Shocking footage exposes everyday police brutality in Iran

The Foreign Affairs Committee of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) has published an article in which it states that whilst using coercive treatment by security forces in most parts of the world is not normal and, therefore, it makes headlines, in Iran, however, scenes of violence against people on the streets by police or plainclothes agents are in the order of the day.

Even worse things happen to people in the prisons and the dungeons of a regime that lacks the slightest popular legitimacy and seeks to hold onto power by mere crackdown and censorship, the committee states.

Since the clerical regime took reign after the Iranian people toppled the monarchy in 1979, the new regime made sure to preserve the main elements of the oppressive forces from Pahlavi’s secret police, the SAVAK.

The clerics used the experienced cadres to train a new generation of repressive and intelligence organisations.

The regime has dozens of covert and overt security organisations with billion-dollar budgets each year, no matter what dire economic situation the rest of the country is in. Unlike any other security apparatus in the free world, the police in Iran are first and foremost responsible for protecting the state and not the people.

Iranians can never rely on a fair judicial system to investigate let alone hold to account officers who exploit their badges in their personal favour. Rather this has become one of the main incentives to join the ranks and stand out from the rest of the population that has a hard time navigating through economic hardship and poverty.

As the Iranian regime uses terror to force regional rivals into submission, it has been exploiting fear, a natural human instinct of self-preservation to continue its corrupt rule.

Harassment and torture are not limited to political dissidents.

The state keeps intimidating small-scale offenders, usually those who have committed theft for survival to instill fear and intimidation in the entire society, killing the hope of any daring soul that aims to dissent. Women are especially targets of the systemic harassment machine of this regime.

Since the clerics in control have exploited the Islamic faith to theorize and cover up their lust for power, they methodically passed laws that are based on medieval traditions and women are suffering the most. Forty years of clerical rule has also produced an entire gender that is bitterly opposed to the regime to the bone, but fortunately, the internet and the increasingly growing use of social media are changing the times and the tides in favour of the people in Iran.

Thanks to mobile phones that arms every Iranian citizen with a camera, they are able to record these atrocities and show their compatriots as well as the world how ordinary people are being smashed and beaten into submission to a bullying underclass of brutes that call themselves guardians of rule of law.

After some of these sadistic officers and soldiers have been punished by the locals, security forces have become fearful of their actions as they have become aware of the repercussions that might follow if they are caught on camera.

Still, during uprisings, when insecurity becomes a nationwide problem for the regime, officials on the highest chain of command engage and even the Supreme Leader himself usually organises “a meeting” with a large crowd of supporters to call for the crackdown and demonstrate the move has popular backing.

in light of such occurrences, the riot police and the paramilitary Basij are supported by the Revolutionary Guards(IRGC) and its foreign legion, the Quds Force (QF). As many in the IRGC-QF ranks are foreigners, they have no mercy for the people who they are supposed to smash or kill.

When discussing law enforcement conduct in Iran, terms like “rotten apples” or even “rogue elements” is not an understatement; it’s a sheer lie, or even worse, it’s state-funded propaganda. There are no good actors in an apparatus that aims to protect the security of a dictatorship. When it comes to preserving a tyrannical rule, even a friendly gesture or polite demeanour is meant to legitimise the most corrupt and the most oppressive.

As Iranians across the country continue to use their phones and cameras to record the brutality put on display by their oppressors, awareness among more levels of society increases, as does the anger and outrage.

Footage quality from Iran doesn’t match with those who come from the Ukrainian resistance but that doesn’t mean Iranian lives don’t matter.

Whether the world decides to stand by and watch or to undertake something, this will only add to or reduce the blood that might spill on Iran’s streets but will not change the fate of this brutal regime: its eventual overthrow.

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