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Harsh Repression Continues Against Iranian Dissidents

1:03 PM, Apr 29, 2014 • By STEPHEN SCHWARTZ
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Meanwhile 19 prisoners who had been moved from Evin to Rajai-Shahr prison in the city of Karaj west of Tehran, including Gonabadi Sufi Reza Entesari and sociologist Saeed Madani, have begun a hunger strike in solidarity with the recent victims in Evin.

Entesari, Madani, and five more of the group locked up in Rajai-Shahr addressed a statement to the “noble people of Iran.” They warned, “The abuse of political prisoners by judicial authorities has become acceptable and criminal actions by security personnel in the prisons are routine. . . . The judicial authorities have become increasingly harsh and rigid in their dealings with prisoners of conscience and political prisoners. . . . Black Thursday opened up fresh wounds for the democracy-loving and freedom-seeking people of Iran. . . . No judiciary, administrative or security official has shown any type of responsible behavior. They have refused to accept accountability for these actions by fabricating deceptive lies in the official media.”

The other five signatories from Rajai-Shahr deserve to be known: Jafar Shahin Eghdami, Massoud Bastani, Saeed Razavi Faghih, Mehdi Mahmoudian, and Mostafa Neeli.

Rouhani’s government increases its repressive actions even as the Obama administration and other Western governments try to convince themselves that Rouhani represents reform and that a diplomatic opening to the Tehran tyranny is possible and justifiable. The torments inflicted repeatedly in the Evin House of Detention show that the essence of the regime has not changed.

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