Mass Protests against the Reactionary Regime in Iran

ISL, the section of the RCIT in Israel/Occupied Palestine, 16.05.2022, https://the-isleague.com

 

A wave of protest against the reactionary regime and the economic conditions of the masses has continued in Iran on Sunday night, while the brutal Iranian security forces violently attack the protesters. According to the Jerusalem Post, a video shared on social media reportedly from Shahrekord, a city of about 150,000 people 512 km. southwest of Tehran, showed Iranian security forces violently cracking down on protesters, beating them and firing at them. Another video from the city showed demonstrators tearing down a banner featuring Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei. [i]

Demonstrations were also reported in Khuzestan, Hafshejan, Farsan, Andimeshk and Dezful, among other locations. Protesters chanted slogans against the Iranian regime and burned banners and billboards featuring Khamenei. Isolated protests have also been reported in the Tehran area. In some locations, protesters have reportedly attacked and vandalized bases belonging to Iran’s Basij paramilitary force, which has been used in the past to crack down on protests. At least two protesters have reportedly been shot and killed by Iranian forces during the demonstrations, with the Independent Persian reporting that four protesters have been killed. [ii]

The American imperialists, the enemy of the Iranian people, that want to restore a corrupted puppet government, have announced their support for the demonstrations. “US State Department spokesman Ned Price responded to the protests on Sunday, tweeting “Brave Iranian protesters are standing up for their rights. The Iranian people have a right to hold their government accountable. We support their rights to peaceful assembly and freedom of expression online and offline – without fear of violence and reprisal.” [iii]

To win this important struggle it is necessary to organize action committees democratically elected in every neighborhood. Self-defense committees, councils of workers and poor peasants, to influence the simple soldiers and bring them to the side of the revolution, and to oppose US imperialist intervention.

Down with the reactionary regime in Iran!

Down with the imperialists!

 

Endnotes:

[i] https://www.jpost.com/middle-east/article-706813

[ii] Ibid

[iii] Ibid

The heroic struggle of the people of Iran against the reactionary regime is intensifying

ISL, the section of the RCIT in Israel/Occupied Palestine, 24.9.2022, https://the-isleague.com

 

The Times of Israel reports (1) that according to Iran’s controlled state TV 35 people were killed in the last 8 days in Iran. However according to the Oslo-based Iran Human Rights, 50 people were killed by Iran’s so called security forces on more than a week of protests following the death of 22 old Mahsa Amini, after she died in police custody. She was arrested by the morality police. The Kurdish woman was pronounced dead after spending three days in a coma following her arrest by Iran for wearing the hijab headscarf in an “improper” way.

Angry demonstrators have taken to the streets of major cities across Iran, including the capital Tehran, for eight straight nights since the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini. Needless to say the anger against the regime has accumulated for years due the economic crisis, the disparity between the rich and the popular classes and the dictatorship of the Ayatollahs.

In the online videos taken by demonstrators on Friday some of the footage, security forces could be seen firing what appeared to be live ammunition at unarmed demonstrators in the Southwestern cities of Piranshahr, Mahabad and Urmia.

The London-based human rights group Amnesty International said evidence it gathered from 20 cities across Iran pointed to “a harrowing pattern of Iranian security forces deliberately and unlawfully firing live ammunition at protesters.”

In its statement, Amnesty said security forces had shot dead at least 19 people on Wednesday night alone, including at least three children.

The Norway-based Kurdish rights group Hengaw said protesters “took control” of parts of the city of Oshnaviyeh, in West Azerbaijan province.

In one video shared by Iran Human Rights, a uniformed member of the security forces is seen shooting an AK-47 assault rifle at protesters in Tehran’s Ferdowsi Boulevard.

Security forces have carried out a wave of arrests of activists and journalists, including Niloufar Hamedi of the newspaper Shargh, who reported on Amini’s death.

Iran has imposed tough restrictions on the use of the internet prevent protesters from gathering the flow of images of the oppression from reaching the outside world. At the same time the United States, an enemy of the Iranians, announced Friday it was easing export restrictions on Iran to expand internet services.

To win the struggle against the regime it is necessary to arm the demonstrators. To organize action committees in every village and urban neighborhood. To organize revolutionary armed Constituent Assembly and to direct the struggle toward socialist revolution.

Down with the reactionary regime of Iran!

Down with the Western imperialists who want to return the Shah!

 

Endnotes:

(1) https://www.timesofisrael.com/iranian-state-tv-raises-toll-in-deadly-unrest-to-35/