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The Green Brief #43 (July 29)

Discussion in 'Green Brief' started by NiteOwl, Jul 30, 2009.

  1. NiteOwl Member

    I'm NiteOwl AKA Josh Shahryar - twitter.com/iran_translator on twitter. I'm a journalist and a human rights activist and NOT Iranian. This is a compilation of news from Iran that I've gathered through twitter and Iranian sites that were advertised on twitter. Remember, this is all from tweets. (My work is released under Creative Commons (CC).)

    These are the important happenings that I can positively confirm from Wednesday, July 29.


    In German: http://tinyurl.com/n9l7qv

    In Italian: http://tinyurl.com/m8bzrv


    Protests / Unrest

    1. Gatherings to honor protesters who’ve died in the post-election violence will be held today in Tehran and other parts of Iran. Mousavi, Karroubi and many other reformists are expected to join the protests.

    2. Beheshte Zahra Cemetery, where most of Tehran’s protesters who were killed are buried, is currently in a state of lockdown. Plans have been put in place by the government, to stop the flow of protesters into the main grounds of the cemetery.

    3 Neda’s mother has declined to join the mourners. She released a statement saying that she does not want to share the blame for the beatings, arrests or deaths of any mourners. However, she has indicated that others could do as they please and join the gatherings if they wanted to. Sohrab A'rabi's mother will be joining the mourners, though.

    4. The main gathering will be at Tehran Mosala, after a visit to Beheshte Zahra Cemetery. Thousands of people are expected to attend. It has been reported that protesters may march towards Neda’s house, after the gathering at Mosala.

    5. SMS services have been disconnected throughout Tehran in anticipation of the protests on Thursday. Unconfirmed reports suggest that Khamenei has ordered Basijis and plainclothes men not to interfere with the mourners. He has stated that, at all costs, the Basijis and plainclothes men are to avoid gathering near Mosala. Other security forces are said to be in charge of keeping the peace.

    6. At least 50 students of San’ati Sharif University have been forced to write forms stating they will not chant Allah o Akbar from their dorm rooms at night.


    Opposition

    7. The Islamic Iran Participation Front (IIPF) – the main reformist party – issued a statement on Wednesday. They stated that the Judiciary Chief’s one-week investigation, into the fate of arrested detainees, is a complete sham. The statement also said that crimes against citizens were continuing and were being perpetrated by the government. The only way to end turmoil – according to the statement – was the fall of Ahmadinejad’s government.

    8. Ayatollah Mortaza Motahhari’s son, Mohammad Motahhari, has joined the Green Movement and issued a scathing criticism of the government. Mortaza Motahhari was one of Khomeini’s closest disciples and was a founding figure of the Combatant Clergy Association.

    9. Ayatollah Montazeri has, yet again, released a statement criticizing the government, telling it to learn from what happened to the Shah. He added that the shutdown of Kahrizak detention facility was merely a government ploy to distract people. He asked the government to stop the Basij and IRG from killing innocent people and criticized the government for letting a few people control the fate of the whole nation.
    Government / International

    10. For the first time, the government has admitted that security forces might have been involved in violence during the protests. The overall head of Iran’s security forces, General Esmail Ahmadi-Moghaddam, said today that some members of security forces have overreacted. Moghaddam also added that the government had paid at least 197 Iranians money, to compensate for damages to their property, sustained during the protests. The total amount of payments is about $50,000.

    11. Kazem Jalali, the spokesperson for a parliamentary committee that is investigating the condition of detainees, as well as recent arrests, said today that the committee had received news of an underground detention facility, operated by the Ministry of Intelligence. The facility might be located beneath the ministry – according to Jalali. He said investigations were ongoing and declined to comment further.


