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Heard in Iran: Arrests, Dorm Raids, Mousavi Undeterred

Mousavi Undeterred by Legal Threats

July 1 -- As the Iranian parliament's judiciary committee considers legal action against Mir-Hossein Mousavi, a member of his election team told Radio Farda that such pressure will not discourage Mousavi from attempting to reclaim the stolen rights of Iranian citizens. "After the extensive election fraud, this government's legitimacy is totally in question, and it seems that the majority of people cannot accept it," said Alireza Beheshti. [read in Farsi]

More Than 1,000 Arrested, Admits Iranian Police Chief

June 26 -- Human rights activist Shiva Nazar-Ahari was arrested at her home ten days ago and her whereabouts are still unknown, her mother told Radio Farda. "I've been to the Intelligence Ministry, Revolutionary Court and Evin prison - but nobody can account for her." [read in Farsi]

Student Describes Raid on Tehran University Dorm

June 28 --A student who did not want to be identified told Radio Farda that plainclothes police raided a Tehran University dorm after students peacefully protested the June 12 election results. "They attacked us at 3 a.m.," the student said. "Dozens were injured by pellets or batons. While beating us, they kept saying, 'So you want freedom?' And we replied, 'We don't want a leader who stages a coup.'" [read in Farsi]

Criticism Against Khamenei Mounts

July 1 -- Religious scholar Ahmad Ghabel told Radio Farda that the concept of velayat--e-faqih (rule of the Islamic jurist) will not survive in Iran after Ayatollah Khamenei's involvement in the disputed presidential election. [read in Farsi]

Plainclothes Police Motivated by Religious Fervor

June 30 -- A former senior member of Ansar-e-Hezbollah ('Supporters of the Party of God'), a militant political group that acts as the unofficial plainclothes police force in Iran, told Radio Farda that the group's members consider it a religious duty to clash with protesters. "They can do anything," said Amir Farshad Ebrahimi, who is now is a critic of the group. He added that the group derives its legitimacy from Ayatollah Khamenei. [read in Farsi]