Home | English | Publications | Reports | A Year Later: Suppression Continues in Iran

A Year Later: Suppression Continues in Iran

Video footage from Tehran and other cities show demonstrators clashing violently with security forces. They capture scenes showing demonstrators resisting arrest, being beaten by Basij and riot police, and being shot and run over by security forces.

Hundreds were arrested around the nation. In Isfahan, during a clash at Hossein Abad Street, over 400 demonstrators were arrested and transferred to Isfahan prison. In Tehran, 1,100 people were reportedly arrested and transferred by bus to Evin prison and other detention centers. In Najafabad, officials reportedly declared martial law.

Ali Habibi-Mousavi, Mir-Hossein Mousavi’s nephew, was shot that day in Tehran by a .45 caliber bullet that entered his chest and exited his body. Reports indicate that his killing was targeted and that the 43-year-old father of two was not participating in the demonstrations. His body and those of four others who died on Ashura were taken by security forces for autopsy. State media suggested a variety of different theories regarding the “mysterious” murder. Hossein Shariatmadari, editor in chief of the hardline Kayhan newspaper, accused Mir-Hossein Mousavi of having assassinated his own nephew.

Images of deaths and severe injuries were captured on cell phones and quickly spread over the Internet. One video that received substantial attention shows a police vehicle running over protestors. Witnesses who saw law enforcement trucks run over protestors have reportedly been arrested. Esmail Ahmadi-Moqaddam, the National Chief of Police, claimed that the truck that ran over civilians had been stolen from NAJA, and that the thief was being pursued. The families of those arrested have been pressured not to speak of the reasons for the arrests.

The number of victims on Ashura is difficult to establish. The official Islamic Republic News Agency announced that 37 people were killed that day. Four deaths were reported in Tabriz, and by the end of the day in Tehran, five deaths were confirmed by the opposition, including that of Mousavi’s nephew.

Ahmad-Reza Radan, the Deputy Chief of the National Police, claimed that the police and security forces did not use lethal force on Ashura. However, state television initially claimed that 10 members of anti-revolutionary terrorist groups were killed and that these groups also killed five others. The police then claimed eight deaths in Tehran, and then changed that number to seven after determining that one victim was allegedly a drug addict with no link to the demonstrations. Jafari-Dolatabadi, Tehran’s prosecutor general, confirmed the seven deaths and claimed to have launched investigations.

The bodies of those who died were returned to their families for burial under the condition that they not publicize the death or the cause of death. Family members of the victims were reportedly pressured to declare that the deaths of their loved ones were accidents.

As was the case in earlier demonstrations, authorities insisted that foreigners and terrorists were to blame. Minister of Intelligence Heydar Moslehi blamed foreigners for backing the chaos during Ashura and claimed that some of them had been arrested. Qolam Hossein Mohseni Ejei, the prosecutor general of Iran, stated that three of those arrested on Ashura would be tried for muharibih (waging war against God) and executed promptly.

« 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 »
  • Email to a friend Email to a friend
  • Print version Print version
  • Plain text Plain text

Tagged as:

Reports, Right to Protest, Imprisonment