Mohammad Reza Badamchi, a member of the reactionary Parliament from Tehran, spoke in Parliament on 18th October. He spoke about the horrific wave of poverty, unemployment and hunger in Iran. He said that due to the ignorance and neglect of some officials, many opportunities have been missed over the past few years. He said: “…the unworthy have placed a lot of obstacles in the way of growth and development of the country, a huge amount of news in media and social research is dedicated to the too bitter and heart-rending content on the devastating tsunami of poverty, hunger and unemployment.”
The Iranian News Agency, ILNA, reported that state TV cut parts of documentary released by President Hassan Rouhani's campaign, effectively censoring the film.
A Rouhani campaign official, spoke on the condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to brief reporters, confirmed that a censored segment showed supporters chanting for opposition leader Mir Hossein Mousavi. A member of the Green Movement that hard-liners oppose, Mousavi has been under house-arrest since 2011.
On 15th October 2016, Struan Stevenson, President of the European Iraqi Freedom Association (EIFA), gave a speech at the University of California in Berkeley.
At least 35 miners were killed and another 25 others were injured in a major coal mine explosion struck northern Iran last Thursday. Many required hospitalization after inhaling gas from the blast during rescue efforts. The explosion occurred in the Zemestanyurt mine, outside of Azadshahr.
In an interview with state run Tasnim news agency, Ramezan Bahrami, head of the regime’s Mining & Industry House in Golestan Province said, “Financial problems resulted in the lack of safety precautions in the coal mine. The workers themselves are reduced to negotiating for their own demands.” He said further that contributing factors for the high fatalities included lack of safety standards and inadequate emergency services in mining areas.
, The National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) writes that theIranian regime closed down the Society of Graduates in Sharif University of Technology, after publication of a photo of Maryam Rajavi, the president-elect of the NCRI, in its latest book listing its former alumni.