Monday, November 23, 2009

Newsletter for Monday 23rd November 2009

Student Information Center (SIC)

Newsletter Issue 133 - Monday November 23rd, 2009                                                                                                                                                              

Future Plans:
--Iranian-style protests, Thursday evening, go to parks and around in the city with family.
--Accompanying mothers of the green movement victims in Laleh Park – every Saturday afternoon.

--Spreading news about Dec 7 (Azar 16th) demonstrations on the anniversary of Student Day in private and public universities across the country; inviting people and students to attend these ceremonies in universities.

--Radio Farda: Ahmad Zeidabadi, a journalist and the Secretary of Advar Tahkim Vahdat organization, after spending more than five months in detention, was sentences by the Revolutionary Court to six years in prison, five years in exile in Gonabad, and a lifelong deprivation of right to engage in social and political activities.
--Radio Farda: Islamic Iran Participation Front condemned the treatment of political activists in prison and dismissed the announced sentences, and warned that "people of Iran will certainly not submit to the regime's authoritarian and repressive methods" The statement says: "the performance of the government over more than five months after the elections, has left serius and successive impacts on the whole system, specially with regard to popular support and the value content."
--Radio farda: Freedom Movement of Iran published a statement about  after elevtion developments in Iran, regarded the contiuouation of the protests despite the passing of five months, a sign of the depth of the green movement, and said that the victory of this movement depends on the pursuite of peaceful methods. Freedom Movement of Iran pointed to the "very heavy spending of funds for control and repression of the green movement by the government" and added: "the widespread presence of protestors in official and public gatherings in the Qods day and 13th of Aban, made evident the fact that this movement can not be turned off with the military and security methods ".
--Radio farda: Parastou Forouhar, Dariush and Parvaneh Forouhar's daughter, on Sunday had an Interview with Radio Farda and gave news of the heavy presence of police and security forces to prevent the gathering of public and even close family relatives in the eleventh anniversary of the murder of her parents. Referring to the anniversary ceremony at the home of the  Forouhars, she said: "The police and security forces, with their extensive presence around the house of the Forouhars, stopped people from getting close to the house. Dariush Forouhar, leader of the Iranian nation party, and his wife Parvaneh Eskandari, were murdered on the first of Azar (23rd of November) in 1377 by knife in their house. Few months later and after two other writers and intellectuals were murdered -a case which was known as the "serial murders"-, the security officials of the Islamic Republic of Iran announced "self-motivated and wronged members"in the Ministry of Intelligence as the responsibles for the murders.
--Change for Equality website: Mehrnoush Etemadi, activists One Million Signatures Campaign was arrested in Isfahan on Monday. On Monday evening in a phone call to her home, she gave news of her transfer to Dastgerd prison of Isfahan. One Million Signatures Campaign, which has been formed three years ago, aims to revise the discriminatory laws against women in Iran. So far dozens of members of this campaign have been arrested and tried.
--Radio farda: In continuoution of the wave of arrest of students and journalists, on Sunday 1st of Azar(23rd of November), Sasan Aghayi, a journalist and blogger, was arrested by security agents. Sasan Aghayi, a 28-year-old journalist, was one of the authors of the banned newspapers Farhikhtegan, and nEtemaad Melli(national trust).
--BBC News: Deputy Minister of Culture said the Hamshahri newspaper has been banned by the Press Supervisory Board, due to release a photo of the Baha'i temple in India. Hamshahri newspaper is affiliated to Tehran Municipality publications, and on its first page in the first day of Azar, advertised for a trip to India, which included a photo of a temple, which according to supervision cometee, is owned by Baha'is. 
--Radio farda: Hundreds of Brazilians on Sunday, ahead of the journey of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to this country atended protesting marchs in Rio de Janeiro and condemned this trip. According to the reports, more than 500 Holocaust survivors, African-Brazilian artists, Christians, Jews and homosexuals right activists, with a demonstration in the city of Rio de Janeiro gave slogans against Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, and protested to his trip to Brazil. 
--Norouz: Saeed Mortazavi, Tehran prosecutor has been arrested in 2007 because of a case of several financial and moral corruption charges, under a sentence from Hashemi Shahroudi, head of the judiciary at the time. A lawyer with told Norouz that: The arrest of Saeed Mortazavi was not made public at all. He added: Former prosecutor of Tehran who was arrested by an order of Hashemi Shahroudi, was freed after two nights, with supports from higher power institutions.

--Radio Farda: More than 50 students in Najaf-Abad Azad University  were called to the disciplinary committee, due to the presence in the gatherings of 13th of Aban. Reports say that the installation of cameras around the universities and colleges, as well as implementation of gender separation travel services and intensified security has stirred more protests after 13th of Aban.
--Green Wave: More than 150 graduates of Sharif University signed a statement demanded the release Hojjat Sharifi and Nafiseh Zare' Kan.   
--Green wave of freedom: Few weeks before the 16th of Azar, and to create atmosphere of fear in universities, more than 10 student activists in Shahrekord University were summoned to the intelligence office of this city.
--AUT news: Following the student rally held on Sunday, Azar 1st(23rd of November),  protesting to the detention of Ali Parviz and Soheil Mohammadi in Civil Engineering Department of Khajeh Nasir University, plainclothes and Basiji members of the university attacked the protesting students and caused chaos in campus area.

--BBC News: Mohammad Ali Abtahi, the legal and parliamentary consultor of the president during Mohammad Khatami's presidency, who was arrested after the Iranian presidential election in June, was freed with a 700 million toman(700 thousand dollars) bail. Mr. Abtahi the most prominent cleric arrested after the election, has been sentenced to 6 years of prison in 30th of Aban(22nd of November)by preliminary court.
--Green wave:, Saeed Habibi, former office secretary of Consolidating Unity Organization(Tahkim Vahdat Organization), and a member of Human Rights Committee, was charged with propaganda against the Islamic Republic and collusion against national security, and was sentenced to three-year imprisonment.

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--Mohsen Sazgara pointed to the followings in his daily videos on Sunday and Monday:

-About the student arrests and increasing violence in universities, he said that Coup supporters are trying to disorganize the Iranian student movement by imprisoning student activists and preventing the student activities. But since the student organization has a bottom ip organization, imprisonment of the activists does not impact the movement, and in 16th of Azar, you will see how student movement will present its political action.
- He said the establishment of a military government in Kurdistan, Sanandaj and other cities is a repeated step that the coup government takes to scare people, and said that given the reactiton of people in the past 5 months, this is no longer effective. 
- About the weekly gathering of mothers of victims of the after election protests in Laleh Park, he said that the repressive forces wanted to arrest a young man, but mothers used the right way to protect the person, by surrounding him and standing between him and the forces, and at the end security forces where forced to leave.
- He reviewed the movement's aims, and said that the final goal is to remove the coup government but that goal depends on three other sub goals:
1 - removing the legitimacy of the coup government and any governmental instituation that supports this government.
2 - to wear this government out and create a division in between them
3 - paralysising the coup government
He said the revolutionary guards is the core of the power of the coup government, which is holding key positions in security, financial and military and repressional fields, and so it must be our main target.
- He said the political actions taken place so far are of three categories: Category I: Actions that strengthen solidarity and public resistance, such as Allaho Akbar slogans at nights, or boycotting or protesting in million scale. Category 2: Actions that wear the coup government out, such as actitons that puts financial burden on their military budget(best type in this category would be scattered, geographically spread protests), and Category 3: paralysising actions.


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