Iran security forces have shot and killed hundreds of unarmed protesters in many cities, all because they objected to rising gas prices.
The Islamic Republic of Iran announced on state television on Tuesday, Dec. 3, they killed innocent protesters over the past few weeks.
“The acknowledgment came in a television package that criticized international Farsi-language channels for their reporting on the crisis,” The Associated Press reported. “Iran has yet to release any nationwide statistics over the unrest that gripped the Islamic Republic beginning Nov. 15 with minimum prices for government-subsidized gasoline rising by 50%.”
Demonstrations over the gas increase began in approximately 100 cities on Nov. 15, and Amnesty International confirmed on Tuesday the number massacred by the Islamic regime had reached at least 208.
The New York Times reported up to 450 protesters had been murdered, with up to 2,000 more sustaining injuries, and up to 7,000 being detained.
“This alarming death toll is further evidence that Iran’s security forces went on a horrific killing spree, that left at least 208 people dead in less than a week. This shocking death toll displays the Iranian authorities’ shameful disregard for human life,” said Philip Luther, research and advocacy director for the Middle East and North Africa at Amnesty International.
“Those responsible for this bloody clampdown on demonstrations must be held accountable for their actions. Since the Iranian authorities have previously shown they are unwilling to carry out independent, impartial, and effective investigations into unlawful killings and other arbitrary use of force against protesters, we are calling on the international community to help ensure accountability.”
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Fox News on Monday, the problems facing Iran are a direct result of their leadership.
“The challenge that the Iranian economy faces is the direct result of the Iranian leadership. It has nothing to do with the sanctions we’ve put in place,” Pompeo said. “The Iranian leadership has failed to serve their people and continues to fail to serve their people.”
“It’s important to note, the world should know that humanitarian assistance, medical supplies, and those kinds of things are expressly permitted to go into Iran,” Pompeo continued. “Our sanctions don’t impact those items. To claim that America’s sanctions are denying medical products for the people of Iran is foolish and it’s simply an effort to deflect from the catastrophe that he has inflicted upon his own people.”
The true figures for the number killed are not clear, “I’ve seen numbers that vary from as few as a hundred to many times more than that, that have been killed by the Iranian Security Forces,” Pompeo concluded.
“They’re just simple people who wanted to go out and protest to gain their political freedom and their political rights inside of Iran. We know that there have been several thousand people already detained and put into prisons. This is a regime that is spoiling the very demands that their people are putting on them. These protests are a direct result of economic collapse, the absence of political freedom and a regime that has sent their young boys off to fight and come back dead.”