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Iran News in Brief – August 7, 2021




Crackdown in Northwestern Iran Leads to More Unrests

Following the killing of Fardin Ebrahimi, a 17/18-year-old man, locals gathered outside the police station to demand justice and hold security forces to account. Reports indicate that the gathering led to clashes between security forces and locals.

Iranians Protest on Saturday

Despite the Covid-19 virus waging across the nation, claiming a record-high death toll in its fifth wave, Iranians that are deprived of their basic rights and livelihoods gathered and rallied in several cities to put on display and cry what they’re most plagued with.


Iran: Over 350,000 Deaths, Hospital Conditions Described as “Horrible”

Infographic-PMOI-MEK reports over 350,000 coronavirus (COVID-19) deaths in Iran

Over 350,000 people have died of the novel coronavirus in 547 cities checkered across all of Iran’s 31 provinces, according to reports tallied by the Iranian opposition People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) as of Friday afternoon local time, August 6. The official death toll declared by the regime stands at 93,086, around a fourth of the actual figure.

The coronavirus death toll in various provinces include: 81,976 in Tehran, 23,645 in Isfahan, 22,156 in Khuzestan, 21,325 in Razavi Khorasan, 13,578 in East Azerbaijan, 13,550 in Mazandaran, 12,678 in West Azerbaijan, 12,032 in Fars, 11,281 in Gilan, 10,228 in Alborz, 10,155 in Sistan & Baluchistan, 8728 in Kerman, 8265 in Golestan, 6473 in Kermanshah, 6107 in Yazd, 6010 in Hormozgan, 5737 in Kurdistan, 5505 in Semnan, 4215 in Ardabil, 3999 in Bushehr, 3959 in Qazvin, 3705 in Zanjan, 3246 in South Khorasan, and 2674 in Kohgiluyeh & Boyer Ahmad. This is in addition to reports obtained from other provinces.

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Iranian hardliner Raisi, tied to mass executions, sworn in as regime president

Iran’s new hardline president Ebrahim Raisi, who has been tied to mass executions and crackdowns of political opponents, was sworn in on Thursday as dissidents urged international leaders not to play ball with the regime.

Iranian officials declared Raisi the winner of a June election marked by low turnout and dogged by accusations of election rigging. He previously served as prosecutor general of Tehran between 1989 and 1994 as well as the first deputy head of the judiciary between 2004 and 2014.
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West must not fall for Iran regime’s propaganda

Ebrahim Raisi, Iran’s new president, has been widely condemned as a mass murderer. Specifically at issue is Raisi’s key role in the 1988 massacre of an estimated 30,000 political prisoners, most of whom were affiliated with the principal opposition group Mujahedin-e Khalq (MEK). There have now been key developments that will in all probability lead to serious political and legal challenges for Raisi and the regime.
Internationally, calls to hold the regime’s leaders accountable for the 1988 massacre are becoming louder. The UN special rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Iran, Javaid Rehman, in June called for the formation of an independent inquiry. “I think it is time and it’s very important now that Mr. Raisi is the president that we start investigating what happened in 1988,” he told Reuters.
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The International Community Should Not Tolerate Iran’s Murderous President

Iranian regime president Ebrahim Raisi - August 2021 (1)

Ebrahim Raisi was sworn in in the Majlis (parliament) as the eighth president of the mullahs’ regime on Thursday. Raisi was appointed as president after the June 18 election, which was boycotted by more than 90 percent of the population. The ceremony was accompanied by the semi-shutdown of Tehran and the heavy presence of security forces across the capital and other cities in the country. Raisi’s inauguration took place while the regime scrambling to contain the explosive state of the society in wake of nationwide protests that lasted for more than two weeks, and it is afraid that the ceremony will trigger more protests.

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“Butcher of Tehran”, Raisi Says Iran’s Regime Is “Real Defender of Human Rights”


During his inauguration speech yesterday in Tehran, Ebrahim Raisi, dubbed the “Butcher of Tehran” by most Iranians for his role in the execution of thousands of political prisoners in the late 80s, claimed the regime was “the real defender of human rights”. “We are the real defenders of human rights and denounce the violation of the rights of innocent human beings. Whether in Europe, America, Yemen, Palestine, or Syria, we will stand against oppression and crime,” he said in Iran’s parliament.

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Widespread Arrests Ongoing After Khuzestan Water Protests


More than two weeks after the suppression of mass protests in Khuzestan province, Hamshahri Online reported on Thursday, that 300 people have been arrested in the city of Susangard alone. According to the report, Susangard had the highest turnout during the recent protests in Khuzestan, with rallies of an estimated 12,000 people.
The report denied the use of live ammunition by the special police unit and called the killing of protesters at recent rallies “strange.”

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Rouhani’s Eight-Year Record as President


In his eight-year tenure as the president of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Hassan Rouhani cracked down on peaceful protesters and killed at least 1,700 demonstrators and bystanders. More than 4,500 prisoners, including political activists, women, juvenile offenders, and members of ethnic and religious minorities, were hanged. He misled the people and encouraged them to invest in the bourse. Then, he stabbed millions of people in the back and used their properties to compensate for massive budget deficits.

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