Sunday, May 07, 2017


The families of miners who lost their lives in a recent explosion at the Azadshahr mine in Golestan Province-northern Iran, clashed with anti-riot police units stationed at the mine. The special forces intended to dispurse the family members who refused to leave the site. The family members have been staying at the mine’s entrance day and night since the incident.
On May 4th a number of miners held a protest rally on the sidelines of a crisis session held with the Golestan Province governor attending.
“Our monthly salaries equal the price of a minister’s snack and we are expelled from work if we protest,” they said.
According to miners who rushed to the scene to save their colleagues after the recent gas explosion, even at a depth of 1,700 meters there are no ventilation devices in this mine. The Iranian regime officials in March arrested and threatened those miners who demanded their paychecks that had been delayed for eight months.
The Zemenstan-Yort mine is owned by the ‘Eghtesad Mehr Bank’, associated to the Revolutionary Guards Basij’s Cooperation Foundation.
 The Iranian regime's deputy Labor Minister acknowledged that at least 35 miners have been killed in Wednesday's mine explosion in Golestan Province and more than 40 others are still trapped. But the resucers, according to the AFP have been able to recover only 21 bodies from the coal mine in the northern Iran. The workers at the Zemestan-Yort attacked Hassan Rouhani's vehicle as he was visiting the mine. The video can be watched HERE.

Two women were executed on Wednesday morning May 3, in Gohardasht Prison, Karaj. They have not been identified. According to one of the prisoners, the two women had been transferred from the notorious Qarchak Prison to Gohardasht for execution. They were accused of murder. The number of executions of women under Rouhani's presidency thus reaches 77.

“Women's share of high-level responsibilities in the Municipality of Tehran, is zero percent,” Mohammad Haghani, head of Tehran City Council's environmental committee, said. The comment was made in response to remarks by Mohammad Ghalibaf, Tehran's Mayor who is running for president in the upcoming elections. Ghalibaf had said in one of the debates that, “More than 13 percent of Tehran Municipality directors are women.”
“The presence of a woman among senior managers of Tehran Municipality, is just a symbolic theatrical measure to counter those who say women's share in high-level responsibilities in Tehran's Municipality is zero per cent," Haghani reiterated. (The state-run Entekhab news website – May 5, 2017)

Political prisoner Atena Daemi was transferred to Evin's infirmary due to her dire physical conditions on her 27th day of hunger strike. It's been reported that her kidneys are infected and her face and tongue have discolored.
Atena Daemi began her hunger strike on April 8, 2017, in protest to the prison sentences that was issued for her sisters.

According to state-run Rokna news agency May 3rd, s huge fire broke out in an addicted women's rehabilitation camp in Qazvin, northwest of Tehran- Iran. At least 23 women suffered serious burns, two of them suffered burns over 70%. Ali Fakhar Solaimani, director of the Crisis Center of Qazvin's medical science university, said the injured were between 20 and 35 years of age.

Women were not allowed in to watch the Pakistan-Iran volleyball match on May 1, in Rezazadeh stadium of Ardabil, Iran's East Azerbaijan Province. They voiced their protest against such discrimination. The cancellation without prior notice was made despite previous approval letting women into the stadium to watch the game.

Dozens of young women and men were arrested in roundups in the cities of Qom and Abadan within two days for participating in private parties.
45 men and women were arrested in the security forces' raid in Qom, and 36 young men and women were arrested in Abadan. A number of detainees are still in custody. Their identities have not made public, reported state-run ROKNA news agency, May 1.

Associated Press reported on May 3, that Facebook says it will hire another 3,000 people to review videos of crime and suicides following murders shown live, the company's co-founder Mark Zuckerberg announced Wednesday. In a Facebook post, Zuckerberg, the company's CEO, said the new workers will be in addition to the 4,500 people who already review posts that may violate its terms of service.