Home Blog

Grim Tidings for Iran’s Regime After Approval of UN Fact-Finding Mission

0

After many discussions and debates, the United Nations Human Rights Council has approved a fact-finding mission to investigate the Iranian regime’s human rights violations that have taken place in the ongoing protests.

The meeting to approve the fact-finding mission was convened at the request of Germany and Iceland to discuss the determination of the human rights situation in Iran.

In a vote on November 24, a resolution against the regime was passed by 25 votes in favor, with six votes against and 16 abstentions.

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Volker Turk said, “We have seen waves of protests over the past years, calling for justice, equality, dignity, and respect for human rights. They have been met with violence and repression. The unnecessary and disproportionate use of force must come to an end.”

He added, “The old methods and the fortress mentality of those who wield power simply don’t work. In fact, they only aggravate the situation. We are now in a full-fledged human rights crisis.”

Javaid Rehman, the Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in Iran, stated, “Structural impunity has fueled widespread patterns of unlawful killings, enforced disappearances, torture, and other serious human rights violations in Iran.”

The mission will collect evidence of the regime’s actions, which can then be used in legal proceedings at the International Court of Justice.

In response to the approval, the regime reacted with anger and desperation. Kazem Gharibabadi, International Deputy and Secretary of Human Rights in the regime’s Judiciary said, “While our rights are being violated through the imposition of unilateral coercive measures and the hosting of groups that have claimed 17,000 of our lives, holding a special session of the Human Rights Council on Iran is a treacherous act.”

Zohreh Alahian, the head of the regime’s Human Rights Committee of the Majlis Commission, stated, “The resolution of the special meeting of the Human Rights Council is interference in the internal affairs of the system. The same countries equipped the MEK.”

Mohamad Marandi, a negotiating team member for the regime’s nuclear case, added, “The United Nations is dominated by Western regimes. The regimes that host the MEK. Regimes that apply maximum pressure sanctions. Iran will not ignore these criminals.”

It should be noted that this is the first time that a fact-finding Committee has been formed for the regime’s human rights violations since 1979. Before this, a special rapporteur for human rights dealt with the Iranian regime’s case.

The special rapporteur mechanism has existed since the establishment of the United Nations Human Rights Commission. Whenever there was an allegation of widespread and systematic violation of human rights in a country, a special rapporteur was appointed for that country.

Naturally, these individuals presented their reports which reached the Human Rights Commission and then were passed up to the Economic-Social Council, but the reports had no executive aspect. With the formation of a fact-finding committee, any report about the regime’s human rights violations will not be assessed without consequences.

An executive decision will not be taken by the Human Rights Council against the regime, but this Council can send the regime’s case of human rights violations to the UN Security Council as a situation that violates international peace and security.

All countries strive to prevent the formation of such a committee or the appointment of a special rapporteur, as it will hurt their international prestige, and negatively affect their international relations.

The regime’s jurisconsults spoke to the media stating that the regime has three options for how to deal with the new situation. First, by forming an independent internal commission and publicizing its findings, secondly, by cooperating with the International Commission and third, by denying any cooperation and recognition.

Our knowledge of the regime makes it clear to us that they would be unable to choose the first and second path, which will ultimately lead to the collapse of the regime’s wall of repression and bring about its demise.

The regime is being practically forced to choose the third way which will put it in a very dangerous situation, in addition to its contested nuclear case. This will only further provide an excuse for foreign military intervention; Referral of the investigation of possible crimes to the International Criminal Court and recourse to the doctrine of ‘Responsibility to Protect’ for military intervention.

The military intervention phase of this requires a UN Security Council resolution, which the regime is counting on following the veto of Russia and China. It should be noted that in the case of Kosovo, world leaders decided to act without any resolution by the Council to prevent any massacre, genocide, or gross human rights violations.

This is the reason why some of the regime’s jurisconsults like Reza Nassri, whose suggestion was quoted by the state-run daily Donya-e Eghtesad on November 25, are forming an internal valid board with the same function as soon as possible.

Iranian People’s Resistance Changed the Appeasement Policy

Soon after the new US government started its obligations in January 2021, hand in hand with the European governments they decided to start a new round of negotiations with the Iranian regime regarding its ambitious nuclear case.

The appeasement policy continued despite all the regime’s sabotages and perfidies in the nuclear agreement, famously known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

In recent months, a new round of nationwide protests was inflamed by the death of Mahsa Amini, a young woman who was killed after being arrested by the regime’s so-called ‘morality’ police for not complying with the regime’s fabricated compulsory hijab and dress codes.

