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Iran: Thirteenth day of nationwide protests after gas price hikes, fuel rationing

Reporting by PMOI/MEK

Iran, November 27, 2019—Cities, towns and villages checkered across Iran are witnessing demonstrations and protests as the uprising in Iran continues into its thirteenth consecutive day on Wednesday, November 27. The Iranian capital Tehran and other cities are witnessing authorities implementing martial law-style conditions after unprecedented unrests and protests by the Iranian people rising in at least 179 cities throughout the country.

The network associated directly to the Iranian opposition 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 show at least 10,000 protesters being arrested. The final statistics could unfortunately be far higher. Netblocks is reporting a gradual and calculated return of internet access in Iran.

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.

Members of “Resistance Units,” a network affiliated to the MEK, and supporters of this organization are continuing their anti-regime efforts inside Iran, voicing support for Iranian Resistance leader Massoud Rajavi and Maryam Rajavi, President of the Iranian opposition coalition National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI).

Iranian regime Interior Minister Rahmani Fazli’s recent remarks shed more light on the vast scope of the recent uprising engulfing Iran. “More than 50 military and security sites were attacked,” he said, indicating how protesters are specifically targeting the very essence of the mullahs’ regime.

“The number of our security forces and IRGC Basij members injured during these incidents are twice the number of others injured… 130,000 to 200,000 people were involved in these scenes across the country…” Fazli added. “In Tehran, we were engaged with protesters in 100 different locations… From Saturday, November 16, we were faced with armed individuals in all areas of the country… attacking and torching 731 banks, 140 public buildings, nine religious centers, 70 gas stations, 307 vehicles (183 military) and 1,076 motorcycles… Around 500 people were heading towards the Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting and we stopped them three kilometers before they reached this target… We suffered the most damages in the cities of Malard, Baharestan, Share Quds (Ghale Hasan Khan) and Eslamshahr. Such events were witnessed due to our shortage in infrastructure… clashes were far more intense in the provinces of Khuzestan, Fars and Tehran. Five of our provinces were engaged in very serious battles… We were faced with teams of four to five members, along with a woman. They would attack using Molotov cocktails and destroy government property. These groups were clashing with our forces.”

Mojtaba Zolnouri, head of the regime’s Majlis (parliament) Security Commission also portrayed a very grim image for the mullahs’ apparatus in Iran. “We had 147 clashes in Tehran on Sunday, November 17 alone… On one day we were involved in 800 different clashes across the country and they sought to divide our forces’ capabilities. They were trained…,” he said.

The state-run E’temad daily quoted Zolnouri saying around 7,000 people have been arrested in the recent uprising. Rest assured the actual number is far higher and the mullahs’ regime refrains from publishing the truth to further cloak the vast scope of the uprising and how the Iranian nation in its entirety utterly loathe their rule.

Iran's protests continue to receive widespread support from across the world. U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham condemned the Iranian regime's brutal crackdown on the popular protests and called on the U.S. government to increase pressure on the regime.


The state-run Mehr news agency, known to be affiliated to the Iranian regime’s Ministry of Intelligence and Security (MOIS), published an interesting take on the recent uprising in Iran. “Very quickly the slogans were no longer of economic nature, with chants against the entire system reaching their climax,” an article reads. “People were seen pulling down billboards with their strong metal pillars, torching trash canisters in the middle of the streets and breaking bank windows… the [protesters] sought arms by attacking a number of police stations…”

Hossein Kachuian, a member of the regime’s so-called Cultural Council, also voiced his concerns. “From 1999 onward, little by little we have found ourselves in a unique situation. Conditions where we have lost control over our domestic situation,” he said.

“Despite the fact that the people’s protests over high prices were justified, a number of organized individuals took advantage of these protests,” said Hossein Nejat, the cultural deputy of the Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) chief Hossein Salami. “If on-the-ground decision makings were to continue, those who had taken advantage of the status quo would then demand the resignation of senior officials, then Majlis (parliament) members, and the entire [regime] would crumble in the streets.”

As the regime is struggling in political crises across the board, the economic hardship continues for the mullahs. “If we exported three million barrels of oil per day, it has reached zero today,” said Majlis member Kazem Delkhosh.

In more sanctions related news, Hotbird and Eutelsat have discontinued broadcasting 12 TV networks affiliated to the mullahs’ regime, according to the mullahs’ own state-run news agencies. The names of these networks are: IRIB News, Quran, Film, Nasim, Jam-e Jam 1, Sahar, Sahar Azari, Sahar Urdu, Kowthar, Press TV, Hispan TV and English Film. Iran’s state-run outlets are reporting these measures are in line with U.S. sanctions.