Monday, March 1, 2010

Monday March 1st, 2010 Newsletter

Student Information Center (SIC)

Newsletter Issue 178 - Monday March 1st, 2010

--Efforts focused at increasing non-violent civil disobedience in the society.
--Allah o Akbar during the nights
--Writing slogans on the walls and bills
-- Visiting resting place of the green movement martyrs in Beheshte Zahra (the cemetery) on the last Thursday of the year-- Being out in the streets on Thursdays

--Radio Zamaneh: Mr. Khatami met with a group of youth and student members of the assembly and made the following statements. He said that the current regime is deviating away from the principles of the Islamic republic. and that if the people begin to feel that their vote is value-less, then it is the reformists duty to re-establish the right path since both Islam and the Republic are in danger.

--Path of Green Movement (Jrs): The president of the Commission on National Security and Foreign Policy has released a statement regarding the video released which depicts the plain-clothes and security forces attacking the university dorms in Tehran. While emphasizing that the video was released from BBC, he recommended that the post-election investigation committee should look more closely into the matter of the video. 
--Path of Green Movement (Jrs): Association of Iranian student unions released a statement condemning continued detention of many students in Tehran's prisons. They demanded the immediate release of students and teachers who are under arrest. They also condemned the attack on university dorms as depicted in the leaked video as "a military invasion where the attackers seem joyful as if they have conquered an enemy castle!".

--Path of Green Movement (Jrs): According to information received, individuals who have been released from prison since the elections are under pressure to comply and give pro- government interviews. They are said to be told that if they don't follow instructions, they will be back in prison by Norooz (Iranian new years coming up in March). 

--Path of Green Movement (Jrs): According to Iranian official law enforcement, the police force detained twenty thousand protesters on the day of the anniversary of the revolution (feb 11th). This number included individuals arrested anywhere between a few hours to a few days or ongoing. Based on this report, the number of Green protesters on the streets on that day can be estimated to have been very high. 

--Path of Green Movement (Jrs): The Director General of Tehran's "Protective" committee (generally in charge of maintaining the "values" of the Islamic Revolution) revealed in a private meeting that they had imported many people from surrounding cities on February 11th. He is quoted as saying :" since we knew that we had to outnumber the greens so as to discourage then on February 11th, we cancelled the rallies traditionally held in neighboring cities and brought everyone to Tehran instead. In this way, we gathered around 500 thousand pro-government supporters in Tehran. And with the discipline and organization of those in charge, we managed to disperse and discourage the "rioters"". 

--In response to criticism of the political executions, Sadeq Larijani has said that he is doing everything in his power to stop these executions. He has had a private meeting with Khamanei where the supreme leader told him that "he expected more". 

--BBC News: Mohammad Khatami has published a criticism of the regime on the website "Baran". He said that the government should act with intelligence regarding foreign policy and not be too adventurous in the face of the enemies. 

--Radio Farda: Mehdi Kalhor, media adviser to the Iranian President called the elections celebrations a mistake. He said that the Greens are experts and scholars of our society and they cannot be put aside. He also accused the conservatives of seeking "vengeance" from reformists.

--BBC: Abbas Jaafari Dowlatabadi (Tehran prosecutor) released warning statements for the upcoming new years celebrations. He said that there will be no more protests without permission and those who do will be dealt with. He also accused the reformist leaders of inciting unrest but said that their efforts are futile.

--Radio Zamaneh: Press Supervisory Board banned the daily Etemad and Iran Coverage Rate Weekly magazine is canceled. The two journal publications were some of a few remaining reformists publications. 
--BBC News: Shadi Sadr, activist and women's rights lawyer, won a special award given by the American government for outstanding human rights activities. She is amongst 10 women who received the 2010 "courageous women" award. She had won a similar award from Netherlands in 2009. 

--Path of Green Movement (Jrs): security agents raided the home of Jafar Panahi, a famous Iranian director. They arrested him, his wife and daughter, as well as 15 guests who were present at the time of the raid. 
--Path of Green Movement (Jrs): Behnam Ali-Zadeh, a member of the Islamic Association of Art University, was arrested Saturday night from University dormitories. This arrest was done by the request of University authorities. 

--Kalameh: doctor Mohammad Maleki, the oldest political prisoner after the coup election events was finally released after 191 days in detention. He is said to be in a non-favorable physical state. Several others including Mohamad reza Mogheisseh, Favad Sadeghi, Mahsa Jazini, Mehdi Motamedimehr and Morteza Kazemian were also released.

--BBC: A number of the arrested were released yesterday. These included politicians, journalists as well as Baha'i citizens. 

--Radio Farda: Omid Montazeri who was arrested after the events of the day of Ashura, is sentenced to 6 years in prison. Mehdi Clary from Sharif University who was arrested on November 16th was sentenced to 2 and half years in prison. , which held from 16 November to take over two and a half years of imprisonment story. 
Radio Farda: Mustafa Mir Ahmadizadeh, students of Ayatollah Montazeri and professor of public law with useful Qom Special Clerical Court was arrested in his house. On the other hand Ali Hekmat, member central council of defending the freedom of the press and banned the editor Following the occurrence of the Persian month Khordad day of Ashura was arrested after about two months, was released Saturday evening.

Sazegara's Sunday and Monday video summary: He showed his support for Mousavi's recent statements. He stated that it is important to maintain the streets pressure even if it is not as united. It is important to keep the streets noisy. 
Studies from several american universities have concluded that Iran and China are most active against the internet in terms of filtering and arresting bloggers. 
21 Arab countries have released a statement demanding that the iranian government cease the oppression of its people.
While it was initially said that 100-150 members of the parliament had complained against Mousavi, the government has now admitted that that number was a lie and in actual fact only 4 parliament members had complaints against him.Finally, March 8th is Women's day and it is important that we show our support for the women's movement and the female activists who are currently under arrest.

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