Uprising in Lar in its fifth day running
According to news from Iran, uprising of Lar residents continued on Saturday, February 6. People’s protest was so intense and widespread that the regime could not hold the weekly Friday prayers in the city. A large crowd, gathered outside the Hosseinieh Azam mosque chanting anti-regime slogan.
On Thursday evening, the Special Guard units attacked protesters by pellet bullets and bettons injuring at least 40 including children, women and elderly men
On Friday, people retaliated the suppressive forces’ aggression on the previous night and attacked the headquarters of the State Security Forces in the city. The suppressive guards ran away in fear.
Iran’s Alborz tire factory workers go on strike
National Council of Resistance of Iran issued a statement on 03 February 2010 saying on Sunday, January 31, workers from the Alborz tire factory staged a protest gathering at the factory premises and set up bonfires. According to this report they protested against the lay off of 9 of their colleagues and demanded their unpaid salaries of five months of last year and two months of this year.
They also demanded the factory to pay for their insurance benefits and provide raw materials so the factory’s operations could be revived. In response to the regime’s officials who appeared on the scene to control the protest, the workers warned that unless their demands are fulfilled they will continue with their strike.
Political prisoner Alborz Ghasemi dies due to refusal of medical treatment in Notorious Evin Prison
National Council of Resistance of Iran said in a statement that the Navy Colonel Alborz Ghasemi, a 51-year-old political prisoner, died on January 19, 2010, after spending 20 months in the medieval prisons of the mullahs’ regime under the most brutal forms of torture. NCRI added: He suffered from chronic pain as a result of stomach cancer and died at Tehran’s notorious Evin prison. The regime’s henchmen deprived him of hospitalization and receiving proper medical treatment by specialists. Ghasemi was a former commander of the Center for Expert Naval Training in the city of Rasht and an instructor at one of the Army’s Naval Forces universities.
Ghasemi was arrested in May 12, 2008, and accused of transferring intelligence to the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK). His brother, Hamid Ghasemi, a Canadian resident, was also arrested after returning to Iran. The two political prisoners were sentenced to death after preliminary hearings on charges of moharebeh (waging war against God).
The names of some of the ailing political prisoners and their state of health have been published by the NCRI as such:
1. Ali Saremi, who has a history of infarction, is now in danger of having another stroke because of high blood pressure
2. Dr. Mohammad Maleki, former President of Tehran University, suffers from cancer, diabetes, and high blood pressure
3. Ali Moezi is suffering from hydronephrosis (acute kidney ailment) and is in a critical state
4. Hamed Rouhinezhad suffers from multiple sclerosis and is losing his sight. He can hardly maintain his balance
5. Mansour Ossanlou, suffering from variety of ailments including severe damage to his eye sight and back pain which affects his legs
6. Mansour Radpour has severe kidney complications
7. Misaq Yazdan-nezhad suffers from acute nervous problems
8. Houri (Fatemeh) Ziai suffering from multiple sclerosis
9. Behrouz Javid Tehrani’s sight has been damaged due to severe torture and violent blows to the head by heavy objects such as fire extinguisher capsule and chair
10. Alireza Karami Kheirabadi suffering from acute hepatitis
Hamid Haeri suffering from chronic heart complications11.
12. Hadi (Homayoun) Abed Ba-Khoda is facing death due to lack of medical treatment in Rasht prison. He is a political prisoner from 1980s. At the time of his arrest he was shot and his spinal cord fractured. When his condition became very serious, the regime was compelled to send him to hospital for treatment under pressures by international human rights organizations;
13. Abbas Khorsandi has had an operation on his heart and is in need of attention;
14. Farhad Vakili has already suffered from a heart attack and needs special care;
15. Mohammad Hassan Fallahizadeh is suffering from hepatitis.
Iranian regime to produce higher-enriched uranium
According to Associated France Press the Iranian regime's president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad ordered his regime's atomic energy agency on Sunday to begin the production of higher-enriched uranium. The order from Ahmadinejad, announced during a live broadcast on state television, would raise Iran's uranium enrichment level from 3.5 per cent to 20 per cent. "If the international community will stand together and bring pressure to bear on the Iranian government, I believe there is still time for pressure and sanctions to work," Gates said in Rome, where he met Sunday with Italian Defence Minister Ignazio La Russa. Ahmadinejad said he decided to ramp up production because Western governments have balked at his proposal for a fuel exchange to keep the medical reactor operating. Western powers see the potential swap as a means to ensure Tehran does not further enrich its uranium to make weapons, but Gates said he did not believe an agreement was close. Iranian regime and the West have been discussing a plan under which Iran would export its low-enriched uranium stocks for enrichment abroad. The plan, which comes from the International Atomic Energy Agency, was first drawn up in early October at a meeting in Geneva between Iran and the six world powers.