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  • Iran uprising - is the end in sight for the Islamic regime?
     Reply #240 - November 20, 2019, 04:47 PM

    Democracy Now video: https://www.democracynow.org/2019/11/20/iran_fuel_price_protests_internet_shutdown
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    In Iran, Amnesty International reports over 100 protesters have been killed in 21 cities by security forces during ongoing nationwide demonstrations sparked by a sudden hike in fuel prices last week. The death count may be much higher, the report warns, with some suggesting as many as 200 have been killed. According to Iranian state media, over 1,000 people have been arrested. On Thursday, Iran announced a rise in the cost of gas ranging from 50% to 300%. Soon after protests broke out on Sunday, Iran imposed an almost complete internet blackout, making it nearly impossible for protesters use social media to share images or information. From Washington, D.C., we speak with Negar Mortazavi, an Iranian-American journalist and the diplomatic correspondent for The Independent (U.K.).

  • Iran uprising - is the end in sight for the Islamic regime?
     Reply #241 - November 20, 2019, 05:30 PM

    CBC podcast: https://www.cbc.ca/listen/live-radio/1-63-the-current/clip/15747436-iran-protests

    Includes interview with https://mobile.twitter.com/kshahrooz
  • Iran uprising - is the end in sight for the Islamic regime?
     Reply #242 - November 20, 2019, 05:47 PM

    https://iranwire.com/en/features/6456
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    The Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) fear riots across Iran as much it does a US military attack, two individuals with close links to IRGC operations told IranWire earlier this year.

    In exclusive interviews, two members of the paramilitary Basij group, which is part of and under the control of the IRGC, told IranWire that they had received additional urban warfare training over the last several days. The Basij members, who asked to remain anonymous and refrained from saying which cities they were based in, are from two different provinces of Iran, one from the south and the other from the north.

    In late 2017 and early 2018, demonstrations broke out in both of the Basij members’ provinces, and across dozens of cities across the country. “Since those demonstrations, we’ve had regular training on how to confront rioters in our city and the adjacent areas,” the Basiji from southern Iran said. “But in the last few days, we have had regular training and have been asked to be ready to confront riots.” The Basij member said that, as far as he knew, all other Basij bases across Iran have also been put on alert to suppress any demonstrations in case of a military attack. “The training includes watching videos of different demonstrations from last year and learning how to prevent demonstrations by rounding up the leaders of before they start,” he said. “One of our main jobs is to infiltrate Telegram channels of different groups in the area and monitor different Instagram accounts to find out which people are the most active people and what they are discussing.”

    One of the Basijis said they agreed to talk to IranWire because they did not want to take part in violence against his own people, and said that he joined the Basij only because he had some problems in the past that could only be solved by joining the Basij, without explaining further.

    The Organization for the Mobilization of the Oppressed, or the Basij, was founded after the Iranian revolution with the remit of providing military training to all citizens of Iran. No official records of how many of Iran’s 80 million citizens are actually members of the Basij, but one Basij commander claimed that the organization had more than 25 million registered members. And in order to join various institutions in Iran, it is obligatory for people to be a member of the Basij. Many people have joined the organization in order to keep their jobs or be able to continue to study.

    Nonetheless, a large number of Basij members have joined for ideological reasons and regard it as part of their duty to  serve Imam Mahdi, the 12th and hidden Imam or saint of Shias, and Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who is regarded in Shia Islam as the Imam Mahdi’s representative in his absence.

    The other Basij member IranWire spoke to, who hails from a northern province, has an even more interesting story. He was among those arrested and imprisoned for demonstrating in early 2018. He says he was kept in a small cell with dozens of prisoners and regularly beaten and tortured. He was sentenced to eight years in prison for “endangering the security of the nation” and “taking part in illegal gatherings.” The only way for him to be released on bail was to join the Basij and sign a letter that he would act as an informer for the group.

    He also says that many of his friends from his neighborhood are in the same situation. “We have to have religious and ideological classes twice a week and report on the events in the neighborhood,” he said. He added that he’s been given a job in the IRGC’s Poverty Alleviation unit, which works in poor neighborhoods across Iran and help residents with housing, medical needs and education. “This is the only job I can find because other jobs check my criminal background and because of my prison sentence.” He also said that he and his friends have been asked to report to the IRGC about the area on a daily basis, and have been threatened that if they do not cooperate they can be thrown back in jail, or worse. “The Basij commander told us that if the Americans attack and if we take part in any demonstrations, we will immediately be executed,” he said. “The Basij commander said, ‘in peace time we treat you as rioters and you are subjected to Islamic kindness, but in wartime, you’d be considered as a traitor and executed summarily.”

