Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Iran protest-Iran tortures, kills protesters, world silent as 8,000 arrested








The Washington Times, January 16, 2018-Iran tortures and kills protesters; West mostly silent as 8,000 citizens arrested
By Rowan Scarborough
 Iran’s rulers have inflicted death by torture and gunfire on citizen protesters in a crackdown since the Dec. 28 street uprising erupted, the main opposition group said Tuesday.
The Europe-based National Council of Resistance of Iran says the Islamic republic’s ubiquitous security apparatus has arrested more than 8,000 citizens and killed at least 50, all while the West has remained mostly silent. The council attributes at least five deaths to torture.
President Trump has spoken out in support of the protesters. The Treasury Department on Friday slapped further sanctions on the regime’s judiciary chief, Sadeq Amoli Larijani. Mr. Larijani has been singled out by the West for years for endorsing cruel punishments that include torture and amputation.
“As the head of the judiciary for the past nine years, Larijani is a key official in the regime’s suppressive apparatus, who has played a direct role in the execution of thousands of people, in the crackdown and arrest of dissidents, as well as in censorship and repression,” said Shahin Gobadi  a council spokesman based in Paris.
The opposition group said protests have spread to 130 cities. The protesters complain of dismal economic conditions, of military adventures in Iraq and Syria, and of being ruled by clerical Shiite Muslim hard-liners led by Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

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Fresh Ahvaz protest to release detainees in Mullahs detention camps

Baghdad Post, January 17, 2018 - Dozens of families of Iranian detainees on Tuesday staged a protest against the corrupt mullahs in occupied Ahvaz Region.
The demonstration was held in front of the Revolution Court.
More than 7.300 Iranians were arrested in the recent protests that swept all Iran's major cities.
Recently, the Mullahs' regime claimed that all protesters were released.
But the protesters complained that the fate of some of the detainees is still unknown.
They also noted that their relatives were tortured to death at the hands of the mullahs henchmen.
Iran has recently witnessed widespread protests against the clerical rule and corruption.
Mullahs have accused US, Israel and Kurdistan Region of being behind the protests.

The Number of Detainees During Uprising Is at Least 8,000
The Number of Detainees During Uprising Is at Least 8,000
Call for immediate action to free the deatinees and to protect their families
The massive and widespread arrests of youths in different cities, which have started since the beginning of the uprising at December 28, still continues. According to reports obtained from inside Iran and from within the regime, the number of arrestees has mounted to at least 8,000 by the end of the second week of the uprising. In recent days, several of these prisoners were martyred under the tortures.
Despite the regime’s attempts to conceal the number of arrests, it is so high that the regime’s officials in a number of cities have inevitably admitted to parts of it.
- A week ago Mahmoud Sadeghi, a member of parliament, said the number of arrestees amounts to 3,700.
- On January 2, political-security deputy governor of Tehran said 450 people were arrested in Tehran in only three days (December 30, to January 1st).
- "On Dec. 30 and 31, 396 people were arrested in Arak and other cities of the Central Province, 65 of whom were teenagers," said the Chief Justice of the Central province on January 4th.
- The deputy governor of Golestan stated on January 3, "With the arrest of about 150 of insurgents in Gorgan, calm has returned to this city"
- "In recent days, when there were some rioting and turmoil in Hamedan, more than 150 people were arrested ," Hamedan Governor said on January 2.
- Mashhad deputy prosecutor said on January 3, “A total of 138 people were arrested in disturbances”.
- The commander of Kerman Provincial Guard Corps (Sarallah) said on January 2, "During the recent turmoil, more than 80 rioters were arrested and handed over to the authorities".
-"In the illegal gatherings of Kashan, about 50 to 60 people were arrested," Kashan Prosecutor said on January 1.
- According to Bahman Taherkhani, a parliamentarian from Takistan, on Jan. 2, "Some 50 people with ominous intentions caused unrest in this city, who should be punished according to their crimes". He added, "The presence of individuals with a leading role in recent riots is another sign that these disturbances are organized."
- According to reports from the prisons in Ahwaz and other cities in Khuzestan, the number of arrestees in the province is 1,600.
- The regime’s parliamentarian from Izeh said he does not have an accurate number of arrestees. He added that the detainees are mostly teenagers and yourhts aged 16 to 24 years old. Hundreds have been arrested in Izeh, according to reports.
The Iranian Resistance calls on all the people, especially the youth, to support the arrestees and their families, and to rise up for the release of prisoners. It also calls on the Security Council and the Secretary-General of the United Nations, the European Union and the member states, and the US government, as well as all human rights organizations, to strongly condemn the mullahs’ regime for these blatant anti-human crimes, and to adopt effective measures to free the arrestees.
Numerous reports from various cities of the country alleging mistreatment of prisoners and martyrdom of a number of them under torture makes it very essential and urgent to establish an investigative committee by the High Commissioner for Human Rights and the United Nations Human Rights Council to investigate into the arbitrary arrests and the crimes carried out in the mullahs’ regime’s prisons.
Secretariat of the National Council of Resistance of Iran
January 11, 2018

