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Musavi’s Son-In-Law Beaten Up At Funeral

Javad Salimi, who says he was attacked and detained for trying to help a woman who was being attackedJavad Salimi, who says he was attacked and detained for trying to help a woman who was being attacked
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Javad Salimi, who says he was attacked and detained for trying to help a woman who was being attacked
Javad Salimi, who says he was attacked and detained for trying to help a woman who was being attacked
Former Iranian lawmaker Ali Shakourirad has posted a photo on his blog of son-in-law of opposition leader Mir Hossein Musavi whom he says was beaten by security forces during last week’s funeral for Musavi’s father.

Shakourirad writes that Musavi’s son-in-law, Javad Salimi, who is a surgeon and university professor, was attacked and detained after he tried to help a woman in a chador who was being beaten by a plainclothes agent for chanting slogans in support of Musavi.

Musavi is believed to have been placed under house arrest some seven weeks ago.

Shakourirad describes Salimi as a defender of “Islam, the revolution, and the ideas and path of the imam,” a reference to Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, the founder of the Islamic regime.

He writes:

They took Dr. Javad Salimi, a university professor and the brother of three martyrs, with a bloody face and blindfolded while all his body ached [from the beatings] for interrogation. ...

[The interrogator] asks: "Why were you detained?"

Salimi says: "I saw a woman in a chador who had apparently chanted ‘Ya Hossein, Mir Hossein’ being taken away by a big plainclothes agent who was at the same time beating her. I protested and said, 'Why are you treating a woman who is not related to you this way in public?'"

The interrogator interrupts him and says: "Don’t speak nonsense."

What else can the heartbroken professor say! Values seem to have changed in Iran. Things that were once considered values -- and there was a revolution to reach those values -- are now considered nonsense in the eyes of those who are in power.

Javad has nothing else to say.
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by: irandoost from: NZ
April 13, 2011 20:55
this is crazy, how can we stop this madness and rescue our beloved country from these mad men who hold nothing sacred and have no respect for sanctity of life and humanity. They are no better than Bolshevik KGB thugs or SS of nazi Germany, hiding under thin veil of theocracy.....is there room for voilent uprising like in Libya?? How can this thuggary and opression be stopped?! Instead of respected intellectuals like Dr Javad Salimi being celebrated, they are being beeaten up and humiliated. Its not right....

by: Kaveh from: Esfahan
April 13, 2011 22:19
The Islamic regime no doubt miss the good old days in the 1980s when brute force and control of the media allowed them to control much of the information received by Iranians. Instead the regime devotes its energy and resources to jailing journalists and activists, building bigger prisons, filtering the internet, and financing suicide jihadists and cyber-warriors.
It is a country without a true government, as regimes such as this do not govern their people, they simply try to control them. A true government would address 15% inflation, joblessness and the more than 10 million drug addicts in a country of 70 million people. These Islamic awakenings, as Islamic regime party line suggests, recall Iran's own revolt against the Shah of Iran in 1979. And the message to the Iranian people now seems to be: you already had your Islamic awakening; the Arab world is simply catching up. There is just one problem with this line of reasoning: it's not true today, and it wasn't true in 1979, either. The Iranian in 1979 did not chant: "Death to the Shah, long live an underperforming, isolated revolutionary state ruled by unelected and corrupt clerics in alliance with a dubiously elected president and a rapacious military establishment with a demonstrated willingness to deploy brute force on its own citizens amid an environment of chronic inflation and economic woes.

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