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Iran News in Brief – February 9, 2023

London Feb 4 2023



Iran Uprising at a Glance – Day 147

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

Thursday, February 9, 2023 – 8 PM GMT + 1

  • Days: 147
  • Protests: 282 cities
  • Fatalities: 750+ estimated deaths, 647 identified by MEK
  • Detentions: 30,000

Iran’s nationwide uprising is marking its 147th day as people in various cities across the country are continuing to voice their dissent through different methods. Last night in Tehran locals in the capital’s Tehranpars district were chanting anti-regime slogans: “This is the year Seyed Ali (Khamenei) is overthrown!”

Today also in Tehran, Protesters torched a pro-regime propaganda billboard on the capital’s Resalat Highway.

At the University of Tehran, the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering picture of the Iranian Resistance leadership with the slogan of long live Rajavi was projected on the building wall by brave youths.

In Urmia, West Azarbaijan province northwestern Iran, defiant youth targeted the regime’s repressive Basij force compound of the IRGC.

In Kerman, south-central Iran, protesters torched pro-regime propaganda posters, banners, and billboards, including Qassem Soleimani’s picture.

Last night in Chabahar, southeast Iran, protesters attacked a base of the regime’s IRGC paramilitary Basij units and set the building ablaze.

In Javanrud, western Iran, store owners across the city went on strike marking the 40th day of the murder of Borhan Elias, a local protester, by the regime’s security forces who gunned him down during #IranRevolution protests. Also, last night amid heavy snow locals tore down the flags of the regime in the streets of the city.

In Khash, Sistan & Baluchistan Province southeast Iran, protesters tore down pro-regime banners across this city.

In Kermanshah, western Iran, protesters braved the freezing winter cold and wrote in graffiti: “You carried out executions to terrify us; so, let’s fight to the end!”

In Darreh Shahr, western Iran, workers and drivers of the KEP oil drilling company are continued their strike for three consecutive days, demanding answers to their issues.

In Yazd, central Iran, workers of the Yazd Tire Company held a rally protesting the company officials’ refusal to respond to their demands and chanted “Enough with promises! We have nothing to eat!”.


After Biden Fails to Mention Iran During SOTU, Lawmakers Push Measure Supporting Iranian Protesters


Lawmakers introduced the resolution three days before the anniversary of the 1979 Iranian revolution when protesters overthrew the last shah, or king, of Iran. The country soon thereafter became governed by an Islamist theocracy, which remains in power today.

“This unprecedented bipartisan resolution should be a compass for Washington to adopt the right policy on Iran,” said Majid Sadeghpour, political director of the Organization of Iranian-American Communities. “It denounces the shah’s ruthless and corrupt dictatorship and the current ruling religious tyranny. It supports the call for a secular, non-nuclear Iranian republic.”

Maryam Rajavi, the president-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran, which seeks to overthrow the regime and has influence in Washington, also spoke at Wednesday’s press conference, expressing hope for the success of the current protest movement.

“I am confident that this revolution will succeed because it is led by those who are willing to pay the price,” she said.

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US Congress Introduces Resolution in Support of Push for Democracy and Freedom in Iran


CHICAGO: The US House of Representatives on Wednesday introduced a resolution expressing support for the people of Iran and denouncing the “monarchic dictatorship and religious tyranny” of the governing regime in Tehran. Although the resolution has no legal authority, it reinforces American support for the Iranian people and condemnation of the ongoing violations of human rights by the country’s government. More than 165 members of Congress, from both main parties, co-sponsored the resolution, which is expected to easily pass when it comes up for a final vote.

Maryam Rajavi, the leader of the People’s Mujahedin of Iran, an Iranian opposition group that advocates the overthrow of the ruling regime and the installation of a democratic government, addressed Wednesday’s briefing through a video link. She thanked Congress for its continuing support but said more must be done to end the regime’s ongoing use of violence to crack down on protesters.

