Last week, protests erupted in Iran's Charmahal and Bakhtiary province after it became known that 300 residents of a village were infected with HIV virus as a result of health ministry officials using contaminated syringes. the protests continued throughout the week and resulted in clashes between the locals of the Lordegan county, the center of the AIDS outbreak, and security forces who had been dispatched to quell protests.
Locals in the village of Chenar Mahmoud in Lordegan, southern #Iran, protesting regime authorities' unhealthy practices resulting in the spread of AIDS among at least 300 people.pic.twitter.com/pzH8aoYZcQ— People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) (@Mojahedineng) October 2, 2019
Outraged by the regime's mismanagement and corrupt practices, the people of Lordegan set fire to the offices of the Friday Prayer Imam, known for representing the regime's supreme leader. The angry protesters also attacked the cars of a regime convoy that had come to visit the area.
As protests and tensions continue, the regime has ratcheted up its suppressive measure against the people of the region. In their most recent crime, the regime's security forces murdered one of the protesters in Lordegan, manifesting their regime's lack of will and intention to respond to the needs and problems of the people. The National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) has issued a statement in this regard:
NCRI, October 7, 2019—The Iranian regime’s suppressive forces in Lordegan attacked the southern town’s residents protesting against the regime on Saturday, October 5, 2019, and slayed a local protester, Saadatollah (Gharib) Mousavi. Mr. Mousavi was a resident of Bedelleh, a suburb of Lordegan. His family and residents will hold memorial services to bury his body this afternoon in Lordegan.
Thousands of residents launched a demonstration against the mullahs’ regime in support of the residents of Chenar Mahmoudi village in Chaharmahal-Bakhtiari province on Saturday. Angry youth set ablaze the office of the representative of the regime’s supreme leader Ali Khamenei and Lordegan governor’s office as well as several other regime centers. Regime security forces attacked the protesters, wounding Saadatollah Mousavi and a number of others.
The Iranian Resistance expresses its highest admiration and condolences to the brave residents of Lordegan. We call on the UN Secretary-General, UN Human Rights Council (UNHCR) and all other UN-related bodies to condemn the ruling religious fascism in Iran for its brutal suppression of popular protests and especially that of Lordegan’s residents.
Secretariat of the National Council of Resistance of Iran
October 7, 2019