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Mass Arrests at Writers' Event in Tehran

Source: Radio Zamaneh

Scores of Iranian political activists were arrested in Tehran on Tuesday night, October 30, at a gathering of writers at Seray Ahl-e Ghalam.

The Kaleme opposition website reports that "close to 50 people" were arrested last night, including dissident physician and blogger Mehdi Khazali and former MP Ghassem Sholeh Saadi.

Mehdi Khazali's blog had indicated that the gathering last night was to examine "the occupation of the U.S. embassy in terms of international laws and its political, military and economic outcome."

The activist had reportedly also written that in case of arrest, he would immediately go on a hunger strike.

In his last blog posting, Khazali invites all political prisoners to go on a mass hunger strike in order to "end the oppression and uproot the injustice."

Kaleme reports that security forces wearing masks swarmed the gathering, and it is not yet clear if they had official arrest warrants from the judiciary.


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