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Iran News in Brief – January 8, 2022

Karaj – The Resistance units torch Qassem Soleimani’s poster – January 6, 2022

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UPDATE: 9:00 PM CET

Former MP Says Soleimani’s Death Was Elimination of Decades-Long of Regime’s Investments

During an interview with the state-affiliated Jamaran News website, Hossein Marashi, a former member of the regime’s parliament said: “In the last meeting we had with Qassem Soleimani, he said things that I still do not consider politically permissible to quote… Soleimani’s assassination meant burning decades of our capital. Some of our allies in Syria welcomed Soleimani’s death; they might have asked Trump for this.”


Iran: Families of Victims of Downed Plane Demand Justice

The families of passengers on the Ukrainian flight PS752, shot down by the Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) two years ago, gathered at Tehran’s Airport and the crash site on Saturday demanding justice.

They held pictures of their loved ones and chanted “Truth, Justice”. “Justice is not negotiable! We stand firm to bring to justice the criminals in an impartial court.” They said their campaign for justice will continue until the regime’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei and IRGC commanders are held to account. A father, who said he had lost four children, insisted that he will not rest until the criminals responsible are brought to justice.


Iran Navy Port Emerges as Key to Alleged Weapons Smuggling to Yemen, U.N. Report Says

Thousands of rocket launchers, machine guns, sniper rifles, and other weapons seized in the Arabian Sea by the U.S. Navy in recent months likely originated from a single port in Iran, according to a confidential United Nations report that provides some of the most detailed evidence that Tehran is exporting arms to Yemen and elsewhere.

The draft report prepared by a U.N. Security Council panel of experts on Yemen said small wooden boats and overland transport were used in attempts to smuggle weapons made in Russia, China, and Iran along routes to Yemen that the U.S. military has tried for years to shut down. The boats left from the Iranian port of Jask on the Sea of Oman, the U.N. report said, citing interviews with the boat’s Yemeni crews and data from navigational instruments found on board.

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Public Support for Defiant Kurdish Activist Who Goes to Prison

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Today, the people of Sanandaj gathered in front of the regime’s Supreme Court in the city to support a Kurdish dissident who was going to jail.

Zahra Mohammadi, a Kurdish language teacher was sent to Sanandaj prison today, to spend 5 years behind bars for promoting the Kurdish language and culture in Iran. Her activities were designated by the regime’s judiciary as “forming a group against national security”. Ms. Mohammadi was cheered by an enthusiastic crowd of people from Sanandaj on her way to prison.

Speaking to the crowd, Zahra Mohammadi said: “I did not expect such warmth and keenness and this gives me more support. Rest assured that my presence in prison shows the enemy’s desperate state that is relying on things like a prison.”


Thousands of Lives Shattered Due to Floods in Southern Iran

According to the state-run news agency Entekhab, one week after the floods, many villages and suburban areas are still underwater and thousands of houses have been severely damaged.

In Sistan and Baluchestan provinces, more than 13,000 families are struggling with the consequences of the floods. The latest statistics suggest that damages to the roads of 13 counties amount to 800 billion tomans (equal to $28,268,550).

According to initial estimates from sources in Fars province, recent rains have caused more than 1,300 billion tomans (equal to $45,936,000) in damages to infrastructure and housing units, and about 2,000 urban and rural housing units have been partly or completely destroyed.

In Hormozgan province, the floods have seriously damaged 2,700 hectares of farmlands in Shamil and Takht. Agriculture in some areas has been 100% destroyed, which can lead to a two-year delay in harvest. Haji Khademi village of Minab in Hormozgan province is still underwater and many houses are in the mud, which has provoked anger and protests from the locals.


UPDATE: 2:30 PM CET

Iran Protests on Saturday

In different provinces and cities across Iran, people took to the streets to protest against state officials who have deprived them of fair pay and deteriorated their living conditions by continuing their fraudulent policies.


State-affiliated Expert Warns About the State of Misery in Iran

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Discussing poverty and unbridled misery under the clerical regime, Mohammad Reza Mahboubfar, a state-affiliated health expert acknowledged that “widespread poverty” has been “unprecedented in the last 100 years.”

Speaking to the state-run website Eqtesade Pouya, he said: “These days, sanctions, mismanagement, systematic and unbridled corruption in the country have increased the number of people with housing problems in the suburbs of the cities to 40 million. Sleeping in graves, busses, subways, creeks, and boxes are new phenomena in the country, that have spread from the capital to all parts of the country.”

Since “buss sleeping” was made public in Tehran, city officials have only tried to stop this phenomenon by arresting homeless people to prevent them to use buses and subways for resting overnight. Instead, people are now sleeping on the streets,” the health expert added.

Warning state officials of the consequences, Mahboubfar added: “The level of misery in the country has led to grave-sleeping, bus-sleeping, buying medicine on installments, and selling babies. It is necessary to act before it is too late. Otherwise, the situation will get worse and the people’s patience will run out, and it is not clear where the country will head to.”


UPDATE: 8:30 AM CET

Iran” Tehran’s Friday Prayer Leader Expresses Feare of MEK and Uprisings

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During Tehran’s Friday Prayer Sermon, Kazem Sedighi expressed fear of people’s uprising and the leading role of the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK).

“In the MEK seditions [uprisings], in 2009 sedition, our duty was to maintain the principle of Supreme Leader. The [protesters] insulted [Ruhollah] Khomeini’s pictures. They targeted the Supreme Leader,” he said.

“In unrests caused by grouplets, like the MEK seditions, and 2009 [uprising], while people righteously have concerns and demands, and [protest] mismanagement, we should not forget to defend the Supreme Leader.”

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Iran: Three Women Political Prisoners Sentenced to 12 Years in Prison for Supporting MEK

On Thursday, January 6, 2009, Branch 26 of Tehran’s Revolutionary Court sentenced three women to a total of 12 years in prison on the charges of “propaganda activities against the regime” and “conspiracy to act against national security by cooperating with the Mujahedin-e Khalq (MEK) organization.”

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Iran: Torching Soleimani’s Banners in Different Cities

Following the torching of Qassem Soleimani‘s statue in Shahrekord by the Resistance Units hours after it was unveiled, in the early morning hours of Thursday, January 7, the Resistance Units in Tehran and other cities set on fire large banners of Qassem Soleimani and Khamenei.

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Iran: COVID-19 Death Toll Surpasses 495,800

The People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) announced on Friday, January 7, 2022, that the COVID-19 fatalities in 547 cities across Iran have passed 495,800. In Tehran, the death toll has passed 115,880, Khorasan Razavi 39,970, Isfahan 34,355, West Azerbaijan 18,703, Mazandaran 17,995, Sistan and Baluchestan 13,675, Qom 13,335, Ardabil 6,305, Qazvin 5,819, Zanjan 4,760, and Chaharmahal and Bakhtiari 3,840.

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