Iran crackdown on dissent seen linked to election, U.S

TEHRAN (Reuters) – Iranian opposition politician Ebrahim Yazdi says the situation for pro-reform activists like himself is getting worse “day by day” in the Islamic Republic.

“Continuously, they are accusing us of soft subversion, accusing us of velvet revolution,” the leader of the banned Freedom Movement said in his home in the Iranian capital.

In another part of Tehran, human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh is also feeling pressure from the authorities. She says she was barred from leaving Iran to receive an Italian award in December and that she is facing court charges over her work.

“I think they want to stop me,” Sotoudeh, whose clients include women’s rights campaigners, said in her office.


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