Victims of Islam and Heroes of Iran
Daughter of the Late Slain Iranian Dissident Couple Asks for Justice but
Sunday 23rd November, Iran’s lionesses were once again at
the forefront of the struggle against the current Islamic dictatorship
the fifth year running the anniversary of the murder of Iran’s secular
dissidents, Daryoosh and Parvaneh Forouhar, turned into a protest
against the medieval rule of the clerics over our motherland.
Jack Straw, Dominique de Vilpen and Joschka Fischer thought they had
disheartened the Iranian people by their treacherous act of providing
nuclear technology to the Islamic Republic, the cries of “Iranians
will die before they accept dishonor” should once again remind them
that throughout the turbulent Iranian history, our deep rooted passion
of nationalism, and our deep rooted sense of duty for guarding the
continuity of our nation has always inspired us in our darkest
Islamic regime rightly fearful of the show of dissent on the anniversary
of the murder of Iran’s Sun and Lioness, tried in several ways to
confuse the public. First by sending out false rumors about the place
and time of the ceremony and then by banning it from the usual more
accessible Baharestan Square, the very heart of Iranian democracy
movement. The Islamic regime’s last desperate tactic was to close off
the Highway exit leading to the Shariati Ave, where the ceremony was
finally allowed to take place. But despite all this, the building, the
yard, and all the surrounding streets were swarming with people who
wanted to pay their
respects to the Late Forouhars.
after Engineer Shahveisi’s speech, from Iran Nation Party, the crowd
started chanting ‘Free All Political Prisoners’. The chairman tried
to calm the crowds by saying the people of Iran should all be freed from
a prison the size of the whole of Iran.
Moinifar a veteran nationalist, although not normally known for his
outspoken remarks in the Islamic Republic, pointed out all the
futilities of elections in the Islamic Republic; how the unelected
Guardian Council selects and vets the candidates and vetoes the bills
passed by the vetted parliament and then asked the crowd if it was right
to participate in the next Islamic elections? The crowd roared back with
cries of ‘Never, Never!” and “Taking Part in These Elections,
is Treason to Our Nation”
back by the crowds fervor in so zealously condemning participation in
Islamic elections, the chair and Moinfar both asked the crowd to calm
down so that the ceremony wouldn’t be interrupted.
a woman of steel determination with the genealogy of
Gord-Afarid, Iran’s mythical female warrior, took the stage.
The crowds unanimously shouted her name ‘Parastoo, Parastoo, Parastoo!’,
while the chair kept urging the crowd to calm down, so that
Parastoo could make her speech. When the daughter of the late Forouhars
started her speech, the crowd were all ears, mesmerized by her
un-trembling and uncompromising voice of valor.
…The last time I saw my father’s face was when I pulled back the
shroud from his face at the morgue. I wanted to see his beaten face for
one last time. As I stroked his beautiful hair with my hand, I felt the
iciness of the many bitter winters he had had to struggle with. And next
to him was his comrade, his friend Paravaneh. On my mother’s hands of
courage and on her lips there were bruises and scars of her last
struggle with the killers and her last cries against despots. Scars and
wounds were all over her once warm
body which was fuelled by her kindness and affection. But her eyes
were still full of zeal and enthusiasm, looking at the far horizons, as
if despite the last violence she had to endure, she was still dreaming
of her aspirations. Her aspiration of a free Iran! ….But from
their death and their courage they left behind for our people a
barricade behind which we will continue the struggle….’
then went on to name the other victims of what has become known as the
“chain murder” victims and she continued the link to Zahra
Kazemi, the Iranian born photo-journalist who was battered to death
in the Islamic dungeons.
us not forget these martyrs! We have endured our pain and suffering on
our broad shoulders and we have kept alive the flames of hope for
justice deep within our wounded hearts. This pain we suffer with our
love for the motherland and this pain is our common pain…We have
carried this pain along with our quest for justice, in a country where
justice has been crushed under the chains of despotism…”
then continued saying how the regime, taken back by the public outrage,
promised to deliver justice but how the real culprits were kept
protected behind closed doors and missing files.
of justice, every voice seeking justice was silenced and the newspapers
were closed down one after another and even our legal representative,
Nasser Zarafshan, was sentenced to prison…”
this time the crowd who had tears running down their faces, once again
led by the women, shouted ‘Hail to Zarafshan, Hail to Zarafshan…”
those who had promised “reform” to our people, left us halfway in
the doldrums, … but you people who are the owners of this land do not
forget our martyrs and continue to demand justice. But do not mistake
this quest for justice and truth with the outdated violent response for
revenge. For revenge
bears violence and violence is only the pretext for despotism and
oppression….Let this humanistic struggle for justice give birth to a
society cleansed of violence and cruelty at last…
live the memory of those who lost their lives for Iran, Victory to the
our 21St century Gord-Afarid stirred the passions and once
again planted the seeds of hope for a free Iran in our hearts. As the
chair declared the closing of the ceremony, the crowd stood up and sang
the banned national anthem ‘Ey Iran, our glorious frontiers…”.
They then followed by singing the Iranian students anthem of solidarity.
the chants became more and more radical, and inevitably clashes took
place with the organised hired thugs, always on the payroll to attack
and injure those who raise the voice of dissent in the Islamic Republic.
Many plain clothes secret agents were seen filming the protesters and
one was attacked by the crowd. Even the photographer from the official
student news agency website, ISNA was briefly arrested by plain clothes
agents, but the continuous chants of ‘Let him go, Let him go’ by the
people insured his release.
there were many foreign journalists including a Japenese film crew, as
usual there was no sign of the BBC correspondent
in Tehran, Jim Muir, who prefers the causey tea parties with his
“reformists” friends, rather than reporting real news.
the Islamic Republic and her allies were once again reminded in the
futility of the regime. For the Iranian nation are like an ongoing
stream seeking to join the sea of liberty. For each one of us that
falls, our sons and daughters will rise and carry the banner.
The Arab invaders may have got the windmills going with the blood
of our forefathers in Istakhr and destroyed our libraries and fire
temples, they may have publicly mutilated the heroes of our resistance
to their unwelcome stay, as they did with Babak Khorramdin, but the fire
within our hearts for liberty and the continuity of Iran will never die.