Monday, September 22, 2008


Girls beaten for eating during day in Ramadan
National Council of Resistance of Iran said in a statement: The State Security Forces, mullahs’ suppressive police beat up and arrested three girls in their early 20s for eating potato chips during the day in the month of Ramadan in a side street in Tehran, on September 13. The girls struggled to get away but the agents paid no attention and forced them into their car and transferred them to an unknown location. Since the start of Ramadan, SSF agents have been busy enforcing a law strictly forbidding eating and drinking in public regardless of age brackets. From a 60-year-old man in the western city of Khorramabad who was severely beaten in public for smoking a cigarette to under aged children chewing gum in a park while playing with the rest of the kids on their block. NCRI’s statement added: In a directive issued a few days before Ramadan, the SSF ruled that no one is allowed to consume food or beverages in public. Three weeks into the Ramadan in Iran, harsh treatment of those breaking the fast has added to people’s problems with the mullahs’ regime. In a figure given by the deputy chief of the SSF on September 9, nearly 26,000 citizens have already received warning citations for breaking their fast on the streets.

500 prisoners on death row in the holy city of Mashhad
According to a statement by the National Council of Resistance of Iran, Gholam-Hossein Esmaili, Mashhad’s prosecutor said that “500 prisoners are facing the gallows.” This is the second time in less than a month that shocking news of increasing number of death row in mates surface in Iran. The first was that of the 150 prisoners soon to face gallows in the southern city of Dashtistan in the coastal province of Bushehr. Colonel Ardeshir Gholami, chief of the State Security Forces (SSF) in Dashtistan in an interview with the state-run daily Payam Asaloyeh, stated while defending the public execution of four prisoners in a Borazjan’s city squares also in Bushehr, on July 10, that “the people of this city have more than 150 murderers in jail facing the gallows. The debate is on publicizing the executions. People will see that there is order in the country and that the law will punish whoever commits a murder.' While the state-run media is calling public executions a violation of an order issued by Mahmoud Hashemi-Shahroudi, the chief of mullahs’ judiciary, the governor of the city of Dashtistan in recent days revealed that the executions have been conducted in public after securing a permit from Shahroudi. Gholamreza Keshtgar, the governor of Dashtistan, told Payam Asaloyeh, 'Execution in public has been banned unless approved by an order from the chief of the judiciary, or in special cases. In the city of Dashtistan, the authorities demanded a public execution and Shahroudi permitted.' On January 30, the speaker of the judiciary, five months before the execution of four prisoners in Borazjan, held a press conference where he discussed an order related to the ban on public executions by Shahroudi. According to Gholami, in July alone, twelve prisoners were executed in Borazjan with a population of 250,000.

Angry youth demolished 50 buses during an anti-regime demonstration in Qom
Taking advantage of gathering for a football game in the city of Qom, central Iranian city, the angry youth staged a demonstration and by crushing more than 50 governmental buses expressed their hatred toward the clerical regime. An official of the state bus company, Saeed Amrollahi, acknowledged to the extensive protest of the youth during the race between Qom’s Saba team and Tehran’s Independent team and said the destroyed buses were part of 87 buses that were used for this race by the governorate office.

World Bank: Iran fallen to 142nd rank regarding job liberty
According to Radio Farda website September 11, in its latest report about job liberty, the World Bank announced that the Iranian regime has fallen to the 142nd rank. The World Bank report says that in two thirds of the countries in the Middle East and North Africa, 27 economic reform programs have been carried out since June 2007 to June 2008; whereas there has been no economic reform during past year in Iran. According to World Bank report, Iran was at the 135th rank in previous World Bank ranking and the current statistics shows its steep fall regarding job liberty.