On January 2, 2020, a U.S.-led airstrike targeted a convoy exiting the Baghdad International Airport, killing Qassem Soleimani, the notorious commander of Iran’s terrorist Quds Force. Ali Khamenei, the Iranian regime’s supreme leader, declared three days of mourning for Soleimani’s death and personally attended an emergency meeting of the Supreme National Security Council.
The overwhelming majority of Iranians despised Soleimani, an infamous symbol of the regime’s intimidation and murder, for his crimes against the Iranian people and throughout the region. The Iranian people and Iraqi protesters who have been calling for Soleimani’s expulsion from Iraq for some time welcomed his death as a sign of the waning of the regime’s control over their country.
Thursday, December 26, 2019, marks the 42nd day since the death of over 1500 people who were killed in the Iran protests in November by the Iranian regime's security forces. Reports by the main Iranian opposition group indicate that since Wednesday the regime has restricted the internet in fear of the traditional fortieth day anniversary memorial of protesters killed in the November uprising.
The European Parliament: Anna Fotyga Polish lawmaker on behalf of the European Conservatives and Reformists Group, Set to Vote on Resolution Condemning Violent Crackdown of Iran Protests.
The European Parliament will vote on a resolution later this week condemning the lethal crackdown on the recent Iran protests. Polish lawmaker Anna Fotyga, on behalf of the European Conservatives and Reformists Group, on Monday proposed a motion at the European Parliament on the Iranian regime’s slaughter of defenseless protesters.
In a message to the Iranian nation, Maryam Rajavi, President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), said women are a force for change and will defeat the mullahs’ reactionary dictatorship.
“The courage exhibited by women and men and young people, and your sacrifices, have affected the grieving cities. Rebellious cities have risen up in our fettered nation and shanty towns have become hotbeds of revolution and rebellion,” Mrs. Rajavi said.
“Iran’s cities are rising up one after the other and everywhere; women actively participate, leading and supporting the protesters. We had already said that women are the force for change and will defeat the mullahs’ reactionary and religious tyranny.”
Institutionalized corruption and embezzlement have an inextricable link with the mullahs' dictatorship in Iran. However, what is new is the courageous uprising of the Iranian youth, which has made the regime's internal factions, in awe of the people's rage, expose each other's looting and point to the other faction as the cause of corruption.
Speaking in Yazd recently, regime president Hassan Rouhani acknowledged the embezzlement of $975 million by Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei's faction, calling that faction the main culprit behind the current situation. He said: "I want the judiciary, which is now fighting cases of corruption ranging in the millions and billions, to explain to the people about the case of corruption that ranges in the tens of billions of dollars. It’s been a few years since a gentleman stole $2.7 billion of the people’s money and was arrested and sentenced to death, and he is now in jail, but what happened to the stolen money remains a mystery.”
In a program aired by Iran’s state TV (Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting- IRIB) a so-called “Quran expert” said that those who were arrested in the recent anti-government protests must be punished by cross amputation of their hands and feet in public.
Abolfazl Bahrampour who was introduced as a “Quran expert” stresses on cross amputation for those arrested during the protests and said they must suffer; their hands and feet must be amputated, and they must be executed or punished at the very site of their crime.
Bahrampour made the hideous remarks on a daily program on IRIB, stating hanging the protesters or maiming them by “cutting them into pieces, right hand together with the left leg” and then releasing them into the society and declared that those who had participated in the protests should be “exiled to a broken ship in the middle of the sea and live there until they die”.
Speaking at the Friday prayer congregation in Tehran, the prayer leader Ali Akbari demanded the death penalty for Iran protesters.
In a part of his disgusting remarks Ali Akbari said on November 29: “We must take security issues more seriously than before, firmly and based on sharia laws. You know that God is very harsh against seditionists, those disrupting public security, endangering people and their assets. The rulling of mohareb (enmity against God) specified for those type of people is among the highest Islamic punishments.
Following this latest threat, we expect this opportunity be used to cleanse the society of these vicious rioters. Hopefully, God’s revenge will be taken through law enforcement authorities and the judiciary.”
Iran, November 28, 2019—Iranian regime supreme leader Ali Khamenei revealed his deep fear of the protests that have shaken the ground beneath his regime in the past two weeks, describing them as “deep-rooted, widespread and dangerous” on Wednesday.
Khamenei, who was speaking to a group of Basij forces, the two organs that were directly responsible for the brutal crackdown on the protesters, ordered his forces to remain alert and present at all places and avoid being caught unawares. Khamenei also implicitly gave his forces the order to fire at will on protesters.
The U.N. human rights office voiced deep concern on Tuesday at the Iranian security forces’ use of live ammunition and killing of protesters in Iran and urged authorities to rein in its use of force to disperse protests sparked by a hike in fuel prices.
“We are deeply concerned by reported violations of international norms and standards on the use of force, including the firing of live ammunition, against demonstrators in Iran”, Mr. Colville said. “It would suggest that it is not simply the immediate trigger to the protest, which was a rise in fuel prices, but…much deeper-seated problems persisting in the country.”
Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei backed gasoline price increases today, calling the protesters “hooligans.” He openly ordered for a decisive crackdown on the protesters and instructed the security forces to act in line of their “duties.”
Khamenei also blamed opponents of the Iranian regime and foreign enemies for “sabotage,” state television reported.
He described those setting fire to public property during the protests as “bandits” backed by the enemies of Iran, without elaborating.
“Some people are no doubt worried by this decision … but sabotage and arson is done by hooligans not our people. The counter-revolution and Iran’s enemies have always supported sabotage and breaches of security and continue to do so,” he said, according to state TV. Khamenei said the increase in gasoline prices was based on expert opinion and should be implemented, but he called on officials to prevent hikes in prices of other goods.