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World The Association of Writers of Iran calls for the release of its imprisoned members

23:45  01 october  2020
23:45  01 october  2020 Source:   rfi.fr

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Three members of the Iranian Writers' Association were jailed on September 26 after convictions handed down by Tehran's Revolutionary Court for "propaganda against the regime" and "conspiracy against the security of the country". The association protests against these imprisonments and calls for the immediate release of its members and that of all political prisoners and prisoners of conscience.

In an interview with , the Persian editorial staff of RFI , Ali Kakavande, poet and member of the Iranian Writers' Association, declares that "the Iranian government's fear of general discontent is pushing it to put writers in prison. independents and defenders of freedom of expression. "

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Accused of" propaganda against the system "and" attacking national security ", three members of this association - Baktash Abtine, Reza Khandan-Mahabadi and Keyvan Bajan - have just been sent to Evin prison, in Tehran. They are accused of having published the internal journal of their association, "Free thought", and of having participated, in 2015, in a commemoration of the assassination of two writers perpetrated, in 1998, by agents of the services. Iranian secrets.

For Ali Kakavande, the heavy charges pronounced against his friends "are not unrelated to the social and economic crises that the country is currently going through, and in particular the fear of the Iranian government of seeing the emergence of new protests similar to those which have upset the country. Iran's political landscape during the winter of 2017. "

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According to him, the sentences are" indicative of the fear of a regime in great difficulty, anxious to make understand to a discontented population that it will not be free to act and say his general ill-being. According to him, they thus amount to declaring to the Iranians: "We will not let you act and freely express your discontent. And you can see that we already incriminate and imprison writers for daring to write and defending freedom of expression. "

But do Iranian writers really oppose the regime, as the authorities in Tehran suggest by attacking the writers?

“Not at all,” answers Ali Kakavande. The Association of Writers has never had such a vocation since its birth, more than fifty years ago, underlines the Iranian poet. The arrest of its members is a continuation of the pressure exerted against it. "

According to Ali Kakavande," The social protests which have upset the political landscape in Iran for three years are fueling the fear of the Iranian government and pushing it to stifle any dissenting voice. “The goal,” he said, “is to turn the tide by scaring the public. "Indeed," the more fearful the regime, argues the writer, the more it tends to defend itself tooth and nail to call to order the recalcitrant. "But for Ali Kakavand, this is" a bad calculation. The government's method has the opposite effect. "

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He recalls that the one and only vocation of the Association of Writers of Iran, since its founding," is to fight against censorship and to defend freedom of expression. Repressing it, he says, [as was the case in 1998 after the assassination of two of its members] would push young writers to want to join it by declaring: "we are all writers and the place of the writer is it's not jail. " "

" It is shameful, insists Ali Kakavande, that we can still imprison a writer in the 21st century for having dared to write and defend freedom of expression. "He calls on" all writers, poets and artists to be the voice of the writers imprisoned in Iran and demand their release. »

See also: Pressure intensifies against writers and artists in Iran

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