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Riot police go on alert in impoverished regions of western Iran

Riot police and Special Guards Forces in the State Security Forces have gone on full alert in the impoverished regions of western Iran on the verge of the implementation of the Smart Subsidy Plan to prevent widespread

protests and reactions from the people.  These forces have gone into full alert as directed by a secret announcement to create an atmosphere of fear and terror and prevent any kind of protests the people may have in reaction to this plan and high prices.

 In the past week in the Kurdistan, Kermanshah, Ilam and Lorestan, riot police carried out military marches. These forces were equipped with electric batons and tear gas and put on a show of power in groups of 30 in the main and crowded centers of these towns.  These forces have been stationed in these areas and have carried out strict security measures.

In light of the high rate of unemployment and poverty in the western Kurdish areas in Iran, the government is afraid of protests in these areas and has readied its forces for all kinds of popular reactions. 

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Iran – Video released of Sanandaj gunfight with police

Footage recently posted on the Internet shows last week’s gunfight in front of a police station in Sanandaj, Iran, on Thursday, October 7, 2010.

The deadly battle left four security agents and a civilian dead, according to news sites. Five police officers and four civilians were injured in the attack, said Colonel Kazeminejad, deputy police chief of Kurdistan province.

The attack took place in front of the police station situated at the north end of Sanandaj’s Azadi Square, formerly known as Eghbal Square.

The police station, a prominent concrete and glass structure, can be seen from another angle in the image to the the right. The cameraman was most likely in the brown building to the east of the police station.

Two individuals opened fire on police officers outside the building late in the afternoon, the spokesman for the Kurdistan Human Rights Organization, Ejlal Ghavami, told BBC Persian, citing eyewitnesses. The gunmen can be seen clearly in the video.

Northwestern Iran has been wracked with violence in the past weeks. A bomb blast killed 12 people during a military parade in Mahabad, West Azerbaijan province, on September 22. A security officer and a 4-year-old boy died in a gun battle on the streets of Saghez, Kurdistan province, on September 20.

No group or individual has claimed responsibility for the attack. Some opposition groups have pointed the finger of blame at the regime’s security forces, accusing them of trying to unite the people against ‘counter-revolutionaries’ and attempting to justify the current crackdown in the country.

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انفجار بمب در مراسم رژه نیروهای مسلح در مهاباد؛ دهها تن شهید و زخمی / Ten killed in Iran in bomb attack on military parade

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BBC News – Ten people have been killed and at least 20 wounded in a bomb attack on a military parade in north-western Iran.

No soldiers died, but most of the casualties in the town of Mahabad were said to be women and children.

A provincial governor blamed “counter-revolutionaries” for the attack, which came on the 30th anniversary of the start of the Iran-Iraq war.

Militants have long been active in the area, which is home to a sizeable Kurdish population.

There have been reports of Kurdish political activists being arrested, tried and executed in recent months.

Kurdish separatists based in northern Iraq have also waged a long guerrilla campaign inside Turkey and have regularly clashed with Iranian security forces.

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“The bomb exploded 50 metres from the parade stand and killed 10 people including the wives of two senior military commanders of Mahabad,” Mr Jalalzadeh told Iran’s semi-official Mehr news agency.

Four of the injured were in a critical condition, he added.

The parade was one of a number being held across Iran as the country marked 30 years since the beginning of the Iran-Iraq war, a bitter conflict that ran from 1980 to 1988.

More than a million people died during the war.

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Fear of strikes at Kurdistan Bazaar

In fear of the spread of strike to Sanandaj’s Bazaar regime has threatened the shopkeepers that if they go on strike they will be punished?
Also in Oshnavieh, the  regime has stationed a great number of suppressive forces.  The regime invited shopkeepers, the head of tribes, government employees and some clerics via a letter to the Governor Office to bribe them not to go on strike, but the participants left the session.
Eleven vehicles of IRGC forces, two of them with female passengers, have been deployed from Uromieh and Naghadeh to Oshnavieh.   These forces are stationed in Mirava, Faroogh and Seyed Ava mosques.
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Workers Protests Continue in Iran

Iranlaborreport – The workers in Iran have continued with their protests on the issues of wage thefts, layoffs, and job insecurity in the recent weeks. The protests have varied from sit-ins and strikes to the gatherings at the offices of the president and the parliament. A report on a number of these actions follows.

