving them the coup de grace. Having passed this course, Ebrahim Raisi, an executioner involved in the 1988 massacre, has now become the head of the Judiciary.”

Rajavi noted that there were 253 executions in Iran in 2018 alone, according to international bodies, but that this was only a small number because many executions are carried out secretly. She also highlighted that at least four of these executions were carried out on juvenile offenders, while the number of executions of political prisoners has increased dramatically over that period.

She then mentioned the murder of a political prisoner that was planned by prison authorities in Greater Tehran Prison in June and the execution of three political prisoners in Dezful and Kazerun in July and August, before citing the secret executions of 22 Arab compatriots in November 2018, as reported by Amnesty International.

Rajavi said that these executions, combined with the Regime’s brutal suppression of the Iranian people, makes it all the more urgent for the United Nations and international human rights bodies to investigate how political prisoners are being treated in Iran. She warned against allowing the regime to threaten the lives of political prisoners in a desperate effort to counter the protest movement, pointing out that appeasement has only led to more executions.

Rajavi said:  “Appeasement is what the clerical regime relies upon to export their terrorism by taking advantage of their diplomatic facilities on European soil and through warmongering in the region… To stand up to a regime which is the main threat to global peace and security, all governments need to make their ties and commerce with the clerical regime contingent on end to executions and torture in Iran.”

She advised that the dossier on human rights abuses in Iran must be referred to the UN Security Council and the International Tribunal, that the UN should pressure the regime to admit their fact-finding delegation to prisons where political prisoners are held, and that the international community should recognize the Iranian people’s right to a “sovereign republic”.

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Iranian Regime Faces Ever Growing Workers Protest

Protest of HEPCO's workers

HEPCO company workers rallying in Arak (File Photo)

The mullahs’ regime is cornered by many problems in Iran. Some are scarier than others for the theocratic regime. Workers’ protests and strikes areas such. In the most recent labor unrest in Iran’s industrial heartland, Arak, in central Iran, Azarab Company workers protest for the familiar demands; unpaid wages and the return of the company to the public sector. The mullahs’ regime’s scheme in the last two decades against the working class has been a suppressive plan of forced privatization of oldest industries such as Hepco and Azarab in Iran. But what is even more cynical is that the clerical regime has tried to kill two birds with one stone. It wants to escape the responsibilities of the government toward Iran’s working community such as guaranteed wages and insurance and aims at breaking up the oldest labor unions formed in such industries for more than 40 years in Iran.

In Azarab, for example, private management is downsizing the personnel. What the mullahs’ regime has done is putting a multimillion-dollar company on sale for a fraction of its real market value. The bid usually goes to former Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) commanders or their families. By doing so the regime has two goals; one is gradually killing the company and secondly prevent the labor unions from taking shape. In the case of Azarab and Hepco they share the same fate. The Iranian regime has followed the same road)map for both industrial companies. The workers’ major demand aside from back pays is preventing the gradual closure of the company.

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Workers of the Azarab company in Arak, central Iran, continues their rallies- file Photo

Azarab workers protested for three days outside the company’s plant in Arak. The anti-riot units of the IRGC were called in to turn the protesters away. But they stood their grounds and pushed them back.

Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, the President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), hailed the brave workers of Azarab for not abandoning their protests despite the suppressive measures and threats by the mullahs’ regime. She said that the ruling religious fascism in Iran responds to the enraged citizens only with tear gas, beatings, arrests, medieval trials, and long prison terms. But oppression and injustice will crumble in the face of the heroic workers’ resolve.

The Mujahedin-e Khalq (PMOI/MEK) also welcomed the Azarab’s workers for their bravery in standing up for their rights.

Background:

On October 8, 2019, for the third consecutive day, the protest gathering of Azarab’s workers continued. On Sunday, October 6, 2019, workers of Azarab Company had organized a gathering on the Tehran-Arak highway to protest the sale of the company and to demand their unpaid wages. They closed the main square at the city’s entrance.

A day before, on October 7, the workers had gathered and marched outside the company. The Revolutionary Guards’ anti-riot units attacked them by firing tear gas into the crowd. They blocked the demonstrators from entering the city fearing that the youths might join the protesting workers.

Despite yesterday’s brutal attacks, the workers gathered outside the company’s building again. The suppressive forces blocked the demonstrators from reaching San’at Square and entering the city.

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Iran: The Number One State in Death Penalty Per Capita in the world

Tens of thousands have been executed in Iran

120,000 MEK members and supporters haven executed in Iran since 1981

Tenth of October, is the international day against the Death penalty; however, in Iran under the current despotic regime of mullahs, gallows are everywhere to take the lives of citizens every day. According to the annual report of Amnesty International Iran is still the number one state in execution per-capita as well as in torture and lack of legal procedures.

