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Activists arrested in run-up to Iranian election


Source: Radio Zamaneh

Political activist Hossein Kiani was arrested on Sunday April 8 in Amol, Mazandaran. The opposition website Kaleme reports that Kiani was summoned on Sunday to the Amol office of the Ministry of Intelligence, where he was arrested.

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Kiani's family has been unable to get information about the official charges against him. Kaleme reports, however, that his friends have indicated that his arrest is related to his activities on Facebook.

The source indicates that he might be transferred to the ministry's Mazandaran office, and recent reports indicate that in the past week several reformist activists in Babol, Sari, Amol and Behshahr have been summoned to Intelligence Ministry offices across Mazandaran Province and told that "reformists should not participate in the elections."

Iran's presidential elections are slated for June 2013, and the reformists have not decided whether they will endorse a candidate or not.

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