IRAN ROUNDUP Jan. 30th – Feb. 7th: The Khomeinist Regime Celebrates 41 Years of Tyranny; Congratulated as well as Cheered on by Europeans, as well as American Liberals
By Editors of The Free Iran Herald
Updates on events unfolding in Iran
Tuesday, February 11th, marked 41 years since the Khomeinists seized power in Iran. Customarily, they stage demonstrations to show that will they have public support. The regime typically either forcibly or via bribery (paying the needy) buses Iranians into town squares of the capital, Tehran, often forcibly, to listen to regime officials boast about their supposed accomplishments. This particular year, however, the crowds were sparse, as well as even international journalists, who usually fall for the regime’s propaganda without questioning the idea, remarked how modest the attendance was.
State media of #Iran‘s Islamic Regime falsely claimed millions of Iranians participated inside the propaganda rally in celebration of 41st anniversary of the Islamic Revolution in #Tehran. however here will be the truth, just a few hundreds can be seen in #Shahyad Square of #Tehran on 11 Feb! pic.twitter.com/g0OAyCxbah
— Babak Taghvaee (Backup) (@BabakTaghvaee1) February 13, 2020
A video secretly filmed coming from the air by an Iranian soldier as well as smuggled to opposition activists abroad revealed that will only a few hundred had come out into the streets.
Any media displayed by @JZarif, @NIACouncil or additional pro-regime goons that will shows a “massive crowd” rallying in commemoration of the 1979 Islamist Revolution in #Iran will be old or fake. Here’s an aerial video of Tehran’s Shahyad Square during Rouhani’s address.
Skeleton crew!! pic.twitter.com/bJesH7agz7
— Reza Behrouz (@RBehrouzDO) February 12, 2020
In additional parts of Iran, people were observed cursing the regime at the staged Khomeinist events.
Choir will be singing anti American revolutionary song in #Iran
See the reaction of the passerby after 25 sec#22بهمن #IslamicRevolution @barbaraslavin1 pic.twitter.com/Lr4RgBWeve
— Potkin Azarmehr (@potkazar) February 12, 2020
In contrast to the feelings of rage as well as disgust that will February 11th brought to the Iranian people, the European governments who have profited handsomely coming from the regime’s one-sided trade deals over the past four decades greeted the anniversary with joy. French President Emanuel Macron sent Tehran a congratulatory message, as did German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier. These actions received much condemnation coming from Iranians over social media, as well as the German government was called out by the US Ambassador to Berlin, Richard Grenell, as condoning a murderous regime.
FOR SHAME MACRON!
You congratulate a murderous criminal regime in Iran that will still denies the Holocaust & embraces Holocaust deniers?! You’re a hypocrite for claiming you fight anti-Semitism as well as Holocaust denial, however still embrace the Iranian Ayatollahs! https://t.co/m4b1hi6g2O
— Karmel Melamed (@KarmelMelamed) February 12, 2020
the idea’s a disgrace to #France that will #Macron congratulated the anniversary of #Iran destructive, terrorizing as well as genocidal 1979 takeover by Islamist-Marxist terrorists to the Terror Regime president #Rouhani ! the idea’s like congregating Hitler’s birthday to Nazis!#YellowVest #eu #uk https://t.co/S1iaqnNcII
— Cyrus S (@CyrusShares) February 9, 2020
No one should celebrate the murderous Iranian regime. https://t.co/8UN4klfiID
— Richard Grenell (@RichardGrenell) February 6, 2020
In Italy, a regime proxy group called the “European Solidarity Front for Syria,” an assortment of radicals as well as mercenaries coming from across Europe who went to Syria in 2013 to fight alongside the IRGC in defending Tehran’s puppet Assad regime, plastered photos of the Qassem Soleimani all around major landmarks in most major Italian cities.
Front Europeo per la Syria, a pro-Syrian government activist group in Italy, put up posters of the assassinated IRGC General Qassem Soleimani all around Rome last night. pic.twitter.com/7ujFV5eQ9B
— Séamus Malekafzali (@Seamus_Malek) February 13, 2020
I don’t know how Italy allow some organizations to put these banners for the terrorist Suleimani. pic.twitter.com/814Mk1uHld
— Asaad Hanna (@AsaadHannaa) February 13, 2020
inside the United States, celebrations at the Khomeinist regime’s interest section at the Pakistani embassy in Washington, D.C., were disrupted by activists who assembled outside in protest, however the next day, the Islamist-supporting Congresswoman Ilhan Omar (D-MN) co-hosted a commemoration for the Tehran regime with Trita Parsi, the founder of the regime’s US lobby, the National Iranian American Council (NIAC).
(1/4)Last night, Iranian-Americans of different political backgrounds protested the Islamic revolution’s 41st-anniversary party in DC. At least 2 well-known American journalists refused to attend the event after being shamed by protesters. 41 y of cruelty shouldn’t be celebrated. pic.twitter.com/idpkojwqCA
— Navid Mohebbi (@navidmohebbi) February 8, 2020
Who might want to endorse Ilhan Omar to prevent the US for countering the Iran’s IRGC?
