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Latest News in Brief – July 16, 2020

Latest News in Brief – July 16, 2020
Tehran, Iran: Head of the NCCT: Tehran, is facing a unique situation. In the past 24 hours, we hospitalized 890 Coronavirus patients. The week-long restriction will not suffice. It should be extended in the coming weeks.

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UPDATE: 9:35 PM CEST

Breaking News: Iran Protests

July 16 – Behbahan, southwest Iran: Locals chanting, “We don’t want the mullahs’ regime!”

July 16 – Behbahan, southwest Iran: Locals chanting, “Bassiji, shame on you! Let go of the country!”
The Bassij are the regime’s main arm for domestic crackdown.

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UPDATE: 7:45 PM CEST

Iran: Coronavirus Update, Over 71,700 Deaths, July 16, 2020, 6:00 PM CEST

The People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI-MEK) announced this afternoon, July 16, 2020, that Coronavirus has taken the lives of more than 71,700 in 342 cities across Iran. The death toll in various provinces include:17,850 in Tehran, 3145 in Mazandaran, 2,695 in Lorestan, 2265 in Alborz, 1895 in Hamedan, 1820 in Kermanshah, 1725 in FarsThis is in addition to reports obtained from other provinces. 

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UPDATE: 6:45 PM CEST

Iran: Resistance Summit is Opportunity to Make Iranian Voices Central to Western Policy

Iran: Resistance Summit is Opportunity to Make Iranian Voices Central to Western Policy
Maryam Rajavi, the President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran

By: Alejo Vidal-Quadras

This Friday marks the annual gathering of Iranian expatriates organized by the National Council of Resistance of Iran. From its inception in 2004 until 2018, the event took place near Paris each summer. In 2019, it was instead held at the recently completed compound in Albania that houses members of the NCRI’s main constituent group, the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI-MEK). This year, because of the coronavirus pandemic, it was not possible to organize an event according to the same protocol. But it will go forward all the same, with participants gathering in small groups in their home countries or tapping into the livestream from their own homes.

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UPDATE: 3:45 PM CEST

Iran: Annual “Free Iran Global Summit” of NCRI and MEK

Iran: Annual “Free Iran Global Summit” of NCRI and MEK

The National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) will hold its annual “Free Iran Global Summit” on Friday, 17 July 2020. This virtual event will connect over 30,000 online locations from four corners of the world. Around 1000 renowned politicians from both sides of the Atlantic will join this event.  

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UPDATE: 3:15 PM CEST

Maryam Rajavi: Interview with The Washington Times

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UPDATE: 11:55 AM CEST

Iran’s Military Threats Are a Fantasy Designed to Hold Back Regime Change

Iran’s Military Threats Are a Fantasy Designed to Hold Back Regime Change
Iran’s Military Threats Are a Fantasy Designed to Hold Back Regime Change

Recently, the Iranian regime signed a new agreement with Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad affirming ongoing military cooperation, including the transfer of weapons needed to bolster Syria’s air defense. Mohammad Bagheri, the Chief of Staff of Iran’s armed forces, specifically celebrated this development as a sign of achievements by the “Axis of Resistance” against Western regional influence. “The signed agreement strengthens our will and our determination to cooperate in the face of American pressure,” he noted. 

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UPDATE: 9:00 AM CEST

Iran: Trial of Assadollah Assadi, the Terrorist Bomber Diplomat and Three Criminal Accomplices in Belgium

Assadollah Assadi, a diplomat terrorist from Iran’s embassy in Vienna

This morning, July 15, the trial of Assadollah Assadi, an Iranian regime diplomat, who conducted and carried out the plan to bomb a massive Iranian opposition gathering on June 30, 2018, in Villepinte, Paris, began in the court of the city of Antwerp in Belgium. Along with Assadi, three of his accomplices, Amir Saadouni, Nasimeh Naami, and Mehrdad Arefani, will also be tried.

This is the first time a diplomat in Europe has been put on trial for direct involvement in terrorism. This shows that the regime does not spare any crime and expense to destroy the Mujahedin-e Khalq (MEK/ PMOI) and the Iranian Resistance as the main threat to its existence.

