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Iran News in Brief – March 16, 2021

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Iran: Coronavirus Death Toll in 522 Cities Exceeds 231,800



Iran: People celebrate Fire Festival despite heavy security measures

Despite broad efforts by the regime to prevent celebrations during the annual Fire Festival (Charshanbe Suri), marking the eve of the final Wednesday of the Persian calendar year, people across Iran celebrated this Persian tradition.

Iranian people celebrate Charshanbe Suri by lighting and jumping over fires. The regime fears that such assemblies can lead up to anti-regime protests. Therefore, every year, it takes intense measures to prevent any kind of celebration.

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Maryam Rajavi, the President-elect of the NCRI, wrote in a Twitter message: “On the night of the final Wednesday of the year, we prepare to welcome the New Year, the year of regime change and freedom in Iran, by the Feast of Fire celebrations.”

Protest by oil industry retirees in Ahvaz

On Monday, oil industry retirees staged a protest in front of the Ahvaz Pension Funds representative office.

The retirees chanted slogans against the officials of the Ministry of Oil and demanded their rights.


Water shortage in Sistan and Baluchestan province

Locals in Zahedan, capital of Sistan and Baluchestan province facing water shortage since March 13. On March 15, the water was still cut off. Water shortages have caused severe problems for many citizens, and many homes do not even have drinking water.

Relevant regime officials are also indifferent to people’s problems. None of the regime’s organizations, including the Water and Sewerage Department and the governor’s office of Sistan and Baluchestan, have acted.

Long lines for poultry in Urmia, 4 days to Nowruz

Municipal workers went on strike

Municipal workers in Behbahan, southwest Iran, went on strike today to demand their unpaid wages.

Iran Media Warns of Protests and Election Boycotts

The state-run media in Iran are warning officials that the ever-growing economic and social crises are going to lead to social turmoil in the run-up to the sham presidential elections.

The government approved a plan on Sunday to raise workers’ salaries to 3.9 million tomans, which many officials bragged about, but the media reported that this is still way lower than the poverty line.

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Iran Cyber Police arrests Instagram admin for “blasphemy” in SE Iran

Iran Cyber Police
Iran regime’s Cyber Police

The Chief of Iran’s Cyber Police (FATA) in the southeastern province of Sistan and Baluchestan said yesterday that its agents had arrested an Instagram admin on charges of “blasphemy and disturbing public opinion”.

“This person opened Instagram accounts and posted insulting content in cyberspace with the motive to disturb public opinion and commit blasphemy, as well as encourage divisions between Shiites and Sunnis,” Hassan Kikha told the state-run Fars News Agency. The report did not identify the detained person.

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Iran: Coronavirus Death Toll in 522 Cities Exceeds 231,800

The People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) announced on March 15, 2021, that the Coronavirus death toll in 522 cities had exceeded 231,800. The number of victims in Tehran is 54,266, Khorasan Razavi 15,170, Isfahan 15,035, Khuzestan 12,920, Mazandaran 9,857, Lorestan 9,743, West Azerbaijan 8,688, Golestan 6,025, Central Province 4,743, Semnan 3,820, Ardabil 2,862, Ilam 2,376, and Qazvin 2,629.

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Woman hanged on the eve of the Iranian New Year – 115th execution of women

A woman was hanged in Lakan Prison of Rasht on Saturday, March 13, 2021. This is the 115th woman executed during Rouhani’s tenure as the clerical regime’s president.

The executed woman has been identified as Maryam Karimi (Massoumeh). She is married with a young daughter. Maryam Karimi was a victim of domestic violence. Her request for divorce had not been accepted by her husband.

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Iran’s 2021 budget crisis

The Iranian regime’ is yet facing another crisis. After months of struggles, the 2021 budget was approved by the Majlis (parliament), only to be rejected by the Guardian Council with 60 objections.

The head of the regime’s central bank, Abdolnasser Hemati, desperately announced that the amendments to the budget will only cause more inflation and an increase in liquidity.

“The head of the central bank believes the approved budget figures will result in strong growth of printing money and liquidity,” the state-run Eghtesad News, March 7.

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Iranian official says basic foods exported while Iranians tolerate scarcity

The Director General of Iran’s Office of Commerce affiliated with the Ministry of Industry, Mine and Trade said yesterday that some food items are exported out of the country, despite scarcity inside Iran. Sadif Beikzadeh said despite an export ban on basic food items such as cooking oil and poultry, some items do leave the borders.

“In the free market, the exchange rate is five times the government exchange rate (4,200 tomans) which is allocated to these basic foods. This means that the domestic price of these items is around one fifth of the price outside the border and under these conditions, the tendency to smuggle these items increases,” Sadif Bikzadeh said in an interview with the state-run ILNA News Agency.

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Iran news in brief, March 16, 2021

Iran news in brief, March 16, 2021

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