News from inside Iran & reports on Syria

Numerous protest rallies in Tehran, Ilam

Retired workers of the Baharestan Steel Co. rallying outside Iran’s parliament

People from all walks of life and different ethnicities staged numerous protest and rallies on Sunday in Tehran and Ilam, western Iran, making their voices heard for their demands.

In Tehran retired workers of the Tehran Baharestan Steel Company rallied outside the regime’s parliament. The protesters demand the privatization of this steel company, their paychecks to be delivered according to schedule and retirement medical care expenses be provided as pledged.

In yet another rally in Tehran more than 250 individuals who have lost money as a result of stock fraud by the regime’s Ministry of Agriculture rallied outside the regime’s parliament.

“We have purchased our land 30 years ago, paid the entire fees and received various pledges in this regard. However, no one is providing us any answers in this regard,” they said in relation to the confiscation of their lands.

Furthermore, another group of individuals who lost money in stocks related to the Padide Company, rallied outside the regime’s judiciary ministry in Tehran demanding their money being returned.

In Ilam a group of people who also suffered losses in stocks due to the negligence reported in the Arman Institute rallied outside the office building making their demands heard.



Mass execution of 10 inmates in prison west of Tehran

Mass executions in Iran

The inhumane mullahs’ regime sent 10 inmates to the gallows early Sunday morning in Gohardasht Prison of Karaj, west of Tehran.

State prison authorities had transferred these inmates to solitary confinement on Saturday in preparation for their executions. One of these victims was Abdullah Ghafari.



Female street vendor in Ahvaz remains under medical care

State agents attacked an old woman with an electric shocker

The son of a female street vendor in Ahvaz, southwest Iran, who was attacked by state agents using electric shockers on Tuesday, December 6th, says he continues to take his mother to a hospital twice a day.

“On December 6th a group of 10 municipality agents, all armed with electric shockers, entered the Khansari Avenue and amongst the street vendors they attacked my 70-year-old mother who was selling her goods outside my store. They used electric shockers and she fell to the ground. She is still alive but is very ill. She was hospitalized for a few hours after that incident and I am still taking her to a hospital twice a day,” Samir, the woman’s son, said.

Despite the publication of scenes of this incident and attack on social media, and a huge wave of anger against the regime’s officials, the Ahvaz municipality continues to deny the incident.

“No attack on woman has been reported in the municipality. As head of the city council I do not confirm this issue,” the city council chief said.



Factional disputes amongst regime factions over currency shifts

Iran changing official currency from rial to toman

The economic changes in Iran, with plans to change the official currency from the rial to toman proposed by the government of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, has faced major opposition from members of the faction loyal to Iranian regime leader Ali Khamenei.

Media outlets linked to this faction have said the bill proposed in the parliament for this measure, at a time when the country’s economy is facing serious problems, is considered one of those unnatural decisions.

“This plan proposed by the government have shocked even the government’s own economic experts. Such a change would be proper for countries that are certain of having below 5% inflation for a long period. Otherwise, 10 years down the road we will have to backtrack these currently proposed changes,” a Khamenei-loyal outlet wrote.

“Even a government organization has issued a warning report in this regard saying changing the rial to the toman, without taking the necessary conditions into consideration, would only render worse economic conditions,” the report added.



Interior minister: we have 11 million living in city outskirts

Iranian interior minister Rahmani Fazli

Iranian interior minister Rahmani Fazli expressed the regime’s concern of social damages inflicted to the Iranian population.

“Finally, five priorities have been specified by the leader. Drug addiction, people living in city outskirts, divorces, social corruption and crisis-launching regions, he said in remarks posted by the state-run E’temad daily on Saturday, December 10th.

“For the leader there is nothing more important than social damages,” he added.

“We have 11 million people living in city outskirts and the leader has issued a special order in this regard,” the Iranian interior minister added.



Two IRGC engineers injured in southeastern Iran

Explosion rocked a town in southwestern Iran

As reported by the Tasnim news agency, known to be affiliated to the Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) Quds Force, at around 6 am on Sunday morning an improvised explosive device detonated in the town Saravan in southeastern Iran, leaving two IRGC engineers wounded.

These individuals were immediately transferred to the Razi Hospital in Saravan. One is reported to be in dire conditions and the Iranian regime had sent a helicopter for his transfer.



Syria: 40 Iran IRGC members, militias killed in Aleppo

IRGC armored personnel carrier burning in flames

Members of the Free Syrian Army defeated a horrendous attack launched Sunday morning by Iran’s Revolutionary Guards (IRGC), Shiite militias and Russian troops in eastern Aleppo, Orient TV reported.
On Saturday FSA members were able to defend their positions and kill 25 other Shiite militias were killed in the Marje neighborhood, along with 15 others in the Ezae neighborhood. FSA rebels were also able to destroy two advanced Russian T90 main battle tanks in Ezae and Sanae.
Iran’s IRGC and Assad’s militia forces had attempted for the fourth consecutive day to make advances in Ezae and Sanae, all while enjoying heavy Russian air support. However, to this day they have faced a major defensive counterattack by the FSA rebels.



