On Saturday, November 24, two impoverished Baluchi young people on Irandegan-Khash road (Sistan and Baluchestan province) who were carrying fuel with their own vehicle were burnt alive by direct firing of repressive forces and inflaming the car. On the same day, the regime’s murderers targeted two young men who were carrying few bags of tobacco with their car and severely injured them. Several other vehicles of Baluch compatriots were also hit.
This is a ring of the endless chain of regime crimes in Sistan and Baluchestan province. Killing of a young man in Khash under the pretext of having 10 liters of fuel on November 20, the burning of two young people in their car on the road from Iranshahr to Sarbaz on October 15, killing a young man and injuring another on the road from Mehrestan to Saravan on May 30, killing two young people from Dashtiari on May 25 and injuring a woman at Friday Bazaar of Iranshahr due to blind shooting in pursuit of a car on May 24, shooting of a young Baluchi laborer in Saravan due to having a few boxes of mango on May 22, killing a young man in the city of Saravan by direct shooting on the pretext of carrying four bags of rice in his car on May 10, killing a fellow Baluch by firing a bullet on the road to Khash and injuring the driver of the car who was earning a living by picking up passengers on April 27, firing on a Baluchi fellow from Qasr Qand village carrying 10 bags of rice in his car on March 30, are other examples of crimes of the religious fascism ruling Iran against Baluch compatriots.
The criminal rulers of the country are targeting hard working Baluchi youth with their bullets while they have no other option except buying and selling a few liters of fuel or other items needed by the people due to the severity of unemployment and poverty and in spite of the many dangers they face. The unemployment rate in some areas of the province is 100 percent.
Alim Yarmohammadi, member of the regime’s parliament from Sistan and Baluchestan, acknowledged a while ago that “more than 95 percent of the people in the province do not have access to proper food and nutrition. 75% of people are under the poverty line of food security and are in fact in similar situation to those in Africa. The employment conditions are very bad. There is no industry and no agriculture “(State media – October 14, 2018).
According to the head of the Industry, Mining and Trade Organization in Sistan and Baluchistan, which is the youngest province in the country and 67% of its population is less than 30 years old, the level of economic participation and industrial employment is only 6%, which is the last in the country. Dehmardeh, the member of regime’s parliament from Zabul, said: “This province is the record holder for unemployment.” Ahmad Ali Kikha, another Zabul representative, said almost absolute poverty was dominant over the entire region. From dusk to dawn, people are searching the city’s garbage bins to have something to eat, the Zabul cemetery has become a huge dormitory for the homeless who are deprived of having a suitable shelter … there are many women, men and children who were burned in the fire of shots by the bullets of the security forces for carrying a few liters of fuel to provide for their livings, while 30,000-liter tankers belonging to powerful and rich were passing in front of their eyes…
The catastrophic situation of Baluchi compatriots is the immediate consequence of the treacherous policies of a regime that wastes tens of billions of dollars of Iranian people’s assets on export of terrorism and war in the region, and tens of billions of dollars more are plundered by the leaders of the regime and sent to the accounts of the mullahs, the criminal Revolutionary Guards and corrupt and criminal children of the regime leaders. As long as the oppressive and corrupt regime of the Velayat-e Faqih is in power, poverty, unemployment and corruption throughout the country and discrimination and double oppression against various ethnic minorities and tribes, and followers of various religions will intensify.
Secretariat of the National Council of Resistance of Iran
November 26, 2018