Source: Radio Zamaneh
Iranian authorities have stepped up pressure on the opposition with more
arrests as the February 14 march proposed by opposition leaders draws closer.
Iranian opposition wants to hold a rally on February 14.
February 14 facebook page
Kaleme website reports that former minister of welfare
Mohammadhossein Sharifzadegan was arrested at his home yesterday.
Sharifzadegan is also the brother-in-law of Iranian opposition leader Mir
Mousavi and Mehdi Karroubi have requested a permit from the ministry of the
interior to stage a demonstration on February 14 (Bahman 25 in Iranian calendar)
in support of Arab uprisings. Their supporters launched the Bahman 25 page on
Facebook, which so far boasts 27,000 members.
Jaras website reports that Saleh Noghrehkar, head of Mir Hossein Mousavi's legal
committee, was arrested for a second time following the controversial elections
of 2009. Salehi is related to Mousavi's wife, Zahra Rahnavard.
The Society against Education Discrimination website also reported the arrest of
Mostafa MirAhamdizadeh, a Qom university professor. He is a member of the Baran
foundation run by Mohammad Khatami, Iran's former president and a reformist.
MirAhmadizadeh too had been arrested previously in the crackdown on election
Rejanews, a state-supported news agency, reports that MirAhamdizadeh has been
arrested for "guiding the Ashura protests of last year, for signing a letter in
support of Ayatollah Montazeri as well as a letter against the president and for
holding numerous meetings with the leaders of the Green Movement."
Taghi Rahmani, a member of Council of National Religious Activists and a
supporter of Mehdi Karroubi in the presidential elections of 2009, was also
arrested last night at his home.
Meanwhile, Mehdi Karroubi has been put under house arrest since this morning .
While the interior ministry has issued no official response to the request for a
march on February 14, several senior Islamic Republic officials have warned
against the rally and described it as a ploy to create divisions among the
people of Iran.
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