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Iran News in Brief – March 11, 2023

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This weekend, the people of Iran paid tribute to the graves of the martyrs who have fallen for freedom during the recent uprising



Iran Uprising at a Glance – Day 177

Based partially on reporting by PMOI (MEK) Network in Iran

Saturday, March 11, 2023 – 8 PM GMT + 1

  • Days: 177
  • Protests: 282 cities
  • Fatalities: 750+ estimated deaths, 664 identified by MEK
  • Detentions: 30,000

Iran’s uprising marked its 177th day on Saturday as defiant youth continued their anti-regime activities aimed at shattering the wall of repression.

In Bandar Abbas, southern Iran Protesters torched a base of the regime’s IRGC paramilitary Basij forces.

In Tehran, in broad daylight, a large Banner was installed by courageous girls on Hemat and Tavanir highways calling youths for an uprising on the occasion of the upcoming Persian Fire Festival On the 13Th, 14Th, and 15Th of March.

In Shiraz Southwestern Iran MEK affiliated resistance units targeted the regime’s judicial electronic services office as a response to the poisoning of female students.

Today, in Tehran Clinic Hospital personnel rallied and protested the regime’s corrupt policies.

In Ahvaz, southwest Iran, regime operatives launched a chemical gas attack targeting the all-girls Kowsar and Setayesh schools, leaving a number of students ill.

Various medical personnel in the cities of Tehran and Ilam began rallying on Saturday morning and protesting the regime’s corrupt policies in their field of work and related industries. The protesters were chanting slogans against the regime’s Health Minister and demanding his resignation.

A group of workers of the Haft Tappeh Sugarcane Company in Khuzestan Province, southwest Iran, held a gathering today to protest the company officials’ refusal to address their demands. In other news, regime operatives launched a chemical gas attack targeting the all-girls Kowsar and Setayesh schools in the city of Ahvaz, the capital of Khuzestan Province, leaving a number of students ill.

Last night people in Tehran’s Shahrak-e Bagheri and Narmak districts began chanting anti-regime slogans, including:
“Death to Khamenei! Damned be Khomeini!”
“Death to the dictator!”
“Death to the IRGC!”
“Death to the child-killing regime!”

In response to MEK’s call inside Iran for the continuation of the uprising against the mullahs’ regime, resistance youths are getting ready for the Persian Fire Festival.


Traute Lafrenz, Last member of White Rose Nazi Resistance Group Dies

Traute Lafrenz

AFP/The Local- Traute Lafrenz died at her home in South Carolina on Monday at the age of 103, the group said in a statement, paying tribute to her “courageous resistance and lasting testimony”.

One of the most famous groups to resist the Nazis in Germany, the White Rose distributed anti-war pamphlets at Munich university in 1942-43, calling on the people to rise up against the regime.

In April 1943, Lafrenz also fell into the hands of the Gestapo, the Nazi secret police, and was sentenced to a year in prison for “complicity”.

Shortly after her release, she was arrested again by the Gestapo in Hamburg. Lafrenz spent time in four Nazi prisons before her liberation from the Bayreuth penitentiary in April 1945.

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H. Res. 100 Co-sponsored by an Absolute Majority of the House of Representatives

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I am very pleased to announce that H. Res. 100 – expressing Congress’ support of the right of the Iranian people to a democratic, secular, and non-nuclear Republic of Iran — is now co-sponsored by an absolute majority of the House of Representatives.  222 members of the 435-member House, Republican and Democrat alike, now stand side-by-side with the people of Iran who struggle to rid themselves of the theocratic thugs who have oppressed them for far too long.

I think everyone senses that the day of Iran’s liberation is approaching and its deliverance will be in the hands of the Iranian people and their friends and supporters around the world.

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Iran: Are Poison Gas Attacks on Schoolgirls the Evil Mullahs’ Revenge for Nationwide Protests? – Struan Stevenson


Outraged that young girls have dared to join the nationwide protests against the Iranian regime by staging strikes and walkouts in their schools, the misogynistic mullahs have developed a new and even more sinister form of retaliation.

