An Iranian riot-police officer sprays teargas at a protester in Tehran. (AFP)

By Alessandra Scotto di Santolo

September 14, 2019

Speaking to Express.co.uk, the member of the National Council of Resistance of  warned Iranian people have been forced to sell their kidneys and other body organs to survive whilst Iran’s “dictatorial” regime tries to divert the attention on international conflicts. Mr Abenidi warned the “boiling society” of Iran is ready to explode like a volcano and it is increasingly making Rouhani’s regime more “vulnerable at home”. He warned: “Inside Iran there is a boiling society like a volcano and the people are absolutely fed up with this dictatorship.

“There have been demonstrations, the Iranian people are suffering.

“Iran is a very rich country sitting on an ocean of oil and being the second biggest gas holder in the world after Russia.

“But 80 percent of the Iranian people are living below the line of poverty.

“And 30,000 had to sell their kidneys and their body organs to survive, to make their ends meet.”

Mr Abedini added: “The regime is making all these threats because they feel they’re vulnerable at home.

“And they want to create crises outside Iran to divert the attention.”

The representative of the dissident political organisation which considers itself to be the main opposition to the Iranian regime also warned the Iranian regime has been able to use dual nationals hostages as a “bargaining chip” to deal with the West thanks to the “weak” approach of the European Union against the rogue state.

He said: “Whatever the regime says it’s not from a position of strength. If they saw robustness and if they saw a strong action, a unified action, they would retreat from their position. Our experience for many many years is that this regime has faced lots of crisis inside Iran.

“It’s only a hollow threat but it’s, of course, a terrorist regime so the only way to deal with it is not to give it further concessions.

“They should deal with it as strongly as they say. There are tactical measures that should be taken.

“Especially putting the IRGC down on a terrorist list.

“The EU, unfortunately, has weak and vassal governments with weak policies that are counterproductive.

“It has only affected the regime to a degree to challenge its atrocities.”

On Tuesday, Iranian authorities have detained two British-Australian women and an Australian man after they were arrested in two separate incidents, with the trio currently held in a notorious jail in Tehran.

The Australian Department of Foreign Affairs has confirmed it is providing assistance to three people detained in Iran.

One of the women works as a university lecturer in Australia, while the other detainee is a blogger who was travelling through Asia with her boyfriend, also an Australian national.

The three detainees are being held in the Nevin prison complex.

The two women are said to be the first non-Iranian British passport holders to be arrested in the country for several years.

The Times reports they were moved to the notorious jail in the Iranian capital on Thursday, after being arrested in separate incidents.

According to the newspaper, the blogger and her boyfriend were arrested around 10 weeks ago and were documenting their travels in the country on social media.

She is being held in a wing reserved for political prisoners.

Express

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