Washington Rally to Support #IranProtests
Iranian Americans and their friends rally to voice support for the Iranian people uprising outside the White House on Saturday, Jan 6, 2018
WASHINGTON, DC, USA, January 2, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ — Iranian Americans and their friends rally to voice support for the Iranian people uprising outside the White House
Iranian Americans will hold a rally outside the White House to voice support for the three-day long uprising by hundreds of thousands of Iranians in more than 40 cities across the nation.
The event is scheduled for Sunday, January 6, 2018, from 12:30 – 2:00 pm.
Tehran, Mashhad, Kermanshah, Tabriz, Khorramabad, Shiraz, Isfahan, Arak, Karaj, Sari, Rasht and many other cities have been the scenes of widespread protests by Iranians, calling for the overthrow of the ruling regime. They have been chanting “death to Khamenei, death to Rouhani,”; “Reformer, Hardliner, the game in now over.”
On Friday, December 29, 2017, thousands of protesters took to the streets in 12 cities across Iran, including in Qom, to demonstrate against the clerical regime and the rising cost of living.
Friday’s protests followed similar demonstrations in various Iranian cities a day earlier, including Iran’s second most populous city Mashhad, where thousands of Iranians took to the street and chanted slogans against the clerical regime.
According to reports, repressive state security forces attacked protesters in Mashhad and arrested more than 100 protesters.
Slogans during t No to the Islamic Republic”, “Death to the Dictator”, “Death to Rouhani” and “Seyed Ali shame on you, give up the rule”.
The popular anti-regime protests also protested the regime’s policies in support of terrorism and destabilising activities in the region. The chants included “Leave Syria, think about us”, “Not Gaza, not Lebanon, my life for Iran” and “Death to Hezbollah”.
Participants also encouraged fellow countrymen to join the protests by chanting “don’t be scared, we are all together”, “Guns, Tanks, Explosives; the mullahs must get lost” and “Free Political Prisoners”.
The protests continued late into Friday night in many Iranian cities with repressive security forces attacking protesters, according to the Iranian opposition, the PMOI’s network inside Iran.
In city of Shiraz (southern Iran) protesters shouted at the State Security Forces and told them “Go and arrest the thieves” a reference to widespread corruptions in the country.
On Friday, speaking in so-called Friday payers, the representative of Supreme Leader in Mashhad, Alamolhoda, said a few people had taken advantage of yesterday’s protests against rising prices to raise slogans against Iran’s involvement in regional conflicts.
“Some people had come to express their demands, but suddenly, in a crowd of hundreds, a small group that did not exceed 50, shouted deviant and horrendous slogans such as ‘Let go of Palestine’, ‘Not Gaza, not Lebanon, I’d give my life for Iran’” ,Alamolhoda said.
NCRI President-elect, Maryam Rajavi, praised the brave protesters who have risen up with chants of “death or freedom” and “death to the dictator” to protest against high prices, poverty and corruption in the country.
“The lion’s share of the Iran’s wealth and revenues is spent on military and security apparatus, war and intervention in the region, or is plundered by the regime’s leaders and deposited in their children’s accounts”, she added describing the ongoing protests as the Iranian people’s great uprising to overthrow the mullahs’ oppressive and corrupt dictatorship.
“Uprisings of Kermanshah and Mashhad and other cities are death knell for the corrupt dictatorship of mullahs, and the rise of democracy, justice and popular sovereignty”, she said.
In a statement on Thursday, 28 December 2017, the US Senator Tom Cotton (R-Arkansas) expressed solidarity with Iranians speaking out against the regime.
“Even after the billions in sanctions relief they secured through the nuclear deal, the ayatollahs still can’t provide for the basic needs of their own people-perhaps because they’ve funneled so much of that money into their campaign of regional aggression in Syria, Lebanon, Iraq, and Yemen. The protests in Mashhad show that a regime driven by such a hateful ideology cannot maintain broad popular support forever, and we should support the Iranian people who are willing to risk their lives to speak out against it”, the senator said in his statement.
Dr. Majid Sadeghpour
Organization of Iranian American Communities-US (OIAC)
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