• Iran's Hangmen Work Overtime

    From Mullah Lodabullah@3:800/432 to All on Fri Aug 24 22:59:26 2007
    I don't recall Alexander Downer saying anything about this, or any
    mention in the local news services.


    Iran's hangmen work overtime to silence opposition

    By Con Coughlin

    Last Updated: 12:01am BST 24/08/2007

    Stonings, hangings, floggings, purges. President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
    might claim that United Nations sanctions can't hurt his country, but
    that is not how it feels for Iran's long-suffering population which
    now finds itself on the receiving end of one of the most brutal purges witnessed since the 1979 Islamic revolution.

    The most visible manifestation of the new oppression sweeping Iran has
    been the wave of public executions and floggings carried out in
    Teheran and provincial capitals over recent weeks in a blatant attempt
    by the regime to intimidate political opponents. The official
    government line is that the punishments are part of its "Plan to
    Enforce Moral Behaviour".

    It's the same kind of argument that was used immediately after
    Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini took control to purge the country of its prosperous, secular middle class and secure his hold on power. Now Mr Ahmadinejad is adopting similar tactics in a desperate attempt to keep
    his embattled regime in power.

    Although Iran has one of the world's highest execution rates, until
    recently most of the sentences were carried out within the confines
    of prisons such a Teheran's notorious Evin complex. But this month
    diplomats at the Japanese and Australian embassies in the capital
    were alarmed to find the bodies of two convicted criminals hanging
    from cranes stationed directly outside their office windows.

    The location of the cranes, at a busy thoroughfare surrounded by
    office blocks, was chosen as much to remind the diplomatic community
    that Mr Ahmadinejad's hardline regime was still very much in charge as
    to send a message to ordinary citizens.


    Full article at " UK Telegraph" http://www.telegraph.co.uk/opinion/main.jhtml?xml=/opinion/2007/08/24/do2404.xml

    * Origin: Xaragmata / Adelaide SA telnet://xaragmata.thebbs.org (3:800/432)