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One hundred Iranian poets in support of protesters

Report Source: Radio Zamaneh

One hundred Iranian poets have boycotted all government literary awards to protest the oppression of their people's movement toward "peace and democracy" in the post-election events.

The announcement speaks out against the censorship, threats and arrests that numerous poets have been subjected to. The signatories declare that in "protest to the current national atmosphere and in empathy with the people," they will not participate in government-sponsored contests. The announcement has been signed by 100 poets such as Kaboutar Arshadi, Ali Sobati and Maryam Houleh.

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Despite government attempts at silencing all opposition in the past months, Iranian artists have been vocal about their protests against the violent confrontation of the government with the protesters of the elections.

Earlier 150 Iranian cartoonists boycotted Tehran's International Cartoon Biennial, 130 documentary makers boycotted Cinema Verite: the Iran International Documentary Festival and 12 filmmakers wrote a letter to members of the parliament, all in protest of the fierce government crack down on peaceful protesters.

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