Another woman by the name of Massoumeh Darabpour has been identified in the new list of names of 30 martyrs verified by the People’s Mojahedin (PMOI/MEK) and the Iranian Resistance.
Massoumeh Darabpour was killed during the Iran uprising in Ahvaz. The total number of verified names of persons killed by security forces during the mid-November Iran protests has so far reached 380.
The Iranian Resistance estimates that the total number of martyrs of the Iran Uprising exceeds 1,000. More than 4,000 persons have been wounded or injured during the Iran protests, and over 12,000 persons have been arrested. The wave of arbitrary arrests continues across the country.
On December 6, 2019, a young woman by the name of Nadia Sobhani, 25, was arrested by the Department of Intelligence in Javanroud, Kermanshah. She is accused of filming the protests. The Sobhani family has not been successful in obtaining any information on the fate of their daughter.
At a press briefing on December 5, 2019, Brian Hook, the Special Representative for Iran and Senior Advisor to the Secretary of State, affirmed the number of deaths in the recent Iran protests may have surpassed 1,000. He added that the regime’s treatment of the Iranian people is abhorrent and unacceptable.
Hook said, “It appears the regime could have murdered over a thousand Iranian citizens since the protests began. We cannot be certain because the regime blocks information. Among those murdered are at least a dozen children, including 13 and 14-year-olds. We have received reports from family members of victims who tried to recover the bodies. The authorities demanded that the families first pay the cost of the bullets they used. In many cases, authorities would not hand over the bodies until their family promised not to hold public funerals.”
He added, “In Mahshahr, a city in southwest Iran, a number of Iranian demonstrators blocked a road. The State Department has received videos of what happened next. Without warning, the IRGC opened fire on the protesters, killing several people. Many of the protesters fled to nearby marshlands to escape. The IRGC tracked them down and surrounded them with machine guns mounted on trucks. They then sprayed the protesters with bullets. Between the rounds of machine-gun fire, the screams of the victims can be heard. In this one incident alone, the regime murdered as many as a hundred Iranians and possibly more. When it was over, the regime loaded the bodies into trucks. We do not yet know where these bodies went, but we are learning more and more about how the Iranian regime treats its own people.”
“The United States calls for the immediate release of all protesters detained in prison, as well as all the political prisoners currently held by the regime,” Brian Hook said.