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Iranian official: November 2019 protest were “the most bitter” security incident

Anti-regime protests in Iran - November 2019
Anti-regime protests in Iran - November 2019

Reporting by PMOI/MEK

Iran, April 2, 2021—Hossein Zolfaghari, Security Deputy of the Iranian regime’s Interior Minister, acknowledged regime’s worries about the repeat of nationwide protests in Iran and called the November 2019 protests the toughest year security-wise.

“Ensuring the security of the country is a round-the-clock job and knows no holidays or non-holidays. However, sometimes some events occur that affect those involved in the security of our establishment,” Zolfaghari said in remarks that were published by the official IRNA news agency on Thursday.

He also added that the regime has a series of increasing security threats and that more attention needs to be paid, both in the field of defense and security within the regime.

“Even in most secure times it is inconceivable that a threat should not be directed in the country because there are always potential threats and if we became neglected, it would harm us,” Zolfaghari added.

Concerning the November 2019 nationwide uprising, Zolfaghari said that it has various reasons. “Many said that the establishment will not celebrate its 40th anniversary. The aim was, to turn strikes and protests turned into riots,” Zolfaghari said.

Zolfaghari acknowledged that in terms of security or society security for the establishment, the November 2019 incidents were the most bitter events that happened to the clerical regime.

Zolfaghari also called for establishing a Security Task Force for the regime’s upcoming Presidential election in fear of a repeat of new protests.

With regard to the number of killed protesters, Zolfaghari said, “Some officials announced 400 deaths, while the actual numbers were 230. The media of the ill-wishers of our establishment announced 1,500 as the number of casualties.”

It is worth reminding that the network of the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) inside Iran gathered the names and pictures of over 800 killed protesters in November 2019.

According to information obtained by the MEK, during the first few days of the uprising, security forces killed at least 1,500 protesters and made more than 12,000 arrests.

These statistics were later confirmed by Reuters on December 13, 2019. Reuters reported on December 23, 2019: “About 1,500 people were killed during less than two weeks of unrest that started on Nov. 1.”