NCRI - On Sunday, April 23rd various protest gatherings were held in various cities across Iran protesting poor living conditions and government-sponsored theft. Here are 12 such cases, shedding small light on the overall situation in Iran.
Tehran – Rally outside parliament
A group of kindergarten teachers, all women, rallied in Tehran outside the regime’s parliament demanding official employment.
NCRI - Political prisoner Mehdi Farahi Shandiz, held in Gohardasht Prison of Karaj, west of Tehran, issued a statement calling on his fellow countrymen to boycott the upcoming presidential election.
After 38 years the regime has turned into nothing but destruction and the mullahs have brought nothing but poverty, unemployment and comprehensive corruption for the Iranian people, this statement adds.
The Iranian Resistance warns about the plot against the life of political prisoner Mohammad Ali (Pirouz) Mansouri, and calls on all international human rights organizations for an urgent and effective action to save his life.
NCRI - On April 22, the health condition of a political prisoner called Omar Farhang became more critical and his blood pressure tremendously dropped in his tenth day of hunger strike in Ardebil's prison (North Western Iran).
This political prisoner who is from Iranian Sunni religious minority, is 45 years old and has been in jail for 9 years up to now, he is very ill and has been suffering from a tumor (nodule) in his neck and throat which has been causing him great discomfort for more than three years.
NCRI - Nasirabad’s youths (part of the city of Sarbaz in Sistan and Baluchistan, southeastern Iran) are continuously kept incarcerated in pending for more than 27 months.
While last year, it was promised to these prisoners that their trial will be held on March 9, 2017, so far only three of them have been tried in closed door courts.
NCRI - The regime’s election campaign commission at the Interior Ministry made a decision during a meeting with representatives of the judiciary to ban live debates of the presidential candidates.
The decision was met with a reaction and response from Khamenei’s faction, including Abdul Ali Askar, chairman of the Iranian regime’s state broadcasting services. After the announcement of the election campaign commission's decision on April 21st, Askar said, "Despite the insistence of the national media for live broadcast candidates debates, the election campaign commission, at a meeting chaired by the Interior Minister, unfortunately rejected the proposal and approved a recorded debate yesterday.” Another member of Khamenei’s faction and a Member of Parliament, Ahmad Salak said while attacking Rouhani on April 22nd, “Those people who are afraid of a live debate, they do certainly have some difficulties with their acts and they do not have the appropriate responses for people’s problems. They should be afraid of live debates.”
NCRI - The Arizona House of Representatives passed a resolution calling on the U.S. government to list the Iran regimes Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) as a terrorist group. The representatives noted in the resolution that they considered the IRGC as the main source of international terrorism and they enumerated examples of crimes committed by them against the Iranian people, as well as their terrorist acts throughout the region. Therefore, they stressed the need to condemn these crimes and to list the IRGC as a terrorist group.
Revolutionary Guard General Mohammad Bagheri, Chief of Staff of the clerical regime’s Armed Forces, once again acknowledged that the criminal intervention and the massacre of defenceless people of Syria and Iraq was the clerical regime's security shield. In his message to mark the anniversary of the founding of the Revolutionary Guards, he said: "Iranian Revolutionary Guards … with the support and cooperation of Islamic Resistance in Syria and Iraq have set themselves as ‘the security shield’ of the Iranian people and the whole Islamic Ummah (nation). Bagheri stressed: “The Revolutionary Guards...with Khamenei’s guidance” has boasted "the deterrence power" and "the defense power" of the clerical regime to the world beyond “Iran’s geography”. He added: As Khomeini said, "If the IRGC did not exist, the country would not have existed” (State-run media April 23, 2017). By “the country”, Khomeini and Khamenei mean the religious fascism ruling Iran. Khamenei had said earlier if we did not stop the enemy in Syria "we had to stop them in Tehran, Fars, Isfahan and Khorasan" (State run news media Januray 6, 2017).
NCRI - Pointing to ‘300 thousand police forces’ being on alert, Iranian regime’s chief of police announced Saturday April 22 that the cyber police is monitoring all Telegram channels during the elections and that the slightest violations will be dealt with.
According to state-run Mehr news agency on April 22, Iranian regime’s police chief ‘Hossein Ashtari’ announced the news while speaking among correspondents about police priorities for regime’s 12th presidential election show.
NCRI - Due to lack of access to medical facilities, the detained musician Mehdi Rajabian is now losing his ability to walk after being diagnosed with MS a few months ago.
Based on the warnings his doctor gave, Rajabian’s family had informed Evin Prison official from the first day he arrived there, that he would be afflicted with MS and his life put in danger unless he received necessary medical services.