Sunday, July 10, 2011


Azmayesh Factory workers stage protest gathering

Over 180 workers of the Azmayesh Factory in the city of Marvdasht in Shiraz Province located in central Iran staged a protest gathering last week. An eyewitness of this gathering said according to the factory’s annual schedule, the management of the company was to relieve the workers for a two week vacation on July 6th and close the factory. However, the workers staged a protest gathering saying how can we go on vacation when we haven’t received our paychecks for the past 6 months.

Bazaar on Strike in Javanroud

HARANA News Agency reported; all the merchants and shopkeepers in the Kurdish city of Javanroud in Kermanshah Province are on strike after a well-known local store owner was abducted and murdered. According to Human Rights Activists News Agency, Abdullah Visi was abducted by unidentified individuals on Wednesday, July 6, 2011, around 3:00pm while he was heading home after work. On the same day, this merchant’s jewelry store was also robbed by unknown individuals. Abdullah Visi was well known and respected for his charitable and benevolent donations in the city of Javanroud. For three days following his abduction, Abdullah Visi’s family didn’t know his whereabouts and had absolutely no news of him. On Friday, July 6, 2011, Abdullah Visi’s body was found in Kachal-Ava region near the city of Javanroud. Abdullah Visi’s funeral was held this morning at 9:30am while thousands of people from Javanroud and the outlining areas gathered in the city mosque for the procession to the cemetery. The attendees demanded that Javanroud officials take immediate action to investigate this crime.

Iranian regime planning new plots against political prisoners

Harana Report indicates the Iranian regime’s henchmen are planning new conspiracies against various political prisoners in Karaj’s Gohardasht Prison (west of Tehran) to impose further pressure against them and to file new cases against these prisoners to increase their prison terms. Based on other reports, the life of political prisoner Hossein Ronaghi is in danger after losing one of his kidneys under torture. He was convicted to 15 years behind bars for writing an article in his weblog and is now currently in critical conditions. The Iranian regime’s henchmen refuse to provide medical care or any kind of medication for him.

UK, U.S. and Canada step up travel curbs on Iran government

Reuters reported Jul 8, 2011 that Britain, the United States and Canada are increasing travel curbs on members of the Iranian government over Iran`s disputed nuclear program, Britain`s Foreign Office said in a statement. ’The UK is working closely with its partners to prevent a wide range of individuals connected with Iran`s nuclear enrichment and weaponization programs from entering our countries,’ Foreign Secretary William Hague said. ’These include scientists, engineers and those procuring components,’ he added. Hague said the measures were being coordinated with partners such as the United States and Canada.