Metal Industries (Tehran Zarrin Products) Unit 1 workers began their strike on May 12. The workers had not received wages of the last six months as well as those from last June and July. The plant has been operating with 20% capacity for its raw materials. On May 16, the workers hanging banners reading “We are asking for our jobs and wages”, on the plant fences, met with the representatives from the management, Islam Shahr labor office, and the security force. The workers were asked to make formal complaints and ask for the plant assets as compensations for their wages. The request was not accepted by the workers. They were then offered one month wages which was also turned down by the workers. The labor office representative called for calm and end to the strike which was met with workers anger and his early departure from the meeting.

The workers planned to remain in the compounds and prevent the management form leaving the premises after the work hours. The management promised to seek one and a half million US dollars loan approved last year from the Tehran province social security. The workers have decided to continue with their strikes.

Mobarake Steel Workers in Isfahan staged a strike, protesting their wages and the differences between the permanent and contract workers on the week of May 2. On May 8 and 9, the office workers at the central office of Mobarake also joined the strike.

Communication workers staged a protest by the parliament on May 16 asking to be paid according to the labor ministry scales. They have been working for years as contract workers for post offices, telephone, and banking services. The workers were from Azerbaijan, Lorestan, and other provinces in the country.

Laid off Sasan Soft Drink workers gathered at the Sasan offices asking for their unemployment benefits on May 10. The workers were asked to accept their termination in exchange for receiving two months wages per years worked and the unemployment benefits last winter. While the two months wages have been paid by Sasan, the unemployment benefits have not yet been paid to the laid off workers. The workers have been told that the benefits can not be paid as there have been new hiring ads announced by the company. The workers claim that Sasan has reduced its work force by 700 in the course of the last year and is now trying to hire new workers at lower wages in their places.

Alborz China workers in Qazvin province staged a sit-in to protest their wage theft of seven months and the closure of the factory on May 8. 230 contract workers were let go before the start of the Iranian new year on March 20. The 180 permanent workers are protesting the plant closure and what on average each worker is due, which is about 4 thousand US dollars.

Families of the arrested on May day gathered by Evin prison on May 5 seeking information on their loved ones. More than 30 women and men were arrested on the day, several being passers by.

Several labor activists from Khorasan Zarrin factory in Mashhad have been threatened by the intelligence ministry operatives. The workers have been threatened with expulsions and stoppage on their wages in the case of further protests. Last month the workers numbering 400 staged a protest rally asking for their four months unpaid wages. Fifteen workers have also been expelled.

Pars Wagon Retired workers in Arak staged a second protest in two months for their demands. The protesters went by the presidents office on April 28 and once more to the company premises on May 4. The retired workers each are owed more than ten to fifteen thousand US dollars. They number around 6,000 and the total dues are about six million US dollars.

More than 300 Maghsoud Porcelain workers in Mashhad staged a gathering by the company main offices at noon on May 4. They were protesting the lay offs and the unpaid back wages.

Zagros Terminal Bus workers and drivers in Ahwaz staged a strike from 8:30 a.m. to noon on April 29. The workers were protesting not receiving their wages for several months.

Farnakh Textile workers in Qazvin staged a gathering by the ministry of Industry on April 25. The workers have not received wages for seven months and their yearly bonuses. The workers numbered around 700 to 800. About 540 Mahnakh Textile workers also staged a protest between 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. on April 26 protesting nonpayment of four months of back wages and their bonuses. Farnakh, Mahnakh, and Sarnakh textile factories workers have been laid off in groups recently. The manager at Mahnakh has told the workers that the equipments are to be sold, the workers laid off, and the company to be closed soon.

More than fifty Bardsir Sugar Factory workers in Kerman province staged a gathering at the gates of the factory from 8:00 a.m. to noon on April 20. The workers were protesting their layoffs and a wage theft of three years.

