IRAN - Interior Minister Minimizes Number of November Uprising Martyrs.

02 June 2020 :

Mullahs’ Interior Minister Tried Desperately to Minimize the Number of November Uprising Martyrs. Admitting to Internet shutdown and the massive dimensions of the uprising, Rahmani-Fazli: They wanted to turn this to a civil war and follow Syria’s roadmap. Finally, after seven months, the mullahs’ Interior Minister admitted the murder of 200 people during the November uprising, claiming that 40 or 45 people, or about 20 percent of them had been killed by non-standard weapons. Seven months after the November uprising, while trying to minimize the number of victims of November 2019 uprising by 10 percent of the actual figure, Abdolreza Rahmani-Fazli, Rouhani’s Interior Minister admitted last night that more than 200 protesters had been murdered. Yet, terrified of a backlash, he preposterously claimed that 20 percent of the victims had been killed by non-standard weapons, insinuating that the regime’s opponents murdered them. Nevertheless, Rahmani unwittingly conceded that the regime murdered more than 80 percent of the victims. In an interview with the state-run TV on May 30, 2020, Rahmani-Fazli said: “They (enemy) announced that 10,000 people were killed, 8,000 were killed, 7,000, 6,000. They even mentioned 2,000. God willing, we will announce the figures in the next few days. The fatalities are not in these ranges at all. I want to say that 20 percent of the toll, somewhere between 40 and 45 of the victims have been registered as martyrs. They were innocent and happened to be in streets and were killed by such weapons and such tactics that none of which are deployed by the State Security Force or other government agencies.” Acknowledging the Internet outage, the regime’s Interior Minister underscored the massive dimensions of the November protests, “They say that Rahmani cut off the Internet during those nights. Of course, I did because they provided training and commanded the field via the Internet… The reason they are upset is that they wanted to initiate a civil war. For several months then, we, as the country’s security officials, had been surveilling them … The price of gasoline provided an opportunity for this to flare up … If there was a broad dimension and social context, it would have been much bigger than this… They wanted to disrupt the country and cause insecurity, turn this to another Syria… Maintaining security is important for all of us, and is the basis of all activities.”
Hands off Cain has repeatedly published non-government reports on the clashes, see 11/19/2019, 11/20/2019, 11/21/2019, 11/23/2019, 11/26/2019, 11/26/2019, 29 / 11/2019, 30/11/2019, 03/12/2019, 03/12/2019, 04/12/2019, 14/12/2019, 16/12/2019, 18/12/2019, 20/12 / 2019, 25/12/2019, 29/12/2019, 01/01/2020, 10/01/2020, 02/02/2020, 03/02/2020, 06/02/2020, 09/02/2020, 19/02/2020, 21/03/2020. 
The People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) announced for the first time on December 15, 2019, that the number of martyrs in the November Uprising exceeded 1,500 and published the names of 765 of those martyrs. few days later, on December 28, Reuters quoted three Iranian Interior Ministry officials as saying, “About 1,500 people were killed during less than two weeks of unrest that started on November 15.” Reuters pointed out, “The figures provided to Reuters, said two of the Iranian officials who provided them, are based on information gathered from security forces, morgues, hospitals, and coroner’s offices.” The Iranian Resistance has consistently emphasized that by any measure, the November massacre was a crime against humanity and that the regime’s leaders and officials must be prosecuted and held accountable by an international tribunal.


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