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Iran News in Brief – May 30, 2023

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Iranian President Hacked as Group Claims Data Shows Expanded Security Around Nuclear Site


Iranian dissident hackers have allegedly claimed they penetrated the servers of the office of the Islamic Republic of Iran’s President Ebrahim Raisi, revealing on Monday highly sensitive data about an increased security zone around the underground nuclear facility Fordow, northeast of the holy city of Qom. The hacktivist group, Rise to Overthrow, claimed as part of the trove of documents secured that the head of security for Iran’s Fordow Fuel Enrichment Facility wrote there is a need for “around 149 Hectares of national provincial lands of Qom” for Fordow due to “increasing threats by foreign agents.”

Fox News Digital viewed a number of the documents leaked by Rise to Overthrow in connection with the Islamic Republic’s reportedly illegal atomic program. According to Iran experts, Theran is moving at pace to develop nuclear weapons, including the development earlier this year of near-weapons-grade uranium that can be used for atomic bomb.

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Iran Protests at a Glance

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

Tuesday, May 30, 2023 – 8 PM GMT + 1

On Tuesday, May 30, protests and demonstrations erupted in various cities across Iran. People from different social backgrounds took to the streets to voice their grievances against the regime.

In the city of Semirom in Isfahan Province, central Iran, local storeowners went on strike to protest the unjust accusations made by the regime against two political prisoners. The regime’s security forces have killed the brother of these prisoners during Iran’s recent nationwide protests.

The Nabi Akram Hospital in Asaluyeh, situated in southern Iran, witnessed a protest gathering where a significant number of hospital staff expressed their demands.

In Hashtrud, East Azerbaijan province, northwestern Iran, official oil workers, and firefighters held gatherings on Tuesday to protest authorities’ refusal to acknowledge their rights, even when based on the country’s own laws.

In Qods City of Tehran Province, regime authorities deployed oppressive security units outside the Islamic Azad University on Tuesday, as they intensify their crackdown on universities throughout the country.

At Khajeh Nasir Toosi University in Tehran, students staged a protest against oppressive measures imposed by the dean of the Electrical Engineering College. Local activists reported that the head of security had even physically assaulted several students.

Retirees and pensioners from the copper industry rallied outside the Presidential Office in Tehran on Tuesday, demanding the independence of the Pension Fund of the National Iranian Copper Industries Institute.

In Tabriz Imamieh district, regime municipality agents violently attacked local street vendors, using electric shockers and pepper spray against these impoverished individuals who have no other means to make a living.

In Mehrestan, Sistan & Baluchestan Province in southeast Iran, local residents faced difficulties in acquiring cooking and heating gas due to the regime’s corruption and incompetence. Long queues of discontented citizens and tensions increased as local officials remained unresponsive and failed to respond to the crowd.


Ukraine Approves Sanctions Against Russian Ally Iran


Kyiv’s parliament on Monday, May 29, approved a sanctions package against Russia’s ally Iran, accused of sending weapons to Moscow during its more than year-long invasion of Ukraine. The package was approved by parliament one day after Ukraine said Russia used Iranian Shahed drones in the largest UAV attack on the capital since the beginning of the invasion.

“The resolution synchronizes Ukrainian sanctions with the actions of the entire civilized world on the path to the complete isolation of Iran,” the Ukrainian parliament said on its website.

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Maryam Rajavi Met With a Delegation of Women From the Belgian Parliament

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On Tuesday, May 23, 2023, Maryam Rajavi held a meeting and discussions at her residence in Brussels with a delegation of women parliamentarians from Belgium. The delegation included Ms. Kathleen Depoorter, a member of the Federal Parliament of Belgium, as well as Latifa Aït Baala and Françoise Schepmans, representatives from the Brussels Parliament. In this meeting, the developments in Iran were discussed, which included the struggles of Iranian women against the repressive and misogynistic dictatorship of the mullahs over the past four decades. The extensive presence, pioneering role, and leadership of women within the ranks of the Resistance movement were highlighted, along with the remarkable participation of Iranian women and girls at the forefront of recent uprisings, particularly the 2022-2023 Iran protests.

