Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Pre-Rally Repression in Iran

Acccording to this report in the New York Times, Iranian officials are cracking down on activists in advance of anticipated protests during the anniversary of the Islamic Revolution.  According to the report:
While a number of well-known reformists were detained shortly after the contested presidential election last June, the ranks of those imprisoned now include artists, photographers, children’s rights advocates, women’s rights activists, students and scores of journalists. Iran now has more journalists in prison than any other country in the world, with at least 65 in custody, according to Reporters Without Borders.

Reports have filtered out from Iran of people being roused from their beds during midnight raids and disappearing into the penal system without an official word to family and friends, and of overcrowded jails and long stays in solitary confinement, according to human rights groups.

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