These from our friends in Iran.
Dec.16, 2010 – Tehran. On Ashura, in fear of the wrath of people, regime deployed its black outfit mercenaries into the streets. A part of this force actually consists of torturers from Army’s Especial Brigade famous as Brigade No. 65 which is stationed at Base 62 in Afsarieh, Tehran.
Dec.16, 2010 – Tehran. In Ashura evening regime’s intelligence agents 3 male and one female arrested three girls in front of Melat Park (north of Tehran) trying to force them into an SSF van but the crowd present bravely attacked the car with sticks and made them to stop and free the three girls. Then the brave crowd escorted the girls out of the region.
Dec.16, 2010 – Tehran. Around 12 noon of Ashura a SSF station at the main intersection of Qhaitarieh region which was used for identifying dissident youths leading to their arrests was attacked by youths and all its windows were broken. The agents flew the station from fear of the protesting youths.
Dec. 19, 2010
Tehran – Security forces have been stationed on the streets from Saturday night on December 18 in various regions of the city especially in the Azadi, Enqelab, Firdusi, Imam Hossein, Valiasr, Rah Ahan, Monirieh and Vanak squares and they have imposed a martial law. All forces in Tehran are on full alert. According to reports from the head of a gas station in Northern Tehran, since Saturday, before the subsidy cuts were announced, Bassij, Intelligence Agents, plainclothes agents, national security forces and security forces with 3 or 4 cars which belong to security forces were stationed in this gas station to control the people. Plainclothes agents were still present in the gas station on Sunday and were controlling the people.
Some people were crying over the subsidy cuts. One person in a gas station hit himself on the head after hearing the subsidy cut and said, ‘I came here with 5,000 tomans to fill my tank with 50 liters of gas and now you are telling me to pay 700 to 800 tomans for gas?’
Tehran – 11 am – Security forces are physically controlling all gas stations in Punak, Ariashahr, Azadi, Valiasr, Resalat and Vanak Squares.
Sari – 9 am- People in this town have also made long lines outside of gas stations and the presence of security forces in the gas stations is very noticeable.
Babol- There are also long lines in gas stations in Babol.
Tabriz Dec. 19 – In Tabriz, taxi drivers have gathered outside the centers of natural gas. A number of them have also next to the Pasdaran Highway and near the terminals.
Hamedan Dec. 19 – Since the announcement of the subsidy cuts, taxi drivers in Hamedan have gone on strike and their passengers are forced to walk to their destinations. “They have not left us breathing space. They want to carry out a policy which says that to rule over Iranians, you have to keep them hungry. I know some people from among my colleagues who cannot even buy one kilo of tomatoes in one month”, a taxi driver said.
Dec. 18, 2010
Tehran December 18 – 11 pm – In Mohseni Square and Tehranparse there are long lines outside gas stations and security forces have also been stationed there with their vans to make arrests if necessary.
Tehran December 18 – 11 pm – After Ahmadinejad’s speech tonight in which he announced the subsidy cuts and heightened gas prices, people have gone to the gas stations to fill up their tanks with the subsidized gas before the midnight subsidy cut and all the gas stations are crowded. In the main regions of Tehran such as Tajrish, Valiasr, Azadi region, and Khosh armed security forces have been stationed with their automobiles.
Tehran December 18 – 11:30 pm – This SMS has been sent to many cellphones in Tehran: “To Mahmoud (Ahmadinejad): Whatever you said not to do, we will do”.
Tehran-Dec. 18, 2010- People are talking about the subsidy cuts and saying how is it that families in Lebanon are receiving 10 million dollar loans but we can barely afford to buy bread? The people ridicule the subsidy plan and say amongst themselves that we have to wait in the gas line from night to morning and then wait in the bank lines from morning to night.
Tehran, Mashhad, Tabriz, Isfahan – Dec. 18 – After Ahmadinejad’s speech, people have said that large demonstrations would be held but the time and location have not been announced.
Isfahan – Dec. 18- 1am – There are at least 10 motorists waiting in line in each gas station in this city.
Hamedan – After the announcement of the subsidy cut, all banks have gone on alert. The manager of a gas station said that security forces have been stationed in all gas staions and that there are lone lines outside gas stations to the extent that each person has to wait 15 to 30 minutes for gas.
Zanjan – After the subsidy cuts were announced, security forces went on alert mode in Zanjan.
Ahwaz – The price of gas has raised to 700 tomans, last night, security forces forcefully closed all gas stations and told to people to wait until midnight to get gas at 700 tomans without subsidies.
Kermanshah – on Saturday night, several agents were stationed in every gas station to control the people. Today, the banks were very crowded and security forces have been doubled in banks.
Tabriz – after the subsidy cut was announced, long lines of motorists have been made in the Baghamishe Township in Tabriz.
Tehran 12pm – Dozens of agents have been stationed near the Chamran Highway. They do not stand adjacent to the gas station.
Tehran 7 am- Hundreds of agents were stationed in Tajrish Square.
Tehran – in the Tehranpars region, Damavand, Imam Hossein and Shohada Streets, about 5 to 6 security and Bassij forces have been stationed in about 20 gas stations in this region and their cars are also parked in a ready position. The people are saying that the goal of these measures is to prevent a repeat of what happened two years ago when the people torched gas stations in protest to the rationing of fuel.
Dec. 19, 2010- Tehran. As the anti-plan of omitting the subsidy of goods started on Sunday Dec. 19, Mohsen Khancharli one of the heads of Great Tehran’s SSF said that a plan called ‘the Plan of Fighting Theft’ is implemented since the morning of the day. SSF will be present in all regions according to that plan. He claimed in imposturous words: “this plan is to escalate social security”.
Eyewitnesses said that anti-riot squads are heavily stationed at squares and intersections such as Enghelab Square, Sadeghieh and Vali-e-Asr.
Dec. 19, 2010- Tehran. The clerical regime having the pillars of its rule build on censorship and lies is fearful from the disclosure of PMOI about the terrible situation of the economy and people’s leaving conditions especially when it fears the wrath of people after announcing the omission of subsidy of goods. Regime’s News Network expressed regime’s fear on Saturday Dec. 18 just a few hours before Ahmadinejad announced the execution of the plan of subsidy, under the title of ‘Monafeghin’s mission in regard with the plan of subsidy’ and said: “at the eve of this huge economic change some members of this ‘grouplet’ are tasked to enter the country in disguise of tourism and go to poor regions and provide foreign media with photos and clips about poverty in different regions”.
Dec. 19, 2010- Tehran. Bahman Akhavan, a member of the Industry and Mining Commission in the Parliament expressed concern over the consequences of the subsidy cut and said, “If we are not able to carry out a clean and radical surgery, the reactions of this live specimen will come out in the forms of inflation, waves of bankruptcy and probable protests and then we will be forced to stop the plan which will have a very heavy price”.