Iran. Statement from Soheil Arabi in Iran on the current uprising.
Originally published by The Federation of Anarchism Era. Translated by Hasse-Nima Golkar-
THE PEOPLE WANT TO OVERTHROW THIS SYSTEM!
This is a peaceful demonstration; why are you shooting at us? No one has taken the water away from you; no one has taken the land away from you! Why are you shooting at us? We say that peaceful protests are part of our rights. Water and land belong to our rights. To live is our right! We say we want freedom, but they (the regime) shoot at us!
Why do those who see the oppression of the people still show no suitable reactions, the appropriate response for solidarity and condemnation against oppression and killing? Even these are not enough to do!
These tired and oppressed people want to be freed from oppression and tyrants. The people want to overthrow this ignorant and tyrannical regime. The least the people demand is the downfall of the corrupt, destructive, and tyrannical Mullah regime. Those who ignore the voice of the people, those who turn a blind eye to these crimes, are accomplices of these butchers!
They cry, “I am thirsty!” And instead of giving back the water, which is their right, the heart is pierced with bullets!
Behold those who target the thirsty with their bullets are the same religion-selling liars who take huge sums of money to blare their mourning of the thirsty lips of Karbala!*
The earth is red with the blood of the people who wanted life and received no answer except bullets.
Bullets, bullets, and bullets!
Yesterday was Saddam’s bullets and rockets; today is Khamenei’s prison, batons, and bullets.
Sheyban**. Execution. Bullet.
Sheyban. Execution. Bullet.
That was all that happened to us! It passed. It passed with incarceration and bullets, but we do not forgive. To avenge our children, we will fight until this vampiric regime is overthrown! And know that this intifada ends in the revolution!
This insurrection ends with only one thing, and that is Freedom! Liberation from centralism, fascism, capitalism, theocracy, along with its accomplices!
We do not want a central government. We do not want oppression and authoritarianism. We do not want tyranny and killing. We do not want the religion-selling fraudster and unfair distribution of wealth. We had enough of discrimination, turmoil, and ignorance!
We only have one wish, which is life! A normal life. Normal life means Freedom, Human Dignity, Justice, and Equality! Normal life means the answer to “I’m thirsty” is not bullets!
Today, there is only one way to prove your honor. Today, there is only one way to prove your honor by overthrowing this monster that calls itself the Islamic system.
Soheil Arabi, 21 July 2021
Rajaei-Shar Prison in West Tehran.
*He is referring to events of Karbala where the third Shiite Imam Hussein and some of his companions were killed without getting water in the battle with the army of the Caliphate, on October 13, 680 AD. The Iranian regime spends a huge amount of money every year, and mullahs cry the inhumanity of killing these innocent thirsty martyrs.
**Sheyban is one of the first cities in the current uprising in Khuzestan province and one of the first cities the regime attempted to suppress by opening fire on people.