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November 22, 2012

40+ Bahai businesses closed in Hamadan

PCED, November 22

On November 17, more than 40 businesses linked to Bahais in Hamadan Province, in cities such as Malayer and Bahar, were closed down for “procedural violations.” After five days, the enquiries of their owners have remained fruitless, although the businesses pay taxes and municipal dues. The authorities have refused to answer questions about the reason for the closures. In recent years, and especially in recent months, numerous businesses belonging to Bahais in cities such as Shiraz and Semnan have been closed by the authorities. [November 17 this year fell on Muharram 2 in the Islamic lunar calendar (in Iran, but Muharram 3 in some other countries). Bahais in countries using that calendar celebrate the births of the Bab and Baha’u’llah on Muharram 1 and 2, respectively, and close their businesses for these holy festivals. It may be that this has assisted the authorities in identifying which businesses are run by Bahais ~~ Sen.]

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