Iran: Fifteenth day of nationwide protests triggered by gas price hikes, fuel rationing

Nov 29
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Reporting by PMOI/MEK

Iran, November 29, 2019—The uprising in Iran continues as reports the unrest endure into the fifteenth consecutive day on Friday, November 29. Authorities are implementing a martial law style situation in the Iranian capital Tehran and cities throughout the country. The Iranian people have risen in at least 182 cities, towns and villages across Iran.

Eyewitness reports from Shahriar, west of Tehran, indicate youth protesting and clashing with the regime’s oppressive state security forces on Thursday, November 28. Other reports from Tehran indicate the sound of sporadic gunfire was heard from the Sadeghiyeh district on Thursday night.

A report from Karaj, west of Tehran, indicates 120 youth arrested during the recent uprising are being held in ward 8 of Gohardasht Prison. This ward is known as the “IRGC ward” and is currently under the control of the regime’s Ministry of Intelligence and Security (MOIS).

The network affiliated directly to the Iranian opposition People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) inside the country confirms at least 450 people are accounted for as killed by regime authorities, along with over 4,000 people injured. Reports also indicate at least 10,000 protesters being arrested. The final statistics could unfortunately be far higher.

Protesters are specifically voicing political demands directly protesting the mullahs’ rule by strongly criticizing senior regime officials and the entire mullahs’ apparatus. In their slogans, protesters are demanding the toppling of the Iranian regime and placing their crosshairs on the Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, President Hassan Rouhani and the Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) as the root of the Iranian people’s ongoing miseries.

Amnesty International is reporting at least 161 protesters were killed by the Iranian regime during the recent uprising.

“According to credible reports received by Amnesty International, we can confirm that at least 161 protesters have been unlawfully killed by security forces in Iran since 15 November. We call on the international community to urgently hold Iran’s authorities to account,” the organization announced.

In a sign of escalating internal rifts following the recent uprising, Mohsen Rezaie, former IRGC chief and now secretary of the regime’s Expediency Council, lashed out at the mullahs’ president. “Rouhani stepping aside from accepting responsibility regarding the timing and how the gas price hike was to be implemented is quite shocking!” Rezaie said.

Recent programs broadcast by the regime’s state TV indicate the mullahs are resorting to a known tactic of airing coerced confessions of detained protesters in an effort to install a climate of fear among the Iranian population as a whole. Iranian opposition President Maryam Rajavi, head of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), has called for the international community to dispatch a fact-finding mission to visit the prisons where recently detained protesters are being held.

Five Nobel Peace laurates are voicing their support for the brave protesters in Iran and condemned the mullahs’ deadly crackdown against the Iranian people. The list includes Professor John Lewis Hall who shared the 2005 Nobel Prize in Physics; Professor Gerhard Ertl, awarded the 2007 Nobel Prize in Chemistry; Professor Tim Hunt, awarded the 2001 Nobel Prize in Medicine; Professor Sheldon Glashow, awarded the 1979 Nobel Prize in Physics; and Professor Jerome Friedman, awarded the 1986 Nobel Prize in Physics.

Iranian regime officials are expressing grave concerns about the recent uprising.

“Parents should be careful their youth do not rush to the streets as they might get hurt during riots,” said Gholamali Jafarzadeh, a member of the regime’s Majlis (parliament). “I myself wasn’t aware of the gas price hike until the that very night when I saw long lines at gas stations… There was no proper planning and readiness for this measure. It delivered a major shock to the people and even I, as a Majlis member, did not know about it.”

Rasoul Falahi, Khamenei’s representative in Gilan Province, northern Iran, voiced concerns about the upcoming Majlis elections in February. “The enemy is busy planning and they especially have devious plans for the elections,” he said. “Lebanon continues to face turmoil and the roots of this dilemma have yet to be uprooted in Iraq. Although the enemy began its conspiracy in Iraq and Lebanon, it was a mere introduction to their plans in Iran,” he added as the regime faces turmoil across the Middle East.

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