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Iran News in Brief – July 31, 2021

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Mothers of the martyrs of the November 2019 uprising



Saturday Protests in Iran

Today, according to reports from inside Iran, there have been several protests throughout the country. Courageous Iranians took to the streets and challenged the vast security apparatus that is standing by and continues to be on alert because of the nationwide call that says “down with Khamenei”!


1988 Massacre of Political Prisoners In Iran – A Crime Against Humanity

A documentary clip by Alliance for Public Awareness about the 1988 Massacre of political prisoners in Iran

1988 Massacre of Political Prisoners In Iran - A Crime Against Humanity

Iran: Over 342,100 Deaths, Former MP Says “No Iranian Vaccine in Sight”

Infographic-PMOI-MEK reports over 342,100 coronavirus (COVID-19) deaths in Iran

Over 342,100 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 Friday afternoon local time, July 30. The official death toll declared by the regime stands at 90,270, around a fourth of the actual figure.

The coronavirus death toll in various provinces include: 79,926 in Tehran, 23,165 in Isfahan, 21,746 in Khuzestan, 20,695 in Razavi Khorasan, 13,255 in Mazandaran, 12,975 in Lorestan, 12,493 in West Azerbaijan, 11,657 in Fars, 11,056 in Gilan, 9938 in Alborz, 9660 in Khuzestan, 8423 in Kerman, 8040 in Golestan, 6383 in Kermanshah, 5922 in Yazd, 5770 in Hormozgan, 4709 in North Khorasan, 3879 in Qazvin, 3874 in Bushehr, and 3541 in Ilam. This is in addition to reports obtained from other provinces.

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Late Night Protests in Iran

Despite the internet being limited or blocked in many parts of the country, reports from inside Iran indicate that Tehran and Khuzestan provinces witnessed several protests and rallies against the regime last night.

Iranian Officials Worried About Repercussions of Internet Censorship Bill

Internet censorship in Iran

In Wednesday’s Majlis (parliament) session, Iranian regime lawmakers approved to vote on a bill to restrict internet access. The bill will put severe restrictions on internet access inside the country and ban all social media networks unless they comply with the regime’s terms. Currently, all major social media networks are banned inside Iran. Telegram, which at some point had more than 40 million users, was banned after major protests in 2018. Currently, the only social network that is available in Iran is Instagram. People continue to access other social media platforms through virtual private networks and proxy servers.

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Mothers of November 2019 Victims March in Tehran’s Azadi Square


Tehran’s Azadi Square saw a protest march by mothers of November 2019 victims. A group of mothers of the victims of the November 2019 uprising marched in solidarity with the people of Khuzestan in Tehran’s Azadi Square around noon, on Friday, July 30. They chanted, “We are seeking our rights, we hold hands until the [regime’s] overthrow.” One of the mothers cried out: “Enough is enough! Enough with slavery!”

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Sweeping arrests in Iran cities on the heels of Khuzestan protests

The clerical regime is making sweeping arrests in Iran cities following the outburst of protests across the southwestern oil-rich Khuzestan province. Security forces are arresting civil activists and young people in Ahvaz, Shadegan, Mahshahr, Jarrahi, Hamidieh, Khorramshahr, Susangerd, Izesh, and Shush. Local sources say that in some districts of Ahvaz, the Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) broke into people’s houses, arresting several, often young, members of the same family.

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The JCPOA in a Political Whirlwind

On Wednesday, the Iranian regime and world power concluded their fifth round of informal talks in Vienna aimed at reviving the 2015 nuclear deal or Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action

With the end of the sixth round of the Vienna talks over Iran’s nuclear program, the date of a new round of talks and the return of the P4 + 1 and Iran-United States political delegations to Austria remains unclear, a spokesman for EU foreign policy chief Joseph Borrell told EuroNews that Iran has said it will not return to talks until the president (Ebrahim Raisi) takes office in August. The stalling of the Vienna talks has fueled skepticism and pessimism about the revival of the JCPOA, especially the remarks made by Russia’s permanent representative, Mikhail Ulyanov, who until then had always made hopeful remarks, added to the negative possibilities for a nuclear deal. He warned last week that postponing the talks could weaken the resolve of the parties to the agreement.

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Read more: Iran News in Brief – July 30, 2021