According to reliable sources inside Iran, the regime has arrested more than 8,000 people in recent protests. The announcement made by the Iranian Resistance in this regard is very significant. In this announcement we read:
Call for immediate action to free the detainees and to protect their families
The massive and widespread arrests of youths in different cities, which have started since the beginning of the uprising at December 28, still continues. According to reports obtained from inside Iran and from within the regime, the number of arrestees has mounted to at least 8,000 by the end of the second week of the uprising. In recent days, several of these prisoners were martyred under the tortures.
Despite the regime’s attempts to conceal the number of arrests, it is so high that the regime’s officials in a number of cities have inevitably admitted to parts of it:
- A week ago Mahmoud Sadeghi, a member of parliament, said the number of arrestees amounts to 3,700.
- On January 2, political-security deputy governor of Tehran said 450 people were arrested in Tehran in only three days December 30, to January 1st.
- The Chief Justice of the Central province on January 4th said that On Dec. 30 and 31, 396 people were arrested in Arak and other cities of the Central Province, 65 of whom were teenagers.
- The deputy governor of Golestan stated on January 3, that with the arrest of about 150 of insurgents in Gorgan, calm has returned to this city.
- Hamedan Governor said on January 2.that in recent days, when there were some rioting and turmoil in Hamedan, more than 150 people were arrested.
- Mashhad deputy prosecutor said on January 3, “A total of 138 people were arrested in disturbances”.
- The commander of Kerman Provincial Guard Corps (Sarallah) said on January 2, “During the recent turmoil, more than 80 rioters were arrested and handed over to the authorities”.
- “In the illegal gatherings of Kashan, about 50 to 60 people were arrested,” Kashan Prosecutor said on January 1.
- According to Bahman Taherkhani, a parliamentarian from Takistan, on Jan. 2, “Some 50 people with ominous intentions caused unrest in this city, who should be punished according to their crimes”. He added, “The presence of individuals with a leading role in recent riots is another sign that these disturbances are organized.”
- According to reports from the prisons in Ahwaz and other cities in Khuzestan, the number of arrestees in the province is 1,600.
- The regime’s parliamentarian from Izeh said he does not have an accurate number of arrestees. He added that the detainees are mostly teenagers and youths aged 16 to 24 years old. Hundreds have been arrested in Izeh, according to reports.
Urgent Call: Free Detainees Now!
Please act now before it is too late. Many protesters have already lost their lives only for participating in peaceful demonstrations.
You can simply add your voice on this petition via the following link:https://t.co/942A0KZgTB #IranProtests pic.twitter.com/LyAWhjD4zJ
— NCRI-FAC (@iran_policy) January 16, 2018
The Iranian Resistance calls on all the people, especially the youth, to support the arrestees and their families, and to rise up for the release of prisoners. It also calls on the Security Council and the Secretary-General of the United Nations, the European Union and the member states, and the US government, as well as all human rights organizations, to strongly condemn the mullahs’ regime for these blatant anti-human crimes, and to adopt effective measures to free the arrestees.
Numerous reports from various cities of the country alleging mistreatment of prisoners and martyrdom of a number of them under torture makes it very essential and urgent to establish an investigative committee by the High Commissioner for Human Rights and the United Nations Human Rights Council to investigate into the arbitrary arrests and the crimes carried out in the mullahs’ regime’s prisons.
Logical conclusion about the realities of the uprising of Iran
All of the above facts indicate the extent and depth of the uprising of the Iranian people. An uprising that has not stopped. The mullah’s regime has established a fully-fledged and undeclared military rule throughout 142 cities in Iran, which has held hundreds of demonstrations.
The Iranian regime is under immense pressure at the minute. The people have taken to the street en masse to protest and hold anti-government demonstrations. The people are slamming the regime for plundering the nation’s wealth on conflicts abroad.
Will the Iranian regime pay attention to the demands of the people? Almost certainly not. For almost four decades, the people of Iran have been suffering under a cruel and callous regime that uses brutality to oppress.
Iran has a history of protesting, but the current unrest is unlike any before. This time, it is all sectors of society that are calling for regime change. The people know that they face execution, arrest, imprisonment, and torture, yet they are still risking everything to make their calls for regime change heard. It is clear now that regime change is the only way forward. The only way to ensure that their bleak futures have any kind of hope.
It is possible that the regime, with severe repression and military rule, can temporarily stop some protests, but the most glaring feature of the uprising this time of the Iranian people is the demand of removing the corrupt and vampire ruler of Khamenei and Rouhani for their deceitful and criminal actions. The clear desire of the people to destroy the dictatorship and establish a republic based on human rights, freedom, and justice without the mullahs.
As Maryam Rajavi, the president-elect of the Iranian Resistance in her article in the Wall Street Journal wrote:
The 2009 protests were sparked by rifts at the top of the regime. The current protests which began in the city of Mashhad & quickly spread across the country were motivated by rising prices, economic ruin, corruption & resentment toward the regime.
The 2009 protests were sparked by rifts at the top of the regime. The current protests which began in city of Mashhad & quickly spread across the country were motivated by rising prices, economic ruin,corruption & resentment toward the regimehttps://t.co/B9jtLyXsoH#Iranprotests
— Maryam Rajavi (@Maryam_Rajavi) January 11, 2018
The proud people of Iran are simply fed up with this false khomainy revolution that started 30 years ago and played on shallow religious and ethnic ideologies.
The final differentiating factor is the pace of events. In less than 24 hours, the protesters’ slogans shifted from economic woes to rejection of the entire regime. The establishment has been caught off guard and is scrambling to find a unified solution#Iranprotests
— Maryam Rajavi (@Maryam_Rajavi) January 11, 2018
This regime simply needs to fade away.
This is an uprising for freedom, democracy and equality, and separation of religion and state. This is an uprising for social justice, and this is a movement that will carry on until final victory.#Iranprotests#Iran pic.twitter.com/0LNcUGGPTe
— Maryam Rajavi (@Maryam_Rajavi) January 12, 2018
No, this time no one has the power to stop the raging waves of the uprising of the Iranian people. This uprising will continue until the overthrow of the entire of the terrorist religious dictatorship and the achievement of the final victory. This is the logic of evolution and history that should never be forgotten.