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The Repression in Iran is Worse Than You Think


From Potkin Azarmehr in London:

The repression which is taking place in Iran is much grimmer than what you see on the international media. So many horrific scenes and footage cannot be shown because they are too distressing to be viewed by the public. Even Youtube is forced to remove some of the footage because they are too distressing.

Yesterday I heard a friend’s cousin in Shiraz was wounded and taken to hospital. He was taken to the operating theatre for emergency operation. The savage thugs that you see in the media and on the internet who are attacking our people, went to the operating theatre and dragged him away and left him for dead outside the hospital.

A family in Shahrake Gharb who were holding a wake for their son killed in the protests were attacked by the riot guards in their home. Their home was set ablaze and all present in the wake were beaten up. Their crime was that they held a mourning ceremony for their son.

The repression is beyond belief. Not even the war veterans and their families are left alone. Yesterday the wife of the former assassinated prime minister, Rajaii, and other relatives of the war martyrs who had backed candidates other than Ahmadienjad were also arrested.

Potkin is very well informed. I am sure that all Western governments have similar information, including our own. Whatever your view on how aggressively the president and secretary of state should condemn the murder of peaceful demonstrators in Iran — all over Iran, not just in Tehran (Potkins’s first story comes from Shiraz, please notice) — I continue to believe that silence is a form of complicity. I don’t think it’s at all smart, or honorable. But then, I have long advocated regime change.