Iran MP: Above one million youths in line for Syria dispatching

Hossein Biki, deputy chair of the Security Commission in Iran’s parliament

Hossein Biki, deputy chair of the Security Commission in Iran’s parliament, made startling and expansionist remarks recently.

“In the status quo we are in youths and even teenagers are more than eager to take part in the fronts of Syria and Iraq,” he said.

“At least more than one million youths are in line to be dispatched,” he said on Saturday, December 10th, in an interview with the state-run Mizan news agency, known to be linked to the regime’s judiciary branch.

“There are a significant number of youths and even teenagers amongst the massive wave of volunteers for Syria and Iraq,” this Iranian MP added.

“The Islamic republic has two missions in Syria and Iraq: advisory activities and training,” he added in contradictory remarks.


Crackdown wave in Iran & protests in response

Theater actor sentenced to 99 lashes

Inhumane lashings as punishment in Iran

The mullahs’ so-called judiciary in Iran has sentenced a young theater actor by the first name of Payam to 99 lashes. This inhumane ruling was upheld yesterday by the Iranian regime’s supreme court.

It is worth noting that following the lashing of Agh Dare mine workers and 35 college students in Ghazvin being sentenced to 99 lashes each by the mullahs’ judiciary, the United Nations issued a statement condemning lashings in Iran as inhumane, cruel, humiliating and in violation of international laws.



Kurdish woman sets herself ablaze

Women setting themselves ablaze in protest in Iran

A Kurdish woman in Iran who set herself ablaze lost her life on Tuesday, December 6th due to her severe injuries. She was held in a hospital in Isfahan.

Negin Bidkham was from the village of “Faraj Abad” near the city of Kamiyaran, western Iran. She had set herself ablaze 10 days ago.

Women of all ages committing suicide and setting themselves ablaze is the immediate result of the atrocious crackdown imposed on this sector of society by the mullahs’ regime in Iran.




Intelligence agency demands money from family for a prisoner’s dead body

Bandar Abbas Prison

Agents of the notorious Ministry of Intelligence (MOIS) in Iran are demanding ransom money from the family of Reza Hossein Alizadeh in return for his corpse. Alizadeh lost his life in Bandar Abbas Prison, southern Iran, due to lack medical care.

The physical conditions of this prisoner was very dire, yet MOIS agents prevented his transfer to a hospital until he was finally taken to a hospital on Wednesday, November 16 after suffering a brain stroke. However, according to physicians his transfer was very late and there was nothing more they could do to keep him alive.

This prisoner passed away on December 7th and when his family commuted from Maku (northwest Iran) all the way to Bandar Abbas in southern Iran to retrieve his body, MOIS agents said they must first pay 7 billion rials (around $200,000). The MOIS agents said they will not hand over the body otherwise.



Political prisoner transferred to Tabriz Prison

Political prisoner Morteza Moradpour

Political prisoner Morteza Moradpour has been transferred from Gohardasht Prison in Karaj, west of Tehran, to Tabriz Prison in northwest Iran, while 44 days have passed since his hunger strike.

Kept in solitary confinement and under inhumane conditions until his transfer, he informed his brother in a phone call about the pressures imposed on him by regime agents while in solitary confinement.

“Morteza called on Thursday afternoon. This was the first call he made after his transfer to the Karaj prison. It was completely obvious from his voice that he had become severely weak. His blood pressure is usually 8. Morteza said he remains deprived from direct access to drinking water. They rarely provide him hot water. More than anything else he is suffering from lacking blankets and the cold and dry atmohsphere in solitary confinement. Despite the fact that doctors have emphasized on providing him blankets, the authorities have refused to do so. He said he doesn’t know why but the authorities have closed even the smallest openings in his cell. Morteza insists on continuing his hunger strike to have his demands met,” his brother added.



Conditions of political prisoner on hunger strike deteriorates severely

Conditions of political prisoner Arash Sadeghi is deteriorating

Political prisoner Arash Sadeghi, on his 45th day no hunger strike, once again began suffering from breathing and heart rate problems. He was transferred to the prison clinic and placed under oxygen.

The clinic resident doctor described his conditions as very concerning.

In the past few weeks Sadeghi has been transferred to the prison clinic many times and each night he has needed to be placed under oxygen. He has lost 18 kilograms of his weight and his blood pressure is very low.

This political prisoner is currently unable to speak and in the past few days he has been vomiting “blood clots,” and transferred to a hospital as a result. However, he was returned to prison without receiving proper medical treatment.

