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Rahmanipour's Father Speaks, Protest In Brussels

Arash Rahmanipour, who was executed on January 28
Arash Rahmanipour, who was executed on January 28

Father Reacts To Son's Execution

The father of Arash Rahmanipour, one of the two Iranians executed on January 28, speaks with Radio Farda about his son’s death.

Davoud Rahmanipour says on Monday night Arash called him from Evin Prison and said that he could have visitors on Thursday. On Thursday, he and his wife went to the prison to visit their son, but they were told that he had been transferred to a different prison. On their way back home, Arash’s parents found out through media reports that he had been hanged that morning.

Davoud Rahmanipour says his son was young and he was fighting for justice, even if "as the court says," he was on the wrong path.

The last time he saw his son was a week ago. He tells Radio Farda that Arash was so optimistic, “he even told me: don’t beg anyone because of me, because God knows that my intentions were good.”

His parents have not yet received his body.

"In his last statement that he sent to me from prison he quoted a poem by Ferdowsi: 'If every one of us dies one by one/ It is better than giving our country to the enemy,'" his father says.

[listen in Farsi]

Iranians In Brussels Protest Executions

Today Iranians in Brussels gathered in front of the European Union building to protest executions in Iran, particularly the executions on Thursday of Arash Rahmanipour and Mohammad Reza Ali-Zamani.

The spokesperson for the demonstrators, Green Movement member Anvar Mir-Sattari, tells Radio Farda that Thursday's executions were a shock for the whole world.

"Like all other Iranians around the world, we do also condemn the Islamic Republic and say that Ahmadinejad is not our president and as long as he is in the power, the massacre will go on," Mir-Sattari says.

[listen in Farsi]