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Iran News in Brief – August 10, 2021



Unrest in Juneqan, Southwestern Iran

Following the arrest of Habib Fadaie, a vocal civil rights activist in Juneqan, in the Chaharmahal and Bakhtiari province, locals stormed the police department and called upon the authorities to release him immediately.

Hamid Noury on Trial in Sweden

Today, complainants and witnesses of the 1988 massacre gathered in front of Hamid Noury’s court in Sweden. They called on the international community to hold the leaders of the Iranian regime to account for crimes against humanity.


Iran: Coronavirus death toll exceeds 354,100

The People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) announced on Monday, August 9, 2021, that the Coronavirus death toll in 547 cities had exceeded 354,100. The number of victims in Tehran has reached 83,046, Isfahan 23,890, Khuzestan 22,381, Khorasan Razavi 21,665, Mazandaran 13,720, Lorestan 13,145, West Azerbaijan 12,773, Fars 12,222, Gilan 11,471, Qom 10,415, Sistan and Baluchestan 10,370, Alborz 10,368, Kerman 8,868, Golestan 8,360, Hamedan 7,283, Central Province 7,093, Yazd 6,192, Hormozgan 6,105, Kurdistan 5,772, Semnan 5,550, North Khorasan 4,839, Ardabil 4,290, Bushehr 4,084, Zanjan 3,740, and Kohgiluyeh and Boyer-Ahmad 2,704.

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350,000 COVID-19 Death Toll, the Result of Government’s Mismanagement

350,000 COVID-19 Death Toll, the Result of Government’s Mismanagement

On Friday, August 7, the Iranian opposition People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) declared that the number of coronavirus victims has surpassed 350,000. “Over 350,000 people have died of the novel coronavirus in 547 cities checkered across all of Iran’s 31 provinces as of Friday afternoon local time, August 6,” the PMOI/MEK stated.

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Raisi Appoints a Thief and a Murderer as His First VP and Chief of Staff

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On Sunday, Ebrahim Raisi, the Iranian regime’s criminal president, declared the first two appointments for his cabinet. Mohammad Mokhber will serve Raisi’s first vice president and Gholam Hossein Esmaili as his chief of staff. Unsurprisingly, like Raisi himself, his appointees are two regime officials with deep criminal records. Mokhber was appointed as the head of Execution of Khomeini’s Order (EIKO) in 2007. EIKO is a major economic conglomerate that is part of the tax-exempt institutions that directly report to Ali Khamenei, the regime’s supreme leader. Over the decades, EIKO has plundered billions of dollars from the Iranian people’s assets. According to a Reuters report in 2013, EIKO holds $95 billion in assets. In January 2021, the U.S. placed sanctions on EIKO and other regime-run institutions, describing them as entities whose assets “have been used by the Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei to enrich his office, reward his political allies, and persecute the regime’s perceived enemies.”

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Iran Protests

August 9 – Shush, southwest Iran Workers and employees of the Haft Tappeh Sugar Cane Company rallied for the 28th consecutive day, protesting not receiving answers to their economic demands.

Iran Threatens Family of Kurd Human Rights Activist

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Iranian intelligence agents interrogated the brother and father of a Kurd human rights activist, threatening them. According to the Hengaw human rights group, intelligence agents in Ravansar, western Iran summoned and interrogated Soleiman and Omran Yarahmadi, father and brother of Arsalan Yarahmadi, the editor in chief of the Hengaw website. The report said the two men were interrogated for hours on August 8. During the interrogation, the Kermanshah Intelligence Agency forced Omran Yarahmadi to call his brother Arsalan who is also a member of Hengaw’s Managing Board.

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Father of Two Kurd Border Porter Killed by Border Police in W Iran

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A Kurd border porter or “kolbar” was killed yesterday by border police in Baneh, western Iran. According to the Hengaw Organization website, the kolbar was identified as 47-year-old Omid Khezri. Another border porter was injured in the shooting. Omid was married and the father of two children. In another case on July 30, Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) forces opened fire on a group of border porters and two men were injured. The two men were identified as Mohammad Chokali and Mohammad Hosseinzadeh.

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