Participants in Mohammad Mokhtari and Mohammadjafar Poyandeh’s Anniversary Beaten and Arrested

HRANA News Agency – According to the reports the anniversary of Mohammad Mokhtari and Mohammadjafar Poyandeh, the victims of serial murders, has been along with violence by the security forces and at least two persons remain in detention.

According to the report of Human Rights Activists News Agency in Iran (HRANA), on November 2, 2016, a number of security officers interfered the anniversary of Mohammad Mokhtari and Mohammadjafar Poyandeh in Taher shrine in Karaj and did not even allow people to enter.

On November 3, 2016, HRANA had reported that Mazdak Zarafshan while trying to stop the onslaught of security men to Ms. Fatima Sarhaddizade, 75, was beaten and arrested along with at least five others named Bektash Abtin, Mohammad Mehdi Pour, Nasser Zarafshan and Reza Akvanyan.

Nasser Zarafshan and Reza Akvanyan were released some hours later and Mohammad Mehdi Pour was released on November 4.

Also Bektash Abtin has announced during a phone call with his family that the bail has been issued for his freedom on November 3.

One of those present at the anniversary on November 3, explained to HRANA’s reporter: “Mazdak Zarafshan was severely beaten by the security guards so that they laid him on the floor and 7-8 guards brutally beat him while arresting him. His face and head was bleeding. ”

Another participant in this regard told HRANA’s reporter: “A large number of plainclothes officers with different coatings attended the crowd who were waiting behind the doors of Taher shrine in Karaj, the point was that most of these were armed. They had a photo album to identify and stormed to the audience suddenly and took one of them. Also, if someone had a mobile phone in his hand, they confiscated their cell phone.”

He said: “In addition to the uniformed forces, law enforcement officers with the rank of lieutenant and colonel were there, too. A police lieutenant screamed at the women and said ‘you do not have the right of cussing to regime!’

A woman in the crowd said ‘we did not insult and basically you still did not allow us to enter!’ But he said ‘one was chanting slogans of ‘Death to Khamenei’ before you came!’ I would say this as an example to say how much their excuses were ridiculous.”

He reminds us that even Dr. Nasser Zarafshan was beaten and kicked in the custody.

It is worth noting that the ceremony was going to be held by the invitation of Iranian Writers’ Association on the anniversary of the murder of Mohammad Mokhtari and Mohammadjafar Poyandeh at their graves in shrine in Karaj. Mohammad Mokhtari and Mohammadjafar Poyandeh two prominent intellectuals and member of the Iranian Writers’ Association, were killed by the Ministry of Intelligence in the 90s.

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