Protests swipe across Iran amidst widespread repression

Protests swipe across Iran amidst widespread repression

Published by on December 31, 2017

Today, Sunday 31 December 2017 is the fourth day of widespread demonstrations across Iran which started by a large crowd in Mashhad, the second largest city of Iran of 27 December. It started as a protest against rising prices and lack of minimum living conditions for millions of deprived Iranians but very soon the protesters were calling for the end of religious tyranny and brought down the pictures of the Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei. Demonstrators have also been chanting ‘down with Rouhani’, ‘stop sending funds to Syria’, and ‘we will not rest until Iran is free’.

On Saturday 30 December, the Revolutionary Guards opened fire on the demonstrators in the city of Doroud (western Iran) and killed 4 protesters.

Demonstrations have taken place in over 60 cities across the country and demonstrators have been using social media to communicate. Demonstrations have been planned for Monday as well. The regime has cut down the speed of the Internet and many internet sites have been filtered.



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The number of executions is rising in Iran, journalists are being detained for doing their job and activists face cruel and degrading punishments, long prison terms and even execution. According to the most recent reports by Amnesty International and the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child, “Iran’s judiciary continues to sentence child offenders to death, and carry out their execution by hanging”. Also, on August 9th, 2016 the son of late Ayatollah Hossein Ali Montazeri, Khomeini’s designated successor in 1988, published a shocking audio tape of his father’s meeting with the “Death Commission” which summarily and extra-judicially executed tens of thousands of political prisoners held in jails across Iran. The massacre was carried out on the basis of a fatwa by the regime’s then-Supreme Leader Khomeini.

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