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Zahra Bahrami’s interview with ePersian radio on Dec. 28, 2009 ” I am willing to sacrifice myself for Iran”

This is the voice of Zahra Bahrami, the Iranian-Dutch woman who was hanged on January 29th, 2011 by the Islamic Republic of Iran for “dealing drugs”!!!!  Listen to her and decide for yourself!!!

She was arrested during the protests on Ashura and then released.  Then she made this phone call on December 28th from inside Iran to ePersian Radio in Washington D.C. and was re-arrested.

Below is the english translation of the interview with Zahra Bahrami, also known as Kordieh Banoo.

Zahra Bahrami (Mrs. Kordieh): Greetings to you and to all freedom fighters across Iran. I apologize for my coarse voice. As you heard in the news on the day of Ashoura, I lay my shouts of rage on them [regime security agents] and I lost my voice. It’s not a problem. I am willing to sacrifice myself for Iran. Now I want to talk to the “doctor” (previous caller) who called in from Germany. Mr. doctor! you are asking us not to use violence. You are not here and you don’t know what they did to us on Ashoura. You weren’t here when they ran over three youngsters with the security trucks right in front of my eyes, and you don’t know how I felt at that moment. At that moment I was talking to this radio station and I screamed: they ran them over! they just killed three young people! their bodies went cold right in front of our eyes!

Sir, doctor! you are living in Germany! where are you? you are not here to see how they hit people! you never saw how they sliced a kid’s fingers with a slice and the fingers ended up in the gutters! and blood gushed out in front of my eyes! and you expect me to stand around and watch? do you expect me to run away? For those asking, yes this is the voice of Kordieh Banoo…and I will speak up until this evil regime leaves us alone and is toppled. They will not be able to shut me up again. Mr. Doctor, sitting in Germany, do not give advice to us. Go do your physicians work. Go make money for your family. We are swimming in blood here. We are here watching the sliced fingers of a kid in the gutters. We are watching three youngsters whose bodies went cold crushed under security trucks. They ran them over like they were bags of cement! what are you saying? who are you talking to? This is not Holland or Germany here! This is not Los Angeles either! No this is Tehran! the city of blood! Today a bus load of security agents poured into the university and attacked the students and broke their heads. They beat them up badly. They hit them over the head with bricks and rocks. These are the dirty Basiji bastards!

Who do you think you are talking about? today they severely beat up the students in the university. They dragged their bodies out of the university! If you are looking for Ashoura, religious martyrs day, it was today! the martyrs were our kids at the university. Never again will we sit quietly and watch them beat us. We are not going to be beat into submission anymore.

We are not going to sit idle to watch them bury people like Sohrab and Neda while we sit around eating our dinner and prevent our kids from going outside! No! we will be on the frontlines from now. Yes we will get beaten but we will beat them up too. Yes from now on we will beat them too. I was one of the ones on the day of Ashoura standing in frontlines yelling at people to attack! do not run away!

Why are you running way? I was yelling at them! what are you running away from? I was the one who stomped on one of the motorcycle of the Special Forces. And I was beaten as a result. I am proud of every bruise on my body. I am proud of my legs and arms that are now blue/ black. I am proud of my torn up vocal chords because chants of freedom came out of this throat! Please do not tell us to sit back. We won’t!

Do not tell us to be silent! we won’t be! Do not tell us not to beat them! we will! We will raise hell and tear them apart! From now on we will attack everything and anything that belongs to this regime! everything! this is not like the past anymore! You, Mr. doctor or engineer! and to you, the folks who are living Europe and have butlers, and are not helping this radio station, and you are sipping your 15 year old French wines in Europe and America, we are standing tall here. We will support this radio station and will not be silent anymore!

We will lay our rage on this regime from now on ! I want to thank the host here who did not leave us alone for a moment. We will see you again in the streets of Tehran. We are waiting for the Green Movement to see when our next gathering will be. We will be there in the streets of Tehran with clinched fists and with Iranian ire!

