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Iran News in Brief – July 18, 2021




Amid Statewide Mobilization of Security Forces, Protests Continue in The South

Terrified of the continuation of the unrest in the South, instead of finding a solution for the thirsty population, the regime sent hordes of riot police to Khuzestan province. But even then, the move didn’t stop the locals from protesting.


Protests Have Started Early On Sunday

Sunday began and as the sun rose, so did the people of Iran. The revolt of Khuzestan last night has been all over the internet and the scenes of Iranians thirsty for water and tired of being deprived of their most basic rights have reached every corner of the country. In Shush, southwest of the country, Haft Tappeh Sugarcane Complex workers are now marching in solidarity with the people of Khuzestan province, protesting against severe water shortages.

Today is also the 29th day of protests by thousands of oil and gas workers across Iran. Some oil workers in Isfahan showed their solidarity by joining the strike. Elsewhere in Isfahan, pensioners and retirees of the Steel Social Security Fund are holding a gathering calling for their delayed pensions and higher wages. In Pol Dokhtar, Western Iran, municipal agents gathered today to demand months of their unpaid wages and insurance. And there’s more to come.

Iran: The Third Day Of The Uprising Of The People Of Khuzestan In Ahvaz, Shush, Karkheh, Susangerd, And Kut-Abdullah

Defiant youths set fire to a Basij vehicle and SSF Kiosk in Shush
Three protesters killed; several others wounded so far
The Province-wide uprising in Khuzestan (southwest) in protest against water shortage continued for the third consecutive night despite the regime’s repressive measures. The regime’s repressive forces opened fire, killing at least three young men, and wounding many more.

Thousands took to the streets in Kut-Abdollah (near Ahvaz). The IRGC special units entered Kut-Abdollah, and the State Security Forces (SSF) blocked all roads leading to the city. Defiant youths blocked the Andimeshk-Ahvaz Highway in the Shavur district of Shush. The demonstrators closed the main road to the city by setting fires. They also blocked the Hamidabad bridge at the entrance to the city.
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Iran: Coronavirus Death Toll Exceeds 331,300


The People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) announced on Saturday, July 17, 2021, that the COVID-19 death toll in 547 cities had exceeded 331,300. The number of victims in Tehran has reached 77,246, Isfahan 22,425, Khuzestan 21,066, Khorasan Razavi 2,0145, Mazandaran 12,830, Fars 11,202, Gilan 10,801, Qom 10,025, Alborz 9,443, Sistan and Baluchestan 8,766, Golestan 7,750, Kerman 7,913, Hamedan 7,018, Yazd 5,597, Kurdistan 5,572, Hormozgan 5,340, North Khorasan 4,639, Qazvin 3,774, South Khorasan 3,046, Chaharmahal and Bakhtiari 2,705, and Kohgiluyeh and Boyer-Ahmad 2,569.

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Iran: Protests in Ahvaz, Susangerd, Abou Homeyzeh, Shadegan, Ein-Do Alley and Hoveyzeh to Protest Lack of Water


‌Youth block highways; State Security Force opens fire, killing a 26-year-old, wounding many others. The widespread protests and uprisings in different cities of Khuzestan Province (southwest Iran) that started on Thursday night due to water shortage, also continued on Friday night. The protesters and the defiant youth in Ahvaz and surrounding towns closed transit highways for hours.

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Water Shortage Triggers Protests Across Khuzestan

جوانان شورشی و دلاور سوسنگرد

On Friday, people in different cities of Khuzestan province held demonstrations in protest to water shortages. The people are struggling to carry out their lives in an especially hot summer season and the regime is doing next to nothing to solve their problems. While protests were raging across the province and videos of demonstrations were being posted on social media, the governor of Khuzestan claimed that reports about protests were fake.

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Protester Killed on Second Day of Water Protests in Southwestern Iran


Iranian Arabs in several cities in the southwestern oil-rich province of Khuzestan joined the water protests for the second consecutive night yesterday. According to local reports, Mostafa Naeemawi, a young protester was killed last night in the restive city of Shadegan. The state-run IRNA News Agency confirmed a young man was killed and said “seditionists” killed Mostafa in the protests. The regime uses the word seditionists to refer to protesters.

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Iran’s Government Sowed Winds of Misery, Is Reaping Its Whirlwinds

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The crises in Iran are overflooding the Iranian government, and its officials from the lowest to the highest position are confessing and showing their concern that there is no other solution left to rescue this 42 old mullahs’ rule. Mostafa Hashemi Taba, a former presidential candidate, in an interview with the state-run daily Shargh, reminded the government of the threat of social upheaval by recalling government inefficiencies in various fields, including electricity blackouts and its damage, housing, unemployment, poverty, and hunger, and said:

“Although it is said that Mr. Raisi inherited the ruins of Mr. Rouhani, and Kayhan writes that two years should be spent to removing its debris, we should say that two years is not enough and in fact, it takes much more time to remove its debris and rebuild. And what is called rubble is in reality not rubble, but is the result of sowed winds, which is not only the result of Mr. Rouhani’s actions, although he also participates in it, and we must wait for the whirlwind that will arise from this field.”

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Raheleh Ahmadi Suffers From Poor Health, Following Her Mother’s Death

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Prisoner of conscience Raheleh Ahmadi suffers from poor health due to nervous stress on Saturday, July 17, 2021, which aggravated pain caused by a lumbar disc. Raheleh Ahmadi, detained in the women’s ward of Evin Prison in Tehran, was not allowed to visit her ailing mother in her last days of life. The Evin Prison authorities did not even grant a short leave to Mrs. Ahmadi to attend her mother’s funeral after she passed away.

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