Amnesty International Toes US Gov’t Line in Urging Unrest in Iran

Alleged 'human rights' outfit enlists in the Empire's regime change effort in Persia

Blows up the death toll, demonizes Iran on US and Saudi mouthpieces

The U.S. government has lent its full support to anti-government protesters in Iran. “The United States is with you,” announced Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. Vice President Mike Pence was similarly emphatic.

Meanwhile, President Trump offered condemnation of the Iranian government’s actions; “Iran has become so unstable that the regime has shut down their entire Internet System so that the Great Iranian people cannot talk about the tremendous violence taking place within the country,” he tweeted. Yet even as the U.S. government was announcing its endorsement of events, their Iranian adversaries were claiming victory over the demonstrators. At a cabinet meeting in Tehran, President Hassan Rouhani claimed,

The Iranian people have again succeeded in an historic test and shown they will not let enemies benefit from the situation, even though they might have complaints about the country’s management.”

Widespread, peaceful protests originally flared up on November 15, after an unexpected overnight tripling of fuel prices. However, these were soon overtaken by more militant, violent confrontations with security forces. Over a dozen gas stations and more than 70 banks are reported to have been destroyed. The proceeds from the price hike were reportedly intended to subsidize low-income Iranians, although the reasons for the increase were not explained, leading to a public outcry.

Amnesty International reports that at least 115 protestors have been killed in the violence, and puts the blame squarely on Iranian security forces, suggesting the final death toll may be “much higher.” The Iranian government rejects these figures, claiming only a handful of people have died, including at least four members of government security forces at the hands of rioters. Inside the country, the Internet was shut down for over a week, adding to the confusion.

Across the Western media, the events have been described as a government “crackdown” (e.g. BBC, CNN, LA Times). And for Fox News, the fact that the Iranian government is trying to “squash” the “massive protests” is proof that it is losing its grip and is afraid of its own people.

Yet others have not seen it like this. Mohammad Morandi, a professor at the University of Tehran, draws a distinction between what he sees as the legitimate, peaceful, anti-fuel increase protests and the “very well organized and very violent” demonstrators who immediately destroyed banks, ambulances and public services, “egged on” by international media such as the government-subsidized BBC and Voice of America.

Others have criticized Amnesty for failing to be a neutral actor in the conflict racking the Islamic Republic. Ben Norton, Assistant Editor of the GrayZone, for instance, condemned Amnesty researchers for appearing on Saudi-backed media and on U.S. government mouthpiece Voice of America, both of which have been pushing for regime change in Iran for some time. Norton claims that Amnesty is becoming little more than a “tool of US imperialism.”

In a tweet condemning the Iranian government’s harsh response to the protests, Amnesty rather ominously announced that “we urge states to bring Iran’s authorities to account.”

It is difficult to see what states, except the United States, that Amnesty would be calling on to discipline Iran, especially seeing as the U.S. is already conducting a campaign of economic war against the country in the form of sanctions.

The United States government has long attempted to foment popular uprisings and hijack or manipulate protests against the Iranian government. As far back as 2009, the influential Brookings Institute think tank published a report with chapters dedicated to “supporting a popular uprising” and “inspiring an insurgency.” More recently, NBC News reported that a new study from Washington, D.C.-based think tank the Center for a New America Security arguing that the United States military should be indefinitely deployed in the region “to counter Iran,” raising the possibility of permanent war. Earlier this year MintPress News contributor Ali Taj worried that a U.S. conflict with the Islamic Republic is “virtually inevitable” and that any confrontation could be the spark that ignites a hot war.

President Rouhani announced that his government had emerged victorious from the situation, claiming that violence was a “scheme pre-planned by…the Zionists and the Americans.” To what extent, if any, the violence was indeed orchestrated from abroad is impossible to tell, but what is certain is the Trump administration will be disappointed that the government remains in power.

Source: MintPressNews



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James Willy
James Willy
21 days ago

How exactly are those killings unlawful? At least Iran has the guts to shoot these paid *protesters* down. Why not show some pix of them laying dead in the streets? The Iranians have every right to destroy these maggots and thankfully it seems to have helped stop them. FU yanky pig and your friends izra-hell. IRAN WILL WIN.

JustPassingThrough
JustPassingThrough
21 days ago

Amnesty International is a fraud. Has been for decades.
A good idea gone bad.

CHUCKMAN
21 days ago

Sadly, Amnesty International, which many years ago I regarded as a worthy NGO, has for years been doing America’s bidding.

The United States, especially over the last couple of decades, has worked hard to influence or corrupt or discredit a whole range of important international organizations, so that it has a free hand in its imperial affairs.

The list includes OPCW, ICC, ICJ, WTO, UNESCO, and the UN itself. At this very moment, it owes the UN a billion dollars in legally-obligated back dues, but it just ignores the obligation.

DarkEyes
DarkEyes
20 days ago
Reply to  CHUCKMAN

The US are probably stockholders of the UN which is a private corporation as we all know. Even US is a private corporation, the US Military is also a private corporation.

I presume while US is on the board of UN Inc. and as board member it is not a custom to pay contribution to the club. US contribution was probably handing over of their Military as Peace Keepers on the planet under command of UN. (read for UN: World Government).

IMO.
BTW it could be the World Government has been activated in silence. These boys need money to run their show. Could be one of their first “Bill of Taxes presented to the world is “CO2 Tax” or “Climate Change Tax”. The advertisements are running high throughout the world.

If you cannot pay maybe the next phase is to confiscate your possessions and assets as payment. Then 500 Trillion in the pockets of the Banksters is not enough for Mr J. Rothschild, the CEO of the globe.

chris chuba
chris chuba
20 days ago
Reply to  CHUCKMAN

I looked at an archive of their reports on their website. It was 2004 when they drank the Kool-aid. That is when the reports on Israel got really soft and the reports on Iran and Syra became hysterical.

You would think that Is. stopped killing Palestinians and using ‘targeted assassinations’ in 2003 and Iran started massacring their own people. We all know that Is. brags about their assassinations even this year.

Séamus Ó Néill
Séamus Ó Néill
21 days ago

“Amnesty International”, like so may before it, has just become a Western tool. Julian Assange is dying a tortured death in a British prison, guilty of no crime , but our great American puppet refuses to condemn it….it joins the White Helmets etc as another propaganda arm to fool the unwary people !

DarkEyes
DarkEyes
21 days ago

The usual events instigated by CIA, NATO/GLADIO, MI6, Mossad.
After Venezuela, Bolivia, Hong Kong, it is now time for a rerun on Iran for the last one had no success. The West will have no chance in Iran thanks to their strong military.

Pompy and Pence are as usual singing the same old “democratic” song.
Do not believe a word of it. One of them is expert in, as he told the world once, lying and stealing and cheating. The wellknown CIA workmethode.
There you go.

God bless Iran and its proud people.

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