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Iran: Coronavirus Death Toll in 346 Cities Exceeds 71,300

Unprecedented dimensions of the Coronavirus disaster in Tehran and Alborz provinces
Iraj Harirchi, Deputy Health Minister: 15 provinces and 187 cities are red, and 92 cities in orange situation and this is concerning
Alireza Zali, head of the National Coronavirus Combat Taskforce (NCCT) in Tehran: Tehran, is facing a unique situation. In the past 24 hours, we hospitalized 890 Coronavirus patients. The week-long restriction will not suffice. It should be extended in the coming weeks.
Alborz Governor: 50 people lost their lives in the past 48 hours in Alborz
The rate of Coronavirus transmission in Qom has increased three to five-fold in recent weeks
According to the NCCT, 18 people died of Coronavirus in Kerman last night, the highest death toll based on the state-controlled statistics since the beginning of the pandemic.

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U.S. politicians & dignitaries announce support for “Free Iran Global Summit 2020”

Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani announced on his Twitter account on Sunday, July 11, that he will participate in the annual gathering of the Iranian Resistance, the “Free Iran Global Summit: Iran Rising Up for Freedom,” along with other prominent American leaders, Joseph Liberman, Judge Michael Mukasey and Senator Robert Torricelli.

“Senators Lieberman and Toricelli, Judge Mukasey and I and many other leaders, worldwide, will be speaking. There are real possibilities for a free and non-nuclear Iran. Join us to find out,” Giuliani tweeted.

Giuliani and Liberman, a former U.S. senator and Vice Presidential candidate in the 2000 election, have participated in “Free Iran” gatherings of 2018 in Paris and 2019 in Ashraf 3, home to 3000 members of the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK).

Also, on June 30, a bipartisan group of renowned politicians, and dignitaries from the U.S. declared in a joint letter their support for the MEK and the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI).

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MEK Resistance Units announces support for online “Free Iran Global Summit”

Activities of the Iranian Resistance Units, Tehran – July 2020. Their banner reads: “Dear Maryam we are waiting for you to return.”

With two days left to the annual gathering of the Iranian Resistance, the “Free Iran Global Summit: Iran Rising Up for Freedom: MEK Resistance Units Are the Key to Regime Change in Iran” which will be held online on July 17, activists inside Iran are showing their support for this important even.

The gathering will be held in Ashraf 3, home to 3,000 members of the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) in Albania, and will be joined online by people from 30,000 locations in Iran and 100 countries around the world, including 1,000 renowned politicians, dignitaries, human rights activists, and parliamentarians from the US and Europe.

From Saturday July 11 to Tuesday July 14, the Resistance Units, an internal network of the MEK, organized activities, announcing their support for the annual gathering of the Iranian Resistance in cities such as Tehran, Isfahan, Tabriz, Ardabil, Shiraz, Karaj, Kerman, Abadan, Lahijan, Rasht, Zahedan, Khorramabad, Khorramshahr, Noshahr, Kashan, Yazd, Fars Province, Arak, Qazvin, Rudsar, Islamabad, Khorasan Razavi, Ahvaz, Shahr-e Quds, Chalus, Meshkin Shahr, Marivan, Shahin Shahr (University of Payam Nour), Kermanshah, Arak, Varamin, Jiroft, and Gorgan.

The Resistance Units bravely took to graffiti in public places and sent personal messages in support of Maryam Rajavi, the President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), and the Free Iran gathering 2020. Their activities and personal messages express the Iranian people’s determination to overthrow the mullahs’ regime and desire for a free and democratic Iran.

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Women fight forest fires with bare hands in at least 2,000 points in Iran

Wildfires have burned down an estimated 2,000 locations in Iran’s forests in recent months, particularly in the Zagros Mountains’ forests and the protected forests in southwestern Iran. Successive forest fires started on May 22, 2020 and spread through three Iranian provinces. In contrast to the regime officials who did not take any effective measure to extinguish the fires, locals including many women rushed to put out the fire empty-handed and without any equipment.

Regime inaction even as fires spread in Iran’s ancient forests
Wildfires destroyed the Zagros forests and natural areas of Kurdistan, Khuzestan, and Kohgiluyeh and Boyer-Ahmad provinces and extended to the Caspian Hyrcanian mixed forests in Aras, East Azerbaijan in June.

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WHAT ARE THE IRAN PROTESTS OF 2019?

Thursday, July 16, 2020, marks the 243rd day since the beginning of the nationwide Iran protests.

The People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) has identified 755 of the more than 1500 protesters killed by the regime so far.

Mrs. Maryam Rajavi the President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) has called on the United Nations to urgently send an international fact-finding mission to Iranian prisons to meet with the detainees.

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE UPRISING:

Number of uprising cities: 191

Number of martyrs: At least 1500

Number of injured: More than 4,000

Number of detainees: More than 12,000

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