Iran Protestors Threatened With Death Penalty, Leaked Documents Show Iranian Leadership Is Panicked With Continued Anti-Regime Protests
Protestors threatened with death penalty for speaking out in Iran
Nine people were killed in overnight clashes between protesters and security forces in Iran amid widespread unrest over food prices and a crumbling economy.
Today, a prominent judge in Iran warned that some could face the death penalty for protesting, after hundreds of people were arrested.
State TV reported that six people were killed during an attack on a police station in the town of Qahdarijan last night.
It said the clashes were sparked by rioters who tried to steal guns from the police station.
An 11-year-old boy and a 20-year-old man were also killed in the town of Khomeinishahr, while a member of Iran’s paramilitary Revolutionary Guard was killed in the town of Najafabad.
All three were shot with hunting rifles, which are common in the Iranian countryside, State TV reported.
President Hassan Rouhani has acknowledged the public’s anger over the Islamic Republic’s flagging economy, though he and others warned that the government would not hesitate to crack down on those it considers lawbreakers.
None of the protest rallies so far have received prior permission from the Interior Ministry, making them illegal under Iranian law.
The head of Tehran’s Revolutionary Court warned on Tuesday that arrested protesters could potentially face death penalty cases when they come to trial.
Iran’s Tasnim news agency quoted Mousa Ghazanfarabadi as saying: ‘Obviously one of their charges can be Moharebeh’ – waging war against God – an offence which carries the death penalty in Iran.
Mr Ghazanfarabadi also was quoted as saying some protesters will come to trial soon on charges of acting against national security and damaging public properties.
Judiciary chief Ayatollah Sadegh Larijani, has urged authorities to confront rioters, state TV reported.
‘I demand all prosecutors across the country get involved and the approach should be strong,’ he said.
In Tehran alone, 450 protesters have been arrested in the last three days, the semi-official ILNA news agency reported today.
So far, authorities have not released a nationwide figure for arrests.
The protests are the largest to strike Iran since its disputed 2009 presidential election, with British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson issuing a statement late on Monday saying ‘there should be meaningful debate about the legitimate and important issues the protesters are raising and we look to the Iranian authorities to permit this’.
The Iranian regime is panicked as democratic protests continue to spread across the country.
In a sign of desperation Iranian Guard Members drove into a protest crowd and began blaring “Allahu Akbar!” over their loud speakers.
The protesters quickly surrounded the van and started chanting, “Shameful! Shameful!”
Islamic Revolutionary Guard infiltrates a crowd of protesters and chant “Allahu Akbar” via loudspeakers to drown out chants made by the protesters. The protesters surround the van and shout “shameful, shameful.”
One man yells: “shut it down.” #IranProtests pic.twitter.com/owBCi2qcMt
A leaked report provided to Fox News shows how Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei met with political leaders and heads of the country’s security forces to discuss how to tamp down on the deadly nationwide protests.
The report covered several meetings up to December 31 and was provided to the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) from what it said were high level sources from within the regime.
The meeting notes, which have been translated into English from Farsi, said the unrest has hurt every sector of the country’s economy and “threatens the regime’s security. The first step, therefore, is to find a way out of this situation.”
The report added, “Religious leaders and the leadership must come to the scene as soon as possible and prevent the situation (from) deteriorating further.” It continued, “God help us, this is a very complex situation and is different from previous occasions.”
Last night, a large number of aircraft were spotted leaving Iran with “no callsign, origin, or destination.” Strategic Sentinel, a DC-based firm that provides “nonpartisan international relations and national security analysis,” raised the prospect that the live flight radar data may suggest an “exodus,” is in progress.
Below is the firm’s thread on the data:
“Charter flight company SCAT has an aircraft coming out of Iran with no registered callsign, no registered destination, and no registered origination point.”
Charter flight company SCAT has an aircraft coming out of Iran with no registered callsign, no registered destination, and no registered origination point. pic.twitter.com/WD3WnLFtQ0
“This is in addition to two flights which are Iranian in origin with no callsign inside Iran: one from Iran Airtours and one from Iran Aseman Airlines. Both of these planes also have no callsign, no destination, and no origin, but are clearly landing in #Tehran
This is in addition to two flights which are Iranian in origin with no callsign inside Iran: one from Iran Airtours and one from Iran Aseman Airlines. Both of these planes also have no callsign, no destination, and no origin, but are clearly landing in #Tehran
“Large amount of aircraft leaving Iran at the moment, many with no callsign, origin, or destination. Exodus in progress?”
As the evening went on, less aircraft without callsigns were visible.
“UPDATE: Still some aircraft with no callsign, but not as many as before. Some have disappeared, while the remaining aircraft have dispersed across Iran. Very few aircraft landing or departing at either IKA (Tehran Imam Khomeini Intl) or THR (Tehran Mehrabad Intl).”
The Iranian regime is facing the most serious threat from mass protests in the streets since the failed Green Revolution in 2009. What started out as scattered unrest over unemployment, rising food prices, costly military adventures and corruption has morphed into widespread anger at the country’s theocracy itself and its Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.
While Iran’s figurehead President Hassan Rouhani called for calm and claimed that people had the right to protest under Iran’s Constitution, riot police have lashed out at demonstrators, some of whom were reportedly heard chanting “death to the dictator,” “death to Khamenei,” “we don’t want an Islamic Republic,” and “clerics should get lost.” The death toll linked to the unrest is reported to have risen to at least 13, including the death of one policeman. Arrests are in the hundreds. The regime has attempted to thwart communications among protest organizers by blocking access to the Internet and popular messaging applications such as Telegram.
President Trump is taking the side of the people, unlike Obama. “The great Iranian people have been repressed for many years,” he tweeted as the protests continued to grow. “They are hungry for food & for freedom. Along with human rights, the wealth of Iran is being looted. TIME FOR CHANGE!” He warned the regime that “The world is watching!” Making clear the distinction between his administration’s full support for the Iranian people and its implacable opposition to the oppressive regime, President Trump tweeted that “other than the vast military power of the United States…Iran’s people are what their leaders fear the most….”
Several days ago, it was reported that the Trump administration entered into a secret memorandum of understanding with Israel to devise common strategies against the Iranian regime’s multiple threats. These threats include Iran’s nuclear ambitions, missile program, expansion in Syria, and its terrorist proxy Hezbollah.
There is also a report in the Kuwaiti newspaper al-Jarida
, quoted by the Times of Israel
, that the Trump administration has given the go-ahead to Israel to target for assassination Qassem Soleimani, the commander of the Iranian regime’s Quds Force. The Quds Force is the branch of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards that exports its violence and destabilization worldwide. Qassem Soleimani has American blood on his hands.
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