Wednesday's Iran Mini Report - May 23, 2018
• Protest gathering of the luted creditors of the Caspian financial institute
On Tuesday May 22, 2018. The luted creditors of the Caspian financial institute affiliated to the Revolutionary Guards (IRGC), staged a protest gathering against the plunder of their assets by this institute. They were chanting: "we will die but we will bet back our money. And, give us back our savings you despicable thieves and: this broken government is plundering our money.
• Looted Investors Of Adineh Commercial Complex In Rasht, Iran Protest To Plundering Of Their Assets
On Tuesday, May 22, 2018, the looted investors and buyers of the Adineh Commercial Complex in Rasht, Iran gathered to protest the plundering of their assets.
The plundered people burned down a handmade statue from Saif (head of the Central Bank of Iran) as they chanted slogans of “Death to Saif” and “Death to the thief”.
• BP halts work on North Sea gas field due to reintroduction of US sanctions on Iran
BP has had to halt work on one of its North Sea gas fields due to the reintroduction of US sanctions on Iran in the wake of Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw the US from the Iran nuclear deal.
BP owns 50 per cent of the Rhum gas field, while the Iranian Oil Company (IOC) holds the other half. The company said: “BP has decided to defer some planned work on the Rhum gas field in the North Sea while we seek clarity on the potential impact on the field of recent US government decisions regarding Iran.
• Poland Breaks With EU on Iran Deal, Plans to Defend U.S. Stance
Polish leaders are planning to defend the U.S. government's withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal within the European Union, where the decision has been strongly criticized.
Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said Tuesday that Poland wants to be an "informal go-between" and to explain to EU members and U.S. officials the positions of the other.
• Iran truck drivers strike in more than 70 cities from 24 provinces
Truck and heavyweight vehicles drivers in more than 70 cities in 24 provinces in protest against the deterioration of their livelihoods, low freight, high logistic and vehicle installment costs went on strike on Tuesday morning May 22 and refused to move and load. They announced that they would continue the strike until their demands are met. The strike is spreading to other cities and provinces.
• No Evidence that Detained Iranian Environmentalists Are Spies
An Iranian regime panel has concluded there is no evidence against environmental activists rounded up on spying charges in recent months, the country's environment chief says.
Isa Kalantari, head of Iran's department of environment, was quoted by state media as saying on May 22 that the conclusion had been reached by a panel set up to investigate the allegations against the activists.
• U.S. Widens Iran Sanctions for Supplying Missiles to Yemen’s Houthis
The Trump administration imposed sanctions on five Iranian officials it said are responsible for providing Yemeni rebels with long-range missiles being used to target Saudi Arabia.
The U.S. action on Tuesday is part of a broader White House strategy to isolate Iran and rein in Tehran’s support for proxies involved in conflicts across the Middle East.