Most politicians, especially those who wrote and advertised in favor of the regime, thought that, like in the past, the regime would be able to suppress the protests, if not immediately but in a short time frame. However, despite all the ups and downs and the regime’s tricks, conspiracies, repression, and killings, the people were able to withstand them. In that sense, what we are now witnessing are not scattered protests but a new revolution.

To have a better understanding of the result of the people’s resistance, we should refer to two historical events that have recently taken place that are depicting the results of resistance.

In February 2022, Russia attacked the territory of Ukraine. In the beginning, despite the apparent condemnations, many Western politicians thought that this occupation could be somehow ignored in the framework of global divisions between the powers.

For this reason, the US government offered help to the President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelensky, and his family to leave the country and take refuge in another country. Zelensky, who was not willing to give up, rejected this offer and asked the World powers to, instead of suggesting he and his country surrender, give them weapons so that they could confront the occupiers.

This stance of the Ukraine president raised global support and the entire country decided to support him in his fight. From this point, the situation changed in favor of the people of Ukraine. Now after 8 months, Russia is being pushed further back and has been left globally isolated, while Ukraine is moving toward victory.

Another example is the situation of the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) after the occupation of Iraq by the US army in 2003. The MEK, which was present on the frontier of Iran and Iraq for years, witnessed a very complicated military and political situation.

From one side they were bombarded and disarmed by the coalition forces, which implemented a soft dismantlement policy, and from the other side, they got involved with an Iraqi government that was an accomplice of the Iranian regime.

In the meantime, the MEK had only a few solutions, either surrender, contemplate dissolution, or show resistance at any cost. They made their choice and paid a heavy price of about 15 years of resistance, especially when the US government decided to transfer their protection to the Iraqi government. although the US government had promised to protect them until a final solution could be reached.

At present, the Iranian people, with more than 60 days of resistance against the tyrannical regime. have chosen the same path. The path of resistance at any price. They have surprised and raised the admiration of everyone around the world.

The world powers, who were not ready to leave the negotiation table and abandon concessions to the regime, have been forced to reconsider their past because of the pressure of public opinion and the people’s ongoing resistance.

Currently, the situation in Iran has reached a threshold where Europe and other partners are saying that the JCPOA and negotiations with the regime are no longer its priority. Adding to that, every day that passes, the world powers are imposing more sanctions on the mullahs’ regime.

All these outcomes are purely the product of the resistance of the Iranian people and their organized resistance (PMOI/MEK) throughout more than four decades which is now crystallized in the protests and uprisings all over Iran; with more than 500 martyrs, 30 thousand arrests, and thousands of injured civilians. Despite all the calamities, the brave men, women, and youths of Iran are passing the second month of their uprising toward a democratic republic.

Khamenei’s Disgraceful Campaign Against Piranshahr and Javanrud, Who Will Be the Loser?

On the 67th day of Iran’s revolution, the Iranian regime attempted to put a halt to the protests in the country by using massive force against two popular centers for the protests, the cities of Piranshahr and Javanrud.

This pitiful battle against the people happened after the nationwide call for the commemoration of the protests that took place in November 2019. The uprising shook the ground beneath the feet of the mullahs’ regime, and they were unable to cope with the force of the people.

The day before, the regime’s supreme leader Ali Khamenei said in his speech that they have decided to put an end to the protests. The regime dispatched fully armed Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) forces from its Hamzeh base, who were then ordered to use live ammunition and suppress the protests at any cost.

This bold reaction has shown that the regime is stuck in a deadly impasse. Regardless of whether protests are allowed to go on or whether they are crushed by security forces, the protests will only get bigger and more powerful.

The Friday prayer leader of Tehran, Ahmad Khatami showed the regime’s critical situation in a panicked speech. Any wrong decision made will have unexpected and dangerous consequences for the regime, which is already happening slowly. Many of the regime’s media outlets are currently writing about the arming of the people.

Khatami said, “Some are suggesting that we should not speak about the rioters to prevent any provocation which will make them more aggressive.”

He used the term ‘powerless government’ in his speech, which is noteworthy. “A powerless government cannot establish security. The rioters have targeted the authority of this system. The police force, Basij, Revolutionary Guards, and Army are signs of authority, but they kill these beloved ones with complete insolence.”

Khamenei’s armed raid against Piranshahr and Javanrud should be considered one of the regime’s last bullets against the protesting people. It should be deemed that any armored vehicle and chopper will be an easy target for the people to attack in response to the repressive measures.

In an ironic manner, the regime has tried to portray its weakness as ‘appeasement with the rioters’. Ali Favadi, the deputy commander of the IRGC said, “They have been bringing their followers to the fields for more than 60 days. Domestic, we are facing deceived people, so we appeased.”

