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Iran News in Brief – July 23, 2021




Protests Awake More Protests

The uprising in Khuzestan has sparked more unrest and protests throughout the country. In other provinces, Iranians have taken to the streets to show their solidarity with Khuzestan. In Charmahal and Bakhtiary, they chanted “Death to the Islamic Republic”, and in the funeral that was held for one of the victims, hundreds of participants called for the death of Khamenei, the regime’s supreme leader.


Iran: Coronavirus Death Toll Exceeds 335,100

The People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) announced on Thursday, July 22, 2021, that the Coronavirus death toll in 547 cities had surpassed 335,100. The number of victims in Tehran has reached 78,136, Isfahan 22,705, Khuzestan 21,321, Khorasan Razavi 20,345, East Azerbaijan 13,358, West Azerbaijan 12,323, Fars 11,337, Alborz 9,593, Sistan and Baluchestan 9,116, Kerman 8,103, Kermanshah 6,333, Yazd 5,727, Kurdistan 5,597, Hormozgan 5,515, North Khorasan 4,669, and Kohgiluyeh and Boyer-Ahmad 2,584.

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The Uprising Expands To Neighboring Provinces

Yesterday, according to reports from inside Iran, the people of Lorestan and Isfahan provinces have taken to the streets to show solidarity with their Khuzestani fellow countrymen and women. As discontent over dozens of livelihood necessities has been a nationwide problem, the dilemma that the regime is now facing is whether to crush the uprising in Khuzestan with an all-out war machine or just trying to curb it with riot police and risk expanding it to other provinces.

Khuzestan Protests Continue for the Seventh Day Despite Brutal Repression, Internet Blackout

Wednesday marked the seventh night of ongoing protests in Iran’s Khuzestan province. The protests began were triggered by extreme water shortages caused by the regime’s destructive policies in the region, and they reflect the multitude of problems the people of Khuzestan and other provinces face. Over the past week, the demonstrations have turned into political protests, with the people calling for the overthrow of a regime that is responsible for the misery of the majority of Iran’s population. The regime’s response to the people’s most basic demands has been to dispatch security forces from Khuzestan and other provinces and to quell the protests.

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More Iran Provinces Join Khuzestan’s Water Protests on the Seventh Night

On the seventh night of the water protests, more provinces joined in support of locals demanding water in the southwestern province of Khuzestan. Last night on July 21, protesters in Dezful, Rashir, Ahvaz, Shadegan, Mahshar, Khormousa (Mahshahr), Masjed Soleyman, Susangerd, Behbahan, Elhayi in Khuzestan southwestern Iran, Yazdanshahr in Isfahan central Iran, and Bushehr and Ganaveh in Bushehr southern Iran took to the streets. Over 30 cities have taken part in the water protests in the past seven nights.

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Iran Government Deviating Projects in Critical Situations

These days Iran’s people are suffering from many disasters that the regime gifted them. From poverty and unemployment to the power outage and now water scarcity in most areas of the country and the worst-hit Khuzestan province. Besides the repression of the people when they decide to protest such situations, in fear of the escalation, expansion, and getting out of control of such protests targeting the entire rule as we have witnessed it in recent years there are many regime’s elements who try to calm down and deviate the people’s demands from a regime change, unfortunately, there are other people who in favor of this regime are doing the same thing.

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At Least 14 Prisoners Executed In Just Two Weeks in Isfahan Prison

From July 10 to 21, at least 14 inmates were executed in Isfahan Prison on drug-related charges. On Monday, July 19, 2021, the death sentence was carried out for Hossein Sadeghi on drug-related charges. Hossein Sadeghi was from Zahedan, capital of Sistan and Baluchestan Province. He had been arrested 5 years ago for drug trafficking and sentenced to death by the Judiciary.

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Political prisoner Mowlud Safaei unlawfully moved to Qarchak Prison

Evin Prison authorities moved political prisoner Mowlud Safaei affiliated to the Iranian opposition PMOI/MEK to Qarchak Prison among ordinary inmates. In violation of the principle of separation of crimes, this routine practice seeks to increase political prisoners’ pressure and expose them to murder by dangerous criminals. Intelligence Ministry agents arrested Mowlud Safaei, 61, at her home in Tehran on June 16, 2021. They took her to the Intelligence Ministry Ward 209 of Evin, where political prisoners spend their interrogation time in solitary confinement. They usually do not have any contact with the outside world while under interrogation.

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Read more: Iran News in Brief – July 22, 2021 

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