Volume 1, No.4


The following are reports from state control media and sources of the Iranian Resistance within Iran during the second week of December 2013.


A. Public protests and discontent

More reports about Students' Day protests, December 7:

  • In Tehran's Amir Kabir University, some 600 Bassij paramilitary force were dispatched to crack down students protest. They were chanting "death to America" while charging against students. Students confronted them which led to clashes. At least one student suffered injury during the clash.
  • More than 2000 students at Tehran University's Literature Department were chanting "down with dictator" in their protest within university campus. The university was under siege by plain clothes agents and police. Some protesting students were arrested by police.
  • Security forces in Payam-e Nour University of Sarri, northern Iran, attacked student protest using batons and tear gas. Students were beaten and at least 4 have been detained in an unknown location. 

Labor strike

More than 2000 miners have walked out demanding fulfillment of their basic demands. They are also protesting against expulsion of an official of their labor organization.  

Armed clashes with rebels

Official IRNA news agency, December 10, reported 100 armed clashes with rebels, 18 percent increase in discovering arms, and an average of two armed clashes in border regions.


B. Resistance in prisons 

  • Inmates in Zahedan prison, southeast Iran, staged a protest on December 8 against insults by prison guards to their beliefs. They were chanting "down with dictator" and "down with tyrants and criminals". At least 200 inmates took part in this protest. 
  • Hunger strike by 6 Kurdish political prisoners in Qezelhesar prison, west of Tehran, continues. They started their hunger strike on November 4 in protest against their death sentences. They have been warned that if they continue with their hunger strike they will be executed earlier than they were scheduled. 
  • In Tehran's notorious Evin prison 4 inmates have been on hunger strike for about a month. 
  • In Maragheh prison, northwestern Iran, some 50 prisoners have been on hunger strike since December 3. 
  • A political prisoner in Bandar Abbas prison, south of Iran, has been on hunger strike since November 10 in protest against being transferred to ordinary criminal ward in prison. ==Another political prisoner in Borazjan prison, south of Iran, has been on hunger strike since December 8.  
C. Executions

Executions continue across Iran. According to state-run media, seven prisoners in Gohardasht prison, west of Tehran, were hanged on December 11. On December 5, in two other group executions, 15 prisoners were hanged in Diesel-Abad Prison of Kermanshah and the central prison of Ilam, western Iran.

Three Kurdish prisoners were executed in prisons of Kerman, eastern Iran, and central prison of Urumiyeh, Northwest Iran, on 7, 10 and 12 December.

Two Arab political prisoners of Ahwaz have been transferred to an unknown location since December 8 and are now facing execution.

On December 11, mullahs' head of judiciary, Sadeq Larijani, said: "Opposition to death sentence is opposition to Islam's decree".


D. Oppressive Measures

  • Two Sufi lawyers, Mr. Hamidreza Moradi and Mostafa Daneshjou, who are serving prison sentences, are currently receiving treatment in a hospital north of Tehran. Their hands and feet are chained on hospital bed. They are imprisoned due to their beliefs.
  • Revolutionary Guards in Kerman, southeast Iran, had forced 16 prisoners to appear before TV cameras to make forced confessions. They were arrested for their internet activities. While they had their backs to TV cameras with their hands tied behind them, they claimed that they were spying for BBC. 


E. State of Economy

Highest Misery Index  State-run TV, December 9 - Ali Tayebnia, Minister of Economy: Current year is one of the most difficult years in terms of economy. Inflation is at 40 percent, unprecedented in our history. Misery index in Iran's economy is more than 50 percent while the standard rate is between 11 to 15 percent.


F. Unemployment, lack of funds


BBC Radio, December 8 - The rate of unemployment has reached a level that Iranian officials describe it as being "critical". Minister of Health said, public hospitals are bankrupt and the state of health is chaotic. 

 Fars news agency December 9 - quoted Javad Mansouri, first Commander of IRGC, as saying: Unemployment, high prices, security problems, corruption, public disorder, wrong policies and some strange and peculiar projects led the government to a point that it had no other alternative but a general retreat before foreigners in order to control the present situation. The government has no money even in this month to pay government employees and subsidies, therefore it has no choice but print bank notes... the state of country will not improve and our problems will not be resolved because the main problem lies inside Iran



ISDCI News Team
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