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July 29, 2009
Iran protesters to face trial, accused of violence

AUDIO: Roger Cohen, an opinion columnist for The New York Times, recently returned from Iran and discusses the imminent trials. He is the author of a forthcoming article in this Sunday’s New York Times magazine on the diplomatic challenge that Iran poses to the Obama administration.

The political turmoil in Iran continues to unfold. Hundreds of demonstrators were imprisoned following the street protests last month, and their treatment in the weeks since the disputed presidential election is now the subject of intense international scrutiny.

Iran’s official media reported on Wednesday that 20 of those detained will be put on trial as early as this weekend.

Though the protests were overwhelmingly peaceful, in some cases even silent, the demonstrators are accused by the Iranian authorities of carrying out bombings, and of attacking Basiji paramilitary forces — the very forces who repeatedly attacked them.

Ervand Abrahamian, a distinguished professor of history at City University of New York, joins Martin Savidge to discuss the fate of political prisoners.

For more, view our Voices of Iran extended coverage page and listen to our online radio show on Baha’i faith and modern Iran.

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Iranians are shouting for an “Iranian Republic” in the street of Iran today,they have crossed both the reformist and conservatives. The world needs to keep an open eye and ear to the Iranian People plight. Outdated, fossile so-called “experts on Iran” are on TV shows still talking about the reformist versus conservative.

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