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Iran protests 2019, day 19: MEK releases new names of killed protesters

Scenes of the November uprising in Iran – 2019
Scenes of the November uprising in Iran – 2019

Reporting by PMOI/MEK

Iran December 3, 2019—The Iranian opposition People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) has released the names of 28 more protesters killed by the mullahs’ security forces during the Iranian people’s nationwide November uprising. Previously, the names of 194 victims had been published. This brings to 222 the names of those shot and killed by the Iranian regime in 187 cities checkered across the country.

The regime’s brutal crackdown on the protests has left at least 750 protesters dead. 12,000 others remain in custody of the regime and their lives are in danger.

The brutal massacre of protesters in Mahshahr, where the regime’s security forces have reportedly killed more than 100 people, has shocked the world. According to an eyewitness, the Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) brought a special forces brigade to quell the protests in this southern city. The regime also brought tanks, armored personnel carriers and helicopters.

As soon as the forces arrived, they opened fire on the people, even people who were in their homes and hadn’t taken part in the protests. In the first hour of the clashes, at least 17 people, including two four- and eight-year-old children and a 70-year-old elderly were killed.

Condemnations across the board

In further international outcry against the mullahs’ regime, Representative Elliot Engel, Chairman of the U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee, expressed grave concern over the crackdown imposed against protesters in Iran.

"I condemn the Iranian government's violent crackdown on its own citizens and stand with those who are protesting peacefully. I also condemn the continued use of censorship and regime-enforced internet blackouts to limit free and open communication,” he said in a statement.



Nicholas Burns, former US Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs, called for universal condemnation of the mullahs’ crackdown. “The Supreme Leader and Revolutionary Guards are responsible for horrific violence—hundreds of Iranian citizens killed and several thousand wounded and arrested. This should be universally condemned,” he said.



Senator Rick Scott of Florida also voiced his support for the Iranian people’s aspirations for freedom. “Hundreds dead, thousands wounded and detained. This is how the Iranian government responds to peaceful protests. The people of Iran have had enough of the oppressive regime. The cries for democracy and freedom in Iran are only beginning,” he said.



The world must act

In a major rally held in Paris’ Trocadero Square, the Iranian community in France announced their support for the November uprising that has shaken the mullahs’ apparatus from November 15 to this day. A brutal crackdown on the uprising by the regime’s security forces has left at least 750 protesters dead, according to the latest figures released by the MEK.



The Esplanade of Human Rights, close to Palais de Chaillot where the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948, was covered with tri-color Iranian flags and images of protesters killed ruthlessly by the mullahs’ regime. At least 4,000 protesters are reported injured and over 12,000 detainees remain behind bars. These numbers are escalating as further reports are obtained.

Supporters of the MEK and the Iranian opposition coalition National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), were accompanied by members of the French National Assembly (French Parliament), councilors and mayors as well as dignitaries representing different regions of France.



A video message by NCRI President Maryam Rajavi was broadcast on a huge screen in the square.

In her speech, Madam Rajavi urged France to lead a European initiative aiming to dispatch an international fact-finding mission to the prisons of Iran that have been transformed into torture chamber by the mullahs’ regime.



“The blood of over 600 rebellious youths, the cries of 12,000 arrested youths detained in Khamenei’s torture chambers, and the cries of a rebellious nation from across Iran call on the world to stand up to the religious fascism,” she stressed.

Mrs. Rajavi emphasized that the November uprising proves once again that the mullahs are not capable of containing the escalating tides of protests and a growing social rebellion, and that the Iranian people will never give in.

“The conditions will not revert back to the pre-uprising equilibrium. Horrified by the looming specter of being overthrown, the mullahs are resorting to outrageous crimes. Khamenei has ordered his mercenaries to shoot directly at youths in the streets. Rouhani has praised the criminal repressive forces,” she added.

Mrs. Rajavi said that the uprising is durable, and the regime is not able to contain the protests and prevent the rising of Rebellious Cities, the Resistance Units and the great Liberation Army.

“This uprising will carry on until it overthrows the entire clerical regime; this uprising will continue until freedom and popular sovereignty are established in Iran,” she said.

Mrs. Rajavi expressed regret that the international community has not responded properly to the crimes against humanity that are currently going on in Iran.

“The European Union must stop its appeasement of the clerical regime. No concessions should be granted to a regime that slaughters protesters and breaches its commitments to the JCPOA, one after the other. The EU must pull the trigger of UN Security Council sanctions against this barbaric dictatorship which is a threat to global and regional peace and security,” she concluded.