Moroccan activists defying fasting rules beaten; Join 20 July International Day to Defy Fasting Rules

On July 19th at 7.30pm, the Alternative Movement for Individual Liberties (M.A.L.I.) and the Council of Ex-Muslims of Morocco held a sit-in in front of the parliament in Rabat, Morocco for the International Day to Defy Fasting Rules.

The sit in denounced the violation of freedom of conscience and called on the Moroccan government to repeal Article 222 of the penal code which is incompatible with international Human Rights Conventions signed and ratified by Morocco. Article 222 says “a person commonly known to be Muslim who violates the fast in a public place during Ramadan, without having one of the justifications allowed by Islam [such as travelling or sickness], shall be punished by one to six months in prison,” as well as a fine.

5 minutes into the start of the sit in, 6 non-uniformed police pushed, hit and insulted protesters. They also confiscated three phones and deleted contents of the photos taken as well as photos including that of a Dutch journalist, a laptop and some IDs. This attack in condemned.

On 20 July, International Day to Defy Fasting Rules during Ramadan, join Bread and Roses TV in eating and drinking in public in solidarity with people in Iran, Morocco, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Afghanistan, Iraq… who are beaten, flogged, fined, imprisoned and harassed for contravening compulsory fasting.

To fast or not to fast in a personal choice. The state has no place in imposing religious rules on society.

Join the 20 July international day to defy fasting rules. You can also join Facebook Event.

I and the Bread and Roses team will be in Hyde Park at  1pm across from Serpentine Cafe picnicking. Where will you be? Picnic or eat in public at 1pm to show your solidarity.

Send us photos or videos of your action to be broadcast on our programme.

A media outlet linked to the Islamic regime of Iran has condemned our call for eating in public to challenge compulsory fasting rules. All the more reason to do it…

Join us today.

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20 July: Intl Day to defy fasting rules

ruzehxariThe Bread and Roses team will be at Hyde Park across from Serpentine cafe at 1pm on Sunday 20 July to defy fasting rules during Ramadan in solidarity with the many beaten, harassed, flogged and arrested for eating and drinking during Ramadan in Iran and elsewhere.You can either join our picnic if you are close by or hold you own picnic of fast-defying event.  Be sure to send us photos or videos of your day!

To show your support, also join the International Day to Defy Ramadan Fasting Rules on Facebook.

Onwards towards an international movement defying fasting laws!

You can find out more about the event here.

A media outlet associated with the Islamic regime of Iran has condemned a Bread and Roses TV programme in which we drink wine and eat bread in solidarity with all the people who are faced with the Islamic regime of Iran’s security forces and thugs during Ramadan. Those who violate compulsory fasting rules face criminal offences and are met with harassment, beatings, 10 days to 2 months in prison and 74 lashes. (These restrictions can also be found in many others countries from Saudi Arabia to Morocco.). Read our first statement here.

همکاران نان و گل سرخ در روز ۲۰ ژوئيه ساعت ۱ بعد از ظهر در هايد پارک لندن در مقابل سرپندتاين کافه  پيکنيکى در حمايت از مردمى که به خاطر روزه خوارى اذيت و آزار و شلاق و زندانى مى شوند خواهند داشت. شما مى توانيد در اين پيک نيک شرکت کنيد و يا پيکنيک ىا روزه خوارى خودتان را سازمان بدهيد.حتما عکس و ويديوى روزه خوارى خود را براى ما بفرستيد

در فيسبوک هم به روز بين المللى روزه خوارى بپيونديد

 اطلاعات بيشترى اينجا است

یکى از سایتهاى وابسته به جمهورى اسلامى برنامه نان و گل سرخ  ما را که در همبستگى با تمام مردمى است که در ماه رمضان مورد هجوم دستگاههاى پلیسى و ارازل و اوباش جمهورى اسلامى قرار میگیرند محکوم کرده است. در ایرانِ تحت حکومت اسلام، خوردن غذا و نوشیدن آب در تابستان گرم در ماه رمضان جرم است و هر متخاطى از این قوانین با آزار و اذیت خیابانى و بعلاوه ده روز تا دو ماه  زندان و ٧۴ ضربه شلاق روبرو است٬ اينجا مى توانيد آن را بخوانيد

!پيش بسوى جنبش جهانى روزه خوارى

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20 July – International Day to Defy Ramadan Fasting Rules

