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Authorities warn Bazaari’s to end their strike

Since talks broke down over the weekend between gold and jewelry merchants and authorities, the strikes have continued and spread.  Today, according to ILNA, the Bazaari’s are being threatened with legal action if they do not end their strike. 

Previously, they have been threatened with only fines.  In fear that the strikes might escalate tensions, the authorities are also asking that the Bazaari’s open their shops as not to allow the “enemies from taking advantage of the situation.”

Also, the state media has been asked to not cover the strikes in the Bazaars.

Here is the strike in Tehran’s Bazaar today, September 29, 2010.

Also, video of the strikes in Mashhad, Shiraz and Ardebil are below.

Filed under: Bazaar strikes in Iran, Iran News, Iranian protests, revolution, ایران iran,

رئیس قوه قضائیه رژیم موسوی و کروبی را تهدید کرد

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آمران قضایی و امنیتی جنایت کهریزک را محاکمه کنید / Families of killed detainees call for prosecution of senior officials


Radio Zamaneh – The families of the three Iranian detainees who were killed under torture in Kahrizak Detention Centre announced that rather than calling for the execution of the two guards who have been sentenced to death in these crimes, they call for the prosecution of the true perpetrators of the events.

Mehr news agency reports that an announcement has been issued by the families of Mohsen Ruholamini, Mohammad Kamrani and Amir Javadifar, the three victims who died in Kahrizak in the post-election crackdown on election protesters.

The families write that they have received two kinds of treatment in the past year: “a significant section of the officials” have been very “supportive” but “a small but powerful group has been after covering up this horrendous crime and relieving the true perpetrators from the talons of justice.”

They write: “By not calling for the death of the two executors of this crime who have been sentenced to death, and by recommending other forms of punishment for them, more than ever, we posit ourselves in the path of demanding retribution by calling for the prosecution of the true perpetrators of the crime whose official and unofficial immunities are tumbling down.”

On August 22, the military court of judges, suspended three top judiciary officials in connection with the Kahrizak events. The move, which deprived the three individuals from judicial immunities, is lauded by the families of the victims of Kahrizak.

The three officials are Saeed Mortazavi, former prosecutor of Tehran, Judge Haddad, and Ali Akbar Heydarifar.
Saeed Mortazavi, a staunch Ahmadienjad supporter, was removed from his position following the scandals of Kahrizak. However, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad quickly found him another spot in the government making him head of the Task Force to Combat Smuggling.

After their names were published in the media, Ali Akbar Heydarifar defended himself in Islamic Republic daily newspaper saying: “Kahrizak Detention Centre was legal and we were acquitted.” He thus went on challenge the move to withdraw their judicial immunity.

The families stress that if these individuals are so certain of their innocence why do they not commit to a trial in order to prove their innocence.

The families of the victims write: “We evoke the unbending will of the regime to prosecute and punish the judicial, political, police and military perpetrators of this crime.”

Filed under: Amir Javadifar, iran election, Iran News, Iranian protests, Kahrizak, Mohammad Kamrani, Mohsen Ruholamini, revolution, ایران iran

حضرت آیت الله العظمی دستغیب :خبرگان فعلی از ماهیت خود بیرون رفته است / Ayatollah Dastgheib Criticizes Khamenei for Overstepping Powers as Supreme Leader

پارسى – Ayatollah Ali-Mohammad Dastgheib, member of the Assembly of Experts and an outspoken critic of the government, issued a new theological verdict about Velayat Faqih, or rule of Islamic jurist, and stated that the current implications of this theory are contradictory to what the Iranian constitution had intended.

Ayatollah Dastgheib, in response to a question asked by one of his followers on his official website regarding Velayat Faqih, argues in five pages that the current theory of Absolute Velayat Faqih does not correspond to the interpretation of the concept, as it was determined by Ayatollah Khomeini, the founder of the Islamic Republic and the most prominent intellectual father of the theory.

Dastgheib begins his long jurisprudential and technical response by first mentioning that he was one of Ayatollah Khomeini’s students and a number of other prominent seminaries of the time, thus establishing both his commitment to the theory of Velayat and his religious credentials as a legitimate source of opinion on this matter.

