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Iranian Police Assault and Arrest 87 at Gay Birthday Party

Up to 87 were arrested at a birthday party for Farhad, a member of Iran's gay community last Thursday, and while several women among those arrested have been released, the gay men are still jailed.

IsfahanOne guest, identified as 'Peyman' told the Toronto-based Iranian Queer Organization: "I went to buy a gift for Farhad and so I arrived late for the party. As soon as I turned in to their street, I saw police cars parked everywhere; all my friends were arrested while seven or eight policeman beat them with batons. Fearing the usual punishments for attending a party, two had jumped from the second-floor window and were in a bad condition. Farhad’s family were also arrested. Everyone was transported into a big car and taken into custody. All their cell phones are off and we have no information about the situation inside the jail."

Another guest, Kia, reported: "Guests had come from Shiraz, Tehran, Shahin Shahr to Isfahan for Farhad’s birthday. When they were coming out of the house followed by the police, their clothes were ripped, their faces and bodies were covered in blood. They were beaten up badly."

Given Iran's history of executing gays, the lives of those arrested are obviously in grave danger.

More Than Eighty Gay Men Arrested at Birthday Party in Isfahan [uk gay news]

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  1. Oh no. Those poor people.

    I wish there was something we could do. I kind of feel helpless.

    Posted by: Brian | May 14, 2007 12:28:10 PM


  2. You can contact your representative and senators and ask them to protest the arrests. You can call attention to this incident by contacting your local papers and asking them to cover it. I guarantee you that the Bush administration and Rice won't lodge a protest, but you can ask your representatives to make it a priority.

    Posted by: Tyler | May 14, 2007 12:50:11 PM


  3. Hmmm, what were the charges? Singing? Eating cake?

    Posted by: anon | May 14, 2007 12:53:19 PM


  4. how could bush and rice lodge a protest? their party doesn't advocate this ONLY because it would scare off soccer moms, but god knows some of their presidential candidates think it's ok.

    Posted by: nycredneck | May 14, 2007 12:53:48 PM


  5. Life in Iran is utter hell for gays and lesbians. It is tempting to place all of the blame on Islam, since Islam is the basis for laws, etc. in Iran, but we must also understand that all totalitarian/authoritarian governments have persecuted gays and lesbians.

    The lives of these people who were arrested at the birthday party are in danger. Remember, Iran has been hanging gays in public for many years now. It is sad that our government cares so little for gays and lesbians that they won't even lodge a diplomatic protest.

    My heart breaks for these people and I can only hope that by some miracle they escape execution.

    Posted by: Jonathon | May 14, 2007 1:18:52 PM


  6. I do believe Iran is very bad towards gay iranians

    BUT cheney just this past week rattled his sword about the 2 aircraft carriers near
    iran and that their purpose was to push iran into complying on nukes (which haliburton by the way supplied much of the equipment at a huge profit so iran can do what it is doing)

    I want to sympathize. I want to get angry. But we know this administration is not above lieing. We know this administration wants to bomb iran. We know that they will do anything imaginable to try to get the liberals to support the already planed for invasion. "See, iran is aginst human rights" or some such


    I want to scream out and protest the Iranian embasy, but a part of me is skeptical......a part of me is leary

    Posted by: pacificoceanboy | May 14, 2007 2:24:50 PM


  7. And yet the radical leftist extremists in the gay community still spend all their time and energy blaming Israel for all the human rights violations in the Middle East...

    Posted by: LightningLad | May 14, 2007 3:47:34 PM


  8. Maybe, just MAYBE, it's a bad idea to have a GAY PARTY in Iran.

    Posted by: Larry | May 14, 2007 3:54:36 PM


  9. i was gonna say this MUST BE ALL BUSHIE'S FAULT... but alas POB beat me to it!

    And right you should be leary POB... THIS NEVER HAPPENED... BUSHIE created this as a context to invade. But wait BUSHIE hates fags too? Well then, no one died in vain, unless your counting those silly faggots!

    POB you are one brilliant geo-political thinker... you've got it all worked out. May i be the first to buy you a one way ticket to Tehran as a token of my appreciation.

    Larry your one big hearted Mo too... Allah forbid theses queens wanna hang out with other gays. But don't feel bad, according to POB... it never happened!

    The commenters on this site...PATHETIC one agian.

    Posted by: MARK | May 14, 2007 4:24:43 PM


  10. Now I'm confused.

    Is it Iran, Bush, uppity Iranian homos who want to have a gay party, Israel, radical leftist extremists in the gay community, Allah, Pacific Ocean Boy or a homophobic closet case troll who can't spell and doesn't know the difference between "there", "they're" and "their", who's to blame for all of this?

    And here I was thinking that ignorance, fear and bigotry were to blame.

    Posted by: Zeke | May 14, 2007 4:36:31 PM


  11. Ughhhhh

    It was/ is an honest feeling to be leary of any and all anti-iran news currently out there.

