- Published: Monday, 07 October 2019
Reports from Lordegan, Chaharmahal & Bakhtiari Province, southern Iran say that the city was placed under unofficial martial law on Sunday as a result of a major crackdown by the Iranian regime against the recent protests there, which saw many people arrested.
There are now battle tanks at the city’s entrances and exits and numerous patrols across the city, while the Regime also imposed an internet blackout on Lordegan to prevent the news of the protests from spreading.
MEK reported: "Locals of Lordegan, southern #Iran, attacking the convoy of Chaharmahal & Bakhtiary governor & a senior IRGC official."
Locals of Lordegan, southern #Iran, attacking the convoy of Chaharmahal & Bakhtiary governor & a senior IRGC official.— People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) (@Mojahedineng) October 7, 2019
Several regime officials visited the village where health authorities' negligence resulted in nearly 300 people being infected with HIV.pic.twitter.com/hUVJHHcjJW
The Regime dispatched some officials, including the Chaharmahal & Bakhtiari Province governor and numerous health officials to Chenar Mahmoudi, a village near Lordegan, and locals, still angry after Saturday’s protests, attacked the convoy with bricks and stones.
Locals say this is a sign of how concerned officials are about the residents’ deep resentment towards the mullahs.
During the protest on Saturday, one brave woman screamed at the regime’s oppressive state security forces to ask why they “show no sympathy for Iranians” and got the forces to fall back. The crowd then joined her in shouting “Bakhtiaris would rather die than live in shame”.
The protest began after an HIV outbreak among 300 people, including children, that residents say was caused by the Regime’s health authorities using dirty syringes to test for diabetes. This then became an anti-regime protest, with the backing of Iranian opposition leader Maryam Rajavi.
She said: “With their chants of death to the dictator and attacking the office of the representative of the Iranian regime’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, they targeted the clerical establishment as the main cause of all the atrocities perpetrated against the Iranian people. This corrupt and criminal regime has squandered Iran’s national wealth by pursuing nuclear and missile projects and engaging in foreign warmongering, which has destroyed all aspects of life for the people of Iran, including health and well-being.”
She urged the young people of Iran to support the protesters.
The Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) commander in Chaharmahal & Bakhtiary Province, Ali Mohammad Akbari, blamed the Iranian Resistance group People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran (MEK) for the protests, claiming that these “anti-revolutionaries” had come to “create unrest in the name of Chenar Mahmoudi’s residents”.
Thousands in Lordegan supported the rally on Saturday, but they were bolstered by as far afield as Jolfa in East Azerbaijan Province, northwest Iran, where employees of the local gas pipeline company held a gathering in solidarity with Lordegan and put up a poster, reading “Chenar of Lordegan is not alone”.