Thursday, September 22, 2005

Thousands arrested in Tehran after the schools reopen

Iran Press News: Translation by Banafsheh Zand-Bonazzzi
The regime's brutal disciplinary forces over the recent days arrested thousands of innocent Iranian people, calling them hoodlums and scum. The regime, which considers the reopening of the schools and universities as a threat, has deployed its security agents all around Tehran in order to make their presence felt. Revolutionary Guard Zaareii, the Commander of the disciplinary forces of the regime in Tehran spoke at a gathering of other squadron leaders; he shared his apprehension of the reopening of the schools and what troubles can lay ahead due to the commencement of the scholastic year.

"Mobilizing security forces, secret police and disciplinary teams around schools is of utmost importance and must at all times be kept in place. The operation, entitled 'ZAFAR' has been so far effective in the province of Tehran. Since the second week of September 3000 people have been arrested and 8450 others have been ordered to appear in court. Out of those, 11 already had been detained before and 227 have already been sent to jail." Zaareii confessed that a large majority of the detainees are between the ages of 25 and 29. He also said that disciplinary forces are permitted to invade houses and stores [at their discretion] that have satellite dishes, arresting the owners. Regarding this point he added: "We have so far arrested 12500 people for the socially corruptive and disorderly use of 3000 satellite dishes."

Last week, revolutionary guard Ahmadi-Moghad'dam who is the Executive Director of the entire squadron admitted that these squadrons would be indeed, permanent fixtures in all learning institutions across the country, soon.