Wave of Arrests in Iran

The last of the demonstrators Monday morning were dispersed with tear gas in Iran’s cities, and there were no major rallies yesterday. The authorities continued to make arrests among aides to the major reformist leaders, and even among the relatives of the latter. Reformist reports said that the sister of Nobel peace prize winner Shirin Ebedi, a prominent regime critic has been taken into custody even though he is not politically active. The body of Ali Mousavi, the 34-year-old nephew of opposition leader Mir Hosain Mousavi, was confiscated by the government authorities, apparently in order to prevent it from becoming a rallying point, given his martyrdom. Mir Hosain Mousavi charged the regime with deliberately murdering the young man. Three of his aides were arrested.

Opposition leader Mehdi Karroubi had windows of his car broken out by assailants.

Opposition figure Ibrahim Yazdi was also arrested, He had served in an early post-revolution cabinet and is now in poor health.

President Obama condemned the brutal crackdown and called for the hundreds of prisoners of conscience to be released.

There are other days in Muharram when crowds will come out, and on which there may be more rallies and violence. The opposition movement continues to unfold and expand, but in an oddly staccato way, impelled by those anniversaries that allow people legitimately to gather in the streets in large numbers.

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  1. Hi. Did you see this video? It is quite possibly the most important video clip which has emerged from the unrest on Sunday. It clearly shows peaceful protesters marching ahead until they are shot at by security forces. This one will make it to international courts in time:

    link to youtube.com

  2. BBC News: Inside Iran with Rageh Omaar

    Notify me of new films! BBC News: Inside Iran with Rageh Omaar Trailer not available.
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    CATEGORies OF THIS FILMMiddle East Movies
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    descriptionRageh Omaar embarks on a unique journey inside what he describes as one of the most misunderstood countries in the world, looking at the country through the eyes of people rarely heard – ordinary Iranians.
    It took a year of wrangling to get permission to film inside Iran but the result is an amazing portrayal of an energetic and vibrant country that is completely different to the usual images seen in the media.

    tagsCONGO: White King, Red Rubber, Black Death OUR COMMENTSThis film is not political at all. It does not discuss the nuclear debate or American intervention in Iran. We posted it because its very interesting and we feel that the Iranian people have been misrepresented in the media. Historically, before every war politicians and the media paint the enemy as very differenent from ourselves. Its easier to hate or fear when you dont understand or relate to your enemy. When you look closely at this highly educated country you will see that Iranians assimilate to American culture. Rageh witnesses anti U.S. protests but notes that the protests are against U.S. policies and not Americans themselvese.
    The film also shows first hand how the Iranian propoganda machine works. I would argue that its strict and blatent censorship is much less effective than the subtle self censorship in U.S. media companies.
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  3. Anyone think this could be true?

    Ayatollah Khamenei's jet put on standby…
    Reports from Iran indicate that the Supreme National Security Council has ordered a complete check-up of the jet which is on standby to fly Ayatollah Sayyid Ali Khamenei and his family to Russia should the situation in Iran spiral out of control. The order, to the Pasdaran Revolutionary Guard Corps, was dated on Sunday, 27 December. A fax containing the order was sent to Dutch-based Shahrzad News.

    link to rnw.nl

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