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Iran News in Brief – May 24, 2024

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UPDATE: 8:00 PM

Social Media Platform TikTok Cracks Down on Iranian Regime-affiliated Accounts

TikTok, the popular social media platform, has announced the removal of dozens of accounts linked to the clerical regime in Iran that were part of an influence campaign targeting audiences in the United States and the United Kingdom.

In its February 2024 report, TitTok says, “We assess this network operated from Iran and targeted audiences in the US and UK. Prior to October 2023, the individuals behind this network created inauthentic identities and used inauthentic means to gain user engagement on narratives surrounding UK domestic policy discourse. After October 2023, the network operator used the same inauthentic accounts to target the war between Hamas and Israel and artificially amplify pro-Iranian narratives and narratives critical of the US and Israel. The accounts in the network initially posted content associated with travel and tourism in order to build an audience, before switching to political topics.”

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UPDATE: 12:30 PM

Huizenga Resolution Condemns Biden Administration Condolences for “Butcher of Tehran”

Yesterday, Congressman Bill Huizenga (R-MI) announced the introduction of a resolution condemning the Biden Administration’s response to the death of the “Butcher of Tehran.” Specifically, the resolution condemns the State Department’s statement expressing condolences for the death of Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi, Foreign Minister Amir-Abdollahian, and other members of their delegation.

“The Biden Administration’s response to the death of Ebrahim Raisi is completely unacceptable and should be condemned,” said Congressman Bill Huizenga. “The Butcher of Tehran was sanctioned by the U.S. Government for his participation in a ‘death commission’ that executed thousands of political prisoners. He oversaw hundreds of millions of dollars being used to finance terrorism that resulted in the death of Americans as well as our allies. He also notably supported the tragic events of October 7th and the unprecedented launching of a direct assault on our ally Israel from Iranian soil. The Biden Administration needs to stop sending condolences to terrorists and start holding the regime in Iran accountable.”

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Listing of Ansar Allah as A Terrorist Organisation

Today the Australian Government has listed Ansar Allah, also known as the Houthis, as a terrorist organisation under the Criminal Code Act 1995 (the Criminal Code). Ansar Allah’s violent attacks in the Gulf of Aden and surrounding region have killed civilians, taken hostages and severely disrupted navigational rights and freedoms in the waters around the Arabian Peninsula, undermining maritime security and global prosperity.

The Government’s decision to list Ansar Allah follows advice from Australia’s security agencies that Ansar Allah is directly or indirectly engaged in the preparing, planning, assisting in, or fostering of terrorist attacks. Listing as a terrorist organisation under the Criminal Code supports the prosecution of a range of terrorism offences and puts the community on notice that it is a criminal offence to assist that organisation.

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UPDATE: 7:30 AM

Iran’s Rebellious Youth Defy Regime’s Repression

As the Iranian regime intensifies its repressive measures, including violence against impoverished border communities, crackdowns on women and girls, and a surge in executions, the country’s rebellious youth are responding with defiant acts of resistance against the mullahs’ centers of oppression and corruption.

Entrance of Basij base torched in Zarandieh | Iran protests

On May 12, a series of attacks against regime centers erupted in response to the new wave of executions, which has seen nearly 100 executions in the past three weeks alone. In Karaj, a center of fundamentalism was torched, while Basij bases were targeted in Tehran, Karaj, Zanjan, Amol, Bam, and Zarandiyeh. The Basij is the regime’s main tool for suppressing protests and spying on dissidents. Basij forces have played an essential role in the recent wave of repression against women and girls. The Basij has played a pivotal role in cracking down on nationwide uprisings, making it a prime target for those seeking to undermine the regime’s grip on power.

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Raisi’s Role in The Financial Corruption of Iran’s Regime

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On May 20, the news of Iranian regime president Ebrahim Raisi’s demise was published amidst a wave of jubilation and joy among the people. The families of the martyrs of the 1988 massacre and the martyrs of nationwide uprisings celebrated the death of their children’s murderer by distributing sweets. At the same time that the regime was faced with a mass boycott of its sham elections, its internal crises intensified, and the cesspool of corruption and astronomical theft by its officials became public. The extent was such that the Judiciary was compelled to sentence Raisi ‘s Minister of Agriculture, Javad Sadati-Nejad, to three years in prison for his involvement in the multi-billion-rial theft in the Debsh tea scandal. This minister, when his role in the Debsh corruption was exposed in factional infighting, was forced to resign, and Raisi even thanked him for his “services.”

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Empowering Women: The NCRI Plan for Women’s Rights and Freedoms

Arrest of 600 women

For over four decades, the National Council of Resistance of Iran has stood as the sole organized alternative, courageously challenging the oppressive misogynist regime led by the Mullahs. Their unwavering commitment is rooted in a profound mission: to dismantle the existing order, overthrow the Mullahs, and establish a new Constituent Assembly within a tight six-month timeframe. The National Council of Resistance of Iran has meticulously crafted and publicly unveiled its comprehensive framework, addressing critical social and political domains that afflict the Iranian populace. Among these vital initiatives lies the Plan for Women’s Rights and Freedoms, unanimously endorsed by the NCRI in 1987.

