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Reza Outadi a protester who was shot dead by Iranian regime security forces in Karaj

Amnesty International to Iranian Regime: Release all Protesters

 

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Reza Outadi, shot dead by Iranian regime security forces during peaceful demonstrations in Karaj-August 2018

Amnesty International has called upon Iranian authorities to release those who have been arrested solely for taking part in the protests. In an August 8th letter, Amnesty International also called for the authorities to conduct a prompt, impartial, and independent investigation into the shooting of Reza Outadi, a protester in Karaj who was killed on August 3, 2018.

The Iranian regime has responded to the spread protests and demonstrations across the country over the past week, with violent suppression and widespread arrests based on reports from MEK network inside Iran.

The letter from Amnesty International also urged authorities to protect those who have been detained from torture and other poor treatment and to reveal the location and dates of the dozens of detainees whose status has been unknown since their arrests.

Among those detained by the regime is Human Rights Defender Nader Afshari. He was arrested by Ministry of Intelligence Services (MOIS) agents in Karaj on August 1, 2018. He is believed to be held in a secret facility, but his exact whereabouts are unknown.

Amnesty International has expressed concern about reports that detainees who have been taken to Evin prison, Shahr-e Rey prison, and Fashafouyeh prison have not been given much if any access to their families or attorneys.

Protests began on July 31st in response to the rapid decrease in value of the rial and quickly spread across Iran. Deep dissatisfaction with the regime and its policies caused the protests to shift rapidly from economic matters to calls for regime change. The MEK network inside Iran reported chants of “Death to Khamenei!” and “Death to the the dictator!” in cities across Iran.

The regime responded to the protests with violent suppression, injuring dozens of people in the process. Videos taken during the protests and shared on social media show crowds of people running from the sound of gunfire.

Reza Outadi was a 26-year-old man who went to a protest in Karaj on August 3rd and was shot to death. The regime’s Prosecutor General of Karaj said that Outadi was “killed by gunfire that came from protesters amidst the rioting that took place” in Karaj. He claimed that Outadi was “shot in the back and killed.” He further claimed that security forces were also injured as a result of being shot, stabbed, and hit with stones. Reports from the MEK network in Iran say that Outadi was shot by security forces who fired into a crowd of unarmed protesters. During last December protests, at least 50 protesters were slain by repressive security forces, some under torture, while the regime authorities had claimed they had committed suicide!

The Fars News reported on August 7th that the regime’s Prosecutor General of Karaj announced that a special unit was to be set up to investigate Reza Outadi’s death.

Amnesty International has expressed concern that the regime’s special unit does not meet the standards of impartiality and independence required under international law. Amnesty urges Iranian authorities to ensure that the investigation into Reza Outadi‘ dreary is both impartial and independent and that anyone who is reasonably suspected of criminal responsibility is brought to justice in a fair trial without the death penalty as an option.

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An Interview with Hanif Jazayeri: The Iranian People Have Spoken Loud and Clear

Recent Protests Mark a New Era for Iran’s Opposition

Recent Protests Mark a New Era for Iran’s Opposition

On the 6th of August, as US sanctions affecting the purchase of dollars, metals, and car and plane parts were re-imposed on Iran, an interview with Hanif Jazayeri was broadcast across major American cities. Listeners in Las Vegas, Baltimore, Minneapolis, New Orleans, Raleigh, and Pittsburgh could tune in to hear the Iranian news editor discuss the latest wave of economic sanctions and their effect on the already unstable clerical regime.

The United States announced its latest wave of sanctions, which will target the Iranian oil industry, the backbone of the Iranian economy; however, the EU and Russia have already voiced their opposition to the sanctions. They announced they would prefer to salvage the crumbling JCPOA agreement.

A New Breed of Protest

Hanif opened the interview by fielding a question on the changing nature of the Iranian protest movement. He said, “the Iranian people have spoken loud and clear”, “they are blaming the regime for their economic hardship”. In the wake of the JCPOA, the Iranian regime unlocked billions of dollars in aid packages, but the people saw none of the benefits.

“They have noticed this,” said Hanif, “and that is actually because all the money has been spent in Syria, to prop up the dictator there, to fund terrorist groups in the region, for the domestic suppression apparatus of the regime, and the rest of it has lined the pockets of the mullahs and their families.”

