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Iran News in Brief – March 4, 2024

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UPDATE: 10:00 PM

Security Forces Demolish Locals’ Homes in Southeast Iran

In the early hours of Monday, March 4, law enforcement officers carried out a violent raid in the Shirabad District of Zahedan, where they ruthlessly demolished a residence belonging to Baloch citizens.

Security forces stormed the area at 5 a.m. local time, unleashing chaos and destruction upon the local community. During the raid, they targeted a residential property inhabited by Baloch citizens, subjecting it to wanton destruction and vandalism.

Reports indicate that amid the chaos, one of the residents dared to voice his protest against the unjust actions of the officers. In response, the law enforcement personnel resorted to physical violence, assaulting the individual who had raised objections. Furthermore, they attempted to apprehend him, but other locals intervened, engaging in a confrontation with the regime’s forces to prevent the arrest.


Monday Protests in Iran

In Tehran, retired employees of the Telecommunications Company of Iran reignited protest rallies, calling for the government to adhere to legislation requiring adjustments to pensions based on the cost of living. The resurgence of protests underscores the persistent grievances of retired workers regarding their financial security.

Shiraz, Southern Iran: Nurses in Shiraz staged a protest rally outside the Medical Sciences University, citing the authorities’ failure to address their demands. Threatening to escalate their actions, the nurses vowed to initiate a strike if their concerns were not promptly addressed.

Khorram Abad, Western Iran: Retirees and pensioners of the Telecommunications Company of Iran gathered today in Khorram Abad to voice their discontent over low pensions and deteriorating living conditions. The rally, reflective of a growing trend across Iran, highlights the financial struggles faced by retired individuals in the country.

Workers from the petrochemical sector in Dehdasht, southwest Iran, rallied against poor working conditions, shedding light on the challenges faced by laborers in the industry. The demonstration emphasizes the urgent need for improved workplace standards and employee welfare initiatives.

In Chabahar, southeast Iran, technical and engineering staff of Chabahar’s water pumping station took to the streets to protest the delayed payment of wages and unmet basic demands.

In Tabriz, northwest Iran, retired employees of the Telecommunications Company of Iran reiterated their demand for pension adjustments in line with the cost of living.

Retirees and pensioners of the Telecommunications Company of Iran in Ahvaz, southwest Iran, rallied against insufficient pensions and challenging living conditions. The demonstrators echoed calls for unity against corruption and injustices within the system.

Retirees of the Telecommunications Company of Iran convened in Kermanshah, western Iran, to protest the government’s failure to uphold laws mandating pension adjustments.

In Sanandaj, western Iran, retired employees of the Telecommunications Company of Iran resumed protests, emphasizing the need for pension adjustments to meet the rising costs of living. The demonstration reflects a concerted effort by retired workers to advocate for their financial well-being.

Workers of Haft Tappeh MDF factory continued their strike for the tenth consecutive day, highlighting grievances related to poor working conditions.

In Kashan, central Iran, employees of Taghtiran Industrial Company staged a protest rally outside the governorate office, demanding unpaid wages and insurance benefits.


Grossi: No Progress Made in Resolving Compliance Issues with Iran

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On Monday, March 4, during a session of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Board of Governors in Vienna, the UN watchdog Director General Rafael Grossi declared that no progress has been made in resolving the outstanding issues regarding Iran’s nuclear program. Grossi stated that the clerical regime has yet to provide credible technical explanations regarding the presence of uranium particles of human origin at the sites in Varamin and Turquzabad. He emphasized that Tehran has not informed the IAEA of the current location of nuclear materials and contaminated equipment.

Highlighting the importance of Iran’s adherence to its commitments under the Comprehensive Safeguards Agreement, Grossi underscored that such actions are essential to demonstrate the peaceful nature of Iran’s nuclear program.

According to Grossi, Iran has suspended the implementation of the Additional Protocol for the past three years, resulting in the cessation of the agency’s “complementary accesses” to Iran’s nuclear program since then.

Reuters reported today, “It is more than a year since the International Atomic Energy Agency’s 35-nation Board of Governors passed a resolution ordering Iran to cooperate with a years-long IAEA investigation into uranium particles found at undeclared sites, saying it was “essential and urgent” for Iran to explain the traces.”

Since then the number of undeclared sites being investigated has shrunk to two from three but the list of problems between the IAEA and Iran has only grown. Iran failed to fully honor an agreement to re-install IAEA cameras at some sites and in September barred some of the agency’s most valued inspectors.

