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Iran News in Brief – April 9, 2023

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Iran Uprising at a Glance

Based partially on reporting by PMOI (MEK) Network in Iran

Sunday, April 9, 2023 – 8 PM GMT + 1

  • Days: 206
  • Protests: 282 cities
  • Fatalities: 750+ estimated deaths, 675 identified by MEK
  • Detentions: 30,000

Sunday marked the 206th day of Iran’s nationwide uprising, as Iran’s ruling regime has launched a new wave of chemical attacks through its operatives in different cities across the country, including in Sanandaj and Saqqez, western Iran, with the goal of keeping a lid on possible protests against the mullahs’ dictatorship. Innocent children in schools are being targeted as the misogynist regime continues its relentless attacks against the Iranian people knowing any relief in its crackdown measures will allow a new uprising to be born.

In Saqqez, western Iran, parents rallied at the city’s Khomeini Hospital and began protesting following the chemical gas attacks by regime operatives that targeted six all-girls schools across the city. They also forced regime security forces to flee the scene of today’s chemical gas attacks and brought down a regime flag.

Late Saturday night, MEK-affiliated Resistance Units portrayed a large image of Iranian Resistance Leader Massoud Rajavi and opposition coalition NCRI President-elect Maryam Rajavi in the city of Mashhad in northeast Iran at 10 pm on Saturday night.

MEK Resistance Units also carried out a variety of activities in memory of 36 MEK members killed by the Iranian regime’s proxies in Iraq on April 8, 2011, in Camp Ashraf of Iraq. MEK Resistance Units members in Tehran, Mashhad, Tabriz, Shiraz, Isfahan, Karaj, Rasht, Turkaman Sahra, Semnan, Lahijan, Gorgan, ShahroudKazerun, Bandar Abbas, Ardabil, Ilam, Astara, Zahedan, and Sabzevar gathered to commemorate the MEK martyrs and vow to continue their struggle to establish a free and democratic Iran.

In other developments, in Shush, Shushtar and Ahvaz, southwest Iran, Isfahan and Yazd, central Iran, Kermanshah, western Iran, and Ardabil, northwest Iran, pensioners and retirees of the regime’s Social Security Organization and the communication industry, respectively, staged protests against low pensions, high prices, poverty, corruption, inflation, poor living conditions and officials’ refusal to address their demands.

In Shush, southwest Iran,  Workers of the Haft Tappeh Sugarcane Company staged a protest over their extremely low paychecks determined by the regime’s Supreme Labor Council and seeking answers to their outstanding demands


Iran-based Hackers Caught Carrying Out Destructive Attacks Under Ransomware Guise

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The Iranian nation-state group known as MuddyWater has been observed carrying out destructive attacks on hybrid environments under the guise of a ransomware operation.

That’s according to new findings from the Microsoft Threat Intelligence team, which discovered the threat actor targeting both on-premises and cloud infrastructures in partnership with another emerging activity cluster dubbed DEV-1084.

“While the threat actors attempted to masquerade the activity as a standard ransomware campaign, the unrecoverable actions show destruction and disruption were the ultimate goals of the operation,” the tech giant revealed Friday.

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Iranian Regime’s Acting Education Minister Threatens Universities with Oppressive Measures

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“Whoever has had the least cooperation in the riots, if not identified today, will be identified tomorrow. There’ll be no messing around,” said the Iranian regime’s acting Education Minister in one of his first interviews since his appointment.

On Friday, April 7, Reza-Morad Sahrai, who was appointed as Acting Minister of Education by the regime’s president, threatened the students and professors of Farhangian University and said: “This university belongs to the state. If someone with ties and intentions outside our system wants to work at this university, then he’s not welcome here. Let everyone hear my words. Record it.”

“Attending Farhangian University and speaking out against the state, will be like going to the IRGC training program and speaking out against the system,” he added. “This university is much more important than an IRGC training center. If someone crosses the line here, he or she has no place at Farhangian University. For this reason, anyone who has cooperated in the recent riots, even if they are not identified today, will be identified tomorrow, and they will be brought to justice.”


