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Three hanged in north-east Iran

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Iran Focus: Tehran, Iran, Feb. 06 – Iranian authorities hanged three men in the north-eastern town of Sabzevar, Khorassan Razavi province, a state-run daily reported on Monday. Iran Focus

Tehran, Iran, Feb. 06 – Iranian authorities hanged three men in the north-eastern town of Sabzevar, Khorassan Razavi province, a state-run daily reported on Monday.

The three, dubbed “trouble-makers”, were charged with threatening national security, the hard-line daily Khorassan wrote.

The charge “acting against national security” is a vague term which encompasses virtually all forms of social protests or actions against the ruling clerical authorities.

In January, Iran’s State Security Forces (SSF) arrested hundreds of individuals in the province of Khorassan Razavi as part of a crackdown of “trouble-makers”.

Agents of the SSF and VEVAK, Iran’s notorious secret police, arrested 770 individuals as part of the second phase of the “Plan to Combat Trouble-makers”, code-named “Zafar 2”, meaning victory.

Close to 300 of those arrested were to be formally tried in special Islamic courts set up to deal with the “trouble-makers”.

The “Plan to Combat Trouble-makers” was initially launched in Tehran in September and soon spread to cities and towns across the nation. Under the scheme, thousands were arrested within a period of several months on various charges such as “racketeering” and “loansharking”.

Iranian officials often refer to millions of unemployed young men, who are largely beset by frustration and despair, as “trouble-makers”.

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