Subject: DNI-NEWS Digest - 30 Dec 1998 to 31 Dec 1998

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Topics of the day:

1. Several injured in Tehran clash between protestors, police
2. Golshiri: Only A few of us Have Survived
3. Happy New Year
4. More news coverage on today Demonstration in Tehran

Date: Thu, 31 Dec 1998 10:21:09 -0500
From: Rahim Bajoghli <rbajoghli@JUNO.COM>
Subject: Several injured in Tehran clash between protestors, police

TEHRAN, Dec 31 (AFP) -Several people
were injured here Thursday during a
clash between police and demonstrators
protesting against a recent series of
murders of Iranian dissidents and
intellectuals.

Witnesses said the clashes erupted
after a memorial service held to mark
the 40th day since the fatal stabbing
of nationalist leader Daryush Foruhar
and his wife.

Around 5,000 mourners attended the
ceremony at a mosque in central
Tehran.

Several groups of demonstrators,
defying police orders, then took to
the streets for a march, chanting
"Death to despotism" and "Freedom,
security ... this is our slogan.

Date: Thu, 31 Dec 1998 10:24:49 -0500
From: Rahim Bajoghli <rbajoghli@JUNO.COM>
Subject: Golshiri: Only A few of us Have Survived

>From Iran Press Review Dec 29 1998

Only A few of us Have Survived

ABAN Magazine Commenting on the Writers' Association, the weekly quoted
Hushang Golshiri, a writer, as saying, "In 1993, after the arrest of Ali
Akbar Saeedi Sirjani, 134 Iranian writers wrote a letter protesting the
detention of the writer (Sirjani).

"The signatories of that letter faced a lot of pressure after that; Abbas
Zaryab Khoie died because of the pressure, Mir Alaee died also under
suspicious circumstances in November 1995 and his body was found, and (it
was revealed) that alcohol had been injected into his blood which caused
heart failure.

"Then we saw the strange detention of Faraj Sarkuhi. In November 11, 1996
came the suspicious murder of Hussein Ghaffari, and Tafazolli's death in
January 14, 1997 followed. His body was found at a place too distant from
his home and it was revealed that he had been hit on the head by a
crowbar and a car had run over his leg. "In February 24, Zalzadeh went
missing, and in March 29 his body was found in Yaftabad (southern
Tehran). So far,
of the seven members of the general assembly of the Writers Association,
Pouyandeh and Mokhtari were murdered and Doulatabadi went to Germany.
Only Koushan, Kordavani and Darvishan and I have remained.

"Last Sunday when Simin Behbahani and I were returning from a meeting, we
realized that we were being followed, so we had to spend the night at
Behbahani's home."

Date: Thu, 31 Dec 1998 22:33:36 +0000
From: "a.abdi" <a.abdi@BTINTERNET.COM>
Subject: Happy New Year

I wish happy new year for all the subscribers of the IHRWG and DNI.

Asghar Abdi

Date: Fri, 1 Jan 1999 00:53:17 -0500
From: Rahim Bajoghli <rbajoghli@JUNO.COM>
Subject: More news coverage on today Demonstration in Tehran

1- AFP: Several injured in Tehran clash between protestors, police
2- IRNA: ceremony marks 40th day since forouhar's death 3- AP: Iranian
Hard-Liners Clash with Mourners of Slain Dissident

Several injured in Tehran clash between protestors, police

TEHRAN, Dec 31 (AFP) - Several people were injured here Thursday during
a clash between police and demonstrators protesting against a recent
series of murders of Iranian dissidents and intellectuals.

Witnesses said the clashes erupted after a memorial service held to mark
the 40th day since the fatal stabbing of nationalist leader Daryush
Foruhar and his wife.

Around 5,000 mourners attended the ceremony at a mosque in
central Tehran.

Several groups of demonstrators, defying police orders, then took to the
streets for a march, chanting "Death to despotism" and "Freedom, security
... this is our slogan."

But they were confronted by baton-wielding riot police in front of the
Fakhr mosque and in the ensuing clash several people were injured and
several others arrested.

Several women were injured in a stampede as the police tried to forcibly
disperse the crowd.

Foruhar and his wife were stabbed to death in their Tehran home by
unidentified intruders on November 22.

The killings were followed by the kidnappings and murders of two secular
writers, Mohammad Mokhtari and Mohammad Pouyandeh, in early December.

Another intellectual, Majid Sharif, was also found dead under mysterious
circumstances around the same time, but the authorities said he had died
of a heart attack.

The memorial service, attended by many members and sympathizers of
liberal and nationalist opposition movements, turned into a meeting of
solidarity with the victims after several speakers made fiery speeches
against hardliners in the Islamic regime.

