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Iran News in Brief – August 5, 2021

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Maryam Rajavi: The Iranian people have had the last word by boycotting the regime’s election charade. And now they are declaring that mullah Raisi must be held accountable and prosecuted for his crimes against humanity

Iran: The Staggering Coronavirus Death Toll Exceeds 347,600

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The People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) announced on Wednesday, August 4, 2021, that the Coronavirus death toll in 547 cities had exceeded 347,600. The number of victims in Tehran has reached 81,356, Isfahan 23,515, Khuzestan 22,031, Khorasan Razavi 21,105, East Azerbaijan 13,548, Mazandaran 13,460, West Azerbaijan 12,623, Fars 11,907, Gilan 11,196, Alborz 10,148, Sistan and Baluchestan 10,025, Kerman 8,633, Golestan 8,210, Central Province 7,018, Kermanshah 6,443, Yazd 6,057, Hormozgan 5,945, Kurdistan 5,712, Semnan 5,485, Ardabil 4,170, Bushehr 3,949, Qazvin 3,929, Zanjan 3,680, and South Khorasan 3,216.

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Virtual Briefing

Challenges Posed by Ebrahim Raisi, a Recognized Mass Murderer
New book released: “IRAN: Call for Justice; The Case to Hold Ebrahim Raisi to Account for Crimes Against Humanity”
AUG 5 – 5 PM CEST, 11 AM EDT

Iran: Khamenei Endorses Mass Executioner Raisi as President

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On Tuesday, Iranian regime supreme leader Ali Khamenei announced his official endorsement of Ebrahim Raisi, the regime’s new president. Raisi was appointed as the regime’s president following the sham presidential election held on June 18, which was boycotted by some 90 percent of the Iranian population. In his endorsement decree, Khamenei described Raisi as “wise, indefatigable, experienced and popular.” Unsurprisingly, none of those characteristics apply to Raisi, who headed the regime’s judiciary branch before the presidency.

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Iran Regime in Despair in the Face of Revolts


The social uprisings that took place in late July have dominated Iranian society in a domino effect and created new conditions for the government, the people, and the subversive forces. With a flashback to the social conditions before the Khuzestan uprising, we can examine the formation of uprisings.

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Protests in Iran in Tandem with Endorsing Ebrahim Raisi as President


On August 3, the people of Iran held at least five rallies, protests, and strikes in various cities, venting their anger over the government’s plundering and profiteering policies. They staged these protests in tandem with the endorsement of Ebrahim Raisi as the president by Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei. The authorities have placed riot forces in various cities to prevent any potential protest. However, despite the atmosphere of fear and suffocation, workers of Abuhomayzeh municipality, Haft-Tappeh, and Mobarakeh Steel company, as well as drivers and bakers took to the streets protesting officials’ failure to keep their promises and resolve their dilemmas.

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Khamenei’s Vaccine Ban Leads to Overcapacity Hospitals and Cemeteries in Iran


While Iran’s hospitals are overfilled with COVID-19 patients, Iranians on social media blame the deaths of thousands on Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, who banned the imports of US and UK-made vaccines in January. In the past months, Health Ministry officials talked of importing vaccines from China and Russia and building a domestic vaccine. However, as Iran nears its fifth peak of the COVID-19 virus, health officials say China and Russia did not keep their promises.

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State Forces Demolish Homes of Three Iranian Bahais in N Iran


State forces demolished the homes of three Iranian Bahai families on August 2 in Roshan Kouh village in Sari, northern Iran. According to the Human Rights News Agency, the demolition was carried out without any previous warning. The homes belonged to Navid Derakhshan, Sabetian, and Enayati. Navid and Enayati were not in their homes when it was demolished.

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Three Political Prisoners Sentenced to 150 Lashes in NW Iran


Iran’s Criminal Court sentenced three political prisoners to a total of 150 lashes and nine months of prison in Urmia, northwestern Iran. According to the Human Rights News Agency, the three men were identified as Nayeb Hajizadeh Yongjeh, Keyhan Mokaram Anbi, and Nayeb Askari. The three were charged with “causing disorder in prison” and sentenced to three months of prison and 50 lashes each for protesting the beating of Nayeb Hajizadeh Yongjeh by non-political prisoners.

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