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Iran News in Brief – December 20, 2020

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UPDATE: 9:30 PM CET

More details on the attack on political prisoners in Qarchak Prison

More details have come out on the attack on political prisoners in Qarchak Prison on Sunday, December 13, 2020.

According to this report, at least 20 male and female guards accompanied the new warden of Qarchak, Soghra Khodadadi, to launch an attack on political prisoners detained in Ward 8 of Qarchak Prison. The raid by anti-riot guards took place at lunch time, while the prisoners did not have suitable outfit to encounter male guards. Some of the guards involved in this attack were Samira Ilkhani, Khoshraftar, Karami, and Gharegozlou.

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EXPLAINER: Iran, despite sanctions, has routes to vaccines

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Although Iran faces crushing U.S. sanctions, there are still ways for Tehran to obtain coronavirus vaccines as the country suffers the Mideast’s worst outbreak of the pandemic.

After earlier downplaying the virus, Iran has since acknowledged the scope of the disaster it faces after 1.1 million reported cases and over 52,000 deaths. Getting vaccines into the arms of its people would be a major step in stemming the crisis.

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Tehran Builds New Nuclear Site in Fordo, Breaches JCPOA

Iran: Uranium enrichment facilities in Fordo site
Iran: Uranium enrichment facilities in Fordo site (file photo)

On Friday, December 18, The Associated Press revealed that the Iranian regime had begun construction a site at its underground nuclear facility at Fordo, near the holy city of Qom, some 90 kilometers southwest of Tehran. According to satellite images from Maxar Technologies, the construction is taking place at a northwest corner of the site.

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The false statistics of the Central Bank reflect Iran’s bankrupt economy

To predict the future of the economics of a society, the expression of real statistics of the current situation with the right statistics in a macroeconomy is possible. The Iranian regime has violated wants to cover up the reality of its bankrupt economy by publishing fake statistics. The latest example of these falsehoods comes from Abdolnasser Hemmati, the head of the regime’s central bank. Hemmati lined up some figures to portray a positive picture of the regime’s economic situation, but in the factional feuding among ruling gangs, who are well acquainted with each other’s corruption, his true colors were revealed.

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UPDATE: 10:20 AM CET

Iran’s regime destroys tombstone of National Hero Navid Afkari


Reports from Iran indicate that plainclothes of the Iranian regime destroyed the tombstone of Navid Afkari, Iran’s national wrestling champion executed by the mullahs’ regime in September.

Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, the President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) in this regard said: “The clerical regime tries in vain to extinguish the flames of protests by destroying the tombs of Navid Afkari and other martyrs. Just as the victims of the 1988 massacre became famous despite the destruction of their graves. Justice will not let go of the criminal mullahs’ regime.”

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Mr. Mohammad Mohaddessin, the Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of NCRI:

Following Belgium court proceeding dealing with the mullahs’ regime terror plot to kill many in an opposition rally in Paris& the exposure of the nature and conduct of Tehran’s diplomatic apparatus, dialogue with Zarif only paves the path to terrorism and crime against humanity
UN experts urged an impartial International investigation into the 1988 Massacre in Iran, in which all current regime officials are involved. To meet Zarif, under any pretext ignores crime against humanity, undermines regional and global peace and security.
Mullahs’ regime takes European nationals hostage; lures and abducts Iranian political activists in Europe to Iran and executes them. Last Monday, a meeting with Zarif was canceled over this. In just one week, who has been baptized and how?
Meeting someone compared with Hitler’s FM by an MEP, former polish FM, is, as Churchill said, feeding the Crocodile. Iran’s regime uses these ties as permission to execute and assassinate. Severing ties provide real prospects for relations with Iran’s people in a free Iran.

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Iran: Coronavirus Death Toll in 470 Cities Exceeds 188,100

The People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) announced on Saturday, December 19, 2020, that the Coronavirus death toll in 470 cities had exceeded 188,100. The number of victims in Tehran is 46,620, Khorasan Razavi 12,295, Isfahan 11,070, West Azerbaijan 7,793, Lorestan 7,585, Gilan 6,711, Fars 5,777, Golestan 4,662, Hamedan 4,525, Kermanshah 3,971, Kerman 3,944, Kurdistan 3,246, Semnan 2,844, Ardabil 2,229, Zanjan 1,950, and Kohgiluyeh and Boyer-Ahmad 1,334.

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