Reports from inside Iran appear to confirm that during the increasing number of protests that at least 1,000 young people and other protesters were arrested by the Iran security forces, including the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC). According to the Iranian Interior Minister, the protests involved 27 cities and at least 13 provinces.
Many individuals who had been released on bail after the protests in January were arrested again and were given long prison sentences. PMOI supporters, one of the largest groups in the resistance coalition known as the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), were also arrested in many cities throughout Iran, including Yazd, Behshahr, Birjand, and Ganaveh.
Arrests carried out by agents of IRGC and Khamenei
Many of the arrests, according to reports from the Iranian resistance, were carried out by plainclothes agents of the IRGC and Ayatollah Khamenei. They would appear to be participating in the demonstrations and protests, before arresting demonstrators and activists. Others were filmed in their homes and even detained before reaching the protests.
Those arrested were then transferred to safe houses and interrogated before being delivered to official prisons. Once in the prisons, they were subjected to ill-treatment and even torture. Others were transferred to Ward 8 in Gohardasht Prison, where they are isolated and allowed no contact with the outside world.
Regime expresses anger at protests
For the Iranian regime, the increasing number of protests and demonstrations are a sign that their control over the Iranian people is cracking. Despite all the efforts of the regime to repress these activists and demonstrators, the Iranian people appear to have had enough.
“The United States, the Zionist regime, and the Saudis, who support the PMOI, are under the illusion that the PMOI would bring a miracle for them,” said Mohammad Kosari, a deputy commander of the IRGC’s Saralleh headquarters. While these comments are meant to make the PMOI appear to be no threat, the reality is that the regime fears the strength of the PMOI and its support among the people.
Assassination attempts are frequent against high-ranking PMOI and NCRI members living in exile in Europe. The Iranian resistance calls on the Iranian people, particularly the youth, to show solidarity with those who have already been arrested. They also call for the U.N. Security Council, the U.N. Human Rights Council, and other relevant bodies to take action to achieve the release of the political prisoners in Iran, while condemning the brutal suppression of those who would speak out against the corruption and injustice of the regime itself.