kaveh Taheri
Jan 27, 2018 · 3 min read

What Happened in Iran in the Past Month

IRANIANS cry out their basic rights through the peaceful anti-regime protests across the country.

Late December, Iranian citizens went out to gathered in anti-government rallies across the country whereupon at least 29 people were directly shot to death, dozens injured and at least 3,700 protesters were arrested since December 28, 2017. Reports indicate that at least three detainees were killed at the jails after being severely tortured.

Iran Intelligence Service arrested at least 90 students during the recent uprising, Iran MP Parvaneh Salahshoori said.

The demonstrations were started by crowds protesting across Iran, including in Mashhad, the second-most populous city. Protests spread to over 70 towns and cities, including Neyshabour, Kashan, Kerman, Kermanshah, Kashmar, Rasht, Esfahan, Arak, Bandar Abbas, Ardabil, Qazvin, Hamedan, Sari, Babol, Amol, Shahinshahr, Shahrekord, Shiraz, Khorramabad, Zanjan, Gorgan, Zahedan, Urmia, Dorud, Yazd and Shahroud.

Anti-riot forces attacked the peaceful protesters with tear gas.

The series of public protests occurred in several cities across the country beginning on 28 December 2017 and continuing into January 2018. The first rally took place in north eastern city of Mashhad, Razavi Khorasan province.

The peaceful protesters shouted slogans praising the deposed shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, and his son and former heir-apparent, the exiled Reza Pahlavi, Crown Prince of Iran. They called for Khamenei to step down, as well as tore down and set fire to posters of Ayatollah Khamenei and the founder of Islamic regime Ayatollah Khomeini in Tehran. The anti-regime protesters also shouted “Khamenei, shame on you, leave the country alone!” and “death to the dictator”. Protesters also chanted “People are paupers while the mullahs live like gods.”

The anti-government rallies were occurred because the Iranian people fed up with the lack of economic opportunity, social and political crisis which have been impacted the society. The people believe that Mullahs’ policies [both internal and abroad] caused the problems.

So far so bad, the brave Iranian woman who took off her hijab [Islamic Dress] to protest is another pioneer of the movement. Vida Movahed, 31 years old, stood up on a pillar box, took off her hijab and waved it as a sombre. She has been missed after the silent protest at Enghelab avenue, Tehran in late December.

On January 2018, the imprisoned activists Golrokh Ebrahimi Iraee and Atena Daemi were reportedly exiled to the notorious Gharchak prison after being severely beaten by wardens at Evin prison; report their relatives. The barbaric Islamic regime holds 7 years in prison for Atena and 6 years imprisonment for Golrokh because of their peaceful activism.

Golrokh Ebrahimi Iraee (Left) — Atena Daemi (Right)

Iran’s 140th rank in the Gender Gap Index among 144 countries shows that Iran is at the bottom of the Gender Equality and Women’s Political Participation Rate, HRANA quotes Rouhani’s Women and Family Affairs Director.

Despite the high-ranked human rights violations in Iran, the EU continues to maintain its good relations with the repressive regime in Iran. It’s the golden time for the world leaders to take the right stance in support of Iranian protest because the people would continue the anti-government rallies if western states back the citizens, not the Islamic repressive regime.

kaveh Taheri

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Kaveh Taheri, Co-founder & chairman of the ICBHR.Com, is a Turkey-based Iranian Human Rights researcher & journalist who has worked exclusively on Middle East.