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Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Families of uprising detainees and political prisoners protest

Families of uprising detainees and political prisoners protest in front of Evin prison, “Revolutionary Court” and “Prosecutor Office” of the mullahs’ regime

Protest acts by the families of those detained during the uprising and other political prisoners continue unabated against widespread detentions of their loved ones and the pressures imposed by the clerical regime’s agents.

On Monday morning, January 18, 2010, more than 100 families whose loved ones have been detained during the uprising on holy days of Tasoua and Ashura (December 26 and 27), gathered in front of the mullahs’ “Revolutionary Court,” located on Moallem Street, to stage a protest.

At the same time, more than 200 family members of those imprisoned after the uprisings also gathered across from the mullahs’ Prosecutor’s Office located in Tehran’s Bazaar region. Other people also joined in the protests in a show of solidarity with the families and political prisoners. The regime’s suppressive forces tried to prevent the growth of the protest and to instill an atmosphere of fear by taping and taking pictures of the families. A young woman who was taking pictures of the gathering was attacked by the clerical regime’s intelligence agents and arrested.

On Sunday night, hundreds of families of political prisoners and uprising detainees also gathered in front of the notorious Evin prison in Tehran. Among the protestors were elderly parents, who continued their protest despite suffering from various ailments and extreme cold. They were surrounded by the regime’s suppressive forces but continued to hold their ground for hours.

Months after the nationwide protests, the clerical regime still refrains from responding to inquiries about the condition of many of the detainees and refuses to disclose the locations where they are being held. While credible reports indicate that there are a large number of detained youths being held in Evin’s Ward 209, the regime’s agents refuse to divulge any information about these prisoners. The clerical regime’s intelligence agents even refrain from accepting medicine for prisoners that are ill. The mullahs’ judiciary, which has itself arrested some of these youths, denies that they have cases in “Revolutionary Court” and prevents registration of lawyers for the detainees, thereby hampering any sort of due process and instigation of a judicial recourse.
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