Girls’ schools across Iran have been subjected to poison gas attacks, leaving many pupils seriously ill. The girls affected have reported the smell of tangerines or rotten fish before falling ill. Hundreds have been taken to hospital suffering from respiratory problems, nausea, dizziness and fatigue.

Gas attacks have been reported in Qom, Isfahan, Tabriz, Urmia, Ilam, Shiraz and the capital, Tehran. The mullahs have lamely tried to blame foreigners, or internal opponents of the regime. Some politicians have even accused emotionally charged adolescents of making false claims about the gas attacks.

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Iran’s Uprising Continue as Baloch Remains Resilient in Anti-regime Protests

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Iran’s uprising is witnessing its 176th day on Friday as the brave Balochis once again take to the streets in their relentless anti-regime protests. Baloch people in different cities held demonstrations against the mullahs’ oppression as courageous locals chant slogans condemning all forms of dictatorships in Iran, from the Shah’s regime to the mullahs’ rule.

People throughout the country are specifically holding the mullahs’ Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei responsible for their miseries, while also condemning the oppressive Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) and paramilitary Basij units, alongside other security units that are on the ground suppressing the peaceful demonstrators.

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Selective Monarchy and Velayat-e Faghih: A Comparison

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Against the backdrop of several years of uprisings, including the recent six-month anti-regime protests, Iranians inside Iran and across the world all agree that the mullahs’ regime must go. But what kind of power structure should replace the mullahs’ rule?

Reza Pahlavi, the son of the ousted shah of Iran, Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, has recently suggested that Iran should return to a monarchic structure. However, he knows that after the people overthrew his father’s rule in the 1979 revolution, Iran will not return to the tyranny of the Pahlavi dynasty. Therefore, he has suggested adopting an elective monarchy system. He argues that an elective monarchy would allow for a stable transition of power, as well as ensure that the monarch is chosen based on their qualifications and capabilities rather than simply by their lineage.

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How Was 2023 Budget Bill Calculated by the Government of Raisi?

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After many ups and downs, Iran’s parliament finally completed the review of the next year’s budget bill on Tuesday, March 16, and sent it to the Guardian Council.

The review of the next year’s budget bill was done after 10 days and after 25 meetings in the Iranian Parliament and finally, it was sent for review by the Guardian Council.

In the last session of reviewing the next year’s budget bill, members of the parliament determined the targeted sources of subsidies in 2 sessions in the morning and in the evening and conditionally allowed the government to adjust the feed rate of petrochemical gas and industrial fuel in order to support the industries.

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Notice on the Continuation of the National Emergency with Respect to Iran

white-houseOn March 15, 1995, by Executive Order 12957, the President declared a national emergency pursuant to the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (50 U.S.C. 1701‑1706) to deal with the unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security, foreign policy, and economy of the United States constituted by the actions and policies of the Government of Iran.  On May 6, 1995, the President issued Executive Order 12959, imposing more comprehensive sanctions on Iran to further respond to this threat.  On August 19, 1997, the President issued Executive Order 13059, consolidating and clarifying those previous orders.

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Statement by the High Representative on Behalf of the EU on the Alignment of Certain Third Countries Concerning Restrictive Measures Directed Against Certain Persons and Entities in View of the Situation in Iran


On 20 February 2023, the Council adopted Implementing Decision (CFSP) 2023/3811 implementing Council Decision 2011/235/CFSP.

The Council Implementing Decision amends the list of persons and entities subject to restrictive measures as set out in the Annex to Decision 2011/235/CFSP.

The candidate countries North Macedonia, Montenegro, Albania, Ukraine, Republic of Moldova and Bosnia and Herzegovina2, as well as the EFTA countries Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway, members of the European Economic Area, align themselves with this Council Decision. They will ensure that their national policies conform to this Council Implementing Decision. The European Union takes note of this commitment and welcomes it.


Also, read Iran News in Brief – March 10, 2023