Iran: Tehran University students rally during Rouhani’s speech

Students protest during Rouhani speech
Students protest during Rouhani speech

Iran, October 14, 2018 – Iranian regime President Hassan Rouhani delivered a speech in Tehran University on Sunday while students were holding a rally on campus and chanting college students are ready to die, but will not accept to live in shame.

The protesting college students were seen protesting near the building where Rouhani was delivering his remarks. “High prices, unemployment, Rouhani must provide answers.”

Gravely concerned of Tehran University students using this opportunity to hold anti-regime protests, Iranian regime authorities had previously made arrangements to prevent the students from entering the conference halls.

When Rouhani was in the Tehran University conference hall one female college student was seen shouting: “Why didn’t you provide permission for the students to enter the hall?”

The situation can be described as very tense in Iran.

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On Sunday, teachers from over 50 cities across the country launched a nationwide strike, protesting poor economic and living conditions. The protesting teachers are also demanding the release of their jailed colleagues. Students in various cities are showing support for their protesting teachers.

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Teachers in dozens of cities across Iran are launching a nationwide strike on Sunday, protesting poor living conditions, problems with their jobs and heavy security measures imposed in their schools.

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Teachers in the cities of Paveh, Islamabad-e Gharb, Yazd, Kermanshah, Shiraz, Marivan, Mashhad, Ilam, Gonabad, Torbat-e Heydariyeh, Tabriz, Amol, Garmeh, Lamerd, Sanandaj, Saqqez, Tehran (Quds Town), Sarvabad and a number of other towns and cities are seen to be on strike.

Students in various cities have announced their support for their teachers on this initiative.

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Other cities also include Mahabad, Khorramabad, Firouzazbad, Zarrin Shahr, Bojnourd, Javanrud, Sari, Karaj, Ivan-e Gharb, and others.

The protesting teachers are also calling for the release of their jailed colleagues.

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Since anti-government demonstrations erupted throughout Iran in December, strikes have become a popular way for citizens of different walks of life and social classes to protest against the corruption and inefficiency of the Iranian regime.

Women teachers of Mashhad are also on Strike Women teachers of Mashhad are also on Strike

This is the second time that Iranian teachers are going on strike. Earlier this year, teachers across the country took to the streets to protest against discrimination, imprisonment of political activists and economic woes. This round of strikes by teachers is happening in parallel to a widespread strike by truck drivers across the country, which has lasted for more than three weeks and has expanded to more than 300 cities across the country. Last week, a separate strike by merchants and shop owners reached dozens of cities.

 

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Acknowledging Iran’s regime has no future

 

Iran is facing multiple crisis internally
Iran is facing multiple crisis internally

Remarks heard from Iranian regime officials in regards to the dilemmas facing the mullahs’ apparatus has reached a critical point. If these comments were expressed just a year ago, they would be considered a crime, and literally opposing the state and Iranian regime Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei himself.

These remarks, however, have become very common these days.

Various figures are questioning the very essence of the mullahs’ regime and their so-called constitution. Tajzadeh, the interior minister’s political deputy during the tenure of former president Mohammad Khatami, is placing his cross hairs on the position of the Supreme Leader itself.

“The first and biggest mistake of all… was including the supreme leadership position in the constitution… the revolution steered away from being a republic to more of a despotism. In the constitution, we have provided vast authority to the supreme leader, without holding the individual accountable… This is enough to make the entire political system completely ineffective,” he said.

These remarks actually signal the regime’s deep concerns regarding the boiling domestic unrest and the intensifying international isolation. The fact that such individuals, who were screened vigorously before being appointed as senior regime officials, are resorting to such remarks is quite telling about the weak status quo of senior officials and the entire regime apparatus.

“Resolving the crisis of our entity lacking a future and resolving fears about the future cannot be realized through promises, speeches and/or reports. Today, relieving remarks made by political figures and directors are no longer effective,” Iranian regime figure Jabbar Rahmani said, according to the state-run IRNA news agency on October 1st.

Faeze Hashemi, the daughter of former Iranian president Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani (now dead), also made interesting comments to EuroNews.

“We cannot run the country with policies dating back to the first years after the 1979 revolution… the status quo has become so critical that Mr. Mesbah Yazdi (a senior mullah close to Khamenei) says we have less than five friends across the globe,” she said.

Ali Younesi, a former intelligence minister, has recently questioned the epicenter of all the policies stated in the regime’s constitution.

