Iran Cracks Down On Their Protesters … Hard (Video)

Written by Wes Walker on January 13, 2020

The candlelight vigil for victims of the downed airliner became angry riots denouncing the government that show no signs of slowing down.

Tear gas is being fired, gunshots have been heard. Some reports of live rounds being fired into the crowds have been claimed, and are being denied by the government. (Then again, they denied downing the passenger jet too. So what is their word REALLY worth?)

A full picture of protests inside Iran is difficult to obtain because of restrictions on independent media. But videos uploaded to the internet showed scores, possibly hundreds, of protesters on Monday at sites in Tehran and Isfahan, a major city south of the capital.

“They killed our elites and replaced them with clerics,” they chanted outside a Tehran university, referring to Iranian students returning to studies in Canada who were on the plane.

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Videos posted late on Sunday recorded the gunfire around protests in Tehran’s Azadi Square. Wounded were being carried and men who seemed to be security personnel ran as they gripped rifles. Riot police hit protesters with batons as people shouted “Don’t beat them!”

“Death to the dictator,” other footage showed protesters shouting, directing their fury directly at Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Iran’s supreme leader since 1989.

Reuters could not immediately verify the footage. State-affiliated media has reported the protests in Tehran and other cities but without all the details from the uploaded videos.
Source: Reuters

With the freedoms we all enjoy here, it’s easy to forget just how risky a play speaking out against these SOBs can really be.

If they don’t feel constrained by International Law, why would they worry about what the world thinks about how they treat their own citizens?

Here they are arresting a British ambassador for snapping pics of the (historic) protests.

The Foreign Office has hit out at Iran for a ‘flagrant violation of international law’ after the UK ambassador to the country was arrested during a protest in the capital Tehran.

Diplomat Rob Macaire was present during demonstrations against Ayatollah Khamenei in front of Tehran’s Amir Kabir University and was arrested after allegedly ‘organising, provoking and directing radical actions’, according to local reports.

…In a strongly worded statement, Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab warned Iran that it needed to make a choice between becoming a ‘pariah’ state or to ‘deescalate tensions’ with the west.

‘The arrest of our Ambassador in Tehran without grounds or explanation is a flagrant violation of international law. The Iranian government is at a cross-roads moment,’ said Mr Raab.

‘It can continue its march towards pariah status with all the political and economic isolation that entails, or take steps to deescalate tensions and engage in a diplomatic path forwards.’
Source: DailyMail

Here’s how they were handling their own protesters just last year:

The corresponding numbers:

Since the downed passenger plane, Iran’s protesters have directed their ire AWAY from Americans and Jews — note how few people are walking on the flags painted on this street:

Heartwarming, isn’t it? This generation is the future of their nation. And if these protests take hold… maybe a future that comes sooner than we had ever expected.

Here’s where their anger has been directed, instead:

They are paying a price for speaking out.