Thursday, July 30, 2009

Freedom for Iran -- No Mourning Allowed

The 40th day mourning for Neda Agha Soltan (killed by gunfire in the protests against the rigged Iranian election results) has brought another government crackdown.

Iranian Police have arrested or dispersed the mourners at Behesht-e Zahra Cemetery.
Iranian police arrested mourners who gathered at a Tehran cemetery to commemorate victims of the unrest that followed the country's disputed June presidential election, witnesses said today.

The police forced Mirhossein Mousavi, a defeated candidate at the election, to leave the cemetery.

"Hundreds have gathered around Neda Agha-Soltan's grave to mourn her death and other victims' deaths ... police arrested some of them ... dozens of riot police also arrived and are trying to disperse the crowd," a witness told Reuters.
Election candidate Mir Hussein Mousavi was attending, as was candidate Mehdi Karoubi, at the invitation of N. Soltan's mother.

Agha Soltan (mother of Neda) gave this interview to RFE/RL's Radio Farda today. Please make the time to read it.

The excellent sources at Raye Man Kojast? (Where is my vote?) have this live 'blog of the day at the Cemetery, and several follow-up stories including some video that has been slipped out.

Remember, as an aide to Mousavi said 23 days ago:
It is when America stops paying attention that the regime loses all restraint.
I'll amend that to say "...when the World stops paying attention...", and do my part here to to keep attention focused on the goal of Freedom for Iran.

Please do your part as well.

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