March 16, 2011 • 11:24p03 0
برگزاری مراسم چهارشنبه سوری در مشهد با وجود حکومت نظامی / Mashhad, Iran – March 15, 2011 Fire festival celebration despite regimes warnings
March 2, 2011 • 11:24p03 0
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January 2, 2011 • 11:24p01 0
Dec. 2010 – A group of students of Mashad have dedicated this piece of piano, written by one of the students, to Ali Saremi. Ali was executed by the regime on Dec. 28, 2010.
November 18, 2010 • 11:24p11 0
The paramilitary Bassij Organization announced after a session it had on November 11 and November 12 in Mashhad that it has established a new media organization called ‘Bassij Press’ and has elected its founding committee.
In this session, the heads of the Resalat daily, Javan Online and Fars News Agency were chosen as members of the founding board and were tasked with writing the statute of this organization.
Naqdi, a Revolutionary Guards Corps official said in a speech in this session that this ‘media’ was for ‘coordination’ with other media.
He listed some of the activities of this organization as ‘indicating the mentality of the leadership and the Bassij way of thinking, recognizing the enemy, educating Bassij forces and using the Bassij in the media’.
He welcomed the establishment of this new suppressive organization and said, “We all know that the communications of armed forces and the media in our country is an important issue and we have to use this opportunity and it will benefit our power and national security”.
October 5, 2010 • 11:24p10 2
The strike of gold merchants in cities across Iran still continues.
According to reports, shops selling gold and jewelry in the Arak Bazaar are still closed and are on strike. In Yassoj, gold sellers started their strike on Thursday, Sept. 30, 2010.
In Kermanshah the gold bazaar is on its fourth day of strike. Also in Hamedan all the gold sellers in the Gold Bazaar are in their tenth day of strike.
Strike in Hamedan – October 4, 2010
It is about a week that the gold sellers of Tabriz have been on strike. The strike of gold sellers of Tabriz has extended to other cities of East Azerbaijan including Margheh. Also Amir Kabir Bazaar, Mohammadi Bazaar, Amir Bazaar and also Ghtran Bazaar started their strike on October 2, 2010.
The strikes of jewelery stores in Tehran, Shiraz, Mashad, Qazvin, Shahroud and Semnan are still active.
Other than gold sellers, iron sellers in Tabriz and Boshehr are also on strike.
September 28, 2010 • 11:24p09 0
Reports from Mashad say that the gold-sellers’ bazaar in Mashad has been on total strike on Thursday September 23 and on Saturday September 25.
Also on Saturday gold-sellers in Nayshaboor, Sabzevar and Torbat Heydariyeh went on strike.
As the strike began in Mashad on Saturday regime’s suppressive security agents called the sellers threatening them to break their strike.
Bazaaris say that the strike will continue until tax law changes.
A number of other merchants other than gold sellers also joined this strike.
These merchants have stated the reason for their strike as an increase of value added tax.
According to another report, a shop owner in the Edam Square said, “The malls and stores were blocked with bricks and store owners were not allowed to sell anything. They said they closed the shops because they had not paid their taxes. This measure has angered the merchants”.
Also, the protest gathering in Sabze Maiden horrified the regime forces because this place and Tehran’s Great Bazaar witness the presence of tens of thousands of people who always refer to these places for shopping, and regime is worried about the effect of the strike and the protest gathering on these people.
September 2, 2010 • 11:24p09 0
(ISC) August 30, 2010 – They bring those who are to be executed in groups of 70 to the visiting hall of Vakil Abad Prison in Mashhad and an hour before sunset; they are hanged in a mass execution with nooses sent from Tehran. Those who are to be executed do not know until moments before their execution why they have been summoned to the Prison Office and only when all the prison phones go dead an hour before sunset do other prisoners realize that it is time for the executions.
This is the horrific state of Vakil Abad Prison in Mashhad in the past few months. A human rights activist in Mashhad described what he had heard from soldiers in prison saying that in the past weeks at least 60 to 70 people were taken to the gallows every week without their own knowledge or that of their families; prisoners that did not have lawyers and did not receive fair trials.
It seems that the heads of Mashhad’s Revolutionary Court had the order, according to a directive issued by Mohsen Ejeyi, to send all drug related death row prisoners to the gallows in a speedy and ceaseless manner.
