Remembrance ceremony held for murdered Iranian dissident

Remembrance ceremony held for murdered Iranian dissident

Published by on December 27, 2015

mostafa-karim-4A gathering was held in Tehran on Friday to mark the sixth anniversary of the death of Mostafa Karim-Beigi who was killed by the Iranian regime in the course of the 2009 nationwide anti-regime uprisings.

The gathering took place at the site of Karim-Beigi’s burial in Tehran’s Shahriar District. In addition to his relatives, many mothers of martyred opponents of the regime and political prisoners took part in the ceremony.

Among the participants were Ms. Gohar Eshqi, mother of murdered dissident blogger Sattar Beheshti; Ms. Sholeh Pakravan, whose daughter Reyhaneh Jabbari was executed last year for killing an intelligence agent of the Iranian regime in self-defense; and relatives of members of the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran who were executed in Iran in the 1980s.

The suppressive security forces tried in vain to force a quick end to the ceremony, but participants bravely resisted their pressures.

Mostafa Karim-Beigi was 27 years old when he was shot and killed on December 27, 2009 in Neauphle-le-Château Street in Tehran by agents of the mullahs’ regime.

Thinking Mostafa had been arrested, his family spent more than two weeks searching for his whereabouts until they discovered his corpse at a morgue in Iran’s notorious Kahrizak Prison.

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