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Iranian clampdown continues against activists

Issue No. 2162

Isa Saharkhiz, a leading pro-reform journalist and political analyst in Iran, has been arrested and his ribs broken under interrogation, according to information sent to Socialist Worker.

He was seized during the crackdown that followed a wave of demonstrations in the country.

In an interview with Socialist Worker last year Saharkhiz warned against economic sanctions on Iran. He said that any such move “could lead to terrible conditions for the poorer sections of the society such as the workers”.

He said, “From the point of view of the Iranian people, war and military invasion is one side of the coin and economic sanction is the other side.”

But he pointed to the strength of the movement, “From the student movements, to workers’ strikes and sit-ins and the activities of journalists to women’s movement who are struggling to achieve their legal rights, all these movements and their activities demonstrate that they are changing the political situation throughout the society.”

The report of Saharkhiz injuries has raised deep concerns over the fate of those arrested during the protests.

Among those who have died while in custody is the son of a prominent Iranian scientist. His family were forced to cancel a memorial after the pro-government militia attacked the gathering.

For the full interview go to »

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Tue 28 Jul 2009, 18:56 BST
Issue No. 2162
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