Islamic Shariah Fascism in
It is early dawn as seven young men are led to the gallows amid shouts of "Allah Akbar" (Allah is great) from a crowd of bearded men as a handful of women, all in hijab, ululate to a high pitch. A few minutes later, the seven are hanged as a mullah shouts: "Alhamd li-Allah" (Praise be to Allah).
The scene was Wednesday in
Five convicted criminals are hung in
The latest wave of executions is the biggest
Not all executions take place in public. In the provinces of
The campaign of terror also includes targeted "disappearances" designed to neutralize trade union leaders, student activists, journalists and even mullahs opposed to the regime. According to the latest tally, more than 30 people have "disappeared" since the start of the new Iranian year on March 21. To intimidate the population, the authorities also have carried out mass arrests on spurious grounds.
* According to Gen. Ismail Muqaddam, commander of the Islamic Police, a total of 430,000 men and women have been arrested on charges related to drug use since April.
* A further 4,209 men and women, mostly aged between 15 and
30, have been arrested for "hooliganism" in
* The largest number of arrests, totaling almost a million men and women according to Mr. Muqaddam, were related to the enforcement of the new Islamic Dress Code, passed by the Islamic Majlis (parliament) in May 2006.
* Most of those arrested, he says, spent a few hours, or at most a few days, in custody as "a warning." By last week, 40,000 were still in prison.
* Of these, 20,363 men and women are held on charges related to violating the Islamic Dress Code.
* According to the Deputy Chief of Police Gen. Hussein Zulfiqari, an additional 6,204 men and women are in prison on charges of "sexual proximity" without being married.
The wave of arrests has increased pressure on the nation's
inadequate prison facilities. At a recent press conference in
* He said
* Mr. Yassaqi also revealed that each year on average some 600,000 Iranians spend some time in one of the 130 official prisons.
Since Mr. Ahmadinejad ordered the crackdown, work on converting 41 official buildings to prisons has started, with contracts for 33 other prisons already signed. Nevertheless, Mr. Yassaqi believes that, with the annual prison population likely to top the million mark this year, even the new capacities created might prove insufficient.
There are, however, an unknown number of unofficial prisons
as well, often controlled by the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps or militias
working for various powerful mullahs. Last week, human rights activists in
The regime especially fears the growing free trade union
movement. In the past four months, free trade unionists have organized 12 major
strikes and 47 demonstrations in various parts of the country. They showed
their muscle on International Labor Day on May 1 when tens of thousands of
workers marched in
* According to Rajab-Ali Shahsavari, leader of the Union of Contractual Workers, 25,795 unionists have been fired since April. He estimates that now over 1,000 workers are losing their jobs each day, as the regime intensifies its crackdown.
Worse still, the number of suspicious deaths among workers has risen to an all-time high.
* According to Deputy Labor Minister Ibrahim Nazari-Jalali, 1,047 workers have died in "work-related accidents" since April. Labor sources, however, point out that none of the accidents have been investigated and, in at least 13 cases, the workers who died may have been killed by goons hired by the regime.
* The biggest purge of universities since Khomeini launched his "Islamic Cultural Revolution" in 1980 is also under way. Scores of student leaders have been arrested and more than 3,000 others expelled.
Labeling the crackdown the "corrective movement," Mr. Ahmadinejad wants university textbooks rewritten to "cleanse them of Infidel trash," and to include "a rebuttal of Zionist-Crusader claims" about the Holocaust. Dozens of lecturers and faculty deans have been fired.
The nationwide crackdown is accompanied with efforts to cut Iranians off from sources of information outside the Islamic Republic.
* More than 4,000 Internet sites have been blocked, and more are added each day.
The Ministry of Islamic Orientation has established a new blacklist of authors and book titles twice longer than what it was a year ago.
* Since April, some 30 newspapers and magazines have been shut and their offices raided. At least 17 journalists are in prison, two already sentenced to death by hanging.
The regime is trying to mobilize its shrinking base by
claiming that the Islamic Republic is under threat from internal and external
foes. It was in that context that the four Iranian-American hostages held in
* Over 40 people have been arrested on charges of espionage
since April, 20 in the southern city of
Mr. Ahmadinejad likes to pretend that he has no worries
except "Infidel plots" related to the Islamic Republic's nuclear
ambitions. The truth is that, faced with growing popular discontent, the
Khomeinist clique is vulnerable and worried, extremely worried. The outside
world would do well to carefully monitor and, whenever possible, support the
Iranian people's fight against the fascist regime in
International human rights groups have accused Iran of fascist Penal laws, torture-induced-confessions, unjust mullah-langroo courts, faulty and arbitrary juridicial procedures, and of making excessive use of the death penalty for minor offenses, mostly in order to spread terror and fear in the Islamic fascist Iran.
The Rome-based Hands Off Cain, which campaigns to stop the
death penalty, said last week that at least 355 people were put to death in
Iran last year, compared with 215 in 2006, while 250 have been executed this
year uptill now.. The group said the actual figure may be even higher because
Iranian rights activists said earlier this month that authorities have sentenced eight women and one man convicted of adultery to death by stoning, soon to be brutally executed..
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