Iran Protests, Intensify as Regime Power Wanes

Despite the memory of violent crackdown still being fresh, the same people who had witnessed the brutality of the regime’s security forces in November took to the streets again in January.
Written by Hamideh Taati 

THE CONTENT OF THIS PAGE WILL BE UPDATED WITH THE LATEST NEWS OF THE IRAN PROTESTS.

JANUARY 18, 2020:
IRAN NEWS IN BRIEF, JANUARY 18, 2020
UK Proscribes Lebanese Hezbollah.

Iran: Torching Qassem Soleimani’s Posters Simultaneous with Khamenei’s Speech.

Iran: Khamenei Delivered Remarks to Boost Low Morale Among Regime Forces.

 

QASSEM SOLEIMANI AND QUDS FORCES ROLE IN THE MIDDLE EAST-AMBASSADOR LINCOLN BLOOMFIELD SHEDS LIGHT.

UPDATE ON IRAN PROTESTS:
Anglo-Iranian Communities and MEK supporters in the UK take part in a rally in London’s Trafalgar Square in support of Iran Protests against the Mullahs regime and IRGC, calling on the UK to recognize and back democratic aspirations of Iranians for a democratic change in Iran.

Dowlat Nowrouzi
@DowlatNowrouzi
· Jan 18, 2020
Replying to @DowlatNowrouzi @Maryam_Rajavi
Stephen Pound, ex Labour MP:
“Iran is a proud nation with rich history. Recent wave of #IranProtests with popular slogans targeting Supreme Leader & suppressive IRGC show that the regime does not represent the #Iran pple & people are determined to bring down the ruling theocracy.

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Dowlat Nowrouzi
@DowlatNowrouzi
Stephen Pound, Labour MP, Shadow Minister for Northern Ireland till November 2019 said in today’s rally:
”UK must support these efforts & recognize Iranian Resistance movement, NCRI, which is spearheading the struggle for a free and democratic Iran.”#IranProtests @DominicRaab

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Dowlat Nowrouzi
@DowlatNowrouzi
· Jan 18, 2020
Replying to @DowlatNowrouzi @Maryam_Rajavi
Malcolm Fowler, fmr member of HR Committee of Law Society England & Wales:
It’s time to stand with #Iran ppl & end impunity for regime &its leaders who committing unspeakable atrocities against the [email protected] must work with allies at @UN to hold Mullahs’ regime to account.

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Dowlat Nowrouzi
@DowlatNowrouzi
Malcolm Fowler:
UK Gov must pressure regime 2 immediately release
political prisoners,dual citizens &those arrested in #IranProtests; ask UN 2 send fact-finding missions 2investigate cases of 1500 killed, 4000 wounded &12000 imprisoned,as demanded by NCRI President @Maryam_Rajavi

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Dowlat Nowrouzi
@DowlatNowrouzi
· Jan 18, 2020
Replying to @DowlatNowrouzi and 7 others
Dr. Jocellyne Scutt, Univ. professor,lawyer,writer, commentator &Councillor for Cambridge:
“What we’re seeing on streets of Tehran is women & students taking lead &organizing protests against regime. They’re at forefront of #IranProtests demanding end to theocracy’s rule in Iran“

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Dowlat Nowrouzi
@DowlatNowrouzi
Prof. Jocellyne Scutt:
”Protesters are encouraged by strong & inspiring leader of NCRI,@Maryam_Rajavi who rightfully said, uprising by youths &army of deprived &destitute, who rose up in Dec 2017,has continued &will forge ahead until it topples religious tyranny in its entirety.”

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HAPPENING NOW:

Dowlat Nowrouzi
@DowlatNowrouzi
· Jan 18, 2020
Right Now in London’s Trafalgar Square, Anglo-Iranian Communities rallied to support #IranProtests, condemning remarks by Khamenei yesterday, where he defend #IRGC & regime’s terrorist leader #QassemSoleimani labelling pro-democracy protesters in #Iran as “traitor to the nation”.

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HAPPENING NOW:
Anglo-Iranian Communities & NCRI supporters in UK take part in a rally in London’s Trafalgar Square in support of #IranProtests against Mullahs regime & #IRGC, calling on @GOVUK to recognize & back democratic aspirations of Iranians for a democratic change in #Iran

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The Anglo-Iranian Communities in the UK and NCRI supporters will hold a rally in London Trafalgar Sq on Saturday 18 Jan at 1:30 pm in support of Iran Protests following Khamenei’s lies and his desperate attempt to whitewash IRGC and Quds Force crimes against humanity.

Hossein Abedini
@HoAbedini
The Anglo-Iranian Communities in the UK & NCRI supporters will hold a rally in #London Trafalgar Sq on Saturday 18 Jan at 1:30 pm in support of #IranProtests following Khamenei’s lies & his desperate attempt to whitewash IRGC & Quds Force crimes against humanity @AP @Reuters @AFP

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Amnesty International: Iran’s security forces are using brutal force against protesters. This is the latest violence in a series of bloody crackdowns against peaceful protesters in Iran.‏

Amnesty International

@amnesty
Iran’s security forces are using brutal force against protesters. This is the latest violence in a series of bloody crackdowns against peaceful protesters in #Iran.

