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REPORT: Iranian regime converts elementary schools into ‘detention and torture centers’

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November 26, 2019

Iran is transforming schools into prisons for thousands of protestors arrested by security forces in a weeks long uprising in dozens of cities across the country.

The National Council of Resistance of Iran released video over the weekend exposing the regime’s “campaign of reprisals and lawless detentions throughout the country in response to the widespread uprising that began on November 15.”

The NCRI contends the regime has rounded up more than 10,000 in the protests, which sparked from a drastic government gas hike of about 300 percent – an increase leaders blamed on crippling U.S. sanctions.

“The extent of the unlawful detentions is so large that the security forces have turned grade schools in many towns and cities into detention and torture centers, which is a clear violation of international conventions,” the NCRI reports. “Video footage of security forces transporting handcuffed and blindfolded protesters into and out of the Quds elementary girls school in Tehran has circulated on the internet.”

“The Iranian Resistance calls on the United Nations Secretary General and related bodies such as UNESCO and UNICEF and the UN’s special rapporteurs and other international bodies defending the rights of children and human rights to condemn the Iranian regime for the senseless, arbitrary, and extensive wave of arrests, and for turning schools into prisons.”

One video released by NCRI appears to show a young protester in a skirmish with national security officers, who bludgeon him with an ax and fire at least five shots at close range. Hysteria broke out at the sound of the gunshots, with women screaming as protestors quickly cleared the area, where a fire raged in the street.

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“Young protestor in Gorgon shot to death at close range,” the video description reads.

In another video, security officers appear to be using the Quds elementary school as a detainment facility as they ushered prisoners out to an awaiting vehicle. Another transport van in the video appears to be bringing detained protestors to the school.

The videos come after a week without the internet in Iran after the government shut down services to quell protests in more than 100 cities. Iranian officials restored access to landlines on Saturday, providing some of the first glimpses of the chaos since it began.

The Associated Press reports:

Recently released videos span the country. One video from Shiraz, some 680 kilometers (420 miles) south of Tehran, purports to show a crowd of over 100 people scatter as gunfire erupts from a police station in the city. One man bends down to pick up debris as a person off-camera describes demonstrators throwing stones. Another gunshot rings out, followed by a burst of machine gun fire.

In Kerman, some 800 kilometers (500 miles) southeast of Tehran, the sound of breaking glass echoes over a street where debris burns in the center of a street. Motorcycle-riding members of the Basij, the all-volunteer force of Iran’s paramilitary Guard, then chase the protesters away.

Another video in Kermanshah, some 420 kilometers (260 miles) southwest of Tehran, purports shows the dangers that lurked on the streets of Iran in recent days. Plainclothes security forces, some wielding nightsticks, drag one man off by the hair of his head. The detained man falls at one point.

Gen. Ali Fadavi, the acting commander of the Revolutionary Guard, blames the uprising on Americans and exile groups, and alleged the internet shutdown was designed to limit outside influences supporting the protestors.

The internet shutdown made collecting figures on deaths, injuries, arrests and other information difficult, and the government has not released any statistics on the death toll.

Amnesty International reports at least 106 people have died in the violence, the AP reports.

“Why did (the Americans) get angry after we cut off the internet? Because the internet is the channel through which Americans wanted to perform their evil and vicious acts,” Fadavi said. “We will deal with this, Islamic Republic supporters, and our proud men and women will sign up to make a domestic system similar to the internet with operating systems that (the Americans) can’t (control) even if they want.”

This article was posted: Tuesday, November 26, 2019 at 4:18 am





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