Latest News in Brief- February 14, 2020
February 14: Latest News
Google Blocks IRIB’s English Language YouTube Channel
Based on the Iranian regime’s main state news agency (IRNA), the YouTube channel and the Gmail account for the main radio and TV broadcasting services, the IRIB’s office in London, was blocked by Google.
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According to IRNA, Google has indefinitely blocked the email account and the YouTube channel of the IRIB’s office in London over "violation of Google's rules".
Last December, Google blocked access to the official accounts of Iranian regime’s Press TV's English-language and Spanish-language TV channels for violation of Google’s rules.
Another Iranian Regime Missile Shipment to Yemen Intercepted in the Arabian Sea
The US Central Command Headquarters, CENTCOM announced the seizure of a ship containing "Iranian-made weapons and ammunition".
According to the CENTCOM statement, the consignment included 150 Dehlavieh anti-tank guided missiles. There were also three surface-to-air missiles, thermal imaging scopes, components for air- and land-based drones, as well as armaments and weapon parts.
"Everything points to these weapons being made in Iran," CENTCOM spokesman Commander Zachary Harrell told the media. "They're all very consistent with what we know about weapons that have been made in Iran."
US envoy to the UN: Iran was behind the Saudi oil facility missile attack
The United States Mission to the United Nations issued a statement Thursday, February 13, saying the recent report by the international body confirms the fact that the Islamic Republic was behind the September 14th attacks on the Aramco oil facility in eastern Saudi Arabia.
Ortagus: the US condemns sentencing political prisoners
Morgan Ortagus, the US State Dept. Spokeswoman tweeted on February 13th, 2020:
“The U.S. condemns the sentencing of Adbolrasoul Mortazavi, Hashem Khaksar, Mohammad Nourizad, Mohammad and Fatemeh Sepehri and three others for up to 26 years in prison for demanding change.”
“We call for the immediate release of all political prisoners in Iran” Ms. Ortagus added.
The U.S. condemns the sentencing of Abdolrasoul Mortazavi, Hashem Khastar, Mohammad Nourizad, Mohammad and Fatemeh Sepehri, and three others for up to 26 years in prison for demanding political change. We call for the immediate release of all political prisoners in #Iran.— Morgan Ortagus (@statedeptspox) February 13, 2020
Amnesty International: Narges Mohammadi reports ill-treatment in prison
On February 13th, 2020, the Humanitarian Organization, Amnesty International, reported:
“On 24th December 2019, Iranian officials subjected human rights defender, Narges Mohammadi, to ill-treatment during her transfer to Zanjan prison, according to a letter she has written. The transfer was seemingly in reprisal for her activism inside the prison in support of families of people killed during the protests in November 2019. She is a prisoner of conscience who must be immediately and unconditionally released.”
Deutsche Welle (DW), Germany: Iran, the biggest threat to the world
On February 13th, 2020, the DW reported that the “Security Report 2020” shows 66% of the German citizens who participated in a survey, believe that Iran is the biggest threat to the world’s peace in the coming years.
Iran news in brief, February 14, 2020
Iran: On Anniversary of Anti-Monarchic Revolution, Streets of Capital, Other Cities Plastered with Images of Resistance Leaders.
Iran: Imprisoned Lawyer Goes on Hunger Strike.
U.S. Accuses Huawei of Stealing Trade Secrets, Assisting Iran.
MEK and NCRI supporters in Munich in condemnation of the Javad Zarif's presence at the MSC.
They urge the Western powers to hold Iran and its representative accountable for decades of torture, execution, and oppression of the Iranian people and to recognize their right for a Free Iran.
#MEK & #NCRI supporters in Munich in condemnation of the Javad #Zarif's presence at the #MSC.— NCRI-FAC (@iran_policy) February 14, 2020
They urge the Western powers to hold #Iran & its representative accountable for decades of torture, execution, &oppression of the #Irania people&to recognize their right for a #FreeIran pic.twitter.com/Qzd9DnnbnA
Residents of Gilan protest the Iranian regime’s lack of response to snowstorm disaster
Protests erupted in different cities of Gilan province, northern Iran after the government failed to prevent and respond to a snowstorm that has caused a crisis across the province. At least eight people were killed and hundreds injured after a wave of cold weather and heavy snow hit the province. Five people died in an avalanche and two more were buried in snow. Several people have been reported missing.
More than 200,000 people are suffering from electricity outage and several major roads and highways have been blocked by the heavy snowfall. Telephone lines have also been cut off and water pipelines have frozen. The people of the area are faced with a serious shortage of potable water.
Absent government relief efforts, the residents of the disaster-struck areas are forced to take matters into their own hands. The lack of services has triggered protests in different cities including Rasht and Lahijan.
The residents of Rasht’s Jamaran district protested to the inefficiency of authorities and electricity outages that have lasted for several days.
In Lahijan, a group of residents held a demonstration protesting the electricity outage that has left them defenseless against the freezing cold weather.
One of the residents of Lahijan said, “There are no facilities. In Rasht and Lahijan, we don’t have water and electricity, only gas.” This resident also said that only 25 percent of bakeries are working, which is making it difficult for the people of the city to provide their needs.
Another resident said although the government had forecasted the freezing weather ten days in advance it did not take the necessary measures to deal with the disaster. “Look at our alley. How am I supposed to take my kid to the hospital if he falls sick?”
“How is it that the Crisis Management Office was taken by surprise? They knew about this,” another resident says.
“There was no surprise. They knew about this a week in advance,” another resident, a middle-aged man said. “They have sold all the [public assets] and don’t care about the people. They don’t do anything for the people.”
“The officials didn’t even visit the people. We called the water and electricity company and tell them that electricity cables have been torn. They didn’t react,” one of the residents said.
“The officials only give promises. They don’t do anything,” a man said, recounting how the torn electricity cables had nearly caused a fire incident. “The governor says we have fixed everything, we are on alert, the people are satisfied. Who’s satisfied?”
Protests erupted in different cities of Gilan province, northern Iran, after the regime failed to prevent & respond to snowstorm that have caused a crisis across the province. At least eight people were killed & hundreds injured.#Iranhttps://t.co/t4nkzdQVFH— People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) (@Mojahedineng) February 14, 2020
Election Boycott: Regime Officials Have Blood on Their Hands
Friday, February 14, 2020, marks the 92nd day since the beginning of the nationwide Iran protests.
The People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) has identified 724 of the more than 1500 protesters killed by the regime so far.
Mrs. Maryam Rajavi the President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) has called on the United Nations to urgently send an international fact-finding mission to Iranian prisons to meet with the detainees.
HIGHLIGHTS OF THE UPRISING:
Number of uprising cities: 191
Number of martyrs: At least 1500
Number of injured: More than 4,000
Number of detainees: More than 12,000
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