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There are 5 messages totalling 307 lines in this issue.

Topics of the day:

1. Neshat on current incidents
2. Iran MPs denounce intelligence ministry
3. Iran to conclude riot investigation next week
4. Iranian People's Fadaee Guerrillas etelaieh LET US RISE AGAINST THE


Date: Thu, 29 Jul 1999 09:55:15 -0400
From: Farhad Abdolian <farhad@PANJERE.NET>
Subject: Neshat on current incidents

A very interesting article about the current incidents in Tehran, the
background and and the reasone why it could't win can bi found on today's
issue of Neshat:
It is valuable article and you should not miss it.



Date: Thu, 29 Jul 1999 10:56:27 -0400
From: Farhad Abdolian <farhad@PANJERE.NET>
Subject: Iran MPs denounce intelligence ministry

TEHRAN, July 29 (AFP) - Iranian MPs condemned the intelligence
ministry Thursday for its "unconstitutional" treatment of those
arrested over the Tehran riots amid a tough propaganda campaign
against pro-democracy activists.
"The ministry's statements about the university protests and the
events that followed are obviously unconstitutional and violate the
rights of those arrested," current and former MPs said in a letter
published Thursday.
The deputies, calling themselves the Organisation of Past and
Present Parliaments, said intelligence officials had already judged
the students guilty "without observing the proper and necessary
legal procedures."
The letter appeared in several moderate papers unsigned but
group officials told AFP its director is Hossein Hashemian, a senior
cleric with the powerful Council of Experts, nominally charged with
naming Iran's supreme leader.
An attorney for leading dissident Mohsen Kadivar, Ayatollah
Hossein Mussavi Tabrizi, is also a member of the 300-strong group, a
spokesman said.
The intelligence ministry has launched an intimidating
propaganda campaign against those accused of staging the six days of
unrest, which erupted earlier this month after a student protest was
attacked by security forces.
State television has repeatedly broadcast videotaped
"confessions" of activists whom the ministry accuses of being
"counter-revolutionaries" -- a charge which carries the death
The ministry has also issued a series of unusually detailed
lists of the most prominent activists arrested which state directly
that those in question are guilty.
More than 1,400 people were jailed in connection with the
disturbances and Iranian officials say most of those have been
But the ministry warned that some of those would be re-arrested
once an investigation into the incidents is complete.
President Mohammad Khatami said Tuesday that only 10 percent of
those arrested were students.
The unrest was the worst in Tehran since the aftermath of the
1979 Islamic revolution, leaving one person dead and three wounded,
according to official figures.
Moderate newspapers said five people died and dozens were
injured, many of whom they said were later abducted from Tehran
hospitals by the secret police.


Date: Thu, 29 Jul 1999 10:56:55 -0400
From: Farhad Abdolian <farhad@PANJERE.NET>
Subject: Iran to conclude riot investigation next week

TEHRAN, July 29 (AFP) - Iranian officials will complete their
investigation into the bloody unrest in Tehran next week, the
official IRNA news agency reported Thursday.
"The report will be completed soon and will be presented to
supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and President Mohammad Khatami
next week," Interior Ministry Secretary Gholamhossein Bolandian
"Many of the outstanding questions will become clear and we hope
the report will answer the public's questions," said Bolandian,
quoted by IRNA.
Student protests over the closure of a leading pro-reform
newspaper earlier this month sparked six days of bloody clashes
pitting demonstrators against security forces and Islamic
Police arrested more than 1,400 people in connection with the
unrest, including four opposition leaders.
The unrest in Tehran left one person dead and three wounded,
according to official figures.


