16 April, 2014 AsiaNews.it Twitter AsiaNews.it Facebook            

Help AsiaNews | About us | P.I.M.E. | | RssNewsletter





mediazioni e arbitrati, risoluzione alternativa delle controversie e servizi di mediazione e arbitrato
e-mail this to a friend printable version


» 06/14/2010 22:43
IRAN
More 900 people arrested in Tehran, Green Wave more mature than a year ago
Activists say 300 women are among the arrested. Uniformed and plainclothes police as well as revolutionary guards patrol the streets, intimidating people against demonstrating. University students engage in silent protest and hunger strike. Some protesters chant “death to the dictator”. Opposition leader Karroubi says, “The Green Movement today is stronger and more mature than last year”.

Tehran (AsiaNews/Agencies) – Iranian security forces last Saturday detained more than 900 people in the capital, including 300 women. Still, in spite of increased police presence, and the deployment of plainclothes agents and revolutionary guards (pasdaran), many members of the pro-democracy opposition took to the streets to mark the first anniversary of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s allegedly rigged re-election. Unlike last year, few protesters came out, but their action is a sign that the Green Wave is not completely over. In fact, for opposition leader Mehdi Karroubi, “The Green Movement today is stronger and more mature than last year”

Last Saturday, more than 900 people were arrested for marking the first anniversary of Ahmadinejad’s presidential victory with a protest, the Human Right Activists News Agency (HRANA) reported. Detained protesters included 300 women, and their relatives have not yet heard from them.

The authorities refused to authorise protests for the anniversary. They also sent threatening text messages that read: “Dear citizen, you have been deceived by foreign media and are operating for them. If you repeat this action you will be dealt with in accordance with Islamic penal law.”

Similarly, opposition leaders Mir Hossein Mousavi and Mehdi Karroubi urged people to keep a low profile to avoid further bloodshed.

Nevertheless, small-scale protests did take place in Tehran as well as provincial cities with people voicing their anger by shouting “death to dictator” and “God is great”.

At the University of Sistan and Baluchistan, about 1,000 students took part in a silent protest that included a hunger strike. Some clashes with police were also reported.

A journalist with Rooz online, who followed the demonstration in the capital, said that people used subtle forms of protest. “They would walk and laugh, angering the police, but at the same time not giving them an excuse to attack them,” he wrote. “The officers were extremely angry and frustrated.”

At the same time, activists have complained that the authorities have cracked down on jailed political prisoners, saying that families are no longer allowed to see them face to face or talk to them in private. Hereafter, they will only be able to communicate via telephone. For prison authorities , his will prevent the release of statements and declarations by political prisoners to the outside world.

Overall, Iran’s clerical regime has failed to silence completely the pro-democracy opposition. Speaking to CNN via e-mail, Mehdi Karroubi said, “The Green Movement today is stronger and more mature than last year.”

“From the way things appear, things have not improved because the political situation, the economy and international relations have been damaged,” Karroubi said. Nevertheless, “if we take a deeper look at the situation, Iranian society has made strides in the path of knowing their rights, and this is a great achievement.”


e-mail this to a friend printable version

See also
02/11/2010 IRAN
Appeal of the "Weeping Mothers " of Iran: free our children, arrest those who killed them
06/09/2009 IRAN
Enthusiasm and participation in Iran’s election for a new Head of State
06/16/2010 IRAN
Green wave “strong and alive”, Karroubi attacked, offices of Sanei and Montazeri swarmed
05/24/2010 IRAN
Tehran cracks down with violence and arrests on student demonstrations
02/12/2010 IRAN
For Washington and Paris, Iran not capable of making nuclear weapons

Editor's choices
SYRIA
I will miss you Fr Frans, you inspired us all, says Syrian Jesuit
by Tony Homsy*A young priest from the Society of Jesus remembers the life and work of Fr Frans van der Lugt, who was killed in Homs after he refused to abandon residents beleaguered by hunger and war. "He gave and continues to give everything for the Church, Syria, and peace. His story and qualities made him an exceptional missionary and witness to the Gospel." Reprinted courtesy of 'The Jesuit Post'.
FRANCE - IRAQ
Chaldean Patriarch on the uncertain future of eastern Christians, a bridge between the West and Islam
by Mar Louis Raphael I SakoThe wars in Iraq, Libya and Afghanistan have made things worse for their peoples, especially minorities. As Western policies have been a failure, fundamentalism has grown with the Arab Spring losing out to extremism. Muslim authorities have a role in protecting rights and religious freedom. The presence of Christians in the Middle East is crucial for Muslims.
CHINA - EUROPEAN UNION
Xi Jinping returns home full of deals and silence
by Bernardo CervelleraThe Chinese president signed agreements worth tens of billions of Euros in France, Germany, the Netherlands, and Belgium. He also stayed clear of any press conference. At the College of Europe in Bruges, he presented his dream of a new trillion-dollar Silk Road. Yet, he also made it clear that at home, the monopoly of power stays with the Party, squashing any dream for political reform in China. On the Internet, netizens disagree with him.

Dossier
by Giulio Aleni / (a cura di) Gianni Criveller
pp. 176
by Lazzarotto Angelo S.
pp. 528
by Bernardo Cervellera
pp. 240
Copyright © 2003 AsiaNews C.F. 00889190153 All rights reserved. Content on this site is made available for personal, non-commercial use only. You may not reproduce, republish, sell or otherwise distribute the content or any modified or altered versions of it without the express written permission of the editor. Photos on AsiaNews.it are largely taken from the internet and thus considered to be in the public domain. Anyone contrary to their publication need only contact the editorial office which will immediately proceed to remove the photos.