By the NCRI-US Staff Writer, October 20, 2022
Alireza Jafarzadeh, deputy director of the National Council of Resistance of Iran-US office, joined the Newsmax TV Deadline show, to discuss the ongoing protests in Iran on October 13, 2022. Jafarzadeh explained that the killing of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini by the Iranian regime triggered the widespread protests, now against the entire Iranian state and its institutions.
Jafarzadeh goes on to explain how the people of Iran are completely dissatisfied with the current regime and call for its downfall. Protestors, in all 31 provinces shout “Death to the dictator!” and “Death to Khamenei.”
Jafarzadeh illustrates that these protests are different from past protests such as those in 2019 which the regime temporarily ended in a few days. The current protests are on their 28th day with no sign of stopping. As Senator Bob Menendez of New Jersey, said, the regime has failed to put down or suppress these protestors.
Jafarzadeh believes that the regime has no hope of surviving but also has no plans to give in to the demonstrators. This, he explains is a “revolution in the making.”
The NCRI-US deputy director proceeds with the pointed portrayal of the current regime, describing the fundamentalist and extremist state as built on “killings, export of terrorism and development of nuclear weapons” and calls for the overthrow of the brutally repressive regime. There have been no calls for moderate reform of the regime, showing how unpopular the regime is with the Iranian people.
Jafarzadeh establishes that the protests are very well organized and not chaotic or the work of a few agitators, a narrative currently pushed by the regime and its propaganda outlets. Working from the nation’s capital, Jafarzadeh argues the U.S. can play an influential role in ensuring these protests lead to the fall of the Ayatollahs. Surprisingly, the regime openly admits they are unrepresentative, estimating only four percent of the population supports their rule. The other ninety-six percent call for freedom, democracy, and democratic values. The protests continue and show no signs of slowing despite attempted Draconian repression by the regime. Security forces continually fire on demonstrators and try to mass arrest those they can’t subdue. It is estimated that as many as 400 demonstrators have been killed by the regime. Despite the threat of violence, protesters bravely and defiantly take to the streets to call for the overthrow of the regime and once and for all end four decades of murder and bring to justice the murderers of all those who are victims of the Iranian regime, including the 30,000 political prisoners murdered in summer 1988.