According to his website,, this senior cleric argues that “Absolute Velayat Faqih and Vali Faqih [the actual person who carries out the duties of Velayat] appointed by the Assembly of Experts are two different things that can at times take place and be observed in one person, such as Imam Khomeini”, implying that the current Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei lacks one of those properties. He then argues that the only duties of someone selected by the Assembly of Experts are “…to coordinate the efforts of the three branches of government and to prevent the violation of citizens’ rights by the three branches.” This bold claim means that the Supreme Leader’s powers are much more limited than is currently the case.
Dastgheib asserts, “This person of Vali Faqih has no right to interfere in the affairs of the people.” After the death of Ayatollah Khomeini, the Supreme Leader was no longer required to be a Source of Emulation, which, according to Dastgheib, means that he no longer holds the legitimacy to become an Absolute Vali Faqih.

Ayatollah Dastgheib then criticizes the Assembly of Experts, which is responsible for the selection, termination, and supervision of the Supreme Leader, and says, “These gentlemen’s only duty is not to appoint or to approve of a leader; they are also responsible for solving the problems of their constituents.” He asserted, “It should not be the case that we [the Assembly] select a leader and must now be obedient [to the Leader].”

Ayatollah Dastgheib’s remarks against Velayat Faqih and Supreme Leader Khamenei are the harshest since the late Grand Ayatollah Hossein-Ali Montazeri publicly questioned the legitimacy of Khamenei’s leadership two decades ago. As a member of the Assembly of Experts and a prominent cleric in Iran, Dastgheib’s remarks could encourage other dissatisfied senior clerics to come forward and express their grievances. It is expected that in the next few days Dastgheib’s office, mosque or both will be attacked by government supporters in a show of support for Khamenei.

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Strikes continue to grow in Iranian Bazaar’s as talks on taxes break down

According to Tabnak, on Saturday there was a meeting between the heads of the Gold unions and the tax department authorities in Iran. The goal of this meeting was to make an agreement in implementing the new tax rule on gained profit (VAT tax).  But this meeting ended without any results due to the continuous protests by union activists and they declared that this rule should not be implemented.

After the unsuccessful meeting in the morning, there was going to be another meeting that afternoon in the office of the secretary general of the tax organization.  But, two hours into this second meeting, union authorities declared that they are not going to take part in the meeting and they prefer to follow their requests by continuing to close their shops.

Strikes have now also spread to Qom.  The gold sellers, especially in the Tala Mall, went on strike yesterday and closed their shops today.  There were a large amount of plainclothed agents around the closed shops which made it impossible to take pictures of the strike.  According to reports, the gold sellers will continue their strike tomorrow.  It is worth mentioning, Khamenei is scheduled to visit Qom next week.

In Qazvin, in a show of solidarity, the gold sellers also went on strike.  They marched in protest to the Tax Affairs Organization in the province of Qazvin.

According to reports from Tehran, a number of  Basij and plainclothed agents entered the gold merchants Bazaar in Tehran to counter the striking merchants. They attacked the closed shutters of a number of shops with metal bars while chanting “death to the hypocrites.” (The term hypocrite, monafeq in Farsi, is used by the Iranian regime to refer to the PMOI)

These attacks were met by a strong reaction from a number of the merchants, which led to clashes between the merchants and the basij.  According to reports, these clashes occurred at 2 pm when a Basiji who attacked the closed shutters of shop was beaten up by merchants and was then taken to the hospital.

This report also says that the fabric merchants’ bazaar was  half closed and it was announced that other merchants intend to join the strike. 



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بخواب آروم – شعری از بهزاد – Sleep silently – Schlaf ruhig

This poem is dedicated to the children who have lost their parents under the Islamic regime in Iran.
The poem in this video is in Farsi, subtitled in English and German.
This is a more poetical version of a part of the poem” SLEEP SILENTLY ” arranged by Johaness Grobbink:

Filed under: Iranian protests, revolution, ایران iran

Sakineh Ashtiani’s son plea’s for help

Greetings to all officials in European countries,

Perhaps I am not in a position to write a letter to 27 European and Western countries, but what can I do? I have no other hope but you, dear ones. I have no more tears to shed. The only thing I have left is a lump in my throat. I only hope that God helps me in writing this letter. I have lost my father, and now this government wants to take our mother from me and my sister for a crime that she has not committed.

You all know that my mother is innocent and has spent five years languishing in a cold black pit. For a moment, I put myself in my mother’s place and I imagine myself behind those prison bars, living the nightmare of waiting for death by stones. Imagine it for yourself. Wouldn’t life be a horror if, each time you shut your eyes to sleep, you were jolted awake with the slightest sound, fearful of hearing the words: “It is time to dig the hole for Sakineh to be stoned”? Isn’t it horrendous that for five years, my sister and I haven’t had a peaceful night’s rest? The Islamic Republic has taken our breath, and before I lose it, I wanted to write this letter to you, to ask for your help.