Following this blatant abuse of power and mismanagement of resources, the Iranian people have taken to the streets in their thousands to express their frustration at the mullahs’ regime. The people want an end to the regime.

The International Community

Hanif went on to mention the Iranian opposition leader, Maryam Rajavi’s appeal to the international community to impose sanctions on Iran’s oil industry and exclude the current regime from the international banking system. Only the regime’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) is benefitting from oil exports at present.

Hanif Jazayeri has played an active role himself in drumming up international support for the Iranian protest movement. He has been collecting footage from protestors in Iran and publishing them across social media to raise international awareness for the struggle of the Iranian people.

However, many within the international community have expressed reluctance and hesitation at the idea of reintroducing sanctions. A common argument against Maryam Rajavi’s proposal of sanctioning the Iranian oil industry is that it would further hurt the already struggling Iranian population.

Hanif attempted to dispel this common misconception. He cited the slogans adopted among the protestors which state, “our enemy is right here, they are lying when they say it is America”.

The people of Iran have suffered under the Iranian regime both when economic sanctions have been imposed, and after the sanctions were lifted. They saw no benefit from the lifting of the sanctions, their standard of living did not improve. Therefore, the lifting of the sanctions empowered the regime. It gave the Iranian regime more money to spend on suppressing the people.

Will Sanctions Empower Hardliners?

In response to Hanif’s argument, the interviewer countered that economic sanctions could empower the hardliners within Iran. They could be interpreted as “economic bullying” and allow the more extreme elements in Rouhani’s regime to portray Iran as a victim and being unfairly punished by the American government.

In reality, there are not hardliners and moderates within the Iranian regime. They are all hardliners. Rouhani himself has threatened to disrupt passage through the Strait of Hormuz if oil sanctions are imposed on Iran. His regime continues to arrest and execute political dissidents. There are no “hardliners” and “moderates”, only the regime in all its brutality.

Again, Hanif pointed to the slogans of the protestors to illustrate the point. The demonstrations across Iran have featured slogans stating, “no to hardliners, no to moderates”.

More than half of the country is in poverty and has been so for nearly forty years. For Iranians, the situation deteriorated after the sanctions were lifted. The regime received a financial windfall, which only gave them more resources to use in their routine abuse and repression of the Iranian people. “In the last two years, for example, the economic situation has spiraled downwards”, said Hanif.

Finally, Hanif Jazayeri saluted the brave protestors turning out across Iran, risking imprisonment and death in their determination to make their voices heard.

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MEK Network: Fact Sheet on Protest Suppression

Iranian regime plain cloth forces arrest a young protester in Iran

A protester arrested by murderous plain cloth forces, during Iran Protest – August 5, 2018

A report based on MEK network inside Iran on the regime’s suppression of the recent protests in Iran was published recently. The protests are part of a larger uprising that has grown from economic unrest due to the fall in the value of the rial as U.S. sanctions are set to resume. Calls for regime change have been widespread among protesters in cities across the country.

 

The recent protests and demonstrations in Iran began on Tuesday, July 31st, in several cities. Riot police, security forces and plainclothes agents

were dispatched to the scenes of the protests to disperse the gatherings and subsequently beat and arrested unarmed protesters. A young man identified by the MEK network as Reza Otadi was shot and killed by security forces while protesting in Gohardasht, Karaj on August 3rd.

The MEK network has prepared a fact sheet about acts of suppression by security forces during the recent protests. The information initially published by Iran HRM has been summarized below:

Tuesday,  July 31st

Shiraz: The regime’s police force fired tear gas onto the protesters, hitting a seven-year-old boy in the face.

Karaj: Protesters were beaten by riot police and plainclothes police officers. The regime used water cannons to disperse protesters at night.

Wednesday August 1st

Isfahan: Suppressive forces maintained a heavy presence in the main streets of Isfahan, there were attacks on protesters in several areas. Protesters who had gathered underneath a bridge were also attacked by riot police.

 

Security forces in Noavaran Square stood in a row in front of protesters to attempt to block their path, then used water cannons on them to push the crowd back and disperse them. In another area, security forces clashed with protesters, firing tear gas and bullets into the crowd.

Rasht: Riot police and security forces using batons and Tasers, beat protesters severely, injuring several.

 

Karaj: Protesters were beaten by riot police and security forces.

Thursday, August 2nd

Isfahan: Riot police fired tear gas and pellet guns into a crowd of protesters. The protesters responded by throwing rocks at the police. The police subsequently fired live ammunition into the crowd, shooting a young protester in the leg.

