Plainclothes security policeman arrested activist Mostafa Piran, father of jailed student Peyman Piran, and evicted his wife and children from their government-owned rental apartment. Ms. Piran says she will continue resisting the government, and calls for a strong turnout at the memorial rallies of the July 9, 1999 student uprising. It took plainclothes policemen six hours to evict labor activist and teacher Mostafa Piran and his family from their government-owned rental apartment near Tehran University. Before taking Piran in custody, the security policemen piled the family’s belongings on the sidewalk. They said dissidents have no right to stay in government housing, Piran’s wife, mother of jailed student activist Peyman Piran, tells Radio Farda’s broadcaster Ali Sajjadi.
She links her husband’s arrest with the upcoming anniversary of the 1999 police attack on student dorms, because of her husband’s support for rallies commemorating the nation-wide student uprising that followed the July 9 attacks.
They are afraid of my husband, Ms. Piran says of the secret police. She calls on the people to “stop being fearful and compromising.” Everyone should come out on July 9 to protest, she says. “Don’t be afraid, come forward like a man and stand up.”
“I called all the newspapers, ISNA (news agency), but the security forces stationed in the streets around our house blocked photographers from reaching the house to take pictures of our belongings piled on the street corner,” she adds.
She says the security agents’ commander slapped a reporter who had reached their door. “If what you are doing is Islamic, I don’t want this religion. I want to be an apostate,” she says she told the commander.
“Faculty members and educated people came out in support of us, everybody was crying for us,” she says, adding that she believes the plainclothes agents took her husband to the intelligence ministry, but she could not be sure.
Her son Peyman, who is serving a 10-year jail sentence, has begun a hunger strike in commemoration of the fifth anniversary of the 1998 student uprising.
“My husband will never yield to the regime, and would not belittle himself and beg them to release his son, and return his confiscated furniture and apartment,” she says.
Eleven jailed activists, including lawyer Nasser Zarafshan, are now on hunger strikes in support of the Piran family, she adds.
“As long as we live, we will not yield to their pressures. They should all be certain that, even if they take away my husband, even if they take away my son, I will not break under pressure, even if, along with my children, I become homeless, I will still resist.”