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Heard In Iran: More Than 150 Arrested on May Day

Roxana Saberi Ends Two-Week Hunger Strike

May 6 -- In an interview with Radio Farda, Roxana's father said the family "insisted that she end her strike because she had become very weak." He said Roxanna was so ill that she was taken to the hospital and fed intravenously. [read in English or Persian]

More Than 150 Arrested on May Day

May 1 -- Radio Farda covered May Day demonstrations across Iran [read in English] and interviewed dozens of activists [read in English]. One labor activist in Tehran said security forces outnumbered protestors three to one and violently attacked them before the demonstrations began [read in Persian]. Jafar Azimzadeh, a prominent labor activist, was arrested on May Day -- his daughter told Radio Farda that she herself was beaten by police and that she witnessed police attacking passersby [read in Persian]. Meanwhile, the families of those arrested gathered in front of Tehran's Revolutionary Court on May 3 demanding their loved ones' release [read in Persian].

Iran Executes Woman Who Committed Crime as a Minor

May 3 -- Iran has executed a 23-year-old woman, Delara Darabi, for a crime committed when she was a minor. Darabi's lawyer confirmed to Radio Farda that she was executed in prison in the northwestern city of Rasht. Darabi was arrested when she was 17 years old in connection with the murder of a relative. At that time, she and her 19-year-old boyfriend, Amir Hossein Sotoudeh, tried to rob the house of her father's 58-year-old female cousin, Mahin, and the cousin was killed [read in English or Persian / watch in English].

Tehran Teachers Attacked by Police

May 5 -- A teacher who was arrested in Tehran during a May 4 demonstration told Radio Farda that police beat teachers with batons as they chanted slogans calling for an end to discrimination [listen in Persian].