‘They Would Arrest Young And Beautiful Girls’

On his blog, Mehdi Khazali has written his observations of the June 12 “silent” opposition protest that took place in Tehran on the second anniversary of the 2009 disputed presidential vote, which led to the rise of the opposition Green Movement.

 that dozens of protesters were detained.

Khazali, the son of a prominent hard-line cleric, is an opposition supporter and a critic of the Iranian establishment. He was arrested in the postelection crackdown in June 2009.

Here are excerpts from Khazali’s blog post:

Despite the forced closure of the shops, the sidewalks were full of people. They walked calmly and silently, The streets were the realm of [government forces] on motorbikes. Plainclothes agents and security forces were mingling among the people.

One friend was talking on his cellphone. He’s asked by the person he’s talking to, “Where are you?” He responds: “Vali Asr [Street], Hemat Bridge.” The plainclothes agent next to him says, “Are you inviting people to join you here?” And he arrests him and takes him into a minibus. We tried hard to prove that he didn’t mean anythin…

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