IRAN: Protest Gathering by Retirees in Tehran, Violent Assault by Suppressive Forces
November 10, 2019, a large number of retirees staged gatherings outside the regime’s Majlis (Parliament)
Today, Sunday, November 10, 2019, a large number of retirees staged gatherings outside the regime’s Budget and Planning Organization and the Majlis (Parliament) to voice protest over their appalling living conditions and the inadequacy of their pensions. Many retirees joined them from other provinces across the country.
To prevent the gatherings from taking shape and block other people from joining the retirees, the clerical regime stationed hundreds of suppressive forces and more than 50 agents riding on motorcycles as well as dozens of plainclothes officers on location in advance of the gathering. They also blocked streets leading to the regime’s Majlis to prevent retirees access.
Despite these suppressive measures, the retirees, many of them women, held their gathering outside the Majlis, chanting, “Imprisoned teachers must be freed,” “we are furious over so much injustice,” “we will not rest until we get what is our right,” and “protest gathering is our inalienable right.”
Simultaneously, dozens of protesters tried to stage a gathering outside the Planning and Budget Organization. The suppressive forces intervened, not even allowing the retirees to speak with one another.
Dozens of protesters were detained during this savage onslaught. Frightened of the dissemination of photos and videos of the assault on the retirees, the suppressive forces confiscated the protesters’ mobile phones.
The Iranian Resistance hails the protesters and urges the residents of Tehran, especially the young people, to support the retirees. It also calls on the United Nations Human Rights Council and the High Commissioner for Human Rights as well as other human rights organizations to take urgent action to secure the release of those detained.
Secretariat of the National Council of Resistance of Iran
September 9, 2019