Mohammad Ali Jafari, the former head of the IRGC, said, “Recent events are very sad. A new field has been provided for the martyrdom of lovers of sacrifice and martyrdom. The government should not treat these people with appeasement anymore.”

He went on to reveal the wide desperation among the regime’s forces, adding, “Creating doubt, uncertainty, planting seeds of despair, bipolarization, creating fear and the feeling of loneliness among the forces of the Revolutionary Front, etc., are the techniques of the enemy.”

While the regime is counting its last breaths, Khamenei currently has no other solution than to choose the same wrong path as the Shah did, before being forced to leave the country.

These indiscretions will further expose the repressive forces, especially the Revolutionary Guards, to the stormy anger of the people, which will further deepen and expand the democratic revolution of the Iranian people. Time is against the regime and the people have promised that ‘fire will be reciprocated with fire’.

Videos circulating on social media show that the Iranian people are increasing their attacks on the regime’s symbols, as well as their repressive and propaganda bases. The regime is watching almost helplessly as its reign is being destroyed at the hands of a furious society.

Iran: Expensive Medicine, Cheap Human Life

A look at the equipment and weapons that the Iranian regime has been using against its people to suppress their protests is revealing the immense expense needed to ensure the stability of its reign.

With the regime’s security forces often using pepper spray against protesters, many people who suffer from Asthma and other respiratory problems are struggling with the lack of proper medicine to help them recover from these attacks. Recently the regime’s media reported that the steroid Fluticasone, used to treat those with Asthma and COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease), has become rare and when it is available it comes at extremely high prices.

Earlier this year, medicine across Iran became scarce and treatment costs skyrocketed, leaving thousands of people on the brink of bankruptcy for treatment costs.

In May, insulin was in scarce supply putting the lives of diabetics across the country in severe danger. Misleadingly, the Vice President of Food and Drugs of Isfahan University of Medical Sciences promised that he would solve that problem. In a report on May 7, published by the state-run news agency ISNA, he said, “We don’t say that we don’t have any problems or drug shortages, but the situation is improving. People were looking for insulin. There are still items that are not available in sufficient quantities.”

The problem was not only the high cost and scarcity of drugs. The regime’s inhuman policy to cancel the 42,000 rials preferred currency exchange rate increased drug prices. Almost all of the people who are now living in poverty are no longer able to settle their needs.

While quoting the regime’s head of food and drug organization Bahram Darai, on March 21, the state-run news agency ILNA wrote, “Imported drugs, up to 6 times, and domestically produced drugs increased in price by 30 to 100 percent, depending on the amount of raw material supply currency.”

While the situation was unbearable enough for many sick people, news of the export of medicine to Russia was published by the regime’s state media.

On October 16, the state-run website affiliated with the regime’s Trade Promotion Organization wrote, “The head of the trade development organization announced that Iranian medicines were being exported to Russia. The withdrawal of Western companies from Russia due to the sanctions has opened a suitable market for Iranian companies that can be exploited. Now good agreements have been made regarding the export of anti-cancer drugs.”

The regime is hurting the people in any way it can to ensure they stay put. Just last year, the regime’s behavior in preventing the import of COVID-19 vaccines led to the loss of the lives of more than 500,000 people, and today Iran is still one of the few countries around the world that are still struggling with this virus.

The regime’s officials tried to deny this latest news, fearing the people’s reaction in a situation where the country is witnessing daily protests. On November 9, the state-run daily Tejarat news wrote, “Recently, Sajjad Esmaili, the consultant of the Food and Drug Organization, said he will not give export licenses to any company to export Iranian drugs until the domestic needs are met. Meanwhile, on October 16, while the lack of medicine was mentioned many times by the media, the Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Industry, Mine and Trade spoke about planning to export medicine to Russia.”

They added, “With all this, the question is whether exporting to Russia is justified when the country is facing a shortage of medicines.”

According to the Transparency and Justice Watch Organization report, more than 200 pharmaceutical items in Iran are in short supply, of which 80 are in a very high-risk stage. At the same time, one of the regime’s MPs has announced a 700 percent increase in drug prices.

On November 12, the state-run daily Aftab wrote, “The price of medicine is increasing by 700 percent, the situation of people’s access to medicine is disastrous. People who have created this situation are looking for big profits.”

Who Is Abolqasem Salavati Iran Regime’s Killer Judge?

Last week, it was announced that the case of several people who were arrested during the Iranian People’s uprising has been referred to Judge Salvati, known as the Judge of Death. Subsequently, it was announced that he trialed some of these detainees on the charge of ‘moharebeh’ (waging war against God), which may lead to the issuance of a death sentence for them.

