Hassan Rouhani, in the Council on Foreign Relations in New York on September 26: “In Iran everyone has easy access to satellite networks”
NCRI – Speaking in New York at Council on Foreign Relations in on September 26, Hassan Rouhani claimed that “in Iran everyone has easy access to satellite networks, and you can even see dishes on rooftops in every village.”
Two days later, the Revolutionary Guards Corp (IRGC) in the southern city of Shiraz used personnel carriers and roller trucks to crush 800 satellite dishes and receivers.
IRGC described it as a “symbolic act” and a “valuable measure to confront the cultural offensive staged by the enemies of the revolution and establishment”. The event was held at the “presence of Shiraz city and Fars Province officials”.
The IRGC website in the province wrote in this regard: “IRGC tanks in Shiraz went to war against satellite dishes.” (See photos)
This is the “second phase of the extinction of confiscated devices carried out in just one of the bases allocated for the plan to fight against satellite dishes,” the report added.
A number of dishes crushed carried the US flag with “Death to America” writings on them.
A few days prior to Hassan Rouhani’s speech at the United Nations’ General Assembly, the Iranian regime’s culture minister Janati expressed concern that some 60% of the people in Tehran are using satellite dishes.
“Today, free access to information, satellite networks and the Internet… has resulted in a cultural attack resembling itself in immoral and invaluable examples in our society,” state-run Mehr news agency, affiliated to the Ministry of Intelligence reported on September 13.
Friday Prayer Leader in the city of Qom, Mohammad Saeedi, said on September 25: “Today, the enemy, through cultural attacks and offensives, has targeted the depth of the homes and families”.
Commander of the regime’s State Security Force Border Patrol, Hossein Zolfaghari, annonced a 99% increase in the discovery of satellite devices, ISNA state-run News Agency reported on September 26.
The regime’s repressive measures and echoes of concern are a sign of the growing public hatred towards state-run TV networks and a desire towards prohibited TV stations, particularly “Simaye Azadi”, which is a reliable source of access to news and information especially regarding the state of the regime and the Iranian Resistance.
Previously, regime’s officials had described Simaye Azadi as “dangerous”. The regime’s deputy media chief has said: “Simaye Azadi, which is related to the activities of the Mohafeqin [PMOI], is among the media outlets that has unfortunately infiltrated into most Iranian homes”.
He expressed his regime concern about the “doubling of number of people who have turned to satellites” and described it as a “growing trend” and “very concerning” for the society.
Smiles in New York; execution of prisoners and smashing satellite dishes in Iran; massacre Camp Ashraf residents in Iraq and chemical bombardments of people in Syria; is the policy of the mullahs’ regime during Rouhani’s presidency.
Secretariat of the National Council of Resistance of Iran
October 2, 2013