March 07, 2007

Iran Cracking Down On Dissenters

My anti-mullah friend emails again:

Hi Vinnie, Here is a report from Radio Isreal's Persian service: [My comments are enclosed in square braces.] There are reports of unrest in the city of Andi'meshk in the province of Khuzestan [south west corner of Iran]. On Sunday a group of Andi'meshk residents who are dissatisfied with the current [economic and political] situation engaged in demonstrations. However, they were violently set upon by the state security forces who still [The report is dated Tuesday March 6th, 2007] prevent people from congregating even in small numbers. The residents of Andi'meshk who are mostly from the under-privileged Arab minority claim that on Sunday five or six demonstrators were killed by the security forces, and that these deaths have further angered the youth of the city resulting in even more attacks on the SSF's.

In Tehran, the SSF's attacked a peaceful meeting of Iranian women [I suspect in connection
with the international women's day] arresting a number of them. Those arrested are still in prison, although
there is talk of releasing seven of the women described as journalists.

Incidentally with the Iranian Spring and New Year festivals approaching,
I just remembered that during last year's festivities,
one of which traditionally involves jumping
over bundles of burning deadwood, many Iranians were using pages of the Qoran as kindling to light the fires.
They would purposely scatter half-burnt pages of the Qoran in the streets to let the regime know
what they think of it and the Arabic religion that it holds so dear. Heh heh heh heh heh heh
I wished I had saved a few of the photographs; I think you would've liked them.
I'm looking forward to seeing what happens this year.

By Vinnie at 10:42 PM | Comments |