Click on the links to watch youtube videosYears ago, Khomeini said: “We wouldn’t have what we have today if it wasn’t for Moharram and Safar” (Islamic calendar months in which Mohammad the prophet died and other figures of the Shiite religion were killed). When he made this statement he did not think that 30 years later the fundamentals of the regime he built would be targeted by a new generation in the very same months of Moharram and Safar. The uprising and people protests in Moharram this year and especially on the day of Ashura which continued late into the night with clashes between the oppressor forces and protestors was quite different to the experience of 30 years ago. Thousands of people in Tehran and other cities gathered on the streets to unite against lies, injustice and repression. The result of their unity was another epic victory in ancient Iranian history in demanding their deserved rights.
This year’s Ashura was the scene of clashes between political Islam against the freedom seeking movement of the Iranian people. People marched to the streets in their masses so that from now on no grandfather would need to refer to decayed religious history to describe the battle between right and wrong. This year’s Ashura saw the end of the Ashura of Hossein and a beginning of the people’s Ashura. An Ashura formed to stand against religious regime, dictatorship, murder, lies, and injustice.
The People’s Ashura achieved a plot with the password “tearing up Khomeini’s picture” and was born with an unprecedented unity among people. Six months on it has become a nightmare, fighting the regime day and night. The People’s Ashura forced Khamenei and his supporters into enter a game of life and death, and surrender their understanding of “Moharram and Safar”. The Islamic Republic began to fight back with the full power of media, newspaper, school, factories and garrison; with the excuse of people’s disrespect towards Khomeini, Hossain and Ashura and asked people to come to the streets to support Islam.
The Islamic Regime issued free subway tickets, distributed juice and cake among people, rewards at offices, school and universities to bring big groups of people to the streets and in front of cameras., attaching pictures of Khatami, Moussavi and Karrubi to the American flag and chanting in hatred “death upon them”. This behavior of the Islamic regime is against Khomeini’s prime minster, former president and against the chairman of parliament and one of the closes clerics to Khomeini. The plain clothes forces that oppressed people with knives later chanted on the streets “Execute them”. Jannati announced that we should take the same route as we did in 1978 (referring to the massacre carried out after the 1978 revolution) and 36 members – “people’s representatives” – stated: “Don’t let the prisoners breathe more than 20 days, execute them today!” A competition is underway, “people’s representatives”, “God’s representatives” and the “Imam Zaman” are overtaking one another to walk over the dead bodies of people.
They want to execute the prisoners. These prisoners are the same people on the street today and tomorrow, those who survived the gunshots, bullets, batons or those whose blood didn’t shed on the streets or under the wheel of state cars. Now they are charged with Moharebeh (fight against God and state) to pay the price of fighting against a dictator. The Islamic regime wants to execute those who faced death to take over oppressor forces but let them go. They forgive them for Neda’s sake (referring to one of the videos in which people are shouting let the Basij go and don’t beat him, for Neda’s sake). It could be you or I or any of us living beyond the borders of limitation, outside or inside Iran. However, either they don’t know or don’t want to know that the roots of this movement is founded in humanity.
They want to execute those who are against torture and execution. The same people who set the gallows on fire in Sirjan and those who still carry the pain of losing Ehsan, Behnood and Delara. This is the naked battle scene of clashes between people and the dictator. But these tortures, execution and threats do not scare anyone. They put a veil on Majid’s head to put him down, but it produced many Majids across the world wearing veil, interrogated journalists and political figures to make them confess, but the entire nation united with them. And today, they call the pursuit of freedom and equality “Moharebeh” to threaten and scare millions of people and make them stay at home. Aside from 30 years of terror, execution and Moharebeh against people they’ve now start firing at people. They are killing our loved ones with bullets, rape, batons and deathly car wheels, but people remain standing in the battle field.
We must protest against these executions, accusations, pressures, threats and interrogations of detained activists who are in danger of being executed. We must use any available tool, from media to writing articles, from streets to factories and universities and protest against current situation. The answer to this situation is not in internet, letters or electronic petitions, but in strike, protests and solidarity in streets. We must take action with full knowledge, by organizing and uniting against these verdicts and call for people’s support. We should force this call upon political parties and organizations; because in this battle we all are Mohareb and executable.