    I sympathize!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! but I also remember Chalabi and others plopped out on the boob tube to stir up the masses against that evil sadam hussein who everyone forgot rumsefeld shook hands with, many american cities gave keys to their cities to for being a fighter against communism in the middle east, and the US was the only country to VETO any UN resolution against Iraq for the gassing of kurds.

    To be leary of any news from out of the middle east is honest and grounded in facts such as the pentagon now forbiding reporters taking pictures of insurgent killings and the troops are now forbidden access to any and all picture / video sharing web sites on the net. Propaganda is going on and only fool would say it isn't.

    I sympathize. I wish to protest the embasy, but I also know that fox news will be the first to show such protests as americans who want to bomb Iran.

    People lie, anyone who thinks they don't are beyond naive. Governments lie, people who deny such aren't paying attention.

    Be mad, I am, but I am leary of any anti-Iranian news popping up less than a week after CHENEY WAS IN IRAQ and flat out rattled his sword at Iran by hammering home the point of 2 aircraft carriers being right there to send in bombers against iran.

    The Daily show had an intersting bit the other night. It talked about how all the groundwork for true democracy is there in Iran, but our saber ratteling and attacking their government will only squash it/ will only cause more harm.

    Posted by: pacificoceanboy | May 14, 2007 5:07:53 PM


  12. Ughhhhh

    It was/ is an honest feeling to be leary of any and all anti-iran news currently out there.

    I sympathize!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! but I also remember Chalabi and others plopped out on the boob tube to stir up the masses against that evil sadam hussein who everyone forgot rumsefeld shook hands with, many american cities gave keys to their cities to for being a fighter against communism in the middle east, and the US was the only country to VETO any UN resolution against Iraq for the gassing of kurds.

    To be leary of any news from out of the middle east is honest and grounded in facts such as the pentagon now forbiding reporters taking pictures of insurgent killings and the troops are now forbidden access to any and all picture / video sharing web sites on the net. Propaganda is going on and only fool would say it isn't.

    I sympathize. I wish to protest the embasy, but I also know that fox news will be the first to show such protests as americans who want to bomb Iran.

    People lie, anyone who thinks they don't are beyond naive. Governments lie, people who deny such aren't paying attention.

    Be mad, I am, but I am leary of any anti-Iranian news popping up less than a week after CHENEY WAS IN IRAQ and flat out rattled his sword at Iran by hammering home the point of 2 aircraft carriers being right there to send in bombers against iran.

    The Daily show had an intersting bit the other night. It talked about how all the groundwork for true democracy is there in Iran, but our saber ratteling and attacking their government will only squash it/ will only cause more harm.

    Posted by: pacificoceanboy | May 14, 2007 5:08:22 PM


  13. You think the US is going to invade Iran because the populous at large is upset over their treatment of gays?? So much so that the Bush admin would make this up?? Ah, reset and try again.

    Posted by: anon | May 14, 2007 5:12:45 PM


  14. Anon Did I say such? No

    But it is not the only bit of anti-iranian news out there. It all comes in a bundle and good propaganda does that, it hits every sector you wish to convert to your cause.

    I didn't say I didn't believe this report. I do expect it to played to the hilt. The bush administration though hating us will use us. They will use this bit of news , if not exagerated, to the fullest in its propaganda arsenal. Bush want's to invade Iran that was revealed by quote a few administration officials who have left the cult compound= white house. the pans are already there. They just need popular support.

    Like i also said. The foundation for true freedom and democracy in Iran is alreaqdy there. BUT it is dependent on america not getting involved at all. american involvement will only push the people further towards the mullahs, push the majority which is made up of iranians under 30 away from the west, etc. That was stated by a middle east expert the other night on john Stewarts show.


    Posted by: pacificoceanboy | May 14, 2007 5:19:57 PM


  15. sorry for my typos

    One day I will edit before posting.

    Posted by: pacificoceanboy | May 14, 2007 5:22:00 PM


  16. Quote

    Isfahan, the Toronto-based IRanian Queer Organization revealed this morning

    These are Iranian EXPATRIOTS

    Remember all the Iraqi EXPATRIOTS like Chalabi who swore up and down about WMDS

    expatriots are suspect. sorry. history shows that the majority of expatriots LIE for political gain.

    I am not saying something did not happen. but the report is from Iranian expatriots who will benefit greatly from knee jerk reactions with checks cut by HRC, Amnesty international, etc without question. They will benefit from knee jerk reactions by gaining political allies in the west due to the anti-iran bias at the moment.

    Expatriots of every stripe have been shown by history to be suspect in many ways.

    Take it with a grain of salt. Now if amnesty international had reported on such.........one would have more support for it actualy happen. give me more time to do research and maybe I can bust the knee jerk reactions more.

    Posted by: pacificoceanboy | May 14, 2007 5:29:02 PM


  17. A simple search of Amnesty intyernationals news blurbs on their site has NOTHING about this supposed event.

    The only source for this supposed event so far is an organization of EXPATRIOT Iranians who being expatriots have an ax to grind.