Yesterday I was at the cemetery even though I had not slept for two days! We were awaiting the body of of Mousavi’s brother-in-law who was murdered. The cowards did not even show up with the body. They are scared of us. They do not want more protests like Ashoura!

Translation: Tour Irani

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نوحه خوانی بر علیه خامنه‌ای – عاشورای ۸۹ / Anti-regime slogans during religious ceremony on Ashura in Iran – Dec. 16, 2010

They chant “Mother, your son is gone, all your hope and dreams have been drowned in blood by the supreme leader (khamenei)”

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فيلمي از طنين الله اكبر در پشت بامهاي اصفهان / Nightly chant, “God is Great” in Isfahan on Ashura (Dec. 16, 2010)

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Massive security and sporadic clashes across Iran on Ashura (Dec. 16, 2010)

Tehran:  At about 10:20 am in Navab Street, about 50 government forces on motorcycles chanted Allah O Akbar, death to Monafeq and Monafeq get lost and charged at an Azeri mourning group in Tehran. The people in the group chanted ‘Iran has turned into Palestine’, ‘death to this deceitful government’ and ‘death to dictator’, and continued their procession.

Enqelab Square: 12:30 pm Mourning groups in the Taleqani Intersection are literally surrounded by security forces.

Tehran: 12:30 pm A large number of mourning groups have gathered near the Khayam intersection. Security forces tried to block their path to prevent them from passing, but these groups paid no heed to the security forces and continued their procession.

  • Helicopters are being used to patrol Tehran from the air.

Tehran:  Enqelab Square 1:30 pm Security forces are filming the mourners from helicopters for later identification and to control the people. Intelligence agents have confiscated all the cameras and warrants of those who were allowed to take pictures and only government cameramen are allowed to take pictures and films of the scenes.

Tehran: 12:10 pm People have clashed with security forces in Ferdowsi Square. These clashes are still ongoing. Security forces arrested two people. The people are chanting death to dictator in their support.

  • The head of the State Security Forces in Tehran, Sajedi Nia, is charged with controlling Tehran today and four IRGC bases are tasked with controlling the scene and protests.

Tehran: 11:30 to 12:30 pm People in Janat Abad and Tehransar are chanting death to dictator. There have been clashes in this area and a number of people have been arrested. People chant louder when people are arrested.

Tehran:  A group of about 200 to 300 people are moving towards Enqelab Square chanting ‘death to dictator’ and ‘Abbas (brother of Imam hossein who was killed by Yazid) remove the dictator’.

Tehran:  Enqelab Street 1:30 pm Two young men were arrested in Enqelab Street. They were handcuffed and taken to a police car. There are only security forces in Enqelab Street. From Azadi Street to Imam Hossein Square, security forces have been stationed in very high numbers and strict security measures have been enforced.

Rasht Golsar region:  Mourning groups chanted ‘Ya Hossein’ and ‘we will never surrender’. Security forces are trying to disperse the mourners.

Tehran:  As the night of Ashura comes protesting people are chanting Allah O Akbar at Shariati region of Tehran.In many regions of north of Tehran especially Shariati and upper Seyyed Khandan regions people are going to the roof tops chanting Allah O Akbar.

Tehran:  An eyewitness said that there has actually been a curfew from Imam Hossein Sq. to Azadi Sq. today. Each group of mourners was escorted by Security Forces from the front, back and both sides preventing any protesting act, sometimes Bassiji’s replaced the Security Forces.

Tehran:   Behesht-e-Zahra Cemetery was under curfew today. People were prevented from entering the sections belonging to those who fall for freedom on Ashura of 2009.

  • Even families of one martyr were not allowed to go to the grave of another martyr, for example; family of Shahram Farajzadeh who was run over on Ashura of 2009 was not allowed to go to the grave of another martyr to pay their tribute.  The Suppressive agents had told them that they only were only allowed to go to the grave of Shahram and no other grave.