Iranian Students Call for Release of Protesters
Iranian university students have stood up for their imprisoned peers by denouncing the Regime’s crackdown on students during the current protests in an official statement.
The University Trade Unions Council of Iran (UTUCI) explained that the Regime is very “fearful” over the current protests and using it as an excuse to pressurise students, trade union activists, and others in the groups most likely to be protesting.
The Regime even ‘preemptively’ arrested many students who hadn’t taken part in the protests.
The statement read: “Randomly detaining students showed how scared the authorities are of an independent entity that voices student demands and represents the poorer strata of society.”
They insisted that they have always limited their actions to students’ rights- which the Regime has ignored- but would not “stand idly by” while their peers were imprisoned and facing trials for protesting peacefully or not protesting at all.

Iranian Families ‘Deeply Worried’ About Jailed Protesters After String of ‘Suicides’
Breitbart, 16 January 2018 - The families of four Iranian students imprisoned during the government crackdown on a popular uprising are “deeply worried about their loved ones,” as the government is holding them incommunicado and providing no information about their status.
The detainees in question are Ehsan Mohammadi and Leila Hosseinzadeh, arrested January 1, and Soheil Aghazadeh and Sina Darvish, arrested January 4. About a hundred other students were arrested during the same period, and only some of them have been released on bond. Iranian law technically requires formal charges to be filed quickly against detainees and does not permit “preventive arrests” of suspected troublemakers.
The reports include a tiny bit of good news for Leila Hosseinzadeh, in that she is not believed to be held in Iran’s hideous Evin prison, like so many other detainees.
On the other hand, no one is quite certain which Iranian agencies arrested her or why she is being held in defiance of laws granting detainees contact with their family and friends.
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The grim repeat of torture, deaths in Iranian prisons after protests
Al Arabiya, 13 January 2018-- Hardly anyone outside Iran doubts the difference between the present protests unfolding in Iran and the previous ones in the country. The closest in the way of comparison is the 2009 uprising. In the present instance, what started as protests for “bread” quickly spread across 141 cities of Iran and engulfed all of its 31 provinces.
According to a classified report obtained by Iranian opposition, People Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) from sources in the regime, 35 percent of those arrested during the uprising were students. Earlier, IRGC brigadier Hossein Zolfaghari, security deputy Minister of Interior, confirmed that more than 90 percent of the detainees are youth under the age of 25.. 
Amnesty International: Fears Grow Over Safety of Iran Protesters
Some of those arrested for participating in Iran protests are being tortured and murdered in custody, according to recently released prisoners and the families of those still held without charges.
At a rally outside Iran’s infamous Evin prison, activist Amir said: “People inside are being tortured, maybe tortured to death.”
A friend of his was released after a week in jail and has now gone into hiding over fears for his family’s safety. The friend, who was badly beaten whilst in custody, told Amir that 400-500 people were forced into rooms with a 120 person capacity, deprived of sleep and food and so much more.
There are additional reports that the alleged suicides of detainees Sina Qanbari, Vahid Heidari, and Ashkan Absavaran are the result of abuse by the Regime authorities, especially as prisoners are deprived of items that they would use to hang themselves.
Amnesty International has called for thorough investigations into at least five reported deaths in custody during the protests, denouncing the “shroud of secrecy and lack of transparency over what happened to these detainees”, especially given the intimidation of relatives of the detainees.
35% of Detainees of Nationwide Uprising Are Students and 90% Are Under 25 Years of Age
Call for immediate action by international assemblies to release all detainees
According to a classified report obtained from inside the regime, 35% of those arrested during the uprising of the Iranian people are students. Earlier, IRGC brigadier Hossein Zolfaghari, security deputy Minister of Interior, announced that more than 90% of the detainees are juveniles and teenagers with an average age of under 25 (state media – January 1st).
Meanwhile, Mohammad Sadeghi, a member of the Committee on Education and Research of the Majlis, reported that 90 university students had been arrested, and said, “there is no accurate information on the number of detainees and that the number of detainees may be higher.”
At a closed session of the Majlis on Sunday, January 7th, a number of parliamentarians called on the Ministry of Intelligence to pursue the status of detained students and submit their final report to the National Security Commission of the Parliament.
Iranian Resistance calls on all international authorities advocating human rights, in particular the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Iran, the Working Groups on the Arbitrary Arrests and Enforced Disappearances, the Rapporteur on Torture, and all unions and syndicates of students and youth to take urgent and effective action for the prompt and unconditional release of the detainees, especially the students.