Like the regime’s current president Ebrahim Raisi, infamous for his judgments as a prosecutor in the 1988 massacre in which the regime killed more than 30,000 political prisoners, Salavati is one of the regime’s main figures who regularly issue death sentences and, like all the regime’s officials, this man is living a dismal life, full of crime and killings.

There is little to no information about his past other than that he is known as Abolqasem Salavati. Salvati has two children, a daughter, and a son. His daughter lives outside of Iran, and for this reason, he has taken many trips abroad to England and France. Currently, he lives in Tehran on Shariati Street.

He is always accompanied by seven bodyguards and is known to carry two guns himself. Salavati owns several plots of land in Kermanshah and 2 houses for his children in this city.

From what is known about Salavati, he served in the Basij between 1980 and 1988 during the Iran-Iraq war where he was injured. In 1986, he joined the judicial police of Kurdistan province before becoming a prosecutor and judge in the city of Sanandaj in 1991, even though there is no proof of his education, let alone evidence of a law degree.

Salavati first served as a judge in Islamabad West. He then went to Kermanshah and lived for a while in the confiscated house of general Hossein Hamedanian, before being transferred to Hamedan after a promotion for his blatant executions in West Islamabad.

His wife is Parvin Shiri from Kermanshah who has been a patient in a mental hospital for the past 9 years. At the age of 40, she retired from the university she worked at due to mental illness. The cause of Parvin Shiri’s illness has been attributed to the psychological stress of the announcement of the executions by her husband.

Part of the verdicts issued by Salavati:

  • Ruhollah Zam was sentenced to death with 17 charges.
  • In the case of Environmental Activists, the defendants were not allowed to appoint a lawyer.
  • Narges Mohammadi was sentenced to ten years in prison in 2014. She was released after about eight years.
  • Mohsen Amir Aslani was sentenced by Salavati and executed on 24 September 2014 in the Rajaei Shahr prison of Karaj on the charge of different interpretations of the Quran.
  • Zahra Bahrami, an Iranian-Dutch citizen who was arrested in the Ashura protests of 2008, was a citizen of the Netherlands so the death sentence for the crime of participating in demonstrations would have had political consequences, so Salavati accused her of drug trafficking and sentenced her to be executed on 22 January 2011.
  • Salavati judged and issued a ten-year prison sentence for Omid Kokabi in May 2013 on the charge of cooperating with a hostile country. Kokabi was an elite student of atomic physics in America and ranked 29th in Iran’s national entrance exam. However, it was reported that the main reason for his verdict was that Kokabi had not agreed to cooperate with the regime’s military universities.

The death sentences and imprisonments issued by Salavati in 2008 are as follows:

  • Mohammadreza Alizamani (execution)
  • Arash Rahmanipour (execution)
  • Abdol Reza Ghanbari (execution)
  • Amirreza Arefi, Majid Tavakoli (8 and a half years imprisonment)
  • Rasool Badaghi (6 years imprisonment),
  • Qasim Sholeh Saadi (3 years imprisonment)

Iran Revolution Characteristics

More than two months have passed since the start of the latest round of protests in Iran against the tyrannical Iranian regime. At this point, with the frequency and intensity of the demonstrations, it seems that a revolution is in full swing. The country is witnessing many political and social changes followed by new characteristics that are weakening the regime’s rule.

These new characteristics depict a new Iran which will positively impact the country’s future. On this note, we will have a look at these features.

  1. Protests have become socialized and a daily habit. The waves of enthusiasm against the regime are advancing and the shore of indifference is constantly receding.
  2. Society is drawing lines with any type of dictatorship. The slogans being chanted and portrayed at the rallies are reflecting the people’s willingness for a revolution. The people have found their path in society and ousted the regime’s led slogans and turned to “Death to the oppressor, either the Shah or the Supreme leader”.
  3. The regime’s Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) has lost its self-proclaimed solemnity. The needle of fear has changed its direction to the regime and its forces, who are desperately concerned about the people’s continuing rebellion. They have lost their equilibrium and stability and are witnessing structural and political gaps. The regime’s officials are currently floundering as they are unsure of which tactic to adopt to gain the regime’s lost stability.
  4. The tremendous power of Iran’s women and their will to break the inherent misogyny of the Velayat al-Faqih system has entered the field of leadership. With their sacrifice, women are decisively defying the regime’s mandatory hijab by leading the protests for a regime change.
  5. The regime has been forced to confess what they have done to the people: their violence, inhumanity, and discrimination. They have been forced to speak and write about the people’s demands and rights, which has created a crisis within the regime’s political body.
  6. In a solstitial procedure from the protests in 2009 to the present, the people have realized that there is no other solution other than a revolution to get their points across.
  7. Every memorial of citizens that have been killed by the regime has become a scene of new protests and a nightmare for the mullahs to combat. As a result, the regime has been forced to think twice before opening fire on the people and using illimitable violence.
  8. The incomparable presence of freedom-loving Iranians across the world supporting the people’s revolution has had its influence on the decisions of politicians worldwide.
  9. The expansion of the protests and the legitimacy of the revolution have forced the country’s celebrities to choose a side: the people, or their relationship with the regime’s political body. Celebrities have usually been a bridge between the regime and the people. In the last three decades, celebrities have collected part of the power of the society around them and subsequently wasted that energy in deviant directions.

