9 September 2004 Edition
Iranians to protest in Brussels
Tens of thousands of Iranian exiles are expected to converge on the European capital Brussles on Monday 13 September in a mass protest against the ruling clerical regime in Iran. The protest organised by Iranian exiles living throughout Europe is intended to highlight the brutal and inhuman nature of the fundamentalist religious regime in Iran and expose the its torture of Iranian citizens. Since coming to power in 1979 the Iranian regime has been responsible for the execution of over 120,000 political dissidents.
Many have been stoned to death. It has also been involved in the systematic torture of political detainees using up to 170 different methods of torture, both physical and psychological. As many 500,000 people, men, women and children have been tortured having, in many cases, limbs amputated and eyes gouged out. In one of the latest executions on 29 August a man was hanged in public in the city of Arak in central Iran while his four young children were brought to the scene and made to watch the execution of their father.