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Iran Protests, Intensify as Regime Power Wanes

Iran Protests, Intensify as Regime Power Wanes

Despite the memory of violent crackdown still being fresh, the same people who had witnessed the brutality of the regime’s security forces in November took to the streets again in January.

Written by Hamideh Taati on 18 January 2020.

THE CONTENT OF THIS PAGE WILL BE UPDATED WITH THE LATEST NEWS OF THE IRAN PROTESTS.

JANUARY 18, 2020:

IRAN NEWS IN BRIEF, JANUARY 18, 2020

UK Proscribes Lebanese Hezbollah.

Iran: Torching Qassem Soleimani’s Posters Simultaneous with Khamenei’s Speech.

Iran: Khamenei Delivered Remarks to Boost Low Morale Among Regime Forces.

QASSEM SOLEIMANI AND QUDS FORCES ROLE IN THE MIDDLE EAST-AMBASSADOR LINCOLN BLOOMFIELD SHEDS LIGHT.

UPDATE ON IRAN PROTESTS:

Anglo-Iranian Communities and MEK supporters in the UK take part in a rally in London’s Trafalgar Square in support of Iran Protests against the Mullahs regime and IRGC, calling on the UK to recognize and back democratic aspirations of Iranians for a democratic change in Iran.

HAPPENING NOW:

The Anglo-Iranian Communities in the UK and NCRI supporters will hold a rally in London Trafalgar Sq on Saturday 18 Jan at 1:30 pm in support of Iran Protests following Khamenei’s lies and his desperate attempt to whitewash IRGC and Quds Force crimes against humanity.

Amnesty International: Iran’s security forces are using brutal force against protesters. This is the latest violence in a series of bloody crackdowns against peaceful protesters in Iran.‏

Mohammad Mohaddessin, Chairman Foreign Affairs Committee of the National Council of Resistance of Iran Wrote on Twitter: 

In gathering Bassiji thugs across the country, Khamenei tried to confront the crippling blow with the termination of Soleimani and chants of death to Khamenei, and IRGC you’re ISIS by millions of Iranians. He displayed his deadly impasse and increased the nation’s rage.

Khamenei dubbed the Quds Force, an international terrorist organization, as “combatants without borders,” and a humane institution with great humanitarian instincts & tolerance towards everything and everyone.

Nevertheless, he admitted that the main task of Qods Force’s crime is to secure the regime’s stability inside Iran. He described millions of Iranians who chant “neither Gaza nor Lebanon, my life only for Iran,” as beguiled and unwilling to sacrifice for his despicable regime.

TORCHING QASSEM SOLEIMANI’S POSTERS SIMULTANEOUS WITH KHAMENEI’S SPEECH IN TEHRAN FRIDAY PRAYER CONGREGATION

IRAN PROTESTS INTENSIFY AS REGIME POWER WANES

The recent round of protests in Iran was indeed impressive. Following the belated admission by Iranian officials that the military had shot down a passenger plane last week, students in several cities quickly turned their candlelight vigils for the victims of the plane crash into anti-regime protests.

THE MAIN TARGET OF THE PROTESTS IS THE REGIME’S LEADERSHIP

As recent protests, both in November and January, show, those brave souls are increasing in numbers, and slogans against Khamenei, the IRGC and the entire rule of the mullahs are becoming the main feature of protests, not an aside.

In fact, during the protests that followed the Ukrainian plane crash, most slogans were directed at Khamenei himself, calling him a murderer, a disgrace, a liar and a tyrant. “People didn’t die for us to praise the murderous leader,” “The leader is our disgrace,” “Khamenei have some shame, let go of the state,” “Khamenei is a murderer, and his rule is obsolete” and “Death to Khamenei” were just some of the slogans being chanted against the supreme leader.

REGIME CHANGE IS THE ONLY SOLUTION

The protesters are also making it clear in their slogans that they want regime change. “We don’t want the Islamic Republic,” the protesters chanted, referring to the name the mullahs put on the country after the 1979 revolution.

Their response to those who have been seeking a solution from within the regime is clear. “Reformists, principalists, the game is over,” the protesters have been chanting for the past two years, including during this week’s protests.

The protesters also clarified that they will not return to a regime that they have overthrown more than 40 years ago, a decisive answer to those who believe the people of Iran want to return to the era of the monarchical dictatorship. “Death to the oppressor, whether he be the Shah or the Leader,” the protesters were chanting this week. These increasingly popular slogans have caused concern among regime officials, with many attributing them to the MEK. In public remarks, Khamenei blamed the MEK for the uprisings that took root in more than 190 cities in November.

 

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Saturday, January 18, 2020, marks the 65th day since the beginning of the nationwide Iran protests.

The People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) has identified 704 of the more than 1500 protesters killed by the regime so far.

Mrs. Maryam Rajavi the President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) has called on the United Nations to urgently send an international fact-finding mission to Iranian prisons to meet with the detainees.

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE UPRISING:

Number of uprising cities: 191

Number of martyrs: At least 1500

Number of injured: More than 4,000

Number of detainees: More than 12,000

Read more: Iran Protests: Iran’s Regime Spirals Into Chaos as Crises Escalate

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