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Iran News in Brief – July 21, 2021




With Crackdown on The Agenda, People Respond with Defiance

The uprising in Khuzestan has driven the entire regime towards a complete crackdown. Ali Khamenei, the supreme leader called upon the authorities to “address” the province’s problems, and the state persecutor warned to lawfully take care of the “rioters”. The regime’s security apparatus dispatched riot police from various provinces to Khuzestan and according to local sources, the internet was widely shut down.

Yet from what has been submitted to the outside world, Iranians from different cities and provinces showed their solidarity with their Khuzestani fellow countrymen.


A Crackdown Destined To Fail

The Iranian regime, desperate to hold on to power is trying to dispatch riot police and other security forces from the capital Tehran to crack down on the thirsty people of Khuzestan. While all Iran is watching and people have been chanting “death to Khamenei” in support of Khuzestan yesterday in Tehran and Karaj, while thousands of oil workers are still on strike and while Iranians from all walks of life are marching on the streets every day to cry for fair pay, water a power… all indications show that the crackdown of this movement is doomed for failure. It’s not a matter of if, rather of when.

All Khuzestan Rose Up

The protests in Khuzestan last night expanded throughout the entire province. Susangerd, Abadan, Izeh, Ahvaz, Khorramshahr, Darkhoveyn, Ramshir, Dezful, Ramhormoz, Shushtar, Veys, and Izeh have been reported to have rebelled against the regime on the sixth consecutive day in the oil-rich province in the south.

Iran: Over 333,600 Deaths, Official Says “Tsunami Is In the Making”

Infographic-PMOI-MEK reports over 333,600 coronavirus (COVID-19) deaths in Iran (1)

Over 333,600 people have died of the novel coronavirus in 547 cities checkered across all of Iran’s 31 provinces, according to reports tallied by the Iranian opposition People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) as of Tuesday afternoon local time, July 20. The official death toll declared by the regime stands at 87,624, around a fourth of the actual figure.

The coronavirus death toll in various provinces include: 77,776 in Tehran, 22,590 in Isfahan, 21,216 in Khuzestan, 20,270 in Razavi Khorasan, 13,328 in East Azerbaijan, 12,910 in Mazandaran, 12,880 in Lorestan, 12,288 in West Azerbaijan, 11,277 in Fars, 9533 in Alborz, 8981 in Sistan & Baluchistan, 8023 in Kerman, 7805 in Goletan, 7043 in Hamedan, 6308 in Kermanshah, 5677 in Yazd, 5440 in Hormozgan, 4055 in Ardabil, 3799 in Qazvin, 3764 in Bushehr, 3481 in Ilam, and 2720 in Chaharmahal & Bakhtiari. This is in addition to reports obtained from other provinces.

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Iran: Protests Continue In Khuzestan for Fifth Consecutive Night

Protests in Khuzestan province over water shortages - July 2021

Monday marked the fifth consecutive day of protests in Khuzestan province over water shortages and the Iranian regime’s destructive policies. Protests were reported in Ahvaz, Veis, Kut Abdollah, Hamidiyeh, Ramhormoz, Shushtar, and Susangerd. People in neighboring provinces, including Lorestan, declared their solidarity with the people of Khuzestan. The regime has been trying to quell the unrest by dispatching a large contingent of security forces to the areas where protests are taking place. But the people of Khuzestan resisted the wave of repression and continued their protests.

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Iran: Water Crisis Ignites Another Round of Protests


On July 14, the water crisis and officials’ ignorance to address the people’s dilemmas ignited a new round of protests in the southwestern Iranian province of Khuzestan. To vent their frustration over the officials’ performance, many people took to the streets in various cities. They peacefully marched and rallied in front of government offices. In response, authorities used tear gas and aerial shooting to disperse fed-up protesters. However, oppressive measures against thirsty citizens had the opposite effect and prompted protesters’ rage.

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Seven Iranian Bahais Sentenced to Prison in Tehran and Yazd, Central Iran


Four Iranian Bahais were sentenced to a total of 13 years of prison yesterday in Yazd, central Iran. According to the Human Rights News Agency, the four Bahais were identified as Amin Zolfaghari, Mahboubeh Misaghian, Mitra Bandi Amirabadi, and Hiva Yazdan Mehdi Abadi. The Branch 2 Revolutionary Court of Yazd sentenced each to 3 years and four months of prison. They were charged with “membership in opposition groups” and “spreading propaganda against the state”. The sentence has not been confirmed by the Appeals court yet.

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Two Baluch Men Killed by Police in E Iran


Two Iranian Baluch men were killed on July 17 by police in the South Khorasan Province in eastern Iran. According to the Baloch Campaign website, the two men were identified as Naser Aalizehi and Mousa Aalizehi. The report said the two men were traveling by motorcycles when they were shot at by the police. Police shot them on suspicion that they were carrying drugs. This is the fourth case in July in which police or security forces kill civilians.

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Read more: Iran News in Brief – July 20, 2021