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Summaries of 4 articles by Daily Alert re: the protests in Iran & the government crackdown, with links

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Nov. 27, 2019

  • Iran Strengthens Response to Protests – Farnaz Fassihi and Rick Gladstone
    Authorities in Iran strengthened their reprisals on Tuesday over the protests that engulfed the country last week, arresting 100 “ringleaders and masterminds” and penalizing Iranian journalists overseas who publicized the mayhem. Mobile phone access to the Internet remains blocked. Videos and photos were posted showing street clashes, burning buildings, and shootings of unarmed demonstrators. (New York Times)

  •     See also Iran: A Deliberate Display of Brutal Repression – Amos Harel
    Western and Israeli intelligence agencies believe that the regime in Tehran is on the verge of containing the protest wave which is thought to have taken around 300 lives, including a few members of the security forces. More than 4,000 people have been wounded. Intelligence agencies describe the events in Iran as a deliberate display of brutal repression. (Ha’aretz)
  • U.S. Received 20,000 Messages from Iranians on Abuse of Protesters
    U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Tuesday that Washington has received nearly 20,000 “messages, videos, pictures, notes” from Iranians depicting “human rights abuses” in Tehran’s response to anti-government protests. Pompeo said the U.S. would sanction Iranian officials responsible for their actions related to the protests. (Radio Free Europe-Radio Liberty)

  •     See also Videos of Iran Protests Reveal Regime Crackdown – Jiyar Gol
    One video shows a woman looking at a teenage boy lying in a pool of blood on a pavement, as a riot policeman swings a baton at people running past him. Another shows a crowd trying to help a motionless man on the ground, as other people retreat amid sounds of screaming and gunfire. Videos appearing on social media paint a picture of a brutal and bloody government crackdown.
        Hospital staff said security officers are going to hospitals to look for wounded protesters. One doctor said the officers were removing bandages to check whether they had bullet wounds and arresting anyone who had them. Military barracks, sports venues and schools have been converted to detention centers. Despite the assertion by Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei that the protesters had “roots outside of the country,” the Ministry of Intelligence told parliament that most of those held were unemployed youth from poor families. (BBC Persian)
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