News Update: Iran July 4, 2009

Protests

Tonight and nights before in various parts of Tehran there have been huge groups of people out in their neighbourhoods giving slogans ‘Down with Dictator,’ and ‘Free Political Prisoners,’ amongst others. Last night in Ekbatan, we received reports that the regime’s security agents attacked the protestors but the protestors stood their ground and the security forces had to back down. In Tajrish too last night on Mojdeh Street, hundreds had gathered. We have been told that these night protests are increasing and in the deprived areas of Tehran too. It has been reported that there are such night protests in so many neighbourhoods that you can hear slogans practically all the time whilst driving around Tehran.

Torture of imprisoned protestors

We have received a report saying that the prisoners are being brutally tortured with the aim to kill them. Also pressure is being exerted on some to go on television and confess to being led by foreign powers. The regime is also doing what was done in Latin America; those who are not known are being disappeared. One Evin prison guard has said that sections of the prison are only accessible to Baseeji and Pasdaran intelligence and that the cries coming from those sections are maddening. He has said that he has seen 10 bodies a day being taken to be buried in unmarked graves.

Letter from university professors

78 university professors in Iran have written an open letter condemning the attacks and violence against the universities. They have supported ‘the students in their struggle for freedom, equality, freedom of expression and democracy’ and have urged international organisations to call for the respect of human rights.

Mothers of the disappeared, killed and imprisoned

Today and every Saturday, grieving mothers gather in Laleh and other parks in order to bring attention to their plight; they want information on their children. They issued a press release calling on other mothers to join them. In last week’s gathering of 2,000 mothers, the regime’s security forces attacked them and beat some of them but the mothers refuse to back down. They will continue gathering every week.

Execution

The Islamic regime of Iran executed 20 people today, aged 35-48, in Rajaee Shahr prison early this morning.

Misinformation campaign of the Islamic Regime of Iran, Press TV and George Galloway

TV International interview with Fariborz Pooya

Patty Debonitas: There have been mass demonstrations in Iran during the past few weeks. Many have been injured or killed and the role of the Islamic regime’s security forces, in particular the brutal Baseej militia forces, have come under increased scrutiny and been condemned. The Islamic regime of Iran, however, has stated that it is not its forces carrying out the indiscriminate violence but ‘armed imposters who have posed as security forces.’ Iran’s Baseej commander, Hossein Taeb, has said that ‘Baseej forces are not authorized to carry weapons.’ Tehran’s Police Chief Azizallah Rajabzadeh has also insisted that his department has had no role in the killings. ‘Policemen are not authorized to use weapons against people,’ he has said, ‘They are trained to only use anti-riot tools to keep the people out of harms way…’

Fariborz Pooya: These ridiculous statements would be funny if the reality was not so outrageous. The track record of the Islamic regime of Iran is marred with its brutal suppression and killing of its opponents and anyone that transgresses its rules for three decades. The regime was born out of the suppression of the Iranian revolution. A hundred thousand people have been executed by this regime, many without trial, and hung in city squares or buried in mass graves.

The difference is that this time people around the world have been able to closely follow developments in Iran as a result of technology now available to the population at large. This is why despite the regime’s censorship, the world has been able to get up to date information on the people’s protests and demands and see first hand its indiscriminate violence and brutality. Despite the ample evidence, the regime continues to manufacture lies. This is part and parcel of its propaganda and misinformation machinery. People in Iran are well aware of these lies and have never believed a word of it. For example, we know that people who are arrested are often charged with sexual deviancy, being enemies of god, apostasy and or being agents of foreign powers.

So even with ample evidence available and reports of more than 250 killed, they have the audacity to say otherwise. It is part of their normal practice but for a change they have been caught red handed. The world didn’t see them hanging young Delara Darabi during her two month ‘court’ approved reprieve, the stoning of Maryam Ayoubi to death, or the flogging of May Day labour activists but they saw this without the usual manipulation by state-run media.

Patty Debonitas: Ahmadinejad has said that the death of 27 year old Neda Agha-Sultan was suspicious! He has asked the regime’s Chief Judiciary, Shahroudi, to investigate her killing.

