Mother of slain activist says freedom is coming

Mother of slain activist says freedom is coming

Published by on November 6, 2017

On the fifth anniversary of Sattar Beheshti’s martyrdom under torture, his mother, Gohar Eshghi in a letter addressed to the Iranian people and published on social media, expressed hope that freedom is coming soon to Iran.

In her letter she wrote: “The Islamic Republic came to power four decades ago with slogan of protecting the downtrodden. However, it did not take them very long before they built their luxury life on the ruins of the life of the poor.

“Now, because of this regime, we have to mourn our children and compatriots instead of celebrating.

“Yes, it is the fifth anniversary of the loss of my son, Sattar, who took care of me. But instead of weeping and sobbing for him, I celebrate that my son could shake the pillars of tyranny, like other young men who drenched in their own blood to water the sapling of freedom.

“The day is not far when the rulers would have to account for their actions. Freedom of Iran and her people is truly imminent.”

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The number of executions is rising in Iran, journalists are being detained for doing their job and activists face cruel and degrading punishments, long prison terms and even execution. According to the most recent reports by Amnesty International and the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child, “Iran’s judiciary continues to sentence child offenders to death, and carry out their execution by hanging”. Also, on August 9th, 2016 the son of late Ayatollah Hossein Ali Montazeri, Khomeini’s designated successor in 1988, published a shocking audio tape of his father’s meeting with the “Death Commission” which summarily and extra-judicially executed tens of thousands of political prisoners held in jails across Iran. The massacre was carried out on the basis of a fatwa by the regime’s then-Supreme Leader Khomeini.

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