 

Ahvaz: Agents of the regime attacked small groups of people who were standing on the street.

 

Tehran: Security forces in Valiasr Square assaulted and arrested several protesters.

 

Shahin Shahr, Isfahan: Bassij forces from the Revolutionary Guards Corps confronted and severely beat people.

Shiraz: A heavy security presence was in place in Shiraz. Security forces on motorcycles attempted to intimidate protesters by patrolling the area and attacking protesters. Plainclothes agents attacked protesters as well. Riot police fired tear gas into the crowds. Undercover agents went into the crowds of protesters to detain participants.

 

Qahdarijan, Isfahan: Riot police shot tear gas into crowds after clashes with protesters.

Karaj: Protesters were attacked on the streets by Bassij forces. Riot police fired tear gas at protesters. As night fell, riot police attempted to intimidate the protesters by marching on the street with motorcycle police following behind them.

 

Mashhad: Police shot tear gas at protesters from motorcycles and from on foot. A number of protesters were detained.

 

Friday,  August 3rd

Shahin Shahr, Isfahan: Riot police shot tear gas into crowds of protesters, as police assaulted protesters with their batons. Riot police attempted to intimidate the protesters by patrolling the streets on motorcycles. Protesters were attacked by Bassij forces.

 

Karaj: A large presence of security forces of all types was dispatched to the protests in Karaj. Many riot police were on the scene to fire tear gas and pellet guns into the crowds of protesters. Riot police also assaulted the protesters. Bassij forces, Revolutionary Guards Corps agents, and plainclothes agents attacked protesters with batons. Security forces shouted their support for the regime’s Supreme Leader while they beat the protesters.

 

Security forces opened fire into the crowd. A young man, identified as Reza Otadi, was killed by security forces in the protests. Another young man was shot in the arm and taken to the hospital for treatment.

 

Tehran: A heavy security presence was active in Tehran, with a large number of both police and plainclothes agents. Police arrested a number of people in Valiasr Square, both men and women.

 

People who filmed the protests with cellphones were arrested. Police attacked a number of people with batons and Tasers, singling out women.

 

Bujnord, North Khorasan Province: At least ten people were detained by security forces. Numerous protesters were attacked.

 

Saturday,  August 4tt

Karaj: About 100 Bassij forces and Intelligence agents posed as protesters during the day, wearing masks and participating in the protests. As night fell, riot police attacked on motorcycles and the undercover agents began arresting people, pulling the protesters’ shirts over their heads and forcing them onto a bus.

 

Qahdarijan, Isfahan: Security forces shot guns into the air.

Eshtehard, Karaj: Protesters who had gathered outside of the Eshterhard Seminary were attacked and detained by security forces.

Sunday,  August 5th

Tehran: Protesters in South Kargar Street were attacked by riot police. Numerous people were arrested.

 

Security forces were positioned in every major street to prevent any gathering.

 

Internet lines were slowed and then completely shut off for a few hours overnight. Nothing could be sent out.

Karaj: A water cannon and several different armored vehicles were brought into the streets, along with at least 30 security forces on motorcycles and almost 50 plainclothes agents in masks. All of the streets leading to Gohardasht were barricaded with cement barrier blocks. Cameras were installed in strategic locations to identify protesters. Security forces threatened store owners around Gohardasht and told them to close their shops. Bassij forces were armed with sticks, agents carried batons and other equipment, plainclothes agents carried weapons under their clothes to beat protesters. Security forces beat and detained a number of protesters. They shot tear gas into the crowd at frequent intervals. In other areas of Tehran, riot police and tanks were brought out.

 

 

 

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Ahvazi Protesters Still Detained

The Revolution is Around the Corner: Charlie Moore Describes the Iranian Revolutionary Hotbed for The Daily Mail

Ahvazi Protesters Still Detained

Ahvazi protesters who were arrested during their uprisings in March, 2018, are still detained without trial

Charlie Moore, staff writer for the Mail Online, the digital segment of the Daily Mail, published his article ‘Revolution is Coming’ on August 8th, 2018. His article focused on the delicate position the mullah’s find themselves in following last weeks protests. He wrote, “Iran is on the brink of revolution”, describing, “thousands flooding city streets”.