Iran protest-latest news& articles of strikes in country



Strikes and Protests Spread to Different Cities
Strikes and protests among various walks of society, continues across the country

1. On Tuesday, January 16, the protest of 220 workers of Tabriz Tractor-Sazi factory continued after more than a month. They are protesting for no payment of their salaries after 10 months and closing down the factory. They started their protest on Thursday, December 14.

2. The strike of the workers of 22, 23, and 24 phases of the South Pars oil and gas refiery continued for the second day. Their strike is for no payment of their salaries after four months. Workers closed down the company’s doors and announced that they would continue their strike until their salaries are paid. The agents of the regime's repressive forces, including police forces, intelligence, and plain- clothes agents attacked deprived workers and harmed them. The regime's agents sent all workers on forced leave for a week and promised to pay their salaries after they returned.

3. In Tehran, a group of workers working in the Persian Gulf Transportation Company gathered in front of the building of the Stock Exchange Company in the Vanak Square of Tehran in protest at late payment of their salaries. They came from their work, in Islamshahr, to Tehran on Tuesday morning.

4. A group of retired teachers in Tehran gathered outside the Ministry of Education to protest no payment of their salaries after four months. The protesters also objected to the arrest of teachers. They carried a banner which said “Teacher should be in a classroom, not in jail”.

5. In Qazvin, workers of ‘Iran-Qooti’ gathered in front of the Social Security Administration and protested for no payment of their salaries over nine months.

6. The people plundered by Caspian institute in Rasht, gathered in the cold and rainy weather, to protest the looting of their deposits by this institute which is affiliated to the IRGC. On the same day, the plundered people of Abhar held a protest gathering too.

7. On Monday, January 15, workers of Zhian Company at Rezvanshahr in Gilan Province continued their strike for the eighth day in protest at the regime’s no payment of their salaries after seven months and their insurance for several months.

8. Workers of the Mirza Kuchak Khan Sugar factory in Ahwaz also stopped working in protest against the regime’s agents’ failure to hire domestic workers.

9. Nearly 600 contract workers of the Gorgan Railroad continued protest rally for the third day in protest at the regime’s no payment of their salaries and insurance.

10. The workers of the Urmia Steel Group gathered in front of the Governorate in protest of no payment of their salaries for one year.

11. A number of people plundered by the Badrtus Institute in Mashhad gathered outside the regime’s radio and television in protest at the looting of their deposits.

12. On Sunday, January 14, the employees of the Hami-Mehrbanoo Company and Barg-Zaytoon club gathered in front of the company's office in Tehran in protest of their rights violations.

13. A group of municipality contractors also held a gathering to protest outside the Tehran City Council at not having received their delayed demands.

14. On the same day in Shahrud, some 600 coal miners of Tarzeh gathered to protest for no payment of their salaries after two months.

15. The Kian Kurd workers in Malayer protested on Malayer Road against the no payment of their salaries after five months and their advantages after two years.

16. Immunodeficiency patients gathered in front of the Ministry of Health in Tehran to protest against the increase in the price of IVIG drugs from 120 thousand tomans to 400 thousand tomans. These patients should take this medicine on monthly basis and for a lifetime.

