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Iran News in Brief – March 27, 2023

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Iran Uprising at a Glance – Day 193

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

Monday, March 27, 2023 – 8 PM GMT + 1

  • Days: 193
  • Protests: 282 cities
  • Fatalities: 750+ estimated deaths, 672 identified by MEK
  • Detentions: 30,000

Iran’s nationwide uprising witnessed its 193rd day on Monday as people from different strata took to the streets to voice their woes and grievances. Retirees and pensioners in Shush and Ahvaz protested their hardships as prices are skyrocketing and their wages remaining extremely low. Taxi drivers and various investors in other cities were also protesting by going on strike and/or holding protests demanding better conditions and their stolen money returned.

Mechanic technicians in the industrial complex of Baneh, in Kurdistan Province, western Iran, went on strike and held a gathering on Monday protesting the rising rent prices for their stores.

Residents of Tehran’s Shahrak-e Bagheri district were chanting anti-regime slogans on Sunday night, including “We swear on the blood of our compatriots that we stand to the end!”

In Abdanan, Ilam province, western Iran, courageous youths continued writing graffiti on the city walls which read: Death to Shah and Mullah and damned be Khomeini.

In Piranshahr, in the Central District of Piranshahr County, West Azerbaijan province women and girls planted trees to commemorate the Martyrs of the uprising.

In Salehshahr, in Khuzestan province, southwest of Iran, defiant youth wrote graffiti against the Mullahs’ regime on the walls of a mosque.

According to reports, following the last Friday’s anti-regime protests in Zahedan, the capital of a southeastern province in Iran, strict stops and inspections by the military and security forces at the entry and exit points of and inside the city are still in place despite many criticisms and have caused harassment to the citizens and travelers of Nowruz.


Canada Imposes New Sanctions Against Iranian Regime


The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today announced that Canada is imposing additional sanctions under the Special Economic Measures (Iran) Regulations. This is the 10th package of sanctions imposed by Canada against the Iranian regime since October 2022.

Today’s sanctions list eight individuals and two entities, including senior officials in Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) and Law Enforcement Forces (LEF)—for gross and systematic human rights violations in Tehran and in Kurdish and Azeri areas of northwestern Iran—and senior officials involved in unmanned aerial vehicle and ballistic missile production in Iran.

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How To Stop Iran’s Drive To Obtain Nuclear Weapons Short of Bombing It: Report


Amid the shocking revelation that the Iranian regime enriched near weapons-grade uranium for an atomic weapon, the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI) on Friday published a highly detailed report to counter Tehran’s drive to become a nuclear power.

The MEMRI report argues that powerful steps can be taken by the Biden administration and Europe to impede Iran’s atomic weapon ambitions short of military strikes targeting Iran’s nuclear facilities. MEMRI lays out a “Plan of Action” that aims to chip away at the legitimacy of the Islamic revolutionary state.

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The Public Deserves To Know Why Britain Is Giving Visas To Iranian Clerics


Iran now stands right up there – after Russia and China – as the biggest challenge to UK national interests. London’s policy towards Tehran has toughened dramatically in recent months: the latest Integrated Review of British national security policy flags up 15 assassination or kidnapping plots by the Iranian regime against British or British-based individuals.

In consequence, proscription of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps has become a serious policy option for the Government – even as the Foreign Office resists this step with every fibre of its bureaucratic being. Moreover, under the Sunak premiership, there is an impressive cross-party consensus in both houses of parliament for any such measures. But UK-Iran policy still has many loose ends. One is the neglected issue of who receives Religious Worker and Minister of Religion visas to enter and stay in the UK.

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House Democrat Says Us Troops ‘Have To Stay in Northern Syria’ in Wake of Iranian-backed Attacks

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Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-Ill.) said on Sunday that the U.S. military will not leave Syria after a string of attacks from  Iran-backed militias on American bases in the country last week left one U.S. contractor dead and five service members wounded, saying “we’re not going anywhere.”

“We’re not going anywhere, we have to stay in northern Syria and work with our partners in Iraq as well in fighting ISIS,” Krishnamoorthi said in an interview with ABC’s “This Week” on Sunday.

There are more than 900 U.S. troops in Syria, tasked with fighting back any emerging remnants of ISIS. The U.S. said last week that an Iranian-backed group struck an American base in northeast Syria with a drone last Thursday, leaving one contractor dead. The U.S. responded with precision airstrikes on Iranian-backed groups on the same day, at the direction of President Biden.

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Ramadan, Messenger of Peace and Friendship to the Middle East and the World of Islam

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Ramadan Kareem! Happy Ramadan to you and to all Muslims, especially in France.
As we enter the holy month of Ramadan, we cannot ignore the stark reality faced by our fellow Muslims in Iran, where the fundamental messages of Islam – freedom, justice, mercy, and emancipation – are being trampled upon by a repressive religious dictatorship. According to official figures, a majority of Iranians are living below the poverty line, while the military and repressive organs continue to receive increased funding, and public services face devastating budget cuts.

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Iran’s Cities Report Protests as Currency Nosedives Again


People in different cities of Iran are taking to the streets protesting their poor living conditions as the country’s national currency, the rial, begins to drop yet again against the U.S. dollar. The ruling regime’s catastrophic economic policies, or lack thereof altogether, have been ruining the lives of ordinary Iranians across the country as tens of millions of the 85 million population are living in poverty as we speak. 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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New Hijab Plan To Be Enforced Soon, Intelligent Punishments for Defiant Women


In a press conference with the state media, mullah Hossein Jalali presented the details of a new Hijab Plan to be proposed to the mullahs’ parliament for adoption. Jalali said the new plan would be implemented through an intelligent system and not entail physical confrontation with women who do not observe the veil. Instead, it includes financial punishments ranging from half a million to three million tomans, cancellation of driver’s licenses and passports, ban on Internet use, etc. At a news conference on March 26, 2023, the member of the mullahs’ parliament from Rafsanjan and Anar said they had finalized the bill in 300 meetings with the National Cultural and Security Council. He claimed that the situation of the Hijab would be better than in the past.

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Iran: Attempt of Reproducing Despotism in 2023

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In Iran, the struggle for democracy, freedom, and liberation from the yoke of despotic and dictatorial regimes is a current that began in the late Qajar period and continues to this day continuously and relentlessly. For about 120 years, from the Constitutional Revolution to the present, various political groups and forces with their own ideologies, worldviews, and distinctive and specific programs have fought against the Qajar, Pahlavi, and Islamic Republic’s dictatorial religious governments in various ways.

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Also, read Iran News in Brief – March 26, 2023