It is worth noting that Arash Sadeghi has been on hunger strike for 45 days protesting inhumane prison conditions and the illegitimate arrest of his wife.



Residents clash with riot police in Tehran

Bihaghi complex in Tehran

On Thursday, December 8th the residents of the Bihaghi complex in Tehran fought back a raid staged by Tehran special riot police and municipality agents who were dispatched to force the locals to evacuate the complex.

Clashes broke out as regime agents forced 200 workers to evacuate this complex and be left in the freezing winter cold.




Protest rallies in Tehran, Mashhad, Neishabour and Sarkhoon

Rally protesting housing policies of Iranian regime

People from various parts of Iran in the cities of Tehran, Mashhad, Neishabour and Sarkhoon staged protest rallies.

In Tehran, people demanding their homes under the Pardis housing project rallied outside the regime’s Ministry of Road & Construction to voice their protests. They were protesting 7 years of reluctance, delays, embezzlement, money laundering and lies by regime authorities.

In Mashhad, incoming reports indicate a group of people who lost their stock investments rallied outside the regime’s governorate office in Mashhad. They were demanding attention by regime officials to their requests.

A group of people in the town of Sarkhoon, near the town of Ardel in southern Iran, held a rally outside the main oil pipeline and demanded their water pollution problems be resolved.

In Neishabour, northeast Iran, drivers of heavy machinery belonging to the municipality staged a rally protesting their paychecks being delayed for the past 7 months. This rally was held on Wednesday, December 7th.

Furthermore, drivers of private cars in this city also rallied outside the regime’s governorate office protesting not receiving their paychecks for the past few months.



Human chain in defense of Karoon River in Ahvaz

Human chain alongside Karoon River

A group of people in Ahvaz rallied in support of Karoon River and against measures of rerouting its waters to Zayandeh River. They formed a human chain to voice their protests on Thursday, December 8th, reports indicate.

It is worth noting that to this day numerous protest rallies have been held, such as forming human chains by Ahvaz locals. However, regime officials have yet to bring an end to their destructive policies in this regard.




Urmia University students chant “Release all political prisoners”

Urmia University

At a ceremony marking Students Day in Urmia University, northwest Iran, protesting students began chanting slogans demanding the release of all political prisoners.

The students also specifically demanded the release of political prisoner Morteza Moradpour.

“Freedom doesn’t mean that freedom activists must spend their lives behind bars under the most atrocious conditions, including on hunger strike,” they said.


Iran: executions, suicides & meddling in Syria


Inmate executed in Kermanshah, west of Iran

A prisoner by the name of Ali Akbar Karami was executed on Tuesday, December 6th at Kermanshah’s Diesel Abad Prison in western Iran.

This inmate, from the city of Kangavar, had been held behind bars since 2013.


Prisoner hanged in Salmas, northwest Iran

Inmate hanged in Salmas, Iran

The mullahs’ regime in Iran hanged a prisoner in the early morning hours of Wednesday, December 7th in Salmas Prison, located in northwest Iran. The inmate’s name was Ali Chartagh.

The death sentence for this prisoner was carried out while his case had been appealed at the regime’s supreme court.

“My brother was innocent and they convicted him based on confessions obtained by force. However, according to those very confessions, he should have received a lower sentence, such as life in prison,” the inmate’s brother said.


Suicide rates increase due to poverty

College student commits suicide in Chabahar, southern Iran

A student in his third year at Chabahar Maritime and Marine University in southern Iran committed suicide early Wednesday morning in the college dormitory.

College officials have said they are not aware of the motive behind this suicide.

Unfortunately, suicide rates in Iran are increasing day by day. Poverty and enormous pressures imposed by the mullahs’ rule are the increasing reason behind this phenomenon, making it an epidemic.

On Monday, an inmate in Gohardasht Prison of Karaj, west of Tehran, committed suicide due to the inhumane pressures imposed prison authorities.

An individual committed suicide outside the regime’s prosecutor’s office in Tabriz, northwest Iran.

A local of Iran’s Azerbaijan region committed suicide on Sunday, December 4th.

In Urmia, northwest Iran, a mid-aged man threw himself off a 10-story building and lost his life on his way to the hospital. This incident took place on November 30th.

A 14-year-old girl in Momaseni committed suicide on Tuesday, November 29th by shooting herself.

Suicide rates in Iran under the mullahs’ rule have increased. These cases are only a tip of the iceberg of the actual number of suicides due to poverty.


50 paramilitary Bassij members killed in Syria

Funeral for state Bassij members killed in Syria

50 members of Iran’s paramilitary Bassij members have been killed in Syria, said Gudarzi, head of this organization’s college branch, during a speech on Tuesday, December 6th.

They were dispatched from the “College Bassij Organization” to Syria, he said.

