Iranian women slam attack on female protesters

Gathering of Iranian students in front of UN office in Tehran, April 21, 2011
Iranian coeds have gathered in front of the UN office in Tehran to protest the massacre and arrest of Muslim women in regional countries.

In the Wednesday gathering, students from different universities in Tehran protested against the killing and arrest of women in Bahrain and Yemen.

The students also blasted Western silence and double standards toward the brutal crackdown on popular protests by despotic Arab regimes in the region.

In a statement issued at the end of gathering, the students urged Iranian officials to support the freedom-seeking movement of regional nations and to dispatch humanitarian relief aid to the affected countries.

Since the beginning of Bahrain’s anti-government protests back in February, scores of protesters have been killed and many others have gone missing.

Many of the families believe that the detainees are most likely being held at the Sheikh Isa military base.

At least four Bahraini women have died as a result of the brutal crackdown on the opposition, while tens of others remain detained in undisclosed locations.

Ayat al-Ghermezi, a 20-year old Bahraini activist who had composed anti-government poems was killed in mid-April after being arrested and raped by Manama forces.

Two other Bahraini women were killed when thugs backed by Saudi forces stormed the village of Karzakan on April 16.

Another Bahraini woman, Bahiya al-Aradi, died in March after she was shot in the head by Bahrain’s security forces.

Yemeni protesters have also taken to the streets since January, continuing to demand for the establishment of justice and the removal of the country’s longtime ruler Ali Abdullah Saleh.



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