To Quell Luring Protests, Iranian Regime Opts for Old Misogyny Playbook


As the economic crunch and years-long suppression are obvious to break out and jeopardize the clerical dictatorship, the Iranian regime is revisiting its old playbook of creating new grievances to stifle society with other difficulties.

“People who remove their hijab will be tried in courts,” the Iranian regime’s police chief Ahmadreza Radan warned. “Restaurants, and large malls that tolerate such behavior will also get a warning in the first place. The second time, they receive a sealing warning and if they don’t comply, they are sealed.”

Mohammad Hossein Hamidi, the head of Tehran’s police department also announced that the “CCTV of traffic crime detection will start recording cases of hijab removal.”

The semi-official ISNA news agency reported on April 8: “The police information center announced that the police will use smart systems in dealing with law disobedience and criminals. In an initiative of the police trying to prevent any conflict with fellow citizens in establishing the hijab law, smart tools and cameras are being used in public places to identify people who break the norms and will be sent documents and warning messages for violating the law. Those who disrespect the hijab and public modesty will be informed about the legal consequences of repeating this crime at the desired time and place.”

In an editorial that was published today, Hossein Shariatmadari, editor-in-chief of the Kayhan newspaper compared violators of the hijab law to “drug addicts” and called for “serious handling”.

Ansieh Khazali, the regime’s presidential deputy for family and women’s affairs announced that a special task force at the Ministry of Interior will take care of all hijab-related matters in a “centralized way”.


Regime in Iran Remains Very Much Concerned Over Continued Protests

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Iran’s nationwide uprising is marking its 205th day on Saturday as the mullahs’ regime escalates its measures to both crackdown on dissent across the country and install rifts among various sectors of the society. Internet clampdown continues as the city of Zahedan, the provincial capital of Sistan & Baluchestan in southeast Iran, witnessed major internet blackouts as authorities sought to prevent any reporting of protests from the city following the locals’ weekly Friday prayers. People throughout Iran continue to specifically hold the mullahs’ Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei responsible for their miseries, while also condemning the oppressive the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) and paramilitary Basij units, alongside other security units that are on the ground suppressing the peaceful demonstrators.

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Chemical Attacks on Girls’ Schools Persist in Iran

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Intentional poisoning of female students in schools has continued with even greater intensity since the Nowruz holiday ended. Chemical attacks on girls’ schools resumed after the Iran Nowruz holidays.

According to the general director of security and disciplinary affairs of the Governorate of Ardabil, some 400 students have been urgently transferred to the hospital. Students in more than 10 girls’ schools in Ardabil were poisoned before noon on Saturday, April 8, 2023, with symptoms of nausea and vomiting. (The state-run Sharq news network – April 8, 2023)

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IRGC’s Blacklisting Protects Global Peace and Security From Iran’s Regime-Sponsored Terrorism


Despite overwhelming evidence of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps’ (IRGC) involvement in terrorist activities, European governments have been reluctant to designate the IRGC as a terrorist group. This is a cause for concern, as the IRGC commits acts of terrorism in Iran and other countries, posing a threat to global security. A terrorist organization is defined as a group that uses terror and violence against civilians to advance its political and ideological goals. It is alarming that some high-ranking EU officials have opposed including the IRGC on the terrorist list. However, several compelling reasons and facts support the designation of the IRGC as a terrorist organization.

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Iran’s Economy on the Brink: The Devastating Consequences of Mullahs’ Regime in 2023


Since the mullahs’ regime seized power in Iran following the 1979 revolution, Iran’s economy has been on a path of negative growth and economic decline. The regime has been plundering the nation’s wealth and resources and devastating industrial production and growth to further its own objectives.

Iran’s economic bankruptcy has reached a point where its media and economic experts are admitting the economic challenges the government and the people have to face with the new budget. Unbridled poverty, starvation, close to 50% inflation, high unemployment, suicides, detainments and imprisonments, tortures and executions and a host of other social and economic issues are the result of the corrupt regime of the mullahs from day 1. The mullahs are sinking the country into the vortex of financial corruption and bankruptcy, as days and weeks pass by.

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Also, read Iran News in Brief – April 8, 2023