Iranian Political Activist Ahmad Batebi Re-Arrested in Tehran

Ahmad Batebi, one of Iran’s most famous political activists was re-arrested in Tehran this weekend.

He became famous during the 1999 Iranian student uprisings when his picture appeared on the cover of the British Economist and was later jailed and persecuted by the Iranian mullahs.

Iranian political activist Ahmad Batebi was re-arrested in Tehran this weekend. The t-shirt Ahmad was holding in this famous picture belonged to a colleague of Batebi’s, a victim of government-backed violence against the peaceful protesters.

Regime Change Iran has this sad news from Tehran:

This afternoon Ahmad Batebi, was arrested in front of his home in Tehran by plain clothes secret service agents of the Ministry of Intelligence and Security of the Islamic Republic of Iran.

At 5 pm on Saturday evening, as Batebi and his wife Somaya, exited their apartment building they were accosted by several agents, forcing Batebi and Somaya back inside for interrogation and inspection of their home.

Somaya Batebi said that the agents spent 3 hours inspecting their apartment and finally gathered and confiscated Batebi’s personal property, including his computer, cellular phone, CD’s, several files and family photo albums.

Ahmad Batebi was orginally arrested in 1999 during the massive student uprising in Tehran. He was arrested because of the humiliation the regime felt after this young man’s photo appears on the cover of the Economist and has become a symbol of the Iranian student movement. This photo appeared all over the world but sadly the western media failed to condemn the Iranian government for arresting this young man.

Another Iranian student leader, Akbar Mohammadi, died in jail on Sunday.

He was on a nine day hunger strike and had been jaile since 1999. Fellow prisoners said that he had been savagely beaten by prison guards in the past few days and that he was carrying the signs of the beatings. Mohammadi’s sister living in Europe had this to say:

“These assassins are responsible for the death of my brother,” she said. “Now I’m afraid they will kill Manouchehr as well, my other brother.”

“They (the government) are protesting for Palestinian and Lebanese victims while they are killing Iranian youths for no reason.”

Winston has thoughts on the student activist’s death.

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