In a series of articles, we delve into the specifics of this plan, shedding light on the current plight of Iranian women. Each article underscores the urgency and necessity of why each article was approved, paving the way toward a liberated Iran.

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Susan Hassanzadeh, Kurdish Language Teacher Arrested in NW Iran

Susan Hassanzadeh, a Kurdish language teacher from Bukan, Iran, was violently arrested by the Iranian regime’s security forces on May 15, 2024, sparking concerns about her well-being and safety. The arrest of Susan Hassanzadeh took place at her residence in Bukan City during a raid conducted by intelligence agency personnel. Shockingly, the arrest was carried out without the presentation of any legal documents or warrants, and authorities used extreme violence while searching her home.

Following her apprehension, Susan Hassanzadeh was swiftly moved to an undisclosed location, leaving her fate unknown to her family, friends, and the community. The lack of information regarding her current whereabouts or the specific charges leveled against her has heightened fears for her safety and well-being.

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Iran: Death Penalty Looms Over Protestors After Unfair Trials

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Amnesty International raises grave concerns about Iran’s use of the death penalty against participants in the 2022 protests. At least eight individuals face execution following grossly unfair trials, while nine others have already been arbitrarily executed.

The report highlights the systematic violations of fair trial rights experienced by these protestors. They were denied access to chosen lawyers, subjected to torture, and forced to make confessions against them. Methods of torture documented include beatings, electric shocks, and sexual violence.

The report details several specific cases. Reza (Gholamreza) Rasaei, for example, was sentenced to death based on torture-extracted confessions despite presenting exculpatory evidence. Toomaj Salehi faces execution solely for social media posts criticizing the government and calling for human rights.

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Iran’s Employment Report 2023: Discrepancies and Regional Variations

Another issue is that wages are decreasing, causing many Iranians to quite simply quit their job that does not even come close to covering the cost of living

The Iranian Statistics Center reported a national unemployment rate of 1.8% in 2023. However, this figure has been met with skepticism due to the Center’s broad definition of “employed.” Similar to previous years, categories like students, trainees, and even conscripts are included in the employed group. This methodology has resulted in a national unemployment rate significantly lower than the double-digit figures reported in eight provinces, including Lorestan (11.9%) and Khuzestan (11.0%).

The report outlines Iran’s working-age population (15+) at approximately 64.55 million, with 26.64 million classified as employed. The economic participation rate, encompassing both employed and unemployed individuals above 15, is recorded at 41.3%.

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Athletes Executed During Ebrahim Raisi’s Judicial Tenure

During the judicial responsibilities of Ebrahim Raisi in the 1980s and 2000s, several prominent Iranian athletes were executed.

The most controversial execution case during Raisi’s tenure as head of the judiciary was the hanging of Navid Afkari in Shiraz prison, which garnered global attention and elicited reactions from numerous renowned athletes worldwide.

Afkari, a wrestler who had made it to the national team camp as a teenager, was executed in September 2020. He was charged with the murder of a security officer during the Shiraz protests, in a trial that legal experts criticized heavily.

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Paris—May 21, 2024: MEK Supporters Exhibition in Solidarity with the Iranian Revolution

Paris, France—May 21, 2024: Freedom-loving Iranians and supporters of the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) organized an exhibition and book display.  This event was held in solidarity with the Iranian Revolution and to protest against the increasing wave of executions carried out by the Iranian regime. Iranian community in Paris supported the resistance of Iranian women against the oppression of the regime with the slogan of women, resistance, and freedom.

Alongside the exhibition, a book display featured publications that documented the history of the Iranian resistance movement and the efforts of the PMOI/MEK in advocating for a democratic and secular Iran. Attendees could engage with these resources, gaining a deeper understanding of the challenges faced by the Iranian people and the sacrifices made in pursuit of their fundamental rights.

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Cologne, Germany—May 22, 2024: MEK Supporters Rally in Solidarity with the Iranian Revolution

Cologne, Germany—May 22, 2024: MEK Supporters Rally in Solidarity With the Iranian Revolution.

Cologne, Germany—May 22, 2024: Freedom-loving Iranians and supporters of the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) held a rally and exhibition in solidarity with the Iranian Revolution. They also celebrated the death of Ebrahim Raisi the mass murderer of Iranian youth.

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Freedom-Loving Iranians in Gothenburg, Sweden Celebrate the Death of Raisi, the Mass Murderer of Iranian Youth

Gothenburg, Sweden—May 21, 2024: MEK Supporters Celebrate the Death of Raisi Mass Murderer.

Gothenburg, Sweden—May 21, 2024: Freedom-loving Iranians and supporters of the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) organized a rally and celebrated the death of Ebrahim Raisi the mass murderer of Iranian youth.

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Also, read Iran News in Brief – May 23, 2024