Over the past weekend, it has been reported that the Iranian police have taken to using very violent tactics to attempt to scatter the anti-regime protesters.
Currently, the Iranian province of Khuzestan is struggling through extremely harsh water and energy shortages. In an attempt to quell the protests that have cropped up as a response, the officials in Iran completely shut down all internet access and started to mobilize military police assets, which lead to the death of at least three civilians so far.
As reported by Iran International, security forces have started to fire tear gas and guns in attempts to disperse a crowd protesting in Tehran. the protesters were chanting ” death to Islamic Republic” and many other anti-regime phrases.
On Saturday, the outlet stated:
Increasingly, slogans have focused on Supreme Leader Khamenei and the clerical ruling class. “Death to the dictator” and “Clerics should get lost” have become common chants. Iran experienced nationwide protests in 2017, 2018 and in November 2019, resulting in the deaths of hundreds of people mostly when security forces opened fire at protesters.
Saturday’s protesters also chanted in remembrance of young people killed in 2019, saying families are without their children and Khuzestan is without water.
Today @IranIntl received a video from Tehran where a protest was held with protesters chanting "the country has no water." This comes as protests have occurred in Khuzestan Province over water shortages in #Iran. https://t.co/IRjVl4dE7V
— Iran International English (@IranIntl_En) July 31, 2021
An Iranian-American journalist who has been nearly kidnapped while in the United States by Iranian forces earlier this summer, Masih Alinejad, tweeted out a video of the security forces allegedly beginning to open fire on the protesters: “Tonight in Tehran people are changing ‘Death to dictator.’ And security forces open fire on protesters. Where are the media?”
Tonight in Tehran people are changing “Death to dictator.” And security forces open fire on protesters.
Where are the media?#Iran has witness multiple demonstrations for more than two weeks as disenchantment with the regime continues. pic.twitter.com/hsI8TynsIP
— Masih Alinejad 🏳️ (@AlinejadMasih) July 31, 2021
“Today people took to the streets in Tehran and chanting death to Islamic Republic and Death to dictator,” she stated. “Iranian people are fed up with corruption and in 40 years of dictatorship.”
During all of this, the Cuban government, which is also currently trying to put down a wave of anti-regime protests, is aggressively arresting and beating its civilians.
This past week, Gabriela Zequeira Hernández, aged 17, was issued an eight-month prison sentence for her alleged part in the anti-regime demonstrations. While she was in custody, Zequeira was reportedly forced to remove her underwear while in the presence of officers.
As the government of Cuba seeks to prosecute its citizenry in summary trials with no due process whatsoever, their family members are gathering around police stations seemingly in an attempt to bring clothing, food, and other such items to their loved ones.
Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) stated as part of a recent speech that the release of all political prisoners, to go along with the establishment of a free press and the start of free elections, will allow the automatic end of the embargo against Cuba.