    Arrest / Released / Killed

    12. Partially confirmed reports suggest that Javad Abbasi Kangevari - also known as Javad Azadeh Amoli - has been appointed as the chief interrogator for high-profile detainees. He has been appointed after a special order by Khamenei as other interrogators have so far failed to extort confessions from these detainees. Amoli is famous for being a proficient torturer and brutal interrogator. Hossein Ghorbanzadeh – also known as Hossein Gestapo - who is another notorious torturer – is at the moment the main man for extorting confessions from other detainees.

    13. Alireza Eftekhari, a former report for Abrare Eghtesad, was killed on June 15 after sustaining massive head trauma. He had been hit badly by security forces armed with batons. It has been also confirmed that Amir Hossein Toofanpour has been killed in the unrest. No other information could be obtained about him or the circumstances of his death. A 16 year old protester Hossein Akbari’s body has also been handed over to his family. He had been missing for a month and his head, chest and limbs had sustained severe injuries from a blunt object – possibly a baton.

    14. Saeed Hajjarian still remains in prison, even though it had been reported he would be released today. Today, Shayesteh Amiri – a former aide of Khatami -, Saeed Shariati – a high-ranking member of IIPF – and Fariborz Raees Dana were all arrested by security forces. Emad Behavar – a student activist - and Abolreza Tajik were released today.

    15. Reports have partially confirmed that starting Saturday, trials for detained protesters and political prisoners, will commence in Tehran. IRNA also reported on Wednesday, that indictments had been issued against nearly 20 detainees, allegedly involved in “planning and carrying out sabotage”. Their trials are set for Saturday, IRNA reported. Among the detainees are members of MKO, as well as some members of Iran's Baha'i minority. This could not be confirmed as of yet.

    16. PressTV has announced that Iranian security forces have arrested a group of photographers who had been hired by foreign media outlets, to get photos and video of protests in Iran. Majid Saeedi and Satyar Imami – two photographers who have been detained for some time - were forced weeks ago to give confessions and have been introduced to the public as Iranians who are working for foreign elements.


    Media

    17. Hossein Shariatmadari – the representative of Khamenei in Keyhan Daily – wrote in his column today that the protesters killed in the past few weeks, had been killed by hired thugs, who had been paid for their services by Mousavi and Khatami.


    Miscellaneous

    18. The Italian government has named a street in Rome after Neda Agha-Soltan. Article in Italian: Neda: Roma le dedica una via





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    *****A hearty thanks to Sahar joon and S joon for helping me out with proof-reading and very valuable tips. Also, a BIG THANKS to all the translators who're spending their precious time on getting this to as many people as possible.


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  2. thx for the updates, <3
  3. a desert Member

    So much win. Anyone know where to get a copy of his statement?

    And as always, thanks NiteOwl, you are always appreciated.
  4. As an avarage American I want to walk down a street in a free Tehran next year with a crowd of Iranian friends. God bless Neda and all those woriking towards a new Iran.
  5. Visionary Member

    Thanks so much for your hard work and the updates!
    Haven't gotten around to reading it yet, but I'll do that later when things are less busy in Tehran. lol
  6. Paleene Member

    There is a saying in my country stating that one most likely blaming others for what are own thoughts and actions :mad:
  7. Paleene Member

    There is a saying in my country stating that one most likely blaming others for what are personal thoughts and actions :mad:
  8. Bravissimo Italia

    Would it not be great if the newly named street ran directly in front of the Iranian embassy in Rome
  9. It seems right now, people are hardly struggling in MOSALA. Plainclothmen are among people covered their faces with green covers. People need help there. Must call for help from other parts of Tehran. Please cover this and inform others.
  10. sp4rrowh4wk Member

    another excellent report, NiteOwl. thank you
  11. Thanks again!!!! It's getting closer!!!!
  12. Good on ya, Nite Owl. Get some sleep. We appreciate what you do.
  13. JohnDoe Moderator

    That would be brilliant - indeed wouldn't it be great if every free county followed suit?!

    Thanks as ever Niteowl - you continue to do an amazing job:)
  14. Visionary Member

    Love the idea. Or similar way of making Iranian embassies sit on Neda streets.

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