Tehran:  2:00 pm- All regime commanders of suppressive forces present in the streets were called to the command headquarters and all the suppressive groups were put on state of alert for after dark when Sham-e-Qhariban ceremony will take place (the mourning ceremony for Imam Hossein that takes place after dark on the day.

Tehran: 1.00 pm- Ghaitarieh region north of Tehran was uneasy the crowd clashed with SSF chanting ‘death to dictator’.

Tehran:  1.00 pm – A great number of people were arrested in Ferdowsi and Enghelab Streets. Particularly in Ferdowsi Street, regime agents attacked those who started chanting slogans. In one raid 20-30 people were arrested.

  • Regime agents attacked those who moved in groups even two people walking together or if they were suspicious about someone and arrested them. The number of arrests is very high.

Tehran: 12.00 noon – A 120 strong mourning group of Gilanies residing in Tehran intended to enter from Hafez St. to Enghelab Ave. but were confronted with Security Forces. The two groups clashed. A motorbike belonging to the Security Forces was torched and 10 people were wounded.

Tehran:  11:15 am- Close to Enghelab Ave. about 30 students holding red flags reading ‘hail to Hossein’, ‘Allah O Akbar’ and ‘Iran has turned to Karbala (were Imam Hossein was killed), rise’ intended to enter Enghelab Sq. but they were fiercely attacked by Security Forces. Students answered back with stones. Three students were injured.

Tehran:  11:45 am- Mourning protesters of about 110 clashed severely in Navab St. with SecurityForces and Intelligence agents while trying to enter Enghelab Ave. The protesters chanted ‘Hossein, Iran has turned to Karbala’ and ‘victory is God’s and victory will come soon’ and resisted the attack.

  • Since morning cell phones could not work properly in Tehran.

Karaj:  9:30 am- A great number of mourning people gathered in front of Karaj’s gas station when SSF rushed into them. Two youths were arrested and transferred to Karaj’s police station. The streets were blocked by regime’s agents and crowds could not move freely.

Isfahan:  In Chahar Bagh region of Isfahan 4 youths were arrested after the crowd clashed with SSF.

Rasht:  The mourning crowd clashed with SSF chanting ‘death to dictator’, ‘Iran has turned to Palestine’ and ‘victory is God’s and it will come soon’.

Tabriz:  When mourning protestors, 500 strong, gathering in the route of Abresan to Sa’at Square chanting ‘we will never surrender to oppression’, ‘If Iran unites, the dictator will be toppled’ and ‘the blood in our vein is a gift to our nation’ reached Kabood Mosque, plainclothes and Security Forces  blocked their way and clashes occurred.

Kermanshah:  A group of about 50 people in Kermanshah went to the gravesite of slain protester Kianoosh Asa to commemorate his memory. This ceremony lasted for about an hour. The mourners then went to gravesite of another slain protester Hossein Tahmasebi along with the Asa family. In the end, the Asa family thanked all the participants for coming to the ceremony and not forgetting Kianoosh.

 Freedom Messenger, ISC


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اعتراضات شب عاشورا، مرگ بر دیکتاتور، الله اکبر ۲۴ آذر ۸۹ / Nightly protests in Tehran on eve of Ashura 1389 (Dec. 15, 2010)

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Labor Groups call for protests on Ashura in Iran “Death to this deceptive government”

A group of laborers of Khozestan Pipe-making factories, Rajaee Dock of Bandar Abbas, Alborz Chinaware factory of Qazvin, Iran Radiator Factory, Sarcam Filter Production Factory in Tehran and the Activists of Guilds for Justice have issued statements calling on Iranians to participate in Ashura’s protest demonstrations. In these statements it’s written:

On Ashura we will all rise and cry loud as ‘the victory is God’s and the victory is close; death to this deceptive government’, ‘death to dictator’ and ‘we will never surrender to oppression’.

