The intelligence ministry arrested a group of prisoners' families and student activists in a rally and sit-in protest Tuesday in front of the UN offices in Tehran, spokesman of the Democratic Front opposition group tells Radio Farda.
August 19, 2004 - Security forces arrested political prisoners' family members and student activists who had participated in a rally on Tuesday in front of the UN offices in Tehran, but the Islamic Republic police and Tehran judiciary told the families of the arrested demonstrators that neither had records of their arrests.
The organ which has arrested the demonstrators may have done so without judicial warrants, using special powers given to it by law, spokesman of the "independent" opposition group the Democratic Front (Jebheh-ye Demokratik-e Iran) Hassan Zarezadeh tells Radio Farda's broadcaster Golnaz Esfandiari.
The intelligence ministry has already transferred the detainees to a cellblock in the Evin prison, and we have news that some have been released, including the family of jailed student Mohammad Ahmadi who is held in Karaj, he adds.
The demonstrators managed to speak to UN officials in Tehran, "but unfortunately they do not pay attention to these things in Iran," Zarezadeh adds.
The demonstrators asked the UN to condemn human rights violations in Iran, including the judiciary's treatment of student activists and journalists, he adds.
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