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Iran: President Ahmadinejad's Men in Trouble

Havaar, source:facebook.com/HavaarForJustice

While Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad told the U.N. General Assembly on September 26, 2012, that he has a vision for a new world order that would be absent of the “hegemony of arrogance”, Ali Akbar Javanfekr, his press adviser was arrested in Iran, and Ramin Mehmanparast, the foreign ministry spokesperson, was attacked in New York.

Ali Akbar Javanfekr Source: Sahamnews

In November 2011, an Iranian court convicted Javanfekr, who headed the governmental IRAN Magazine, of “publishing materials contrary to Islamic norms,” and also banned him from journalism activities for three years.

The charges against him included insulting Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who has the final say on all state matters in Iran. Javanfker appealed the case and has been under pressuresince then. His office has also been attacked by security forces. Now he is in prison.

Javanfekr used to blog too, and would comment on the political rivalry in Iran. Last November, he wrote about his problems in his blog, Shahed:

… People ask themselves, how is it that Javanfker who never had any file in the judiciary system [faced no trials in court], has 15 files against him in country's judiciary system, the moment he is appointed as head of the Iran institution?

New York, not safe for Ahmadinejad's men

Meanwhile, a group of protesters confronted Iranian Deputy Foreign Ministry Spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast near the United Nations in New York on Wednesday, September 26. New York policemen escorted him to safety. Protesters punched him and spit on his face.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ew1voX0wnew

And here:

On Balatarin, a link sharing site, users have linked a photo from The Wall Street Journal, writing “you can see fear in Mehmanpart's eyes”.

Darzarehbin writes that spitting on somebody's face or punching them is dishonorable even if the guy is Mehmanparast.

The blogger Farvartish Rezvanieh writes [fa]:

…the group that attacked Mehmanparast are Mujahedin of People‘s supporters who try to present themselves as “New York based angry Iranians.”

Demonstrations

In recent days, Iranians in New York protested against Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and human rights abuses in Iran.

Havaar, an Iranian initiative against war, sanctions and government repression, protested in New York. Havaar used an illuminator to “occupy” walls in Manhattan and displayed political prisoners’ photos (above).

Mean time Mujahedin of People organized several demonstrations in New York.

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