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Iran: “God is great” chant banned

June 16, 2009 - Youth clash with security forces in IranThe Iranian regime’s security forces have banned the slogan which has become a staple of Iran’s nights as an act of protest to the regime’s rule. Over the past weeks, during the nationwide uprising, Iranians have gone to their rooftops at nights, chanting “Allahu Akbar” (God is great). Now, the regime’s security forces call it an act “against the laws of the holy ruling system,” threatening those who chant it with “legal measures,” which in the regime’s parlance means carrying out suppressive arbitrary actions against Iranians. Recently a letter was leaked, which was written by the 135th branch of police headquarters in the district of Ekbatan to the central council of the district. In it, the police says, “On most nights, we come across the residents of buildings in Ekbatan chanting slogans either due to their ignorance or in order to pursue the calls of satellite channels at certain pre-designated times. This is against the laws of the holy ruling system and can lead to legal action against them. Therefore, these residents must be asked to refrain from chanting slogans. Otherwise, the culprits’ residences will be identified and they will be dealt with in accordance with the law.”