A Country on the Brink

Moore describes the Iranian discontent as stemming from the reintroduction of US sanctions, which is limiting Iranians access to US banknotes and key imports. He also alluded to the economic crisis ravaging Iranian cities, causing spiraling inflation.

The Iranian rial has lost 99% of its value. With the reintroduction of US sanctions on the horizon, the situation is unlikely to improve and could become markedly worse. Many Iranians are stocking up on foreign currency to get themselves through the crisis.

Ali, the owner of a kitchen store in Tehran’s bazaar, described a scene of consumers panic-buying essentials before the sanctions hit. “People are worried that if they don’t buy things today, they won’t be available tomorrow,” he said.

Foreign companies that arrived following the Iran deal are leaving. Total, Peugeot, and Renault are among the companies making the exodus from Iran.

An Escalating Problem for the Mullahs

Hanif Jazayeri of the Iranian opposition organization, the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) was interviewed for Moore’s article. He outlined crucial differences between the current wave of protests and those that gripped the country in 2009.

In 2009, a spate of protests spread rapidly across Iran. They featured a majority middle-class demographic and were a public backlash towards President Mahmoud’s re-election. Unlike the 2009 protests, the most recent round of protests has attracted Iranians across the social and economic spectrum. Demonstrators not been limited to the middle classes, but included women, the rural poor, the middling urban classes, students, factory workers, truck drivers, investors, and many more worker demographics from Iran’s rich social landscape.

Jazayeri also points out that the slogans adopted in the recent demonstrations indicate an underlying frustration which could boil over into revolution. Instead of protesting individual incidents, protestors are directing their anger at the regime itself. Slogans such as “death to the dictator”, and, “the nation is forced to beg while the leader lives like a God”, have become commonplace.

Jazayeri said, “these are different because people are calling for the death of the President and Supreme Leader”. He added, “people are starting to wake up and see that revolution is a real possibility. I think there will be one”.

The scale of the protests has also been overwhelming. In the January protests, 142 of Iran’s cities and towns were affected by protests. More recently, a video depicting more than 100,000 football fans protesting in the street following a football match recently circulated on social media.

A New Determination

The other factor that will have the mullahs concerned over their future in power has been the sheer will and determination among the demonstrators.

The very act of protesting in the street in Iran comes with enormous risk. Protestors are often arrested and even killed as the regime tries to silence demonstrators through violent and repressive means. Despite the risk involved, protestors have shown their bravery and determination and taken to the streets in the thousands.

Footage from Gohardasht shows protestors scrambling to escape the regime’s tear gas. In another video, filmed in Isfahan, demonstrators set fire to tires in an attempt to mask the irritant gas.

Regime Change is the Only Way Out

For Iranians, the only way out of this economic freefall is through regime change. President-elect of the NCRI, Maryam Rajavi, has echoed this sentiment. She issued a statement of support in early August hailing the demonstrators and applauding their determination.

The regime is committed to spending billions of dollars in funding conflicts in Syria, Yemen, and other local conflicts around the Middle East. Rouhani has also plowed Iranian funding into creating an elaborate network of espionage and terror in Europe and beyond.

Given the country’s economic turmoil, the reintroduction of sanctions, and the determination of the local population, it is difficult to see a resolution where the existing regime maintains its grip on power. The status quo is simply unmanageable.

As the economic situation worsens once the US sanctions come into full effect in November, and the population further suffers the effects of the regime’s economic mismanagement, a united, determined population will rise up, hungry for change.

 

 

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NCRI News Conference in Brussels, exposing new details of recent foiled terror plot to bomb FreeIran Rally

European Dignitaries Ask to File as Private Plaintiffs Against Regime after Foiled Terror Attack

NCRI News Conference in Brussels, exposing new details of recent foiled terror plot to bomb FreeIran Rally

Today in News Conference in Brussels- the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) revealed the findings of its investigation into the structure of the Iranian regime’s Intelligence Ministry in Europe and the key commanders of the plot to bomb the #FreeIran2018 convention in Paris.

A group of prominent Belgian and European attorneys held a press conference on Wednesday, August 8th in Brussels, Belgium to release new information about the foiled terrorist plot by the Iranian regime to bomb MEK‘s annual gathering in Paris in June of this year and the response by the international community. The press conference included the news that dignitaries from Europe and the Middle East have requested to enter the court case against the diplomat-terrorists as private plaintiffs and to file their complaint against the Iranian regime.

