TEHRAN, Iran — Security forces have raided the office of Iran’s top opposition leader and seized computers after days of intimidating visitors with a heavy force presence around the building.
The raid on Mir Hossein Mousavi’s office on Wednesday night points to a stepped up campaign to harass the leaders of the country’s besieged and dispirited pro-reform movement. Relentless crackdowns over the past year have driven opposition activists from the streets after an initial outpouring to protest the June 2009 presidential election, which they say was fraudulent.
Earlier in September, pro-government mobs attacked the home of another opposition leader, Mahdi Karroubi, with homemade bombs and beat one of his bodyguards unconscious.
Security forces have been deployed around Mousavi’s office for several weeks, briefly detaining and questioning visitors on their way out of the building, said Thursday’s report on the Kaleme website.
The head of Mousavi’s office, Hamid Mohseni, was arrested on Monday, it said.
Mousavi was not in his office when it the raid took place.