Iran’s future will be full of freedom, justice and humane values
Last week, Iran launched a new wave of arrests of a number of families of People’s Mojahedin Organization (PMOI) known as MEK and former political prisoners. Shaqayeq Azimi, 22, one of the PMOI members whose parents Mahmoud and Fatemeh Ziae were amid the detainees of October 11, has launched a worldwide campaign to pursue her beloveds’ fate. In a meeting of the British Parliamentary Committee for Iran Freedom on human rights in Iran at the UK House of Commons on October 19, 2015 via the internet, she described her torment after hearing the news.
Amin Anvari’s mother, Farah Bakhshi
In other occasion, on October 8 the mothers of numerous martyrs and political prisoners in Tehran held a rally demanding the release of their loved ones. In this protest gathering the mother of Amin Anvari, a college student of Amir Kabir University who was arrested by intelligence agents, was seen screaming for her child’s release:
“The Revolutionary Guards should be afraid of me, not my child. I have raised a very brave man. One must say what is right. My dear Amin, we will follow your path.”
The mothers as well as their sons and daughters have voyaged a long abysmal journey in last three decades confronting the brutal theocratic rule. This experience has turned them to today’s unwavering characters committed to abolish this historic disaster.
The very first violent confrontation between the people and the new autarchy rule began in June 1980 where the peaceful demonstrations in many cities including Tehran was cracked down using gunfire and widespread arrests. The primary structure of mothers’ movement was spontaneity formed by those looking for their beloveds in mullahs’ dungeons. Many mothers had to spend days after days in front of the death chambers not to save their children but to make sure they can receive the bodies after executions or slaughtered under torture. Many had to bury their children in their house gardens to keep them immune from Mullahs’ thug’s ravaging the public graveyards.
It took almost three decades before these “mourning mothers” become an inspiration for enormous other mothers sorrowing over their lost ones during those dark years. They found the “mourning mothers” as their vanguards striving to echo the voices of their daughters and son incarcerated or executed. Amnesty International described the new wave of mothers’ movement in its website on 22 July 2009 in these words:” …A new group has been set up, called Mourning Mothers. For the past four weeks, they have been meeting silently on Saturdays in public parks between 7 and p.m. – the day and time at which Neda Agha-Soltan, a young woman, killed on street demonstrations on 20 June. Amnesty adds: “Their peaceful protest has not gone unnoticed by the authorities – their gatherings have been broken up by security forces and several have been arrested.” The group later was known as Laleh Park mothers taken from the place Neda was shot to death. They were no longer sole “mourners” but also defendersdetermined in their goals as they vowed in their call to the Amnesty: “’…Until the release of all detainees who were arrested for protesting election fraud, and until the end of violence and until the murderers of our children are prosecuted, we will gather …”
Paying homage to martyrs of 2009 uprising in Tehran’s Behesht Zahra Cemetery despite heavy presence of suppressive forces
NCRI reported on December 27, 2009 that the bereaved mothers and families of those killed during Ashura uprising and families of political prisoners were joined by thousands of people from Tehran to pay homage to the dead. They have gathered in sections 259, 302 and 304 of Tehran’s Behesht Zahra Cemetery to mark the fortieth day of their death.
Mothers have courageously established their links to other “mourner” mothers in every corner of their homeland to strengthen their voices to be heard in this world. Of course, in every step faced more harassments and even arrests and confinements. National Council of Resistance of Iran, Women’s Committee reported on August 19, 2015 that Iran’s Ministry of Intelligence arrested 13 Sunni ‘Mothers of Peace’. These mothers had travelled to the city of Sardasht (western Iran) to take part in a commemorating ceremony.
On October 19 hundreds of mothers and family members of political prisoners and human rights advocates rallied in Tehran’s Vanak Square protesting the dire conditions their loved ones and relatives are held in behind bars. The mullahs’ Ministry of Intelligence agents, besides the guard forces and plainclothes agents under the guise of building construction workers and taxi drivers, were keeping a close watch on the protesters to avoid any spread of the gathering and spy on those in charge of the action.
The goals of the “mothers” resisting the ruling mullahs is verbalized in Amine Ghaderi’s strong and faithful words. she is the mother of death row political prisoner Zaniyar Moradi, a member of Iran’s Kurdish community, demanded the immediate release of her child. She issued a message saying, “The mothers of brave men detained in the inhumane regime’s dungeons will not forgo their rights”.
“Mothers of political prisoners in Iran know better than anyone else that their children have not committed any crimes and they are only tolerating long years behind bars because of their beliefs. Have we as mothers not raised these children through all the hardship! No mother raises her child to commit crimes; our children are under torture and inhumane conditions only for the ‘crime’ of dreaming to be free and yearning to be free.
“Our children will make history, dead or alive, and the future will be full of freedom, justice and humane values. My child has not committed any crime and must be released from prison immediately. I call on the international community to be the voice of the mothers of political prisoners in Iran and do anything they can to prevent the execution of our loved ones.”
The world must hear these suppressed voices and initiate practical efforts while Iran is obliged to adopt with the international rules and orders after the nuclear deal. Mrs. Hillary Clinton On, Jan 12, 2010 – as AFP quoted, called for the immediate release of Iran’s so-called ’Mourning Mothers,’ whose children were killed, detained or disappeared during post-election violence in the country. Resembling the mothers of PMOI, members, other mothers lost their beloveds or enchained by the cruel Mullahs, are not just mourners but they are after change in Iran and they expect the world to stand besides them instead of offering concessions to the mullahs for their trades and economic benefits.
By:Pejman Amiri Freelance writer on Iran & MiddleEast
Pro democracy & activist for freedom in Iran