Call for their immediate release
Mohammad Sharafi, one of Iran’s Security Forces’ commanders declared that the suppressive forces arrested almost 1500 people during the Fire Festivities (State news agency of ISNA, March 15). Theses arrests indicate the authorities’ fearful reaction to Iranian youth who despite all the regime’s threatening warnings turned the Fire Festivities into a scene of their confrontation with the despotic regime as well as an opportunity for expressing their revulsion of the regime.
Today March 15, 2017 Struan Stevenson, President of European Iraqi Freedom Association (EIFA), issued a press release, concerning the appointment of a war criminal, as Iran regime’s ambassador to Iraq as follows:
Iranian news media reported that the Iraqi government has accepted the revolutionary guard Brigadier General Iraj Masjedi, a senior adviser to Qasem Soleimani, commander of the terrorist Quds Force, as the Iranian regime's ambassador in Baghdad. The media wrote: “The Iranian Embassy in Baghdad is considered one of the key strategic posts abroad and the selection of its Ambassador is crucial.” Masjedi said in January 2017 that the frontlines for Iran are Damascus and Aleppo in Syria and Mosul and Falujah in Iraq.
‘A historic turning point’ as Saudi Deputy Crown Prince meets Donald Trump
Saudi Arabia has claimed “a historic turning point” in relations with the US after President Donald Trump welcomed Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to the White House. Al Arabiya English reported on Wednesday, 15 March 2017.
NCRI - Setting up tents in front of the Caspian Credit Institute HQ in Allameh street in Tehran’s Saadat Abad district, the institution’s exploited investors continue their protest.
The round-the-clock gathering, started from March 5, continued on Monday March 13. Accompanied with their families, the demonstrators had set up tents, demanding that their looted money be returned.
Political prisoners in hall 12 of ward 4 in Karaj’s Gohardasht Prison, west of Tehran, celebrated “Fire Festivities” marking the last Tuesday night of the Iranian calendar year, expressing their hatred of the mullahs’ regime chanting “Death to Dictator” and “Death to Mullahs’ Regime”. These celebrations were held despite intense pressures and restrictions imposed by the Iranian regime. Prison authorities had also deprived the prisoners any fresh air time.
NCRI - Administrators of a hospital in Kerman took hostage the body of a patient after his death as patient’s family were too poor to pay the hospital bill.
“Someone refers to a hospital in Kerman (Southern Province) and unfortunately dies in the hospital. The hospital officials, however, ask for 20 million tomans to be paid by his family so that the patient’s body could be delivered. But the patient’s body remains in the hospital for one week as patient’s family could not pay the requested money”, said Ahmad Hamzeh, an Iranian regime’s MP from Kahnooj.
NCRI - Asma Jahangir, the United Nations Special Rapporteur in Human Rights in Iran criticized Tehran for the lack of freedom of speech.
“My concerns are that when people are arrested and threatened, they don’t talk and when they don’t enjoy freedom of speech, this is the result. Then we see they get jail the young and bloggers,” she said in an interview with VOA.
On Tuesday 14 March different cities of Tehran such as Shiraz, Mashhad, Isfahan, Yasouj, Shahr-e Kurd and Baneh turned Fire Feast (last Wednesday of the year) to the scene of confrontation and expression of hatred of the velayat-e faqih ominous system.
In Tehran, Fire Feast was widely celebrated at the Mother sq., the third and fourth squares of Tehranpars, and Enghelab and Imam Hossein squares. At the Fifth Avenue of Nirou Hawaii, youth threw firecrackers in front of police vehicle that damaged the front part of the vehicle, causing fear of the suppressive forces. In Tehranpars, youth also burned a large portrait of Khomeini and Khamenei.
NCRI - Iran is attempting to transfer the $1.6 billion frozen in Luxembourg. This money, according to a U.S. court ruling, has been frozen to compensate family members of 9/11 victims. This ruling proves Iran’s relations with al-Qaeda prior to 9/11.
There is reason to believe relations between Iran and al-Qaeda date back to the early 1990s. Contacts between Tehran and al-Qaeda began when bin Laden was in Sudan, and continued following his transfer to Afghanistan. The bilateral relations played an active role in developments that led the 9/11 attacks in New York and hundreds of al-Qaeda senior and low-ranking members fleeing from the Afghanistan hills into Iran following the US-led war in Afghanistan. Numerous al-Qaeda members remain in Iran, including:
NCRI - “Lake Urmia is close to entering a dangerous state, so that a significant part of the lake has dried up while harvesting salt and truck traffic there have led to emerging salt dust in the region”, says the Iranian regime’s MP ‘Mohammad-Esmaeil Saeed’ on Monday March 13.
The Parliament’s ‘Khane Mellat’ news agency has quoted Saeed as saying that “from the beginning of the (Persian) year up to the beginning of this (Persian) month, no funds for water and sewer treatment have been dedicated to the province, with which to collect and treat wastewater coming from the cities around Lake Urmia, which is essential for restoration of the lake.”