The Tactics of an Iranian Police State

BY ALEXANDER MELEAGROU-HITCHENS 

A Farsi language website affiliated with the Iranian Revolutionary Guard, http://www.gerdab.ir/, has published pictures of Iranian protesters, asking viewers to identify the ‘criminals’.

On one of these web pages, the pictures numbered 1 and 19 are stamped with the word ‘identified’.  There is also a second page of circled faces, which have yet to be identified.

These tactics should serve as yet another reminder (as if we needed one) as to the type of state we are dealing with: a totalitarian, theocratic gangster regime, marshalled by a ruthless and invasive secret police.

For anyone wishing to show solidarity with the Iranian people, there will be a demonstration tomorrow (9 June) to mark the anniversary of the 1999 Iranian student protests which were also brutally suppressed by the regime.  It starts at 6 PM and the organisers request that attendees wear green if possible and meet at 16 Prince’s Gate, SW7. The nearest Tube station is South Kensington.

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