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Maryam Rajavi Meets With Meps in Brussels

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On Tuesday, May 23, 2023, Maryam Rajavi held a meeting with Ms. Rasa Juknevičienė, Lithuanian MEP and Vice-Chairwoman of the European People’s Party Group, along with Mr. Stanislav Polčák, Czech MEP, and Mr. Cristian-Silviu Buşoi, Chairman of the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy, at her residence in Brussels. The discussions primarily revolved around the situation in Iran and the status of the Iranian people’s resistance and uprisings. Ms. Rasa Juknevičienė, who previously served as Lithuania’s Minister of Defense in 2012 and as President of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly in 2018, currently holds a position in the European Parliament’s Subcommittee on Defense and Security. During her meeting with Maryam Rajavi, she expressed her familiarity with the dictatorship and emphasized that the European Parliament, as a pillar of European democracy, should consider the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) as a strong and viable alternative to the Iranian dictatorship.

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Iran’s Retirees and Workers Launch New Protests Across the Country

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Iran’s nationwide uprising is witnessing its 256th day on Monday following a day of protests by retirees in several cities demanding their rights and voicing their grave concerns about the country’s escalating economic calamities. Workers of different factories and companies have also been protesting paycheck delays and many being laid off from work. These protests inside Iran are coupled with members of the Iranian Diaspora in cities of Europe, Canada, and Australia protesting Belgium’s appeasement vis-à-vis Iran’s regime that led to last Friday’s prisoner swap and the release of Tehran’s convicted diplomat-terrorist Assadollah Assadi.

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Iranian Dissidents Take Over High-Security Servers of Regime Presidency

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A group of Iranian dissidents, self-described as “GhyamSarnegouni” (meaning “Rise to Overthrow” in Farsi), has claimed responsibility for taking control of and defacing several Iranian presidency-linked websites on Monday. The dissidents have taken down these heavily protected websites, replacing images of Iranian regime Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei and President Ebrahim Raisi with those of Massoud Rajavi, the Leader Iranian Resistance, and Maryam Rajavi, the President-elect of the Iranian opposition coalition National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI). Other websites showed images of Khamenei and Raisi crossed out.

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Three Women Political Prisoners Sentenced to 5 to 10 Years in Prison

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Branch 26 of the Revolutionary Court in Tehran has sentenced three women political prisoners to 5 to 10 years in prison. On Sunday, May 28, 2023, the prison sentences were communicated to the three women political prisoners, Zeinab Hamrang, Shiva Esmaeili, and Soodabeh Fakharzadeh. The trial of the three women political prisoners was held on May 14, 2023, in the absence of their lawyers. Political prisoner Zeinab Hamrang, 58, was sentenced to 5 years in prison on charges of “assembly and collusion.”

Ms. Shiva Esmaeili, 58, was sentenced to 10 years in prison on charges including “assembly and collusion.” And Ms. Soodabeh Fakharzadeh, 65, was sentenced to 5 years in prison on charges of “propaganda against the state.”

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The Endless Tragedy of Executions and Suppression in Iran

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In a deeply distressing manifestation of cruelty and indifference towards human life, the Iranian regime has once more cast a gloomy shadow over Iran, tainted by the blood of the innocent. Last week the regime killed in an unjust and cruel manner three young men despite all the domestic and international protests.

Saeed Yaghoubi, Majid Khazemi, and Saleh Mirhashemi met their undeserved destiny at the hands of a regime that thrived on terror, promotes extremism, and thrives on violence since it came to power in 1979.

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Behind the Scenes of Filtering in Iran in 2023

Behind the Scenes of Filtering in Iran

The market for social media filtering networks in Iran has flourished, although it has burdened the Iranian people while bringing enormous profits of 50 trillion tomans to the ruling clerical government. At first glance, it may seem exaggerated to suggest that the clerical government is more interested in the economic benefits of internet and social media filtering than its security and political motives. However, a closer look at the occasional data disclosed by various government agents through media outlets reveals that this claim is not baseless. Such statements have not been uncommon in recent months and years, but this time, they are based on the remarks of Jalal Rashidi Kouchi, a member of the Iranian government’s parliament.

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Stockholm——May 29, 2023: MEK Supporters Rallied in Front of the Swedish Court, Seeking Justice for the 1988 Massacre Victims

Stockholm—May 29, 2023: MEK Supporters Rallied in Front of the Swedish Court, Seeking Justice for...

Stockholm, Sweden—May 29, 2023: Freedom-loving Iranians, and supporters of the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) held a rally on the eleventh session of the appeal trial of the executioner Hamid Noury in front of the court. They are seeking justice for more than 30,000 martyrs of the 1988 massacre.

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