Fariborz Pooya: Evidently Ahmadinejad has been rattled by the international outrage and sympathy for the protestors in Iran and for Neda. She has become a symbol of this protest movement and the brutality of the regime against the people of Iran. In the last couple of days there has been a surge in this type of misinformation by the Islamic regime and its state-run network, including Press TV, its English language TV station. They claim that Neda was not killed by the Islamic regime’s militia and deny that the Baseejis were on the streets of Tehran. This despite testimony by a doctor who was on the scene and attempted to save her – he first sent out news of her killing and not surprisingly there is now a warrant out for his arrest! There is also eye witness accounts that she was shot by Baseeji snipers from the front, the fact that people managed to catch them and so on. Of course all of this has been denied by the regime.

That Ahmadinejad, after 10 days, decides to go to the head of the Islamic Judiciary and ask for an investigation is a result of the outrage not as he claims because there is a ‘conspiracy against the rule of god!’ As far as we are concerned – and countless people everywhere – the responsible parties are in the government. If you recall, at a recent Friday prayers, Khamanei, the supreme leader of the Islamic regime, called for the suppression of the demonstrations and made a direct threat to anyone who remained on the streets. He ordered the killing of people, including Neda, from that platform. We know the persons directly responsible for this crime and many others are in the leadership of the regime. It’s no good denying it now. They will be prosecuted when this government is overthrown.

Patty Debonitas: You mentioned Press TV earlier; there are Press TV adverts on London buses and underground stations claiming that the station is the ‘Voice of the Voiceless.’ George Galloway, Respect MP, has a show on the station and he has also been defending the regime from that platform.

Fariborz Pooya: Press TV is the Islamic regime’s official satellite channel in English and is propagating the regime’s version of things everyday. George Galloway is on the pay of the Islamic regime now. If he supported the regime politically in the past, now they are paying him to do so. He is supportive of Ahmadinejad and by association the policies of the Islamic regime and the current atrocities including the killings. A viewer calling in to his show from South Africa said the election in Iran resembled the election during the apartheid period there in that it only allowed a certain group of people to stand for election. Galloway replied that Iran is an Islamic country and that is the qualification; every country according to him has a qualification, and this is theirs. Galloway justifies a brutal and fascistic Islamic regime in Iran. The anti-colonial, anti-imperialist and third worldist viewpoint of this so-called left has meant that Galloway has chosen the Islamic regime and political Islam over the people of Iran.

With the fall of the Islamic regime these people will disappear
and will only be remembered as supporters of dictatorship. George Galloway is an extension of the inhumane propaganda machinery of the Islamic regime and he will be remembered for this.

The above is an edited transcript of an interview on TV International. To see TV International programmes, click here.

Misinformation campaign of the Islamic Regime of Iran, Press TV and George Galloway

TV International interview with Fariborz Pooya

Patty Debonitas: There have been mass demonstrations in Iran during the past few weeks. Many have been injured or killed and the role of the Islamic regime’s security forces, in particular the brutal Baseej militia forces, have come under increased scrutiny and been condemned. The Islamic regime of Iran, however, has stated that it is not its forces carrying out the indiscriminate violence but ‘armed imposters who have posed as security forces.’ Iran’s Baseej commander, Hossein Taeb, has said that ‘Baseej forces are not authorized to carry weapons.’ Tehran’s Police Chief Azizallah Rajabzadeh has also insisted that his department has had no role in the killings. ‘Policemen are not authorized to use weapons against people,’ he has said, ‘They are trained to only use anti-riot tools to keep the people out of harms way…’

Fariborz Pooya: These ridiculous statements would be funny if the reality was not so outrageous. The track record of the Islamic regime of Iran is marred with its brutal suppression and killing of its opponents and anyone that transgresses its rules for three decades. The regime was born out of the suppression of the Iranian revolution. A hundred thousand people have been executed by this regime, many without trial, and hung in city squares or buried in mass graves.

