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Iran News in Brief – March 22, 2023

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People across Iran celebrated Nowruz by honoring the martyrs of the uprising



Iran Uprising at a Glance – Day 188

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

Wednesday, March 22, 2023 – 8 PM GMT + 1

  • Days: 188
  • Protests: 282 cities
  • Fatalities: 750+ estimated deaths, 672 identified by MEK
  • Detentions: 30,000

Hello everyone and to all my compatriots, Happy Nowruz. We are back today on Wednesday the 188th day of the nationwide uprising. The Iranian opposition coalition NCRI President-elect Maryam Rajavi welcomed the Iranian calendar new year, Nowruz, with a renewed vow of continued protests inside the country and intensifying the Iranian Resistance’s anti-regime campaign both inside Iran and across the globe.

During the past few days, Iranian people welcomed Nowruz, where people in numerous districts of Tehran and cities across the country chanted anti-regime slogans by taking to the streets or from their rooftops. People in Tehran’s districts, including SadeghiyehSa’adatabad, MarzdaranEkbatanPunak, Shahrak-e Gharb, ZafarShahr-e ZibaDarbandSeyed KhandanTehranparsShariati Street, and the cities of KarajMashhadBorujerdSanandaj, Saqqez, MahabadShirazRashtIzehKermanshah, and others were seen chanting slogans against the mullahs’ regime and launching demonstrations in the streets.

The slogans included:
“Death to Khamenei!”
“Death to the dictator!”
“Khamenei, you murderer! We will bury you!”
“Death to Khamenei, the murderer!”
“We swear on the blood of our compatriots that we stand to the end!”
“Mullahs must get lost!”
“Silence is a disgrace! Freedom is our culture!”
“Poverty-Corruption-High prices! We’re going to overthrow the regime!”
“We won’t have a nation as long as the mullahs are in power!”
“This is the year Seyed Ali (Khamenei) is overthrown!”

In Shush, southwest Iran, retirees and pensioners of the regime’s Social Security Organization rallied outside the city’s governor’s office protesting high prices, inflation, low pensions, and other economic woes.

In Rask, southeast Iran, reports indicate that locals are having trouble procuring cooking/heating gas due to the regime’s corruption and incompetence. It is worth noting that Iran possesses the world’s second-largest natural gas reserves.

And finally, according to the Reuters news agency, the regime security forces attacked women and children who were celebrating Nowruz in the streets of Mahabad city. More than 30 people were injured, most of them women and children.


The Scorched-earth Tactics of Iran’s Cyber Army

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IN THE EARLY hours of January 5, a popular anonymous Iranian dissident account called Jupiter announced on Twitter that his friends had killed Abolqasem Salavati, a maligned magistrate nicknamed the “Judge of Death.” The tweet went viral, and thousands of jubilant people poured into the account’s Twitter Space to thank them for assassinating the man responsible for sentencing hundreds of political prisoners to die.

Soon, however, a few attendees voiced doubts over the veracity of the claim. They were cursed at and kicked out of the room, as the host insisted, “Tonight is about celebration!” while repeatedly encouraging viewers to make the Space go viral. The next day, activists on the ground and Iranian media confirmed that Salavati was, in fact, alive. Several experts suspect Jupiter to have been an Islamic Republic of Iran cyber operation aimed at distracting people, while the Iranian government executed two protesters the same night as the Twitter Space.

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Nowruz in Iran With Nationwide Anti-regime Protests


The Iranian people are welcoming Nowruz, the Iranian calendar new year, with people in numerous districts of Tehran and cities across the country taking to the streets and chanting anti-regime slogans. The Iranian people gave a stark reminder to the ruling mullahs of their utter hatred regarding their dictatorship and their stark determination to overthrow their theocracy to bring about a democratic republic.

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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Biological Terrorism, the Iranian Regime’s Latest Attempt to Silence Dissent

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We will be discussing a very serious and heartbreaking issue that has been occurring in Iran over the past four months. The alarming biological and chemical attacks on young women and school girls. This cruel and inhumane act is the Iranian regime’s latest attempt to silence protests and the ongoing revolution led by young women and schoolgirls.

In the last episode, we explained that the poisoning of young schoolgirls in Iran has been ongoing since November 2022. The attacks have taken place in 245 schools in 26 provinces across Iran, with over 13,000 students affected, 6,000 hospitalized, and tragically, an estimated four children have lost their lives.

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Justice Department Announces Charges and Sentence in Connection With Attempts To Acquire Military and Dual-use Technologies

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Iranian Agents Tried to Obtain Equipment That Could Be Used in Weapons Programs

            WASHINGTON – A federal court in the District of Columbia unsealed two indictments today charging multiple defendants with violations of the Arms Export Control Act (AECA) and the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (IEEPA) for their roles in separate schemes to procure and export U.S. technology to Iran between 2005 and 2013. In connection with today’s announcement, the Department of Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control designated three of the defendants and four entities for their involvement in the procurement of equipment that supports Iran’s unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) and weapons programs.

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Also, read Iran News in Brief – March 21, 2023