Reports from Iran indicate the regime’s State Security Forces (SSF) shot and killed two young men in Shahriar near Tehran. This action along with the regime’s recent executions, although tragic, show the mullahs’ fear of the society.
The two young men, identified as Alireza Jafarlou, who was a university student, and Alireza Goudarzi, were targeted by the repressive forces while on the street. According to reports, Alireza Goudarzi instantly died but Alireza Jafarlou was wounded. Instead of sending Alireza Jafarlou to hospital, SSF forces start beating him, and when people tried to save him, the oppressive forces threatened them. Therefore, Alireza Jafarlou also died. The SSF forces killed these two innocent young men for refusing to show their driving license.
Shahriar is located 42 kilometers west of the capital Tehran. The city had one of the highest death tolls during the major Iran protests in November 2019. According to the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK), the Iranian regime killed over 1500 protesters during the nationwide Iran protests which rattled the regime’s foundations.
The regime has further increased its oppressive measures to tighten its grip on power and thwart a popular uprising by trying to intimidate the public.
The Iranian regime executed Mostafa Salehi on August 5 in Isfahan. Mostafa was arrested during the 2018 nationwide Iran protests. He was severely tortured to make false confessions. His execution took place days after an international campaign and protests by family members of eight other detained protesters forced the regime to halt their execution.
In this regard, Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), while strongly condemning Mostafa Salehi’s execution said: “Reluctantly forced to refrain from executing eight other detained protesters subsequent to the millions-strong social media campaign calling for the halt in executions, the ruling religious fascism carried out this execution in retaliation and in order to terrorize the public and thwart the outbreak of any uprising.”
In addition, the Iranian regime executed several inmates, including a woman, last week. Prior to this in July 2020, the mullahs’ regime executed a man merely for drinking alcohol in Mashhad, northeast Iran.
The Iranian regime is riddled with crises. The coronavirus outbreak and the regime’s failed plan to use mass casualties to thwart uprisings by different sectors of the Iranian society, the mullahs’ international isolation for their terrorism and malign activities, the protests in Iraq and Lebanon against the regime’s deadly presence, and the death of the regime’s terror mastermind Qassem Soleimani are some of the crises and major blows to the regime.
In addition, the regime’s wrong economic policies, oppression and now its mismanagement of the coronavirus outbreak have turned the Iranian society into a powder keg. Daily protests by different walks of life in Iran and the regime’s utter fear of another uprising, reflected in the state-run media outlets, confirm the Iranian society’s restiveness.
On August 1, the state-run Etemad Online website wrote: “Uprisings are the product of crises in people’s living conditions. It is an unbearable situation that forces dissatisfied people to protest. In fact, people’s distrust of governing institutions is an essential factor in protests and uprisings. People do not participate in protests for fun or entertainment; they take the risk to fight for a better life. In protest movements, the relations among the protesters is especially important. Social media provides these links in the best feasible way. But not to prevent them to go to the street, but to the contrary, to facilitate them to take to the streets. Whether virtual or real, every act is an exercise in creating an autonomous space, preparing for collective action, and occupying the streets. Didn’t you see the protests of November 2019 just a few months ago?”