The difference is that this time people around the world have been able to closely follow developments in Iran as a result of technology now available to the population at large. This is why despite the regime’s censorship, the world has been able to get up to date information on the people’s protests and demands and see first hand its indiscriminate violence and brutality. Despite the ample evidence, the regime continues to manufacture lies. This is part and parcel of its propaganda and misinformation machinery. People in Iran are well aware of these lies and have never believed a word of it. For example, we know that people who are arrested are often charged with sexual deviancy, being enemies of god, apostasy and or being agents of foreign powers.

So even with ample evidence available and reports of more than 250 killed, they have the audacity to say otherwise. It is part of their normal practice but for a change they have been caught red handed. The world didn’t see them hanging young Delara Darabi during her two month ‘court’ approved reprieve, the stoning of Maryam Ayoubi to death, or the flogging of May Day labour activists but they saw this without the usual manipulation by state-run media.

Patty Debonitas: Ahmadinejad has said that the death of 27 year old Neda Agha-Sultan was suspicious! He has asked the regime’s Chief Judiciary, Shahroudi, to investigate her killing.

Fariborz Pooya: Evidently Ahmadinejad has been rattled by the international outrage and sympathy for the protestors in Iran and for Neda. She has become a symbol of this protest movement and the brutality of the regime against the people of Iran. In the last couple of days there has been a surge in this type of misinformation by the Islamic regime and its state-run network, including Press TV, its English language TV station. They claim that Neda was not killed by the Islamic regime’s militia and deny that the Baseejis were on the streets of Tehran. This despite testimony by a doctor who was on the scene and attempted to save her – he first sent out news of her killing and not surprisingly there is now a warrant out for his arrest! There is also eye witness accounts that she was shot by Baseeji snipers from the front, the fact that people managed to catch them and so on. Of course all of this has been denied by the regime.

That Ahmadinejad, after 10 days, decides to go to the head of the Islamic Judiciary and ask for an investigation is a result of the outrage not as he claims because there is a ‘conspiracy against the rule of god!’ As far as we are concerned – and countless people everywhere – the responsible parties are in the government. If you recall, at a recent Friday prayers, Khamanei, the supreme leader of the Islamic regime, called for the suppression of the demonstrations and made a direct threat to anyone who remained on the streets. He ordered the killing of people, including Neda, from that platform. We know the persons directly responsible for this crime and many others are in the leadership of the regime. It’s no good denying it now. They will be prosecuted when this government is overthrown.

Patty Debonitas: You mentioned Press TV earlier; there are Press TV adverts on London buses and underground stations claiming that the station is the ‘Voice of the Voiceless.’ George Galloway, Respect MP, has a show on the station and he has also been defending the regime from that platform.

Fariborz Pooya: Press TV is the Islamic regime’s official satellite channel in English and is propagating the regime’s version of things everyday. George Galloway is on the pay of the Islamic regime now. If he supported the regime politically in the past, now they are paying him to do so. He is supportive of Ahmadinejad and by association the policies of the Islamic regime and the current atrocities including the killings. A viewer calling in to his show from South Africa said the election in Iran resembled the election during the apartheid period there in that it only allowed a certain group of people to stand for election. Galloway replied that Iran is an Islamic country and that is the qualification; every country according to him has a qualification, and this is theirs. Galloway justifies a brutal and fascistic Islamic regime in Iran. The anti-colonial, anti-imperialist and third worldist viewpoint of this so-called left has meant that Galloway has chosen the Islamic regime and political Islam over the people of Iran.

With the fall of the Islamic regime these people will dis
appear and will only be remembered as supporters of dictatorship. George Galloway is an extension of the inhumane propaganda machinery of the Islamic regime and he will be remembered for this.

The above is an edited transcript of an interview on TV International. To see TV International programmes, click here.

29 people to be executed tomorrow in Karaj, Iran

According to news received by the International Committee against Executions, 29 people are to be executed tomorrow, Saturday, in Ghezal Hesar prison in Karaj. It has been reported that the 29 have been separated from other prisoners. There is no information on their charges.

The executions are being carried out in order to intimidate people and is directed at the protesting people of Iran.

We are calling for people in Iran and everywhere to condemn the executions and exert pressure to stop them.

