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Iran News in Brief – February 28, 2021

The terms “fuel carrier” and “border porter” are an unfortunate consequence of 42 years of corruption and mismanagement under the Iranian regime which has resulted in a significant lack of job opportunities, especially for Iranians in western and eastern Iran.



Maryam Rajavi

Protests by pensioners in Tehran and other cities across Iran reflect the resolve of the people of Iran to gain their rights

Maryam Rajavi is the president-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (Siavosh Hossein, The Media Express)

Maryam Rajavi, the President-elect of the NCRI, welcomed the today protests by pensioners in Tehran and other Iranian cities. She wrote in a Twitter message: “Hail to the deprived pensioners and retirees who have risen up. Their chants of ‘our baskets are empty, enough with oppression’ and ‘we can gain our rights only by taking to the streets’ echo the cries of all the people of Iran who are fed up with poverty and the mullahs’ evil rule.”

Mrs Rajavi added: “Continued protests by pensioners in Tehran and other cities across Iran reflect the resolve of the people of Iran to gain their rights.”

Hundreds of pensioners gathered today outside the Ministry of Labor in Tehran


Iran: Uprising of Sistan and Baluchestan, No. 7 – Baluchi Uprising Continues for the Sixth Day Running Despite Harsh Repression


Last night, February 27, rebellious Baluchi youths set fire to Ashar district offices, 60 km from Sarbaz city.

At the same time, protesters blocked the Panjshir-Mirjavah axis and the Chabahar-Kanarak transit axis to prevent the deployment of additional reinforcements.

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A look into Iran’s Sistan and Baluchestan protests and the underlying reasons

Sistan and Baluchestan is the most poor region of Iran. Iran’s IRGC forces on Monday clashed with Baloch locals who carry fuel over the border region in Sistan and Baluchestan. Initial reports indicate that at least 8 people were killed and dozens were wounded and were taken to hospital.

Today marks the sixth day of Sistan and Baluchestan protests that started in Saravan, southeastern Iran. The protests erupted on February 22 when Baluch fuel carriers gathered near an Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) base on the border in Saravan to protest the border closure. The Guards, who had dug large holes on the border to prevent fuel carriers from passing, gunned down the protesters, killing and wounding dozens of people.

The regime shut down or disrupted internet connections on Wednesday night to quell the Sistan and Baluchestan protests. However, sporadic clashes and other forms of protest have continued and have spread to several other cities in the province including in the provincial capital, Zahedan.

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Iran: Coronavirus Death Toll in 497 Cities Surpasses 222,500


The People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) announced on Saturday, February 27, 2021, that the Coronavirus death toll in 497 cities exceeds 222,500. The number of victims in Tehran is 52,806, Khorasan Razavi 14,750, Isfahan 14,335, Khuzestan 11,600, East Azerbaijan 8,423, Kermanshah 4,529, Qom 8,355, Golestan 5,775, Hamedan 5,233, Kurdistan 3,852, Semnan 3,455, Ardabil 2,767, Qazvin 2,504, and South Khorasan 2,156.

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Update on the situation and fate of three Kurdish women in Iran


The Iranian regime has recently stepped up pressure more than any other time on Kurdish activists in Iran including on Kurdish women, and made numerous arrests in recent months. Following is an update on the situation of three Kurdish women.

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Rising Rate of Suicide Among Iranian Women – Ebtekar: Violence Rate is Not High!


Due to poverty and violence, suicide among Iranian women and girls is on the rise, a fact that government officials and experts have also acknowledged. However, Massoumeh Ebtekar, the regime’s Deputy for Women and Family Affairs, claims that “Domestic and social violence against women is not high in our society, and Iran is in a better position than other countries” (The state-run ISNA news agency –February 15, 2021).

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Iran: Government corruption and growing misery


Not a day goes by without hearing news about increasing poverty among the Iranian people, the growing economic gap among the rich and poor, and the looting of the people’s resources and wealth by the Iranian regime’s leaders.

In this devastated economy, providing basic food items such as cucumbers, tomatoes, eggs, butter, etc., has become a challenge for the majority of the people, especially poor families.

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