“I suggest to those in the Intelligence Ministry to not stand against the people. Inside the country, be very careful to avoid taking measures against the people,” he warned.

All these figures agree on the one subject of a major restructuring necessary in the regime’s ruling apparatus.

“Methods and policies must change, and reforms are needed in the state’s structure,” according to former Iranian regime president Mohammad Khatami.

Faeze Rafsanjani also acknowledged, “We must accept the fact that we made mistakes. If the policies were correct in the past, they’re not so now. We have no other choice.”

“The harsh truth is that the society can start crumbling. This can be realized very quickly,” said Rahmani.

During the past year, and specifically after the Dec/Jan uprising to this day, a variety of figures inside the Iranian regime have been voicing such concerns. Ever since the people began rebuking the mullahs’ regime in its entirety, and especially targeting Khamenei himself, these figures have started to realize that their days are numbered.

The mullahs’ regime in Iran is fundamentally against the people and cannot be reformed. In their street protests during the Dec/Jan uprising, the Iranian people were heard specifically chanting:

“Reformists, principalists, GAME OVER!” or  “Reformists, Hardliner, Game is Over Now”

This medieval and repressive regime will be overthrown by the protesting Iranian people and Resistance Units linked to the Iranian opposition People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK).

 

 

Iran: Figures acknowledging the regime’s utter failure

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Acknowledging the complete failure of the mullahs’ ideology in Iran is nothing new. The fact that the Iranian regime’s state media are discussing this subject and the current crises due to the regime’s corrupt apparatus is what is quite new indeed.

New remarks are heard questioning even Iranian regime Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei himself, and directly or indirectly consider him the main individual responsible for the current crises and status quo, signals a growing sign of unrest and dissent inside the country.

Abolfazl Ghadiani and Alireza Rajaie, two figures known for their close relations with the Iranian regime apparatus, issued a statement published in a variety of media outlets discussing this subject.

“The Islamic republic is now engulfed in a flood of crises and it is the target of numerous daily attacks from different sources. Pretending to be calm and having self-confidence will not resolve any of the countless dilemmas, including apprehensions, detentions, and executions,” the statement reads.

“The newly found power oligarchy seen after the 1979 revolution established entity after entity to maybe be able to overcome the increasing crises. The [regime] has filed time and again. It was inside this oligarch that various circles of power and wealth came to life due to their access to government money. These entities consider the government and the country as their own economic playground, and are specifically in contrast with democratic demands, religious and ethnic minorities, and freedom of the press.”

Questioning the complete apparatus of the religious fascism ruling Iran currently is not a subject limited to these two individuals.

In response to this expanding wave of challenging the mullahs’ religious dictatorship, figures close to Iranian regime Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei are heard raising their voices.

“Necessary measures must be taken in the face of seditions. Why must [Khamenei’s] words be heard and no action be taken?” said Mullahs Sedighi, the temporary Friday prayer imam in Tehran.

It is quite interesting that the figures now challenging Khamenei’s methods were once among the utmost loyalists to the mullahs’ rule.

The truth is that protests are spreading in Iran and the organized resistance movement is gaining force, making a growing number of figures inside the Iranian regime extremely concerned about their own future.

Furthermore, Khamenei lacks the power, influence, and capability to take actions against such voices. This weakness is realized by all of Iran’s society and a growing number of people no longer fear the crackdown imposed by the regime’s security apparatus.

This is allowing the Iranian opposition People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) to increase the number of resistance units across the country.

Such entities are escalating their measures against the regime and reigniting hope and courage in the hearts of a restive Iranian population that will no longer tolerate the religious dictatorship’s crackdown.

The third round of the trucker’s nationwide strike in Iran. What do they want?

The third round of the trucker_s nationwide strike in Iran. What do they want
Truck drivers nationwide strike in 258 cities on the ninth day of protests on Monday Oct. 1

Iran’s truck drivers started a new round of nationwide strikes to demand their minimum rights including the high price of spare parts and low wages. They live under the line of poverty and deserve better. Support them in their fight for their rights.

Launching their third round of strikes, truck drivers across the country are demanding what is rightfully theirs.

The mullahs’ regime ruling Iran, however, has always resorted to bogus promises and lacks the capacity to live up to the drivers’ demands. We are entering the stage where the commoners can no longer tolerate the regime and the rich few lack the capacity to take any action.