ژوئيه – روز بين اللمللى روزه خوارى 20
در همبستگى با کسانى که براى خوردن در ماه رمضان اذيت و زندانى مى شوند
برنامه نان و گل ۲۰ ژوئيه را روز بين اللمللى روزه خوارى اعلام کرده است

20 July – International Day to Defy Ramadan Fasting Rules
In solidarity with people who are beaten, flogged, harassed for eating and drinking during Ramadan in Iran and elsewhere

20 July – International day to defy fasting rules during Ramadan

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A media outlet associated with the Islamic regime of Iran has condemned a Bread and Roses TV programme in which we drink wine and eat bread in solidarity with all the people who are faced with the Islamic regime of Iran’s security forces and thugs during Ramadan. Those who violate compulsory fasting rules face criminal offences and are met with harassment, beatings, 10 days to 2 months in prison and 74 lashes. (These restrictions can also be found in many others countries from Saudi Arabia to Morocco.)

Apparently, our programme entitled ‘happy fasting violations’ has caused a headache for the regime, given its quick response: “Fariborz Pooya, Bahram Soroush and Maryam Namazie, three mercenary counter-revolutionary elements, have in the past few days broadcast a clip entitled ‘happy defying fasting rules’ in cyberspace encouraging opponents of the sacred system of the Islamic Republic of Iran to defy fasting regulations! In this clip, Maryam Namazie, an immoral and corrupt woman who is considered a counter-revolutionary tool earning a living by doing anything to jostle a position for herself amongst the counter-revolutionaries, along with Fariborz Pooya and Bahram Soroush, drinks alcohol to the health of those who undermine the fasting rules; and according to her comes to challenge the system. She also encourages opponents to strike at the system by violating fasting rules”.

One can only laugh out loud at this nonsense. Of course I will encourage people to violate fasting rules! A regime that criminalises what people eat, drink and think and suppresses them deserves nothing less than our contempt. All the people who transgress its inhuman norms deserve our greatest support and solidarity.

Just as people in Iran violate gender segregation at stadiums, or unveil or … what could be better than defying fasting rules by eating in public during Ramadan?

I suggest that we hold an International Day to Defy Fasting Rules on 20 July at 1pm in support of all those who have been harassed, intimidated, beaten, abused, imprisoned, and flogged during Ramadan. At 1pm, I will be picnicking at Hyde Park with friends of Bread and Roses. Where will you be?

To join in the international day, send us details of your picnics, or email us video footage and photos of your picnics for broadcast on Bread and Roses TV.

From Iran to Maldives, Jordan to Iraq and Afghanistan, onwards towards an international movement of defying fasting rules!

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نان و گل سرخ
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جام شراب ما در همبستگی با روزه خواران علنی

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از ژورنال

یکى از سایتهاى وابسته به جمهورى اسلامى برنامه نان و گل سرخ ما را که در همبستگى با تمام مردمى است که در ماه رمضان مورد هجوم دستگاههاى پلیسى و ارازل و اوباش جمهورى اسلامى قرار میگیرند محکوم کرده است. در ایرانِ تحت حکومت اسلام، خوردن غذا و نوشیدن آب در تابستان گرم در ماه رمضان جرم است و هر متخاطى از این قوانین با آزار و اذیت خیابانى و بعلاوه ده روز تا دو ماه زندان و ٧۴ ضربه شلاق روبرو است.

ظاهرا کلیپ “روزه خوارى تان مبارک ” براى جمهورى اسلامى دردسر درست کرده که با چنین سرعتی عکس العمل نشان داده است: “فریبرز پویا، بهرام سروش و مریم نمازی سه عنصر خودفروخته ضد انقلاب هستند که در روزهای اخیر با انتشار کلیپی با عنوان “روزه خواری شما مبارک” در فضای مجازی مخالفان نظام مقدس جمهوری اسلامی ایران را تشویق به روزه خواری کردند. مریم نمازی که یک هرزه و زن فاسد و از ابزارهای ضد انقلاب برای جو سازی به شمار می آید و برای امرار معاش دست به هر کاری می زند و برای این که در میان ضد انقلاب جایی باز کند در این کلیپ به همراه فریبرز پویا و بهرام سروش با خوردن مشروب به سلامتی کسانی که روزه خواری می کنند به قول خودش به مقابله با نظام آمده است!!! و مخالفان نظام را هم تشویق می کند برای ضربه زدن به جمهوری اسلامی روزه خواری کنند.”