Secretariat of the National Council of Resistance of Iran January 17, 2018

Assassination Attempt on Workers’ Representative of Iran’s Main Sugarcane Company, for Leading a Strike

The workers of the Haft Tapeh Sugar Cane Agri-Industrial Company in the city of Shush (Khuzestan Province) once again went on strike in protest against the non-payment of their salaries and demands. The recent strike of the Haft Tapeh workers follows the last month protest that ended conditionally on December 14, 2017, with the payment of one month salary and the promise of regime officials to address other demands of the workers. Workers demanded payment of five months' wages and insurance premiums, as well as payment of the salaries of contracting workers for 2015 and 2016. Failure to implement the promises of regime officials and the predatory employer has forced the deprived workers of the Haft Tapeh Sugar Cane Company to go on strike again.
The recent strike, which began on January 14 at the Machinery Maintenance Bureau, quickly swept through all parts of the plant. Managing director Kazemi, as always, tried to deceive the workers and break the strike by hollow promises. He distributed among a number of protesters a month's unpaid salary. But the workers' representatives defended the workers and exposed the slavish conditions imposed on them and emphasized the need for workers to stand up for their rights. Ismail Bakhshi, a representative of the workers, called the work conditions in the factory as slavery, and in reference to the foolish statements of the Friday Imam of the mullahs in Tehran, who called the rising people in the January uprising as “garbage”, said: If a worker speaks up against all this pressure, an idiot official goes to the podium and says the protesters are garbage. You are the garbage that the Iranian people are disgusted of you. The day our people bring you down, you will know who the garbage is. Workers' representatives addressed the regime's managers and agents in the city of Shush, saying: "Do not scare us from dismissal. Life with dignity is better than living with flattery and humiliation."
Strike at Iran’s Main Sugarcane Factory

Strike at Iran’s Main Sugarcane Factory
The Workers Union of Haft-tapeh Sugarcane Company announced that workers of the unit have staged strike on Monday, December 25, in protest against wage arrears and the company’s failure to pay five months unpaid salary.

One of the Haft-tapeh Sugar Cane workers said the number of striking workers was more than 1,000 people, saying they are unhappy with the unreliability and false promises of the private employer of the sugarcane company.

Workers at the Haft-tapeh Sugarcane staged a strike on January 7, 2017, but they terminated their strike following the employer's promise to fulfill their demands. However, they announced that they would strike again in case of false promises and if their demands are not met.

The strike on January 7 was held after the promises and commitment of the sugarcane private employer were not materialized following the large six-day strike of the unit's workers in December.

The workers have repeatedly been rallying and striking in protest of their situation, including wage arrears and non-payment of their salaries and premiums for months. The protests have intensified since the transfer of this unit to the private sector.

One of the workers said: “The workers of the Haft-tapeh Sugarcane Company, like the workers of many other companies such as Azarab and Hepco in Arak, Tractor Manufacturing in Tabriz, Kian Tire, Steel Industries, and many phases of Assaluyeh and petrochemical industry are faced with a large number of problems. Their wages are paid only after long delays.”

Meanwhile, the workers' union of Haft-tapehep sugarcane in its telegram channel announced the beating of Esmail Bakhshi, a representative of the workers. The workers union wrote that “Mr. Bkhshi was brutally attacked and beaten by a few masked men following his speech and after he was going home in the city of Dezful.”

According to the report, the worker was rescued by people, and “the masked gangs fled the area with their vehicles after they saw the people and Mr. Bakhshi’s resistance.”

However, according to the workers' union, Ismail Bakhshi, "has faced with dislocation and tear of the left shoulder region", but his physical and general health condition is good. The Workers’ Union of Haft-tapeh Sugarcane condemned the attack on Esmail Bakhshi.
Strike in Iran's Southern Pars Oil & Gas Refinery
Strike in Iran's Southern Pars Oil & Gas Refinery
Thursday January 4, 2018. The workers and staff of the prominent Iranian Oil & Gas Southern Pars refinery in the city of Asaluyeh, the capital of Asaluyeh County, in Bushehr Province Southern Iran, went on Strike.
It is notable that three days ago on Monday January 1, 2018 , in line with the nationwide protests against Iranian regime, the headquarter of the people’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) had called for strike in the oil industry in addition to military and ammunition production industries as a necessary and vital step to cripple the Iranian regime.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Articles about Iranian uprising



World Tribune-Thousands arrested following Iran protests; Death in prison gives rise to fears of torture

About 3,700 people have been arrested in connection to anti-government protests in Iran, a reformist lawmaker said.