  • Iran uprising - is the end in sight for the Islamic regime?
     Reply #243 - November 20, 2019, 05:52 PM

    https://iranwire.com/en/features/6463
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    Twenty people were reported to have been killed and several injured when shots were fired from a helicopter outside a Friday imam’s residence in Sadra City, Shiraz province

    Unconfirmed local reports say on the evening of Sunday, November 17, shots were fired at protesters from a helicopter that had landed at the residence of Sadra City’s leader of Friday prayers to pick him up. Protesters had gathered outside the cleric’s residence and had been chanting slogans.

    Two brothers, Abdollah and Rasul Qavimi, from the village of Qalat near Shiraz, are believed to be among the dead. The brothers’ family had managed recover their bodies and had taken them to Qalat for burial.

    On Monday, November 18, before the funeral began, security forces stormed the village of Qalat, disrupted the funeral and confiscated the bodies of the brothers.

    Six others among the dead were reportedly members of the Qashqai Turkish minority. One of them was Majid Hashemi, but the names of the other five are still unknown.

    Eyewitnesses in the towns of Katsbass, Mianrud, and Kashan say there were heavy clashes between residents – including Qashqai Turks – and security forces. Reports indicated that clashes in Kashan had continued over two days. Roads leading into the town are reportedly blocked and streets there are barricaded.


  • Iran uprising - is the end in sight for the Islamic regime?
     Reply #244 - November 20, 2019, 06:01 PM

    https://mobile.twitter.com/KamranMatin/status/1197207583376977920
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    Like Assad regime #Iran's also suppressing protests in smaller cities with extreme brutality to pre-empt unrest in major cities but adding an ethnic dimension to this by concentrating its bloody crack-down in 'ethnic'/ethnicised  regions of #Kurdistan & #Khuzistan


    Thread: https://mobile.twitter.com/KamranMatin/status/1197087943325822983
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    #Trump's silence on unprecedented protests in Iran (so far 200+ protesters killed) belies pro-regime pundits & pseudo-intellectuals who shamelessly deride protests as part of a US-led regime-change project. #US has no interest in a democratic Iran.


    https://mobile.twitter.com/KamranMatin/status/1196746896930422784
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    Every day I tune in to @BBCr4today programme and #HongKongProtest is covered extensively, & correctly so. But there has been hardly any proper coverage of protests in #Iraq & now in #Iran where hundreds have been killed and thousands injured. Why?


    Video: https://mobile.twitter.com/KamranMatin/status/1196539115807875072
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    A short while ago I talked to 'The Day' programme of the Deutsche Welle @dwnews (also broadcast in #US by @PBS) on the ongoing widespread popular protests in #Iran & their bloody crack down by security forces of the Islamic Republic (#IRI)
    Part 1


    Video: https://mobile.twitter.com/KamranMatin/status/1196541274804948992
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    Part 2 of my interview with @dwnews / @PBS on Iran protests

  • Iran uprising - is the end in sight for the Islamic regime?
     Reply #245 - November 20, 2019, 06:38 PM

    Shutting down the internet to get away with murder
  • Iran uprising - is the end in sight for the Islamic regime?
     Reply #246 - November 20, 2019, 06:41 PM

    Global Voices - Iran protests: Flying bullets and internet shutdown
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    Iranians outside the country have been trying to raise awareness by organizing demonstrations, but putting pressure on Iran's government is difficult, as the country is under sanctions and already quite isolated.

    According to Azadeh Pourzand, human rights activist and director of Pourzand Foundation, Iran's government cares deeply about its international image.

    “There is certainly leverage left for the international community to put pressure on Iran in light of the recent unrest and the use of violence to crackdown on protesters,” Pourzand says. “If nothing else, beating and killing of protestors can become an inconvenient act for the Islamic Republic and cause for losing any remaining international legitimacy.”

    Pourzand believes, however, that the recent protests are not getting the attention they deserve. “This partially may have to do with political considerations of some newspapers and publications,” she says. “But, there is also one other factor to consider this time around: we see a global trend in terms of citizen discontent, uprisings and protests. For instance, right now Hong Kong’s protesters are on the news, but they have been on the street for long weeks and haven’t always made it to the headlines. So much happened in Chile recently and I am not sure if Iranians followed it as closely as they (we) expected the world to follow us.”

