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Envoy For Iran Says U.S. Working To Help Iranians Bypass Internet Shutdown

RFL/RE – Brian Hook, Washington’s special envoy for Iran, says the United States is working to help Iranians bypass a near-total Internet shutdown imposed by the clerical establishment amid violent protests over a sharp hike in gasoline prices. Speaking to RFE/RL on November 18, Hook said the United States was trying to put in place “workarounds” to help Iranians access …

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Protests In Iran Continue Despite Use Of Lethal Force – Dozens Reported Killed

Radiofarda – The spokesman for President Hassan Rouhani’s administration claimed in a news conference on Monday morning that compared to the previous day there have been less protest demonstrations in Iran on Monday. Meanwhile he claimed some demonstrators have used weapons during the previous days. Ali Rabiee, a former Intelligence Ministry operative, spoke as if he was reporting about a …

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Iran Rearrests Labor Activist Speideh Gholian amid Nationwide Protests

Radiozamaneh – Sepideh Gholian, a student labor rights activist has been arrested again for participating in the recent wave of Iran protests against the increase in gas prices. Videos of her participating in the protests went viral on social media and the Iranian intelligence officers raided her residence, using excessive violence to arrest her. Speideh Gholian, a labor activist and …

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Interior Minister Warns Protesters In Iran Authorities Ready to Use Force

Iran’s interior minister has warned security forces from now on will confront protesters who gather in the streets. For a second day running tens of thousands of Iranians angry with a hike in gasoline prices flooded streets in dozens of cities, with security forces attacking protesters in some locations. Andolreza Rahmani Fazli said that until now authorities showed tolerance toward …

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Widespread Protests Turn Violent, Iran Parliament To Discuss Situation Sunday

Radiofarda – Iranian government’s reaction to protests against an unusual gas price hike in Iran has been turning increasingly violent Saturday afternoon. Shots have been heard in Shiraz, Bushehr and Tehran where security forces reportedly opened fire at Azari Intersection in south-western Tehran at the beginning of the road to Saveh. Unofficial reports on social media and citizen journalists say …

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Lawyer Protests Unjust Sentence by Refusing Sham Appeal Process, Demands Judicial Review

CHRI – Imprisoned attorney Amirsalar Davoudi, the latest human rights attorney to be sentenced to a lengthy prison term in Iran for doing his job, is demanding a judicial review after refusing to appeal his sentence on trumped-up charges. In June 2019, a preliminary court convicted the human rights lawyer of “collaborating with an enemy state through interviews,” “propaganda against the …

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‘Death to the dictator’: Iran protests intensify after petrol price hike

Al-Arabia – Several protests erutped across Iranian cities on Saturday, with many protesters blocking main roads with their cars and burning tires while chanting “Death to the dictator,” a day after the government announced a surprise decision to ration and hike the price of petrol. One civilian was killed and other people injured in Iran’s Sirjan, the semi-official news agency …

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Car bomb kills at least one near protest camp in Baghdad: Authorities

Al-Arabia – At least one person was killed and more than a dozen wounded late Friday when a bomb placed under a vehicle detonated in the protest-hit Iraqi capital Baghdad, security forces said. In a statement distributed to journalists, the security forces said the blast went off near Tahrir Square, which has been occupied for three weeks by demonstrators demanding …

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Iraqis Chant Slogans In Baghdad Against Iran After Football Win

Radiofarda – An Iraqi demonstrator runs as he carries a tear-gas canister during ongoing anti-government protests in Baghdad, November 14, 2019. People in Baghdad took to Tahrir (Liberation) Square in downtown Baghdad the epicentre of recent anti-regime protests Thursday evening when their football team beat the Iranian team 2-1 in the 2020 World Cup Qualifiers played in the Jordanian capital …

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Iran Arrests Dozens During Protests Over Arab Poet’s Death

Iran-HRM – Dozens of Arab-Iranians have been arrested during protests in southwestern Iran that started Sunday following news on the suspicious death of a local poet. Hassan Heydari, a dissident ethnic Arab poet died in Shafa hospital in Ahvaz, the capital of Khuzestan province.  Following his death, hundreds of Arab-Iranians, who blamed the regime for the death, took to the streets in …

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