It is worth noting that the Secretariat of the National Council of Resistance of Iran issued a statement on November 29th citing reports obtained by the Iranian opposition from inside the country stating over 10,000 members of the Revolutionary Guards and their foot-soldiers from Lebanon, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq and other countries have been killed in Syria.

Based on reports from inside the IRGC most of the bodies of Afghan, Pakistani and Iraqi mercenaries killed in Syria are not returned to Iran to prevent any social unrest in this regard.


College students protest Iranian regime killing Syrian people

Tehran Polytechnic University

According to reports received from inside Iran, on Tuesday, December 6th as universities marked Students Day across the country, a student disrupted a speech being delivered by Iranian deputy parliament speaker Ali Mottahari at Tehran Polytechnic University.

“Mr. Mottahari, we will be condemned by history as we remained silent in the face of what is taking place in Syria and the massacre of its innocent people,” he said.

Other students welcomed these remarks.




Reports of increasing protests in Iran

Iran: political prisoners condemn jailing of Montazeri’s son

Gohardasht Prison of Karaj, west of Tehran

A group of political prisoners in Gohardasht Prison issued a statement condemning the 21-year jail sentence issued for Ahmad Montazeri, son of the late Ayatollah Hossein-Ali Montazeri. Continue reading “Reports of increasing protests in Iran”

Dissident revealing prison brutality in Iran smuggled into Europe

Shabnam Madadzadeh was held for 6 years in some of Iran’s most infamous prisons. She had been sentenced to a five year prison term

Shabnam Madadzadeh was held for six years in some of Iran’s most infamous prisons

By  – November 26, 2016

An Iranian dissident who secretly disclosed the excesses of prison brutality in the Islamic Republic of Iran to the United Nations, endangering her own life, has escaped to Europe. She is now living at an undisclosed location for her safety.

Shabnam Madadzadeh, 29, was held for six years, serving a five year prison service, in some of the most infamous prisons of Iran’s deeply politicised criminal justice system. Through letters she sent secretly from her cells, Madadzadeh drew attention to the often draconian conditions she and thousands of other women faced.

She called the on UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in Iran to visit Raja’i Shahr and Gharchak prisons, where she was held. Madadzadeh’s plight as a prisoner of conscience was raised by international NGOs and the US State Department before she finally escaped to Europe.

Inside Raja’i Shahr and Gharchak prisons, Madadzadeh was, like other prisoners, forced to watch the execution of fellow captives, lived under the threat of death and sexual violence, and was tortured while in the custody of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards.

“In every moment, second by second you can feel death. The interrogators talk about execution every day and every day you think you are going to be executed,” Madadzadeh told IBTimes UKduring a telephone interview.

At Raja’i Shahr, Madadzadeh lived in a room she described as a “corridor”, where 200 women were crammed, with only two toilets and unsanitary drinking water. The lights in the room were never turned off, depriving the inmates of sleep between brutal interrogation sessions.

“When I was under interrogation I was physically tortured too. Five or six men surrounded me and as they were questioning me they beat me, pulled my hair and hit my body,” Madadzadeh said.

Her interrogators hoped Madadzadeh would renounce the People’s Mujahideen Organisation of Iran (PMOI), an opposition group in Iran outlawed by the Mullah’s regime and which advocates the overthrow of the Islamist regime.

She explained the worst punishment she could receive was to be sent to solitary confinement, but that it was the stories of sexual abuse in the prison which led her to realise she needed to speak out against her jailers.

“Inside there were girls who were raped by the guards. These girls and these women don’t have anyone to help them or to hear them and [the guards] easily raped many of them,” Madadzadeh said.

Arash Mohammadi
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“I can still see the face of a girl who told me she had been raped six times by a guard. It was horrible. My heart broke with her and when I was listening I would just cry because I was in prison and I could do nothing for them.

“I said to myself, you should be the voice of these women, because this the way to support these women and to fight the regime,” she added.

Men also face the threat of sexual violence in prison. Arash Mohammadi, 25, who also recently arrived in Europe like Madadzadeh described living “constant nightmare” in which he faced prolonged and vicious beatings and was threatened with rape.

The interrogations would last 12 hours, there was a rack that I was put up on and then I would be tortured with beatings and also shocked with electric shocks. There would be three interrogators. One would ask the questions and the other two would carry on beating.

“Sometimes I would pass out and they would splash water on me until I gained consciousness again and then they would resume,” Mohammadi explained.

Mohammadi was also told he had to denounce the PMOI and was subjected to eight days of 12-hour-long interrogations. For both Mohammadi and Madadzadeh the beatings served eventually to strengthen their resolve against the Iranian government.

“I believe all of these women were victims of the regime. Without any basic rights for any of the prisoners,” Madadzadeh said.

“Especially for women in Iran. They don’t have any rights and they are still without safety or people to help them,” she added.

Originally posted in International Business Times