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Wednesday 8th July 2009
The Tactics of an Iranian Police State


A Farsi language website affiliated with the Iranian Revolutionary Guard,, has published pictures of Iranian protesters, asking viewers to identify the ‘criminals'.

On one of these web pages, the pictures numbered 1 and 19 are stamped with the word ‘identified'.  There is also a second page of circled faces, which have yet to be identified.

These tactics should serve as yet another reminder (as if we needed one) as to the type of state we are dealing with: a totalitarian, theocratic gangster regime, marshalled by a ruthless and invasive secret police.

For anyone wishing to show solidarity with the Iranian people, there will be a demonstration tomorrow (9 June) to mark the anniversary of the 1999 Iranian student protests which were also brutally suppressed by the regime.  It starts at 6 PM and the organisers request that attendees wear green if possible and meet at 16 Prince's Gate, SW7. The nearest Tube station is South Kensington.

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Alexander Melea...
July 30th, 2009
10:07 AM
Micro, we are not talking about fascist race rioters, who incited violence and bloodshed like in Oldham and Burnley in 2001. We are talking about people who are peacefully demonstrating, many of which have already disappeared, never to be seen or heard from again. If you are comparing the Iranian protesters with the mad racist rioters in Oldham and Burnley, then I fear there is little that can be done for you.

July 11th, 2009
4:07 PM
Mr. Hitchens these are the exact same tactics used by the British police after rioting in Oldham and Burnley etc. in 2001. In fact the red top tabloids and even the Telegraph joined in publishing all the police photos and appealing to the public to call a hotline. I am not an apologist for the Revolutionary Guards, Mr Hitchens, but this blog posting of yours is facile.

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About Focus on Islamism

Focus on Islamism is a blog dedicated to analysing and exposing the modern ideological phenomenon known as Islamism.

Shiraz Maher is a writer and broadcaster.

Alexander Meleagrou-Hitchens is a PhD student at King's College, London.  He has contributed to various online and printed publications including, The Daily Telegraph, Lebanon's Daily Star, Standpoint and NOWLebanon. 

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