At the graves of Neda and others killed during protests

According to New Channel TV reporters on the ground in Iran, on July 2, thousands went to Behesht-e-Zahra Cemetary to show their respects to those killed by the Islamic regime of Iran during the recent protests.

The mothers of the dead, family members and others showed their rage by shouting slogans of ‘down with dictator’ and ‘down with Khamenei.’

Neda’s body and the bodies of protesters killed by the Islamic regime of Iran have been buried in Behesht-e Zahra Cemetary in Tehran in a specially designated area by the regime.

Also, two days ago in Kermanshah, 6,000 people came to bury Kianoush Asa, who had been killed by the regime. He was a student at the Science and Industry University.

Some of the thousands arrested during the recent protests in Iran

Names of some of those arrested during the recent demonstrations in Iran. They have been sent to the Committee for the Freedom of Political Prisoners and New Channel TV from human rights activists in Iran. Send additional names to us and or send them to the Guardian’s database.

All those imprisoned during the protests and all political prisoners must be released immediately.

1- Akbar Aghai, 27 years old, arrested on Saturday 20 June in Azadi Street and transferred to Evin prison.

2- Omid Khatami, 26 years old, arrested on Monday 23 June in Vanak Square and transferred to Evin prison.

3- Ali Aqili, 18 years old, arrested on Wednesday 25 June in Bahar Square and transferred to Evin prison.

4- Masoud Asgari, 30 years old, arrested on Wednesday 25 June in Bahar Square and transferred to an unknown place.

5- Hussein Husseini, 24 years old, arrested on Sunday 14 June in Fatemi Street and transferred to Evin prison.

6- Reza Rahimi, 32years old, arrested on Monday 15 June in Karegari Janoobi Street and transferred to Evin prison.

7- Rahim Madadi, 29 years old, arrested on Tuesday 16 June in Azadi Street and transferred to Evin prison.

8- Mohammed Mehdi, 24 years old, arrested on Wednesday 17 June in Hafte Tir and transferred to Evin prison.

9- Arman Jodai, 20 years old, arrested on Thursday 18 June in Toopkhane Street and transferred to Evin prison.

10- Hamid Stoodeh, 22 years old, arrested on Thursday 18 June in Toopkhaneh Street and transferred to an unknown place.

11- Javad Jaberi, 26 years old, arrested on Thursday 18 June in 15 Khordad Street and transferred to Qezel Hasar prison.

12- Millad Soori, 22 years old, arrested on Saturday 20 June in Navab Street and transferred to an unknown place.

13- Ali Akabar Samadi, 26 years old, arrested on Saturday 20th June in Jemhoori Square and transferred to Qezel Hasar prison.

14- Naser Amiri, 23 years old, arrested on Saturday 20 June in Enqlab Street and transferred to Evin prison.

15- Matin Asadiyan, 19 years old, arrested on Saturday 20 June in Amiabad Shomali Street and transferred to an unknown place.

16- Mehran Khoshrow, 18 years old, arrested on Sunday 21 June in Hashemi Street and transferred to an unknown place.

17- Shahab Moqades, 20 years old, arrested on Monday 22 June in Tohid Street and transferred to an unknown place.

18- Shahin Asgari, 19 years old, arrested on Saturday 20 June in Tohid Street.

19- Payman Kahdani, 22 years old, arrested on Saturday 20 June in Tohid Street.

20- Mohammed Bayat, 29 years old, arrested on Saturday 20 June in Tohid Street.

21- Mohammed Mehdi Yeldahi, 31 years old, arrested on Saturday 20 June in Jomhoori.

22- Ibrahim Behrooz Nia, 29 years old, arrested on Saturday 20 June in Roodaki Street.

23- Berzoo Parvaresh, 26 years old, arrested on Saturday 20 June in Azadi Street.

24- Ahmed Ahmedian, student of University of Tehran.

25- Askanderi, student of University of Tehran.

26- Amin Fazali, student of University of Tehran.

27- Vahid Anari, student of University of Tehran.

28- Mohammed Belouri, student of University of Tehran.

