Monday, June 13, 2011

Iran: Clashes and arrests in Tehran

In the Iranian capital Tehran on the edge of peaceful demonstrations appeared to have come to clashes with security forces. According to opposition figures shall be several demonstrators were arrested. Witnesses said members of the notorious Basij militia were equipped with sticks.

The opposition had the second anniversary of the controversial re-election of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Sunday called for a "silent protest". Opposition reported on websites, many people had followed the call. At the same relative number of police and security forces position, as it was called.

Meanwhile, an imprisoned dissident since the re-election of Ahmadinejad died after a hunger strike. The journalist Hoda Saber, Reza had suffered a heart attack, reported the Iranian agency ISNA. The 54-year-old began his hunger strike ten days in Evin Prison in Tehran to protest against the unexplained death of dissident Haleh Sahabi.

It was early June at the funeral of her father, the opposition Esatollah Sahabi, died. In opposition sources said according to a report by the BBC that she had been beaten by police. Esatollah Sahabi had died at the age of 81 years of complications of a stroke. He was in the 1970s, a co-founder of the liberal Freedom Movement FMI.

He was repeatedly arrested, spent a total of 15 years behind bars Sahabi. Ahmadinejad had in the elections on 12 June 2009 after official figures clearly enforced against the moderate candidate Mir Hussein Mousavi. The opposition spoke against electoral fraud. In the months of protests that have been beaten by the security forces, killing 30-80 people.

Thousands of demonstrators were arrested. The courts sentenced more than 100 opposition supporters to long prison sentences, eight dissidents also sentenced to death. Moussaoui is under strict house arrest since February.

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