Friday’s Iran Events – June 29, 2018

By Staff Writer

June 29 – Khorramshahr, southwest Iran Protesters are chanting & disrupting the regime’s Friday prayer sermons. IranProtests

June 29 – Khorramshahr, southwest Iran Protesters chanting: “Hayati, get lost” Hayati is the city governor.

Over 30 American dignitaries are supporting the Iranian opposition convention scheduled for Saturday in Paris.

Iran: The Fifth Day of Strike of Bazaar Merchants of Tehran

On Thursday, June 28, the bazaars of goldsmiths, Sabzeh Meydan, shoemakers, fabric stores, iron sellers (Shad Abad), Soltani, spare parts sellers, shopkeepers in Amini street, Tehran glassware sellers in Shoosh square and street, and shopkeepers in Sirous intersection continued their strike on the fifth day of the Bazaar merchants’ strike and refused to open their shops.

Sadegh Larijani, the head of the judiciary, and Jafari Dolatabadi, the criminal prosecutor of Tehran, threatened the perpetrators of the “riots” of Tehran and “the disrupters in the economic system” with decisive attitude and execution.

The strike continues as anti-riot guards and plainclothes criminals and other suppressive forces tried to prevent the continuation of the strike and protests by burning the property of the merchants and other people’s motorcycles and also beating the youths and arresting a large number of the protesters.

On Tuesday and Wednesday, hundreds of relatives of detainees gathered in front of Evin Prison to demand the release of their children and relatives. The regime’s officials consistently deny the presence of these people in prisons and refuse to answer.

More harassment of journalists and citizen-journalists in Iran

Reporters Without Borders condemns the police violence and arbitrary arrests to which citizen-journalists have been subjected during this week’s protests in Tehran.

Several citizen-journalists were badly beaten by police and some were arrested while trying to film the demonstrations in Tehran on 25 and 26 June and the accompanying police violence. The demonstrators were protesting against the national currency’s devaluation and cost of living hikes.

As the national and international media are banned from covering demonstrations, most of the videos and photos of this week’s protests that are available on social networks were shot by citizen-journalists, who are being deliberately targeted by the police.

As is usually the case during major street protests, Internet access is being disrupted and connection speeds have been reduced to make it harder to upload video and circulate information about the protests.

Iran is ranked 164th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2018 World Press Freedom Index.

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