29- Hussein Hamedi, student of University of Tehran.

30- Mohsen Habibi Mazaheri, student of University of Tehran.

31- Navid Haghdadi, student of University of Tehran.

32- Mohammed Reza Hokmi, student of University of Tehran.

33- Kazem Rahimi, student of University of Tehran.

34- Maisem Zarei, student of University of Tehran.

35- Amin Samiei, student of University of Tehran.

36- Bahram Shabani, student of University of Tehran.

37- Ali Reza Shaikhi, student of University of Tehran.

38- Morteza Reza Khani, student of University of Tehran.

39- Ibrahim Azizi, student of University of Tehran.

40- Saied Hussein Mirzadeh, student of University of Tehran.

41- Siavash Fiaz, student of University of Tehran.

42- Hussein Nowbakht, student of University of Tehran.

43- Javad Yazdanfar, student of University of Tehran.

44- Habib Khandagi, student of University of Tehran.

45- Sohrab Ahadiayn, student of University of Tehran.

46- Reza Arkwazi, student of University of Tehran.

47- Karim Emami, student of University of Tehran.

48- Mohammed Hussein Emami, student of University of Tehran.

49- Elaheh Imanian, student of University of Tehran.

50- Rooh allh Bagheri, student of University of Tehran.

51- Farhad Binazadeh, student of University of Tehran.

52- Iman Poor Tahmaseb, student of University of Tehran.

53- Azat Torbati, student of University of Tehran.

54- Momaeih Tohidlou, student of University of Tehran.

55- Yaser Jafari, student of University of Tehran.

56- Milad Chegini, student of University of Tehran.

57- Mohamed Reza Hadabadi, student of University of Tehran.

58- Sayed Javad Husseini, student of University of Tehran.

59- Farshid Haidari Zamin, student of University of Tehran.

60- Behnam Khodabandelou, student of University of Tehran.

61- Mohammed khansari, student of University of Tehran.

62- Mohamed Dawoodian, student of University of Tehran.

63- Mahmoud Delbari, student of University of Tehran.

64- Ali Rai, student of University of Tehran.

65- Omid Rezai, student of University of Tehran.

66- Ali Refahi, student of University of Tehran.

67- Saifollah Ramazani, student of University of Tehran.

68- Ibrahim Zahediyan, student of University of Tehran.

69- Naser Zamani, student of University of Tehran.

70- Majid Sepahvand, student of University of Tehran.

71- Hanif Salimi, student of University of Tehran.

72- Mohammed Bagher Shabanpour, student of University of Tehran.

73- Hamed Shaikh AliShahi, student of University of Tehran.

74- Iman Shaidai, student of University of Tehran.

75- Farhad Shir Ahmed, student of University of Tehran.

76- Saman Saheb Jalali, student of University of Tehran.

77- Farhan Sadeq pour, student of University of Tehran.

78- Farshad Taheri, student of University of Tehran.

79- Ghamdide, student of University of Tehran.

80- Hamzeh Farati, student of University of Tehran.

81- Ismail Qorbani, student of University of Tehran.

82- Mohammed Karimi, student of University of Tehran.

83- Irfan Mohammedi, student of University of Tehran.

84- Mohsen Azmoodeh, student of University of Tehran.

85- Payam pour-rang, student of University of Tehran.

86- Morteza Janbazi, student of University of Tehran.

87- Hajipour, student of University of Tehran.

88- Adrin Jalali, student of University of Tehran.

89- Sohrab Ahmadi, student of University of Tehran.

90- Reza Zinali, student of University of Tehran.

91- Samad Meher Alitabar, student of University of Tehran.

92- Pedram Rafati, student of Amir Kabir University.

93- Hadi Palawer, student of Amir Kabir University.

94- Mojtaba Alijani Bita Samimizad, student of Amir Kabir University.

95- Amir Husseini Astiri, student of Amir Kabir University.

96- Mitra Ali, student of Amir Kabir University.

97- Ahmed Jaberi, student of Amir Kabir University.

98- Amir Kalhor, student of Open University of Karaj.

99- Hesam Nasiri, student of Open University of Central Tehran.