The number of arrests cited by Mahmud Sadeghi on Jan. 9 is far higher than figures announced by authorities.


Widespread anti-government protests began in Iran on Dec. 28.
At least 22 people have been killed as a result of the unrest and government crackdowns surrounding the protests.

Sadeghi also noted that a 22-year-old protester has died in custody, intensifying fears of a repeat of the prisoner abuse that followed similar protests in 2009.

Sadeghi, who said he was told the detainee, identified as Sina Ghanbari, committed suicide, has called for an investigation into the man’s death.

No matter the cause of Ghanbari’s death, it reflects poor conditions inside the prison, says Hadi Ghaemi, executive director of the New York-based Center for Human Rights in Iran.

“The prison guards and authorities are responsible for the lives of prisoners while in custody, and it’s devastating to hear that once again Iranian authorities have failed to protect lives,” Ghaemi told Voice of America.

Iranian prison guards routinely use intimidation, including physical and psychological pressure, on detainees, according to Ghaemi. “For some people, it’s unbearable and they reach a point they can’t endure,” he said.
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Iran protests: What We Are Learning
FORBES,  January 14, 2018
The future of Iran’s protests is on the minds of many as the fate of this strategically important state remains in limbo. This subject gains even more importance considering U.S. President Donald Trump’s upcoming Friday decision on the controversial Iran nuclear deal.

Iran’s state media claims the protests have come to an end, a result similar to that of 2009. Yet the world is witnessing how further cities and towns are expressing their abhorrence over the ruling elite.

This status quo is a struggle between the Iranian people literally fed up with this regime and a dictatorship weakened from domestic unrest, internal rifts and international pressures.

Escalating matters far beyond previous scenes of nationwide protests in 2009 and 1999 is the clear reference made by Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei to the party behind these rallies.

“As well as Washington and London, Khamenei blamed the violence on Israel, exiled dissident group People’s Mujahedin of Iran and ‘a wealthy government’ in the Gulf, a probable reference to Iran’s regional rival, Saudi Arabia,” according to Reuters.

Tehran pointing fingers at Washington, London, Israel and the Saudis is nothing new. Yet Khamenei mentioning the Iranian opposition People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) is of quite significance, indicating the main source of his regime’s concerns.

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We Should Tie Support for the Iran Nuke Deal to Human Rights

Since before the conclusion of nuclear negotiations between Iran and the P5+1 in the summer of 2015, European policies toward the Islamic Republic have been badly misguided.

The desire for that nuclear deal contributed to the development of an overwhelmingly conciliatory approach by Western leaders, ultimately leading to an ineffectual agreement that gave away tens of billions of euros in sanctions relief, plus the promise of new revenue streams, without getting much in return from Iran.

The nuclear negotiations also shifted other important issues to the back burner.

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Many international human rights organizations have called attention to the fact that many of the domestic indicators in the Islamic Republic actually got worse during and after those negotiations.

In the first place, the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) oversaw an escalation in the regime’s crackdown on political dissent. Additionally, the deal’s economic benefits for the IRGC and other state-linked institutions failed to trickle down to the public, which continues to suffer under double-digit rates of unemployment and out-of-control inflation.

This disconnect between the impact on the Iranian people and the Iranian regime has been given appropriate emphasis in much of the coverage of the ongoing protests that emerged last week, threatening the mullahs’ hold on power and surprising much of the world. 

The impetus for those protests, which spread to upwards of 80 localities, was the public’s economic discontent. But the scope of the demonstrations quickly grew to encompass calls for “Death to Rouhani” and “Death to the dictator,” in reference to the country’s president and Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, respectively.

As the slogans clearly called for the overthrow of the clerical regime, the authorities underscored the role of the activists of the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK), which has an active underground network inside Iran and has been seeking this objective for years.
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Trump is witnessing an unfolding Iranian revolution — time to act
By Ivan Sascha Sheehan and Raymond Tanter,

As 2018 begins, several large metropolitan centers in Iran are ablaze with major anti-government demonstrations roaring in the streets.

Protestors are chanting slogans indicative of a revolution: “Death to the dictator,” “Death to (Hassan) Rouhani,” “Don’t be afraid, we are all together,” “Forget about Syria, think about us,” “Not Gaza, nor Lebanon, my life for Iran.”

