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Iran Protests Update: Regime increasing efforts to prevent potential unrest

The mullahs’ regime is torturing detained protester and arresting the families of killed protesters to maintain control over Iran’s restive society- (File photo)
The mullahs’ regime is torturing detained protester and arresting the families of killed protesters to maintain control over Iran’s restive society- (File photo)

Reporting by PMOI/MEK

Iran, December 25, 2019—More reports are being obtained by Iranian opposition networks portraying the true image of the brutal regime that is resorting to torture in prisons in Tehran and other cities across the country, according to the Iranian opposition coalition National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI). Conditions in prisons such as Fashfouyeh, Evin, and Gohardasht are reported as critical based on these reports, according to the NCRI statement number 61.


As Iranians prepare for the 40th-day ceremony of the martyrs of the November uprising, the Iranian regime is taking measures to prevent news of potential protests from reaching the world. According to Netblocks, an organization that tracks internet connectivity and censorship across the world, the Iranian regime has shut down internet access in parts of Iran.



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Iranians traditionally mourn their dead 40 days after their passing. The Iranian regime is desperately attempting to prevent any and all memorial ceremonies planned for the protesters killed by its forces during the November uprising that swept the country. The regime’s forces are currently arresting and systematically intimidating the victims’ families.

The Iranian opposition People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK), the cornerstone member of the NCRI coalition, made the following announcements:

  1. The regime is torturing supporters of the movement into forced confessions. The victims are being pressured to say they received money from the MEK to set fire to banks, or that the MEK ordered them to fire on innocent protesters. The prison torturers are demanding the victims repeat lies that the MEK is funded by Israel and Saudi Arabia.
  2. Reports indicate that some of the prisoners have already died under torture and others have been forcefully “disappeared” by the regime.
  3. There are many young students under 13 years of age among the prisoners.
  4. Some prisoners are said to have lost more than 20 kg during the past few weeks due to torture. Torture scars can be seen on their bodies.
  5. A few persons freed under excessive bail also have torture scars and they have been threatened with heavy sentences if they say a word about what they saw in the prisons.
  6. Prisoners are crammed into tiny cells. In Fashfouyeh prison, about 40 to 50 prisoners are forced to share a 10-12 square meter cell. There is no opportunity for rest or sleep and prisoners are forced to stand most of the time. Each person can only rest for 30 to 60 minutes only.
  7. There is no sign of any sanitary necessities or minimum living needs. There are no blankets or pillows. Prisoners use one or two cups in each cell to drink water.



The Ministry of Intelligence and Security (MOIS) is nevertheless deeply concerned about permitting the families to hold any memorials for the victims and has arrested the parents of Pouya Bakhtiari in recent days. The family had been threatened by authorities not to hold any memorial for their slain son.

The Iranian Resistance had announced earlier that regime Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei had ordered the crackdown that resulted in the killing of over 1,500 protesters, injury of over 4,000, and the arrest of over 12,000.

The massacre of 1,500 protesters, torture and killing of prisoners are examples of crimes against humanity and the international community should act to stop such atrocities. This bloody regime must be isolated from the community of nations.

NCRI President Maryam Rajavi once again called on the United Nations to send an international fact-finding mission to visit the prisons and meet with the detained in Iran without any delay.



The state-run Jamaran website mentioned the recent Reuters report about over 1,500 protesters killed by the mullahs’ regime. “… Reuters claims more than 1,500 people lost their lives in the recent events… However, it is worth noting that the source of the Reuters report is none other than the MEK,” the piece reads. "The dissident NCRI website published a piece citing reports provided by the [PMOI] claiming 1,500 people lost their lives during the November unrest,” the report reads in part.

On December 15, the NCRI issued its statement number 55 specifically indicating that over 1,500 people had been killed by the mullahs’ regime during the November uprising. This statement reads in part: “The People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) confirmed that over 1,500 protesters have been killed during the Iranian people’s nationwide uprising in different provinces across the country. At least 400 have been killed in Tehran, 320 in Kermanshah, 270 in Fars, 240 in Khuzestan, 120 in Isfahan, and 100 in Alborz (Karaj).”

The MEK has to this day published the names of 587 people killed by the mullahs’ regime during the November protests.