Press Release: Crackdown on the 2019 Rebellion
We hold the Islamic Republic responsible for all inhumane acts.
In recent weeks, the Islamic Republic in Iran has made a concentrated effort to
crackdown on the latest uprising, which was ignited by an arbitrary 300% hike in the
price of fuel. The Iranian people poured into the streets in over 100 cities to express their
disdain and to free themselves from the repression they have been under for over four
This year’s uprising was larger and stronger than that of two years ago. People’s
slogans have changed from “Death to the Dictator” to the much more direct “Death to
Khamenei”, and are demanding the return of Prince Reza Pahlavi as their leader.
The regime’s crackdown was considerably harsher than ever with hundreds shot
and killed at point blank range, and thousands more unjustly jailed. Sensing the gradual
weakening of the regime’s stranglehold over the people, the dictatorship has embarked on
a remarkably brutal and visible demonstration of brute force, forcing compliance and
instilling fear in every citizen of the Islamic Republic. Some clerics have demanded a
harsh punishment for all arrested, including the cutting off of their left fingers and right
toes. This barbarism is how the regime responds to people who simply fight for their
freedom and dignity.
The National Union for Democracy in Iran (NUFDI) strongly condemns all of
the aforementioned behavior. NUFDI is particularly concerned with the extreme brutality
of the Islamic Republic’s security forces, their disregard for human rights, freedom of
speech, and their disdain for the due process of law. We commend the brave citizens of
Iran and feel betrayed by the international media for lack of coverage of the recent events
We and all Iranians hold the Islamic Republic regime responsible for all
inhumane acts towards those arrested during the recent, and all future uprisings.
Dr. Saeed Ganji