After multiple days of demonstrations spread to Tehran, President Rouhani said Iranians are “free to protest but must not jeopardize security.”

Around the world many are asking whether the Arab uprisings have given way to a Persian Revolution, while analysts in Washington are wondering whether 2018 will bring regime change to Tehran.

Significance

The National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) and its leading constituent group, the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK), have played a key role in organizing the major protests in Iran for decades. Their intricate network inside Iran has been critical to informing the world of Tehran’s malign behavior from nuclear pursuits to terrorism and human rights abuses to proxy violence.

Scholars understand regime change by the people of Iran is within reach but is best achieved by those in the resistance with the organizing capacity, determination, and political wherewithal to achieve it. The White House has all the necessary elements to assist the Iranian people in bringing about the democratic change they seek: capability, credibility, and an organized opposition to facilitate regime change from within.
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Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Messages From Iran prisons,solidarity with Iran uprising


Golrokh Iraee calls on protesters to endure, pay the price of freedom

Golrokh Iraee calls on protesters to endure, pay the price of freedom
Freedom-loving writer and human rights activist, Golrokh Ibrahimi Iraee, sent out an open letter from behind bars of Evin Prison on January 9, 2018. The political prisoner imprisoned in the Women’s Ward of Evin declared solidarity with the Iranian people’s uprising and called on Iran’s youths to continue their presence (in the streets), unite for their common cause and pay the price of freedom.
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solidarity message with Iranian protests political Prisoner Atena Daemi
Human rights and children’s rights activist, political prisoner Atena Daemi, has sent out an open letter from Evin Prison declaring her solidarity with the Iranian people’s uprising.
She reiterates in her letter, “For a long time, it’s been the government that’s been sowing violence and now they are reaping its product.”
While expressing her desire to be free and alongside her people, Atena writes in her open letter, “If desiring freedom and basic rights is considered a crime, I stand by you and proudly call myself a criminal.”
Read the full text  of Atena Daemi’s letter from Evin Prison:

solidarity message with Iranian protests political Prisoner Ali Moezzi

Iranian Political Prisoner Ali Moezi: Regime's Time Has Come to End
In a message solidarity with Iranian people’s nationwide protests, political Prisoner Ali Moezzi supporter of the People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI / MEK) praised the protesters pledging continue their struggle until victory is reached.
”The time for the regime that has committed all types of crimes has come to the end and is stuck in a whirlpool of death,” he said.
He expressed hope that the downfall of “the regime of Velayat-e faqih will come to end” and a future government elected by the people would be established.
On Tuesday, the nationwide protests by the Iranian people has entered in sixth day despite repeated warnings by the regime and crackdown protests that has left over 30 protesters killed and over a 1000 arrested by the regime’s Revolutionary Guards (IRGC).

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Sunday, January 7, 2018

Iran Protest-MaryamRajavi’s messages



THE FREEDOM FIGHTERS ARE OUT ON THE STREETS ON MORE THAN 80 CITIES ACROSS IRAN.
"WE WILL BRING THIS CORRUPT REGIME TO ITS KNEES."
THEY HAVE NO WEAPONS BUT WILL ACCOMPLISH THEIR GOAL BECAUSE THEY HAVE YOU, THE SOCIAL MEDIA FIRMLY ENTRENCHED ON THEIR SIDE.
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Maryam Rajavi's Response to the Iranian Protests
Maryam Rajavi's Response to the Iranian Protests

The president-elect of the Iranian Resistance has written a powerful piece for the Wall Street Journal explaining why the current wave of protests in Iran are completely different from the 2009 protests about the rigged re-election of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

Maryam Rajavi, the leader of Iranian opposition coalition the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), wrote: “Then, the cause was a rift within the regime. Now, the people are demanding an end to the regime.”

The current protests, which began over a sharp increase in the cost of living in late December, have turned into widespread demonstrations for the end of the corrupt clerical regime and spread far further than the 2009 protests ever did and show the international community that the Regime is on borrowed time.

Maryam Rajavi explained: “The clerical regime stands on shaky ground, and the Iranian people are unwavering in their quest to bring it down. Slogans against velayat-e faqih, or absolute clerical rule, called for a real republic and explicitly targeted the regime’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei and President Hassan Rouhani. This dispels the myth, still harboured by some governments that Iranians distinguish between moderates and hard-liners in Tehran. It also undercuts flawed arguments depicting a stable regime.”
Economy
Millions of Iranians live in poverty but the Regime is doing nothing to help. Instead, they are spending $100 billion to prop up the Syrian Regime and support terrorist groups like Hezbollah and Hamas instead.

