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US says regime’s victims will not be forgotten as Iran uprising continues

Despite the presence of a large number of security forces, demonstrations and clashes have been reported from various parts of Tehran. (AFP)

Despite the scandalous attempt of the regime to launch counter-demonstrations in some cities, people in different cities of Iran came to the streets again on the seventh day of the uprising to express their oppostition to the ominous regime.

Despite the presence of a large number of security forces, including police and intelligence personnel, IRGC, Bassij, plainclothed riot police and mercenaries on motorcycles, demonstrations and clashes have been reported from various parts of Tehran.

News of deaths in latest demonstrations in Sanandaj in Kurdistan late at night on Thursday were reported.

Also, massive demonstrations were reported in Aromiya in the province of Azerbaijan Sandaj in Kurdistan and Shiraz. 

Strong statement from US 

Meanwhile, the US State Department issued a statement on Thursday on the continuing protests in Iran.

Heather Nauert, the US State Department spokesperson said: “We continue to monitor closely the protests and violence in Iran. The Iranian people have been expressing their desire for dignified treatment, an end to corruption, improved transparency, and increased economic opportunities. Protestors have also demanded that the regime stop diverting the nation’s wealth to fund military adventurism abroad. Unfortunately, the government continues to imprison and kill those who are brave enough to venture into the street. It is limiting the flow of information into Iran, restricting free speech, and attempting to prevent the outside world from observing its own repression.”

“We support these legitimate aspirations of the Iranian people, and call on the government to allow the free exchange of ideas and information. All of us should be able to enjoy the same basic economic and political freedoms, including the right to peaceful demonstration. We condemn in the strongest possible terms the deaths to date and the arrests of at least one thousand Iranians. We have ample authorities to hold accountable those who commit violence against protestors, contribute to censorship, or steal from the people of Iran. To the regime’s victims, we say: You will not be forgotten,” Nauert added. 

Major clash 

In the streets of northern Kargar and Rustam, a major clash broke out between demonstrators and the riot police. In Enqelab Square, the riot police attacked people who were chanting “Khamenei, shame on your deception”, “Death to the dictator” and “we die, but we take Iran back”; and a violent clash broke out between the criminal riot police and the people.

Some young people were injured and harmed in these clashes, but others replaced them. In Gandhi Street, it was not possible to move to Enqelab Square due to heavy traffic and the people rallied toward Enqelab Square chanting “Death to the dictator”.

Demonstrations were also held at the Jomhouri Ave. while in Valiasr Ave. people gathered chanted “I’ll kill whoever killed my brother” and clashed with the riot police.

In Kargar Ave. the crowd chanted “Death to the Dictator”, “I’ll kill whoever killed my brother”, “Death to Khamenei” and “We shall fight, we shall die, we shall take Iran back.” In the Keshavarz Boulevard too people rallied. The regime has installed sniper rifles on the roof of government buildings surrounding Enqelab Square.

In yet another incident, the families of detainees in Tehran gathered in front of the Evin Prison Thursday (January 4). According to the regime, 450 people have been arrested in Tehran between December 30 and January 1. In order to prevent the protests in Tehran from spreading, the regime has imposed a heavy checking across the city.

Other cities:

Demonstrations and clashes continued to take place in dozens of cities on the seventh day of the uprising. In Zahedan’s Shirabad district skirmishes took place between demonstrators and anti-riot forces. Mercenaries reportedly opened fire on protestors and they pelted stones in return.

In Ahwaz, the Basijis arrived on the scene in police uniforms and tried to restore order. The youth of the Shadegan region (Ahwaz) are confronting the attacks of anti-riot guards with throwing stones.

In Bandar Abbas, the slogan of death to Khamenei, death to the dictator resonated everywhere. In Dezful, protesters raised slogans. Clashes also broke out in the Sabzeh Ghaba neighborhood.

In Malayer, slogans targeting Ayatollah Khamenei filled the atmosphere. In Isfahan, clashes broke out between people who were chanting slogans and anti-riot police officers who shot directly at the protestors.

In Ghourtan in Isfahan, clashes broke out and the sound of a blast was heard. Some law enforcement officers fled during a clash with demonstrators in Joughabad, Isfahan. In Kermanshah, some police officers escaped the brave youth.

In Torbat Heydariyeh, a large crowd gathered on the streets of Farmandary. People chanted slogans against anti-riot forces: Do not be afraid, do not be afraid. We are all together. Leave Syria Think about us, they shouted.

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Last Update: Thursday, 4 January 2018 KSA 22:11 - GMT 19:11
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