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Seven Labor Activists Arrested In Iran

Source: RFE/RL

TEHRAN -- Seven labor activists from the Haft-Tappeh sugarcane factory union in southern Iran have been detained by the Intelligence Ministry in recent weeks.

Haft Tappeh is located in Iran's Khuzestan province close to the city of Dezful. Khuzestan is one of the 30 provinces of Iran. It is in the southwest of the country, bordering Iraq's Basra Province and the Persian Gulf. Its capital is Ahvaz.

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The 3,000-member labor union, which has organized a number of protests and sit-ins, is under increasing scrutiny by the authorities.

Mohammad Oliaee-Fard, an advocate for the union workers, told RFE/RL's Radio Farda that the authorities did not have warrants for any of the arrests, "therefore, the action is illegal."

Labor activist Karim said that officials have also been threatening jailed activists' families and warning them not to give interviews.

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