    One would expect Amnesty International to have something....a miniscule something at least about such an event involving such a large number of people.

    Nope, nada

    Just the Iranian expatriots. One would think with our experience with Cuban, iraqi, etc expatriots we know they lie, we know they do unethical things such as the one Cuban expatriot who is running around free even though he planted an explosive device on a cuban airliner that killed hundreds. expatriots have axes to grind and seek political power and financial support. now in this anti-iran atmosphere I expect this group of iranian expatriots to at least get lots of money.

    Till Amnesty international reports on it,.....it is suspect

    Posted by: pacificoceanboy | May 14, 2007 5:40:25 PM


  18. Ok we have an opinion about how radical gay leftists view discrimination in the Middle East, so let's balance it out:

    Extreme radical right-wingers believe the U.S. should basically invade the entire Middle East (we can't even secure Afghanistan or Iraq, but somewhere it'll work in Iran. Riiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiight). Of course, the reason these nutjobs believe we'll be victorious is because we're Christians and we all know God is on Our side, right?

    Yeah the radical leftists are so much scarier and dangerous than their right-wing counterparts. Yeah, I totally see that.

    Posted by: mark m | May 14, 2007 5:41:15 PM


  19. Al- jazeel-Jazeera

    Think Middle east CNN has NOTHING on it. Even though Al- jazeera is PRO islam. pro Sharia religous law and anti-gay. One would expect them to have video feed and or interviews with arresting officers while praising the arrest of such "infidels"

    NOTHING

    nothing on Al-Jazeera and nothing from Amnesty International

    The only source is a 3rd party hearsay source made up of iranian expatriots who could get monetary benefits at least of not political clout via this

    Posted by: pacificoceanboy | May 14, 2007 5:50:28 PM


  20. again sorry for all the typos

    Al-jazeera Not al-jazeel-jazeera

    if not of

    etc

    Posted by: pacificoceanboy | May 14, 2007 5:54:18 PM


  21. The commenters on this site are depressingly predictable. It would funny if the topic at hand weren't so tragic. You find it impossible to understand any anti-gay atrocity without interpreting it within the framework of Bush-Cheney or American Christian fundamentalism. In other words, it's all about you. Your thinking is dangerously ahistorical. Could you even find Iran on a map?? Please stick to following the Paris Hilton escapades -- you know nothing.

    Posted by: All About You | May 14, 2007 6:56:09 PM


  22. All about you

    take it up with AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL a credable organization not made up of expatriots. Also talk to Al-jezeera a pro Islam anti gay news org that would gladly report on such an event if it had occured.

    When you can site a source that isn't hearsay and is more credable than expatriots then I will personaly hold your microphone while you cry a river

    Posted by: pacificoceanboy | May 14, 2007 7:06:30 PM


  23. When extremist gay Marxists say ridiculously moronic things like: "living under Sharia law would be better than American imperialism and hegemony", it doesn't exactly inspire great confidence in me. And I'm a Democrat.

    There's no question that, just as surely as some gay right-wingers are ready to sell us out for money/power or to "keep the Mexicans out", there are some misguided homosexuals on the left who are eager to open the gates for Islam (all in the name of opposing capitalism).

    Quite frankly, some people will back the anti-american side on each and every issue because they're anti-american...not beause they're right for social justice, democracy, and equity. This makes them just as dangerous as the authoritarians who espouse neo-conservatism.

    Posted by: John | May 14, 2007 7:08:15 PM


  24. john

    ever meet a straw man you never liked?

    "living under Sharia law would be better than American imperialism and hegemony"

    Who says such?

    Straw man all ready for you to knock down.

    Try again kid.

    When you can site a source better than a hearsay source that is made up of expatriots then I will gladly play a violin while you wail away about the injustice of it all.

    again

    NOTHING per Amnesty international

    Nothing per Al-Jezeera a news org that would gladly report on such since they are pro islam and very anti-gay.

    Only expatriots reporting hearsay which no american court room would allow as evidence.

    Don't set up straw men arguments.

    Posted by: pacificoceanboy | May 14, 2007 7:13:03 PM


  25. Pacifico please just stop talking, all you've done is take a news story, and try to turn it into an anti Bush rant. Your so concerned that someone might think you want to start a war that you fall head over heels trying to ignore everything else.
    Let me ask you this, what would you go to war over? How many people would have to be killed before you thought that someone somewhere should do something? Hold to your own moral compass and draw your own lines stop trying to turn everything into an conspiracy. You did the right thing by researching the story but at the same time you showed yourself as a heartless cad that cared more for nuance than the very real possibility that gays in Iran were rounded up beaten and will most likely soon be hung. Show some respect stop posturing and just keep an open mind.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mahmoud_Asgari_and_Ayaz_Marhoni

    Posted by: Tim | May 14, 2007 7:36:37 PM


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