London, 13 Jan - Iran has recently been rocked by demonstrations that began over frustration about crushing poverty and widespread unemployment, but quickly changed to calls for the expulsion of the regime.
While smaller-scale protests, with more limited demands, had occurred almost continuously over the previous year, the strength of the protests came as a surprise. However, the regime’s response was shocking.
The National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) released figures on the human cost of the first nine days, this past Friday. Drawing on information provided by the network of the Mujahedin-e Khalq (MEK), the NCRI’s leading constituent group, they determined that at least 50 people had been killed and another 3,000 arrested. Public acknowledgement of some of the killings and the arrests have Iranian authorities admitting to 500 arrests in Tehran alone.