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Iran News in Brief – January 10, 2021

While the coronavirus death toll in Iran is nearing 200,000, Khamenei says that import of vaccines from the U.S., U.K. and France is forbidden.
While the coronavirus death toll in Iran is nearing 200,000, Khamenei says that import of vaccines from the U.S., U.K. and France is forbidden

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Maryam Rajavi expressed her condolences on the passing of Col. Behzad Mo’ezzi

Condolences on the passing of courageous pilot Col. Behzad Mo’ezzi after 42 years of steadfast struggle against the mullahs’ religious tyranny. He was a brilliant model of drawing the lines with the Shah and the mullahs.

I extend my sincere condolences on the loss of the great Mojahed pilot, Col. Behzad Mo’ezzi, member of the National Council of Resistance of Iran, to the NCRI President and members, to PMOI members and to the patriotic personnel of the Army.

I would like to underline Col. Mo’ezzi’s historic role as the standard bearer of the patriotic personnel of the Iranian Air Force who opposed both the Shah and the mullahs.

Col. Behzad Mo’ezzi was the most prominent Iranian pilot and member of the National Council of Resistance of Iran. I extend my condolences and deepest sympathies to his family and relatives, and particularly to his daughter, Sara, and son, Amir, in Paris.


UPDATE: 6:30 PM CET

Iran: Rouhani confirms Khamenei’s ban on Covid-19 vaccines

After Iranian regime supreme leader Ali Khamenei made it clear that he would be banning the import of approved Covid-19 vaccines into Iran, regime president Hassan Rouhani was quick to align himself with Khamenei’s criminal policy and make it clear that he has no intention to stop the deadly spread of coronavirus across Iran.

“There were vaccines available for us to import earlier. However, those were vaccines that they wanted to check on our people! There were some companies that suggested to us and our Health Ministry rightfully did not accept their proposal,” Rouhani claimed.

Hassan Rouhani confirms on Covid-19 vaccine imports to Iran


Iran: Another home destroyed by municipal agents/security forces


Iran: Political prisoner on hunger strike

Iranian political prisoner Abolfazl Ghassali has been on a hunger strike in Evin prison since January 6 in order to demand his basic Human Rights.

He was arrested in 2017 and sentenced to 4 years and 9 months in prison over his social media activities.


Three young men, were sentenced to a total of 40 years in prison for participating in Iran’s Nov. 2019 protests


UPDATE: 5:00 PM CET

Political prisoner Ayyub Porkar imprisoned for 12 years without one day of leave

Political prisoner Ayyub Porker who is serving his term in exile in Shaiban Prison of Ahvaz, started his 13th year in prison this month. He has served his term without one day of furlough.

Ayyub Porkar was arrested in January 2009. Branch 26 of Tehran’s Revolutionary Court sentenced him to death on the charge of Moharebeh (i.e. waging war on God) through collaboration with the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) on November 28, 2009. His sentence was eventually commuted to 20 years in prison by the 36th Branch of the Appeals Court.

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UPDATE: 9:00 AM CET

Iran: Coronavirus Death Toll in 478 Cities Exceeds 199,300

The People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) announced on Saturday, January 9, 2021, that the Coronavirus death toll in 478 cities exceeds 199,300. The number of victims in Tehran is 48,771, Khorasan Razavi 13,515, Isfahan 12,470, Qom 7,775, Mazandaran 7,727, East Azerbaijan 7,597, Gilan 7,066, Fars 6,078, Alborz 5,185, Golestan 4,970, Kerman 4,396, Central Province 4,118, Semnan 2,975, Zanjan 2,100, and Qazvin 2,087.

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Forced labor in Tabriz Prison drives female inmate to cut her wrist

The pressure of forced labor in Tabriz Prison drove one of the female inmates to cut her wrist. But prison authorities claimed that she had done so because of family problems.

Massoumeh Bahrami cut her wrist on Sunday, January 3, 2021, and was transferred to the prison’s clinic. Ms. Bahrami, 28, is imprisoned on drug-related charges.

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Iran: Khamenei bans Covid-19 vaccines, sets stage for a catastrophe

While the death toll of Iran’s coronavirus outbreak is nearing 200,000, the regime continues to dither on purchasing Covid-19 vaccines and is poised on inflicting even more pain and damage on the country’s population. On Friday, regime supreme leader Ali Khamenei delivered a televised address, in which he clearly stipulated his opposition to purchasing Covid-19 vaccines. “The entry of American and British Covid-19 vaccines into the country are banned. I have told this to our officials and now I am saying it publicly,” he said.

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Ali Khamenei banns the import of coronavirus vaccine to Iran


Iranians Continue Protests; at Least Two Rallies and Strikes on January 8

Iranian workers and investors held a rally and a strike on Friday against corruption by officials in Iran. The protests were held by members of Shiraz Housing Cooperative and workers and employees of Haft-Tappeh Sugarcane Complex in the provinces of Fars and Khuzestan respectively.

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Iranians Continue Protests; at Least Two Rallies and Strikes on January 8


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