Zahra Rahnavard: I have repeatedly said that I have made myself ready for the gallows. This is the least I can do for freedom.
In an interview with RASA, Zahra Rahnavard university professor and wife of Mir Hossein Mousavi stated: “This is one of the most oppressive and violent regimes in the history of our nation. Our people do not fear oppression. Despite the continuous arrests and prison sentences our people not only never hesitated but rather bravely embraced incarceration.”
Rahnavard added: “Based on our experiences from the time of the Islamic Revolution, we realize that street protests alone do not suffice. Theoretical, organizational and intellectual dimensions must be added to our street presence.”
According to Jaras in an interview with RASA, Rahnavard examined the various aspects of Iran’s Democratic Green Movement and said the following regarding the oppressive tactics of the current regime: ” This has been one of the most oppressive and violent governments in the history of our nation.”
While pointing to the large number of incarcerated political prisoners Rahnavard emphasized: “Our people do not fear oppression. Despite the continuous arrests and prison sentences our people not only never hesitated but rather bravely embraced incarceration.”
Rahnavard reiterated that Iran’s Green Democratic Movement is anything but passive, stating that the Green will continue to fight through “fearlessness”, “refusing to be silenced”, “underground resistance”, and even through “smiling at each other in defiance”. Rahnavard added: “We are all together and we will use every symbol and tool at our disposal to demonstrate and preserve our unity.”
Rahnavard stressed: “It is important that every individual find their own path in this democratic movement, but what is most vital regardless of the path we each choose is to ensure that we never remain silent.” Rahnavard continued: ” I believe that a victory easily obtained, is also easily lost. The Islamic Revolution was not an easy victory, but its success was witnessed much sooner than expected. That success however lacked the necessary foundation. As a result we witnessed a decline in the first seven to eight years which has led us to this point thirty years after the revolution.
English translation by Banooye Sabz