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Iran News in Brief – January 8, 2023

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UPDATE: 8:00 PM CET

Iran Uprising at a Glance – Day 115

Based partially on reporting by PMOI (MEK) Network in Iran

Sunday, January 8, 2022 – 8 PM GMT+1

  • Days: 115
  • Protests: 282 cities
  • Fatalities: 750+ estimated deaths, 627 identified by MEK
  • Detentions: 30,000

Iran’s nationwide uprising marked its 115th day on Sunday as the nation honored the memory of 176 innocent people onboard Ukraine International Airlines Flight PS752 that was shot down by Revolutionary Guards three years ago today.

The Iranian people both inside the country and abroad hold regime Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei and the IRGC fully accountable for this deliberate and premeditated atrocity.

Reports on Sunday indicate merchants and storeowners in the cities of Sanandaj, Saqqez, Bukan, Kermanshah, Kamyaran, and Abdanan were on strike as they marked the third anniversary of the PS752’s downing by IRGC air defense missile units

In the city of Najafabad in Isfahan Province, central Iran, brave women took to the streets to launch their anti-regime rallies today and chanted “For each person killed another thousand will rise!” among other slogans. Similar protests have been seen in the city of Karaj, west of the capital Tehran.

Reports from the cities of Qom and Darreh Shahr in Ilam Province indicated that protesters have been using Molotov cocktails in more attacks targeting regime-associated sites. Bases of the regime’s IRGC paramilitary Basij units and a branch of the Islamic Development Organization have been targeted in these attacks.

In Tehran, students of Score University held a rally today and began chanting anti-regime slogans, including: “Basiji and IRGC, you are our ISIS!”

Locals near the capital also gathered and held a ceremony in memory of the 176 people killed in Flight PS752 at the crash site.

Others in the capital’s Sadeghiyeh district gathered in another anti-regime protest rally and chanted: “Death to the dictator!” and “Death to Khamenei!”

Tehran has also witnessed various protest rallies by people in different districts, including Shariati and Sattarkhan. Similar reports were received from the Ferdowsi Metro Station where locals chanted anti-regime slogans. Locals also protested in the capital’s Enghelab (Revolution) Street and the Gohardasht district of Karaj, west of Tehran.

In Tehran, also at 9:30 pm local time large image of the Iranian Resistance Leader Massoud Rajavi was projected in the capital’s Tehranpars district and locals in the capital’s Towhid Square continued their protests against the regime and in Enghelab (Revolution) Street Protesters chanted: “Death to the child-killing regime!”

In Saqqez, the hometown of Mahsa Amini, people gathered at the local Shahnaz Cemetery to hold a ceremony in memory of the Flight PS752 victims. Two of those victims, Rozgar Rahimi, and her small child are buried in this cemetery. The participants also began chanting: “Death to Khamenei!” and “Death to the dictator!”

In the city of Anzali in northern Iran, locals held a ceremony to mark the 40th day of Mehran Sammak’s murder by regime security forces. He was killed while celebrating after a World Cup match. Authorities had dispatched security forces to prevent any such gathering. The crowd, insisting upon holding their ceremony, began chanting anti-regime slogans, including: “Death to Khamenei!” “Death to the dictator!” “For each person killed another thousand will rise!” and “We’re standing to the end!”


UPDATE: 9:00 AM CET

On Khamenei’s Order, Regime Hangs Two Detained Protesters, Mohammad Mehdi Karami and Seyed Mohammad Hosseini

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On the orders of the regime’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, and despite domestic and international outcries, two detained protesters, Mohammad Mahdi Karami (22) and Seyed Mohammad Hosseini (39), arrested during the nationwide uprising, were hanged this morning, Saturday, January 7, 2023.

The regime’s judiciary had charged the two with killing a member of the Basij and blocking the Karaj Expressway. These martyrs had been arrested on November 3, 2022, and underwent torture. The regime’s Judiciary sentenced them to death on December 4, on the bogus charge of “corruption on earth” and the regime’s Supreme Court confirmed their death sentences.

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Iran’s Regime Executes Two More Protesters to Quell Ongoing Revolution

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The mullahs’ regime ruling Iran executed Mohammad Mehdi Karami and Seyed Mohammad Hosseini early this morning. The regime’s judiciary confirmed that the two, arrested for taking part in the revolution that continues across the country, were hanged.

The semi-official Mizan news agency, affiliated with the regime’s judiciary, reported that the two were executed for killing a member of the regime’s paramilitary Basij and blocking the Karaj-Qazvin expressway located west of the capital Tehran. Amnesty International has said the trials “bore no resemblance to a meaningful judicial proceeding.” Many reports indicate the two were tortured into coerced confessions.

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Nazila Maroofian Fainted, Suffered an Infarct Before Standing Trial

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Nazila Maroofian, 23 and a journalist, suffered an infarct before standing trial on January 4, 2023. This young journalist has been under much mental pressure and psychological torture in prison and interrogation. Since her arrest, she has been confined in solitary confinement or cells with a small number of prisoners. On the day of the trial, she fainted and had an infraction. Nazila Maroofian was transferred to Mofatteh Hospital in Shahr-e Rey, but she was returned to Qarchak Prison without completing the tests.

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Maryam Akbari Monfared, One of Iran’s Bravest Women

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Today, we bring you the story of one of the bravest women in Iran. A mother of three girls who have been in prison for 13 years without a single day of leave.

We’re talking about political prisoner Maryam Akbari Monfared. On December 29, as the world was celebrating Christmas and the New Year, she marked the end of her 13th year in prison for seeking justice for her siblings executed by the Iranian regime in the 1980s. Maryam had been imprisoned in the women’s ward of Evin Prison until the 9th of March 2021, when she was violently brought out of her cell and banished to Semnan. She is the only political prisoner in the women’s ward of Semnan Prison that she describes as a “hell.” She sent a letter from this prison.

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Hamburg—January 6, 2023: Iranian Resistance Supporters Rally on the Third Anniversary of PS752 Downing by the IRGC Terrorists

Hamburg—Jan 6, 2023: MEK Supporters Rally on the Third Anniversary of the Downing of the PS752

Hamburg, Germany—January 6, 2023: Members of the Iranian community and Iranian Resistance (NCRIand MEK) supporters held a rally on the third anniversary of the deliberate and criminal firing of missiles at a Ukrainian passenger plane, killing 176 innocent passengers by the IRGC.

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Stockholm—January 6, 2023: Iranian Resistance Supporters Rally on the Third Anniversary of PS752 Downing by the IRGC Terrorists

Stockholm—Jan 6, 2023: MEK Supporters Rally on the Third Anniversary of the Downing of the PS752

Stockholm, Sweden—January 6, 2023: Members of the Iranian community and Iranian Resistance (NCRIand MEK) supporters held a rally on the third anniversary of the deliberate and criminal firing of missiles at a Ukrainian passenger plane, killing 176 innocent passengers by the IRGC.

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