The harrowing revelation that hundreds of villagers in Lordegan, Charmahal & Bakhtiari province, had been inflicted with the HIV virus as a result of the procedures of the Iranian health ministry sparked protests in the province. The Iranian regime's security forces tried to quell the protests, which resulted in clashes between the angry citizens of Lordegan and the repressive forces of the regime. People from neighboring cities and provinces voiced their support and sympathy with the people of Lordegan, especially those who now have to cope with AIDS, and condemned the regime for its corrupt practices. In this regard, the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) issued a statement in which it called for support for the people of Lordegan, who are at the center of the AIDS crisis. The text of the statement follows:
NCRI, October 5, 2019—The demonstration began outside the Governor’s Office and spread to the Health Department’s local office. The security forces attacked the protesters at both locations. The protesters defended themselves by throwing rocks. The suppressive forces fired live rounds and tear gas into the crowd to disperse them, wounding a number of demonstrators.
The protesters were chanting, “Down with dictator,” “have no fear, we are all together,” “neither Gaza nor Lebanon, I give my life for Iran,” and “incompetent official, resign, resign.”
On October 2, Khamenei told the Revolutionary Guards commanders, “Continuing the strategic depth is sometimes more imperative than the most important issues facing the country. Some people do not recognize this. Some pay attention and chant neither Gaza nor Lebanon to the benefit of the enemy.”
Women are playing a prominent role in the protests which began on October 2. The protesters broke the windows of the local health department and blocked the road to the village on October 3rd.
I urge all my fellow compatriots to rush to the aid of the flood-hit residents of Hormuzgan Province where a number of our countrymen have lost their lives.— Maryam Rajavi (@Maryam_Rajavi) October 4, 2019
After 40 years, the clerical regime has brought nothing to the people of #Iran except devastation, destruction and plunder
Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, the President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), hailed the arisen people and youth in Lordegan. “With their chants of death to the dictator and attacking the office of the representative of the Iranian regime’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, they targeted the clerical establishment as the main cause of all the atrocities perpetrated against the Iranian people,” Mrs. Rajavi said, adding, “This corrupt and criminal regime has squandered Iran’s national wealth by pursuing nuclear and missile projects and engaging in foreign warmongering, which has destroyed all aspects of life for the people of Iran, including health and well-being.” Mrs. Rajavi urged all the youth, especially in Chaharmahal-Bakhtiari Province and the neighboring areas to support the protesters and the victims of the inhumane policies of the mullahs’ regime.
Secretariat of the National Council of Resistance of Iran
October 5, 2019