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Iran’s Regime Resorts to More Brutality in Cracking Down on Protests in Iraq

Iran’s Regime Resorts to More Brutality in Cracking Down on Protests in Iraq

In a new report published on November 7, Amnesty International revealed Iranian tear gas grenades were among those causing gruesome protester deaths.

In its update on the situation in Iraq, Amnesty International said it “has conducted further research into the 40mm ‘less lethal’ grenades killing protesters during the recent violence in Baghdad.” The report continues based on the new analysis showing, “A significant portion of the deadly projectiles are in fact M651 tear gas grenades and M713 smoke grenades manufactured by the Defense Industries Organization (DIO) of Iran.”

“Since first publishing our findings on 31 October, Amnesty International has reviewed and verified video evidence of four additional deaths caused by the Serbian and Iranian grenades and has received a significant number of additional photos of the weapons, via sources on the ground. It was through analyzing this new evidence that Amnesty International was able to make this identification” the report added.

From the outset, the protests in Iraq have inflicted a series of major setbacks for the Iranian regime, resulting in remarks of deep concern from Iranian regime Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei.

Iraqi youths are voicing their anger against the regime’s supreme leader Khamenei, and Iran’s Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) Quds Force chief Qassem Soleimani. In this regard Al-Arabiya TV reported on Monday, November 4, that demonstrators in Karbala, an important Shiite city in southern Iraq, once again launched a raid around the Iranian regime’s consulate on Monday, bringing down the regime’s flag and installing the Iraqi flag in its place.

They also installed a large banner reading: “Closed by the order of the people.”

Ruhollah Bagheri, Khamenei’s representative in the city of Pishva, revealed the Iranian regime’s escalating concerns over the massive uprisings in Iraq and Lebanon. He said, “Among the important issues witnessed in the unrests of Iraq and Lebanon are the similarities in the slogans used in Iran’s 2009 sedition [referring to the post-election uprisings in 2009]. Back then the [PMOI/MEK-Iran] were chanting in Iran, ‘Not Gaza, Not Lebanon, My life for Iran!’ And today in the rallies of Lebanon they are chanting, ‘Not Iran, Not Syria!’ These slogans are guided.”


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