The reason is clear; When free political activity is not possible in a non-democratic and dictatorial society, celebrities play the role of draining social energies. The revolution has forced them to publicly state where their loyalties lie.

  1. The regime’s think tanks, along with the Supreme leader Ali Khamenei, are desperate on discovering how to analyze the new situation. In their desperation, their only solution has been to constantly shift the blame onto others, making foreign powers responsible for the situation.
  2. Thousands of political prisoners, across all generations, who have sacrificed their lives for freedom and to protect their families have become a popular army confronting the regime. They have helped to destabilize the regime, leaving the only remaining solution for them to be overthrown.
  3. The organized movement has been the backbone of the continuation of the protests, the defiant youth’s cells, and the resistance units of the MEK, in the past five years, have been the symbol of resistance against the regime’s repression apparatus. The regime’s high officials and the IRGC commanders in the past two months have made it clear several times that the main enemy of the regime is the MEK and the Iranian youths have been influenced by them to bring the regime to its end.

Iran’s Regime Is Unable To Eradicate Protests

Totalitarian governments, whether be it a monarchy or a clerical regime, and their international supporters are pursuing the same goal, which is the elimination of the Iranian people’s values, national identity, independence, and culture. Of course, one with the excuse of creating a modern civilization and the other under the shade of religion.

By losing its credibility among the people after the 1953 coup d’état overthrowing the democratically elected Prime Minister Mohammad Mosaddegh, Pahlavi’s dynasty decided to implement a few worthless reforms which he called the “White Revolution.” This was followed by the slogan “Great Civilization,” and the maltreating of Cyrus’ ‘charter of human rights’ to establish its so-called “Island of Stability” with the brutal presence of a police intelligence apparatus.

After the fall of the Pahlavi dynasty, the remaining officials cited and tried to justify that the reason for the failure of Pahlavi was not its incompetence, human rights violations, and lack of freedom, but the people’s unreadiness and incomprehensibility to accept the modern world which was represented by Shah.

However, the people understood that what the Shah did was auction the country’s independence to a few small and big companies, especially in the oil and gas industry. The dynasty relied on Cyrus to hide its thefts, corruption, widespread poverty, national industry destruction, and opponents’ imprisonment and execution, and this was nothing more than a political ploy.

For this reason, independence and freedom were the main slogans of the nationwide uprising against the Shah. Observers and Western public opinion have also assessed the fall of the Shah as the result of dictatorship and governmental corruption.

National identity in its modern sense is precisely derived from the liberation struggles of the people in a specific geographical area, with the aim of participating in political power and eliminating the power of dictators. This process started with constitutionalism in Iran to get rid of British colonialism and royal tyranny.

This unfortunate fate should have not ended for Iran’s people after the demise of the Shah. Following the fall of the dynasty, it was Khomeini’s and his successor’s turn to grab the people’s revolution and continue the Shah’s dark era, which has turned out to be much more destructive. This happened thanks to Shah’s decision to wipe out all the country’s intellectuals and true democratic and freedom-loving people.

Khomeini supported every step of the Shah’s tyranny; because of that, he and other medieval clerics benefited from the extensive financial support of the Shah. From the monthly provisions to the exemption of Qom seminary students from military service.

All the hidden and visible hands came together to force Iran’s people to accept that they should not dream of another revolution. Billions of dollars have been spent to make the Iranian people believe that ‘the era of revolutions is over’, and ‘Iranians, as civilized people, do not resort to violence against violence’.

Is this really the whole truth? Are the Iranian people doomed to accept such a fate? Is the fate of Iran people supposed to be closed in the tyranny of the Shah and the mullahs circle? Never.

Iran’s present history is embellished with four decades of resistance, battles, and epics to keep the flames of freedom flourishing. Internationally disclosing the regime’s crimes and the introduction of a political alternative are complementary to the battle and the ongoing resistance inside Iran.

