Baghdad Post, January 5, 2018 - Iran's Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) has sparked anger by using media proxies to crowd-source the identification and reporting to authorities of individuals photographed at anti-establishment protests, including indirectly through social media like Twitter.
The Iranian Regime has redeployed fighters from the Syrian Civil War, like the Iraqi Popular Mobilization Forces (PMUs) and Afghan mercenaries, to quell the ongoing anti-regime protests that are happening across Iran.
Sources in Ahvaz, southern Iran, told Al Arabiya that the PMUs are joining Iran’s Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) and suppressive security forces in the streets of Abadan and Khorramshahr and in Al-Thawra neighbourhood in Ahvaz.
Iran: On Thursday January 4, 2018, workers and staff of the Iranian Oil & Gas Southern Pars refinery in the city of Asaluyeh, the capital of Asaluyeh County, in Bushehr Province Southern Iran, went on Strike.
Courageous youth in Azadi Square took down Khamenei's banner. The repressive forces tried to disperse the people by tear gas. The protesters chanted “Bastard, bastard!” IRGC Brigadier General Mohsen Rezaee, secretary of the Expediency Council, and former head of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps, fearful of the Iranian people's uprising said: "The problem of high cost and the challenge of financial and credit institutions is serious ... In any protest, it may be possible that hypocrites (referring to PMOI) and seditionists intrude but the people do not repeat their slogans, in return, the government and the parliament have to solve the problems. Inefficiencies cannot be compensated by words."
This evening, on the third day of nationwide uprising of the Iranian people, the Revolutionary Guards opened fire on the demonstration of brave people of Doroud and killed at least two protesters. This inhuman crime occurred while the IRGC forces failed to disperse protesters by tear gas and beating. The names and particulars of the martyrs will be announced later.
Following the Saturday morning demonstration of Tehran University students and protests by people and the youth in various parts of Tehran, Rouhani’s Interior Minister Abdolreza Rahmani Fazli called the gatherings unlawful and begged the people "not to participate in such unlawful gatherings because they cause trouble for themselves and other citizens.”
Also, the Provincial Council of Tehran held a meeting. Mohsen Hamedani, Deputy Governor of Tehran's Provincial Security Council, said about the protests of the people of Tehran: "On Enghelab Ave, between Enghelab Sq. and Vali-e Asr intersection, some unlawful gatherings were formed. However, in cooperation with the police we are going to control them.”
The protests across different cities of the country, including Ahvaz, Rasht, Sari, Hamedan, Qom, Qazvin, Sabzevar, Bojnourd, Isfahan, Shiraz, Karaj, Quchan and Zahedan, continued overnight despite demonstrations and clashes all day Friday.
By the sunset, Basij mercenaries attacked protesters in an organized way and arrested the people or brutally beat them in many cities. On the other hand, people identified mercenaries and spies and introduced them to each other.
The Iranian regime, described by many as the number one state sponsor of terrorism, has profited greatly from the Iran nuclear deal. The deal was put in place to curb the nuclear threat emanating from Iran, but many believe this is not the case. In fact, even President Donald Trump has said that it has the opposite effect – it gives Iran the tools to move towards a nuclear weapon.
The President of France, Emmanuel Macron, said earlier this week that he was going to remain steadfast with regards to Iran and its belligerence in the Middle East and with regards to its ballistic missile program.
His comments were made at the start of his trip to the United Arab Emirates. The two-day trip was packed with events such as the opening of a new museum. The trip is to end with an economic forum in Dubai and he participated in talks with the Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan regarding the geopolitical situation.