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Iran News in Brief – January 22, 2021

Iran: Coronavirus Death Toll in 478 Cities Surpasses 204,600



One Million Iranian Women Lose Jobs Because of Covid-19


In the past eleven months, many Iranian breadwinners have lost their employment due to the coronavirus outbreak, which imposed additional pressure on low-income classes, particularly working families.

Up to 70 percent of the Iranians who lost their jobs during the pandemic were women, according to the Labor Ministry. Worse still, 62 percent of those employed in recent years don’t have insurance that would cover them for losing their job through no fault of their own and many are tied to contracts that prevent them from joining unions, so they are utterly alone when issues like this come up.

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A woman writes “Death to Khamenei” on a public wall in Iran

Iran sentences 2 Bahai women to 10 years of prison

A Revolutionary court in Tehran sentenced two Bahai women to five years of prison each for following the outlawed faith yesterday.

According to the Human Rights News Agency, the two women, identified as Sofia Mobini and Negin Tadrisi, were arrested on October 26, 2017 during an occasion to mark the 200th birthday of Baháʼu’lláh, the founder of the Baha’i faith. They were transferred to Evin Prison but were later released on bail.

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Maryam Rajavi: Khamenei’s ban on the purchase of Covid-19 vaccines is a crime against humanity



The People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) announced on Thursday, January 21, 2021, that the Coronavirus death toll in 478 cities had exceeded 204,600. The number of victims in Tehran is 49,756, Isfahan 12,915, Lorestan 8,278, Mazandaran 8,157, Qom 7,950, Golestan 5,150, Hamedan 4,818, Kerman 4,524, Kermanshah 4,244, North Khorasan 3,148, Semnan 3,035, Zanjan 2,175, Qazvin 2,162, Ilam 2,116, Bushehr 2,059, and South Khorasan 1,941.

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Iranians Continue Protests; at Least Four Rallies and Strikes on January 20


On January 20, Iranian citizens from different walks of life held at least four rallies and sit-ins in different cities, showing their wrath against the regime’s economic failures and mismanagement.

From several days ago, teachers affiliated with the Literacy Movement and preschool educators from different provinces traveled to Tehran and held a sit-in and rally in front of the Parliament (Majlis). They have camped in a park and announced that they would not leave the place before achieving their demands.

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A prisoner was hanged yesterday in Iran

Political Prisoner Saeed Sangar Receives another 11 months in prison


Another 11 months of imprisonment has been handed down for political prisoner Saeed Sangar who has already finished serving his 20-year sentence.

After various stages of fabricating a new case against political prisoner Saeed Sangar, another 11 months of imprisonment was handed down to him on Wednesday, January 20, 2021. He has already served over 20 years in various prisons in Iran.

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Arrested Iranian agent in U.S. is the tip of the iceberg


An Iranian regime agent who was posing as an independent political scientist in the U.S. was outed and arrested, according to a statement by the U.S. Justice Department on Tuesday.

“A criminal complaint was unsealed today in federal court in Brooklyn charging Kaveh Lotfolah Afrasiabi, also known as Lotfolah Kaveh Afrasiabi, with acting and conspiring to act as an unregistered agent of the Government of the Islamic Republic of Iran, in violation of the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA),” the statement reads in part.

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Members of an all-women musical band in Kermanshah arrested, summoned


On Saturday, January 16, 2021, two members of Glaris all-women musical band were summoned to the Intelligence Police of the State Security Force of Kermanshah. Nazanin Atabaki and Nasrin Yazdanipour, solo singers of the musical band, were interrogated by the police. Subsequently, they were temporarily released on bail until their prosecution is finalized.

The state-run media published the news on Sunday, January 17, without mentioning the name of the all-women musical band and its arrested members. But they said that the two women had been detained for “abnormal” behavior.

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Iran – Municipality authorities deploy child labors

Iran news in brief, January 22, 2021

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