Tehran May Day Protests Turned into Violence: 150 Labors and Social Activists Including Campaign Members were Arrested
Source: Change for Equality
Saturday 2 May 2009
Change for equality: Six members of One Million Signatures Campaign were arrested during and after a peaceful demonstration on Friday which was held in Park Laleh to celebrate May 1st , the international workers day. The police forces attacked the demonstrators even before they started saying their slogans. Some viewers have claimed that the police attack has led to bloody faces of demonstrators.
Amir Yaghoubali, Nikzad Zanganeh, Taha Valizadeh, Pouria Poshtareh, Kaveh Mozaffari and Jelveh Javaheri are among the arrested ones. Reports are saying that more than 150 others were arrested during the protest. Some were sent to Evin prison, and some are spending nights at different police custodies around the city.
While the families of the arrested campaign members were pursuing the situation of their beloved boys and girls, security forces rushed into the houses of Amir Yaghoubali, Kaveh Mozaffari. After a two hour investigation, the security forces seized computers, books, CDs and private notes of these campaign members. Jelveh Javahri’s mother, who awaited at Vozara Custody – where her girl is now detained – says: “I had the key. When I entered my house I saw them putting anything available into some sacks. They took everything, even Jelveh’s and Kaveh’s university diplomas. They told my daughter to go with them to answer some simple questions. But my girl resisted. She told them that they must have a legal order to arrest her. So the security forces called, three big men came and took Jelveh with themselves with the use of force and violence. Kaveh was made to have handcuffs. I told them that you are putting handcuffs on the hands of freedom.”
International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran, Committee of Celebration of May 1st, and some workers of Iran Khodro Co., are among the numerous groups which have condemned the brutal and fierce action of intelligent forces, beside insisting on the basic rights of workers to hold peaceful demonstrations.