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Mohammad Mohaddessin, Chairman Foreign Affairs Committee of the National Council of Resistance of Iran Wrote on Twitter:

In gathering Bassiji thugs across the country, Khamenei tried to confront the crippling blow with the termination of Soleimani and chants of death to Khamenei, and IRGC you’re ISIS by millions of Iranians. He displayed his deadly impasse and increased the nation’s rage.

Mohammad Mohaddessin
@Mohaddessin
In gathering Bassiji thugs across the country, Khamenei tried to confront the crippling blow with the termination of Soleimani & chants of death to Khamenei, & IRGC you’re ISIS by millions of Iranians. He displayed his deadly impasse & increased the nation’s rage.#Iran

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Khamenei dubbed the Quds Force, an international terrorist organization, as “combatants without borders,” and a humane institution with great humanitarian instincts & tolerance towards everything and everyone.

Nevertheless, he admitted that the main task of Qods Force’s crime is to secure the regime’s stability inside Iran. He described millions of Iranians who chant “neither Gaza nor Lebanon, my life only for Iran,” as beguiled and unwilling to sacrifice for his despicable regime.

Mohammad Mohaddessin
@Mohaddessin
· 17 Jan 2020
Replying to @Mohaddessin
Khamenei dubbed the Quds Force, an international terrorist organization, as “combatants without borders,” & a humane institution with great humanitarian instincts & tolerance towards everything & everyone. #Iran #FreeIran2020

Mohammad Mohaddessin
@Mohaddessin
Nevertheless, he admitted that the main task of Qods Force’s crime is to secure the regime’s stability inside #Iran . He described millions of Iranians who chant “neither Gaza nor Lebanon, my life only for Iran,” as beguiled & unwilling to sacrifice for his despicable regime.

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TORCHING QASSEM SOLEIMANI’S POSTERS SIMULTANEOUS WITH KHAMENEI’S SPEECH IN TEHRAN FRIDAY PRAYER CONGREGATION

NCRI-FAC

@iran_policy
#Iran: Torching #QassemSoleimani’s Posters Simultaneous With #Khamenei’s Speech in #Tehran Friday Prayer Congregation https://ncr-iran.org/en/ncri-statements/iran-protests/27249-iran-torching-qassem-soleimani-s-posters-simultaneous-with-khamenei-s-speech-in-tehran-friday-prayer-congregation …#IranProtests #FreeIran2020#IranRegimeChange

Iran: Torching Qassem Soleimani’s Posters Simultaneous With Khamenei’s Speech in Tehran Friday…
National Council of Resistance of Iran latest statements about Iranian protests and demonstrations.

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NCRI-FAC

@iran_policy
Replying to @iran_policy @BobBlackman
But, if you logged into Twitter while the funeral was ongoing, you might have encountered a much different narrative about #Soleimani &the impact of his death. There, 100s of thousands of people tweeted using the hashtag #IraniansDetestSoleimani.#FreeIran2020#IranProtests

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IRAN PROTESTS INTENSIFY AS REGIME POWER WANES
The recent round of protests in Iran was indeed impressive. Following the belated admission by Iranian officials that the military had shot down a passenger plane last week, students in several cities quickly turned their candlelight vigils for the victims of the plane crash into anti-regime protests.

THE MAIN TARGET OF THE PROTESTS IS THE REGIME’S LEADERSHIP
As recent protests, both in November and January, show, those brave souls are increasing in numbers, and slogans against Khamenei, the IRGC and the entire rule of the mullahs are becoming the main feature of protests, not an aside.

In fact, during the protests that followed the Ukrainian plane crash, most slogans were directed at Khamenei himself, calling him a murderer, a disgrace, a liar and a tyrant. “People didn’t die for us to praise the murderous leader,” “The leader is our disgrace,” “Khamenei have some shame, let go of the state,” “Khamenei is a murderer, and his rule is obsolete” and “Death to Khamenei” were just some of the slogans being chanted against the supreme leader.

 

REGIME CHANGE IS THE ONLY SOLUTION
The protesters are also making it clear in their slogans that they want regime change. “We don’t want the Islamic Republic,” the protesters chanted, referring to the name the mullahs put on the country after the 1979 revolution.

Their response to those who have been seeking a solution from within the regime is clear. “Reformists, principalists, the game is over,” the protesters have been chanting for the past two years, including during this week’s protests.

 

The protesters also clarified that they will not return to a regime that they have overthrown more than 40 years ago, a decisive answer to those who believe the people of Iran want to return to the era of the monarchical dictatorship. “Death to the oppressor, whether he be the Shah or the Leader,” the protesters were chanting this week. These increasingly popular slogans have caused concern among regime officials, with many attributing them to the MEK. In public remarks, Khamenei blamed the MEK for the uprisings that took root in more than 190 cities in November.

 

 

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Saturday, January 18, 2020, marks the 65th day since the beginning of the nationwide Iran protests.

The People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) has identified 704 of the more than 1500 protesters killed by the regime so far.

Mrs. Maryam Rajavi the President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) has called on the United Nations to urgently send an international fact-finding mission to Iranian prisons to meet with the detainees.

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE UPRISING:
Number of uprising cities: 191

Number of martyrs: At least 1500

Number of injured: More than 4,000

Number of detainees: More than 12,000

Read more: Iran Protests: Iran’s Regime Spirals Into Chaos as Crises Escalate

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