The Iranian regime is widely using the death penalty to terrorize and intimidate society. In many occasions, it uses this apparatus to target political and conscience opponents, and also ethnic and religious minorities in a discriminative manner.

Last year, Ali Khamenei, Supreme Leader of the Iranian regime, appointed Ebrahim Raeesi, the key figure in the Death Committee during the 1988 massacre in Iran, that sent 30000 MEK members and supporters to the gallows, as the head of Judiciary. Since Raissi took the office the number of executions has raised dramatically.

Robert Paladino, the US State Department speak person, in a Tweet in March 2019 wrote:

” Ebrahim Raeesi, involved in mass executions of political prisoners, was chosen to lead #Iran’s judiciary. What a disgrace! The regime makes a mockery of the legal process by allowing unfair trials and inhumane prison conditions. Iranians deserve better!”

350 death sentences in three months

According to the State-run agency, IRNA, 18 June 2019, Gholam-Hossein Mohseni-Eje’ i, first deputy of regime’s Judiciary, admitted that just during the first three months of this year, there had been 350 death sentences and 250 more are under consideration. During August, 40 death sentences have been issued in Iran. In a statement on 8 August 2019, the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) stated that there have been 46 executions for five weeks, 39 just in July.

Rouhani’s record

Gross violation of human rights since Rouhani took office, clearly shows the dire situation in Iran. According to the human rights organizations, in the last five and half years, during Rouhani’s presidency, 400 people have been executed, 56 per month; with ninety-seven women executed in this period.

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Three MEK supportes executed by Iranian regime

Political prisoners Kazemi and Haj-Aghaie  (Jan 2011), and Ali Saremi(Dec 2010), all supporters of MEK executed by the Iranian regime

Based on statistics released by Mujahedin-e Khalq (PMOI/MEK), 120,000 Iranians have been killed by the Iranian regime. MEK has published the names and particulars of 20,000 of MEK members and supporters in two books, “Crime against Humanity”, and in “Fallen for Freedom”.

In an unprecedented crime against humanity since world war two, 30,000 political prisoners, mainly MEK members and supporters were executed in cold blood in just a few months in 1988 on direct orders of Khomeini, the founder of the mullahs’ regime.

Executions of ethnic and religious minorities, such as Kurds, Arabs, Baluchis, Sunnis, and Baha’is have turned to a routine in Iran. 22 prisoners of conscience, Sunnis, were killed in a mass execution on 2 August 2016.

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On 10 October 2015, in a speech delivered to a conference on the International Day against Death penalty Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, the President-elect of the NCRI, said:

“Our plan for future is an Iran without the death penalty, obliterating the mullahs’ religious decrees and establishing an independent judiciary, defending democratic values, freedom, equality, and sanctity of every citizen’s private life; no one will be arrested arbitrarily and torture is banned.”

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Rouhani Comes Back From UNGA Empty-handed

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Iranian regime’s President, Hassan Rouhani, comes back from the UNGA empty-handed

The Iranian Regime sent its President Hassan Rouhani to New York for the 2019 United Nations General Assembly to promote and defend the mullahs as their crimes get more international attention. However, he failed horrendously in that regard, especially among the Iranian people.

Iranians from the US, Canada, and Europe, who support the Iranian opposition People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI, Mujahedin-e Khalq or MEK), gathered outside the United Nations in New York on September 24 and 25 for a “No to Rouhani” rally that occurred at the same time as Rouhani’s speech at the UN General Assembly.

It served as a timely reminder that the only solution to the crises in Iran is regime change by the Iranian people and their organized resistance movement.

After the UNGA, various members of the Iranian regime’s parliament criticized Rouhani for achieving nothing on his New York visit, with MP Fereydoon Faramand quoting a New York Times article saying that Rouhani got a “cold shoulder” at the UNGA when Iran was counting on a warm reception.

The Europeans reiterated their support for the nuclear deal, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), but issued a statement saying that Iran was behind the attacks on Saudi Arabia’s oil facilities.

Massoud Rezaie, another MP, said:

“We expected our officials to easily surpass this crisis… not only have we not witnessed any advances, in fact, but there have also been no measures in line with the promises made… If the Iranian state is unable to resolve its political dilemmas with the world, the country’s economic dilemmas will not be resolved.”

MP Nour Mohammad Torbati-nezhad even appeared to plead with the Regime’s leaders about ending their expansionist policies to avoid giving the rest of the world any reason for increased tensions, which shows what a desperate state the mullahs are in.

While former MP Fereydoon Majlesi noted about the regime’s failed policies and advised a step back by the Regime, although he did admit that was unlikely; something that former Iranian ambassador to Italy Seyed Jalal Sadatian also advised when noting how Iran was like a “powder keg” because of the pressures on the people.

Rouhani went to New York high on speculative media coverage about a potential meeting with Donald Trump about ending sanctions and a $15 billion bailout package from Europe, but this quickly disappeared.

