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The grave of the champion wrestler Navid Afkari is destroyed
After the father & brother of #NavidAfkari were detained for hours at his grave in Shiraz SW #Iran the grave of the champion wrestler hanged for his part in #IranProtests was destroyed. His family have been told not to install a gravestone. The weak regime is afraid of his grave. pic.twitter.com/k9AS84SuxD
— Iran News Wire (@IranNW) December 18, 2020
Iranian People Continue Protests; Four Rallies and Strikes on December 17
On December 17, Iranian citizens continued their protests in different cities across the country, demanding their inherent rights. These protests included the rallies of Cystic Fibrosis (CF) patients’ families, Omidiyeh municipality workers, and employees of Tabriz telecommunication company, and a strike by MAPNA Group’s workers and employees in Kangan city.
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Town Hall: Zarif’s Involvement in International Terrorism
By Bruce McColm
In April 2019, Iran’s Foreign Minister Javad Zarif was welcomed as an honored guest at the headquarters of the terrorist Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC). The IRGC has been designated by the United States as a terrorist organization. Its foreign special operations division, the Quds Force, had received that designation many years before. Zarif is on the record as saying he held weekly meetings with the eliminated Qods Force commander Qassem Soleimani in order to coordinate policy.
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Iran: Coronavirus Death Toll in 470 Cities Exceeds 186,900
The People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) announced on December 17, 2020, that the Coronavirus death toll in 470 cities had exceeded 186,900. The number of victims in Tehran is 45,926, Khorasan Razavi 12,845, Isfahan 10,975, Lorestan 7,550, West Azerbaijan 7,058, Gilan 6,671, Fars 5,657, Golestan 4,632, Sistan and Baluchestan 4,591, Kerman 3,959, Kermanshah 3,946, North Khorasan 2,893, Ardabil 2,272, Hormozgan 1,975, Zanjan 1,930, South Khorasan 1,741, and Chaharmahal and Bakhtiari 1,445.
EU Policy on Tehran Leads to Terrorism
The European Union’s appeasement policy towards Iran has led to the ayatollahs feeling emboldened to commit acts of terror on European soil, including the attempt to bomb an opposition rally in Paris, for which Iranian diplomat Assadollah Assadi and three accomplices are currently on trial.
Iran: Six Protests in a Day; Workers and Nurses Demand Their Rights
On Wednesday, December 16, Iranian nurses, employees, workers, and other people from different walks of life held at least six protests, demanding their fundamental rights. Paying their arrears and delayed salaries was the main demand urged by protesters. Employees, workers, and particularly nurses are working while many of them have not received their meager salaries and pensions for months.
“We are living in darkness”: Iranian Families of downed Ukraine Flight PS752 protest lack of investigation
Family members of the passengers killed in a Ukrainian passenger plane shot down by the Iranian regime’s Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) in January gathered on Monday, December 14, at Tehran’s Military Court. The family members were outraged that regime officials have done nothing to investigate the incident, despite a year having passed.
The families questioned regime officials’ ignorance, inaction, and cover-up and blamed them for the disasters that led to the death of all 176 passengers and crew.
Radek Sikorski, MEP: Iran claims to be an Islamic Republic but its repression of its own people is an abomination to every decent Muslim
Today in the @Europarl_EN. Iran claims to be an Islamic Republic but its repression of its own people is an abomination to every decent Muslim, every person of faith and every person of conscience. If the mullahs want easing of our sanctions, they need to stop the outrages now. pic.twitter.com/uEb2sMIYwO
— Radek Sikorski MEP (@radeksikorski) December 17, 2020
Shortage of nurses in Iran – more than 60,000 nurses infected with COVID-19
Nurses in an Iranian hospital, taking care of those diagnosed with the COVID-19“Some 60,000 of the 145,000 nurses attending to the sick have been infected with the coronavirus. 6,000 are in the quarantine. Around 100 have lost their lives,” said Mirzabeigi on the shortage of nurses in Iran.
Iran news in brief, December 18, 2020
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