Bahram Namazi, a spokesman for Foruhar's Iranian Nation's Party, accused
"branches" in Iran's intelligence services of having a part in the
murders.

The clashes occurred immediately after a brief speech delivered by the
Foruhar's daughter, Parastu, as young demonstrators holding candles
started to march in the direction of the nearby Foruhar house.

Several placards signed by Foruhar's party, which is banned here, were
posted in front of the mosque reading: "With Foruhar's blood the tree of
freedom was irrigated."

Some demonstrators carried pictures of Mohammad Mossadeq, father of
Iran's nationalist movement and Foruhar's mentor, as well as that of
Mokhtari.

Among those attending the memorial ceremony were Ebrahim Yazdi, former
foreign minister and leader of the Islamic liberal Iran's Freedom
Movement, academics and intellectuals.

The killings have provoked a wave of protest in Iran and demands for an
official investigation.

Several liberal opposition leaders submitted an open letter to President
Mohammad Khatami on Thursday demanding information on the results of the
probe.

An official in Khatami's office recalled that the president has assigned
a special team to investigate the "suspicious murders," pledging that
information on the outcome will be made public "if it doesn't hurt the
proceedings."

The authorities have condemned the campaign of violence against
dissidents and pledged to investigate, although the police are yet to
divulge any findings.

The conservative-led judiciary has blamed the murders on "plots by
foreign enemy," but Khatami has said only that they are the work of an
"organized crime ring."

The presidential press office said a special committee set up earlier
this month by Khatami to probe the murders briefed him on Thursday on the
trend of the investigation.

"The committee said it had made good progress in connection with the
recent suspicious murders, so much that it has pave dthe way for
practical action in the investigation," it said, without elaborating.

The president demanded "greater speed in the process of the probe so that
the public could be informed of the results," it added.

The official IRNA news agency reported earlier that a court originally
assigned the cases had forwarded them to a military tribunal after
deciding a special investigation was needed.

But an unnamed military spokesman told IRNA that the cases "have nothing
to do with the armed forces or the police."


2- ceremony marks 40th day since forouhar's death
tehran, dec. 31, irna -- a ceremony was held in tehran's fakhrabad mosque
on thursday marking the fortieth day since the murder of dariyush
forouhar and his wife, parvaneh, by unknown assailants.

forouhar, former labor minister in mehdi bazargan's cabinet, and his wife
were stabbed to death at their residence in tehran on november 22.

in the ceremony, forouhar's attorney and his wife called for publication
of the results of investigations concerning the murders.

following the ceremony, a group of the participants chanted slogans and
tried to stage demonstrations outside the mosque which led to scattered
clashes at the site.
the skirmishes were stopped following the intervention of the law
enforcement forces, and subsequently the crowd dispersed.
bg/mr
end


Iranian Hard-Liners Clash with Mourners of Slain Dissident

31-DEC-98

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- Iranians protesting the murders of a dissident and
his wife clashed with hard-line militants in the capital Thursday.

Riot police broke up the confrontation outside the Fakhr Mosque in
central Tehran, arresting a number of protesters. The police did not
explain why no militants were detained.

About 2,000 protesters had attended a two-hour service in the mosque to
mark the 40th day after the death of Dariush Foruhar and his wife, found
stabbed to death in their Tehran home Nov. 22.

Foruhar, 70, was the leader of the Iran Nation Party, a small opposition
group that is tolerated by the government. He was a member of Prime
Minister Mehdi Bazargan's Cabinet immediately after the 1979 Islamic
Revolution.

Emerging from the mosque, the mourners began chanting pro-democracy
slogans such as "Freedom, security -- that is the slogan of the nation"
and "Death to autocracy!"

Despite the presence of 200 riot-police, who had cordoned off the mosque,
dozens of militants charged the protesters and fist-fights broke out.

No one was seriously injured during the 20 minutes it took for police to
restore order.

Hard-line militants have attacked a number of leading moderates and
democracy activists this year. They are believed to enjoy the backing of
powerful conservatives in the ruling hierarchy.

In addition to the Foruhars, three dissidents have died in mysterious
circumstances over the past two months. They were all critical of the
government's hard-line clergymen, who are trying to stymie the social and
political reforms of President Mohammad Khatami.

Two other political activists remain missing. Khatami and the judiciary
have set up committees to investigate the deaths.

Police say they have arrested several suspects, but have not provided
details.

Meanwhile, members of a second small opposition party, the Iran Freedom
Movement, submitted a letter to Khatami's office Thursday urging him to
publicize the results of the investigations so far.

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