آدم با خواندن این اراجیف، خنده که سهل است، قهقه میزند! البته که من مردم را به روزه خوارى تشویق میکنم. حکومتى که غذا خوردن، آب نوشیدن و اندیشیدن مردم را جرم میداند و سرکوب میکند، چیزى بجز تحقیر از سوی ما نثارش نخواهد شد، و مردمى که این قوانین را هر روز زیر پا مى گذارند بیشترین همبستگى انسانى و حمایت را بهمراه خواهند داشت.

همانطور که مردم در ایران هر روز آپارتاید جنسى را زیر پا میگذارند، حجاب از سر میکشند و …، چه چیزی بهتر از این که قوانین روزه و رمضان را در روز روشن و علنى پایمال کنند؟ جنبش جهانى روزه .خوارى پاسخ این هاست

مریم نمازی

Promotion of the violation of fasting rules by drinking alcohol to challenge the system

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The below is the full translation of an article published in a media outlet associated with the Islamic regime of Iran against Bread and Roses TV and its hosts Maryam Namazie, Fariborz Pooya and Bahram Soroush. Read it and laugh!

Promotion of the violation of fasting rules by drinking alcohol to challenge the system
Enghelab News
7 July 2014

Counter-revolutionaries who use any means to conspire in the media against the sacred system of the Islamic Republic, have this time broadcast a clip encouraging opponents of the system to break fasting rules in order to oppose the Islamic Republic’s system!

According to the media monitoring service of ‘Engelab News’: Fariborz Pooya, Bahram Soroush and Maryam Namazie, three mercenary counter-revolutionary elements, have in the past few days broadcast a clip entitled “happy fasting violations” in cyberspace encouraging opponents of the sacred system of the Islamic Republic of Iran to violate fasting rules!

In this clip, Maryam Namazie, an immoral and corrupt woman who is considered a counter-revolutionary tool earning a living by doing anything to jostle a position for herself amongst the counter-revolutionaries, along with Fariborz Pooya and Bahram Soroush, drinks alcohol to the health of those who undermine the fasting rules; and according to her comes to challenge the system. She also encourages opponents to strike at the system by violating fasting rules.

With this ridiculous and farcical action, Maryam Namazie is even more exposed than before because she has not been and is not accepted amongst some counter-revolutionary elements. Some of them have even officially said Namazie is a harlot and a corrupt woman who just wants to jostle a position and promote herself amongst the counter-revolutionaries.

In this clip, these counter-revolutionary elements led by Maryam Namazie officially declare their solidarity with those who violate fasting rules in Iran and give them support!

Maryam Namazie has had a secret long term affair with Farokh Negahdar and has been known to be his girl friend.

In the past, counter -revolutionaries have tried to encourage fasting violations but not in such an absurd and ridiculous manner as drinking wine in the holy month of Ramadan.

Repeal Moroccan Article 222: Stop penalising people for eating during Ramadan

Article 222 of the Moroccan Penal Code states that: “a person commonly known to be Muslim who violates the fast in a public place during Ramadan, without having one of the justifications allowed by Islam [such as travelling or sickness], shall be punished by one to six months in prison,” as well as a fine.

Non-Muslim minorities in Morocco – such as Jews and foreigners – are exempted from the prohibition of eating in public during Ramadan. However, its application to people “commonly known to be Muslim” denies anyone the state considers as a Muslim, the right to come out either as a non-Muslim, or as a Muslim who simply choose not to fast.

As the month of Ramadan begins, we young secular Moroccans, call the Moroccan authorities, once again, to immediately repeal Article 222 of the Penal Code. This is clearly an attack on freedom of conscience, which includes the right of everyone to change their religious views, according to their choice, and at any time. It is also incompatible with a true rule of law, since “commonly known to be Muslim” is unclear as a notion that leaves the door wide open to judicial discretion of judges which is unacceptable. This creates an a fortiori, allowing for the imposition of a heavy prison sentence.

We stand for freedom of conscience, inseparable from any democratic state based on respect for the choices of its citizens.

We are Moroccans of all religious views (including practising Muslims), united to defend individual liberties. To this end, a press conference will be held Monday, June 23, 2014 at 11 am in the premises of the AMDH (Moroccan Association for Human Rights) at Avenue Hassan II, 6 Rue Aguensous in Rabat.

The press conference is open to public.

