Iranian protesters in Tehran on January 1, 2018 - AFP/Ryan Saavedra
CAIRO – 8 January 2018: Iranian opposition revealed that a security official issued orders to open fire at protesters who have taken to streets in opposition to the Iranian regime for more than ten days.
An opposition page on Facebook published a leaked document exposing the Iranian actions taken against the anti-regime protesters.
The Leaked Document - Source: Opposition page on Facebook
“The posted document leaked recently reveals that Tehran Police Chief Ali Asghar Jalalibour has granted his security forces the green light to open fire on protesters,” posted Iran News Update page on Facebook.
The leaked document, written in Persian, is issued from the senior security leadership of Tehran and addressed all security units in the capital city of Tehran.
On December 27, dozens of Iranian protesters took to the streets of Iran's second city of Mashhad to protest against the economic stagnation and rising unemployment, as well as rising prices and corruption.
Protesters appeared to be complaining against high food prices and unemployment; however, the protests quickly evolved into expression of anger against Iran's clerical leadership, including President Hassan Rouhani who promised to revive the economy but, according to them, failed to do so.
Police used tear gas and water cannons to disperse the protests in Tehran, but protesters continued to chant slogans with the goal of bringing down the theocracy; this is the most significant unrest in Iran in nearly a decade.
On Sunday, the London-based Daily Mail reported that Iran's former President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has been arrested for inciting anti-government unrest.
Although the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) said that at least 50 protesters have been shot and killed by the Revolutionary Guards, the official statistics reported the death of only 21 protesters.
NCRI issued a statement on Friday stressing that the Iranian regime has blocked social networks in Iran since the first days of "the uprising", cutting off the internet completely in some areas and boosting severe restrictions on it in others.