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Iran: New security patrols; an increase in suppression

Sample ImageNCRI – Hossein Tayeb, deputy commander of the paramilitary Bassij Force, a domestic subordinate of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) announced the formation of new "Security Patrols," reported the official news agency IRNA on Wednesday.

"The major goal for running the new Bassij patrols is to guarantee the safety and security of citizens in urban areas as well as combating 'hooligans and thugs.'…In addition, the [occasional] checkpoints run by the Bassij [in the neighborhoods] will be available, as before, at the time of possible crisis," said Tayeb.

Sample ImageNCRI – Hossein Tayeb, deputy commander of the paramilitary Bassij Force, a domestic subordinate of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) announced the formation of new "Security Patrols," reported the official news agency IRNA on Wednesday.

"The major goal for running the new Bassij patrols is to guarantee the safety and security of citizens in urban areas as well as combating 'hooligans and thugs.'…In addition, the [occasional] checkpoints run by the Bassij [in the neighborhoods] will be available, as before, at the time of possible crisis," said Tayeb.

Separately, Ahmadreza Radan, chief of the State Security Force (SSF) — mullahs' suppressive police — in Greater Tehran announced what he called the new "phase" of the so-called "boosting public security plan," reported the state-run news agency Mehr on Wednesday.

"In enforcing the "public security" boost, Tehran's metropolitan police will get tough on "mal-veiling" in private companies and small businesses such as coffee shops, internet cafes, clubs and restaurants. The goal is to combat the lawbreakers and criminals," added Radan.

Running new security patrols by the Bassij force in the streets of the cities across the country, under the pretext of increasing public security, is aimed at combating the volatile state of the society. Fighting the so-called "mal-veiling" is designed to suppress the growing public uprisings by workers, students, women and youths in Iran.     

Secretariat of the National Council of Resistance of Iran
April 17, 2008 

Photo: Depicting a woman beaten by the police for "immoral appearance" in the public in 2007.