With the efficient hits of the resistance, the mullahs’ regime lost all its unjustified social, political, and religious legitimacy, which it had acquired before seizing the anti-royalty revolution.

To get out of this crisis, the mullahs, like the Shah, turned to fake reformism and fraudulent maneuvers such as ‘religious democracy’, ‘dialogue among civilizations’, and ‘resistance front’. At the same time, they have spent a huge amount of money to demonize their main opposition group, the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK), by spreading lies.

Thankfully, none of this has worked and over the past few years, the world has witnessed the courage of the people and the MEK’s Resistance Units in their fight against the regime. We are now witnessing the outcome of this resistance with much sacrifice.

Regime elements, like MP Jafar Ghaderi, have been forced to confess that, “there is no doubt that we cannot eradicate the current protests.”

Yes, this time is different, and the people of Iran and all supporters of a democratic republic will be the winner without any doubt, and that is why people in their ongoing revolution and protests all over Iran are chanting, “Death to the oppressor, be it the Shah or the Leader (Khamenei).”

Ten Percent of Iran’s Nation Is Ready To Sacrifice Itself for Freedom

According to estimates by the Iranian regime’s main opposition group, the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK), more than 550 people have been killed in the nationwide protests, 47 of whom were minors. The names of 492 of the victims have been published by the MEK.

In addition, more than 25,000 people have been arrested by the regime’s security forces. The ongoing protests have been taking place in more than 220 cities across the country since mid-September.

The trigger for the mass protests was the death of a young Iranian woman named Mahsa Amini. The 22-year-old died in Tehran in mid-September after being arrested by the so-called ‘morality police’ for allegedly wearing a headscarf improperly. Since her death, thousands of Iranians have been demonstrating against the government’s repressive course across the country for a Free Iran.

Despite the massive violence with which the regime’s security forces proceed, people are continuing to take to the streets. Even with threats of imprisonment or death, these brave citizens cannot, and will not, be moved or forced to back down.

The Javan newspaper, which is published by the Revolutionary Guards (IRGC), wrote on Thursday that the young demonstrators were going against the norms of the Islamic Republic. They wrote, “They are neither religious nor satisfied with their situation. They don’t believe in the past and that’s why they’re on the streets.”

The Revolutionary Guard commander Hossein Salami threatened revenge on “enemies who interfere,” he stated on Friday, “But we cannot say how and where we will take revenge.”

His remarks show the regime’s desperate situation, in which they do not know how to deal with the angry people, so instead, they decide to make foreign enemies responsible for the ongoing protests.

For the first time, figures have been published on how the leadership of the regime is assessing the wave of protests. While the regime never delivers accurate statistics, publishing figures about society’s situation reveals the regime’s critical situation and the expansion of the protests, as well as the people’s dissatisfaction.

55 percent of the population is said to be in support of the protests, and as many as 83 percent had sympathy for them in principle, without having taken part in them.

More importantly, 10 percent of people are supporting the riots, which the regime is referring to as ‘the people’s rebellion’. This shows that around 8 million people of Iran’s population are ready to sacrifice themselves for freedom. This is a huge number of people who are seeking fundamental changes, while according to scientific estimates only 3.5 percent is needed for the victory of a revolution.

According to media reports, Mostafa Rostami, the representative of the regime’s supreme leader Ali Khamenei at the country’s universities, gave these figures at a meeting with student associations at the university in the western Iranian city of Ilam.

The regime’s survey showed that 60 percent of Iranians who express sympathy say the poor economic living conditions are the main reason for the protests. More than 20 percent have identified administrative corruption and structural reform as the reason for these protests.

The 10 percent of rebellious people show that the country is on the path of a revolution, and their main demands are not simply administrative, structural, and economic reforms as the regime’s survey claims.

Rostami did not specify who conducted the survey. It is known that the regime’s intelligence service regularly conducts surveys without publishing the results. Rostami belongs to the inner circle of Ali Khamenei’s confidants.

For the first time, Khamenei did not describe the protests as ‘unrest’ but as a ‘hybrid war’ against Iran. Meanwhile, attacks on the regime’s clerics, its bases, repressive forces, and symbols are increasing. Alireza Arafi, head of the theological centers in the pilgrimage site of Qom, said many regime officials no longer dare to leave their homes.

They have shaved their beards and refrained from wearing their robes in public. Numerous recordings are circulating on the Internet of mullahs being harassed and insulted by the angry people who are fed up with these representatives of the regime.

Almost every night, rebellious youths are attacking the regime’s bases, torching and destroying its symbols. Their main target has become the supreme leader. Months before the current unrest, in previous protests, people addressed the regime’s president Ebrahim Raisi, but since the start of these protests, the main target of the people is Khamenei.

