Maryam Rajavi: The heroic uprising of today reflects the people’s general demand to overthrow the mullahs


Uprising of thousands of people in Mashhad in protest at high expenses chanting "Death to the dictator", "Death to Rouhani"


Maryam Rajavi: The heroic uprising of today reflects the people’s general demand to overthrow the mullahs
Since this morning, Thursday, December 28, thousands of people in Mashhad gathered at the Shohada square in front of the municipality's building in Mashhad to protest the daily increasing and unrestrained price of basic goods and necessities. The number of demonstrators increased every minute during the march.
Before the rally started, a large number of repressive forces were stationed in the area. However, the people pushed them away and continued to demonstrate. As the demonstration continued, repressive forces opened fire in the air and fired tear gas at demonstrators. However, citizens and youths resisted and clashed and returned tear gas to the regime forces.
The protesters chanted "Death to Rouhani", "Death to the dictator"; "If you stop one case of embezzlement, our problem will be solved"; "Neither Gaza, nor Lebanon, my soul is sacrificed to Iran,".
Similar protests were held in Neyshabur, Kashmar, Birjand, Shahrood, Noshahr and many other cities of Iran.
Maryam Rajavi saluted the heroic citizens of Mashhad and Neyshabour, Kashmar, Birjand and Shahrud, who have stood up against high prices, unemployment and corruption by chanting "Death to the Dictator", "Death to Rouhani" and clashing with the suppressive forces. She praised the prominent and courageous role of the women in this great uprising. She called on all the people, especially the youth, to support Mashhad's great uprising. She added: "The heroic uprising of today in large parts of Iran has once again proved that the overthrow of the mullahs’ regime and the establishment of democracy and the rule of people is a national and public demand.
“While the overwhelming majority of the people of Iran are suffering from poverty, inflation and unemployment, most of the country’s wealth and revenues is spent on military and security apparatuses and military and regional interventions, or is being looted by the regime leaders or goes into their bank accounts,” said Maryam Rajavi, “Therefore, so long as this regime is in power, the economic and livelihood conditions of the people become worse and the only solution to get rid of economic and social problems is to overthrow the clerical regime.”
Secretariat of the National Council of Resistance of Iran
December 28, 2017

Reflection in media:

Al Arabiya, 28 December 2017 - Thousands of residents in a number of Iranian cities including the north-eastern city of Mashhad took to the streets on Thursday demonstrating against unemployment, poverty and the rising cost of living.
Protesters raised the slogans 'Death to Rouhani, and Death to the Dictator'. Usually the term 'dictator' is addressed to Iran's Supreme Leader, Ali Khamenei. Protesters also waved banners denouncing Iran's interference in the Arab region.

Video: Residents in the Iranian city of Mashhad took to the streets on Thursday demonstrating against unemployment and poverty.

Similar protests were held in cities of Neyshabur, Shahroud, and Yazd.
There were angry chants of “Death to the Dictator” and “Death to Rouhani.”
The demonstrators also chanted “Forget about Syria, think about us”, “Don’t be scared, we are all together.”
Mashhad is the second most populous city in Iran and capital of Razavi Khorasan Province. It is located in the northeast of the country, bordering Turkmenistan and Afghanistan.
In Mashhad, the state security forces attacked and fired tear gas into the protestors.
Earlier this week, demonstrations broke out in Isfahan, central Iran, in protest against the unemployment crisis.
Officials in Isfahan warned of the worsening unemployment crisis, with statistics indicating that more than 27,000 people were fired from their jobs because firms went bankrupt over the past nine months.

Maryam Rajavi , the President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran ( NCRI ), described today’s uprising in Mashhad as indicative of the popular and nationwide desire for the overthrow of the clerical regime. She said today’s protests in various parts of Iran once again show that the overthrow of the clerical regime and establishment of democracy and popular sovereignty is the demand of Iranians nationwide.
Rajavi said while the overwhelming majority of Iranian people suffer from poverty, inflation, and unemployment, a major portion of the national wealth and income is being used for the military and intelligence apparatus and for belligerence and meddling in the region or is being plundered by the regime’s senior officials.
“Thus, as long as this regime is in power the economy and the welfare of Iranians will deteriorate, and the only solution to the economic and social ills and the crisis is the regime’s overthrow”, she said.

Another report:

On Thursday, December 28, 2017, thousands of people in Mashhad gathered at the Shohada square in front of the municipality’s building to protest the daily increasing and unrestrained price of basic goods and necessities. The protesters can be heard chanting “Death to Rouhani”, “Death to the dictator.”


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