Iran’s latest purge targets filmmakers and activists as Biden’s admin remains silent

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As attempts to resuscitate the Iran nuclear deal drag on, stagnate and crumble, the Islamic Republic, to some extent, has disappeared from popular radar. The ins and outs of centrifuge production and rotation, uranium enrichment levels and the intricacies of inspection rights are details that were never meant to capture the attention of the masses, for the duration.

But now Iran is throwing people in jail.

That’s nothing new on its own, and also might not crackle on the radar. But there is an intensity to this latest round of arrests that former Iranian diplomat Mehrdad Khonsari says deserves a powerful expression of outrage from the West.

In this file photo from June 25, 2018, a group of protesters chant slogans at the main entrance to the Old Grand Bazaar in Tehran, Iran.
(Iranian Labor News Agency via AP, File)

“I am particularly surprised by the Biden administration because, quite rightly, they committed themselves to trying to solve this nuclear problem, but they failed to take into consideration at all levels the ordinary citizens of Iran,” he said. Khonsari told Fox News. , attributing this lack of attention to human rights in part to the fact that Washington did not want to further alienate Tehran in order to keep it at the table. “Unfortunately, it has become a ritual – talking about human rights – where people say it without really wanting to. But here they have not said it. Iranians want to know that their plight is recognized.”

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Among those recently arrested are some of Iran’s top creative figures, such as award-winning filmmaker Mohammad Rasoulof and his colleague Mostafa Al-Ahmad. They have called on social media for the security services to lay down their arms in connection with the harsh crackdown on protests sparked by a deadly building collapse earlier this year. Then, in the last few hours, the news that another filmmaker, Jafar Panahi, has also been arrested. Nahid Shirpisheh, the leader of a group of mothers demanding justice for their children killed in protests a few years ago, was also reportedly arrested.

The additional detention of Mostafa Tajzadeh stands out for a different reason. Tajzadeh is a former presidential adviser who has long been outspoken, but who Khonsari says is far from a dissident calling for revolution. In fact, he comes from a family of stalwarts in the system, including a brother-in-law who was instrumental in founding Hezbollah. The system has apparently become so paranoid for some time now that it easily spins on its own, Khonsari says.

Mourners chant anti-US slogans at the funeral of Iranian General Qassem Soleimani, and Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, deputy commander of Iran-backed militias in Iraq, known as the Mobilization Forces popular, at the Imam Hussein shrine in Karbala, Iraq, Saturday January 4, 2020.

Mourners chant anti-US slogans at the funeral of Iranian General Qassem Soleimani, and Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, deputy commander of Iran-backed militias in Iraq, known as the Mobilization Forces popular, at the Imam Hussein shrine in Karbala, Iraq, Saturday January 4, 2020.
(AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed)

“These are not people calling for the restoration of the monarchy or the establishment of a left-wing government. These are people who are an integral part of the original constituency,” Khonsari said. “The only part that’s left is what we call the ‘deep state’ and now they’re starting to arrest their own former colleagues and their own former revolutionary partners.”

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Khonsari says the situation in Iran is fragile. There are regular protests. Point-to-point inflation recently hit 50%. The price of bread soared 300% in a single day. Pensions are not enough to live on. People protested against corruption around the previously mentioned building which collapsed in Abadan, killing 41 people. Various unions are protesting against wages. But still, there is no political rallying point and apparently Iran is not at a tipping point.

“The fact is that there is no organized mechanism inside the country…something that the ‘deep state’ has deliberately prevented from being able to seriously challenge its authority,” said Khonsari.

In this photo released by the official website of Iran's Supreme Leader's Office, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei speaks during a televised New Year's address, in Tehran, Iran, Monday, March 21, 2022.

In this photo released by the official website of Iran’s Supreme Leader’s Office, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei speaks during a televised New Year’s address, in Tehran, Iran, Monday, March 21, 2022.
(Office of Iran’s Supreme Leader via AP)

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Khonsari adds that this is all the more reason for the West to speak out against the repression against the Iranian people.

“Nobdoy wants the United States or others to interfere in Iranian domestic politics, but by supporting and giving moral support to the rights of people who are trying to rid the country of the yoke of fundamentalist radicalism” and to make Iran “something that lends itself better to the region and the world is something that is welcome,” he said, saying such recognition would be an inspiration to many and adding that the message should not not be that the Iranian regime “can do whatever it wants with its people for as long as they don’t have a nuclear bomb.”

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