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Call for student’s general strike in Iran on May 18, 2010

Shirin Alamhooie, Farzad Kamangar, Farhad Vakili, Ali Heydarian and Mehdi Islamian were hanged at dawn on May 9th.  Even though it has been 6 days since the execution, their bodies have not been delivered to their families and it is feared that government bury the bodies secretly in fear of people’s protest. Nationwide protests and reaction continues in Iran and around the world. Families have gathered in front of Evin prison to get the bodies of their loved ones for few days now without any results. They even have been threatened of being arrested. Family’s fearless spirit is undeniable. They are like their loved ones! They did not surrender to the savagery regime and stood strong and angry.

Ward 350 of Evin prison which is a captivity place of political prisoners has been shut down after prisoners went on hunger strike. They were transferred to other wards of this prison. Their strength and resistance is praising!

It is not permissible to remain in silence against all these crimes and savagery. We, by supporting all the calls to protest and by standing with the people of Kurdistan and their general strike on May 13th, call to protest against this unforgivable crime and ask country’s students, teachers and professors to not attend classes on Tuesday May 18th. Presence of students in this general strike is imperative and influential. Students were Farzad Kmangar’s main concern; even in prison he never stopped writing to his students. Therefore, to remember our dear teacher Farzad, you should join the strike against this regime. This strike is a good opportunity to unit in solidarity regardless of any political view differences. Let’s cancel classes all together on Tuesday May 18th.

Kurd Students of Tehran University

Group of Amir Kabir University students

Group of Kurdistan University students

Group of Tabriz University students

Group of Kermanshah Razi University students

To support this strike, contact us via the email below and help us in spreading the word.

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May 15th, 2010

Source: Astreetjournalist

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Tehran’s prosecutor says opposition leaders on borrowed time

Tehran Prosecutor General slammed Iranian opposition leaders for speaking out against the execution of five political prisoners on Sunday and warned that this is “a fresh crime” that will be added to their list of offenses “once the time for the prosecution of the heads of sedition arrives.”

Fars news agency reports that Abbas Jafari Dowlatabadi claimed the execution of the five political prisoners on Sunday has no connection with the post-election unrest.

Dowlatabadi criticized the leaders for making condemnatory remarks without being aware of the judicial files of these individuals and insisted that the membership of the executed prisoners in “anti-Revolutionary” groups justify their execution according to the teachings of Imam Khomeini, founder of the Islamic Republic.

Without directly naming MirHosein Mousavi, the Prosecutor General indicated that the opposition leader “has no right to dispute the final decisions of the courts and make statements that only suit the enemies of the Islamic Republic regime.”

MirHosein Mousavi is one of the Iranian opposition leaders who condemned the recent execution of five political prisoners in an announcement and described them as “unjust.”

Dowlatabadi reacted to the announcement saying: “These actions are an attempt to get ahead of everyone to say that whatever sentence is issued by the judiciary has no credibility.”

He accused Mousavi of publishing lies and added: “Most of his stances (Mousavi’s) and those of the other defeated candidate of the recent elections (Mehdi Karroubi) are criminal but the regime has postponed their prosecution for a more appropriate time.”

MirHosein Mousavi and Mehdi Karroubi are the two candidates of the June presidential elections that have disputed the victory of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in 2009 and claim the ballot was rigged. The controversy triggered widespread protests in Iran which started with mass street protest in the cities of all major cities of the country.

The government has adopted a policy of violent oppression against the peaceful protesters and so far thousands have been arrested and many have received heavy sentences ranging from execution to imprisonment and exile.

While the five people executed on Sunday were not directly connected with the post-election events, the opposition and human rights groups have suggested that the Islamic Republic carried out the sudden executions, which were carried out without proper notification to respective attorneys and families, to create an atmosphere of fear so that the public will refrain from participating in any possible protests for the upcoming anniversary of the disputed June elections.

Dowlatabadi also declared that ten post-election detainees who were arrested during the Ashura Day protests have been accused of “Moharebeh” (enmity with God) and three of these sentences have been upheld by the appellate court.

Tehran Prosecutor identified the three individuals as Ahmad Daneshpour Moghaddam, Mohsen Daneshpour Moghaddam and Abdolreza Qanbari.

Dowlatabadi added that they are connected with the dissident group, People’s Mojahedin of Iran Organization and they have asked for “clemency.”

