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Iran protests 2019, Day 28: Iranian officials confess to slaughtering civilians

Martyrs of Iran protests- November 2019
Martyrs of Iran protests- November 2019

Reporting by PMOI/MEK

Iran, December 12, 2019—As undeniable evidence sheds light on the violent crackdown on Iranian protesters in the November uprisings, Iranian officials are gradually acknowledging the crimes security forces have committed. On Wednesday, Amir Hossein Ghazizadeh Hashemi, member of the Iranian regime’s Majlis (parliament), confirmed the brutal slaughter of the citizens of Mahshahr during the protests.

“A lot of people were killed in Mahshahr,” Ghazizadeh said. Ghazizadeh tried to justify the killing by accusing the protesters of “trying to damage the main energy lines of the country.” But he admitted, “A group of innocents might also have been hurt in the incident.”

Amir Hossein Ghazizadeh Hashemi, member of the Iranian regime’s Majlis (parliament)

Amir Hossein Ghazizadeh Hashemi, member of the Iranian regime’s Majlis (parliament)

 

In another such confession, a state-run news website confirmed on Wednesday that security forces had opened fire on the people of Shiraz. With the scale of the killings becoming evident, many officials are trying to distance themselves from the regime’s crimes in fear of the wrath of the people.

On Tuesday, Bahram Parsai, an MP from Shiraz, addressed Iranian regime president Hassan Rouhani, saying, “What measures did you consider to avoid killing the people? What preventive measures did you take before opening fire on the people?”

Parsai also called it unwise to describe the protesters as “rioters,” a term that the highest Iranian authorities have been using to refer to the people who have taken part in the protests.

New names of regime victims published

The protests that began on November 15, after the regime declared an unprecedented fuel price hike, spread to more than 190 cities. The network of the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) inside the country has documented at least 1,000 people killed by security forces, 4,000 people injured, and 12,000 others arrested.

The Iranian resistance has been gathering the names and particulars of the victims. On Wednesday, the MEK published the names of 32 martyrs of the November uprisings, bringing the total number of identified victims to 432.

A harrowing report pertains that at least 320 bodies were registered in the hospitals of Kermanshah province in western Iran. Additionally, during the uprising in Tehran, the IRGC’s so-called Mohammad Rassoul Allah Division transferred the bodies of more than 100 victims from different regions first to the paramilitary Bassij center in the capital’s District 7 and later to an unknown location.

 

 

Rallies by families of detained protesters 

On Wednesday, a group of family members of protesters detained by security forces gathered in front of Tehran’s notorious Evin prison and demanded the release of their children.

Earlier on December 7, several families of detainees had gathered in the same place and demanded the freedom of their children.

The status of the prisoners has become a source of concern for human rights activists and organizations. Iranian officials have made numerous threats to torture and execute prisoners in brutal ways. There have already been reports of several prisoners having been tortured to death since the beginning of the protests.

Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, the president-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), called on the United Nations Security Council, as well as the European Union and its member states to take urgent action to stop the killings and secure the release of those arrested. The Security Council must declare this major atrocity a crime against humanity so that the regime’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, its President Hassan Rouhani, and other leaders face justice, Mrs. Rajavi said, adding that inaction vis-à-vis crimes against humanity is inexcusable and the mullahs will construe it as a green light to continue and intensify their crimes. She also urged the UN Secretary-General to send a fact-finding mission to Iran without delay to investigate the extent of the killings and visit detention centers and those arrested during the uprising.