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Iran News in Brief – April 14, 2021

Packed metro in Tabriz, Iran



Iran’s Deputy Health Minister: 25% of daily deaths are COVID-19 related


In an online conference on April 12, Iran’s Deputy Health Minister, Iraj Harirchi, said 250 people died every day from COVID-19, which accounts for around 25% of the total deaths in the country. Harirchi predicted worse conditions and cited the Health Minister who had said that the death toll would surpass 400 deaths a day.

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Golrokh Ebrahimi Iraee sentenced to an additional one year in prison


Political prisoner Golrokh Ebrahimi Iraee has been sentenced in absentia to another one year in prison. Branch 26 of the Revolutionary Court of Tehran issued a one-year sentence in absentia for political prisoner Golrokh Ebrahimi Iraee on the charge of “propaganda against the state.”

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Iranian Opposition: Calls for Us Administration To Tighten Iran Nuclear Deal


The National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) and the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) recently reported that the Iranian regime leaders were looking forward to the new United States administration, following the inauguration of President Joe Biden earlier this year.

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Protests and rallies across Iran cry for equality, wages and call for a boycott of the sham election in June

People who were the victim of a fraudulent systemic market exchange manipulation, those who worked an entire life to rely on their pension and got defrauded by the system, people whose livelihoods depend on social security but are now deprived of it, and even working staff who are sick and tired of how they are treated, they all have come to the streets.  Reports from Tehran, Yazd, Kermanshah, Karaj, Nishabur, Mashhad, Ghazvin, Shushtar, Khorramabad, Tabriz, Arak, Ilam, Ahvaz, Bojnurd, Behshar, Shush, Rasht, Ardabil, Isfahan, Brujerd, and Shahrud suggest one thing: the Iranian people cry for change.

Fuel carrier killed by police in SE Iran


Police killed a fuel carrier on April 12 in Khash, southeastern Iran. According to the Baloch Campaign website, he was shot in a car chase that caused the car to overturn. The fuel carrier was identified as Mohsen Moradzehi.

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Iran: Coronavirus Death Toll in 535 Cities Exceeds 251,000

Full packed metro in Tabriz, Iran during Coronavirus pandemic
Full packed metro in Tabriz, Iran in the height of the Coronavirus pandemic

The People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) announced on Tuesday, April 13, 2021, that the Coronavirus death toll in 535 cities across Iran had surpassed 251,000. The number of victims in Tehran has reached 57,421, Isfahan 16,385, Khorasan Razavi 16,130, Khuzestan 15,089, Mazandaran 10,670, Lorestan 10,598, East Azerbaijan 10,213, West Azerbaijan 9,433, Gilan 8,787, Fars 7,339, Golestan 6,450, Alborz 6,283, Sistan and Baluchestan 5,721, Kerman 5,555, Kermanshah 5,009, Kurdistan 4,332, North Khorasan 3,783, Ardabil 3,127, Zanjan 2,735, Ilam 2,576, South Khorasan 2,456, Chaharmahal and Bakhtiari 2,035, and Kohgiluyeh and Boyer-Ahmad 1,954.

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Rallies and protests throughout Iran continued on Tuesday

Teachers and educational staff in Tehran rallied in front of the court of administrative justice and objected to the court’s delay in its ruling.

On Tuesday, sugar cane factory workers in Shush went on strike, protesting the employer’s attitude towards the workforce.

Iran, Haft Tappeh workers protest

Teachers in Izeh County in Khuzestan Province gathered in front of the governor’s office for protest and demand job security.

Izeh, Khusestan, Iran teachers' protest-13042021

Water and wastewater workers in Ahvaz rallied in front of Khuzestan’s governor’s office to protest why they have been denied two months’ wages.

Water and wastewater workers in Ahvaz rally-13042021

Iran: Two protesters sentenced to 13 years in prison

Saeed Khaledin, arrested on charges of “acting against the national security and cooperation with dissident opposition groups” and participation in November 2019 anti-regime protests
Saeed Khaledin, arrested on charges of “acting against the national security and cooperation with dissident opposition groups” and participation in November 2019 anti-regime protests

Iranian authorities have sentenced two protesters arrested during the November 2019 major anti-regime demonstrations to long prison terms. Jalal Namdari and Saeed Khaledi, the two protesters, were sentenced to a collective 13 years in prison on charges of participating in anti-regime protests that erupted after the regime imposed a sudden increase on the price of gasoline. Namdari is from Kermanshah and Khaledi from Paveh.

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Amnesty International Calls for Release of Iranian Students


Amnesty International called on Saturday for Iran to immediately release political prisoners and elite students Ali Younesi and Amir Hossein Moradi, who have been held on national security offenses, “including gathering and colluding to commit crimes against national security and spreading propaganda against the system”, for a year.

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European Negotiators Should Reexamine Their Priorities During Iran-US Impasse


The seven nations behind the 2015 Iran nuclear deal held meetings in Vienna on Tuesday to explore reviving it nearly three years after then-US President Donald Trump ceased American participation and began imposing a raft of new sanctions on the Islamic Republic. European negotiators relayed proposals and commentary back and forth between their American and Iranian counterparts, who remained on the sidelines, steadfastly avoiding direct talks.

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Iran news in brief, April 14, 2021

Iran news in brief, April 14, 2021

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