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Arab Ahwazis protest against Iranian regime for eighth consecutive night

Wednesday, 4 April 2018

Iranian security forces violently confronted Arab Ahwaz citizens who continued to protest against the Iranian regime for the eighth consecutive night. Regime forces used rubber bullets and tear gas bombs. According to some activists, these protests were the largest since protests erupted around a week ago. Tuesday’s protest was held after people headed to the Alawi neighborhood to offer their condolences for the death of 11 people. The victims died in a café. Activists accused ...

Mauritania unchained: Modern slave owners face 20 years in prison

Wednesday, 4 April 2018

Not all slaves have been freed. In Mauritania, slavery is a reprehensible practice which still exists. A private court in Nouadhibou, Mauritania’s second largest city, recently sentenced three slave owners up to 10 and 20 years in prison. El Eid Ould Mubarak, is a lawyer and human rights activist working on the case. “This is the first time there is a Mauritanian committee in place implementing the law against slavery: the verdict is valid, and is in line with the legal atmosphere ...

WATCH: Ahwaz protesters rally across new areas overnight

Saturday, 31 March 2018

Demonstrations in Ahwaz province in southwest Iran continued after midnight Friday following a segment aired by the Iranian state TV that ignored the Arab origins of the city, which is mostly Arab-populated. Protesters considered the segment an insult from the Iranian regime and part of its continued political discrimination towards them. The protests expanded to the city of Chiban, Abadan and Machour. Social media activists circulated videos showing demonstrators in Chiban city chanting ...

Thousands stage protest in Morocco's Jerada despite ban

Saturday, 17 March 2018

Thousands of Moroccans on Friday defied a government ban and demonstrated in the former mining town of Jerada demanding an "alternative economy" and the release of jailed activists. The accidental deaths in December of two brothers trapped in a mine shaft, followed by two other deaths under similar circumstances, has sparked a wave of unrest and protests in the impoverished town. An economic plan proposed by the government succeeded in briefly calming social unrest, but protesters ...

Iranians protest again: Is the regime going down a slippery slope?

Wednesday, 14 March 2018

The scenes of protests and rallies in cities across Iran on Tuesday night are another grim reminder that the regime is on thin ice. Many cities became scenes of people using the national “Fire Festival” to stage anti-government protests. Tehran, Tabriz, Mashhad, Rasht, Ahvaz, Kermanshah, Sanandaj and many others became witness to such major acts of protests. This goes on to suggest that Iran’s nation will not rest until they realize their ultimate objective of regime change. ...

Will this year’s festival of fire fuel another resistance in Iran?

Tuesday, 13 March 2018

This year, the Iranian fire festival of Chaharshanbe Suri, will be marked on Tuesday, March 14, 2018. It may also mark the beginning of a new uprising against the clerical regime, in light of a series of recent calls to action by the leading Iranian opposition group, the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK). A number of protests have already erupted across the nation in the days leading up to Chaharshanbe Suri. Young activists have been writing anti-government graffiti on ...

Thousands of Indian farmers protest in Mumbai

Monday, 12 March 2018

Tens of thousands of Indian farmers protested in Mumbai on Monday after walking more than a hundred kilometers to demand better crop prices and land rights. The farmers, wearing red caps and carrying red flags, arrived in the city following a six-day trek from Nashik, situated 165 kilometers (103 miles) north of India's financial capital. Officials estimated that up to 30,000 demonstrators, including elderly women and young children, had gathered at Azad Maidan playing field in the south of ...

Iranian security forces crack down on protest marking women's day

Friday, 9 March 2018

Dozens of women gathered in front of the Iranian Ministry of Labor on Thursday, which coincided with Women's Day, to call for more rights, while security forces closed roads around the ministry and deployed troops in the area, according to local media outlets. A week ahead of the demonstrations, several social media campaigns were launched by activists in the country urging the need for better women's rights in Iran. According to local newspapers, Iranian security took fierce measures against ...

More women in Iran put their right foot forward as headscarf protests persist

Friday, 23 February 2018

A video showing an Iranian policeman shoving a woman protesting against mandatory headscarves off her makeshift podium in a busy Tehran street sparked criticism on social media on Friday. The video of the solitary female demonstrator was apparently shot on Enghelab (Revolution) Street, where a woman was first detained in December after standing with her head uncovered waving a scarf on a stick. Since then several dozen Iranian women have published photos of themselves in the street or parks, ...

Three Sufi protesters killed hours after being shot by Iranian forces

Wednesday, 21 February 2018

Iranian sources reported on Tuesday the death of three Gonabadi Sufis in the hospital hours after being shot in clashes with Iranian security forces north of the capital Tehran. The site "Zaytoun" reported that the Iranian police forces have transferred three Gonabadi Sufis on Monday evening to the hospital in Tehran and were reported dead on Tuesday night as their injuries were fatal. Monday evening witnessed intense clashes between protesters and the security forces in the Iranian ...

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