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House Lawmakers Sharpen Message on Iran by Asking Europe To Cut Ties


House lawmakers joined together once again on Wednesday to unveil a resolution in support of Iranian protesters, but this time did so in a way that signaled a serious sharpening of the US Congress’ tone towards the government in Tehran. A resolution unveiled the morning after Joe Biden addressed a joint session of the House and Senate for his State of the Union would once again declare the US Congress’ support for a democratic government in Iran while also including language implicitly calling on the US’s European allies to cut ties with Tehran by closing consulates and calling diplomats back to their home country.

Wednesday’s announcement marks the second House resolution aimed at supporting Iranian protesters — and, by extension, delegitimising Tehran’s government — that the 118th Congress has pursued in less than two months. Maryam Rajavi, president-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran, was an invited guest at the event and addressed the lawmakers attending.

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Treasury Sanctions Companies Involved in Production, Sale, and Shipment of Iranian Petrochemicals and Petroleum

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WASHINGTON — Today, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) sanctioned nine entities across multiple jurisdictions that have played a critical role in the production, sale, and shipment of hundreds of millions of dollars worth of Iranian petrochemicals and petroleum to buyers in Asia. Treasury is targeting six Iran-based petrochemical manufacturers or their subsidiaries, and three firms in Malaysia and Singapore involved in facilitating the sale and shipment of petroleum and petrochemicals on behalf of Triliance Petrochemical Co. Ltd., which OFAC designated on January 23, 2020, for facilitating the sale of Iranian petroleum products from the National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC).

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Joining the Congressional Press Briefing at the U.S. House of Representatives

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Washington, D.C., February 8, 2023 – one hundred and sixty-six members of the U.S. House of Representatives from both sides of the aisle sponsored a resolution submitted to Congress in support of the Iranian people’s uprising and Resistance.
H. Res. 100 supports the Iranian people’s desire for a democratically elected republic based on the separation of religion and state and a non-nuclear Iran. It condemns the Iranian regime’s human rights abuses and state-sponsored terrorism.
Several members of Congress held a press briefing at the U.S. House of Representatives and announced the H. Res. 100. Maryam Rajavi joined the press conference and thanked the representatives who sponsored the initiative

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Iran’s People Are Voicing Their Rage by Burning the Regime’s Symbols

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Protests in Iran are continuing as more people across the country are burning the mullahs’ propaganda billboards, posters, and banners. These symbols have been installed by the regime’s propaganda apparatus prior to the upcoming anniversary of Iran’s 1979 anti-monarchial revolution that was hijacked by the mullahs.

Protests in Iran have to this day expanded to at least 282 cities. Over 750 people have been killed and more than 30,000 are arrested by the regime’s forces, according to sources of the Iranian opposition People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK). The names of 647 killed protesters have been published by the PMOI/MEK.

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London, England—February 4, 2023: MEK Supporters Rally in Solidarity With the Iran Revolution

London, England—February 4, 2023: Freedom-loving Iranians and supporters of the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) held a rally in solidarity with the Iranian people’s uprising.

Members of the Iranian community in London expressed their utter support of their risen compatriots and vowed to continue echoing their voices, calling for freedom and democracy in Iran.

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Gothenburg, Sweden—February 4, 2023: MEK Supporters Rally in Solidarity With the Iran Revolution

Gothenburg, Sweden—February 4, 2023: MEK Supporters Demonstrated in Support of the Iran Revolution.

Stockholm, Sweden—February 7, 2023: Freedom-loving Iranians, and supporters of the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) and the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) held a rally on the eighth day 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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Pahlavi Monarchy Resurrected the Mullahs of Iran - Iran News UpdatePahlavi Monarchy Resurrected the Mullahs of Iran

In 1953, absolute monarchy in Iran was waning into nothing more than a symbolic institution like those in certain European countries and making room for a democratic system with the guidance of political leaders such as Dr. Mohammad Mosadeq, who nationalized the huge British oil holdings in Iran, and almost succeeded in toppling the shah. As an outspoken advocate of nationalism, he prevented the Soviet Union from an oil concession for northern Iran like the British concession in the south of the country.

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Also, read Iran News in Brief – February 8, 2023