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Iranian Social Activists Condemn State Violence

Source: Radio Zamaneh

A group of 336 Iranian social activists issued a statement in the wake of the anniversary of the killing of dissident Darioush Forouhar, his wife, Parvaneh Eskandari and other victims of the so-called "chain of murders" in 1998, to condemn the current rampant violence against post-election protesters.

Parvaneh Eskandari and Darioush Forouhar

The statement, a copy of which was sent to Radio Zamaneh, says that State violence against dissidents, such as the violence post-election protesters suffered in Kahrizak detention centre, is a continuation of the violence perpetrated in the early days of the Revolution which has "heavily damaged" the political dialogue in Iran because its objective has been to eliminate the opposition.

In 1998, members of Iran's Ministry of Intelligence planned and carried out the murder of a group Iranian writers and intellectuals which was later attributed to a group of Ministry of Intelligence employees who had supposedly acted "arbitrarily."

Iranian authorities also maintain that the recent violations committed in Kahrizak detention centre where a group of post-election detainees were allegedly subjected to torture and rape and some even died from their injuries, were "arbitrary" acts.

Ten years after the "chain of murders", the Islamic Republic still forbids the families of the victims to hold commemoration ceremonies for their loved ones.

The final results of the Islamic Republic's investigations into these murders were never announced.

Parastou Forouhar has announced that she will hold a commemoration service for her parents today in Tehran.

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