According to PressTV, (state-run English TV), 35 green protesters were arrested during the Quds Day ceremony in Tehran last Friday.
Thirty-five protesters were arrested during the Qods Day rallies and charged with “damaging public property,” says Tehran police chief. Brigadier General Azizollah Rajabzadeh told the Iran Students News Agency (ISNA) that the protesters were detained as they engaged in setting motorcycles and garbage cans on fire during the rally on September 18. Brigadier Rajabzadeh said the arrests were made in Tehran’s Haft-e-Tir Square and Motahhari Street, away from the areas where major rallies were taking place.
He noted that those who sought to cause trouble and damage public property were arrested by the police forces on the spot.
Pro-reformist crowds have been forbidden from gathering or protesting against Ahmadinejad’s administration since the disputed 12 June election. Therefore, any effort by them to show their resistance against Ahmadinejad has been interpreted as “illegal gatherings” and many of the protesters have been arrested under this charge of “damaging public property.” The detainees have not been allowed access to lawyers, family members, or the media in most cases.Back to top