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Iran News in Brief – May 27, 2022



Five Thousand Abandoned Babies in Iran in Just Ten Days

Mohammad Reza Mahboobfar, a state-affiliated social researcher, said that in the last 10 days alone, about 5,000 babies have been abandoned across the country.

According to the state-run Eqtesad 24, he cited statistics provided by medical centers and social workers, saying that between 2,000 and 2,500 fetuses and newly born infants are left on the streets on a daily basis.

Mahboubfar, a member of the Scientific Association for Health Education and Health Promotion, called the increase in abortions and the abandonment of infants on the streets a consequence of the state’s “Support for the Family and Rejuvenating” campaign, adding that “contraceptives have become unavailable to 40 million people.”

Criticizing the state’s new initiative, Mohammad Reza Mahboobfar stated that the family and population rejuvenating plan has only increased abortion rates and continued: “The plan of rejuvenating the population has not facilitated youth marriage nor has it improved the quality of life for people. Because the officials must create welfare for the people in order to facilitate marriage and childbearing.”

New Efforts to Conceal Crimes Against Humanity in Khavaran

New images posted on social media indicate a new effort by the Iranian regime to wall off the Khavaran cemetery in eastern Tehran.

Khavaran is the location where mass graves have been ditched for thousands of political prisoners who were executed during the massacre of August and September 1988.

New images taken from Khavaran in eastern Tehran show new CCTV cameras and concrete walls installed around the cemetery.

Following the trial of Hamid Noury, a former prison guard and one of the perpetrators of the 1988 massacre in Sweden, the victims’ family members were expressing concerns about the regime’s reaction and systemic efforts to wipe out any evidence of the mass killings.


Protests Spread To Several Cities in Solidarity With Abadan

People in several cities across the provinces of Khuzestan, Hormozgan, and Isfahan took to the streets on Thursday holding anti-regime protests in solidarity with the people of Abadan following Monday’s collapse of the city’s ten-story Metropol tower. Women were participating in large numbers in these protest rallies.

The cities of Khorramshahr and Behbahan in Khuzestan, Shahin Shahr in Isfahan, and Bandar Abbas in Hormozgan provinces have been scenes of night protests and rallies in support of the people of Abadan, who took to the streets again for the second consecutive night, protesting the regime’s corruption and incompetence in providing aid for those in need.

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Iran: Anti-regime Protests Erupt in Abadan Following Collapse of Ten-story Tower

A massive crowd of locals in Abadan, southwest Iran, took to the streets on Wednesday night, May 25, in anti-regime protests triggered by the collapse of the city’s Metropol tower on Monday, May 23. Angry protesters were chanting slogans against the regime, local officials, and the corrupt contractor responsible for the faulty construction project that led to the tower crumbling down, leaving at least 16 people killed, 37 injured, and dozens still feared missing. State media is reporting that 34 of those injured have been dispatched and are recovering in their homes now.

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Throngs of Women Take to the Streets of Khorramshahr in Anti-regime Protest

Thousands of people of Khorramshahr, including throngs of women, have taken to the streets of Khorramshahr chanting anti-regime slogans this evening, May 26, 2022. The protesters chant slogans in support of the people of Abadan who lost dozens of their loved ones when a half-constructed 10-story building collapsed on May 23, 2022. Khorramshahr is the main port city in Khuzestan, located 10 kilometers north of Abadan.

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Dozens Arrested and Summoned During Peaceful Rallies of Iranian Teachers

In connection with the peaceful rallies of Iranian teachers during Teacher’s Week, several activists have been summoned by security agencies and some have been arrested and detained since a month ago.

On May 1, employed and retired teachers and educators gathered in front of education departments in more than 40 cities to protest the failure to address their demands.

Chants by teachers heard in various Iranian cities during the May Day protests this year included: “[President] Raisi you’re a liar; what happened to your promises?” (Mahshahr); “They say America is our enemy. That’s a lie! Our enemy is right here!” (Shiraz); and “Imprisoned teachers must be freed! (Divandareh).

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Iran Uses Violence To Crush Protests Over Price Hikes in Food Staples

A new round of protests began on May 5 over the sudden and extraordinary increase in the price of food staples in several cities in the southwest province of Khuzestan, including Ahvaz, Sousangerd, and Izeh.

The protests started after the government removed subsidies on basic food items which have sent prices skyrocketing including the price of non-traditional bread, flour, dairy products, cooking oil, poultry, and eggs.

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Switzerland, May 25, 2022: Iranian Resistance Supporters Rally in Support of Iran Protests, Protesting Against the Presence of the Mullahs’ Regime FM in Davos 2022

May 25, 2022, Zurich, Switzerland: Iranian Resistance (MEK and NCRI) supporters held a rally in support of the Iran protests and to commemorate, the anniversary of the martyrdom of the founders of the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran(PMOI/MEK).

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Read more: Iran News in Brief – May 26, 2022

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