A number of elected officials and other dignitaries from the European Union have asked to be named as private plaintiffs in the case. Belgian attorney Mr. Rik Vanreusel represents many of the proposed plaintiffs and spoke on their behalf at the press conference.

Sid Ahmed Ghozali, former Prime Minister of Algeria, was also present at the press conference and is asking to be named as a plaintiff. He was one of the speakers at the Free Iran Rally that was targeted by the diplomat-terrorists, “along with hundreds of personalities who were the potential victims of this foiled attack,” he said in a tweet.

Belgian MP Serge de Patou emphasized that the Iranian opposition was the primary target of the terrorist attack. Renowned French human rights lawyer William Bourdon confirmed the arrest of Iranian regime diplomat Assadollah Assadi for his role in the foiled terrorist attack.

Mohammad Mohaddessin, Chair of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the NCRI, described the events leading to the foiled terrorist attack on the NCRI’s annual gathering in Villepinte, France and the subsequent arrest of Assadollah Assadi and his associates. Mr. Mohaddessin obtained new information from the MEK’s network inside Iran that sheds light on the decision making behind the terrorist plot.

Assadi was the “third counselor” of the Iranian embassy in Vienna and the head of the Iranian regime’s Ministry of Intelligence station there. He was arrested in Germany on July 1st on a European warrant.

Assadi headed this MOIS (Ministry of Intelligence and Security) station since 2014, and for several years, this station has coordinated the activities of all other MOIS stations in Europe.

Mohaddessin stated that Assadi was previously stationed as the third secretary of the Iranian embassy in Baghdad after the American invasion in 2004. Assadi used his position to gather intelligence and work against the MEK members living in Camp Ashraf at the time.

Mohaddessin went on to say that Assadi planned his 2018 attack for months and met with his team several times to prepare them. He reported his work to Amiri-Moghadam.

Mohaddessin reiterated the prosecutor’s statement that Assadi had personally handed over a bomb to the terrorist couple who was arrested in Luxembourg.

Belgian authorities arrested a Belgian-Iranian couple on June 30th with 500-grams of high-explosive TATP and a detonator near Brussels. The couple was on their way to the NCRI’s Free Iran convention in Villepinte, France with the intent to detonate the device. The couple pretended to be members of the MEK, who had a large number of supporters at the convention. Tens of thousands of people were in attendance at the annual event, including dignitaries from the United States, Europe, and the Middle East.

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Uprising Points to Revolution

Protest in Tehran - June 2018

A group of protesters chant slogans at the old grand bazaar in Tehran, Iran, Monday, June 25, 2018.(Archive)

Iran is in the midst of a popular uprising, and events are developing rapidly. The uprising began in December of last year when the people of Iran took to the streets to protest the regime and its repressive policies. Many of the initial demonstrations were staged to protest economic issues, but the protests quickly shifted focus to the corruption of the regime, and people began to call for regime change. Within days, the uprising had spread to over 140 cities across every province in Iran. Cries for regime change were heard across Iran.

The regime was only able to temporarily suppress the uprising, though they used every weapon available to prevent the people from expressing their discontent. They sent the Revolutionary Guards and their surrogates to violently suppress protesters, they arrested scores of protesters, and Khamenei publicly blamed the MEK for the uprising, inadvertently legitimizing the MEK and the Iranian Resistance Movement. The uprising, needless to say, has persisted in the form of daily protests and strikes throughout the country.

Over the weekend the uprising flared up again as the rial took another nosedive days before the U.S. sanctions are set to resume. Thousands took to the streets in cities across Iran protesting for change. People chanted, “Death to the dictator!” At least one protester was killed by suppressive forces.

The gap between the rich and poor in Iran continues to widen, and the poor are forced to watch as their corrupt leaders plunder Iran’s wealth. The people have no voice to speak up about their concerns because any peaceful protest is met with violent suppression by government forces intended to silence them.

The people are done being silenced. They are willing to risk violence, arrest, torture, imprisonment, and even execution at the hands of the regime for the opportunity to protest for a better future.

The resistance is growing because the people know that they cannot stay on the path that has been laid out before them. The life they live under the Iranian regime will always be the same. They will never have the freedom they yearn for, they will never be given basic human rights, and they will always live in a society where inequality is the norm.