Date: Thu, 29 Jul 1999 15:51:44 -0400
From: Farhad Abdolian <farhad@PANJERE.NET>
Subject: Iranian People's Fadaee Guerrillas etelaieh LET US RISE AGAINST THE

Following the student's rally at the university campus of Tehran on
Thursday July 8th, which started, at first, as a protest to the banning
of "Salam's" newspaper and as an opposition to the regime's policy to
circumscribe press activities, the repressive forces of the Islamic
Republic including Ansareh Hezbolah (Helpers of God's Party), the agents
of the Ministry of Intelligence together with the police forces,
according to a pre-organized plan, raided the students' dorm in the
early hours of Friday morning July 9th. Using tear gas together with
light and heavy weapons, the regime's mercenaries brutally battered the
students and threw a number of them off the roof. In the course of this
savage raid five university students were killed, others were injured
and a number were arrested. In response to this brutal raid, the
students rose up in resistance. With the continuation of the student's
resistance and the widening of the scope of the protests spilling onto
the nearby streets including Kargar Shumali (North Workers' Street), it
soon became apparent that despite the anti-revolutionary aims of these
crimes committed by the regime's officials, the raids and murder of the
rallying students not only did not weaken the protests but rather, by
spreading the news of the regimes brutality, turned the campus into a
scene of increasing droves of students protesting with sticks and clubs
against the regime's beastly offences.

On Friday, during the deployment and confrontation between
anti-insurgent units together with other repressive forces and thousands
of protesting students shouting slogans against the government and the
heads of the regime: "cannons, tanks and machine guns won't work
anymore!", a few more students were killed. Hundreds of combatant
students were injured and close to one thousand were arrested.

Meanwhile, by spreading the news of the regime's brutality at Tehran
University and the continuation of sporadic confrontations, university
students in several other cities (Mashhad, Isfahan, Tabriz…), demanding
the release of those arrested and demanding those guilty to be
identified and justly punished, began to join those protests. Witnessing
the situation, the Minister of Culture and Higher Education (Dr. Moeen)
resigned in protest to the university events, which was not accepted by
the government. At this stage, the mercenary officials of the Islamic
Republic regime who had begun to tremble from the ongoing heroic
activities of the students and from the outlook of its development and
deepening, attempted to resolve the crisis and thereby, during the nine
hour meeting of the regime's National Security Council, made some
decisions in order to seize control of the situation and repress the

According to the National Security Council's decisions, the regime's
criminal leaders whose hands stained with the blood of innocent
students, entered the battlefield with a different tactic and the mask
of deception on their hideous faces, and in an obvious and shamed
retreat, sent a number of state and parliamentary officials including
Taj-Zadeh, the Vice President of the Secretary of State to the scene in
order to bring the crisis under control and to calm down the students
and encourage them to end the resistance. The government officials also
promised the release of those arrested, of course, not the active
elements or the organisers of their rallies.

Now, the atmosphere of Tehran University is erupting and despite all of
the regime's manoeuvres, protest activities and student demonstrations
continue on.

The past few days' events at the university, the savage repression and
the killing of the combatant students have clearly illustrated yet
another manifestation of the repressive and deceitful nature of the
Islamic Republic regime. However, the most important experience of the
university's bloody events, which our conscious and combatant masses
must stress is that under the critical circumstances of our dominated
society, that under the condition where worker and student protests… in
one way or another, turn into a protest against the ruling regime, a
faction of the elite; a faction of the representatives of the dependent
capitalists who have a share in all the crimes and debauchery that this
regime has committed against our people for the past twenty years,
deceitfully attempts to place itself within the ranks of the students
and other revolutionary and combatant forces of our society and try, by
taking the leadership and control over the current popular struggles, to
resolve its own problems with the other faction of the regime. In this
situation, what is essential is not to allow in any way, shape or form,
our masses' righteous and just protests to turn into a means for a power
struggle and an anti-revolutionary abuse of any faction of the ruling

During the twenty years of their corrupt rule, all anti-people factions
of the Islamic Republic have clearly shown that, despite all tactical
disagreements, they have common strategic interests with one another in
repressing and diverting the struggles of our masses. It is in response
to this reality, while understanding the anti-revolutionary nature of
all existing factions within the regime, that our conscious and cautious
masses must not be deceived by these mercenaries' slogans. Instead, by
taking advantage of the slightest disharmony and of the atmosphere that
may arise in the critical conditions of the enemy camp i.e. the Islamic
Regime, they must rather intensify their struggles and channel them
toward the direction of the overthrow of the totality of the Islamic
Republic's dictatorship and the eradication of the dependent capitalist

Down with the Imperialist-dependent regime of the Islamic Republic!

Victorious shall be the just struggles of the Iranian people!

Long live the armed struggle which is the only path to freedom!

