Iran has deployed troops to a Kurdish-majority city in an attempt to regain control of the city that was seized by protesters in recent days.
“The regime is actively terrorizing innocent Iranians in the Kurdish city of Mahabad and has also cut off their electricity and internet,” Lisa Daftari, Foreign Desk editor-in-chief, told Fox News Digital.
Daftari’s comments come after ceremonies were held on Sunday for two protesters who were recently killed in the small, Kurdish-majority city of Mahabad, according to a report by Iran International Sunday. Those ceremonies soon turned into fierce protests, and the protesters took control of the city.
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Gunshots could be heard on videos taken throughout the city as the protests intensified, and the Iranian regime eventually responded by cutting off power and internet access in parts of Mahabad.
Videos posted on social media showed the streets of Mahabad packed with military vehicles and authorities reportedly imposed martial law on the city. In one incident, people gathered for what was said to be a speech by the governor, but Iranian forces opened fire on the crowd, resulting in an as yet unknown number of casualties.
“On Saturday night, November 19, the Iranian regime appears to have imposed martial law in the Kurdish city of Mahabad. According to reports, the terrorist Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) of Iran has entered Mahabad with weapons and heavy military equipment… The lives of many people are in danger,” the Iranian Kurdistan Democratic Party said in a statement on Saturday. about the situation.
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The party called on human rights organizations not to remain silent about “the massacre of the Kurdish people”, arguing that the international community’s silence will only embolden the Iranian regime.
Iranian authorities have struggled to control protests that sparked the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amin at the hands of police in September.
With those protests still underway, Daftari said the country’s Kurdish minority is a natural target for the regime’s violent pushback.
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“It is no coincidence that the regime is particularly obsessed with killing Kurds both inside and outside its borders,” Daftari said. “During the ongoing revolution, which has now lasted for more than two months, the regime has used every opportunity to violently crack down on peaceful protesters while the world stands idly by. The Iranian people are calling on the mainstream media to cover their movement and for Western leaders to support them in their effort.”