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Iran: Protests Against the Islamist Dictatorship.

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Growing Protests in Iran Renew Calls for Regime Change.

It has been sixteen days since the protests began in Khuzestan province. These protests, which initially started due to the water shortages, have turned political, continued, spread to other cities. People have been targeting the regime and its Supreme Leader in their slogans. The regime has increased its oppressive measures. Over 12 people have been killed in Khuzestan in the past few days, and to freely oppress people, the regime has imposed an internet blackout in Khuzestan.

Yet, the regime has so far failed in controlling society by taking these measures.

On Friday, July 30, dozens of mothers of the victims of the November 2019 protests in Tehran started a march and protests in solidarity with the people of Khuzestan.

While holding the pictures of their slain loved ones, they marched and chanted anti-regime slogans and encouraged people to rise against the mullahs’ regime.

In this regard, Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, the opposition’s president-elect, said:

“Hail to the brave mothers of the November 2019 martyrs who have risen to seek justice for their children and the children of Khuzestan. Your cries are the cries of Iran, seeking justice for 42 years of slaughter, executions, torture, plunder, poverty.”

Summary Report from the Second Week of Khuzestan Protests; Protests in 41 Cities.

In the two weeks since their start on the evening of July 15, public rallies in cities throughout Khuzestan over water cuts and provincial officials’ resource mismanagement have spread to at least 41 cities.

According to HRANA, the news agency of Human Rights Activists, dozens have been killed and injured during the protests, and hundreds were detained. HRANA has identified a number of victims along with 171 detained citizens in Khuzestan and other parts of Iran. The following report also reveals some of the human rights violators and addresses issues such as internet cuts, the security atmosphere, and reactions since the protests started.

Arvan cloud; a private company or a partner in massacre.

Islamic republic regime has been violating Iranian citizens’ right to the internet access by imposing censorship, blocking and Internet content filtering. In November 2019,  the government shut down the Internet and so many people were shot while posing no threat whatsoever shows the sheer ruthlessness of the security forces.  At least 1500 people, including 400 women and 17 teenagers, were killed in the uprising and that “many were shot directly in the head. Since November 2019 nationwide protests, the regime has being practice the Internet blackout as a strategy to suppress peaceful protests and to massacre the civilians. Currently, Iranian people in Khuzestan and other provinces are protesting over water shortage and difficulties in accessing the drinkable water. Again, the government has shut down the Internet in Khuzestan and many people have been killed.

The facilities of Internet blackout are provided by a private company called Arvan cloud. This company is established in Germany by Softqloud GmbH. Also, Arvan cloud has the ongoing project on Iranian national Internet network which will isolate the Iranian’s Internet access from the world wide web. The CEO of Arvan cloud believes that they are only a private company which is providing the blackout services to the government. We believe this company contributes to the Internet blackout policy and massacre of demonstrators in Iran. This social movement urges the United Nations and human rights organizations to take an action against the brutal Iran’s regime and also German parliament (Bundestag) to control Softqloud GmbH and its services to Iran’s regime which have been used against human rights and freedom speech.

Written by Andrew Coates

August 1, 2021 at 4:53 pm

Posted in Anti-Fascism, Human Rights, Islamism

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  1. I know well from a local lady (a member of our CLP) here who originally came from that part of Iran, that Khuzestan being the one region of the country which is highly multi-ethnic (its on the west side of Iran at the head of the Persian Gulf and neighbours a number of other states icluding Iraq) has a population can be volatile in its outlook. It is also Iran’s key oil producing region (the person I cite came from the city of Abadan) but there is a traditional resentment that revenues from this flow disproportionally to the North and to the Tehran elite. Yssamine Mather, an Oxford Middle East academic who often writes in the Weekly Worker in Iranian matters, penned an article on the Khuzestan protests – which seem to be spreading elsewhere – which is worth reading (as to her politics, I’m ignorant. I assume she has CPGB PC links, but she seems to be well regarded outwith their ranks). See https://www.weeklyworker.co.uk/worker/1358/anger-finds-open-expression/

    David Walsh

    August 1, 2021 at 5:25 pm

    • Yassamine Mather is liked and well known to many of us.

      Some of us (eg me) have had conversations with her not just about politics but about things like Persian poetry, from Shahnameh (“Book of Kings”) to Omar Khayyam, She reckons FitzGerald’s translation of Omar Khayyam is a really good rendition of the original.

      Yeah, she has close CPGB (PCC) links.

      Andrew Coates

      August 1, 2021 at 5:59 pm

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