The regime’s latest budget allocates over $26.8 billion to military and security affairs and the export of terrorism in addition to the $27.5 billion in military spending from institutions controlled by Khamenei and the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC). By comparison, the healthcare budget is just $16.3 billion.

Maryam Rajavi wrote: “Weak and vulnerable, the regime spends such astronomical sums on regional meddling as part of its strategy for survival.”

The Iranian protesters have been chanting “Death to Hezbollah” and “Leave Syria, think about us instead”, proving that they oppose the Regime’s deadly destruction of the Middle East, especially at the expense of their own people.
It is also worth noting that the Regime’s corruption is widespread and well known. That is why there are no illusions of internal reform from the protesters; simply, the Regime must go.

Maryam Rajavi wrote: “This systemic economic mismanagement has its roots in the political system, and it grows worse every day. That is why the demand for regime change surfaced almost immediately. It seems to be the only conceivable outcome.”

Much bigger than 2009

Not only are the current protests much wider spread geographically, they are also much wider spread in terms of demographics. Rather than being made up of mainly middle and upper-class Iranians, these ones are made up of people from every class, ethnicity, religion, and gender.

Maryam Rajavi wrote: “The recent demonstrations span a much broader swath of the population—the middle class, the underprivileged, workers, students, women and young people. Nearly all of society has been represented on the picket line.”

Iran Protest-MaryamRajavi’s messages
MARYAM RAJAVI’S MESSAGE TO THE IRANIANS’ RALLY IN WASHINGTON, D.C. TO SUPPORT IRAN UPRISING
The part of the Message:
1.To recognize the Iranian people’s legitimate right to topple the ruling religious fascism and establish freedom and popular sovereignty;
2.To vehemently condemn and hold the Iranian regime accountable for the slaughter and mass arrests of unarmed, defenseless protesters;
3.To censure disruption of access to internet services and social media and guarantee free access for the general Iranian public to the internet;
4.To sanction the clerical regime for its systematic human rights abuses in Iran, including the massacre in 1988, and the slaughter of participants in the present uprising.
Dear friends, fellow compatriots,
The ongoing uprising in my enchained homeland is a quest for freedom, democracy and equality. It is a movement for social justice; and it is a movement which will carry on until final victory. 
Iran Protest-MaryamRajavi’s messages
Maryam Rajavi: Iranian Protesters Turned the Page on the UN and Security Council’s History on Iran
Maryam Rajavi: Iranian Protesters Turned the Page on the UN and Security Council’s History on Iran
If you persist, the world will stand with you and on your side.
Ending the silence on Iran and shattering a 4-decade-old barrier of appeasement of the regime, the UN Security Council’s meeting on Iran is a product of the Iranian people’s uprising, the sacrifice of its martyrs and the suffering of its captives. The world’s major governments had so far turned a blind eye on brutal suppression of our people and executions of 120,000. Iran’s protesters and youths, however, have in their first step turned the page of the United Nations and Security Council’s history on Iran. This indicates that the young men and women who rose up in the streets of Izeh, Doroud, Tuyserkan, Ghahdarijan, Jouyabad of Isfahan, and 75 other cities can and must turn the darkest page of Iran’s history. 
As the Iranian Resistance’s Leader, Massoud Rajavi, said, “If you persist, the world will stand with you and on your side.”

