At least 50 murdered, 3,500 arrested during Iran protests
In a statement released today, the National Council of Resistance of Iran has announced that the number of Iranian protesters murdered by Iran’s Security Force has reached to 50. At least 3,500 people were arrested during Iran protests across the country.
“According to reliable reports obtained by the Iranian Resistance, at least 50 protesters have been shot and killed by the Revolutionary Guards during the first eight days of the uprising, and more than 3,000 have been arrested. Children as young as 12 or 13 years old are among those killed. The actual number of martyrs and detained is much more; a reality that the Iranian regime is trying hard to hide,” the statement reads in part.
The state media in Iran have cited regime’s officials admitting widespread arrests of protesters over the past few days.
- The Political and Security Assistant to the Golestan Governor, Ali Asghar Tahmasebi, said that with the arrest of about 150 of Gorgan’s rioters, peace returned to the city. “In the last few days, enemies hired a number of people with their money using social networks and exploited a number of young people,” he added. (The state-run ISNA news agency – Jan. 3, 2018)
- The Governor of Birjand, said that 28 people, who were influenced by social media, were arrested by the police and were handed over to judicial authorities. (The state-run Tasnim news agency – Jan. 3, 2018)
- The Political and Security Deputy of the Tehran Governorate, Ali Asghar Naserbakht, said that about 200 people were arrested on Saturday, 150 on Sunday and that about 100 people were arrested yesterday (Monday). “This is a matter for the judiciary and they must have thought about the necessary conditions”, he added in response to whether they had taken measures to hold the detainees. (The state-run ILNA news agency – Jan. 2, 2018)
- Hamedan Governor Ali Ta’ali said that more than 150 people were arrested in the course of the unrest in the past few days in Hamedan. “Most of the detainees are between the ages of 17 and 25, and some of them are not native to Hamedan”, he added. (The state-run Tasnim news agency, The state-run Fars news agency – Jan. 2, 2018)
- Karaj prosecutor Haji Reza Shakarami said that in a number of people were arrested in relation to the recent unrest in Karaj. “We will not announce the numbers as yet”, he added. “Among the detainees, there were 20 of them who were leaders and led the unrests in a way”, the Karaj Prosecutor added. (The state-run ISNA news agency – Jan. 2, 2018)
- Kerman Revolutionary Guards Corps Commander Gholamali Abuhamzeh said that during the recent turmoil, more than 80 unrest elements were arrested. “Unfortunately, a number of conniving people chanted slogans that broke (government) structures and in the course of this, a number of innocent citizens were killed”, he added. (The state-run Tasnim news agency – Jan. 2, 2018)
- Mashhad Assistant Prosecutor Hasan Heidari, said that 138 people were arrested in Mashhad’s illegal gatherings.”Overall, during the gatherings in Mashhad, 52 people were arrested on the first night, and in the next two nights, 74 and 12 people, who were planning to do damage, were arrested”, he added. (The state-run Mehr news agency – Jan. 2, 2018)
- Mamessani Governor Rahmatullah Faramarzi, said that people were arrested in the gathering yesterday in this town in Fars Province. “Security identification and surveillance led to the arrest of nine people after the gathering and other protesters are being identified by the security apparatus”, he added. (The state-run Tabnak news agency – Jan. 2, 2018)
- Riots continued on Monday night in some of the cities of Isfahan province. Last night, there was unrest in the cities of Qahdarijan, Khomeini Shahr, Kahrizsang, Shahin Shahr, Foulad Shahr, Zarrin Shahr, and Najaf Abad. In Qahdarijan, six of the assailers who wanted to enter a police station were killed. In Khomeini Shahr, a family who were passing through the clashes were shot at. Their 11-year-old son was killed while the father of the family was wounded. More than 100 people were arrested in Monday’s riots in Isfahan province. (The state-run Aftab website – Jan. 2, 2018)
- In the Bu Ali Sina Tomb in Hamedan, a group of 200 people gathered. Security forces arrested three leaders of the group. In Qahdarijan, a group of around 200 to 300 people intended to attack a police station but were dispersed by the timely intervention of the police. (The state-run Alef website – Jan. 1, 2018)