With confidence in the victory of our path, The Iranian People's Fadaee

July 11, 1999.


Date: Thu, 29 Jul 1999 15:52:19 -0400
From: Farhad Abdolian <farhad@PANJERE.NET>


PARIS-BERLIN 28TH (IPS) The arrest of an Iranian alleged spy in Berlin
by the German authorities is likely to deteriorate the already strained
relations between Tehran and Berlin.

Germany confirmed Tuesday the arrest of an Iranian identified as Mr.
Hamid Khorsand whom prosecutors in Karlsruhe said he was spying on
Iranian opposition groups in Germany.

The news was first broke by the German magazine "Der Spiegel" on
Saturday, saying that the man, a former student, was arrested in
mid-July in Berlin and was held on spy charges.

According to the Hamburg-based magazine, German officials had
intercepted radio transmissions from the agent to his employers back in

A random check by IPS among the Iranian exile community in Germany to
find out who Mr. Khorsand may be was not successful. "We may know the
man, but under his cover name", said Mr. Parviz Dastmalchi, a
Berlin-based Iranian expert on the Islamic Republic and it's terrorist

Frau Eva Schubel, the spokeswoman for the Germany's Federal Prosecutor
said the 36 years-old Hamid Khorsand who had infiltrated Iranian
opposition groups was arrested on 14th of July in Berlin on charges of
espionage for the Islamic Republic of Iran. However, she did not
confirmed information by some Iranian opposition movements like the
Iraqi-based, financed and trained Mujahedeen Khalq that Mr. Khorsand was
also engaged in terrorist and assassination activites against bIranian
dissidents abroad.

Der Spiegel said both cases were being handled discretely to avoid
further straining German-Iranian ties, which soured after a Berlin court
ruled in 1997 that Iran's spiritual leader Ayatollah Ali Khameneh'i and
then-President Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani had ordered the 1992 murders
of four opposition figures in a Berlin Persian restaurant.

Considered as the mastermind behind the 1992 killing of 4 Iranian
Kurdish leaders, Mr. Kazem Darabi, a high ranking officer at the Iranian
Intelligence Ministry was sentenced to life imprisonment by the Berlin
High Court in April 1997.

As a result of the court ruling, relations badly degraded between Bonn
and Tehran and subsequently, the European Union withdrew its ambassadors
from Tehran and forced the Iranian ayatollah to shut down their
sprawling terrorist networks in Germany and other European nation.

The issue, commonly known as the "Mykonos case", from the name of the
restaurant where the 4 Kurds, one of them the general secretary of the
Democratic party of Iranian Kurdistan, disorganised the terrorist and
espionage networks of the Islamic Republic in both Germany and Europe,
with hundreds of operatives, working mostly in the Iranian Embassy in
Bonn, returning hastily to Tehran.

According to some opposition sources, Mr. Khorsand is a friend and
associate of Mr. Darabi and had been arrested with him and other
pro-Iranian government thugs for assaulting Iranian students and groups
opposed to the Islamic Republic.

To retaliate, the Iranians arrested and condemned to death in 1993 Herr
Helmut Hoffer, a German businessman, for having sex with an unmarried
Iranian Muslim woman.

Immediately, Iranian analysts and observers speculated that by arresting
the German businessman, the badly humiliated Iranian clerics were in
fact looking to exchange him for the release of Mr. Darabi.

Eventually, Mr Hoffer was supposed to be freed two months ago and return
to Germany alongside an important German delegation that was visiting
Tehran signing contracts with Iranian firms and businessmen, but his
trial was abruptly cancelled and reported for 50 days by the judge on
the pretext of the absence of the two official translators. He also
refused to accept the services of German Embassy's official translator.

In the article, Der Spiegel said prosecutors had also brought charges
early this year against another suspected "mole'' in the Iranian exile
opposition movement.

"The arrest of Mr. Khorsand and his official identification could well
be a warning send by the Germans to the Iranians, telling them if they
don't behave, they may arrest other, but much more important Iranian
spies. At the same time, it is easier for Germany to exchange Mr. Hoffer
with Khorsand, as he is not yet condemned, as is Mr. Darabi", Mr.
Dastmalchi speculated. ENDS HOFER 28799


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