Iran: old and new problems, protests and international solidarity

Written By Anna Rita Canone

November is no ordinary month for Iranians: 1,500 political opponents were massacred in November 2019.

The election of Ebrahim Raisi, among other things, did not improve things: you will remember that Raisi, a young prosecutor at the time, was the one who decreed the death of 30,000 political opponents in 1988.

The city of Isfahan was the scene of police clashes and violence, including 2 victims, following protests by farmers and local people over water shortages due to the deviation of the Zayandehrud River.

All social categories, from students to doctors, complain of growing poverty, the death penalty increasingly used as an instrument of political repression, and the corruption of the regime. In this context, Covid continues to demand a very high toll in human lives: 130,000 victims (Wikipedia data on December 01).

Meanwhile, international solidarity is growing.


Italy joined the 2021 Free Iran edition with former Ministers Giulio Terzi and Matteo Renzi on 12 July; on November 5, Maryam Rajavi, president-elect of the opposition, spoke by videoconference to over 20 Italian bipartisan senators and parliamentarians, asking the Italian government to recognize the 1988 massacre as genocide and a crime against humanity.

Italy recognized President Raisi guilty of the 1988 massacre and the murder of protesters in November 2019 and called for an end to his impunity.


On November 24 Maryam Rajavi, speaking to the National Assembly, asked for French support. Her words leave little room for the imagination: “The mullahs have not stopped repressing the Iranian people all these years. They continued to destabilize the region, in particular, Iraq, Lebanon, Syria, and Yemen”.

Great Britain:

On November 26, the British Committee for Iran Freedom issued a press release in which it condemned the violent repression underway in Isfahan.

United States:

On November 26, Mike Pompeo, Secretary of State, expressed through Twitter all his solidarity with the Iranian people: “(…)Khamenei’s thugs are once again shooting Iranians in cold blood for the crime of being thirsty. To the courageous Iranian people: Americans are with you”.

Meanwhile, the trial that began on 10 August against Hamid Noury ​​continues. The indictments see him accused of war crimes about the events of 1988

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