For more information, contact:
Imad Iddine Habib
Council of Ex-Muslims of Morocco
[email protected]
Skype ID : ZokTooR
+212 (0) 626-172590
Facebook: fb.com/Zoktoor
Twitter: @imadiddinehabib

Support Picnic during Ramadan

An initiative in Algeria is organising a picnic during Ramadan to stand up to the inquisition and defend freedom of conscience. They are protesting the harassment of those who do not choose to observe fasting during Ramadan. The picnic will be held on August 3, 2013 at 12pm in Algeria.
 
Many Algerian, Moroccan, Tunisian, Middle Eastern secularists, including Muslims, amongst others, are supporting this initiative by calling for a rally on the same day and same time at the Trocadero in Paris to support the gathering of “de-Jeuneurs Tizi Ouzou”.
 
I won’t be able to join the Paris initiative but I’ll be doing some very public eating on 3 August at 12pm which will be uploaded on social media. I suggest that you all do the same in solidarity if you can’t get to the rally.

As secularist Soad Baba Aissa of the Association pour la mixité, l’égalité et la laïcité en Algérie says (translated from French):

“We think it is interesting to support this appeal because it is in line with the struggle for freedom of conscience and opposition to the societal “inquisition” which can be seen in Algeria, as in many other Muslim majority countries.
 
The initiative is courageous in Algeria, as it was in Morocco. These are pacifist actions that challenge and strike the conscience. This is similar to Amina’s FEMEN Tunisia fight. They are against the current and show national and international opinion that citizens are not fixed in a “pre-supposed” Muslim identity and origin. “The Muslim community” is not a family or a homogeneous group. As in all families, groups, and societies, there are men and women who fight for freedom of conscience, equality, and pluralism. This is the case throughout Algeria, as it is in North Africa, the Middle East, Asia, and Europe.”

You can see a list of signatories, including mine, defending this action here.

Channel 4 – Report on this!

I wrote earlier about Channel 4’s daily call to prayer for Ramadan as much of the same old same old pandering to identity politics.

In my previous post I mentioned how Channel 4 should report on the many who refuse to fast and who are threatened into fasting and still refuse.

Here’s a great example of what I was talking about:

After an Islamist threatened that his “Moderate Association for Awareness and Reform” group (very moderate indeed!)  would “photograph and stigmatise” anyone who failed to fast, many Tunisians took to publishing photos of themselves eating during Ramadan.

Despite the Minister of Religious Affairs also saying that cafes and restaurants should be closed, the Tunisian president’s advisor had to intervene given the uproar it has caused saying:

“This is not a surprise if it stems from his position that Tunisia is a Muslim country, but Khademi [Minister of Religious Affairs] should be aware that observant Muslims have the right to practice their faith during the month of Ramadan, yet there are a large number of non-observant Muslims and non-Muslims who reside in Tunisia”.

Hear that Channel 4. Why not report on this too?

Of course I won’t be holding my breath.

Channel 4’s daily call to prayers for Ramadan same old, same old

Channel 4 is airing the Muslim call to prayer during Ramadan every morning and also broadcasting a series of programmes about Ramadan. It says it is doing so as a deliberate act of “provocation” to challenge viewers who associate Islam with terrorism and extremism.

Far from being provocative, however, it is just more of the same old, same old.

Whilst people have innumerable characteristics that define them, Channel 4 is again promoting a portrayal of Muslims as one dimensional religious beings that always fasts and like to hear the call to prayers.

What about all the Muslims (and ex-Muslims) who can’t stand to hear the call to prayers? or who don’t fast during Ramadan? There is a movement of eating during Ramadan as a way of challenging laws that make it an offence to eat in public. Here’s one example of people being arrested for “inciting public eating during Ramadan” but of course none of these will be shown on Channel 4.

Rather than being provocative, Channel 4 is feeding into the narrative that all Muslims are religious and conservative and fast during Ramadan. Something Islamists insist upon thereby justifying their attacks on those who refuse to fast or transgress their vile norms.

Religion is meant to be a private matter, lived in a myriad of ways. Often religion is not even an integral part of many people’s lives but of course that’s irrelevant for Channel 4.

As an aside, the call to prayers makes the hairs on my neck stand up. It has always been background noise during executions and attacks on the public in Iran.

Channel 4: want to do something really provocative? Show “Muslims” and ex-Muslims living every day lives, eating, laughing, loving, opposing Sharia, leaving Islam, defending secularism and women’s equality or gay rights and living without religion. Show them as 21st century human beings and citizens with countless characteristics like everyone else. Not just as Muslims and a certain type of Muslim at that.

But of course that is too much to ask…

As for me I will be eating extra this month.