Iran’s mullahs’ regime may be toppled and replaced with a secular setup, but the repression in the country won’t end if minorities in Iran are not given their rights. The people of Balochistan are demanding not just regime change but independence. The solution to Balochistan’s problems is to break the chains of slavery for which its people have paid enormous sacrifices over decades. This position is shared by the people of Kurdistan and Ahwaz as well. For these reasons, it is the minorities in Iran that are most committed to the uprising against the Islamic Republic and they who are suffering the harshest consequences from the regime’s crackdown.
On September 30, 2022, the Islamic regime violently repressed the demonstrations of Balochi protesters who were gathering in front of a police station in Zahedan – leading to what would become known as the “Zahedan massacre,” or “Bloody Friday,” which left more than 90 people dead. Suppression of Balochi people is almost the norm. I would like to remind readers that on November 27, 2022, the regime executed Mohammad Umar Khama Ejbari from Khurasan province, who had been imprisoned on false murder charges. Most recently, Iranian prison authorities executed Changyz Gorgaij Baloch, who was accused of drug trafficking with no evidence, and hanged a 24-year-old Baloch, Nyaz Gul, who was sentenced to death without a fair trial. Additionally, two minor Baloch brothers, Mohammad Rakhshani, 15, and Ali Rakhshani, 16, were reportedly sentenced to death by the Iranian judiciary in Zahedan city.