- Makarem-Shirazi calls cyberspace “Devil’s base”, demanding Police to act
- Islamic Republic Radio & TV (IRIB) censors national soccer player
- Soheila Hijab, political prisoner, goes on hunger strike
- Amnesty reports continued violations of human rights by the Islamic Republic
- USD soars against IRR
- Meat and chicken prices explode
- School year to be increased by 1 month
- COVID-19 cases surge again
1“Women feel more free when traveling!”
Grand Ayatollah Makarem-Shirazi met with the Islamic Republic Chief Police, criticizing the “hijab situation” in Iran. He demanded the police to act on it, and referred to the Persian New Year holidays saying “women feel more free about their hijab when traveling!” He also called on the police to control the cyberspace which is a “disaster of our lifetime” and has “actually become the devil’s base!”
In the meantime, a video of fully veiled women jumping in Mahshahr’s beach led to the suspension of 2 of the fitness trainers!
2Censoring National Soccer Player
IRIB, the state-owned Islamic Republic Radio & Television, censored Alireza Jahanbakhsh’s interview which was aired right after the Iran-Lebanon match. Women were banned from entering the stadium in Mashhad. Jahanbakhsh, captain of the Iran National Soccer Team, had said: “I hope women can join us in the stadiums for the next times.” This part of his interview was cut in IRIB News section.
3Soheila Hijab’s Life in Danger
In a letter, the political prisoner named Islamic Republic Judiciary officials she had met with and who have called her “peace-seeker,” but have not kept their promises to prevent pressure from MOIS and other intelligence apparatuses of the regime. “I see no choice but to start another hunger strike. I have lost my organs in my previous strikes. My family has been shattered, my mom has almost gone blind. My medical condition has been confirmed by doctors, but officials refuse to give me furlough.”
4Amnesty’s 2021 Report
Islamic Republic continues its brutality, forced disappearance, torturing prisoners, arbitrary detention and crackdown on peaceful protesters, the report reads. Amnesty mentions the regime deprives political prisoners of medical care, including delays or complete denial of COVID-19 vaccination. The report notes amputation of limbs, lashes and blinding as barbaric punishments handed down to people. “Systematic impunity continues for crimes against humanity during 1980s and crackdown of protesters in November 2019.” Raisi, current “President of the Islamic Republic” has been accused of being a major player in massacre of political prisoners in 1980s.
5USD Soars, Meat and Chicken Unreachable
IRR continues its losing streak against USD since Persian New Year holidays ended. From March 21, USD has increased by 8,000 IRR. In today’s market, each USD was valued at 270,800 IRR.
At the same time, despite Islamic Republic officials claiming the price of chicken and mean is under control, they have become even more unreachable for a middle class family. Each pound of chicken is priced at 185,000 IRR! Meat has a range of 1,050,000 IRR to 1,400,000 IRR. According to officials, there might be a shortage of red meat for Ramadan!
6School Year Elongated
Education Ministry announced that school year will increase by 1 month to make up for the continuous closure of schools during COVID-19 waves. Meanwhile, COVID-19 cases continue to surge in parts of Iran, especially Fars and Ardabil. Vaccination remains slow. According to official data, 24 cities remain in “red” status, and only 26,109,681 (31.08% of Iran population) have received 3 doses of mainly Sinopharm and COVIran Barekat.