June 18, 2007

AP: Detentions have Iranian-Americans afraid of travel to Tehran

Washington DC – The detention of four Iranian-Americans in Tehran on charges of spying has left many Iranian-Americans in the United States wondering whether visiting Iran this summer would be wise. Iranian-Americans, many of whom have dual citizenship, generally travel back to their native country with relative freedom despite periodic swells in tension and tough talk between Iran and the U.S. But the recent arrests — including of a peace activist and an academic who were visiting their mothers — has some concerned that Iran is now targeting ordinary people. "When you have these arrests that come across as so arbitrary and unjustified, it does make everyone else very timid," said Trita Parsi, president of the Washington-based National Iranian-American Council. Read more…

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