More Than 100 Iranian Activists Detained In Tehran on May 1st
by Golnaz Esfandiari/May 4, 2009
(photo: Jelveh Javaheri, one of the detained)
More than 100 Iranian labor activists and several members of the One Million Signatures Campaign against discriminatory laws were detained in Tehran on May 1 as they gathered in the city's Laleh Park to mark International Workers' Day.
Witnesses told RFE/RL that police violently attacked activists and workers who had gathered at the park and detained them even before they had started protesting.
Among the detainees is women's rights activist Jelveh Javaheri, whose husband, Kaveh Mozafari, was also detained at Laleh Park.
Javaheri was detained at the couple's home. Security forces searched the house, confiscated personal files and computers, and took Javaheri with them.
According to Javaheri's mother, authorities have set a high bail for her release. She said her daughter has not been able to make the payment.
The daughter of another activist, Maryam Mohseni, who was also detained at Laleh Park, said that her mother is being held at Tehran's Evin prison. She said her mother has been fighting for May Day celebrations to be allowed in Iran for the past 20 years.
Charges against the detainees are not clear.
The families have called on authorities to release their loved ones without any conditions.