100- Ali Bikas, PHD student in History.

101- Mojtaba Mohammedian, Open University Babol.

102- Amir Hussein Mohammedi, Open University Mobid.

103- Siawash Salimi Nejad, student of Mazendaran University and Science University of Noshirvani Babol.

104- Mohsen Barzegar, student of Mazendaran University and Science University of Noshirvani Babol.

105- Iman Sedighi, student of Mazendaran University and Science University of Noshirvani Babol.

106- Hesamdin Bagheri, student of Mazendaran University and Science University of Noshirvani Babol.

107- Alireza Kiani, student of Mazendaran University and Science University of Noshirvani Babol.

108- Alireza Kiani, student of Mazendaran University and Science University of Noshirvani Babol.

109- Milad Hussieni Keshtan, student of Mazendaran University and Science University of Noshirvani Babol.

110- Ali Nazari, student of Mazendaran University and Science University of Noshirvani Babol.

111- Ashkan Zahbanian, student of Mazendaran University and Science University of Noshirvani Babol.

112- Ali Daniazi, student of Mazendaran University and Science University of Noshirvani Babol.


113- Rahman Yaghoobi, student of Mazendaran University and Science University of Noshirvani Babol.

114- Maziyar Yazdani, student of Mazendaran University and Science University of Noshirvani Babol.

115- Ali Abbasi, student of Mazendaran University and Science University of Noshirvani Babol.

116- Showane Merikhi, student of Mazendaran University and Science University of Noshirvani Babol.

117- Mohsen Barzegar, student of Mazendaran University and Science University of Noshirvani Babol.

118- Mohammed Elmi, student of Mazendaran University and Science University of Noshirvani Babol.

119- Nima Nahvi, student of Mazendaran University and Science University of Noshirvani Babol.

120 – Hamir Reza Jahan Tigh, student of Mazendaran University and Science University of Noshirvani Babol.

121- Marjan Faizi, student of Mazendaran University and Science University of Noshirvani Babol.

122- Sogand Alikhah, student of Mazendaran University and Science University of Noshirvani Babol.

123- Siamand Ghiasi, student of Mazendaran University and Science University of Noshirvani Babol.

124- Mohammed Jafari, University of Kermanshah (several other students of this university have been arrested).

125- Payam Haider Qazvini, International University of Imam Khomeini of Qazvin.

126- Nasim Riahi, International University of Imam Khomeini of Qazvin.

127- Mojtaba Rahimi, International University of Imam Khomeini of Qazvin.

128- Atta Rashidi, International University of Imam Khomeini of Qazvin.

129- Hussein Rashidian, University lecturer.

130- Fazli, University lecturer.

131- Darvish, University lecturer.

132- Imani, University lecturer.

133- Alborzi, University lecturer.

134- Siawash Hatam Buali, University of Hamadan.

135- Hujat Bakhtiari Buali, University of Hamadan.

136- Mehdi Mosafer Buali, University of Hamadan.

137- Pouria Sharifian Buali, University of Hamadan.

138- Reza Jafarian Buali, University of Hamadan.

139- Mustafa Mehdizadeh Buali, University of Hamadan.

140- Amin Nazari Buali, University of Hamadan.

141- Mohammed Sayadi Buali, University of Hamadan.

142- Sajad Bazoovand, Teacher Training College.

143- Naseh Faridi, graduate of Teacher Training College.

144-169- Twenty five students from Semnan University.

170- Reza Lotfi Ferdosi, University of Mashad.

171- Ali Shojai, Hormozgan University.

172- Ismail Jalilvand, Shiraz University.

173- Hamdollah Namjoo, Shiraz University.

174- Majid Dri Alame, Tabatai University.

175- Hussein Rahimi, University of A
hvaz.

176- Amin Nikzadeh, Ahvaz University.

177- Amir Mardani, Tabriz University.

178- Amin Jahani, Tabriz University.

179- Mohammed Qaem Maqami, Graduate of Tehran University.

180-200- More than 20 people who had gathered in Laleh Park in Tehran were arrested by security forces. Their names have not yet been disclosed