Labor activist arrested on election day

HRANA News Agency – Labor activist Ali Raouf was arrested early Friday morning on the election day.

According to a report by Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA), Ali Raouf was arrested in his house in Tehran at 7 a.m. on June 14, 2013.  Security agents searched his house and seized his laptop, books, notes and other personal belongings.

“It was 7 in the morning when the agents raided the house,” one of Raouf’s friends said.  “They took Ali who was in bed.  They even didn’t let him put on his clothing, handcuffed him and took him.  His mother was crying and begging them to stop, but they didn’t care.”

“Security agents have threatened his family,” the friend added.  “The family has been told if they talk about the arrest and publicize it, they won’t see him again.”

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