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Shots fired as Iran arrests over 30 gay men in violent raid

Discussion in 'Israel & Middle East News' started by Chris, Apr 20, 2017 at 6:41 PM.

  1. Chris

    Chris Administrator Staff Member

    Shots fired as Iran arrests over 30 gay men in violent raid
    By Benjamin Weinthal
    April 20, 2017 13:56
    30 men were charged with sodomy, drinking alcohol, and using psychedelic drugs.
    Exiled Iranians protest against executions and stonings in Iran during a demonstration on December 10, 2013 in Berlin. (photo credit ERIC BRIDIERS/US MISSION GENEVA))

    The Islamic Republic of Iran arrested more than 30 men suspected of being homosexuals at a private party last week in the Esfahan province, the prominent Canadian NGO Iranian Railroad for Queer Refugees reported on Thursday. “IRQR received several reports in the last few days and we were able to confirm that police attacked guests and physically beat them. Police detained the men, ages 16 to 30, at the Basij [Revolutionary Guard Militia] Station and then transferred them to Esfahan’s Dastgerd Prison. A few people managed to escape and we received reports that there were several heterosexual individuals among those arrested,” the human rights NGO wrote on its website Thursday.

    Authorities raided the party in the Bahadoran district of central Iran and fired their guns while seizing the men. IRQR added, “After a few days, all the families were informed by Basij that their sons were arrested for sodomy. A special prosecutor has been assigned to their cases and they were charged with sodomy, drinking alcohol and using psychedelic drugs. It was reported that prisoners will be sent to Esfahan’s Medical Jurisprudence Department for anal examination in order to provide evidence of homosexual acts to the court.”

    The Basij is a paramilitary force used to repress dissidents. It played a key role in dismantling the Green movement protests in 2009 against a reportedly fraudulent presidential election. Iran’s Islamic law system prescribes the death penalty for gays.

    more..............http://www.jpost.com/Middle-East/Shots-fired-as-Iran-arrests-over-30-gay-men-in-violent-raid-488419
     
  2. Chris

    Chris Administrator Staff Member

    And of course the MSM is silent as usual rather than reporting the truth. :tsk
     
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