The truck drivers’ last round of strike was witnessed during the July/August period. In these September strikes, 157 cities across all of Iran’s 31 provinces witnessed truck drivers joining this strike on only the second day of this latest round of protests. This movement expanded to 258 cities on the ninth day of protests on Monday Oct. 1 and the country’s main loading stations are reported to be closed down.

The state-run IRNA news agency cites Jamal Hamidi, director of the loading station in Bandar Khomeini of Khuzestan Province (southwest Iran) saying, “On Sunday, most truck drivers at the loading station went on strike. While 2,000 trucks are active in this loading station each day, only 300 accepted to load any goods on Sunday.”

Iran – Fars Province – Truckers on strike (File Photo)

The nationwide strike of the truckers, which has entered its second week, has intensified the crisis inside the clerical regime whose leaders have been horrified from its continuation and spread. In this regard, Khamenei sent Chief Prosecutor General Montazeri to the scene to threaten the strikers to execution. Montazeri said:

“According to the information we have, in some routes, some of the cities, there are elements who are provoking some of the truckers, or possibly blocking them and creating problems for them. They are subject to the rules and regulations of banditry and the punishment of the bandits according to the law is very severe, sometimes resulting in the death penalty. “(News Network TV News – September 29).

At the same time, Ali al-Qasimehr, the chief justice of the Fars province, accused the strikers of “corruption on earth,” and IRGC Brigadier General Mohammad Sharafi, one of the commanders of State Security Forces, threatens the protesters with harsh action. (State TV – September 29).

Iran regime fearful of continuation of the truck drivers’ strike

News and reports on this developing movement vividly indicate the vast proportions of this nationwide strike and the strong will see in the drivers to remain steadfast in the face of lies and thefts witnessed in the entire mullahs’ regime apparatus.

On the other hand, the truckers’ demands indicate how they’re barely making ends meet. The expenses of their professions leaves them with very little profit to live on. The Iranian Road & Transportation Ministry, like all other entities, is under the mullahs’ strict control and their main objective is none other than safeguarding the ruling regime’s interests. They spare no energy or effort to facilitate or support the people’s lives and minimum necessities.

The truckers began this latest round of protests on September 22nd, seeking the demands their long-stated demands:

– Restructuring the truckers’ guild through free elections

– Specifying base charges according to “tons per kilometer”

– Decrease in truck prices

– Providing spare parts and tires through government rated currency (42,000 rials per U.S dollar)

– Increasing drivers’ salaries and a 35% increase of transfer rates

– Increasing retirement pensions, especially considering skyrocketing inflation and prices

– Increasing road safety and security

– Supervision over fees demanded by transportation companies

– Decreasing commissions for loads and renovating the truck fleet

– Providing fuel rations for transportation trucks and providing this fuel on a permanent basis to the drivers and truck owners

– Decreasing highway tolls

– Controlling the process of load terminals

– Providing health and recreational facilitation for the drivers at city and border loading stations

– Punishing authorities that bribe the drivers

Are these unnecessary and additional demands? not at all. These are at least the demands that they have, and because of this, not only inside Iran there is public support for people, they are also supported outside of Iran. In the first and second round of the strikes, international unions in the United States and Europe supported the demands of truck drivers in Iran. This time, the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) issued a statement on Iran truckersstrike and announced that ITF stands with striking Truck Drivers in Iran.

Also in an interesting initiative of truck drivers in the Netherlands, in solidarity with their Iranian counterparts who are struggling, they held a beautiful and meaningful parade.

This massive strike is also widely supported by the Iranian people. This nationwide strike and other protests of the Iranian people will continue to reach the ultimate goal of changing this regime of dictatorship and establishing freedom and justice in Iran.

Iran’s Forgotten Summer of 1988

In Memory of Tulips and Angels of Freedom

30 years ago, more than 30,000 political prisoners were executed in Iran’s prisons upon orders of Khomeini. Most of those directly responsible for the massacre are currently office holders within the regime and have not been held accountable for their crimes against humanity.

A member of the Iran News Wire team put this tremendous video together through great efforts and after two weeks of gathering details.

We think of the victim’s families who are securing and trying to save what is left to prove the #1988Massacre.

One recent event by Iran has been to conduct machinery work in exact locations of burials.

Source: Iran’s Forgotten Summer of 1988

The role of the Internet and social media in Iran protests.

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By Masoud Dalvand

In this article, I will write about two important issues related to the developments in Iran. 

