Chicago Indymedia : http://chicago.indymedia.org/archive
Chicago Indymedia

News :: [none]

The New Freedom Movement in Iran

Gholamreza Mohajerynejad, an Iranian student leader who was imprisoned following pro-democracy protests in summer 1999 and released after an international campaign on his behalf, is touring the U.S. and will speak in Chicago on Sunday, October 22, 4:30 p.m. at the News & Letters Library, 36 South Wabash Avenue, Suite 1440, Chicago Loop.
Eyewitness report on ...

--------------------------------

The New Freedom Movement in Iran

--------------------------------

Gholamreza Mohajerynejad, an Iranian student leader who was imprisoned following pro-democracy protests in summer 1999 and released after an international campaign on his behalf, is touring the U.S. and will speak in Chicago on Sunday, October 22, 4:30 p.m. at the News & Letters Library, 36 South Wabash Avenue, Suite 1440. The talk is in Farsi with simultaneous translation and will be followed by open discussion. The meeting is open to the public and free of charge.

* * *

Gholamreza Mohajerynejad was born in 1971 in the city of Babol in Iran. His involvement with the student movement began upon entering Tehran University in 1993. In the same year he and a few friends instituted a student organization there, which was the first secular organization after the cultural revolution in Iran. From the beginning, the Islamic regime opposed this movement. Its members were physically assaulted, causing most of them, including Mohajerynejad, to leave Tehran and go to smaller cities where they remained in hiding for months.

Since 1997 he has been arrested and persecuted several times because of his opposition to the Islamic regime and his belief in democracy and secularist ideology. Each time he has been physically assaulted and tortured by the secret police for leading and organizing student demonstrations and attending meetings to protest the actions of the regime.

On June 24, 1999 the students' dormitory in Tehran University was invaded by the secret police and religious extremists. This led to the severe injury and death of several students. It became a trigger for a massive student demonstration of 40,000. Mohajerynejad writes: "I was one of the leaders of this demonstration and I was arrested after six days of unrest in Tehran. This time I was in prison for six months in one of the most hideous prisons in Iran. During this period I was savagely tortured. I was hung by one leg for hours or flogged with cable, and then salt was poured on my wounds after flogging. Several times I lost consciousness. Some of the torture marks are still on my body. I was in a small cell for 130 days. It was so small I did not have enough space to lie down and sleep normally."

He was released after six months but was kept under probation because he had been convicted to five year suspended prison term. After his release, he could have been taken into custody again at any time. Mohajerynejad has been out of Iran since May 20, 2000 by invitation from human rights organizations. He arrived in Los Angeles on August 25, 2000 and since then he has been living with friends.

* * *

He will speak in Chicago on Sunday October 22 at 4:30 p.m. at the News & Letters Library at: 36 S. Wabash Suite 1440. For more information or to arrange for press interviews call (312)236-0799 or send email to nandl (at) igc.org.
 
 

Donate

Views

Account Login

Media Centers

 

This site made manifest by dadaIMC software