Reporting by PMOI/MEK
Iran, December 27, 2019—Extremely concerned over sparking yet another nationwide uprising on the 40th day memorial of the civilians killed by its security forces during the November uprising, the mullahs’ regime ruling Iran resorted to massive crackdown measures on Thursday, December 26. Internet access was severely restricted in many areas across the country and a very large number of Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) and paramilitary Basij units were dispatched to control the status quo.
Update: Mobile internet connectivity has fallen further in #Iran amid reports of security reinforcement; real-time network data show connectivity at 5% of ordinary levels on specified networks after four distinct cuts; incident ongoing 📉#Internet4Iran— NetBlocks.org (@netblocks) 26 December 2019
Units of the State Security Force, plainclothes agents, and Intelligence Ministry units were also present. Anti-riot units in full gear and with various types of vehicles were stationed in sensitive parts of cities throughout the country.
In some cities such as Karaj and Shiraz, the regime even deployed helicopter surveillance units. Elsewhere, such as Urmia, snipers took positions on rooftops. Reports from Karaj also indicate security forces had dispatched “Douhska” .50 caliber heavy machine guns near a cemetery where many mourners had gathered to commemorate civilians killed in the November uprising.
December 26 - Karaj, #Iran— People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) (@Mojahedineng) 26 December 2019
"Our pain is your pain! People, join our ranks!"
"People did not die for us to compromise & praise the murderous leader!"#IranProtestspic.twitter.com/v4rZi0ePZN
The ceremony of Farshad Hajipour in Lordegan, one of the protesters killed during the November uprising in Iran - Many ceremonies held on the same day like this under suppressive circumstances
“Nevertheless, in many cities such as Karaj, Shahriar, Isfahan, Sari, Mashhad, Shiraz, Behbahan, Orumiyeh and Yazdan-Shahr, people gathered at the martyrs’ graves and pledged to uphold their ideals and continue their path. They also staged gatherings in streets or squares, chanting anti-regime slogans,” according to a statement issued by the Iranian opposition coalition National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI).
“In Karaj, the regime deployed helicopters and dispatched herds of its plainclothes agents to Behesht-e Sakineh cemetery but failed to prevent the large presence of people who had gone there to pay homage to the martyrs. The crowd was chanting, ‘Death to the dictator,’ ‘we did not sacrifice to compromise and praise the murderous leader.’ Suppressive forces attacked the crowd on site or those approaching the cemetery and arrested a number of them.”
Dec 26 - Karaj, #Iran— People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) (@Mojahedineng) 26 December 2019
Brave Iranians defying the regime's crackdown & holding a ceremony for civilians killed by security forces in the Nov uprising.
"No fear! We're all together!"
"Hail to the November 2019 uprising martyrs"#IranProtestspic.twitter.com/Z13rwiPVFJ
In Shahriar, west of Tehran, many participated in a memorial for Nader Momeni. In Behbahan, southwest Iran, hundreds paid homage to Mahmoud and Mehrdad Dashtinia, two brothers shot to death by the regime’s security forces back in November.
Iranians in Paris also held a ceremony in honor of the November uprising martyrs in the French capital’s iconic Square du Trocadéro. The participants were heard chanting:
“The only path to liberty is through rebellion and uprising for freedom.”
“We will fight and retake Iran.”
“Death to Khamenei,” referring to the regime Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei.
Exiled Iranian hold a rally in Berlin honoring the memory of Martyrs fallen in November uprising
December 26 - Paris— People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) (@Mojahedineng) 26 December 2019
Freedom loving Iranians & PMOI/MEK supporters holding a ceremony in memory of civilians killed by the mullahs' regime during the November uprising in #Iran.#IranProtests pic.twitter.com/jjeB2ih2c6
Iranians traditionally mourn their dead 40 days after their passing. The Iranian regime was desperate to prevent any and all memorial ceremonies planned for the protesters killed by its forces during the November uprising. Reports also indicate the regime’s security 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:
- 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.
- Reports indicate that some of the prisoners have already died under torture and others have been forcefully “disappeared” by the regime.
- There are many young students under 13 years of age among the prisoners.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
Report:— People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) (@Mojahedineng) 24 December 2019
-Regime authorities using inhumane torture against MEK supporters in Evin, Gohardasht & other prisons to obtain coerced confessions
-Number of MEK supporters killed under torture
-Detainees forced to say MEK paid them to torch banks, shoot people#Iran#FreeAllProtesters pic.twitter.com/hZgAIVHVG5
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 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 has 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.
Mullahs’ regime tortures detained protesters, arrests martyrs’ families, in bid to prevent memorial ceremonies- Call on the UN to send an international fact-finding mission to visit the prisons #IranProtestshttps://t.co/BNU31UVf4H pic.twitter.com/MisioAgSRc— Maryam Rajavi (@Maryam_Rajavi) 24 December 2019
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 601 people killed by the mullahs’ regime during the November protests.