I don’t care about myself, but I do care for my sister and my mother. I want them to live and be happy. And I sincerely tell the Islamic Republic: if you have some need for retribution, bring it down on me! Arrest me, and free my mother so that she can hold my sister to her bosom. The truth is that I have not lost all my hope yet, as long as you politicians, you the mass media, you the humanitarians, you all the people of the world, and our lawyer, Mr. Houtan Kian, are still behind us. Yet I fear the day when the telephone rings only to hear a voice telling us, “Your mother has been executed.” From that moment, the lives of my sister and I would never be the same.

At that moment, I will again put on the same black shirt that I wore when my father died, this time for my mother. I tell you these words from the bottom of our hearts: I want the whole world to rush to our help. I want the 27 European countries to respond to this letter before the Islamic Republic has executed the sentence against our mother. I humbly thank you all.

Sajjad Ghaderzadeh, Son of Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani

Sept. 28, 2010

Filed under: Iran News, Iranian protests, revolution, sakineh ashtiani, ایران iran

Students at the free University of Rasht clash with security over new strict dress code

At the start of the new academic year and on the first day of the opening of the Free Rasht University, the university security prevented male students with t-shirts and female students with what they called unsuitable covering from entering the university without prior notice and beat students who objected and protested this issue on orders of the university Protection Department.

According to student sources, the actions of the university security forces led students to gather outside the entrance of this university and protest, but security forces beat them with the intent of dispersing them and prevented them from entering the university. 


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مراسم سالگرد خاكسپاري علي حسن پور جان باخته قيام 88 / Memorial for Ali Hassanpour in Tehran on Sept. 27, 2010

Ali Hassanpour, father of two children, is one of the first victims of the people’s uprising against the regime in Iran.  He was killed on June 15, 2009 in Azadi Square.  His body was returned to his family after 105 days, all the while, his family had no information on his whereabouts, or confirmation that he was deceased.

روز يكشنبه 5 مهر 89 خانواده شهيد علي حسن پور بمناسبت سالگرد خاكسپاري او مراسم باشكوهي در بهشت زهرا در قطعه 222برگزار كردند . در اين مراسم كه باحضور انبوه مردم برگزار شد ، حاميان مادران جان باختگان قيام 88 نيز حضور داشتند . همچننين مادران شهدا سهراب اعرابي – شهيد كامراني واشكان سهرابي نيز حضور داشتند . حضور تعداد …زياد نيروهاي انتظامي و لباس شخصي كه مستمرا برروي همسر شهيد فشار مي آوردند كه زودتر مراسم را تمام كنند، وحشت آنان را از تجمع خانواده هاي جان باختگان نشان ميداد. ماموران امنيتي كه ميديدند حضور جمعيت بيش از پيش ميشود هراسناك از مردم ميخواستند كه زودتر برگردند . اما با مقاومت مردم و خانواده مراسم به خوبي انجام شد . همه حاضران بصورت دسته جمعي سرود اي ايران اي مرز پرگوهر و يار دبستاني و سرود سهراب را سر دادند . كه اين مسئله برآشفتن نيروهاي امنيتي حاضر شده بود .يكي از ماموريت ميگفت كه شما فيلم و عكس گرفته ايد و ميخواهيد براي شبكه هاي ضد انقلاب بفرستيد . اصلا شما براي چه مراسم گرفتيد ؟

بعداز مراسم يك جوان 30 ساله توسط ماموران دستگير شد و اورا سوار ون كرده و با خود بردند. مردم حاضر در صحنه كه از اين دستگيري بهم ريخته بودند با فحش و بدو بيراه و اعتراض به مامورين صحنه را ترك كردند.

Filed under: Ali Hassanpour, iran election, Iran News, Iranian protests, revolution, ایران iran

New video of the attack on the University of Tehran Dorms on June 14, 2009


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Our perserverance is our sword, Our unity is our shield, AZADI… is our destiny!

Brave Women Of Iran

A special note we would like to share with the brave and beautiful women of Iran; You have shown extraordinary courage, passion, pride, humility and humanity in the face of great injustice. The world has taken notice and we are all humbled by your strength and determination. If you are the future, then we all are comforted by how bright it will shine.

The One Who Wishes To Move A Mountain, Must Start By Removing Stones

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