He also announced that the death sentences of Mohammad Ali Saremi, Jafar Kazemi and Mohammad Ali Hajaghai, who according to Dowlatabadi are also members of People’s Mojahedin, have been approved by the appeals court.

He went on to say that Motahareh Bahrami Haqiqi, Reyhaneh Hajebrahim Dabbaq and Hadi Ghaemi are three individuals who were sentenced to execution in the preliminary court, but the appeals court reduced their sentences to imprisonment.

He also maintained that Arsalan Abadi and Mohammad Valian were acquitted from the charge of “Moharebeh.”

Source:  RadioZamaneh

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Iranians celebrate after successful strike in Kurdestan

After a successful strike in the Kurdish province of Iran, people in Sanandaj city celebrate at the end of the day in the street of Sanandaj, 13 May 2010.  Many across Kurdestan went on strike and successfully shut down entire cities to protest recent executions by the murderous regime in Iran. 

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Wall grafitti in Nazi Abad in South Tehran

           “We will take revenge for the executions…”

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                    “Kurdistan, Tehran is with you !”

                       “Spit on the Republic of Executions”

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Kurds strike in Iran to protest executions of activists

New York Times – Iranian Kurds staged one of their largest strikes in recent years, closing shops and bazaars in nearly all Sunni Kurdish cities and towns in eastern Iran to protest the executions of five people, including four Kurdish activists, on Sunday, according to opposition Web sites and witnesses.

The strike was the largest in Kurdish areas since 2005, when another Kurdish activist was shot and killed by security forces.

Iran’s Kurds have long presented a delicate subject for the government, which fears that the restive population will join Kurds in Iraq and Turkey to try to form a Kurdish nation. Iran’s leadership has faced opposition from at least one armed separatist group.

Iran’s Kurds, mostly Sunni Muslims, are a minority in a mainly Shiite country, and they say the government discriminates against them.

Tehran’s sensitivity about the Kurds and other ethnic groups has only increased over the past year, as Iran’s leaders have faced their most serious political challenge since the Islamic Revolution, with tens of thousands of Iranians protesting a presidential election they declared fraudulent.

Many analysts and opposition figures interpreted the executions on Sunday as a warning that the government would not tolerate protests next month on the election’s first anniversary.

The government said the five people who had been executed had been found guilty of carrying out fatal bomb attacks.

Nearly all the shops were closed in Sanandaj, the capital of Kurdistan Province, said a witness who spoke on the condition of anonymity for fear of being arrested. “The city is deserted,” he said. “People have stayed home and the entire bazaar is closed.”

The shops and bazaars in several other Kurdish cities, including Bukan, Oshnavieh and Marivan, were also closed, an opposition Web site, Jaras, reported. Pictures and videos posted on Web sites appeared to support those claims.

Clashes with security forces in several towns were reported, but those accounts could not be independently confirmed.

“This is the first time in the past 30 years that we see such a solidarity between the Kurds and people in other parts of the country,” said a Kurdish activist, Saman Rasoulpour, who left Iran and is in Sweden.

Iranians have staged protests in Stockholm and Paris to protest Sunday’s executions. Mir Hussein Moussavi, an opposition leader, condemned the executions as “unfair.” He said that instead of executing the five activists when there were still so many unanswered questions about the case against them, the authorities should have been pursuing the crimes committed last summer against detainees who were arrested in the postelection protests. He was referring to rape allegations and the deaths of at least three detainees in prison.

The authorities have refused to give the bodies of the five executed activists to their families for burial, fearing that ceremonies could lead to protests.

In Kamyaran, the home city of Farzad Kamangar, a Kurdish teacher who was executed, parents did not send their children to school on Thursday and employees refused to go to work, according to Human Rights Activists News Agency, run by an opposition group. Mr. Kamangar’s family members were threatened and put under house arrest after they returned from Tehran, where they had tried to retrieve his body, the agency reported.

Jaras said five Kurdish students were arrested in Marivan on Thursday and seven others were summoned to Evin Prison.

Also, Kurds from Turkey marched to the border and tried to break through the border gates to join the Iranian kurds in protest.  However, they were stopped by officials and authorities of the Reconciliation and Democrat party in Turkey.

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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.

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