Iranian regime’s corrupt leadership is rotting from the inside. The factions within the regime have been fighting amongst each other for months, and they have been unable to hide their divisions from the outside world. It is clear that the regime’s leadership has no coherent vision for the country.

The people have been in the streets for the past week participating in anti-government protests. Many of these protests have turned violent. Over the weekend, there were reports of police cars and tires being burned in the streets.

People from all walks of life are being affected by the economic crisis in Iran. The poor and working classes become poorer, but the crisis has spread to the middle class as well. The middle classes are disappearing as costs rise and people’s savings are gradually diminished.

The regime has largely ignored the needs of the people and the major problems that urgently require its attention. It refuses to leave Syria or stop supporting the proxy groups around the region that it funds.

The regime is close to its downfall. It cannot continue to maintain its grip on power for much longer. The only thing needed for regime change is the support of the international community, particularly the United States.

Could this be the beginning of a revolution?

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Demonstrations Erupt in Iran’s Major Cities

Iran Protests in major cities across Iran

Protests spreads in major cities across Iran – August 2018

Last Friday and Saturday on August 3rd and 4th, protests continued in Iran’s major cities. Citizens from Tehran, Karaj, Isfahan, Mashhad, Shiraz, and Hamedan, among others, gathered in the streets to hear their voices heard.

In Gohardasht, Karaj, citizens chanted, “Khamenei, shame on you” and “let the country go”. In Qom, the rallying protestors adopted the slogans, “down with Hezbollah”, and “down with the dictator”. In the nation’s capital, Tehran, College Street hosted one of the city’s largest protests. The capital’s youth gathered en masse, chanting, “Iranians would rather die than tolerate humiliation”.

Protests Turn to Clashes

The regime’s response turned the peaceful protests into scenes of violence and aggression. In Gohardasht, the regime’s response was brutal. On Friday night, regime security forces closed all the entrances to the city and placed agents on rooftops. From their vantage points, the agents opened fire on the protestors below.  In the violence, a young man from Karaj, named Reza Oradi, was shot and killed.

The regime’s official statement on Reza Oradi’s death blames the deceased for his brutal and bloody demise. It read, “the assailant fired from inside the car 206 with a non-military weapon”. The statement once again attempts to posthumously cast a shadow on the victim’s character, a strategy the regime often employs after it has murdered innocent civilians exercising their right to protest.

Italian Human Rights Group Calls for Immediate Release of Iranian Protesters

The violence was not limited to Karaj. In Ghahdarijan, protestors clashed with security forces again on Thursday evening. The Basijis and anti-riot units deployed to the scene of the protests also opened fire on civilians with live ammunition. Many protestors lay wounded at the scene.

In Tehran, plainclothes officers arrested many of the demonstrating youths, and demonstrators at Vali-e-Asr intersection, Hafez Avenue, and College Bridge, clashed with the regime’s security forces.

In Abhar, Zanjan province, the city’s Mosalla square resembled a war zone. Protestors burnt ttiresto prevent the movement and mmobilizationof the city’s security forces.

The Protestors Have the Unconditional Support of the Iranian Opposition

The bravery and determination of the protestors is apparent. In taking to the streets to hold the regime accountable for its failings, the demonstrators are risking their lives and their freedom; a concept that is not lost on members of the Iranian opposition.

Leader of the Iranian Opposition, Maryam Rajavi, praised the brave protestors across Iran.

In a statement on Twitter, the sympathetic leader of the Iranian opposition offered words of encouragement to the protestors. She said, “the persistence of these young people against the Revolutionary Guards and the criminal plainclothes mercenaries as well as intelligence and security forces represent the determination of the Iranian people to change the mullahs’ regime and establish freedom and the rule of the people”.

Rajavi has previously urged her fellow Iranians to stand with the protestors. A strong, united front against the mullahs is the only way to bring Iran’s dream of regime change to fruition.

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Protests Spread across Country, Iranians Call for Regime Change

Iran Protests in various cities in Iran

Credit to The Daily Express-Iran news: Protest breaks out as tires set on fire (Image: PMOI/MEK – NCRI)

Protests, strikes, and demonstrations have spread throughout the cities and towns of Iran in response to the country’s crumbling economy. Protests began early last week with a merchants strike after the rial plunged in value yet again. The rial has dropped 120 percent in the last six months alone, leading store owners to close their shops and take to the streets to protest rising costs.

