March 13, 2014

THERE IS NO IRAN:

Iran's dervishes are hungry for equality (Golnaz Esfandiari, 3/13/14, Asia Times)

It started on March 1, when one jailed dervish - blogger and rights activist Kasra Nouri - went on hunger strike to protest what he described as the mistreatment of his fellow prisoners. Nouri was angered that two jailed members of the Nematollahi Gonabadi order of Sufis were not receiving proper health care. He then was joined by others. 

Sources close to the dervishes now say that 10 of them in prison are refusing to eat. 

They have been reportedly joined by more than 2,000 other Sufis outside of prison - in Iran and elsewhere in Europe, India, and other countries - who have also gone on hunger strike. A number of them have said they will protest on March 8 in front of the prosecutor-general's office in Tehran. 

The protest is not just about the mistreatment of jailed dervishes. It focuses on state pressure on the Nematollahi Gonabadi dervishes who make the largest Sufi group in Iran. The group is believed to have more than 2 million members across Iran. 

Farhad Nouri, the chief editor of the "Majzooban" website dedicated to news about the Sufis, tells RFE/RL that the dervishes want justice. 
Posted by at March 13, 2014 7:23 PM
  
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