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UPDATE: 10:00 PM CEST
Uprising in Iran Continues to Inflame
Footage posted on social media indicates that the people from Joonegan, Southwestern Iran, have raided and set fire to a local Basij office.
May 12 – Jooneghan, SW #Iran
Social media video shows angry protesters taking over a local Basij base. They have set fire to something inside the base/base gate is wide open.
— Iran News Wire (@IranNW) May 12, 2022
May 12 – Jooneghan, SW #Iran
Social media video of protesters attacking a local Basij base.
— Iran News Wire (@IranNW) May 12, 2022
UPDATE: 8:00 PM CEST
Reports of Unrest and Protests in Iran Tonight
Today, protests against soaring prices of basic food items spread over from Khuzestan Province and sparked in Shahrekord, the capital city of Chaharmahal, and Bakhtiari Province, Southwestern Iran.
The people of Shahrekord, Izeh, and Andimeshk rallied and marched through the streets and cried out slogans like “Death to Khamenei” and “Death to Raisi!”
Footage from Andimeshk: the cameraman says that security forces are shooting and aiming directly at protestors.
Shahrekord, people are chanting “Death to the dictator!”
Shahrekord: people are chanting “Raisi, you liar! What happened to your promises?”
Shahrekord: police is trying to disperse the crowd
Shahrekord: people are calling for the mullahs to get lost.
Shahrekord: people are asking Raisi to step down and leave the country alone.
Shahrekord: people are chanting and calling on the mullahs to get lost.
UPDATE: 12:30 PM CEST
50% of Iranian Freight Carriers Possess MS or BS Degrees, Official Admits
Ghobad Karampour, an MP representing the Iranian regime from Kermanshah province told the state-run ILNA news agency: “Ten percent of women in Paveh, Oraman and Marivan are working as kulbars (poor people who carry heavy loads over the border to make ends meet). Most of them are now heads of households. This job is exhausting even for men, let alone women. More than 50% of these people have bachelor’s and master’s degrees.”
Khamenei’s Paper Pushes for More Internet Restriction
In a column on May 11, Kayhan newspaper whose editorial guidelines are dictated by the Iranian regime’s Supreme Leader asked Ebrahim Raisi’s government and the parliament to restrict the internet and block the free flow of information under the disguise of fighting cultural and moral discourse.
“Unfortunately, the management of the internet in this country has been severely neglected. This space has overshadowed the lives of families and the lifestyles of children, adolescents, and various individuals, almost without proper regulation and control,” Kayhan wrote. “This abandonment of cyberspace has given the best opportunity to the enemies to safely design and implement all kinds of intellectual projects, promote anti-cultural and immoral topics, change the Iranian-Islamic lifestyle, execute deceptive plots, spread rumors and target young people, adolescents, and even Iranian children.”
The daily concluded: “The popular government, the Revolutionary parliament, the Supreme Council of Cyberspace, the Supreme Council of the Cultural Revolution, and other officials are expected to act swiftly and seriously to protect the country from cultural attacks and to protect Iran’s future creators from the traps of the enemy. They should do this by approving or implementing any plan with any name and title.”
UPDATE: 8:30 AM CEST
Facing Uprisings in Khuzestan Province, Iranian Regime Shuts Down Internet
Following the widespread protests in the cities of Shushtar and Mahshahr in the southern Khuzestan province last night, Netblocks, which monitors the state of Internet communication in various countries reported a major disruption on mobile and fixed-line providers in Iran.
⚠️ Confirmed: Real-time network data show a brief collapse in observable international connectivity on internet provider Rightel in #Iran, as well as a deterioration on other mobile and fixed-line providers; the slowdown may limit the free flow of information amid protests 📉 pic.twitter.com/uuzu2uYduB
— NetBlocks (@netblocks) May 11, 2022
Young Man from Kermanshah Died Under Torture
A young man from Kermanshah who was arrested in Karaj and severely tortured by security forces died in Buin Prison from severe injuries.
One of the latest victims of systemic human rights violations inside Iran, he was identified as Mohsen Abbasi. Mohsen was arrested by the Anti-Narcotics Unit in early April on drug-related charges. Following a month of torture for forced confession and a day after he was transferred to the quarantine ward of Buin Zahra Prison on May 5, Mohsen lost his life.
A relative of the Abbasi family said: “Mohsen’s corpse, which showed signs of torture and bruising on his body, underwent autopsy and his family is now waiting for a forensic doctor’s opinion.”
Police Beat and Arrested Young Man For Protesting Publicly
A video posted on the Internet on May 11 shows a young man from a city in Mazandaran province chanting “Death to Khomeini” and protesting against the clerical regime. Consequently, he is beaten and arrested by the repressive agents of the Iranian regime.
Iran’s Recent Protests Over Skyrocketing Prices Are Concerning Regime Officials
Activists in cities checkered across Iran are reporting tense atmospheres. Regime authorities are disrupting and/or completely shutting down the internet in a number of provinces to prevent reports of anti-regime protests from leaking to the outside world.
Despite these measures, people are finding methods to send their reports and footage indicating widespread protests and clashes between angry locals and the regime’s forces in many cities, especially in the southwest province of Khuzestan.
4 Women Documentary Filmmakers and Photographers Arrested Arbitrarily
Analysis: Iran Regime’s Reaction to Hamid Noury’s Trial and Its Consequences
Following the request for life in prison for Hamid Noury by the Swedish court prosecutor Christina Lindoff Carlson, the court went through a qualitative stage which included a series of undeniable testimonies exposing the horrific dimensions of the 1988 massacre to the world.
Following this, the Iranian regime changed its behavior unexpectedly. They sent a group of their paramilitary Basij forces, led by the infamous hoodlum Hossein Allahkaram, in front of the Swedish embassy in Tehran in a bid to threaten the Swedish government. They then summoned the Swedish ambassador to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to be put under pressure, in the hope that they could change the court’s direction and decision.
The Antwerp Court Ruling Is a Landmark Victory for the Iranian People
The Antwerp appeals court in Belgium issued its final verdict on May 10 for three accomplices of Iranian regime diplomat-terrorist Assadollah Assadi for their role in a foiled bomb plot targeting a massive Iranian Resistance gathering in June 2018 in Villepinte, north of Paris.
Nasimeh Naami, 37, Amir Saadouni, 41, and Mehrdad Arefani, 58, were all sentenced to 18, 18, and 17 years in prison, respectively, their Belgian citizenship and passports were revoked indefinitely, and each was fined 60,000 euros in cash.
Read more: Iran News in Brief – May 11, 2022