In a tweet, Rahmatollah Bigdelli, a regime cleric from the so-called ‘reformist’ party, reflected the people’s fury against the regime’s foundation while asking:

“What is the position of Ebrahim Raisi and Mohammad Baqer Qalibaf in the equation of the country?
In a republic, the government and parliament are the manifestations of the national will, and the head of the government is the president, and the parliament is the house of the nation, and its president is considered the head of the nation!
So why is the nation ignoring them? Why are they not the audience of the nation?!”

Some comments gave him the right response:

One user stated, “The problem of the nation with this system is bigger than the exclusion or criticism of these insignificant elements. The top of the pyramid is the cause of all the troubles of the nation and the country.”

Another person explained, “Because the rioters (which you wrongly call the nation) are not protesting, but demand overthrow. That is why their slogans are against the principle of the system and not the parts of the system.”

This simple conversion shows the “10 percent” which have rebelled against the regime to overthrow it, and this is the main difference from past protests.

Khamenei Deceitfully Compares Coup 1953 With Revolution 2022

On November 2, the Iranian regime’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei once again attributed the ongoing revolution to foreign foes. This speech was Khamenei’s fifth public appearance since the anti-regime demonstrations resumed on September 16.

He claimed, “The U.S. and its allies are planning to overthrow the regime! The people of Iran slammed them and will do so from now on.”

As is the case with many dictators before him, Khamenei has deliberately ignored his regime’s 43 years of heinous crimes, systematic corruption, and merciless suppression and misogyny. Canadian historian, Gwynne Dyer explained, “When dictators who deem themselves infallible make mistakes, there’s a steep cost for all.”

Khamenei laid the blame on the U.S. and its ‘allies’, even though the current U.S. administration has significantly appeased the regime. The U.S. has done whatever it took, such as offering political and financial concessions, in a bid to resume nuclear negotiations. However, the mullahs have stressed their maximalist demands, failing many of the talks in Vienna, Muscat, etc.

Khamenei futilely tries to portray his regime as a national government, comparing it with the Mosaddeq government, but the Islamic Republic regime has done nothing but auctioned national resources to ensure its sovereignty.

What Mosaddeq Did for Iran; What Mullahs Do Against Iran?

Dr. Mosaddeq was the leader of Iran’s oil nationalization movement, which inspired several countries, including Egypt, to struggle for independence. In comparison, Khamenei’s ‘Look at the East’ theory diminished Iran’s resources and contributed the lion’s share of the Caspian Sea to Russians, the Chabahar Port to Indians, and significant parts of Iran’s fishing right in the Persian Gulf to the Chinese.

His theory severely destroyed the country’s industry and agro-industrial fields, leaving thousands of farmers, fishermen, and employees unemployed. It also resulted in unaffordable damages to the country’s nature.

In November 2019, Khamenei ordered the Revolutionary Guards and State Security Forces to quell gas protests at all costs. The regime’s atrocities led to more than 1,500 victims, with many more citizens being disappeared or jailed. A few months later, his regime sent several flotillas of oil cargo to Venezuela and Syria for free.

During the recent street protests, demonstrators posted footage of security forces’ bullets that the regime had acquired from the U.S. and UK in 2020, around the same time that Khamenei banned imported Covid-19 vaccines from those same countries, driving thousands of citizens to their deaths.

Khamenei deliberately ignores the role of mullah Abulqassem Kashani, the political-ideological mentor of the regime’s founder Ruhollah Khomeini. There is footage showing Kashani hosting Khomeini at a lunch party. Another video shows the toppled Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi kissing Kashani’s cheek after the coup.

Remarkably, the regime avoided naming a street ‘Mosaddeq’ for decades while the mullahs named highways “Kashani,” “Sheikh Fazlollah Nouri,” etc., people who resisted the people’s will for freedom and independence in favor of foreign powers.

On March 13, 2018, Mojtaba Shakeri, the Tehran City Council’s Naming Committee chair, said, “The Islamic Republic founder’s remarks were the main reason for not naming a street ‘Mosaddeq’.”

In his well-known sermon, Khomeini thanked God for “slapping Mosaddeq” during the 1953 coup. He also described the massive commemorating rally for Mosaddeq on March 5, 1979, as a “holding meeting for a bunch of bones.”

Meanwhile, Khomeini’s hostage-taking of U.S. personnel aimed to purge the theocracy’s dissidents, paving the path for mullahs’ monopolizing all means of power. As he immediately released all American hostages following then-U.S. President Ronald Reagan’s sensible warnings, showing his “enemy is not in the U.S.,” Jerusalem, or Iraq, but “the enemy is in Tehran.”

