Reporting by PMOI/MEK
Iran, July 17, 2020—People across the city of Behbahan of Khuzestan province in southwest Iran poured into the streets on Thursday, July 16, protesting the mullahs’ rule and the regime’s destructive policies. The youth were specifically seen chanting anti-regime slogans.
“Khamenei have some shame! Let go of the country!” in reference to the regime’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei. Other slogans included:
“We don’t want the mullahs’ regime!”
“Mullahs must get lost!”
“Not Gaza! Not Lebanon! My life for Iran!”
Security forces were seen firing bird shots and tear gas in their attacks against the courageous protesters. However, the brave youth remained in the streets and would not back down from the threats and attacks by the regime’s oppressive forces. Reuters reported citing eyewitnesses saying Iranian regime security forces fired tear gas to disperse the protesters.
Footage posted on social media from inside Iran shows protesters chanting, “No fear, we’re all together!” Other videos show a large number of security units in the cities of Tehran, Isfahan, Tabriz, Mashhad, Urmia and others. It is interesting that state media refused to cover these protests, in fear of their reports encouraging people in other cities to also pour into the streets and result in a massive nationwide protest crisis for the regime.
July 16 - Behbahan, southwest #Iran— People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) (@Mojahedineng) July 16, 2020
Locals chanting, "Bassiji, shame on you! Let go of the country!"
The Bassij are the regime's main arm for domestic crackdown.#IranProtests pic.twitter.com/4C7CBIElxM
Various videos posted on Instagram and Twitter show protesters also chanting, “Iranians would rather die than live in shame.” Other videos specifically show members of the regime’s security forces pointing pistols at unarmed protesters.
In response to the escalating tensions in Behbahan the mullahs’ regime had no choice but to completely disrupt access to the internet network across all of Khuzestan province, according to Netblocks.
Confirmed: Internet restrictions are in place in #Khuzestan Province, southwest #Iran from 10 p.m. local time; real-time network data show total (pictured) and partial disruptions varying by provider amid anti-government protests; incident ongoing #IranProtests 📉 pic.twitter.com/UzhsERVj5i— NetBlocks.org (@netblocks) July 16, 2020