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Iran News in Brief – April 8, 2021

Social Security Organization pensioners and retirees rally once again demanding higher wages – April 7



Nine Baha’i citizens summoned to serve prison terms for following their faith


Iranian authorities have summoned nine Baha’i citizens to begin prison terms after convicting them of security crimes for peaceful activities including proselytizing for the Baha’i faith.

On April 6, nine Baha’i men and women were summoned to serve their prison terms in Alborz Province, west of the capital Tehran. They were told to present themselves within five days to serve their sentences.

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Seven Iranian Bahais detained in Shiraz, southwestern Iran


Seven Iranian Bahais were detained on the evening of April 6 in the south-central city of Shiraz. According to the Human Rights News Agency, the Bahais were identified as Saeed Etehad, Ghasem Masoumi, Siamak Henrour, Soroush Abadi, Sedigheh Aghdasi, Alieh Forutan, and Behrouz Farzandi Ardakani.

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Man arrested in SE Iran for posting “fake video”


The Chief of Iran’s Cyber Police (FATA) in the southeastern province of Sistan and Baluchestan said on April 6, that its agents had arrested a citizen for “posting a fake video”.

According to the state-run Tasnim News Agency, the man/woman had posted a video on the internet, showing locals “attacking” a poultry farm in Nikshahr after an increase in poultry prices and scarcity of chicken.

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Iranian social media activist flogged 74 times before temporary prison leave

Political prisoner and media activist Zohreh Sarv

Jailed social media activist Zohreh Sarv was flogged 74 times on Monday, April 5, before temporary prison leave. The flogging was carried out while the sentence has already been converted into a fine and after paying the fine, this part of the case was declared closed.

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Consensus on Iran’s “Explosive” Situation


“Explosive Situation” and a “Society on the Verge of Explosion” are expressions that appear nearly every day in Iran’s state-run media. These two expressions are becoming a constant structure of Iran’s political, social, and economic literature among government officials.

But what the state-run dailies and officials are focusing on is the economic aspect of this situation. According to Iran experts, they are deliberately ignoring the political aspect of this situation which is directly connected to the government’s unresolvable economic crises.

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Iran: The Coronavirus Death Toll in 535 Cities Exceeds 245,600

The People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) announced on Wednesday, April 7, 2021, that the Coronavirus death toll in 535 cities across Iran had exceeded 245,600. The number of victims in Tehran reached 56,421, Isfahan 16,030, Khorasan Razavi 15,845, Khuzestan 14,624, Mazandaran 10,480, East Azerbaijan 9,868, West Azerbaijan 9,221, Fars 7,217, Golestan 6,325, Alborz 6,108, Kerman 5,424, Central Province 5,108, Semnan 4,320, Kurdistan 4,247, North Khorasan 3,703, Ardabil 3,047, Zanjan 2,665, Bushehr 2,489, South Khorasan 2,391, Chaharmahal and Bakhtiari 1,980, and Kohgiluyeh and Boyer-Ahmad 1,894.

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Security forces in Isfahan arrested relatives of 5 protesters killed during November 2019 protests in Iran

Former MP says regime was ready to slaughter protesters in 2019

A former Iranian MP revealed that the Secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council was willing to slaughter protesters during nationwide protests in November 2019. In the March 22 video, which is now circulating on social media, Mahmoud Sadeghi sheds light on a meeting he had with Ali Shamkhani, the Secretary of the Supreme National Security Council about the November 2019 protests when angry Iranians took to the streets to protest an overnight threefold price increase of gas.

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Social Security Organization pensioners and retirees rally once again demanding higher wages – April 7

Jailed political activists denied phone calls in northeast Iran prison

Three jailed political activists who were imprisoned in the Iranian city of Mashhad after signing an open letter calling on Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei to resign have been denied phone calls.

Authorities in Vakilbad Prison have told Kamal Jafari and Mohammad Hossein Sepehri that they are not allowed to make phone calls for three months beginning from March 31. The warden has imposed a ban to prevent information from leaking outside the prison by these prisoners.

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Iran: MEK Resistance Units call for election boycott

Anti-regime activities and campaigns against the regime’s sham presidential elections in June continued in recent days across Iran.

The network of the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) inside the country, known as the Resistance Units, organized a vast campaign calling for the boycott of the upcoming sham elections. In various cities, huge handwritten posters were installed with the slogan, “No to the election of the mullahs, no to mullahs’ rule, yes to a democratic republic.”

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MEK network in Iran calls for boycott of regime's sham June 18 presidential election

Iran: New wave of political arrests

Political prisoners, Saeed Sangar, Forough Taghipour, Parastou Moini, Zahra Safai, and Maryam Akbari Monfared are in prison on charges of supporting the MEK.
Political prisoners, Saeed Sangar, Forough Taghipour, Parastou Moini, Zahra Safai, and Maryam Akbari Monfared are in prison on charges of supporting the MEK.

A new wave of arrests of opposition supporters has begun in Iran. The Iranian regime has recently arrested several youths, including supporters and sympathizers of the Iranian opposition the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK).

Since the beginning of March, the regime has arrested some MEK supporters and released political prisoners. Among them are Alireza Hossein Reza (50-year-old) from Babol, Omid Akbar Abadi, (27-year-old) from Mashhad, Touraj Naghdi (23-year-old) from Borojerd, and Hassan Fallah (47-year-old) from Karaj.

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Iran news in brief, April 8, 2021

Iran news in brief, April 8, 2021

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