Continuous Protests Spread Across Iran Following a Massive Price Hike in Food and Other Basic Goods

This information is given to The Gateway Pundit by the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI)

On Tuesday, May 17, people in several Iranian cities took to the streets for the fifth consecutive day of anti-regime protests. These protests are ongoing despite intense security measures and limited internet connectivity.

Protests began over the sudden spike in the price of food and other basic goods, but have quickly turned into anti-regime protests with calls for regime change.

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On Tuesday evening, May 17, in Golpayegan, Central Iran, the footage shows the protesters “Raisi, you liar! What happened to your promises?!” in reference to regime President Ebrahim Raisi.

In Shahrekord, Charmahal, and Bakhtiari province, the protesters were shouting “Death to [Ebrahim] Raisi,” the regime’s president, and “Death to [Ali] Khamenei,” the regime’s supreme leader.

Another video from Shahrekord shows the regime’s security forces cracking down on anti-regime protesters.

In Sureshjan, Charmahal, and Bakhtiari province, anti-riot forces were dispatched to disperse the crowd and arrest protesters. The people stood their ground and chanted, “Don’t be afraid, we are together.

Defiant youths also gathered in the streets in the city of NahavandWestern Iran, chanting anti-regime slogans, despite the heavy presence of anti-riot units.

In recent days, the people have shown great resistance to the regime’s repressive forces. In some cities, protesters responded to the crackdown by attacking and occupying the local headquarters of the Basij, the paramilitary arm of the Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) that is tasked with protests.

Reports show that the regime has increased security presence in different cities to prevent rallies from taking shape.

In Tehran, anti-riot forces have been in different locations. In Malayer, security forces have set up checkpoints in different locations. In Izeh, security forces in armored vehicles are patrolling the city.

Security forces have killed several protesters in recent days. Many others have been injured and arrested. One video from Saturday night shows a man fatally wounded after being shot by security forces. It is worth mentioning that on May 16, the Iranian Resistance revealed a top classified list containing 5370 names of prison prisoners to death and retribution in Iran’s prisons, including numerous cases of placing political cases among ordinary crimes.

There are also various reports of consequences in cities where protests have been ongoing for several days, especially in Charmahal and Bakhtiari province.

The regime is taking extreme measures to prevent news of the protests from spreading. In addition to cutting off internet access, the government has been giving instructions to different branches and institutions in order to help censor news of the protests.

According to various reports, the Ministry of Intelligence and Security (MOIS) has built the media to avoid reporting the protests and even using terms such as “economic surgery,” “violent response,” and “rallies.”

This is while regime vice president Mohammad Mokhber and other regime officials had used the term “economic surgery” to refer to the regime’s decision to remove subsidies and change the monetary policy.

At the same time, regime officials are denying protests and dismissing them as propaganda by the Iranian opposition.

Mohammad Bagher Mohammadi Laini, Khamenei’s representative in Mazandaran province, northern Iran, voiced the regime’s concerns about the spread of news regarding the recent protests.

“If you receive negative messages and video clips on your smartphones, it is from the enemy, from the [People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran, PMOI/MEK]. Don’t read it! And if you do read it, don’t share it! Allow it to wind down… A number of rioters inside and [dissidents] outside the country want to take advantage of this opportunity and repeat the [November] 2019 and 2009 protests in the streets and alleys,” he explained.

On Tuesday evening, large images of Iranian Resistance leader Massoud Rajavi and Maryam Rajavi were cartooned on the Rasht-Anzali highway, in northern Iran.

Iranian opposition leader Maryam Rajavi and the President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) hailed The protesters and extended her warmest greetings to “arisen compatriots and protesters in various cities.”

“The courageous young people of Iran stood up to the criminal State Security Force and IRGC and chanted “Death to Khamenei,” and “Death to Raisi,” echoing the desire of the general public in #Iran for the regime’s overthrow,” Maryam Rajavi said and added“The continuation of protests heralds the dawn of final victory over the mullahs’ predatory and criminal regime.

Amid recent protests, on Monday, May 16, Mike Pompeo, the 70 US Secretary of State met with Maryam Rajavi in the Iranian Resistance headquarters in Ashraf-3 Albania, discussing the current situation in Iran.

More video from People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK):

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