The deaths sentences are mostly issued by the four judges of Mashhad’s Revolutionary Court – Kavousi, Kaboli, Soltani and Yasayi and have been promptly carried out. The haste in carrying out the executions is to the extent that prisoners realize their fate moments before their execution. According to a prison guard, only a few moments after a prisoner met with his wife, the prison guard took him to the hall where sentences are carried out while the prisoner and his wife did not know anything about his execution.
The numbers of hangings in Vakil Abad Prison have reached 500 according to reports from cellmates and the few families who are willing to talk. The lack of communications, fear among the families and even prisoner employees has made the task of getting reports on the fate of prisoners very hard. But according to reports in the past 5 months, a number of prisoners have been executed every week in an alternate fashion and the families only realized that the number of executions are very high after collecting the corpses of their loved ones (from prison). Prison officials intimidate these families who are mostly from poor classes and prevent them from spreading the news. They also had to pay 7 thousand tomans for the noose (their loved ones were hanged with). Most of the prisoners did not have lawyers and because lawyers charge ‘between 10 to 15’ million tomans to appeal the death sentence, most families cannot afford lawyers.
The hangings of Vakil Abad was not limited to only Iranians and in a number of instances Afghan nationals and in one instance a Nigerian was also executed. They have all been charged with narcotics trafficking but according to the human rights activist in Mashhad, the death sentence was given to light crimes which prisoners usually receive prison terms for. There are reports that the Mashhad public prosecutor’s office has said that Mohsen Ejeyi, the Prosecutor General of Iran, intends to commemorate Khalkhali by executing narcotics traffickers.
In the beginning of the 80’s, Ayatollah Sadeq Khalkhali sent many drug addicts and small time narcotics traffickers to the gallows in a speedy plan to eliminate narcotics in Iran. It is said that Khalkhali believed that if a death sentence was wrongly given to a prisoner, that prisoner would go to heaven after his execution.
August 11, 2010 • 11:24p08 0
August 10, 2010 – The gold-sellers bazaar of Mashhad went on strike in protest to the armed killing of three merchants of the Bazaar. The names of the merchants are: Reza Khojasteh Toosi, Hesam Barniaee and Mojtaba Naser Ara. It is widely believed that the Bazaari’s were murdered by regime thugs, as the attack took place on the shops of these three Bazaari’s while a Special Security Force station exists exactly in front of the shops.
It should be noted that the official regime media outlets are reporting it as a jewelry heist, but no one in the Bazaar is buying this propaganda.
Iran Students Committee
July 18, 2010 • 11:24p07 0
In the third week of protests in Tehran Bazaar, Farvardin shopping center, the most important market for gold and jewelry in Tehran and other cities, was closed down and on all out strike on Saturday morning July 17. Further, the bazaar near Sabz-e Meidan Square was also half-closed.
Carpet sellers in Rahimia Bazaar, most of whom are sellers of carpets for export, were on complete strike. The shops in Akbarieh, Vazir, Park, Mojtabaii, Yameen and Azad passages were also on full strike.
On Friday, despite weekend holiday where shops are closed, the clerical regime, fearful of solidarity of the populous with the Bazaar strike, stationed thirty-five vehicles of suppressive State Security Force and intelligence forces in Sabz-e-Meidan Square. State Security Forces also patrolled the whole Bazaar.
As of Wednesday July 14th, (Tir 23rd) certain segments of Mashhad’s Baazar also went on strike in solidarity with the Bazaars in Tehran, Tabriz and Esfahan. Although rumors of a strike were circulating within the city of Mashhad, there was no sign of a strike until Wednesday and Thursday this week, when sections of Mashhad’s Bazaar, including some of the Gold Merchants, and a large segment of the merchants at Mashhad’s Reza Bazaar began to strike, in protest to the proposed government tax increases.
According to received reports, the presence of security forces has created a climate of fear in Mashhad Bazaars, particularly at the Reza Bazaar, the Textile Bazaar, and some of smaller Bazaars belonging to Gold merchants. The security forces have been threatening the merchants, particularly at Reza Bazaar with arrests in the event that the strike continues.
It has been reported that in the next few days a larger segment of Mashhad Bazaar’s merchants intend to join the strike.