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Iran News in Brief – May 22, 2021


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Protests Throughout Iran on Saturday

Farmers in Isfahan, water and wastewater in Izeh, metro workers in Tehran, oil industry workers in Asaluyeh, diesel car drivers in Mashad, mineworkers in Kerman, locals and farmers in Sahneh as well as workers in Nasim Shahr were reported to have taken to the streets in protest against the regime and its local subordinates.


Iran: Coronavirus Death Toll in 542 Cities Exceeds 294,800

Infographic-PMOI-MEK reports over 294,800 coronavirus (COVID-19) deaths in Iran (1)
The People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) announced on Friday, May 21, 2021, that the Coronavirus death toll in 542 cities had exceeded 294,800. The number of victims in Tehran has reached 68,756, Isfahan 19,580, Khuzestan 18,324, Khorasan Razavi 17,995, East Azerbaijan 12,073, Lorestan 11,930, Mazandaran 11,925, West Azerbaijan 11,028 Fars 9,692,, Alborz 8,188, Golestan 7,170, Kerman 6,603, Kermanshah 5,818, Kurdistan 5,072, Khorasan North 4,288, Hormozgan 3,480, and South Khorasan 2,761.

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Maryam Rajavi: The clerical regime’s election is neither free nor congruent with any international standards. It does not enjoy any legitimacy among the public.

Iranian Officials Prepare for Protests Ahead of Election


Top Iranian officials are warning about possible protests as the upcoming presidential election approaches, and they are threatening to severely repress any unrest. According to the regime’s state-run website Andishe Moaser, on Thursday, May 20, the regime’s deputy Judiciary Chief Gholam-Hossein Mohseni-Eje’i said, “The judiciary will seriously deal with violators of the elections and any irregularities in this period.”

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Maryam Akbari Monfared under maximum pressure 70 days after exile

Political prisoner Maryam Akbari Monfared is under maximum pressure by the Ministry of Intelligence, 70 days after her exile to the Central Prison of Semnan.

Her case is being followed up directly by the Intelligence Ministry. No one, even the assistant prosecutor who oversees the cases of political prisoners, is not allowed to interfere in Maryam Akbari’s case. The Intelligence Ministry does not allow granting any of her requests.
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Why Iran’s Election Boycott Will Be Unprecedented This Time Around


Many Iranians have called for a boycott of the upcoming June 18 presidential elections. Although Iran’s elections have always been rigged and voter turnout exaggerated by the regime, officials are worried that this time around, they cannot cover up Iran’s election boycott due to its extensive nature. This becomes even more clear when you read Iran’s state-run media.

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Iran’s Power-Hungry and Corrupt Officials Seek People’s Votes

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With the start of the presidential election season in Iran and the war between the candidates to gain power, there has been a flood of revelations of the officials’ corruption and their looting of the people’s wealth, and other pains imposed on the people. After five decades of inflation and high prices and the people’s livelihood basket shrinking, these candidates are ignoring the reality of the country, people’s situation, and the corrupt and destructive behavior of the government’s institutions and offices, by relaying their populist slogans.

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Iran Reporters Warned Against Criticizing Chief Justice and Presidential Hopeful, Raisi


An Iranian journalist tweeted yesterday that two people were summoned on May 15 for posting tweets criticizing Iran’s Chief Justice and presidential candidate Ebrahim Raisi. “Mr. Raisi has said he opposes social media limitations but his agents in the Judiciary are contacting activists and media reporters every day asking them to remove their posts against Raisi. Two people were summoned on Saturday just for tweeting against Raisi,” Mehdi Mahmoudian tweeted.

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Iran Ministry of Health Bans Unauthorized Info on Vaccine Imports


The Director-General of Iran’s Customs Agency was warned in a May 19 letter against publishing information about the import of COVID-19 vaccines without the authorization of the Health Ministry. According to the IRGC affiliated Tasnim News Agency, Abbas Salehi, the Minister of Culture and Islamic Guidance, who is also the Chairman of the COVID-19 Information Committee wrote the letter to Mehdi Mirashrafi, the Director-General of the Customs Agency.

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Two Inmates Tortured to Death in NW Iran


According to human rights defenders, authorities in Iran tortured two inmates to death at Urmia Central Prison, in the northwestern province of West Azarbaijan, on Monday, May 17. The opposition People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) identified the victims as Ahad Yektavatan and Amir Rezaei, 35. “On Monday night, the prison’s guards raided a ward and severely beat several prisoners… Then, criminal agents threw down Ahad Yektavatan from the second floor. Afterward, they transferred him to solitary confinement and tortured him. Given the severity of the torture, he became unconscious and lost his life,” the Persian-language PMOI/MEK website wrote on May 17.

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Iran News in Brief, May 22, 2021

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