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Iran News in Brief – June 29, 2021

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Dozens of Protests Throughout the Country

On Tuesday, doctors and medical students in Tehran, Shiraz, Isfahan, Kurdistan, Mashhad, Lorestan, Yasuj, and Kerman gathered to demand their rights and express their economic woes.

In Tehran, shareholders of the Kaveh Sadid company rallied in front of the company’s office protesting the managing board’s refusal to issue permissions for selling their shares or withdrawing their money.

In Andimeshk, Southwest of Iran, workers of the Nasb Niroo workshop joined oil and gas workers on their 10th day of strike action across Iran.

In East Azarbaijan, railroad workers rallied in front of the Azarbaijan general office protesting officials’ failure to meet their demands.

Also in Tehran, school teachers rallied in front of the Parliament, protesting officials’ failure to address their demands, including adjusting their salaries and other privileges with official teachers.

It’s All About Protesting, Even Because of Football

A nation fed up with systemic corruption and oppression, uses every opportunity to slam the regime and its officials. Today, football fans of one of the capital’s main clubs turned a rally into a political demonstration, chanting and insulting the minister of communication of Rouhani’s government.


All developments so far indicate that the regime’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei aims to pull Ebrahim Raisi out of the ballot box.  

EXCLUSIVE U.N. expert backs probe into Iran’s 1988 killings, Raisi’s role

GENEVA, June 29 (Reuters) Stephanie Nebehay – The U.N. investigator on human rights in Iran has called for an independent inquiry into allegations of state-ordered executions of thousands of political prisoners in 1988 and the role played by President-elect Ebrahim Raisi as Tehran deputy prosecutor.
Javaid Rehman, in an interview with Reuters on Monday, said that over the years his office has gathered testimonies and evidence. It was ready to share them if the United Nations Human Rights Council or other body sets up an impartial investigation.

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Iran: COVID-19 Death Toll Passes the Shocking Figure of 319,100

The People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) announced on Monday, June 28, 2021, that the Coronavirus death toll in 547 cities is more than 319,100. The number of victims in Tehran has reached 74,736, Isfahan 21,530, Khuzestan 20,186, Khorasan Razavi 19,410, Mazandaran 12,540,West Azerbaijan 11,888, Fars 10,707, Qom 9,850, Sistan and Baluchestan 7,641, Kerman 7,283, Central Province 6,583, Hormozgan 4,650, Ardabil 3,930, Qazvin 3,669, Zanjan 3,465, and Bushehr 3,439.

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The Growing Wave of Protests in Iran

Oil sector workers in several cities across Iran go on strike - June 2021 (1)

This is happening while oil and petrochemical workers of more than 60 companies across Iran are holding an ongoing strike that is in its second week and is expanding every day. The workers are protesting their low wages, their poor working conditions, and the authorities’ lack of commitment to address their problems.

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Khamenei Dismisses Iran’s Election Boycott, Says Vote Was “Monumental”


The Supreme Leader of the Iranian regime dismissed Iran’s election boycott and said today that the vote was “monumental”. Khamenei said those who turned out for elections “threw a punch at boycotters and opponents of the elections”. Iran’s so-called elections led to the victory of former Chief Justice Ebrahim Raisi, known mostly for his part in the execution of thousands of political prisoners in the late 1980s.

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The Mothers of November 2019 Victims Support Workers’ National Strike


A considerable number of mothers of November 2019 victims have declared support for the nationwide strike of oil workers known as “Campaign 1400.” The nationwide strike of contract workers of oil and petrochemical industries has continued for ten days in 19 cities. Workers of 61 industrial units have joined the strike, and more are joining. They demand higher salaries and better conditions at work.

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Addiction in Iran at 5.5%


According to Iran’s official statistics, 13 Iranians die every day due to drug abuse. The director-general of treatment and social support of the country’s anti-narcotics headquarters said that there are about 2.8 million addicts in Iran. In addition, 1.6 million people use drugs recreationally. Statistics that are painful and cannot be ignored, and simplistic from various cultural, social, health, and even economic and political dimensions.

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Iranian Arab Killed Under Torture by Police in SW Iran


An Iranian Arab was killed under torture by police in Khorramshahr, southwestern Iran. According to a local Arab Telegram channel, the man was identified as Kazem Hazbavi. Kazem was married and father to three boys and one girl. The report said police forces chased and ran over Kazem with a car, then took him to the police station. Locals reported he was injured in the car chase, then tortured at the station where he lost his life.

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70-Year-Old Worker Beaten by Mayor in Western Iran


A 70-year-old municipality worker was beaten by municipality officials on June 27 in Islamabad western Iran. According to the state-run Rokna News Agency, the 70-year-old worker was beaten by the County Mayor, Ali Hamidi-Tabar, and his agents. A video of the worker was shown on social media where the man speaks in the local dialect, saying Ali Hamidi-Tabar beat him and punched him in the face.

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Jailed Activist Suffers Irreversible Hearing Loss From Lack of Timely Medical Care


Saeed Eghbali, a civil activist imprisoned in Rajai Shahr Prison in Karaj, lost part of his hearing due to an advanced ear infection that was left untreated in prison. Saeed Eghbali was transferred to Amir Alam Hospital in Tehran on Saturday, June 19, and was returned to prison after being examined by a doctor and prescribed medication. The authorities have deliberately denied him medical care, putting him at risk of suffering permanent damage to his health.

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Iran News in Brief, June 29, 2021

Iran news in brief, June 29, 2021

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