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Iran beats and arrests mourners in opposition figure’s memorial service

June 6, 2011

Security forces banned the memorial service for the late [Ezatollah] Sahabi and beat and arrested a number of activists and others attending the event.

According to reports, security forces blocked all the roads and streets leading to the Hojat Ibn Hassan Mosque in Sohrevardi Street [where the memorial was to be held].

Plainclothes agents also attacked the dispersed crowds around the streets leading to the mosque and beat and arrested the mourners.

Amin Ahmadian, a member of the OCU [Office for Consolidating Unity] who is also the husband of political prisoner Bahareh Hedayat was arrested and has still not been released.

Ezatollah Sahabi’s daughter in law, Saied Madani and a number of other political activists were also arrested in today’s service.

There were also reports that the members of the Mother for Peace and Mourning Mothers who were chanting outside of the mosque were violently beaten and that plainclothes agents also violently beat those who had reached the mosque to participate in the service.

Amin Ahmadian gave interviews to a number of websites yesterday saying that he was a witness to the beating of Haleh Sahabi, Ezatollah Sahabi’s daughter, by security forces in her father’s funeral. [Haleh Sahabi suffered a cardiac arrest and later died in the hospital]. (Human Rights Activists in Iran – Jun. 2, 2011)



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