- 300 protesting employees arrested in Tehran

Reports from Tehran say that following protests by hundreds of government offices and firms last Tuesday in front of the Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs in Tehran, at least 300 were arrested and taken to an unknown location.

These employees were protesting the non-payment of their wages for the past 13 months. When the State Security Force and the Guards Corps rushed to scene, they resisted the guards for several hours.

Reports from Isfahan also say that more than 200 people have been arrested in recent weeks by the suppressive forces.

News from the northern town of Astaneh Ashrafieh indicate that scores of youth, including Abbas Akhavan, an athlete, and Hamid Bakhtjou, a shop owner have been arrested by the State Security Force and the Intelligence Ministry. There is no information available on their fate.

The Iranian Resistance calls on international human rights organizations to condemn the new wave of arrests and seeks their assistance to save the lives of those arrested.

Secretariat of the National Council of Resistance of Iran
January 31, 1999

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