    This is the reason Pourzand believe the role of the Iranian diaspora is key. “Let’s put it this way,” she says. “If there is not enough international coverage, it is also partially our fault for not having enough resources to effectively communicate and advocate with international publications in a timely manner and in languages such as English, French, German, Arabic, Spanish, etc. Moreover, let’s not forget how difficult it is to get news from Iran and verify data. International newspapers need constant updates and eyewitnesses, of which we sadly do not have enough at our disposal. Still, Iranians are risking their lives to hold their government accountable. At the very least they deserve to be recognized and not abandoned.”

  • Iran uprising - is the end in sight for the Islamic regime?
     Reply #247 - November 20, 2019, 06:53 PM

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?pbjreload=10&v=eTj-Njh0Tlc
  • Iran uprising - is the end in sight for the Islamic regime?
     Reply #248 - November 20, 2019, 07:16 PM

    Thread: https://mobile.twitter.com/joeyayoub/status/1197170328633565185
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    Is there anything those of us in Lebanon can do to help protesters in Iran?

  • Iran uprising - is the end in sight for the Islamic regime?
     Reply #249 - November 20, 2019, 09:07 PM

    https://mobile.twitter.com/farnazfassihi/status/1197223251459657728
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    #IranProtests Day 6
    Well this is grim: Iran blood bank says supply at brink of crisis & nationwide shortage of blood due to high number of casualties, source Fars News

  • Iran uprising - is the end in sight for the Islamic regime?
     Reply #250 - November 21, 2019, 12:24 AM

    Thread: https://mobile.twitter.com/AmirToumaj/status/1197253871510458369
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    There's strong indications that these are the bloodiest protests in the Islamic Republic's history.

  • Iran uprising - is the end in sight for the Islamic regime?
     Reply #251 - November 21, 2019, 12:42 AM

    Armin Navabi
    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=g7qxe_lDwA0
  • Iran uprising - is the end in sight for the Islamic regime?
     Reply #252 - November 21, 2019, 01:29 PM

    Thread: https://mobile.twitter.com/sasanianshah/status/1197500012344881159
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    I dread to think of the news we will hear from Iran in the next few days now that the internet connection is being restored. The number of the dead, the videos, & eventually the government show-trials, long prison sentences for young activists, & executions.

    They have us fully in their grip. They prevent news from getting out, and then when it does, it is news of terrible repression to scare those of us outside from returning to Iran.

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    Why the regime is so strong? Seems Iranians don't like the priests. So, how can they rule the country? The army?

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    A combination: the parallel military force designed to repress, general world indifference to Iran (not a single news piece about #IranProtests in major news outlets in the last 5 days!), US sanctions making people weak, successful propaganda, & brute force.

  • Iran uprising - is the end in sight for the Islamic regime?
     Reply #253 - November 21, 2019, 01:33 PM

    https://mobile.twitter.com/sasanianshah/status/1197507888903798784
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    We on the outside have failed to create institutions & get our voices heard. As a friend was saying, the conversation is dominated by MEK, Shahholaahis, and IRI manufactured “opposition” clowns. The normal, educated, & logical voices are left out of any real conversation.

  • Iran uprising - is the end in sight for the Islamic regime?
     Reply #254 - November 21, 2019, 01:58 PM

    Thread on MEK: https://mobile.twitter.com/yashar/status/1197500844331143169
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    In case you run across this Twitter account and think this woman is offering anything of value...she’s not.

    She’s running a cult and has no business speaking on behalf of Iranians

  • Iran uprising - is the end in sight for the Islamic regime?
     Reply #255 - November 21, 2019, 08:51 PM

    https://mobile.twitter.com/farnazfassihi/status/1197612079236169729
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    #IranProtests Takeaway
    1. The uprising marked a turning point for both protestors & regime. Both demonstrated remarkable willingness to escalate violence. Protestors had no leadership or clear political grievance as in 2009. The entire system was the target. Riots & chaos.

    2. Regime demonstrated brazen willingness to crush & kill. Security forces opening fire at unarmed protestors in multiple cities. And total disregard of international backlash by shutting down the internet.

    3. As an Iran watcher this looks like the start of a new chapter. Iranians coming to terms with a new reality of oppression. Regime coming to terms with a tinderbox that can erupt again anytime.

    4.Regime can blame "foreign enemies" all it wants but even if foreign enemies could mobilize this level of popular unrest across Iran, the Islamic Republic is in deep trouble.

  • Iran uprising - is the end in sight for the Islamic regime?
     Reply #256 - November 22, 2019, 12:13 AM

    Thread: https://mobile.twitter.com/yashar/status/1197543674080571393
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    I received a message from a family member in Iran (via social media) about 10 minutes ago...but Iranians still need your help and your voice.