The merchants were soon joined by truck drivers (who were already in the midst of a weeks-long strike of their own), farmers, workers, the unemployed, and young people. The protests spread rapidly to other cities, and calls for regime change have been widespread. Protesters have chanted, “Death to the dictator!” “Mullahs must go!” and “Rouhani be ashamed, let go of our country!”

The protests have now grown into an uprising, spreading to every major city in Iran over the past week. Protesters have confronted suppressive forces in the streets, using police tear gas to set fire to tires and police motorcycles.

Shahin Gobadi, a spoke person for the people’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (MEK) who is also a member of the National Council of Resistance of Iran’s (NCRI) Foreign Affairs Committee, gave an interview to the British website Express.co.uk. He said that the continuous nature of the Iran protests sends a clear message:

“The Iranian people are determined to bring about a regime change and they are not going to stop at anything short of that. The prospect for the mullahs to find a way out is becoming dimmer by the day.


“This is why the regime’s senior officials keep warning about the bleak prospects that loom on the horizon for the regime and the growing role of the resistance.

“As such, the regime’s official in charge of dealing with “soft warfare” stated on August 1, that 90 percent of the strikes and calls for protests are the result of activities of the “counter-revolutionaries”, ie the Iranian resistance.”

In regard to the Iran nuclear deal, Mr. Gobadi had this to say:

“It is time for the European countries to see the fast-moving realities in Iran and forgo any deals with the Iranian regime.

“Rather they should hold the clerical regime accountable for all its malign activities and side with the Iranian people and their aspirations.

“We would welcome any serious and tangible retreat by the mullahs because that would ultimately serve the interests of the Iranian people and the resistance units to bring down the regime and to establish democracy.

“But as the regime’s supreme leader, Ali Khamenei, has said time and again the regime is incapable of any major change of policies and change of direction.

“He said explicitly on May 10, 2017, that so far as the regime is concerned a change of conduct and behavior is tantamount to a change of the regime in its entirety.”

The daily Express also quoted Maryam Rajavi, the president-elect of the Iranian opposition emphasizing: ‘The Iranian people’s nationwide uprising is growing by the day. Hail to the peoples of Isfahan, Gohardasht of Karaj, and Shiraz.”

The MEK believes that the only way to bring meaningful change to the Iranian people is through regime change. The economic problems facing Iran right now are dire, but they are not new, nor are they solely a result of sanctions. The rial has been losing value since the regime took power in 1979, due to the clerical regime’s corruption and incompetence.

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Once Again A Nationwide Uprising Begins in Various Cities in Iran

Iran protest in various cities

Despite heavy security measure, Iran protests are spreading across the country in all major cities.

In scenes reminiscent of January 2018, on Thursday, August 2nd, the flames of protest once again fanned across Iran. Angry residents of Isfahan, Tehran, Mashhad, Shiraz, Najaf Abad, Arak, Karaj, and Ahvaz rose up as one against the tyrannical regime.

MEK Network reports: 

The people’s frustration was channeled into a litany of anti-regime slogans. In Ahvaz, brave protestors filled Naderi intersection and chanted, “our enemy is right here; they are lying that it is America”, and, “the nation is poor, while the mullahs live like a god”.

In Tehran, the protestors adopted a similar narrative. Those gathered in Vali-e-Asr Square chanted, “death to Khamenei” and, “death to the dictator”. Similar slogans could be heard from the multitude in Najaf Abad, and Shiraz, where the protestors gathered on Daryoush Street.

Strength in Numbers

It has been apparent in this latest wave of protests that the mullahs’ repressive strategies designed to prevent residents mobilizing and protesting are not working. The Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) and agents of the regime were on full alert following the protests the previous day.

Intelligence officials sent SMS messages to resident’s phones warning them not to partake in any protests the following day. The messages pointed at the People’s Mujahedin Organisation of Iran (MEK) of inciting unrest by using rising prices and a struggling economy to mobilize the population for political ends.

Despite this, and the looming threat of imprisonment and execution, the brave protestors took to the streets anyway. In Tehran, defiant protestors clashed with the security forces and the IRGC. The protestors also set fire to objects and created blockades to stop the movement of the regime’s repressive forces.

In Isfahan, protestors also clashed with the regime’s security forces. The regime’s agents attempted to disperse the crowd with tear gas, firing canisters into the crowd. To counter the tear gas, protestors burnt tires, to create a thick black smoke that would soften the burning effects of the gas.

