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HABIB HOSSEINY, public information representative of The Baha’is of San Clemente

As longtime residents of San Clemente, my wife and I are deeply concerned about the treatment of the government of Iran with their fellow-religionists in that country. We invite our neighbors and friends to read what is happening to them:

“Breaking: Iranian government intensifies Baha’i persecution with outrageous demolition of homes and land grabs”

It is surprising that government agents first fence the properties owned by Baha’is in the village of Roshankouh, Mazandaran and then start to demolish them right after the residents are forced to vacate their homes. They do not allow the owners to intervene, and if they complain, they are arrested and handcuffed.

They block the roads to the properties, warn the neighbors to stay in their homes, and prohibit taking pictures. Additionally, they install metal fences around several acres of land owned and developed by Baha’is.

Roshankouh Baha’is have been targeted many times in the past. Over 100 Baha’is have been arrested in recent weeks; their crime, being Baha’is.

Before we immigrated to the United States some 40 years ago, we experienced a different kind of persecution. After 15 years of teaching in public schools—high school and colleges—I was not entitled to any pension. Our house was confiscated, my father-in-law was imprisoned for months.

We would like to ask everyone to raise their voice and call for these dreadful acts of blatant persecution to be immediately stopped.

I should also mention that there are no Baha’i employees in government, no Baha’i teachers or college professors in Iran, because they were all dismissed one year after the revolution that toppled the Shah.

Baha’is are denied higher education; that is why I am one of the professors around the world who teaches them online.

What will be next? The international community must act before it is too late.

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