BEHIND THE IRAN HEADLINES Series, November 2, 2023, Alireza Jafarzadeh, NCRI-US Deputy Director
Amidst the escalating humanitarian catastrophe in the Middle East, Iran’s clerical regime has seized the opportunity to intensify its domestic crackdown, exploiting the world’s diverted attention and the shock within Iranian society.
Throughout October, a series of executions were carried out by the regime, with prisoners facing the gallows in different prisons across the country. Additionally, the regime has adopted systematic tactics to suppress gatherings, identify participants, and make arrests.
The regime’s brutal response has extended to protests by Iran’s Baluchi minority in Zahedan, located in Sistan and Baluchistan Province. Every week, during Friday prayer sermons, security forces employ severe tactics such as beatings, tear gas, water cannons, mass arbitrary arrests, enforced disappearances, torture, and ill-treatment.
Regardless of the implications of the round of war and mayhem in the Middle East for Tehran, the regime cannot escape the certainty of its ultimate demise, as dictated by the reality in the streets of Iran, which are simmering with discontent.
These desperate measures only serve to stoke the flames of discontent and anger in the streets. Unbridled savagery is no longer effective in subduing the populace.
Let’s be very clear. The democratic revolution may have ebbs and flows, but it is moving upward, pointing to the regime’s downfall. Nothing can save a desperate regime that considers its people as its biggest enemy; indeed, the Iranian nation will free itself from the clutches of its ruthless rulers.