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Iran News in Brief – June 16, 2021

Sepahan Cement workers rally in Isfahan, Iran- Jun 2021



Absolute Protest: One Man at a Time

While the regime’s sham presidential election enters its final stages and the candidates are prohibited to continue public campaigning and advertising, Iranians in many cities are taking the matters into their own hands and putting their anger on display by tearing down anything that reflects the regime’s misuse of democratic forms and norms.

Families of the Regime’s Victims Want Justice

The Iranian regime that destroyed lives and brandished cemeteries is now facing thousands of families who are actively joining the nationwide campaign for regime change by the day. Family members of the slain protesters and those who lost their loved ones in the downing of Ukrainian flight PS752 by the IRGC are courageously posting videos on social media to make their voices heard.



Iran: Coronavirus Death Toll Is More Than 312,200


The People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) announced on June 15, 2021, that the Coronavirus death toll in 547 cities had exceeded 312,200. The number of victims in Tehran has reached 73,166, Isfahan 20,980, Khuzestan 19,636, Khorasan Razavi 18,980, East Azerbaijan 12,793, West Azerbaijan 11,738, Fars 10,467, Alborz 8,913, Yazd 5,207, Hormozgan 4,225, Qazvin 3,609, and Bushehr 3,279.

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Iran’s Streets Depict People’s Will to Boycott the 2021 Sham Presidential Election

Iran's streets depict people's will to boycott the 2021 sham presidential election

PMOI/MEK Resistance Units have intensified their efforts to popular the message of the Iranian regime election boycott four days before the Iran presidential election. As four decades ago, the PMOI/MEK has boycotted the Iranian regime sham election.

The Resistance Units put up slogans against the Iranian regime’s next president Ebrahim Raisi who is going to be selected by the supreme leader Ali Khamenei.
The Resistance Units also put up posters of the Iranian Resistance leader Massoud Rajavi and the NCRI President-elect Maryam Rajavi.

Behind The Iran Headlines:

The Ultimate Winner in Iran’s 2021 Presidential Election
For the regime’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, the June 18 contest is about survival.
Alireza Jafarzadeh explains why!

Iran Elections: Why Raisi Is Khamenei’s Choice


The Iranian elections are due to be held on June 18, but the Iranian public is set to boycott en-masse because, as they’ve said multiple times, their votes have never changed anything because Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei always makes the final decision on the “winning” candidate. His favored candidate right now is judiciary chief Ebrahim Raisi, who is infamous for his human rights violations. This includes the crackdown on the November 2019 uprising and his role as a member of the Death Commission during the 1988 massacre of 30,000 political prisoners.

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Iranian Man Detained for Speaking Out Against Chief Justice and Presidential Candidate, SW Iran


An Iranian man in Ahvaz, southwestern Iran was detained on June 13 after he spoke out against Iran’s Chief Justice and presidential candidate in a circulating video on social media. According to reports, he was arrested at his workplace at 1.30 am and taken to an unknown location. The man had said in the video that Iran’s Chief Justice and presidential candidate Ebrahim Raisi’s election office had extorted money from fruit vendors for Raisi’s election campaign.

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Iran, the Eighth Most Miserable Country in the World


In a recent interview with the state-run ISNA news agency, Steve Hanke, professor of economics at the Johns Hopkins University, ranked the Iranian regime as eighth in the misery. “According to Hanke, high inflation is the main reason for the high economic misery index (sum of unemployment and inflation rate) in Iran, and currency depreciation, the most important factor in high inflation. Among 156 ranked countries, Iran ranks eighth. The highest rates of economic misery are in Venezuela, Lebanon, Zimbabwe, Sudan, Syria, Argentina and Turkey,” ISNA reported on June 7.

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Pfizer Vaccine Sold for up to $2,488 in Tehran


The Pfizer vaccine is being sold in Tehran for 25 to 60 million tomans (around $1,036 to $2,488), a state-run daily said today. According to the Hamshahri Daily, the vaccines are being sold in parts of the capital equipped with modern refrigeration systems. Two vaccine doses are sold from between 25 to 60 million tomans. The price difference depends on the injection site and point of contact.

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Iran Judiciary Sentences Four People to Lashes in Tehran


The Iranian Judiciary sentenced four people to lashes in Tehran for economic crimes, in addition to other punishments. According to the state-run Etemad Online website, the four men were identified as Hassan Ghorbani, Mehdi Bahrami, Mohsen Ghorbani and Mohsen Hatami-Nejad. They were charged with “participation in disrupting the economic system.” All four were sentenced to lashes, confiscation of their belongings, and prison. Hassan was sentenced to 20 years of prison, Mehdi to 12 years of prison, and Mohsen Ghorbani and Mohsen Hatami-Nejad were sentenced to 10 years of prison.

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Iran News in Brief, June 16, 2021

Iran news in brief, June 16, 2021

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