Sunday, May 20, 2018


On Saturday, May 19, the people of Kazerun- in the province of Fars Southwest of Iran, continued their uprising against the suppressive regime's actions and killing and detaining their loved ones by chanting “My detained brother must be freed!”. They gathered and protested in Shohada Square and in front of the judiciary of the Iranian regime. Kazerun shopkeepers also closed their shops and the pressure of intelligence agents to force them to open the shops did not succeed. The regime's agents, especially the intelligence agents, were deceptively trying to end the protests, but people are demanding the delivery of the bodies of the martyrs and the release of the arrested. A number of protesters were martyred during a demonstration of the people of Kazerun on Wednesday night when the security and special forces opened fire on protesters. Ali Mohammadian Azad and Omid Yousefian are two of the martyrs of Kazerun's uprising. On Friday, the people of Kazerun turned the city into a scene of confronting the totality of the oppressive apparatus of the clerical regime. Revolutionary Guards, Basijis, plainclothes and anti-riot guards, who were sent from other cities to Kazerun, were deployed in the city's central locations and closed streets leading to Friday's prayer show.  The people broke up the Friday prayer’s show by chanting slogans. The gathering in the Al-Nabi mosque, where the governor was supposed to speak, was disrupted with the slogan "The incompetent governor must be executed!” The attacks of repressive forces on protesters on the Shohada Street led to widespread street clashes and skirmishes. By burning tires, people blocked the path of repressive forces’ vehicles and defended themselves with stone and wood and breaking the mosaics of the streets.
The protests continued Friday night until Saturday morning. In Simashahr Square, people chanted slogans against the mercenary attacks: “Do not be afraid we are all together; and we are children of war, let’s fight”. At Quds intersection, the shooting of repressive forces on the protesters led to clashes where in addition to wounding the youth, a number of plainclothes and intelligence agents of the regime were also wounded. In the clashes on Thursday, the young people also beat some of the regime's agents and forced them to flee. The injured mercenaries were transferred by a bus to Nourabad Mamassani. The people of Kazerun are protesting the division to their cities.
Yesterday Sat. May 19 the Iranian-Canadians during their weekly protest, stood in solidarity with the people of Kazerun in front of the Parliament Hill and across from Prime Minister's office. They called for the freedom of arrestees and all  political prisoners in Iran.

Plundered women and men gathered in protest on May 17 outside the Caspian Institute’s branch in Bassij Square of Kerman, southern Iran, against the company’s pilfering of their savings and deposits. On May 16, the wives of HEPCO workers joined their husbands on the third day of their protest and sit-in. Heavy Equipment Production Company or (HEPCO) produces road construction equipment and is located in Arak, capital of Markazi Province, southwest of Tehran Province.
On the same day, the State Security forces cracked down on the inhabitants of Abrak Azhgil village in Izeh, Khuzistan Province, opening fire on them. A 38-year-old woman was killed and two persons were wounded during the attack.
On May 15, students of Technical School of Yazd University and the students of Kermanshah’s Industrial University staged protests for the second day in a row, against the new policy of demanding tuition from students, and other problems in the university.

Eleven detainees including a woman arrested in Arak during the Iran uprising during December 2017- January 2018 appeared in Sharia court in Iran. Neda Yousefi and ten others faced trial on the charge of “disrupting public order” at branch 102 of the Penal Court of Shazand, Arak, on Monday, May 14. More than 8,000 people were arrested during the 2017-2018 nationwide protests a number of whom were temporarily released until their trial time and others are still in jail.
In another development on the same day, at least 70 Gonabadi (Yaresan) dervishes including a number of women faced trial in the regime's revolutionary courts. Most of them were indicted of “acting against national security” charges including through “gathering and collusion against national security”, “defying law enforcement agents”, “disrupting public peace and order” and in some cases “membership in Majzoban Noor (Gonabadi dervishes group).”
It was earlier reported that eight Yaresan women inmates were taken to sharia court from the notorious Qarchak prison without any lawyer accompanying them.

With the victory of the Iranian women's futsal team over Japan's in the final game of 2018 AFC Women's Futsal Championship, the state television's failure to broadcast the final game has turned into a political challenge for the Iranian regime. Women's sports do not enjoy any backing from the government and women face multiple obstacles to enter international tournaments. Broadcasting women’s matches are forbidden for the Iranian regime's state-run TV and even female reporters are not allowed into places where women compete.

A woman  has been arrested and detained for the second time in an extrajudicial measure for protesting the compulsory veil.
Mrs. Shaparak Shajarizadeh was arbitrarily arrested along with her 9-year-old son in the city of Kashan, central Iranian province of Isfahan. Her son was freed several hours later but she is still in captivity. Mrs. Shajarizadeh is going to stand trial at Branch 1089 of Tehran’s Penal Court on June 10, on the charge of “violating (the compulsory) veil” and “promoting corruption.”
Iranian women immediately face violent arrest and detention if they do not comply with the compulsory veil and dress code.
The Women’s Committee of the National Council of Resistance of Iran strongly condemns the arrests of Iranian women and girls under the pretext of mal-veiling and for protesting the compulsory veil; it urges international organizations and authorities defending human rights and women’s rights to take urgent action for the immediate and unconditional release of these women.
In her visit to the Council of Europe in Strasbourg in January 2018, the NCRI President-elect Maryam Rajavi called on EU member states to adopt effective measures and binding decisions to compel Iran’s ruling religious fascism to end subjugation of women and abolish the compulsory veil.

Three Iranian Baha'i women were summoned to Sharia court and transferred to the Prison of Ahwaz on Sunday, May 13. Neda Sabeti, Forough Farzaneh and Nooshin Afshar who had been earlier freed from the detention center of the Intelligence Department of Ahwaz on Saturday, May 12, were re-arrested and jailed.
In earlier developments, Ms. Enisa Motahhar, a Baha’i residing in Isfahan, was summoned to court on May 8, after her residence was ransacked by the State Security Force and her own and her family’s personal belongings were confiscated. Ms. Kiana Thanie, a student of architecture, was banned from education and dismissed on April 30, 2018, from Mirdamad Non-profit University in Gorgan (in northern Iran) for adherence to the Baha’i faith.