Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Wednesday January 27th 2010 Newsletter

Student Information Center (SIC)

Newsletter Issue 162 - Wednesday January 27th, 2010                                                                                                                                                              

--Preparation for 22nd of Bahman demonstration and the "ten-day civil residence".
--Holding the 40th day anniversary of the martyrs of Ashoura day, on 16th of Bahman, at the same time az Arba'een day.
--Holding the 40th anniversary of Ayatollah Montazeri on14th of Bahman.
--Efforts focused at increasing non-violent civil disobedience in the society.
--Writing slogans on the walls and bills

--SIC: The French version of the Student Information Center Newsletter can be accessed at this web address:

--BBC News: Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, responded tp Mohammad Yazdi's recent criticisms on Saturday, 6th of Bahman (26th of January), in a meeting with a group of professors of political science of University of Qom. He said: "As I said earlier, so far my answer to his angry and pointed remarks has been a hello, but with his last remarks and the information I have received, this time, it smells of conspiracy." 
--BBC: Mehdi Karroubi, Secretary General of Etemad Melli party and an opposition political leader, condemned the handling of the the election result protesters, and emphasized his previous beliefs. Tuesday, 26th of January (Persian date 6th of Bahman), Sahamnews website published Mehdi Karroubi's speech in a meeting with a group of political figures, in which, Mr. Karroubi had once again emphasized on extensive fraud in the election. He said: "As the time goes on, my belief about the widespread manipulation of the election results gets stronger, because every day new information reaches us, and it is regretful how some people treated the trust and the vote which the nation had lent to the ones in charge. " 
--Green Movement Network(JRS): Son of Ali Larijani, the head of current Parliament was arrested by the security forces during the bloody events of Ashura in Tehran. He was held for 24 hours and after his identity was accepted by the security personnel, he was released. It is said that he has also been arrested during the Qods Day rallies.
--Green Movement Network (JRS): Hundreds of Iranian academics in an open letter addressed the head of the judiciary, and asked for the release of captive Polytechnic University student, Majid Tavakoli. The letter says: "terrible treatment of students is more regrettable when it happened on the national student day, the anniversary of student protests to the despotism of the Shah and the policies of his foreign supporters, including his attach to Tehran University. This year, in extreme disbelief, we saw the same events of the year 1332 being repeated. 
--Radio Farda: German government spokesman, rejected the Iranian Ministry of Information claim, about its involvement in the unrest in the country on Ashura day, and also the arrest of two German diplomats on this day. Andreas Peschke, German government spokesman said in a news conference that he has no information on the arrests made on 27th of December (day of Ashura) and can not confirm the arrest of two German diplomats. He said: "No German diplomat has been arrested on 27 of December last year." 
--Green Movement Network (JRS): Masoud Kanzy, the honorary secretary of the joint four academies of the Islamic Republic of Iran, resigned after years of activities in this position. After the recent changes in the academies and removal of Mir Hossein Mousavi and Dr. Fazel, Mr Kanzy resigned and his resignation was accepted.

--BBC News: Jahanbakhsh Khanjani, deputy advertising and information distribution devision of Mir-Hossein Mousavi's campaign was sentenced to 6 years of imprisonment. Lawyer of Mr. Khanjani said on Wednesday, 7th of Bahman (27th of January) to the ISNA news agency, that: "He was sentenced to one year imprisonment on the charge of propaganda against the regime, and to 5 years of imprisonment for collusion and activities against national security." 
--BBC: Mahsa AmrAbadi, wife of Masoud Bastani, an imprisoned Iranian journalist, said that her husband has been transferred from Evin prison to the prison of Rajai Shahr in the city of Karaj. Ms. AmrAbadi, who also spent some time in prison following the unrest after the election, told BBC Persian that Masoud Bastani has been sentenced by judge Salavati, to be transfered because he had been holding journalism classes in the prisoners in section 350 of Evin prison.
--Green Movement Network (JRS): Despite a month of arrest of Dr. ArabMazar, a faculty member of Allameh Tabatabaei University, and a senior adviser to Mir Hossein Mousavi, there is still not any details of his case available. Family members of this professor are expressing concerns about this and his unknown situation. He has been arrested on 7th of Dey in his home, following the wave of arrests of Ashura. 

-- in the speech of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in the introduction of the new IRNA executive manager, in a shameful act, the green band of the Iranian flag was changed to blue. The picture of this event, published by Fars news agency, is attached to the newsletter.

--The "Ey Iran" song will be attached to the newsletter to be used as cellphone ringtone, based on an invitation circulating in the social networks.


--Sazegara mentioned the followings in his Tuesday and Wednesday speech:
 - About Fars news agency report of Mr. Karrubi, he said that this agency rarely writes anything validated, specially now that they are worried about 22nd of Bahman events. He said probably Mr. Karubbi will soon release an statement to solve the doubts, like Ms. Zahra Rahnavard, and will mention that why the removal of this government is the least of people's wishes.
- He mentioned the report that Qods Revolutionary gard branch has given Khamenei, reporting that Iran's credibility has decreased after Ashura day.
- He suggested the use of face masks to prevent identification by the camera.
- He proposed boycott of Chinese goods abroad, and distribute the news, so that at least China's dignity will fall in risk.
- He said that the reported survey was based on 400 samples, in 4 provinces, and the samples match the general population of Iran. 
- He mentioned some unrest in the Mellat bank branches here and there, and said this is because of the weakness of economic system and the banks. He said the inflation and the manipulation of the prices are increasing this. He said on the other hand removing cash from banks will weaken the government and is good.
- He discussed the proposal of putting "Ey Iran"  anthem as the ringtone for mobile phones, and said it will increase unity of the members of the green movement.
- He gave news of resignation of console of Iran in Japan, and announced that he has joined the green movement. 
- He emphasized Mr. Karroubi's remark on not to retreat from the demands of the people, and pointed out that the scenario of the coup supporters has failed.
- He said partner companies of the Oil Ministry have gone on strike in Imam Khomeini harbor, because their salaries have not been paid.
- He emphasized that people should attend the 22nd of Bahman rallies in peace, and with calmness.


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