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Monday, October 03, 2005

"Trouble Makers"

Since the introduction of our own Patriot Act, insidious policies abroad are just not that shocking:
Iran's judiciary chief issued orders on Monday for the spread of a recently launched "Plan to Combat Trouble-makers" from the Iranian capital to other parts of the country. Ayatollah Seyyed Mahmoud Hashemi Shahroudi told senior judicial officials in a meeting today that the plan had so far been very successful in increasing national security. Since early September, the "Plan to Combat Trouble-makers" has been in effect in the Iranian capital. The crackdown was recently extended by Tehran's Islamic Revolutionary Prosecutor, Saeed Mortazavi, who announced that it would last until at least October 26 and may be extended once again.

During Monday's judiciary session, Shahroudi announced, "This plan must continue decisively throughout the country so as to prevent social conflicts". "The most important effect of this decisiveness is the creation of a pre-emptive atmosphere", the Judiciary Chief said. Iranian officials often refer to millions of unemployed young men, who are often beset by frustration and despair, as "trouble-makers". Thousands of young men have been arrested in Tehran under the scheme and hundreds have been sentenced in special Islamic courts and jailed.

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