Iranian government uses paramilitary groups against protesters

The Iranian government tries to suppress the “Jin, Jiyan, Azadi” protests by using paramilitary groups. Recently, girls have been kidnapped, subjected to acid attacks and violence in the cities of Eastern Kurdistan by these groups.

Siruşa Amîn 

News Center- Recently, Salafist/ Wahhabi groups have attacked the people in many cities of Rojhelat (Eastern Kurdistan) with the support of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) and security forces. Several days ago, these groups attacked young people in the city of Marivan. According to eyewitnesses, the identities of attackers were known, the government did not take any action against them but arrested the people protesting the attack. 

They threaten people 

Despite the ongoing protests and criticism by people and activists, these groups are supported by Iran’s security forces. According to local sources, the Iranian government employs these groups and gives them weapons to suppress the protests, to threaten and intimidate citizens in the cities of Eastern Kurdistan. The local sources say that these groups previously received military training from the IRGC and carried out many attacks against civilians. 

The local people think the main aim of these groups is to suppress the “Jin, Jiyan, Azadi (English: Women, Life, Freedom” uprising and the reason why the Iranian regime uses them is the influence of Salafism in Eastern Kurdistan. 

The lives of women and girls are at risk 

There is a serious increase in the rate of violence against women and girls in Iran and Rojhelat. Recently, these groups have attacked women and girls with acid. The recent acid attacks on women and girls recall the series of acid attacks on women and girls in Isfahan in October 1993. Some men threw acid on the faces of women and girls for not wearing their hijabs properly. The acid attacks became a nightmare for many girls in Isfahan and other cities. Despite the protests and demands for identification of the attackers, the case was closed in 2017. 

Today, women and girls face the same attacks and their lives are at risk. The Iranian regime keeps creating terror in society. Despite everything, the people are determined to demand their freedom.