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Iran News in Brief – January 15, 2021

Simay-e Azadi, or INTV, an Iranian opposition satellite channel, held its 25th telethon on January 8, which lasted until January 12. Many Iranians, particularly from inside Iran, waited for hours to participate and express their support for the Iranian Resistance’s cause for freedom.

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UPDATE: 2:00 PM CET

Khamenei bans import of Covid-19 vaccines

Iranian people’s demand: It is already late, purchase vaccines now

After days of deception and delay in procuring Covid-19 vaccines, the Iranian regime’s Supreme Leader explicitly banned the import of credible vaccines to Iran. His remarks contradict previous claims by officials.


A Tehran Revolutionary Court sentenced a labor activist to 16 years of prison


Iran Gone into Darkness

According to local reports and footage, on January 13, Tehran and many cities across Iran went into darkness. This power outage took place while the people simultaneously faced enormous dilemmas due to the coronavirus outbreak and air pollution.

Officials have yet to provide acceptable explanations. Nonetheless, according to local sources in Urmia city, northwestern Iran, the power outage has brought several dilemmas for merchants and ordinary people.

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A Revision Court in Iran sentences 7 civil activists to 16 years in prison and 4 years in exile


UPDATE: 9:00 AM CET

Maryam Rajavi’s Message on the 25th INTV Telethon, a Symbol of National Solidarity

Maryam Rajavi: Support the struggle and uprisings with fervor and enthusiasm

Congratulations and compliments on the shining galaxy of solidarity, spearheaded by people inside Iran, in Shiraz, Tehran, Isfahan, Mashhad, Oroumieh, Behbahan, Qom, Qahdrijan, Rasht, and Karaj, and sustained by the long columns of activists across the world. Together, they formed an arrow released from the bow of Iran’s legendary hero Arash, tearing through the darkness and gloom of the mullahs’ coronavirus, and cultivating light and brightness everywhere.

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Iran: Coronavirus Death Toll in 478 Cities Exceeds 201,600

The People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) announced on January 14, 2021, that the Coronavirus death toll in 478 cities had exceeded 201,600. The number of victims in Tehran is 49,196, Isfahan 12,655, Khuzestan 10,090, Mazandaran 7,902, East Azerbaijan 7,698, Fars 6,132, Alborz 5,220, Golestan 5,060, Sistan and Baluchestan 4,871, Hamedan 4,758, Kerman 4,452, Central Province 4,153, Yazd 3,642, Kurdistan 3,441, Ardabil 2,487, Qazvin 2,117, Ilam 2,086, Bushehr 2,029, and Kohgiluyeh and Boyer-Ahmad 1,479.

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Iranians Continue Protests; at Least Four Rallies and Strikes on January 13

On January 13, Iranian citizens continued protests, strikes, and rallies to achieve their inherent rights. Despite the coronavirus outbreak, needy people have found protests as the main instrument to take back their plundered rights.

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The Iranian regime has stepped up executions and death sentences

International community should secure th relase of the MEK supporters and families arrested by the regime to prevent a bloodshed.

Two prisoners were hanged in the Langroud Prison of Qom in the past several days. Other news indicates that the fingers of another two prisoners were amputated in this prison on the charge of robbery.

Four other prisoners were executed in the Prison of Meshkinshahr, in Ardabil, northwest Iran, on January 11. Mehdi Faizi and Moharram Fathi were hanged in the Prison of Meshkinshahr. They had been imprisoned since 11 years, ago. The other 2 prisoners remain unidentified.


70% of working Iranian women in Iran lost their jobs, left without insurance

Seventy percent of working women in Iran have lost their jobs during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The women are the prime victims of the unemployment crisis in Iran, Eassa Mansouri, the Deputy Minister of Labor acknowledged without offering any solutions or a practical support. Instead, he laid emphasis on the policy of marginalization of women which is already in force, by saying: “We can create jobs for them by taking advantage of facilities for working at home.” (The state-run Rahbord Mo’aser, December 26, 2020)

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Will Khamenei be forced to back down from his vaccine ban?

When the Iranian regime’s Supreme Leader announced a ban on vaccines, he did not think of the negative reactions even among his officials. In a January 8 televised speech, Ali Khamenei banned the import of US and UK vaccines because they were “untrustworthy”.

The regime’s Supreme Leader accused the US and UK of wanting to “test their vaccines on other nations” even while millions of people around the world, including the heads of states, have injected the vaccines.

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WSJ: Iran’s Nuclear Program: How Close Is Tehran to Developing Nuclear Weapons?

Iran has in recent months repeatedly violated the 2015 nuclear deal with world powers, reducing the time it would need to produce a nuclear weapon. The violations, a response to U.S. sanctions, have put at risk the survival of an agreement that helped remove sanctions on Iran and open it to business with the West.

The latest development emerged on Jan. 13 when the International Atomic Energy Agency told member states in a confidential report that Iran had told it in mid-December it planned to start producing uranium metal, a material vital for nuclear weapons. Iran says it is doing so for civilian purposes.

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