Iran Daily: Protests in At Least 9 Cities as Regime Warns of “Terrorists”

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A rally of support in Berlin for Iranian protests, January 6, 2018

UPDATE 1415 GMT: Nahid Khodakarami, a member of the Tehran City Council, has expressed concern and demanded answers from authorities about the arrests of protesters.

>Khodakarami wrote: “As a representative of the noble people of Tehran, I call on the relevant agencies to clarify the situation and report how many Tehran residents have been detained during the recent events. How many students [were detained]? How many have been released?”

In a series of Twitter messages, the councillor has asked about communication with the detainees, including access by their families.

Mahmoud Sadeghi, a Tehran MP, said, “It seems that the total number of detainees is around 90. Ten students from universities in Tehran and some other cities are in an uncertain position and…it is still unknown which body has detained them.”


UPDATE 1200 GMT: Ignoring the latest demonstrations, the Revolutionary Guards have again insisted that protests have been “defeated”.

A statement asserted that “Iran’s revolutionary people along with tens of thousands of Basij forces, police and the Intelligence Ministry have broken down the chain [of unrest] created…by the United States, Britain,” Israel, Saudi Arabia, militants, and monarchists.

The statement was issued after Ministers met Iranian MPs in a closed-door session, calling by a reformist group asking about causes of the protests.

Some MPs expressed concerns over the regime’s disruption of communications, including the blocking of messaging applications Telegram and Instagram, to limit the protests.

A spokesman for the Majlis’ presiding board, Behrouz Namati, said, “The parliament is not in favour of keeping Telegram filtering in place, but it must pledge that it will not be used as a tool by the enemies of the Iranian people.”


Defying security measures and regime declarations of “terrorism”, Iranians continued protests in at least nine cities on Saturday.

On the ninth straight day of demonstrations across the country over political and economic issues, there were rallies in the religious center of Qom, Ahwaz and Mahshar in the southwest, Mashhad in the northeast, and Rasht and Karaj in the north.

Supporting rallies were held aroound the world, including in several cities in Germany and in Sweden, Norway, Canada, and Australia.

The official death toll during the protests is 22, with activists saying more than 40 protesters have been killed in clashes with security forces. Regime officials say more than 1,800 people have been detained at some points. Activists says thousands have been arrested, with some leading figures still behind bars.

Regime Invokes “Terrorism”, Ministers Brief MPs

an Intelligence Ministry declaration that security forces dismantled a “terrorist” group, arresting members in West Azerbaijan Province in the northwest. The statement said three Iranian security personnel were killed on Wednesday in a clash with the group.

The regime also held a fourth straight day of counter-demonstrations on Saturday, including in Tehran; Sari, Amol, and Semnan in the north; Ilam in the west; and Kerman in the south.

Turnout has been relatively small — especially compared to the large display mobilized by the regime to suppress the Green Movement after the disputed 2009 Presidential election — with State media only able to speak of “thousands” in the marches.

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  1. “The official death toll during the protests is 22, with activists saying more than 40 protesters have been killed in clashes with security forces.”

    The MEK/MKO is claiming 50 have been killed: http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2018/01/05/Ninth-day-of-mass-Iranian-protests-50-killed.html

    The official tally is actually 21 in four provinces:

    6 killed in Tuyserkan (Hamadan) in disputed circumstances.
    6 killed in Qahderijan (Esfahan) when rioters set fire to and stormed a police station.
    2 killed in Izeh (Khuzestan) in disputed circumstances.
    4 killed in Doroud (Lorestan), 2 when rioters stormed the governor’s office, and 2 when a fire truck stolen by a saboteur crashed into a car.
    1 boy killed in Khomeinshahr (Esfahan) allegedly by rioters.
    1 person killed in Shahinshahr (Esfahan ) allegedly also by rioters.
    1 police officer killed in Najafabad (Esfahan) by a saboteur.

    • What do you have to say about the 10,000 students and professionals executed by the regime in its prisons in 1988? And then the 500,000 sent to their deaths inside Iraq to step on mines? Barbarians would treat their own people better.

  2. Turnout has been relatively small — especially compared to the large display mobilized by the regime to suppress the Green Movement after the disputed 2009 Presidential election — with State media only able to speak of “thousands” in the marches.

    Even the,The Daily Telegraph, highly criticial of the Islamic Republic, is admitting that “tens of thousands” have participated in pro-establishment rallies throughout the country: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/01/03/tens-thousands-iran-take-streets-pro-government-protests/

    The rallies continue for a fifth day, which is very unusual:

    http://www.presstv.com/Detail/2018/01/07/548101/Iran-Shahrekord-Yazd
    http://en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13961017000852

    • Except that The Telegraph reporter just pulled that number out of the air.

      No, it’s not unusual for a fifth day of events if that is what the regime has organized. What is unusual is that the regime believes it is necessary to have a fifth straight day of events.

  3. Rich kids of Tehran to blame for creating animosity among the poor: https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/rich-kids-of-tehran-iran-protests-islamic-revolution-hassan-rouhani-ali-khamenei-middle-east-a8146536.html

    Although the western media and think tanks are making the wave of protests to be mostly political, amidst calls for regime change, the key grievance is economic. Official corruption among the elite has created an enormously wealthy generation of “rich kids”, many of whom backed the “Green movement” in 2009 and now support Rouhani. Their opulence and ostentatiousness is fuelling anger that the rich have everything while the poor have to beg to survive. But this injustice and inequality has the potential to destroy the Islamic Republic since the revolution of 1979 was supposed to ensure a fair distribution of wealth unlike the gap between rich and poor during the Shah’s regime. This gap narrowed under Ahmadinejad, who helped the poor with justice shares, loans, infrastructure and cheap housing, but it has widened under Rouhani who is only concerned with doing what the IMF tells him is necessary to attract foreign investment. Ahmadinejad had written a letter to Khamenei warning him that discontent was growing among the working classes. Khamenei has not been seen in public for days, suggesting that he is considering how best to respond.

      • You mean the 1,000-3,000 MKO members executed in the summer of 1988 following the failed invasion of the country by 7,000 colleagues with the support of Saddam Hussein.

        • MKO or not, they deserved a legal trial, and not an execution. They were student/professionals generally picked up, and they did not invade.

          What is your evidence for an “invasion”? Saddam had just invaded the country with his huge military and was defeated and booted. How are 7,000 idiotic IslamoMarxist kids going to accomplish what Saddam failed?

          Do you speak Pârsi or are you an Arab mozdur? Do you know what “mardom Irân jâsus hâye Arab mesle to râ edâm xâhand kard” means?

          What is your IP address, may I ask?

  4. 68% of Iran’s economy is in the hands of the government. That would be a whopping 58 million people (includes their family members) that are paid by the government.

    If 25,000 people showed up at regime’s many rallies, then that would only be 0.04% turnout, i.e. four people in ten thousand, who showed up to support Khamenei and Rouhani. Pathetic.

    Something for Razmjoo to consider.

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