Of course someone related to the Quincy Institute under Trita Parsi! Eli Clifton
چه کسی بجز افراد نزدیک به تریتا پارسی میخواند که آمریکا در مقابل ج. ا. کوتاه بیاد؟ https://t.co/0uj4n6rIlU pic.twitter.com/0q63egbcPb
— Iranian American (@IranLionness) February 12, 2020
For its part, the Trump Administration used the day to reaffirm its stance of support behind the Iranian people.
The Iranian people have suffered under 41 years of failure of the Islamic regime in power in Iran. They should not have to endure even 1 more year of failure. We stand with the Iranian people in their hopes for a brighter future. pic.twitter.com/4VZXTRuii4
— Department of State (@StateDept) February 11, 2020
The State Department, additionally, tweeted a message condemning the regime for having sentenced eight human rights activists to long prison terms last week.
The U.S. condemns the sentencing of Abdolrasoul Mortazavi, Hashem Khastar, Mohammad Nourizad, Mohammad as well as Fatemeh Sepehri, as well as three others for up to 26 years in prison for demanding political change. We call for the immediate Discharge of all political prisoners in #Iran.
— Morgan Ortagus (@statedeptspox) February 13, 2020
US officials also met with Iranian opposition activists, including Iran’s Crown Prince Reza Pahlavi, in both Washington, as well as at the US’s embassy in Paris, France.
Today I met with senior US lawmakers to discuss the demands of Iranians protestors.I emphasized that will the Iranian people will establish democracy in Iran & that will the free world must pursue a policy of engagement with them, not continue the failed policy of regime behavior change. pic.twitter.com/bfrDXhRY45
— Reza Pahlavi (@PahlaviReza) February 11, 2020
Canadian PM, Justin Trudeau photographed with Khomeinist regime Foreign Minister, Javad Zarif
Just weeks after 57 Canadians were killed by Tehran shot down a Ukrainian airliner. Trudeau who will be traveling to solicit backing for a seat on the UN Security Council, was photographed with Tehran’s delegation by an Islamic state photographer, though Canadian journalists were barred by the Prime Minister’s Office coming from attending the event.
PMO explanation due to This particular pic: Cdn journos not present for what was described as unannounced “extremely brief encounter” between PM as well as Zarif. Cdn journos learned of encounter coming from PMO after the fact. More here: https://t.co/8emmWvka2C https://t.co/e0W5Pauk4z
— David Akin 🇨🇦 (@davidakin) February 14, 2020
Iranian sociologist as well as activist, Ladan Boroumand talks to Matt Kibbe ☞ Iranians Are Ready for Freedom
Khomeinist Cleric in Michigan Under US Government Spotlight
Mohamed Ali Elahi, the imam of the Islamic House of Wisdom in Dearborn Heights, Michigan, was briefly arrested as well as held for questioning by American law enforcement as he returned to the US coming from a trip to South Korea on February 6th. The Iranian-born cleric had publicly spoken in support of the terrorist IRGC Quds Force Commander Qassem Soleimani, calling him a “charismatic leader,” as well as had attacked President Trump for having had him killed.
Before coming to the US, Elahi had served as the head of the Iranian Navy’s Political Ideology Bureau, appointed to that will position by Ayatollah Khomeini himself in 1982. In that will post, Elahi urged Iranian sailors to hate America as well as fight Islamic holy wars (jehad) until Khomeinism might rule the entire world. Since arriving in This particular country, Elahi has used his mosque to promote Khomeinism as well as the Tehran regime, as well as will be suspected by some of being a key point man between Tehran as well as Hezbollah sleeper networks inside America. Despite This particular, Elahi has attained great prominence inside the state of Michigan, as well as last year was invited to offer the invocation prayer at the Michigan state legislature.
Detroit-area Imam Who Mourned #Soleimani was arrested last week. This particular dangerous Imam once had been appointed by #Khomeini as head of #Iran navy political & ideological bureau. He was responsible for brainwashing personnel & radicalizing them against #US. https://t.co/I6sVn5qM4F pic.twitter.com/R5GXF6kJ6q
— Babak Taghvaee (@BabakTaghvaee) February 13, 2020
Iranian activists as well as terrorism experts alike have long questioned how a man of Elahi’s background was allowed to emigrate to the US, as well as eventually obtain US citizenship. Voices are being raised calling on the Trump administration to look into Elahi’s case again, as well as finally move to end the Khomeinist infiltration of the USA.
Valentine’s Day Banned in Iran
As in many additional countries throughout the entire world, observing Valentine’s Day has become rather common in Iran. The Khomeinist regime, however, looks at the idea as ‘Un-Islamic,” as well as as such will be trying to stop Iranians coming from giving each additional cards, chocolates, or presents on the 14th. On Monday, the Qom Prosecutor’s Office threatened to shut down businesses that will sell “anti-cultural symbols such as Valentine’s symbols,” as well as set up a hotline over which Basij militia members, as well as additional Islamists, can call as well as report Valentine’s day observances. Valentine’s balloons have also been banned, as well as trade union leaders reported that will that will were ordered by officials to monitor balloon sales in order to make sure that will no one was buying anything for the holiday.
