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Iran Protests Update: Nationwide arrests continue

The unprecedented crackdown imposed by the mullahs’ regime in response to the November uprising in Iran continues to this day-File photo
The unprecedented crackdown imposed by the mullahs’ regime in response to the November uprising in Iran continues to this day-File photo

Reporting by PMOI/MEK

Iran, December 21, 2019—More than a month after the November nationwide uprising by the Iranian people, widespread arrests continue across the country. Ali Akbar Javidan, head of Kermanshah Province police in western Iran, said recently that more than 250 “riot leaders” have been arrested. These individuals, who are mostly between the ages of 20 and 25 and have “confessed to having connections with terrorist groups and enemies of the revolution,” Javidan added in an interview with the state-run Mehr news agency on December 18.

Heydar Abbaszadeh, head of Khuzestan Province in southwest Iran, had previously on December 13 said 145 individuals were arrested in his precinct. He previously reported 136 arrests on December 4. Abbaszadeh described the individuals as “main elements and leaders of Khuzestan unrests.”

More than 12,000 people were arrested during the November uprising and the mullahs’ regime, terrified of domestic and international implications over their crimes against humanity, are desperately going the distance to keep a lid on the number and names of people killed and arrested, and where they are being currently held.

Many of these detainees are under horrific torture to obtain coerced confessions for television broadcasting. The bodies of a number of these detainees have been thrown into rivers and dams.

Iranian opposition President Maryam Rajavi, head of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), is calling on the United Nations to dispatch a fact-finding mission to visit those prisons where detainees of the recent November uprising are being held. In the absence of such supervision, the mullahs’ regime in Iran enjoys a free will to carry any and all crimes.

European Parliament condemns rights abuses in Iran

The European Parliament issued a strong resolution on Friday, adopted through a vast majority, demanding the unconditional release of the uprising detainees, informing their families of where they are being held, and allowing access to their lawyers and international inspectors to these prisons. The resolution also calls on the UN to immediately carry out a comprehensive investigation regarding the crackdown against the Iranian people. The European Union and the five Permanent Members of the United Nations Security Council, along with ten members of the UN Human Rights Council should take urgent action to impose this supervision on the mullahs’ regime.

Reports of the November uprising that spread to at least 191 cities throughout Iran continue to arrive from people and activists throughout the country. The Iranian opposition People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) has registered and published the names of 547 individuals killed by the mullahs’ regime. At least 1,500 civilians were murdered by the mullahs’ oppressive security forces and these numbers are unfortunately subject to rising.

The regime’s supreme leader Ali Khamenei, its president Hassan Rouhani, and other leaders, who have been perpetrating crimes against humanity, must face justice, said NCRI President Maryam Rajavi.

 

 

Such new reports are portraying a more vivid canvas about the atrocities committed by the mullahs’ regime and the massacre carried out by their forces, especially the terrorist-designated Revolutionary Guards (IRGC). The MEK is continuing its efforts to further obtain and publish the names of more victims killed by the regime’s security forces during the massacre.

 

“Death to dictator!” in Marivan

On Friday, December 20, the locals of Marivan, a city in Kurdistan Province, western Iran, held a funeral ceremony for 14-year old Farhad Khosravi who was murdered by the regime’s IRGC forces. Khosravi was a “kolbar” or porter, carrying a load of goods in snow-laden mountains along with many others. Thousands of Iranians resort to such painstaking measures to make ends meet due to the fact that unemployment is rampant across Iran.

IRGC units opened fire on a column of porters recently resulting in Khosravi’s death. Locals in Marivan were seen chanting, “Death to dictator!” during the funeral, referring directly to Khamenei himself.

 

 

A large number of people participated in the ceremony and many were holding pieces of bread in a symbolic gesture saying Khosravi and others like him were merely working to put bread on the table for their families.

The dead body of 14-year old Farhad Khosravi in Marivan, western Iran

The dead body of 14-year old Farhad Khosravi in Marivan, western Iran

 

Protests against Rouhani

Iranians in Germany rallied outside the mullahs’ embassy in Berlin on Thursday, December 19, protesting Rouhani’s visit to Japan. The demonstrators called on the Japanese government to throw Rouhani, the murderer of 1,500 Iranians during the November demonstrations and the arrest/torture of over 12,000 protesters, outside of their country. A delegation representing the demonstrators delivered a letter to the Japanese Embassy protesting Rouhani’s visit.

Iranians rallying outside the mullahs’ embassy in Berlin, protesting Rouhani’s visit to Japan – Germany – December 19, 2019

Iranians rallying outside the mullahs’ embassy in Berlin, protesting Rouhani’s visit to Japan – Germany – December 19, 2019