Trump Slaps Iran With More Sanctions For Killing Protesters
Special Envoy to Iran Brian Hook announced the new sanctions on Friday
The Trump administration has issued more sanctions against a top general in the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps after Iran continued to kill its own people who are protesting and demanding new leadership.
Special Envoy to Iran Brian Hook announced the new sanctions on Friday:
“The United States is listing IRGC Brigadier General Hassan Shahvarpour under section 7031c visa sanctions. General Shahvarpour committed gross violations of human rights against protestors in Mahshahr. He oversaw the massacre of 148 helpless Iranians in the Mahshahr region last November,” Hook said.
“General Shahvarpour was in command of units responsible for the violent crackdown and lethal repression around Mahshahr."
"This is the first designation on an Iranian regime official being taken under the State Department authority from section 7031c authorities.”
Hook also noted that the tip-line that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo secured last November had taken 88,000 tips from the people of Iran.
“Since the violent crackdown on protests last November, the United States has sanctioned two judges and eight other regime officials for their roles in brutalizing the Iranian people," he said.
"We are continuing to review all information we receive from the Iranian people and will continue to hold more regime officials responsible for human rights violations,” Hook continued.
“Over the past week, many Iranians took to the streets again to protest a corrupt government that lies to them. President Trump recognized their courage with his tweets in Farsi this past week standing with the Iranian people," he added.
"We call on all nations to join our lead, particularly by sanctioning Iranian officials for human rights violations.”
“The Iranian regime is in a deep economic crisis. Back in May of 2018, shortly after leaving the Iran nuclear deal, Secretary Pompeo said that we will deny revenue to Iran’s clerics who use it to fund terrorism and violence across the region,” Hook stated.
“He said that Iran’s expansionist foreign policy would no longer be cost-free and that the economic price would be severe. We have succeeded in raising the costs for Iran, and the regime is badly managing an economic crisis of its own making.”
“Iran’s oil exports are down by more than 2 million barrels per day, reducing Iran’s revenue from oil by more than 80%. This amounts to a loss of around $50 billion annually,” Hook added.
“Today, the question people are asking is whether the regime has the competence to avoid a banking disaster and hyperinflation. The Iranian economy this year could contract by as much as 14 percent.”
Last week, the people of Iran took to the streets in their thousands, demanding a change in leadership.
The streets of Tehran were flooded with demonstrators who were calling for Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khameini to quit, with protesters heard chanting that their leaders are "the enemy" and not the United States.
The scenes have been in stark contrast to previous reports showing citizens who were forced to participate in a state-orchestrated funeral for Iran's slain terror chief Gen. Qassam Soleimani.