Bus drivers in Bandar Abbas (south of Iran) also called for uprising on Ashura. In their statement they called on all drivers, laborers, fishermen and other sectors of the society in Bandar Abbas to vastly be present during Tasua and Ashura demonstrations to fight the tyrant and the oppressor ruling Iran. They wrote: “Our nation is in a condition in which it needs to follow Imam Hussein’s path because of the oppression and despotism imposed on all people especially workers, drivers, nurses and fishermen. The victory is God’s, and the victory is Ours. Death to this deceptive government.”

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The Society for Defending Families of Martyrs and Detained call for commemoration gathering at Behesht-e Zahra Cemetary on Ashura

The Society for Defending Families of Martyrs and Detained issued a statement calling for the commemoration gathering of  Ashura 2009 in Behesht-e-Zahra. The statement reads in part: “People took to the streets last year on Ashura to protest against the social and political conditions and against the Ahmadinejad government.

The government suppressed them full force with its Security Forces, Bassij and Intelligence Ministry agents.  They shot at people, killed and injured tens of them, and even drove with their cars over people and killed them like Shahram Farjzadeh.

During the past year they put severe pressure on the families of these victims and threatened them not to hold any ceremony in their commemoration…

This society is calling on all compatriots to participate in the ceremony for the commemoration of these martyrs to soothe their families and not to let their justice seeking voices to be hushed.

Date of gathering:  Thursday Dec.16 at 3 pm in Behesht-e-Zahra Cemetery.

“Lets raise our voices once more; viva freedom, viva freedom”.

In the statement the name of some of those who have fallen for freedom during last year’s Ashura Uprising are mentioned below:

1-       Jahanbakhs Pazooki

2-       Shahram Farajzadeh

3-       Mehrdad Karimpoor

4-       Shabnam Sohrabi (fe)

5-       Amir Arshad Tajmir

6-       Mehdi Farhadi

7-       Mohmmad Ali Rasekhnia, father of two

8-       Mostafa Baik Iraqi

9-       Seyyed Ali Mosavi Habibi, father of two


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In Memory of Slain Protesters in Iran on Ashura 1388 – Dec. 27, 2009

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متن پیام ویدویی مهدی کروبی به مناسبت کشتارمردم درعاشورای سال گذشته / Video message from Mehdi Karroubi: I am a protestor and willing to debate anyone in anyplace over the fraudulent election


Mehdi Karroubi once more calls on the establishment to join him in a debate about the protests and his allegations of fraud in the 2009 elections. In a video message posted on Sahamnews website, Karroubi recalled last year’s “tragic” and “catastrophic” events on Ashura Day and condemned the government for killing protesters and thus failing to respect the sanctity of the Shiite occasion.

Last December, during Shiite ceremonies of Ashura Day which is a day of mourning and processions, election protesters were pushed of bridges and run over by police and security cars. While the authorities later accused protesters and the opposition of disrespecting the occasion, Karroubi maintained that those who abused and killed detainees in Kahrizak as well as pushed people of the bridges and ran them over are the ones whose “disrepute was revealed by God.”

Karroubi went on to say: “Our whole dispute is over the rigging of the elections. We say there was no election and the evidence of this is available. I announce here that I am a protester and willing to sit in debate in any city, mosque or university with anyone who claims that we are the cause of these killings and sedition.” Mehdi Karroubi once more rejected all government contentions that the disputers of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s victory are backed by foreign elements. He urged the establishment to desist from demonizing the opposition and insisted that all his actions are geared toward defending the rights of the people.

English summary by RadioZamaneh

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 Ashura – struggle for freedom and democracy in Iran – Dec. 16, 2010

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Our perserverance is our sword, Our unity is our shield, AZADI… is our destiny!

Brave Women Of Iran

A special note we would like to share with the brave and beautiful women of Iran; You have shown extraordinary courage, passion, pride, humility and humanity in the face of great injustice. The world has taken notice and we are all humbled by your strength and determination. If you are the future, then we all are comforted by how bright it will shine.

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