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Iran: Massive crackdown to prevent ceremonies for November uprising martyrs

Iranian protesters killed by security forces during the November 2019 protests
Iranian protesters killed by security forces during the November 2019 protests

Reporting by PMOI/MEK

Iran, December 26, 2019—The mullahs’ regime has launched a massive crackdown campaign on Thursday, December 26, throughout the country as Iranians are holding ceremonies for civilians killed by the regime’s security forces during the November uprising. The Internet is highly disrupted in Iran and a number of provinces in the south, west and central parts of the country are reporting internet access down or very slow.

The regime’s security forces are also arresting a large number of family members of civilians killed in the November uprising, youths and recently released prisoners. Authorities are attempting to prevent such ceremonies for the November uprising martyrs.

 

 

The state-run Khabar Fori website wrote, “According to popular reports, 4G internet in five provinces is out of service since Thursday morning. It appears these internet restrictions are imposed to confront calls for gatherings on December 26.”

The Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) is placing units on full alert on December 26 as Iranians across the country are scheduling ceremonies for civilians killed by the regime’s security forces during the November uprising. Reports indicate the IRGC has issued orders and instructions placing all units on full alert. These units are ordered to conduct patrols and parades at 9 am and 2 pm local time on Thursday, equipped with full anti-riot gear to install as much fear as possible among locals.

The objective is to create a climate of fear and prevent any possible popular protests on this day. Orders and instructions also call for checkpoints and special patrols across all cities, towns, and villages. The IRGC command has also specifically issued orders for units to protect the regime’s state TV and radio stations, along with protective units to be stationed in and around various military sites.

The IRGC command is extremely concerned about possible protests as ceremonies are scheduled for today marking the 40th day after many civilians were killed by the mullahs’ regime during the November uprising. Regime authorities are desperately taking various measures to prevent these gatherings from sparking massive anti-regime protests and demonstrations across the country.

Heavy security presence in Amir al-Momenin mosque in Shariar

Heavy security presence in Amir al-Momenin mosque in Shariar

In one reported case in Shahriar’s Amir al-Momenin mosque, where the family of Alireza Nouri, killed by security forces during protests, were holding a mourning ceremony, security forces and plainclothes agents had a heavy presence.

In the same area, the regime has been playing dirges with loudspeakers for its forces killed in Syria to downplay the ceremonies for the martyrs of the November uprisings. The regime’s forces also forced shop owners in the vicinity of the mosque to close down their shops.

In Karaj, a large crowd gathered to pay homage to the many slain protesters buried in the Behesht-e Sakineh cemetery. The participants were chanting songs and vowing to continue the path of the martyrs for freeing Iran from dictatorship. 

The plainclothes agents and security forces who were present at the location attacked the mourners and arrested several people. The regime has lifted helicopters and is patrolling the area in fear of protests.