News From Inside Iran                                    Volume 1, No.2


The following are reports from state control media and sources of the Iranian Resistance within Iran during the fourth week of November.


A. MEK Network in Iran
Expulsion from university for showing photo of resistance leader
Pouriya Ramezani, student from Shahr-e Kord University, central Iran, was expelled from the university for displaying the photograph of Mr. Massoud Rajavi, Leader of the Iranian Resistance, before his fellow students. He is now deprived of continuing his studies.

Families of Ashraf resident arrested
Three political activists living in Karaj, near Tehran, have been arrested and their whereabouts is not known. Allahverdi Rouhi, one of the three was arrested once before in 2010 charged with having contacts with his son and daughter in law in Ashraf. He served one year imprisonment at that time.

Former foreign ministry spokesman complains about MeK
In an interview with semi-official news agency ISNA on November 30, Hamidreza Asefi, former spokesman of the regime's Foreign Ministry was asked to comment on the regime's nuclear activities that were exposed in August 2002, which he said, "My colleagues at the Foreign Ministry and other friends were extremely surprised and kind of shocked. Since the beginning of the revolution and throughout the war, the Western governments always tried to put pressure on Iran using every pretext, but this one was totally different. All the institutions of the establishment were warned at that time that it could be the beginning of a crisis."

MeK infiltration in regime's institutions
Mahmoud Mehdi Soltani, a former diplomat was reported by Qatreh website of the regime as saying that currently, members of the 'People's Mojahedin' have 'infiltrated' in some Iranian government institutions. He added "You and I must root out the MeK from this country. Do not be mistaken, I mean exactly the People's Mojahedin Organization, which still has roots in some of the establishments. This is an organization that not all its agents have been exposed."

The impact and influence of the MeK in Iran
Secretary of Habilian Center (Intelligence Ministry affiliated organization) was quoted by semi official news agency Fars, saying: "Most of the things that happen now in the country and waves of incidents are caused by this group (MeK). This group is the executive agent and the tool to find targets for the Zionist regime." In reference to "destructive activities" of the MeK he said: "Even these jokes and SMS messages that sometimes spread across the country and even we use them and spread them unwillingly, are mainly fabricated by this group. If you look at the uprising in 2009 you can see how effective they have been."

Nuclear revelation by MeK
Ali Akbar Salehi, head of Nuclear Energy Organization, told the regime's main TV news service on November 13: "We were one of the countries that joined NPT right from the beginning, but some problems and misunderstandings arose and the MeK claimed that Iran was engaged in secret activities in Natanz. This misconception turned the nuclear issue into a political issue and since 2002 we have been struggling with it."

Mullahs concerned about critical human right reports
Official news agency IRNA quoted Mohammad-Javad Larijani, head of Human Rights Council in the Judiciary, commenting on UN report on the regime's human rights record, saying, "Human rights project against Iran, just like the nuclear file, is an organized project by the Western countries and the Zionists... the report not only insults Islam but also gives support to terrorist groups and refers to them as human rights advocates."
B. People's anger at regimes officials

Attack on suppressive security forces
Security forces' patrol car was attacked on the street of Iranshahr, southern Iran, on November 23 leading to the death of 2 security agents and injury of the third one.

A clergy attacked and beaten by youth
A clergy, who is said to be an official of the judiciary in Najaf Abad, central Iran, was attacked by two young men and beaten badly for offending a 70-year-old woman. The incident took place when he almost ran over the woman by his car. After stopping the car he went out and started insulting the woman which angered passersby including the two young men. The clergy had his leg and some ribs broken. When the police arrived the two men were helped by people and managed to run away and avoid arrest.

C. Resistance in prisons
Prisoners protests against mass executions 
It has been widely reported that about 3,000 inmates in Qezelhesar prison, near Tehran, have been on hunger strike since November 25. They started their hunger strike in protest against relocating 11 prisoners to solitary confinements as prelude to their executions. The 11 were executed the following day on November 26. Hundreds of those who are on hunger strike are on the death row themselves. Qezelhesar is the main prison for those on death row. The prison is designed to hold up to 9,000 prisoners but currently some 27,000 are said to be held there. Special platforms have been set up in this prison for mass hangings of up to 24 prisoners at a time.
Political prisoners on hunger strike in Minab
Four political prisoners in the central prison of Minab, south of Iran, have been on hunger strike for over 10 days in protest against the appalling state of the prison and violation of their basic rights. 
D. Executions and suppressive measures
24 executions during the last week of November 
The State-run media in Iran reported at least 24 executions during the last week of November. 
They included: 11 in notorious Qezelhesar prison, near Tehran; 7 in Yazd, central Iran; one in Zahedan, southeastern Iran; 4 in Bandar-Abbas prison, southern Iran; and one in Kermanshah, west of Iran. 
Three of the victims were women. Independent sources among groups in Iranian Kurdish areas have released the names of 24 political prisoners who have been sentenced to death. It is feared that the authorities may execute them in coming days. 
Amnesty International in a press release on November 25 reported about 600 executions in Iran since the beginning of 2013. More than half of it, i.e. 367 of them have been carried out during Rouhani's presidency. AI emphasized that prisons in Iran are filled with political prisoners. 
Indiscriminate killing of innocent people 
Security forces in the city of Iranshahr, southern Iran, shot and killed an innocent passer-by at city's check point on November 23. A girl student was killed by security forces on the same day in the city of Shahr-e Kord, central Iran. 
Pressure on political prisoners 
Kazemini-Boroujerdi, a dissident cleric who is jailed for his views, is currently under pressure to surrender. His two children have been deprived of education and are banned to take up jobs in government departments and offices.
ISDCI News Team
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