    We are resilient but we are also exhausted from decades (including during the Shah's reign) of tumult.

    Please don't forget about Iran

  • Iran uprising - is the end in sight for the Islamic regime?
     Reply #257 - November 22, 2019, 03:23 PM

    A leftist take on the protests.

    Rahman Bouzari - An Iranian crisis of representation
  • Iran uprising - is the end in sight for the Islamic regime?
     Reply #258 - November 22, 2019, 03:37 PM

    IranWire - Four days that shook Iran
  • Iran uprising - is the end in sight for the Islamic regime?
     Reply #259 - November 22, 2019, 03:47 PM

    https://mobile.twitter.com/BahmanKalbasi/status/1197858364526604288
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    We at #BBCPersian are obtaining more footage from #Iran every day. Watch this latest one. Feels like an artistic film. A slow moving camera of #IranProtests that captures a glimpse of the horror that went on in those 4-5 days.

  • Iran uprising - is the end in sight for the Islamic regime?
     Reply #260 - November 22, 2019, 05:58 PM

    https://iranwire.com/en/features/6480
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    Those responsible for attacking and murdering protesters in Iran will be held to account and face prosecution, an Iranian lawyer and arbitrator for an international court has promised.

    "The perpetrators of the shootings and killing of people, evidence of which has been published online in recent days, will face international arrest warrants if they enter European jurisdiction or any other country that abides by international criminal law,” says lawyer and judge Kaveh Moussavi. “I hereby assure the Iranian people that when we gather the necessary evidence against them, we will receive their international arrest warrant and we will, without a doubt, arrest them."

    Moussavi's remarks are significant in many ways. In recent years, those ordering and perpetrating the political repression in Iran have been convinced that they have performed their legal duties within the framework of Iranian law, have found themselves immune from any punishment and have also been rewarded in practice for their severity. But recently, for the first time in Iranian history, Kaveh Moussavi, who has a long record punishing perpetrators of crimes against humanity, filed a complaint in a Swedish court against Hamid Nouri, one of the men responsible for the 1988 executions at Gohardasht Prison.

    The immunity bubble has now burst, and those who are responsible for the violence in Iran over the last week will face justice, Moussavi says...

  • Iran uprising - is the end in sight for the Islamic regime?
     Reply #261 - November 22, 2019, 11:51 PM

    https://www.facebook.com/717984492/posts/10157727800279493?d=n&sfns=mo
    Quote from: Maryam Namazie
    Defend Protests in Iran, Iraq and Lebanon

    Nationwide protests in Iran against a 50% fuel price hike over the last few days has seen widespread suppression by the Islamic regime of Iran’s security forces leaving at least 200 dead, hundreds injured and over a thousand arrested. The use of overwhelming force by security forces has been coupled with an Internet black out to prevent news of the uprising and its suppression from reaching the outside world. The protestors are targeting Islamic rule and the clerical dictatorship, including by attacking religious institutions and seminaries, banks, police stations and representations of the clerical leadership.

    The protests in Iran follow mass and ongoing protests in Iraq and Lebanon over the past month. In Iraq, more than 300 people have been killed and at least 15,000 wounded. In Lebanon, the protesters have gained victories despite attempts to violent suppression, the last of which was cancelling the parliamentary session for the second time in a row, after protesters blocked all roads leading to parliament.

    In all three countries, protestors are demanding jobs, improved services, an end to corruption, sectarianism and the interventions of the Islamic regime of Iran in the region. In Iraq many shouted: “Neither Sunnism nor Shiaism, but Secularism”. In Iran, slogans included “We don’t want an Islamic regime” and in Lebanon, demonstrators demanded that those in power be deposed by saying "All of them means all of them, Nasrallah is one of them" referring to the Islamist leader. The protests are deeply secular, with young people and women taking the lead.

    We call on the public to show unequivocal support and solidarity with the protests and defend universal rights, freedoms and demands for secularism. We also call on the public to mobilise condemnation of government forces, including Islamic militia, that are suppressing popular and legitimate uprisings for a better tomorrow.


    Follow link for signatories.
  • Iran uprising - is the end in sight for the Islamic regime?
     Reply #262 - November 23, 2019, 12:11 PM

    Initial reports show thousands arrested in Iran’s crackdown on November protests
  • Iran uprising - is the end in sight for the Islamic regime?
     Reply #263 - November 23, 2019, 04:10 PM

    https://mobile.twitter.com/farnazfassihi/status/1198263266604138496
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    #IranProtests Day 9
    Players from Iran's Team Melli (national soccer team) issue a joint statement saying they stand with the people. "The dignified & oppressed people of Iran trusted you government officials. This is not how you answer the trust of Iranian people."