The National Council of Resistance of Iran(NCRI) wrote:

“The tide has also turned against the entire regime and there is literally no light at the end of the tunnel for the mullahs in Iran.”

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End the Impunity for Those Who Carried Out 1988 Iran Massacre

1988 massacre

In 1988, 30,000 political prisoners of MEK members were summarily executed in Iran on the Fatwa of Regime Founder Ruhollah Khomeini

In the summer of 1988, 30,000 political prisoners were summarily executed in Iran on the Fatwa of Regime Founder Ruhollah Khomeini for their support of the opposition group People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI, Mujahedin-e Khalq or MEK). For over 30 years, the families of the victims have sought answers, but were routinely silenced by the Regime, even executed themselves on some occasions, and ignored by the world.

In 2016, a justice-seeking movement was established to end the mullahs’ impunity and prevent something like this from happening again. The movement is demanding the names of the victims, the locations of their graves, identification of perpetrators, and prosecution of those responsible for this crime against humanity.

Now, there has been some condemnation of the massacre by governing bodies, after survivors and witnesses testified and especially following the release of a 1988 audio file of then Khomeini’s heir Hossein Ali Montazeri criticizing the massacre as “the greatest crime committed in the Islamic Republic [for which] history will condemn us”. But still, the perpetrators remain free, with many still serving in the Regime, including head of the judiciary Ebrahim Raisi, minister of justice Alireza Avaei, head of the Supreme Disciplinary Court for Judges Hossein Ali Nayyeri,  and member of the Assembly of Experts Mohammad Hossein Ahmadi.

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The perpetrators of the 1988 massacre in the Islamic Republic

These officials have openly defended the massacre, with former justice minister Mostafa Pour Mohammadi even claiming he was “proud” to carry out the massacre and would do so again. The Regime has also seen fit to destroy evidence, like mass graves, in order to evade international investigations, should one ever come to pass.

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It is clear that there should be international action to hold the perpetrators of the 1988 massacre responsible and end their impunity for what human rights barrister Geoffrey Robertson QC described as

“one of the biggest human carnages since World War II”.

The National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) wrote:

“In light of the new evidence and information surfaced since 2016 when the Call-for-Justice movement emerged, and the admissions made by the clerical regime’s officials defending the massacre, the time has come for the international community to break its 30-year silence and end three decades of impunity for the clerical regime leaders in Iran.”

They advised that it is time for the United Nations to launch an independent investigation into this crime against humanity and for the dossier of human rights violations in Iran, particularly the executions of the 1980s, to be referred to the UN Security Council.

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Iran killed protester in Lordegan

Iran Killed Protester on Saturday

Iran killed protester in Lordegan

In a demonstration against the Iranian regime in Lordegan, the Iranian regime’s suppressive security forces killed Saadatollah (Gharib) Mousavi.

The Iranian regime’s suppressive security forces in Lordegan killed a protester on Saturday.

Saadatollah (Gharib) Mousavi, who was a resident of the Bedelleh suburb, will be laid to rest in a memorial service today.

He was one of thousands of residents who took part in a demonstration against the Iranian regime and in support of the residents of Chenar Mahmoudi village in Chaharmahal-Bakhtiari province over the weekend, after it was discovered that a health clinic in the village had used contaminated needles to test hundreds of villagers for diabetes and exposed them to HIV. So far, more than 300 people have tested positive for HIV.

Many villagers had protested outside the governor’s office on October 2, sparking a national outcry, but Iran’s Health Minister denied the claims and blamed the outbreak on “addicts” and “unsuitable relationships”; words echoed by the state media.

Understandably, this made people mad and they took to the streets in their thousands, with angry young people burning government centers, like the office of the representative of the regime’s supreme leader Ali Khamenei, the health clinic responsible for the outbreak, and the Lordegan governor’s office, as they chanted “death to [the] dictator”.

During the protest, the security forces attacked the protesters with pellet guns and wounded a number of protesters, including a 15-year-old boy, while the protesters tried to defend themselves by throwing rocks or whatever they could get their hands on.

The Iranian regime then imposed an unofficial martial law on the city, stationing tanks at the entrance of the town and having its agents constantly patrol the area, because it is scared of a possible uprising. The regime was forced to admit that the main Iranian opposition group, the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) is leading the protests, which belies the support they have among Iranians.

Ali-Mohammad Akbari, commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) in the province, said: “The [MEK] were present in the recent riots. They… were guiding people.”

Other cities, including Isfahan and Jolfa, have taken to the streets in support of the Lordegan residents.

The National Council of Resistance of Iran wrote:

“The Iranian Resistance expresses its highest admiration and condolences to the brave residents of Lordegan. We call on the UN Secretary-General, UN Human Rights Council (UNHCR) and all other UN-related bodies to condemn the ruling religious fascism in Iran for its brutal suppression of popular protests and especially that of Lordegan’s residents.”

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