Thursday, 16 September 2010

Moves against Mousavi

BBC News:
Iranian security forces have raided the office of opposition leader Mir Hossein Mousavi, his website has reported.

Agents entered the premises late on Wednesday and took away computers and some of his belongings, it said.

The statement described the attack as a "new phase of restrictions". The Iranian government has not commented.

Excerpts from Enduring America’s daily roundup:
0730 GMT: We open this morning with a far-from-subtle threat by Tehran Prosecutor General Abbas Jafari Doulatabadi, as reported by the Tehran Times: "Iran has granted furloughs to 20 political prisoners. However, their names will not be announced so that they can spend their leave without any problems, 'but of course as long as they act according to the furlough rules'."

Doulatabadi backed up the threat with the general declaration that his office would try the "leaders of sedition"

1230 GMT: The Blockade of the Opposition. Continuing the restrictions on contact with Mehdi Karroubi and Mir Hossein Mousavi, Iranian authorities prevented members of the youth branch of Karroubi's Etemade Melli party from seeing the cleric on Wednesday.

1300 GMT: The Sword Drops? Kalemeh, the website of Mir Hossein Mousavi, is reporting that Mousavi's offices were raided by Iranian security forces last night. Documents, equipment, and computers were taken.

The raid follows the blockade of Mousavi's offices, preventing visits, and this week's arrest of his head of office.
Much more at EA.

Rooz, Wednesday 15th:
Mir-Hossein Mousavi issued a response to the increasing security measures imposed against him, including preventing people and political personalities from meeting with him. The wartime prime minister announced, “Security measures will not solve the problems of those in power.” Mousavi also advised the regime to fear people’s wrath, not him.

News reports of the detention and interrogation of people wishing to visit Mousavi surfaced while the Tehran police chief announced that the participants in the siege against Mehdi Karoubi’s house will be prosecuted.

Mehdi Karoubi’s house was under siege since about two weeks ago by forces described by those close to Mr. Karoubi as agents of the regime.

Tehran Bureau, Monday 13th: Hardliners close in on Mousavi, “Sedition” case launched in judiciary.

Drawing copyright © Mana Neyestani. More on the artist in this earlier post.

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