Audio files obtained by hacktivist group Black Reward reveal concerns among Iranian officials over security force exhaustion, media failure and strikes.
Black Reward recently discovered access to digital files of the Fars News Agency and provided Iran International with audiotapes of meetings between a Revolutionary Guard general and a group of media managers or representatives of organizations affiliated with the IRGC. did.
Released part of the audio File Sunday detailing coordination between Iran and Qatar to silence dissidents during the World Cup. The new part of the file concerns plans to crush popular protests in the country.
In a nearly two-and-a-half-hour-long file, paramilitary Basij deputy commander Qasem Koleisi and media representatives spoke of the regime’s security forces’ fatigue, strikes in 22 states, and the defeat of Muslims. expressed concern. Republic of the “Media Wars”.
Qoreyshi also opposes Molavi Abdolhamid, the Sunni Friday prayer imam of Zahedan in the southeastern province of Sistan-Baluchestan, with suggestions that damage his reputation.
Early November Abdul Hamid strongly criticized It has held Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei responsible for government violence against Sunnis and other protesters.
At the conference, state media administrators said 22 states were the scene of the strike on November 15, adding that about 70 to 100 percent of markets and bazaars were closed on the day.
Based on the files, most of the closures took place in the capital Tehran, with nearly 100% of shops and businesses closed in some cities.
It also noted that students from 62 universities across Iran held rallies, while sit-ins were held at 11 other universities.
In another part of the leaked file, Qoreyshi said the Oct. 2 attack on Sharif University was carried out by agents of the Ministry of Information.
The meeting also said the reformers held separate meetings with President Ebrahim Raishi, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court Gorham Hossein Mohseni Ejay and Director of the National Security Agency Ali Shamkhani.
Media reports over the past week have confirmed The exiled Iranian reformers are meeting officials and trying to propose solutions on how to quell the protests, but so far have seen no apparent success.
According to the media manager, Ali Shamkhani predicts that sanctions against the Islamic Republic will be tightened and more “investment” will be made “in the media war.”
For regime officials, “media wars” meant winning the narrative, and it was far less for those with cell phones and internet access to share scenes of the protests and ensuing security force atrocities. It’s getting difficult.
Others have also quoted Shamhani as saying that he “completely failed in the media war.” In another part of the file, he is also quoted as expressing that 70% of his Iranians believe their living conditions are declining.
The files also reveal that Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei has complained about the public interest council members’ silence on the protests.
According to one of the speakers, Ayatollah Khamenei warned in a meeting with police chief Hossein Ashtari that he should “not lose confidence.”
A senior state media official also said: “The police have no good news. They are exhausted and very unhappy, especially after the events in Sistan and Balchestan.”
Iranian security forces fired assault rifles at protesters, bystanders and worshipers in a violent crackdown after Friday prayers on September 30 and also on Fridays in October and November. After firing shotguns and tear gas, they killed about 100 Baluch civilians, including children, and injured hundreds more.
According to Qoreyshi, Khamenei demanded that Moravi Abdulhamid be warned about his comments.
Qoreyshi adds: To give Abdul Hamid more credit, we first eliminated the tribal leaders in the area.but he didn’t carry much weight [in the past]”
The media manager also expressed concern over the deteriorating health of rights activist Hossein Lonagi, who is in custody, and said he could die before the World Cup, saying, “There are many fans in Azerbaijan province. ”, which could lead to a different situation for Masa Amini.
At the beginning of the meeting, one of the participants said 10,000 tickets for the 2022 World Cup will be distributed to government-affiliated forces to go to stadiums in Qatar. He said those spectators would be housed on the island of Kish in southern Iran and then transported to Qatar to watch the match.
Another said, “There are 5,000 cameras in the stadium, recording every movement of the Islamic Republic opponents.”