Thursday , 29 July 2021

Social and Political

Iran Water Shortage Protests Result in 3rd Death, Extend Into 7th Day

VOA – Water shortage protests in drought-plagued southwestern Iran appear to have spread to more cities and resulted in what authorities say is a third fatality as the unrest extended into a seventh day. Videos posted to social media appeared to show street protests on Wednesday in several parts of Khuzestan province, including the cities of Susangerd and Masjed Soleyman. …

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Activists Detained for Hours Following Rally in Support of Khuzestan Protests

Iran Human Rights (IHR) – Eight civil activists who had gathered in front of the Ministry of Interior building in support of the Khuzestan water shortage protests were arrested violently and “beaten” and released a few hours later. Narges Mohammadi, Arash Sadeghi, Rasoul Badaghi, Arash Kaykhosravi, Pouran Nazemi, Ruhollah Mardani, Hamid Asefi and Jafar Azimzadeh were amongst those arrested. Eight …

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Tehran begins another round of coronavirus lockdowns

Al-Monitor – Tehran announced a week of new restrictions as coronavirus cases in the country continue to climb. According to Health Ministry officials, in the last 24 hours over 27,000 individuals have contracted COVID-19, leading to over 2,000 hospitalizations. Also in the last 24 hours, there were 213 deaths from the virus, which brings the total number of COVID-19 deaths to over …

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IOPHR statement in support of the uprising of the people of Khuzestan

Shabtabnews – IOPHR issued a statement in support of the uprising of the people of Khuzestan . The statement stated : “The heroic people of Iran, who in an admirable, united way through their boycott of the June 2021 presidential election, rejected the legitimacy of the Islamic Republic of Iran, have recently been concerned by their Khuzestani compatriot’s protests in …

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Southwest Iran’s Water Shortage Protests Take Sharper Anti-gov’t Tone

VOA – Water shortage protests in drought-plagued southwestern Iran appear to have spread to more cities and taken on a sharper anti-government tone as the unrest extended into a sixth night.   Videos shared with VOA Persian and posted to social media showed what appeared to be protesters chanting “Death to Khamenei” and “Reza Shah, bless your soul” in the city of Izeh in Iran’s …

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Video Report: Three Killed on Sixth Night of Khuzestan Water Protests

Iranwire – At least three civilians were shot dead by Iranian security forces on the sixth night of protests over the water crisis in Khuzestan. Demonstrators again took to the streets in close to 20 cities on Tuesday night to express their fury over the droughts blighting the border province. Both the agricultural community and many ordinary families have been left …

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Narges Mohammadi and Five Other Activists Beaten and Arrested in Iran

Iranwire – Narges Mohammadi, a prominent human rights activist and deputy director of the Defenders of Human Rights Center, has been arrested in Iran. The news was reported on Tuesday a tweet by Mohammadi’s husband, Taghi Rahmani, who lives in exile in Paris with their two children. Rahmani wrote that his wife had been arrested by the police, supported by security forces. He …

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Metro Protesters Chant ‘Death to the Islamic Republic’ in Covid-hit Tehran

Iranwire – Residents of the Iranian capital of Tehran have staged an impromptu protest on the Metro, coinciding with ongoing demonstrations against the water crisis in Khuzestan. On Tuesday morning, citizens filled a carriage at the busy Sadeghieh Metro station in the west of the city. Videos published online showed members of the crowd chanting “Death to the Islamic Republic!” as well …

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Police use extreme force to quell Khuzestan water shortage protests

Iran-HRM – Khuzestan water shortage protests continued for the fifth consecutive night on Monday, July 19 in at least 17 cities in the southwest province. Verified video footage and local reports confirm that the state security forces used extreme force, sometimes lethal, against peaceful protesters who were demanding drinking water. Gunshots were heard in several videos. Large numbers of anti-riot …

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