Iran- Prison: A man humble, but firm

Jan 30
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By Saber Koohi

His name was Safi Gholi Ashrafi and he was only 27-years-old. He was executed by the regime in Iran back in February 1989 along with 11 of his friends and colleagues. The authorities executed him in the grass fields of “Sorkhe-Hesar Prison” in the city of Karaj, west of Tehran, for supporting the Iranian opposition movement People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran. Concerned of the negative public impact of his execution, the authorities did not announce the actual charges raised against him and state-run newspapers wrote he was executed on drug smuggling charges.

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Safi Gholi Ashrafi
Iran’s current waves of executions under the tenure of Hassan Rouhani has a long history. From 1981 to 1988 when the mullahs were continuously executing and imprisoning PMOI members and supporters, Ashrafi and his colleagues were known amongst the people as the “Ayyaran” (gallants) group as they had formed a large underground network. Parallel to helping deprived segments of the society, they were busy educating youths including in sports, economics and providing lessons for the illiterates, all aimed at gaining a better understanding of the corrupt nature of mullah’s regime.
His charismatic personality attracted the elderly, youth, women and men alike. At that time I was only 7-years-old, yet his high spirits and firm personality always inspired me. Indeed, despite his age, people used to call him “Dear Master”.
But why did “Dear Master” choose such a difficult path in life despite all the respect he enjoyed among people, and his high social prestige and comfortable life that he had and could continue having it? Did he not have all the prosperity one could wish for in life, things that we would normally spend years of our life to achieve?
Today, we can find the answer in the eyes of Iranian opposition leader Maryam Rajavi and the members and supporters of her resistance movement struggling to establish freedom, human rights and democracy in a non-nuclear Iran. Members of this movement have sacrificed their all and dedicated their lives for the well-being of their fellow countrymen. These individuals most definitely have a firm belief in a brilliant future; a firm belief that if they lose their life for human ideals, there will be other who will resolutely carry their flag until the Iranian people are finally free.

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