In Paris, MEK supporters gathered in Trocadero square, near the Eiffel Tower, to criticize the mullahs for taking oppressive measures against the protestors, including shutting down the internet. The French protesters urged the international community to join them in condemning the Iranian regime for its human rights violations. They also expressed support for the MEK “Resistance Units” in Iran who are organizing the protests.
— IranNewsUpdate (@IranNewsUpdate1) November 18, 2019
Confirmed: #Iran is now in the midst of a near-total national internet shutdown; realtime network data show connectivity at 7% of ordinary levels after twelve hours of progressive network disconnections as public protests continue #IranProtests ?
— NetBlocks.org (@netblocks) November 16, 2019
While in Oslo and London, MEK supporters staged their protests outside the Iranian embassy in their respective countries, with the Norway protesters paying tribute to the recent martyrs with flowers and the British protesters chanting slogans to show their solidarity with the Iranian people and encourage the international community to stand with them.
Solidarity protests were also held in Amsterdam, Washington DC, and San Francisco.
On Friday, the Iranian people began rising in major anti-regime protests, crying out “Death to the dictator”, after the mullah tripled fuel prices. These protests are continuing, even though the regime launched a major crackdown that has resulted in at least 1,000 arrests and 27 deaths of protesters.
So far, protests have been cited in over 100 cities, including Mashhad, Shiraz, Karaj, Sirjan, Ahvaz, and Tehran. They are being coordinated by the MEK’s ‘Resistance Units’, who are also sending out footage and images from the protests despite the severe internet restrictions imposed by the regime.
Maryam Rajavi, the President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), hailed the brave protesters in a statement on Friday and urged the young people to rise in support of the protesters who are fighting against the mullahs’ corrupt and criminal regime.
Rajavi said these protests were the only way to get rid of “high prices, poverty, inflation and calamities” the mullahs’ regime has inflicted on the Iranian people and noted that the mullahs knew that the hike in gas prices would further impoverish the people.
She said: “The economic lifeline is controlled by [the regime’s Supreme Leader] Ali Khamenei, Hassan Rouhani and the billion-dollar thieves working with them. They pillage the people’s wealth for warmongering, unpatriotic nuclear and missile programs to usurp people’s sovereignty.”