Weapons were deployed at protests in Mashhad. The regime’s agents shot into the air in an attempt to disperse those gathered. When this didn’t work, they arrested many gathered in attendance.

The regime’s forces deployed violence to bring the situation back under control. In Isfahan, plainclothes officials attacked the protestors, but rather than be dispelled, the people fought back, fighting the regime’s mercenaries with anything that came to hand, including sticks and rocks.

Protestors Will Not Rest Until the Iranian People are Free

As images of the nationwide protests spread across social media, Maryam Rajavi, President-elect of the National Council of Resistance (NCRIhailed the people’s determination.

Rajavi offered words of encouragement to the protestors, stating, “by defying the criminal Revolutionary Guards, Basijis, and plainclothes agents once again today, the arisen women and youth represent a defiant generation which will not rest until the Iranian people and nation are free.”

Her words look likely to ring true as more cities join the movement. There is no government on earth that more powerful than a united and determined population.

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A protester in Isfahan resisting the IRGC forces who had attacked the protesters.

An Unstoppable Force: the Rising Tide of Iran’s Protest Movement

A protester in Isfahan resisting the IRGC forces who had attacked the protesters.

A young Iran protester shows victory sign, while joining fellow protesters to push back on repressive IRGC forces in Isfahan

On Friday, August 3rd, Fox News published an article on its website from Ben Evansky, titled “Iran’s Widespread and Growing Protests Push Citizens to Brink”. Evansky outlined the rising discontent among the Iranian population.

 

His article comes at a prominent moment. The residents of Isfahan have joined the nation’s truck drivers in their protests, and protests in Tehran continue to rage.

The economy is in sharp decline as decades of mismanagement has caused rampant currency inflation. On top of a spiralling economy, Iranian’s have to contend with water shortages and price increases for basic essentials like food and drink.

A Growing Protest Movement

Evansky describes how in these uncertain times, the Iranian protest movement is rapidly expanding. The People’s Mujahedin Organisation of Iran (MEK) and their activists have published footage on social media of the protests in Iran. Tehran’s residents can be heard chanting “the mullahs must get lost”.

Similar images have been released from Arak. Protestors there are using the slogan, “no to Gaza, no to Lebanon, my life for Iran” (referring to the mullahs use of Iranian finances to fund foreign conflicts and terrorist organizations abroad while Iran’s own population goes hungry and thirsty).

In his article, Evansky analyzed the slogans used by the Iranian population during the protests and discovered they provide significant insight into the opposition movement. Firstly, the women of Isfahan province are among the chanters and protestors. Fox News based on analysis of an Iran analyst, asserted that the women of Najafabad in Isfahan province “used to be a traditional bastion of regime support”. Now, these same women are in the streets shouting, “they fed Syria but made our young people turn old”.

It is not just the women of Isfahan, other segments of the regime’s support base are turning against them. The urban and rural poor, the day laborers, the farmers, and the factory workers have all joined the protest movement, uniting all segments of Iranian society in opposition.

Fox News goes on to suggest that this could be a pivotal moment for the Iranian opposition. The residents of the regime heartlands have been the mullahs’ foundations of support. Those residents are now beginning to realise that the mullahs do not have their best interests at heart. This realisation casts uncertainty on the mullahs’ future in power.

The Role of the US

Many in the US government have proposed supporting the Iranian protestors. In his article, Evansky cited a spokesman for Republican Senator Ted Cruz who said that “the United States should be doing everything possible to support these protestors”.

The US government’s stance towards the mullahs is hardening. Since Donald Trump withdrew the US from the Iran deal, he has passed a new round of sanctions, urged European nations to adopt a tougher stance, and put a resolution through Congress pledging US support to the Iranian protestors.

Falling Dominoes

The latest protests and the hardening position of the international community towards the mullahs has set in motion a series of events that will lead to the ultimate collapse of the clerical regime. Like falling dominoes, the rapidly expanding protest movement will become too great for the mullahs to repress and silence.

The President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), Maryam Rajavi, emphasized the importance of keeping the current movement going. In a statement, she exclaimed, “Iran’s risen and revolting cities are joining the protests, one after the other. The cry for freedom is becoming louder, and the uprising is expanding more and more every moment.”

Rajavi ended her statement by celebrating the powerful political force the Iranian public hold in their hands and their voices. “The is no force more powerful than the united force of young people”.

 

 

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