Thursday, March 09, 2006

For the Record: Women’s Rights Activists Were Beaten on 2006 International Women’s Day in Iran

From the: Brooding Persian blogspot

A group of about 130 women’s rights activists who gathered in Deneshjoo Park in central Tehran to celebrate International Women’s Day were brutally beaten by the police. As soon as the program started with distributing some brochures and chanting Iran’s women’s movement song, the police informed the attendants that their gathering is illegal and they should leave the premises. Then the police started beating men and women present in Daneshjoo Park and the program was ended. Simin Behbahani, the Iranian elderly famous poet was among the people who have been beaten.

According to Atricle 27 of Islamic Republic of Iran’s Constitution, public gatherings and marches may be freely held, provided arms are not carried and that they are not detrimental to the fundamental principles of Islam.

Thanks to: Kosoof - Arash Ashoorinia's photographs

Update: Hat Tip to Chirstine who received this link via email.

The following four videos are of the assault and attack that Iranian woman received for having a Woman's Day rally. Sometimes, words escape me.
Price of the Freedom

And from Human Rights News:
Among those present at the gathering was Simin Behbahani, a renowned Iranian poet. According to an eyewitness, “Behbahani was beaten with a baton, and when people protested that she is in her 70s and she can barely see, the security officer kicked her several times and continued to hit her with his baton.”

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