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Iran: Nationwide and widespread protests by Retirees in 22 cities
On Sunday, January 3, 2021, hundreds of retirees staged a nationwide protest in different Iranian cities. The protest began at 10:00 am and continued until 1:00 pm in 22 Iranian cities, including in Tehran, Kermanshah, Tabriz, Khorramabad, Arak, Isfahan, Shiraz, Ahvaz, Qazvin, Hamedan, Rasht, Sanandaj, Shush, Karaj, Neyshabur, Yazd, Bojnourd, and Shushtar. The retirees protested against the discrepancy between their benefits and those employed as well as the lack of parity between their wages and inflation and high prices, and having to endure intolerable hardships.
In Karaj, the State Security Force prevented the retirees and taking picutres and videos.
In Shush and Danial, in addition to the protest action in front of the Social Services Office, they also staged a protest march. The retirees’ slogans included, “High prices, inflation, a calamity for the people,” “Incompetent minister, resign, resign,” and “Enough of oppression and suppression, our plates are empty.” One of the placards carried by the retirees said, “Retirees have slipped to death from poverty line.”
UPDATE: 10:00 AM CET
Iran: Coronavirus Death Toll in 478 Cities Surpasses 196,500
The People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) announced on Sunday, January 3, 2021, that the Coronavirus death toll in 478 cities had exceeded 196,500. The number of victims in Tehran is 48,191, Isfahan 12,185, Qom 7,675, East Azerbaijan 7,527, Mazandaran 7,512, Gilan 6,976, Fars 6,013, Alborz 5,140, Golestan 4,847, Hamedan 4,670, Kerman 4,328, Central Province 4,073, Yazd 3,472, Zanjan 2,065, Hormozgan 2,060, Chaharmahal and Bakhtiari 1,545, and Kohgiluyeh and Boyer-Ahmad 1,419.
#Iran Coronavirus Update
More than 196,500 people have died of the novel #coronavirus in 478 cities checkered across all of Iran's 31 provinces, according to the Iranian opposition PMOI/MEK.
— People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) (@Mojahedineng) January 4, 2021
Iran Human Rights Monitor Annual Report 2020 – Death Penalty in Iran
The death penalty and the execution of human beings under any pretext and for any reason is an inhuman punishment and a crime which the regime ruling Iran has legalized and justified over the years.
With 255 executions in 2020, the Iranian regime continues to hold one of the world’s top records in the use of the death penalty. The clerical regime issued and carried out the death penalty for political crimes, drug-related crimes, sexual offenses, Moharebeh (waging war on God), armed robbery and drinking alcohol.
The Social Security Organization’s retirees held protests in at least 11 provinces
The Social Security Organization’s retirees held protests in at least 11 provinces and 22 cities across Iran on Sunday, January 3, 2021. Women widely and actively participated in these protest gatherings.
The Social Security Organization’s retirees gathered outside the buildings of the General Department of Social Security in Tehran and capitals of Fars, Kurdistan, Alborz, Qazvin, Razavi Khorasan, East Azerbaijan, Hamadan, Lorestan, Isfahan, Kermanshah, and Khuzestan provinces. They also held protests in Neishabur, Haft-Tappeh, Qom, Shush Danial and Arak.
Iranians Continue Protests; at Least Four Strikes and Rallies on January 2
A year after Qassem Soleimani’s Death, the regime has failed in its propaganda campaign
A year after Qassem Soleimani’s death, the regime has failed to portray him as a national hero. Soleimani, the former head of the terrorist Quds Force, was responsible for the killing of thousands of people in Iran, Iraq, and Syria. He is among the most hated figures in the Middle East.
Iran: The volcano of the starved people can erupt any day
The state-run Arman-e Melli daily ran a report on November 29, 2020 quoting Majid Abhari, a regime-linked sociologist and pathologist as saying: “Many top managers and officials in the country take credit for the silence and patience of the people and the poor… One should fear the time that no one will be able to put the brake on the volcano of the starved people.”
A volcano is defined as “a vent in the earth’s crust through which molten rock is ejecting.”
Iran news in brief, January 4, 2021
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