ABN NEWS- According to a report from Baha’i News Agency, more than thirteen businesses have
been sealed off for the second time in Qaem Shahr, in Northern Iran.
Based on previous reports from Baha’i News, government agents of the Office of Public Places
had sealed off the Baha’i businesses on April 20 2016, and unsealed them two weeks later, on
May 4 2016. Now, agents have again sealed those businesses.
The list of the names of the Qaem Shahr Baha’is whose businesses were shut down once on April
20 2016, and reopened 15 days later only to be re-sealed once more on May 23 2016 are as
Sohrab Laghaie, Changiz Derakhshanian, Bijan Noekhah, Nima Meeri, Soheil Hagh Doost,
Bahauddin Samimi, Behnam Mirzaie, Koroush Ahmad Zadegam, Adel Ataeyan, Fariborz Sanaie,
Rezvan Golpour, Shahin Akbari, Farzad Sabeti, Jalal Ataeyan, and Ms Zahra Golabiyan.
In past years, many Baha’i businesses have been sealed by the order of the Office of Public
Places in different cities around the country.
Baha’i News Agency previously has indicated that the reason behind these closures was so that
the Security Forces could punish Baha’is for closing their businesses in celebration of the nine
yearly official Baha’i holidays. In the past few years, many businesses have been sealed and the
owners arrested right after a Baha’i holiday. According to Iranian National Business Law, every
legitimate business is allowed to close for up to 15 days per year without permission, but they
must seek permission from the Office of Public Places if closures exceed 15 days.
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