  • Iran uprising - is the end in sight for the Islamic regime?
     Reply #264 - November 23, 2019, 04:33 PM

    https://mobile.twitter.com/rabalia/status/1198245593346383874
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    Iranian journalist Mohammad Mosaed arrested for his activity on Twitter. I wonder where does @jack stand on that? The regime officials must not be allowed on Twitter. #TwitterBanKhamenei #TwitterBanAzariJahromi #TwitterBanZarif @Twitter @policy


    https://mobile.twitter.com/HadiNili/status/1198179581657845761
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    Iranian independent journalist Mohammad Mosaed is reportedly arrested in Tehran by Intelligence Ministry "for his tweets during the internet cutoff", his colleagues say.

    He's "one of those journos who couldn't be bought off," a friend/colleague of him told me.

  • Iran uprising - is the end in sight for the Islamic regime?
     Reply #265 - November 23, 2019, 04:39 PM

    https://mobile.twitter.com/shahinmilani81/status/1198246969656979457
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    We still don’t know how many people have been killed. Families of those killed are reported to be under pressure not to release the names of their loved ones. They have also reportedly been asked to post bonds to receive the remains of their loved ones for burial.

  • Iran uprising - is the end in sight for the Islamic regime?
     Reply #266 - November 23, 2019, 08:58 PM

    https://mobile.twitter.com/BahmanKalbasi/status/1198340085265162240
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    Damage control by #Iran Min. of TeleCommunication: “Sorry for problems that a week long internet cut off has caused people & businesses...was a decision by security apparatus.” Nothing on what was it that they were so afraid of. Images of killing civilians getting out?


    Edit: Who is responsible for the internet shutdown in Iran?
  • Iran uprising - is the end in sight for the Islamic regime?
     Reply #267 - November 23, 2019, 09:03 PM

    https://mobile.twitter.com/farnazfassihi/status/1198259109281312768
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    #IranProtests Day 9
    Iranians are slowly emerging online. Messages I'm seeing people say they feel shocked & hopeless.

  • Iran uprising - is the end in sight for the Islamic regime?
     Reply #268 - November 24, 2019, 04:58 PM

    https://mobile.twitter.com/fresh_sadegh/status/1198556080709734400
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    9 days after eruption of #Iranprotest I am back on Twitter. Internet services on mobile phones provided by Hamrah-Avval, Irancell etc. are still down. Decision to shut down internet taken by Interior Minister Rahmani-Fazli who serves as head of Security Council (Shak).

    Although #internet is returned on in most provinces, it is not back in several provinces including Alborz, Kermanshah, Khouzestan, Fars and Kurdistan; the scenes of the most violent clashes between protesters and security/police forces.

    Thread: https://mobile.twitter.com/fresh_sadegh/status/1198559330515275777
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    For now, we don’t know: Number of casualties (dead/injured), Number of arrests (It was 1,000+ on day 3 of protests) The cost of internet shutdown as well as damage on infrastructures nationwide. Media keep mum about reporting these figures.

    Thread: https://mobile.twitter.com/fresh_sadegh/status/1198571313243312129
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    On 3rd day of protests Fars news agency reported that protests held in 1080 towns, cities in over 100 regions and districts, they were bigger than 2018/19 Demos and the extent of violence was more serious than 2 years ago.

    Most violent protests were reported from western suburbs of Tehran (includ. Shahriar-Islamshahr, Share Quds), in Shiraz in Golestan and Sadra towns. Kurdistan, Kermanshah are less developed provinces and Khouzestan struggles with environmental problems.

    Thread: https://mobile.twitter.com/fresh_sadegh/status/1198588461923606528
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    Another major change in the pattern of 2019 protests was the city of #Isfahan. A very traditional, religious province which in 2008 overwhelmingly voted for Ahmadinejad. #Isfshsn also saw unprecedented violent protests.


    In that last thread there’s a claim about firefighters being injured and fire engines being torched which I wouldn’t take at face value without some evidence. For another example of claims now being made by the authorities: https://mobile.twitter.com/BahmanKalbasi/status/1198635739573104642
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    Top IRGC commander claims those killed in #IranProtests were shot from “within the protesters” meaning some third actor did it not Gov. snipers. Ample videos clearly showing anti riot police opening fire. Here is just one->

  • Iran uprising - is the end in sight for the Islamic regime?
     Reply #269 - November 24, 2019, 05:08 PM

    Video compilation from the protests: https://mobile.twitter.com/IASWIinfo/status/1198423563868483584
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