Reporting by PMOI/MEK
Iran, January 13, 2020—In a continued show of national solidarity and in spite of the widespread presence of security forces, the people of Iran took to the streets for the third consecutive day of anti-regime protests. The demonstrations began after Iranian officials admitted to the downing of a passenger plane by the regime’s security forces.
While protests began mostly by students in universities, they have since spread to other parts of cities and segments of Iranian society.
On Monday, a large crowd had gathered at Tehran’s Sharif University. The protesters were chanting, “imprisoned students must be freed” and “death to the dictator,” a reference to Ali Khamenei, the regime’s supreme leader.
One of the students who was delivering a speech at the rally said, “We want transparency… [The regime] have lied to us for all these years. They’ve taken us for fools… Today, I want to address Khamenei himself. Mr. Khamenei, why are you lying? Why did you lie to your people for so many years?”
In Isfahan, central Iran, the students of the Industrial University were marching and chanting, “Down with the dictator” and “The leader is a disgrace.” Slogans that directly target the supreme leader have been a common feature of the protests that have been ongoing in the country in the past three days.
The students were also calling for regime change, shouting, “Mullahs get lost.”
January 13 - Isfahan, central #Iran— People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) (@Mojahedineng) 13 January 2020
Isfahan Industrial University students marching and chanting:
"Down with the dictator!"
"The leader is a disgrace!"
This criticism is in direct reference to the regime's supreme leader Ali Khamenei.#IranProtestspic.twitter.com/dHrLvIm0lO
In Sanandaj, Kurdistan, the students of Kurdistan University held a protest rally and chanted, “Dictator, IRGC, you are ISIS to us.” The Revolutionary Guards (IRGC), the military arm of Khamenei, has had a prominent role in suppressing the people and squandering the country’s wealth on weapons of mass destruction and the spread of terrorism and fundamentalism across the globe.
The protesters were also shouting “The IRGC is a disgrace” and “Death to the dictator.”
The protests are taking place against the backdrop of several crises surrounding the Iranian regime. At the turn of the year, the regime lost its chief terrorist, Qasem Soleimani, the commander of the IRGC Quds Force, killed in a U.S.-led airstrike in Iraq. Shortly after, the regime’s security forces downed a civilian airplane. After three days of lying about the issue and claiming it to be a technical failure, Iranian officials admitted to having shot down the plane. The admission triggered the new round of protests, with the demands of the protesters closely linked to those of nationwide protests in November. In a nutshell, Iranians have one demand: The overthrow of the rule of the mullahs.