Reporting by PMOI/MEK
Iran, October 4, 2019—Following days of popular demonstrations against corruption and lack of public services continuing in more than ten provinces across Iraq, the spokesperson of the Iranian opposition People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) issued a message to the Iraqi people and their rebellious youth: “Hail to you and bravo. The occupying mullahs’ regime of Iran, out, out.”
Various news agencies are reporting around 44 Iraqi demonstrators have been killed, and over 1,400 are left injured as Iraqi security forces continue their crackdown in many cities.
The escalating uprising in Iraq, especially in the central and southern sectors of this country where Shiites are a majority of the population, is rendering growing concerns for the mullahs’ regime. Most alarming for Tehran is the fact that Iraqi demonstrators are seen chanting, “Iran, out, out!” and setting fire to sites and buildings affiliated to militia groups affiliated to the Iranian regime. This is a vivid resemblance of how the Iraqi people utterly loathe the mullahs’ meddling in their country.
Jafar Hemmati and Ghasem Rezaie, two senior commanders of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) and state police, respectively, made an announcement on Thursday indicating that Tehran has decided to close the Khosravi border crossing with Iraq due to “security issues.”
Al-Hadath TV reported IRGC Quds Force chief Qassem Soleimani has established a “war room” in Baghdad and is campaigning units of the Asaeb al-Haq, Iraqi Hezbollah and the Badr Corps – all militia groups associated directly to the Iranian regime – to confront the Iraqi demonstrations.
From early on, IRNA, the Iranian regime’s official news agency, described the Iraqi demonstrations as a “controversial gathering with suspicious chants in Baghdad.”
“This demonstration, with unknown organizers, was launched under various titles of ‘October Demonstrations’ and ‘Million-man marches.’ These rallies began at a time when known political groups, such as the Sadrists, refused to join their ranks… The demonstrators rallied in Baghdad’s Tahrir Square despite security measures, demanding reform in Iraq’s status quo” and “there are concerns these protests may continue in the following days,” the piece further reads.
The Kayhan daily, known as the mouthpiece of Iranian regime Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, described the objective of these unrests as suffocating the regime in Tehran parallel to U.S. sanctions.
Kayhan is holding the Europeans responsible for the recent incidents in Iraq and even lashed out at Iranian regime President Hassan Rouhani for his recent meetings with European leaders on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly. “Laughing and smiling with these wolves in suits is completely wrong, let alone in having hope in them. After four years of going back on their promises, they say ‘The path is not yet closed!’ Mr. Rouhani, what is taking place in Iraq is the effort of these very countries to close our ‘path’”!