Iran Government Admits to Massacring Unarmed Protesters
The Islamic Republic kills 208 protesters it referred to as 'rioters'
On Tuesday, the Republic of Iran admitted to massacring hundreds of unarmed protesters, referring to them as “rioters,” in multiple cities across the country.
According to a report from the Associated Press:
“The acknowledgment came in a television package that criticized international Farsi-language channels for their reporting on the crisis."
"Iran has yet to release any nationwide statistics over the unrest that gripped the Islamic Republic beginning Nov. 15 with minimum prices for government-subsidized gasoline rising by 50%.”
Amnesty International reported the nation's response to the increasing unrest coincided with the rise in the price of petrol on 14 November.
The figure is also expected to increase, which would make it he deadliest crackdown on demonstrations in 40 years.
Over the weekend, up to 450 protesters had been murdered by Iran, with 7,000 being detained and, 2000 more sustaining injuries, according to The New York Times.
Research and Advocacy Director for the Middle East and North Africa at Amnesty International, Philip Luther, said:
“This alarming death toll is further evidence that Iran’s security forces went on a horrific killing spree, that left at least 208 people dead in less than a week. This shocking death toll displays the Iranian authorities’ shameful disregard for human life."
“Those responsible for this bloody clampdown on demonstrations must be held accountable for their actions. Since the Iranian authorities have previously shown they are unwilling to carry out independent, impartial and effective investigations into unlawful killings and other arbitrary use of force against protesters, we are calling on the international community to help ensure accountability.”
On Monday, the Middle East Research Institute (MEMRI) reported that the Governor of Shahr-e Qods, West Tehran Province, Dr. Leila Vaseghi, admitted she ordered the shootings.
Recently, Iran has been crushed by the Trump administration, as noted by The Times.
“President Trump likes to say that Iran is ‘a different country’ after 18 months of punishing American sanctions, and the protests sweeping Iranian cities suggest he may be right,” The Times reported.
“Even his most vociferous critics acknowledge that Mr. Trump’s ‘maximum pressure’ campaign helped fuel that unrest.”
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Iran's leadership is to blame for the ongoing problems int he country.
“The challenges that the Iranian economy faces is the direct result of the Iranian leadership. It has nothing to do with the sanctions we’ve put in place,” Pompeo said.
“The Iranian leadership has failed to serve their people and continues to fail to serve their people.”
“It’s important to note, the world should know that humanitarian assistance, medical supplies, and those kinds of things are expressly permitted to go into Iran,” Pompeo continued.
“Our sanctions don’t impact those items. To claim that America’s sanctions are denying medical products for the people of Iran is foolish, and it’s simply an effort to deflect from the catastrophe that he has inflicted upon his own people.”
“I’ve seen numbers that vary from as few as a hundred to many times more than that that have been killed by the Iranian Security Forces,” Pompeo concluded.
“They’re just simple people who wanted to go out and protest to gain their political freedom and their political rights inside of Iran. We know that there have been several thousand people already detained and put into prisons."
"This is a regime that is spoiling the very demands that their people are putting on them."
"These protests are a direct result of economic collapse, the absence of political freedom, and a regime that has sent their young boys off to fight and come back dead.”