Khamenei’s Comparison Fails, Revolution Continues

Despite Khamenei’s rhetoric and devious comparison, large crowds of citizens took to the streets on November 4, paying homage to the revolution’s slain protesters. The late Hadis Najafi’s commemoration ceremony became a significant revolutionary momentum in Karaj, Alborz province.

Footage from Karaj shows defiant citizens confronting the security forces’ attacks and shootings. Responding to the regime’s atrocities, outraged protesters severely beat members of the IRGC forces and pro-regime mullahs, overthrew and torched security forces’ vehicles, and destroyed and set an oppressive forces’ kiosk ablaze.

In Bandar Anzali, Gilan province; Amol, Mazandaran province; Qasr-e Shirin, Kermanshah province; Isfahan and Qazvin provinces, citizens bade farewell to their loved ones with chants of “Death to Khamenei,” “This is the year [Khamenei] is to overthrow,” and “Death to [Khamenei] for all these years of crime.”

The regime’s supreme leader has tried his chance to mob his disparate forces, intimidate protesters, and saber-rattle against the international community. In response, defiant protesters purely stated that the “Mullahs must get lost!” and “We will not go back home until the revolution concludes!”

Today, Khamenei is reaping what he, his predecessor, and their entire rule of crime and corruption have sewn in the past 43 years. As the citizens say, addressing the dictator, demonstrating their will to overthrow the entire regime, “You cannot whitewash crimes with color.”

The Iranian Regime Is Sitting on the Top of an Erupting Volcano

The ongoing protests in Iran are the volcano that the Iranian Resistance has spoken about for many years. They have often warned that the Iranian regime will face more severe protests, with greater participation from Iran’s women and a starving nation.

The Iranian people are fighting for a different life and values while pursuing different goals than those introduced by the regime over the past four decades.

This regime is a group of medieval thugs who think they can run the country based on fabricated rules from a thousand years ago.

The truth is that Iranian society is a modern society, women want equality, and they are tired of gender apartheid. This is not a new ideology, they were sick and tired two years ago, ten years ago, and better said from the beginning of the reign of this regime.

It doesn’t take effort to see that this is a volcano. The country has witnessed eruptions before, and this time we are witnessing the most serious eruption of them all.

In the 2009 and 2019 uprisings, the regime was able to extinguish the fire of the protests. Today, despite all the regime’s efforts and even the fast trial of the thousands of arrested people and the killing of more than 450 protesters, the people are not stepping back and do not tolerate the violence that has been unleashed on them. As a result, the regime is no longer able to push back the people off the streets.

This is happening across the country, in over 218 cities. All the efforts of the people have been responded with violence, not only in the past few years but, most importantly, at the beginning of the reign of this regime, when it first massacred the people’s protests on 20 June 1981.

The regime has made it perfectly clear that it does not tolerate any objecting voice, despite the people sending any possible message they can.

From the outset, the regime had made its decision to rule the country with an iron fist, and like any other dictatorship, they did not understand the reality and have become increasingly deluded in their own image.

An image that is the interpretation of medieval Islam, which they thought would be winning not only in Iran but internationally, and they believed that they could simply rule by divine fear.

The people’s demand in the ongoing protests is not asking for simple and primitive demands; they seek a true democracy. Society is different, and the political landscape has changed. Fear has vanished, which is detrimental to the mullahs’ regime considering that is what their rule is based on.

The moment this fear dissipated; the dictatorship was forced to search for the next room to hide in. The people have nothing more to lose and they have no fear anymore.

While the regime has done everything in its power to crush the uprising, it has failed to achieve its objectives. There are several reasons for this. First, the protesters have gained a great deal of experience from previous uprisings, especially the one in November.

There is a high degree of organization and coordination among them. Second, the fear factor seemed to have been greatly diminished.

The protesters are only challenging the security forces, knowing full well that it will entail the risk of being arrested or killed.

Third, the staying power, expansion, diversification, and casualties suffered by the security forces have greatly demoralized their ranks.

The many directives issued by the IRGC commander-in-chief Maj. Gen. Hossein Salami and his lieutenants to offer guidance on how to deal with the uprising have proven ineffective. Indeed, Salami has directed his subordinates not to deploy “demoralized, disaffected, and disgruntled personnel.”

Interestingly, a telegram post by a member of the IRGC’s paramilitary Basij commander complained that only half of the Bassij members called to action had shown up on duty, meaning that they are fearful of being targeted by an increasingly defiant and radical crowd, especially the youths, and, at the same time, are concerned about the prospects of the regime’s overthrow which is drawing closer by the day.