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Iran News in Brief – August 1, 2021

July 31, 2021 Protesters in Tehran chant death to the dictator



Sunday Protests in Iran

Several cities across Iran are witnessing rallies and protests against the establishment that has deprived all Iranians of their basic rights like fair wages, job security, pension, and other economic and social grievances.


Protest in Tehran- Valiasr Square, Chanting “Death to the Dictator” and “Iranians Die, but Will Not Accept Humiliation”

On Saturday afternoon, July 31, 2021, in solidarity with the Khuzestan uprising, a large crowd of the people of Tehran gathered and demonstrated in front of the City’s Theater in Tehran Valiasr Square, chanting, “Iranians die, but will not accept humiliation,” “From Khuzestan to Tehran, unity, unity,” “Compatriots, join us in support,” and “death to the dictator.”
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Iran: Over 343,100 Deaths, Over 80,000 in Tehran Alone

Infographic-PMOI-MEK reports over 343,100 coronavirus (COVID-19) deaths in Iran

Over 343,100 people have died of the novel coronavirus in 547 cities checkered across all of Iran’s 31 provinces, according to reports tallied by the Iranian opposition People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) as of Saturday afternoon local time, July 31. The official death toll declared by the regime stands at 90,630, around a fourth of the actual figure.

The coronavirus death toll in various provinces include: 80,176 in Tehran, 23,230 in Isfahan, 21,801 in Khuzestan, 20,745 in Razavi Khorasan, 13,473 in East Azerbaijan, 13,290 in Mazandaran, 12,523 in West Azerbaijan, 11,707 in Fars, 11,081 in Gilan, 10,255 in Qom, 9963 in Alborz, 9735 in Sistan & Baluchistan, 8463 in Kerman, 8075 in Golestan, 7148 in Hamedan, 6953 in Markazi (Central), 5952 in Yazd, 5810 in Hormozgan, 4125 in Ardabil, 3151 in South Khorasan, 2775 in Chaharmahal & Bakhtiari, and 2624 in Kohgiluyeh & Boyer Ahmad. This is in addition to reports obtained from other provinces.

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Iran Protests: Families of Murdered Demonstrators Hold Rally in Tehran

Families of protesters killed by Iranian security forces hold rally in Tehran - July 2021

Family members of protesters killed by security forces held protest rallies in Tehran’s Azadi Square on Friday in support of the uprising of the people of Khuzestan and in condemnation of the Iranian regime’s brutality. The protesters, most of whom are mothers of the youth murdered by security forces down during the November 2019 protests, were chanting anti-regime slogans and encouraged others to join the protests.

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Why Authorities in Iran Try To Restrict Cyberspace?


Recently, Iranian lawmakers introduced a plan for restricting cyberspace, dubbed “the Plan for Preserving Users’ Rights in Cyberspace and Organizing Social Media.” Following the recent protests in various areas, particularly in the southwestern province of Khuzestan and the capital Tehran, authorities severely try to restrict citizens’ access to the internet and social media.

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Sanctioned IRGC Official Defends Internet Censorship Bill, Vows to Crack Down on Protesters


Mohammad Reza Naqdi, the Deputy Coordinator in the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) defended the new internet censorship bill in a parliamentary session, telling MPs to not fear the protests on the internet against the bill. According to the state-run Entekhab website, the IRGC official told MPs to end “foreign rule” on Iran’s internet. “Isn’t independence our main principle? Until when will we be dependent on Colonists?” Naqdi said in the meeting.

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U.S. Lawmakers Urge EU To Designate Hezbollah a Terrorist Organization


On Monday, July 26, U.S. Representative Ted Deutch, Chair of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on the Middle East, North Africa, and Global Counterterrorism, along with eight other representatives introduced a resolution urging the European Union to fully designate Lebanese Hezbollah as a terrorist organization.

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Video Report: Iranians Turn Soccer Celebrations Into Anti-Regime Protests in Tehran

Iranians turn soccer celebrations into anti-regime protests in Tehran

Football fans and locals turned soccer celebrations into anti-regime protests on July 31 after midnight in several cities in Tehran Province. Protesters chanted against the regime’s Supreme Leader, Khamenei, and the clerical state.

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