The Iranian regime has been out in full force over this past week, making the lives of its people worse and showing why the mullahs must be overthrown as soon as possible. From opening fire on villagers to forcibly evicting people from their homes to seizing students for questioning over protests, the regime’s heavy-handed actions should gain them strong retribution from the international community at the ongoing United Nations General Assembly, although it is likely that the regime will not be condemned for this at all.

Shooting Unarmed Villagers

On Sunday, September 27, state security forces attacked residents in Likak, Kohgiluyeh and Boyer-Ahmad province, southwest Iran, opening fire on them after a traffic violation got out of hand because of the involvement of the regime.

Traffic police in Likak, in the Bahmaei district of the province, wanted to fine a driver for an unknown reason, but when he protested, security forces assaulted him. People in the area rushed to help, but the police opened fire on them and used tear gas to disperse the crowd.

The Iranian regime forced the residents of six border villages near Sardasht, Kurdistan province, to forcibly evacuate on Saturday, September 26.

The order said that the residents of Bardan, Gaki, Gooreh Shir, Harzaneh, Nokan, and Tit Sofla must leave their houses, which are located in the red border area, at once, but offered no assistance, so essentially the people are now homeless. This has been a common move by regime authorities, who are mostly looking to seize valuable land from the people who have lived there for decades, but it is especially criminal during the coronavirus pandemic.

Also on that day, a report by the state-run Etemad Online website said that 15 Bu-Ali University students in Hamadan, western Iran, were summoned by the university’s security and regulations committee because of rallies they held last year, where they chanted anti-regime slogans.

This news came as we learned about increased repression against students and activists, designed to prevent another uprising against the regime, because the mullahs are terrified about being overthrown, following large uprisings across the last three years.

Summary of Repression and Human Rights Violations in Iran—August 2020

The regime also recently executed two political prisoners and sentenced many more to death with the hopes of intimidating potential protesters. In one case, after the execution of a protester, his family was served with a massive fine in his court case and, when they were unable to pay, their house was seized.