New wave of crackdown and arrests on pretext of combating vice

Simultaneous with the new wave of executing opponents and religious minorities in recent days, the State Security Forces have arrested scores of young women in the streets of Tehran on the pretext of "moral offenses and mal-veiling."

The mullahs' regime has also staged an large-scale urban maneuver by setting up many check points in the capital and arresting hundreds of men on the charge "lewd conduct." Farhad Nazari, deputy commander of Greater Tehran's State Security Forces emphasized that "the maneuver will continue in Tehran for one year."

These repressive measures reflect, before anything else, the mullahs' concern and fear to lose control of society's explosive state. In spring this year, Tehran and other cities were witness to some 100 demonstrations and protests by the public, representing a three-fold rise relative to the same period last year.

The Iranian Resistance draws the attention of international human rights organizations to the increase in suppression, arrests and executions in Iran and calls for the condemnation of the crimes perpetrated by the medieval regime ruling Iran.

Secretariat of the National Council of Resistance of Iran
July 28, 1998

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