First: The role of the Internet and social media in Iran protests. 

Second: The suppression of the mullahs’ regime and the impact of US sanctions on the Iranian regime.

Are these two issues related to each other? Of course they are. Social media is the only opportunity that the Iranian people, especially the protesting youth and women, and all the political and social activists, can make their voices heard. And the start of US initial sanctions against the Iranian regime and its effects on its decaying economy is a very important development. Considering the censorship and suppression of Iran, the social media can be used to measure the effects of the sanctions in Iran. So I’ve looked at these two issues in the following article.

The Internet and especially social media play a very important role in social activities in Iran. You know that Iran is a country in which a religious dictatorship is ruling on, so there is no open public media. Radio and television networks and the press are entirely under the control of the government and, in particular, the supreme leader of the Khamenei regime. Public and private websites are under intense censorship and control. In Iran, a ministry called the Ershad, whose work is a censorship of all cultural, artistic and press affairs, in addition to the Iranian regime’s police, has a special Internet police that It’s work is to monitor and filter and suppress all individuals and media on the Internet. They have very simple and humanitarian activities, such as defending the rights of women or children, and other social problems. In 2012 about six years ago, a blogger in Tehran, Sattar Beheshti, was arrested and subjected to torture only for publishing several articles on social problems in Iran and the poverty of people and corruption in government institutions.

Many social and environmental activists in Iran have now been arrested for informing people about the devastating effects of mismanagement on the nature of Iran, the drying up of lakes and rivers, or the reflection of social dilemmas, such as the suppression of women and child labor, and the denial of their rights. They are Prisoners and tortured! The latest example is a human rights lawyer named Nasrin Sotoudeh who was accused of espionage! and five years in jail, and many other examples that I don’t have the time to name all of them.

At last as the most important examples, many young people, including a 26 years old young, named Reza Otadi, in the city of Karaj, were killed by regime repression agents during protests in August, but the regime’s official media tried to reverse this crime by the name of protesters! If not social media, the reality of this regime’s crime was not easily disclosed.

In the protests last January, when thousands of protesters were arrested, several of them were killed, but the regime claimed they had committed suicide! Also in here were social media that exposed the facts of these murders and crimes of the mullahs’ regime.

Therefore, in such a situation that there are no free media in Iran and independent journalists cannot reflect the political and social developments in Iran, the Internet plays a very important role in the Iranian society, especially social media, despite the suppression and filtering of a large role in the developments of Iran. For example, Telegram has a lot of features due to its features and the regime cannot hack it, so that a quarter of the total Telegram users in the world are about 40 million people in Iran.

It was sent to the world through the Telegram, videos and news about the Iran protests in January 2018. In the past eight months, in spite of the Telegram filtering by the Iranian Ministry of Communications, the people, especially the Iranian youth and Iranian women, use this social media to reflect the news of demonstrations and gatherings and strikes in various Iranian cities, and thus in the space Seduction and total tyranny in Iran are the Internet and social media that transmit the constantly changing social movements in Iran all over the country and out of Iran.

The second issue is the suppression of the mullahs’ regime and the impact of US sanctions on the Iranian regime.

The withdrawal of the United States from Iran deal and the implementation of  the first phase of sanctions  against the Iranian regime have an important impact on the developments inside Iran, in the sense that the Iranian regime has spent money gained from Iran deal on terrorism and the expansion of the regional intervention of the Iran Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) in Syria, Yemen Iraq, Lebanon and other Middle Eastern countries, or use these funds inside Iran to expand the ballistic missile program and threaten the Iran neighbors or US troops and free shipping in the Persian Gulf.

An important part of the proceeds from the sale of Iranian oil and gas was spent on the construction of nuclear weapons as a guarantee of the survival of this government. Therefore, the withdrawal of the United States from Iran deal and economic sanctions against Iran actually limits the resources of the nuclear and missile activities and terrorist activities of the Iranian regime because in Iran, the government does not play any role in provide the basic needs of the people or the well-being and progress of the Iranian society.

The wealth of Iran is being stolen by the regime’s authorities, such as Khamenei Vali-e Faqih and other officials also parliamentarians, as well as the corrupt IRGC, or spending on nuclear, missile and terrorist destructive activities.

Therefore, this American action is not only a pressure on the people of Iran, but on the contrary, the pressure on this government is corrupt, plunderer and terrorist. So it is the weakening of this regime, and helping to revive and uprising the Iranian people against tyranny and religious dictatorship.

