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Iran protests 2019, day 20: Death toll surpasses the 1,000 mark

The November 2019 uprising spread across at least 189 cities throughout Iran- File photo
The November 2019 uprising spread across at least 189 cities throughout Iran- File photo

Reporting by PMOI/MEK

Iran, December 4, 2019—Citing the network linked to the Iranian opposition People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK), the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) is reporting the number of people killed by the mullahs’ regime during the November 2019 uprising has surpassed the 1,000 mark.

Latest reports indicate the nationwide protests reached at least 189 cities across the country and the brutal crackdown imposed by the mullahs’ regime has also left at least 4,000 injured and over 12,000 detainees behind bars. These numbers are escalating as further reports are obtained and there are grave concerns over the fate of the thousands of people held behind bars.

 

 

U.S. President Trump, during a visit to London for a NATO meeting, on Tuesday weighed in on the protests in Iran. “Iran is killing perhaps thousands and thousands of people right now as we speak,” he said. “That is why they cut off the internet, so people can’t see what is going on.”

Hossein Ashtari, commander of the Iranian regime’s state police is voicing grave concerns over the nature of future protests. “People possessing illegal firearms should hand in their weapons because the possession of firearms will result in harsh punishment,” he said. Reports from across Iran during the November uprising indicate a significant number of cities and towns witnessing locals taking to arms in the face of the regime’s oppressive security forces opening fire on demonstrators.

The aftermath of the horrific crackdown imposed by the mullahs’ regime during the November uprising is resulting in drastic rifts among senior Iranian regime officials. In recent remarks Ali Motahari, deputy speaker of the mullahs’ Majlis (parliament), said the process of impeaching the regime’s interior minister will begin next week.

Media outrage

In a recent piece The New York Times criticized the mullahs’ use of crackdown measures against popular movements across the Middle East. “Iran has used its Shiite Hezbollah militia in Lebanon and Syria and its Popular Mobilization Forces militia in Iraq to try to snuff out all their bottom-up secular democratic movements — while also crushing the biggest secular-democracy uprising in Iran itself in 40 years. The Iranian ayatollahs even had to largely shut down their own internet to prevent the domestic rebellion from spreading,” the piece reads in part.

The Iranian people are no strangers to protests yet the response of the mullahs’ regime has rarely been so ruthless and brutal, according to a piece published on CNN’s website. The Iranian regime was quick to shut down the internet and deployed its security forces to carry out what Amnesty International has described as a bloody crackdown. Experts say it appears the new level of brutality has pushed Iran into a new era as people brave all odds and risk their lives to express their demand of seeing an end to the mullahs’ regime. Currently, while it appears the protests have decreased, the country remains very shaky, according to CNN.

 

 

As the Iranian Resistance has constantly reported, the November uprising continues with protests across the country. The New York Times is also confirming these reports: “At the same time, reports also surfaced of new strife — an indication that the government’s earlier assertion that the protests had ended was premature.

“Press TV reported that dozens of arrests had been made in Khuzestan Province on Tuesday, citing intelligence officials.  Iran’s official Islamic Republic News Agency reported what appeared to have been a revenge killing of a security officer by an ethnic Arab resident of Shayegan, a working-class city in Khuzestan.

“There were also reports of protests and clashes in the city of Sarbaz in southeast Iran’s Sistan and Baluchistan Province, one of the largest in the country.  Sistan and Baluchistan, populated by mostly ethnic Baluch Iranians, borders Pakistan and has a history of popular armed uprisings against the central government. It also is home to Chahbahar port, a major shipping point developed by Indian contractors.”