Iran, Despite Crackdown the Protests Continue

Written by Hamideh Taati

Following seven days of protests in Iran and bloody crackdown on the protesters, mullah’s regime continues to claim that the protests have been crushed.

“We have pushed back the enemy in the military arena. We have pushed back the enemy in the political war,” Ali Khamenei, regime’s supreme leader said in a speech aired on state television late Tuesday, adding that the unrest had not been the result of a popular movement.

“The recent actions were security issues, not from the people,” he said. “We have repelled the enemy.”

Khamenei’s claims came on the same day that, Keyhan daily known as the mouthpiece of the supreme leader, wrote that those who led the protests will be executed by hanging.

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“Some reports say that judiciary considers execution by hanging for the riot leaders a definite punishment.” the article reads

Also, a day before that The Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) in a statement threatened anti-government demonstrators. According to a statement read by state-run media, IRGC said it would take “decisive and revolutionary action against any continued moves to disturb the people’s peace and security,”

Today the European Union urged the Iranian regime to show “maximum restraint in handling protests” and end the violence.

A spokeswoman for the EU expressed condolences to the families of the dead and called for dialogue to resolve the tensions.

“We expect Iran’s security forces to exercise maximum restraint in handling the protests and for protesters to demonstrate peacefully. Any violence is unacceptable,” Maja Kocijancic said in a statement.

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“The rights to freedom of expression and assembly must be guaranteed.”

She added that the EU expects the Iranian authorities to restore communications and end a near-total internet blackout in place since the weekend.

Amnesty International said more than 100 demonstrators were believed to have been killed across Iran since security forces were ordered to “crush” the protests. Amnesty later said the real toll could be as high as 200.

David Kaye, the UN Special Rapporteur on the Promotion and Protection of the Right to Freedom of Opinion and Expression, told CNN that the impact of internet shutdown makes it incredibly difficult to know what civilians are presently facing in Iran.

“Fundamentally, I don’t think we have a very good sense of what’s happening on the ground in Iran right now,” Kaye said. “The reporting has been spotty at best … We’re starting to hear about the protests and the use of force against the protesters.”

Kaye added, “The international community needs to be saying: keep the internet on, do not repress peaceful protest, use only proportionate means to deal with it, and make sure that all your responses to protesters are in keeping with international human rights standards.”

On Wednesday, the UN issued a statement asking the regime to resume internet connectivity.

“We have seen the reports of a significant death toll during recent protests in the Islamic Republic of Iran. We echo the statement on Iran made by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights yesterday, including the call to immediately re-establish Iranians’ access to the internet,” Secretary-General spokesman Stephane Dujarric said in a statement.

“We continue to urge the Iranian authorities and security forces to exercise maximum restraint and avoid the use of force to disperse peaceful demonstrations.”

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