“I … deeply regret that Iran has yet to reverse its decision to withdraw the designations for several experienced Agency inspectors,” Director General Rafael Grossi said, opening a new tab at the Board meeting.


UPDATE: 8:30 AM

Iran’s Regime Can’t Cover Up Embarrassing Results Of Its Sham Elections

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On March 1, following the regime’s sham presidential elections, Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, the president-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), said, “No doubt, Khamenei and the Velayat-e Faqih regime will come out of this theatrics, much weaker and more fragile than ever, which will expedite their overthrow.”

Under such circumstances that the people have boycotted the elections by a very large margin, the regime’s ploys to “engineer” the results in its favor will only make things worse for regime supreme leader Ali Khamenei.

The regime made extensive efforts and employed its Basij and IRGC agents to create the impression of substantial participation in the elections. It used different methods and rules to allow its loyalists to cast multiple votes in the elections.

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Crisis in Iranian Education: Dropout Rates and Economic Strain

Tehran Municipality Orders The Closure Of Children Education Center

Mohammad Mehdi Kazemi, the Deputy of Secondary Education at the Ministry of Education of the Iranian regime, has announced that approximately 216,000 students are excluded from primary and secondary education. He noted that this figure comprises around 5% of secondary school students aged between 12 and 14. According to the ‘Dideban-e Iran’ website, Kazemi stated that out of the 216,000 out-of-school children, approximately 67,000 either did not complete primary school or opted out for various reasons.

Simultaneously, the ‘Tejjart News’ website reported on January 12th that there was a 17% increase in the number of children not attending school in the last academic year compared to the 2015-2016 academic year.

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The Fight for Survival in Iran’s Restaurant Business Amid Rising Costs

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Iran’s state-run media have reported the persistent inflationary conditions in the country, citing them as a significant threat to various industries, including the restaurant business. According to the ILNA news agency, in recent months, 30 well-known restaurants in Shiraz alone have had their licenses revoked.

ILNA also reported that attempts by restaurants to entice customers through tactics such as reducing portion sizes and prices have failed to stem the decline in patronage. Citizens are now opting to dine out less frequently, especially on weekends, or are only committing to dining out once a month.

A member of the Union of Traditional Restaurants and Canteens of Shiraz referred to the value-added tax as a ‘double scourge,’ noting that citizens are struggling to cope with this additional tax burden. Ali Akbar Ghavipanjeh emphasized that restaurants are facing closure on a daily basis due to a multitude of issues.

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Oslo, Norway—March 2, 2024: MEK Supporters Rally in Solidarity With the Iran Revolution

Oslo, Norway—March 2, 2024: MEK supporters held a rally to support the Iranian Revolution.

Oslo, Norway—March 2, 2024: Freedom-loving Iranians and supporters of the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) organized a rally in front of the Norwegian Parliament to express solidarity with the Iranian Revolution.

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Toronto, Canada—March 2, 2024: MEK Supporters Rally in Solidarity With the Iran Revolution

Toronto, Canada—March 2, 2024: MEK supporters rally to support the Iranian Revolution.

Toronto, Canada—March 2, 2024: Despite snowy and freezing weather, freedom-loving Iranians and supporters of the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) organized a rally to express solidarity with the Iranian Revolution.

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Paris, France—March 2, 2024: MEK Supporters Organized and Exhibition in Support of the Iranian Revolution

Paris—March 2, 2024: MEK Supporters Organized and Exhibition in Support of the Iranian Revolution.

Paris, France—March 2, 2024: Freedom-loving Iranians and supporters of the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) organized an exhibition in solidarity with the Iranian Revolution.

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Heidelberg, Germany—March 2, 2024: MEK Supporters Exhibition in Solidarity With the Iran Revolution

Heidelberg, Germany—March 2, 2024: MEK Supporters Exhibition in Solidarity With the Iran Revolution

Heidelberg, Germany—March 2, 2024: Freedom-loving Iranians and supporters of the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) organized an exhibition to express solidarity with the Iranian Revolution.

MEK supporters in Heidelberg demanded the trial of the mullahs’ regime leaders, especially Ali Khamenei (Supreme leader of the mullahs’ regime) and the mass murderer Ebrahim Raisi for crimes against humanity, in an international court.

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Also, read Iran News in Brief – March 3, 2023