Fearing escalation of popular resistance, regime resorts to more suppressive measures

Simultaneous with the beginning of the holy fasting month of Ramadhan, the mullahs' inhuman regime has launched another campaign of terror and harassment, especially against women and in Tehran, reports from Iran indicate.

The regime's Guards Corps has in recent days started another aggressive campaign against women, specially in Tehran. Hundreds of women, including teenagers, are arrested and imprisoned every day on the bogus charge of improper veiling.

In Zahedan, capital of the southeastern province of Sistan and Baluchistan - which has been restless in the past weeks due to widespread discontent over fuel shortages - the regime has launched a "hit maneuver" and creating a de facto state of siege in the city. Special tents have been set up throughout the capital at all the main intersections and all vehicles and pedestrians are checked.

In another development, the mullahs' have ratified another 2.5 billion toumans of budget for suppression under the bogus pretext of "combating America."

These desperate efforts by the clerical regime reveal its fear of the escalation of popular protests and uprisings in the new phase of the Resistance inside Iran.

In the past weeks, hundreds of guards were killed or wounded in extensive clashes in the western provinces between the Mojahedin and the popular Resistance forces on the one hand and the mullahs' agents of suppression on the other.

To prevent the spread of such encounters to the rest of the country, the mullahs' Minister of Interior attended Wednesday the meeting of the Special Security Council of Western Iran where special measures were ratified for the suppression of popular uprisings.

Secretariat of the National Council of Resistance of Iran - Paris
January 18, 1997

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