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Iran News in Brief – June 13, 2021




Sunday Protests In Iran

Today, as well as any other day in Iran, people have come to the streets to cry out and raise their voices against the regime. Shop owners in Gachsaran, farmers in Ahvaz, water and wastewater organization personnel in Behbahan, as well as bus drivers, defrauded cryptocurrency owners and even injured war veterans in Tehran were among the protesting groups on Sunday.


Iran: Coronavirus Death Toll Exceeds 310,400

The People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) announced on Saturday, June 12, 2021, that the Coronavirus death toll in 547 cities across Iran had exceeded 310,400. The number of victims in Tehran has reached 72,736, Isfahan 20,825, Khuzestan 19,481, Khorasan Razavi 18,870, Lorestan 12,340, Mazandaran 12,315, Fars 10,377, Gilan 10,366, Qom 9,740, Sistan and Baluchestan 7,211, Kerman 6,953, Hormozgan 4,120, Ardabil 3,850, Qazvin 3,589, and Bushehr 3,259.

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Poverty and Child Labor in Iran

June 12 marks World Day Against Child Labor. According to the United Nations 2020 annual report, at the start of 2020, prior to the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, there were 160 million children – 63 million girls and 97 million boys, child labor or 1 in 10 children worldwide. Seventy-nine million children – nearly half of all those in child labor – were in hazardous work, directly endangering their health, safety, and moral development.

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Children’s Income Is Looted by Government Agencies


Child laborers in Iran are forced to work on the streets due to their families’ poverty and meager livelihoods. The phenomenon of child labor has become a social catastrophe known as the army of child laborers. Under current conditions, these children are denied rights such as mandatory free education, free health care, and healthy nutrition. The corrupt clerical regime does not take responsibility for Iran’s child laborers or street children.

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Four Political Prisoners in Qarchak Shun the Regime’s Sham Election


Four political prisoners detained in the notorious Qarchak Prison sent out an open letter condemning the clerical regime’s sham election. The horrible conditions in Qarchak Prison under Ebrahim Ra’isi, Zahra Safaei, Marzieh Farsi, Parastoo Mo’ini, and Forough Taghipour debunked his claims to improve the situation in the country.

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The Iranian People Respond to Khamenei’s Sham Elections


As the date for Iran’s sham presidential election nears, the situation continues to get worse for the regime. Fearing losing control over the situation, regime supreme leader Ali Khamenei has done all within his power to make Ebrahim Raisi, his preferred candidate, his regime’s next president. But even though the president is a formal position that effectively has little power or decision-making authority in Iran, Raisi’s lack of qualification and his bloody past is giving Khamenei extra headaches even before the election is held.

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Women of Noghodi Olia Blocked the Road to Protest Lack of Drinking Water

Women of Noghodi Olia village blocked the road on June 11, 2021, to protest their lack of access to drinking water. People in Noghodi Olia village, in Ardabil Province, do not have piped water. This is the second time since April that the women of Noghodi Olia are blocking the road in protest to the water situation in their village.

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Iran Regime’s Cries About Those Who Live in Albania


‘Those who live in Albania’…, this is an expression which has becoming a habitual phrase by the Iranian regime’s official media about the members of the Iranian opposition the Mojahedin-e Khalq (MEK/PMOI) who are now living in Albania. By this way, the Iranian regime is complaining about the MEK’s influence in Iran, especially among the youth by the social media and the internet, fearing the guidance of the youth by them.

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Iran’s Medicine Shortages at Its Peak in 15 Years Due to Corruption


The Deputy of the Pharmacist Association said Iran’s medicine shortages were at its peak in the past 10 to 15 years. According to the state-run ISNA News Agency, Dr. Ali Fatemi, the Deputy of Iran’s Pharmacist Association said the government exchange rate and free exchange rate should be unified, as it has been causing corruption in the medical system. The government exchange rate in Iran is 4,200 tomans to the US dollar, while the free exchange rate is 23,750 tomans. “As pharmacists, we have been witnessing people looking for the most common of medicines, such as heartburn medication or insulin,” Dr. Fatemi said.

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Lebanon’s People Suffer From Iran Regime


Several months after the election of the prime minister and the failure to form a government in Lebanon, continued economic and livelihood deterioration have led to protests in Lebanon. For more than a year and a half, Lebanon has been in an unprecedented and severe economic crisis due to the structure of political corruption. As the value of the Lebanese national currency continues to fall, the economic downturn caused by the corruption of the government leads to a widespread poverty and misery of the Lebanese people.

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Afkari Family Beaten Outside Prison for Protesting Sons’ Solitary Confinement


The Afkari family and other civil activists were beaten when they gathered today outside Shiraz’s Adel Abad prison to protest Vahid and Habib’s conditions in solitary confinement for 280 days. According to a tweet by Saeed Afkari, brother to executed wrestling champion Navid Afkari and imprisoned Afkari brothers, undercover agents beat his mother, sister, father, and aunt. His sister and another woman were detained but later released. Their cellphones were also confiscated.

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