With the censorship and filtering of social media such as Telegram, Twitter, Facebook, etc., the Iranian regime tries to prevent the role of the Internet and social media in Iran’s developments. Also by arresting, torture and killing civil and political activists, creates a climate of intimidation in society, but today’s developments in Iran show that the regime has not succeeded.

If the regime has not succeeded in preventing of the Iranian people’s will for freedom until now, so they cannot prevent the spread of protests and their organized resistance and uprising by the rebellious hubs of the PMOI/MEK. Future developments will show this fact.

The inevitable confessions; The role of the PMOI/MEK in organizing uprisings and nationwide protests at the Iran regime’s media

The inevitable confessions- The role of the PMOI-MEK in organizing uprisings and nationwide protests at the Iran regime's media

After more than 7 months of nationwide protests in Iran, which began in January 2018, these uprisings and protests and strikes continue to occur, and each day is more organized and more powerful than the past in various cities of Iran.

The latest protests in August in a large number of cities, including in the capital of Tehran, with slogans of “Death to dictator” and “Death to Khamenei” representing the will of the Iranian people to overthrow of the religious dictatorship and establish freedom, democracy, justice and human rights based on a Democratic Government in Iran.

What is significant in the process of these uprisings is the role of the PMOI/MEK in organizing these protests through rebellion hubs. Recently, the MOIS (Ministry of Intelligence) made a video about role of rebellion hubs of MEK, and has spread it in the regime’s media and acknowledged this role.

The media, experts, and various agents of the mullahs’ regime also admit to this crucial role in their media every day.

Below, we just read some of these confessions for example, indicating the state of the regime on the verge of overthrowing by the Iranian people and resistance.

Vatan Today Newspaper -July 3-IRGC member, Hassan Rouzitalab an expert of the regime on the MEK: “The MEK has been on top of the social media scene from the start. They attract political activists in the streets and ordinary people and convince them to be MEK resources.”

“More than 70% of calls to protest and video coming out of the protests… are related to MEK channels. Massoud Rajavi has issued five statements about the protests and clashes since December which is really unprecedented in recent years.”

“MEK forces have divvied up the cities among themselves and organized protest veterans in the streets into Telegram groups in a process that has taken several years. For example, in one small town there are over 5,000 members in various groups who have the means to coordinate a place and time for gatherings there. Their behavior and slogans are all related to the MEK… Direct calls for overthrow, it was heard everywhere (in all cities) and was repeated frequently. “

July 14, Tasnim new agency, IRGC Brigadier General, Jalali, Chief of the passive defense organization: “Year 2018 is a special year. We are in an important turning point in the history of the revolution …. It is noteworthy that all counter-revolution has been designed on the basis of the PMOI. “

Maryam Rajavi's poster hanged in Tehran
Maryam Rajavi’s poster hanged in Tehran

July 21, Fasl-e-Tejarat (Trade season site) Ali Rabie Minister of Labor: Today our enemies, particularly the MEK, are targeting the social issues in the country, something that was very apparent in the issue of the truckers… Various networks were activated to transform this demand as a protest by the MEK in the shortest possible time…

July 25, Qom news- Mohammad Khan Bloki, Director General of the Shipping Union of the regime: “The majority of the people that guided the truckers’ gatherings to insurrection were from the MEK who had infiltrated this social sector.”

August 1, Fars News AgencyReza Hosseini, consultant to Soft Wars HQ of the Armed Forces:

“We have to pay attention to what the MEK did in the 1980s to understand how they have resurfaced again and have advanced to the forefront and leadership stage in some sectors. Sometimes it is said that these guys (MEK) have been killed off and don’t mention them anymore!… As an expert I will tell you that anyone who says the MEK is dead either has a bad motive or is ignorant.”

August 1, the same source adds: “The MEK are creating waves today. They have entered into various social strata like the truckers and bazaar owners and provide them with direction. Right now they have influence in the universities, particularly in provincial capitals. That is why we sometimes hear discourses in university settings that are the MEK’s narrative.”

August 2, Tasnim News Agency (Quds Terrorist force’s agency) Mullah Ahmad Salek, a member of Iran’s Majlis (parliament): “Affiliated to pro-Khamenei faction, said of the recent workers’ protests in Esfahan: “The slogans that were chanted in the demonstration were directed by the MEK through foreign news channels.”