Maryam Rajavi:
Maryam Rajavi:I Urge My Compatriots to Join the Nationwide Quest for Freedom
Thousands of salutes to those martyred in Doroud, Tuyserkan, Noorabad, Izeh, Shahinshahr, Ghahdarijan, Homayounshahr and Jouyabad of Isfahan!
Fellow protesters!
Courageous sons and daughters of Iran!
You have brightened up Iran’s cities with the light of struggle for freedom and justice.
Well done! You have shaken the ground under the feet of the mullahs’ rotted regime.
Thousands of salutes to those martyred in Doroud, Tuyserkan, Noorabad, Izeh, Shahinshahr, Ghahdarijan, Homayounshahr and Jouyabad of Isfahan!
You have brought the nation closer to her dreams of 100 years.
You have proven that it is possible to liberate Iran from the yoke of religious dictatorship and theocracy. 
The nations of the Middle East, from Syria to Iraq and Afghanistan, those who have suffered tremendously because of the mullahs’ oppression and their theocratic regime, are praying for your victory. 
The world’s freedom lovers have vested their hopes in you, and the world has heard your voice.
Governments and international organizations have come out one after the other to support and praise you. 
The nation’s martyrs, including the heroes and heroines of the 80s, the political prisoners massacred in 1988, the martyrs of 2009 and the martyrs of Ashraf, have set their sights on you.
You are the children of Sattar Khan , Dr. Mohammad Mossadeq, and Mohammad Hanifnejad . 
And your uprising will revive all of Iran’s honors.
Today, Khamenei and his cohorts take resort in threatening you.
They trumpet their criminal record. 
They mobilize their military forces to counter the Iranian people’s nationwide uprising. 
Their so-called reformist and moderate proxies who have stopped at nothing to provide services to the mullahs’ religious fascism, have now removed their masks and called for suppression of freedom-loving people. 
They grab at any straw to prevent throngs of people from joining your ranks. 
Behind such threats, however, the regime is twisting and turning out of enormous fear.
Despite its hollow show of force, the clerical regime is just a paper tiger and will not withstand your uprising. 
Because you are the decisive power.
You are countless and your numbers grow every day. 
When you get sincerely united and join hands, your solid resolve will overcome any power.
The mullahs think they can contain your upheaval and stop its expansion by blocking the internet services and social media. But they do not know and cannot understand that it is your common pain and suffering that bonds your hearts and spreads the message everywhere. And this is how the cities rise up one after the other. 
I call on all my fellow compatriots to rise up and join the roaring tide of freedom lovers across the country. 
Maryam Rajavi:
My fellow countrymen in Baluchistan, Kurdistan, Azerbaijan and Lorestan,
My dear Bakhtiari, Turkoman and Ghashghaii compatriots, 
Fellow Sunni countrymen, 
Fellow countrymen who inhabit in villages, suburbs and shanty towns across the country, 
This uprising is yours and it is for you.
Your children have risen up and engaged in a decisive battle to turn the darkest page of Iran’s history. Rise to their aid!
Fellow compatriots, my dear sisters and brothers, 
Do not abandon the protesters, and the army of deprived and plundered people. Do not leave them alone in the streets. Now is the time for workers, farmers, Bazaar merchants, government employees, teachers, physicians, nurses, university professors, and all social sectors to support them. This is an uprising that belongs to the freedom-loving but enchained people of Iran.
Do not lose any opportunity to support and join the courageous women and men who fight on the streets and risk the dangers. 
Stage sit-ins and strikes anywhere you can, in the factories and offices and at every work place, so that the world will see the general public's protest against the mullahs' detested rule in Iran and hear our nation's voice. 
As Massoud Rajavi said, “Iran and its enchained people have risen up and the dawn is near.” 
His messages, these days, are the best and clearest practical guidelines.
The uprising you launched, is an uprising for freedom, democracy, equality, and separation of religion and state;
This is an uprising for social justice;
And this is a movement that will carry on until final victory.
God bless you,
Long live freedom!
Maryam Rajavi:
Maryam Rajvi's Call for Uprising and Fearful Admission of Iran Regime's Official to PMOI/MEK's Leading Role
On Monday January 1, 2017. Mohammad Ali Asoudi, the senior consultant to Khamenei’s representative in the Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC), in an interview with the state run ‘Daneshjou’ press agency stated:
“Concerning the recent unrest and events in some cities in the country… those who have rightful demands, should not take to streets, since these rallies are being abused and some insurgents destroy the public property!”
The Senior IRGC commander further added: “regarding the presence of the members and affiliates of the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran in these riots, it is notable that when Maryam Rajavi officially sends a message and calls everyone to take into scene, it is evident that they (PMOI/MEK) members and supporters are in the front row.

Fox News: In Iran, 'death to the dictator!' Anti-regime street protests grow, demanding democracy and freedom Fox News- 30 December 2017
Fox News: In Iran, 'death to the dictator!' Anti-regime street protests grow, demanding democracy and freedom Fox News- 30 December 2017
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