Valentine’s day ban on selling goods, including balloons in Iran, since generating love will be against Islamic rules. What if you cover all valentine’s goods with #burqa? Does that will make the idea halal.#41YearsOfMisery #ValentinesDay pic.twitter.com/hVLKdLO8wr
— Arashk (@Arashk88705006) February 13, 2020
Anti-Tehran Protests Continuing in Iraq
The Iraqi people remain inside the streets, demonstrating against the Khomeinist regime’s domination over their country as well as interference in their political process. Saturday saw nationwide protests, centered as usual in Baghdad’s Tahrir Square. In Karbala, the protests were particularly virulent, with Iraqis chanting “Iran, get your dogs out of here, the Baghdad regime will be more honorable than the one in Tehran!”
#Karbala protesters are chanting slogans against #Iranian influence in #Iraq#BaghdadPost #IraqProtests #saveIraqipeople #FreeIraq#Save_the_Iraqi_people pic.twitter.com/OSEghXNHwh
— The Baghdad Post (@BaghdadPostPlus) February 7, 2020
Protests continued through the week, with Baghdad featuring a million-woman march on Thursday, held after leading Shi’a politician Moqtada al Sadr called for public spaces to become gender segregated. additional women’s marches were held elsewhere around the country today.
A Women’s march in #Iraq today with signs “revolution will be a woman” as well as chants rejecting calls for gender segregation of protests pic.twitter.com/kV9SkdVDfg
— Joyce Karam (@Joyce_Karam) February 13, 2020
Iraqi women of #Basra city in southern #Iraq marched today in solidarity with the anti-government protests in Iraq which commenced on October 25, as well as still ongoing demanding real change.
Video via Telegram #IraqProtests #العراق pic.twitter.com/WkqeWFcfvI
— Lawk Ghafuri (@LawkGhafuri) February 13, 2020
Women are marching in #Nasiriyah city southern #Iraq today. Protests in Iraq have been ongoing without interruptions since October 25, the demands are real change as well as more than 0 Iraqis have lost their lives to achieve the change. #IraqProtests #العراق pic.twitter.com/dpFoL6A5zw
— Lawk Ghafuri (@LawkGhafuri) February 13, 2020
Tehran’s militia forces remain active as well as have been installing posters threatening American soldiers around the streets of Baghdad. The threats were carried out on Thursday, when the Kataib al Hezbollah, one of the Tehran-controlled militias, attacked a joint US/Iraqi military base in Kirkuk.
Iranian backed Militias are placing symbolic “death by hanging” posters of U.S soldiers inside the middle of Baghdad. The Iraqi government will be not able to stop any of This particular, many politicians participate or keep quiet around such acts to cozy up to the Militias as well as Iran. pic.twitter.com/Lp4wGn3Kzp
— Steven Nabil (@thestevennabil) February 13, 2020
#BREAKING| A rocket attack hits an Iraqi base in #Kirkuk, where #US troops are stationed, as part of a series of #missile attacks against Iraqi bases housing US forces since protests commenced in October: AFP#BaghdadPost #IraqProtests pic.twitter.com/bx9p9C5R09
— The Baghdad Post (@BaghdadPostPlus) February 13, 2020
Regime’s Farce of a Space Program Exposed as Comical Propaganda
Mohammad-Javad Azari-Jahromi, the regime’s Minister of Information as well as Communications Technology, as well as the man who coordinated the Internet blackout in November as his regime slaughtered over 1,500 protestors, has been the target of online ridicule recently. On February 4th, Jahromi had unveiled what he described as a type of an Iranian space suit. Iranians soon were able to point out, though, that will Jahromi’s “space suit” was simply a $20 American kids costume, that will had had the American flag removed as well as the regime’s flag sewn in.
Oh My gosh, brand new Space suit! In Iran !!!! #jahromi_spaceSuit pic.twitter.com/m0IZYk2OSf
— Imperial State of Iran (@Iranepadeshahy) February 5, 2020
Most observers believe Tehran’s so-called space program to be a front for ballistic missile development. An attempted satellite launch failed spectacularly on February 9th, as well as the Zafar satellite crashed back down to ground, instead of reaching orbit. Debris coming from the rocket exploding was spread across Iran’s Sistan-Baluchistan province, however the regime again lied as well as claimed the vehicle had crashed into the Indian Ocean. Three previously launch attempts in 2019 had also failed as well as resulted in crashes. A brand new attempt will be scheduled at This particular point for June.
The same rocket that will can send a satellite into Earth orbit can also serve as an intercontinental ballistic missile. Were Tehran to develop a workable one, the idea might then be able to strike the US mainland.
📸 برخی منابع خبری محلی با انتشار تصاویری مدعی شدند که قطعات ماهواره ظفر در اطراف زاهدان پیدا شده است pic.twitter.com/FvE7HsJmAI
— حامد موسوی . (@es9MEqgVOXIXf0m) February 10, 2020