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Iranian Opposition Threatened With Arrests And Prosecution

Source: Radio Zamaneh

The Islamic Republic has responded to the latest mass demonstrations by election protesters on Ashura Day, December 27, with widespread arrests and threats of death sentences for the detainees.

Several members of Iranian reformist organization Nehzat-e Azadi have been arrested in the past few days. Zamaneh has been informed that these political activists were called in for questioning by the Ministry of Intelligence and were arrested upon presenting themselves at the ministry.

Nehzat-e Azadi has been an active political party in Iran for almost five decades and in the early days of the 1979 Revolution, its members were also involved in the first Islamic Parliament.

Ebrahim Yazdi, leader of the party and a number of its youth and provincial members were arrested last week.

Mohammadreza Tajik, a senior aide to the opposition leader, Mir Hossein Mousavi was arrested on Wednesday and there is no news regarding his charges and whereabouts.

Adavar news also reports the arrest of two members of the university alumni organization Danesh Amoukhtegan. Rouzbeh Karimi, journalist and his wife, Forough Mirzai, lawyer, were arrested last night.

The recent wave of arrests includes 13 Iranian Baha'is who are also accused of involvement in the Ashura Day protests.


Protesters erect a barricade in Tehran on December 27 -
Opposition supporters have ignored repeated orders and threats by authorities to stop protesting. They have continued to hold rallies despite government's refusal to issue them permits. At least 8 people were killed by security forces during the Ashoura protests in Tehran on December 27 when the security forces opened fire on them and in some cases ran over them with police cars.
Photos: War In Tehran Streets on Ashura Day

Following the mass demonstrations of Ashura Day on December 27, over 1000 people have been arrested. Prosecutor General of Iran, Mohsen Ejei has announced the imminent execution of "at least three individuals" who were detained on that day.

Tehran's Public Prosecutor's Office has announced that the court proceedings of Ashura Day detainees will soon take place in Tehran.

Tehran police reported the arrest of 500 people on Ashura Day. 200 people were reportedly arrested in Esfahan and 300 students were arrested nationwide in connection with Ashura day protests.

International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran has condemned the arrests and called for the release of over 1500 people who have been arrested in the last few days.

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