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[liberationtech] Iran announces arrest of "election disrupters"

Rieneke van Santen rvansanten at radiozamaneh.com
Tue Jan 10 02:01:38 PST 2012


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On 9 January 2012 20:18, Collin Anderson <collin at averysmallbird.com> wrote:

> Something to watch for from Payvand. As Reformists push back against the
> March Parliamentary election, there will be a trend of articles like these.
> One wonders what American NGO was supporting the arrested activists and
> 'advanced equipment' entails, BGAN satellite modems?
>
> -----------------
>
> Iran announces arrest of "election disrupters"
> http://www.payvand.com/news/12/jan/1087.html
>
> Source: Radio Zamaneh
>
> Iranian Intelligence Minister Heydar Moslehi has announced the arrest of
> several "election disrupters" in Tehran. ISNA reports that on Sunday night,
> Moslehi said: "The detainees were in contact with people abroad through
> cyberspace and were arrested after the investigation of their activities
> was completed."
>
> Iranian Election - by Mana Neyestani
>
> Moslehi said the detainees were "*trying to carry out U.S. plots against
> the ninth parliamentary election process through virtual and social networks
> *" but he added, however, that they "were not a significant group capable
> of doing anything of consequence."
>
> Meanwhile, the Reporters Club, an offshoot of the Iranian state radio and
> television network, announced that four people have been arrested and
> charged with "building networks and establishing the mechanisms for acting
> against national security."
>
> The report indicated that "*the detainees had received from foreigners
> advanced equipment* to carry out secret communications in order to
> organize special cells to issue internet rallies and create disturbances in
> the country."
>
> The Reporters Club added that the detainees are charged with having links
> to several embassies and "anti-Revolutionary elements based in autonomous
> regions in the neighbouring countries."
>
> The names of the detainees have not been announced so far, but Iranian
> media have reported the arrest of Saeed Madani, a sociology scholar, and
> two journalists, Ehsan Hoshmandi and Fatemeh Kheradmand, in the past two
> days.
>
> Iranian parliamentary elections are slated for March, and, given the mass
> demonstrations that followed the controversial 2009 elections, the
> government is wary of of another possible outbreak of protests.
>
>
> --
> *Collin David Anderson*
> averysmallbird.com | @cda | Washington, D.C.
>
>
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