By Mina Entezari
Mina Entezari is a political prisoner who spent years under torture in the dungeons of the mullahs’ regime in Iran. She has written an article in the Farsi language “Hambastegi” website reflecting the similarities between Iranian mothers and the mothers of Argentine’s Plaza de Mayo (May Square).
raising pictures of their vanished loved ones and establishing the “Mothers of plaza de Mayo” movement. This is a movement that expanded through the courage and sacrifice of those grieving mothers, and little by little turned into a nightmare for the government of generals in Argentine. Following the Falkland Wars in 1982 a major social movement rose to the occasion, especially after the advances made by the “Mothers of plaza de Mayo” that led to the military dictatorship being set aside and a new era beginning in Argentine.”
Mina Entezari referred to a demonstration held by the Iranian opposition in Paris against an invitation for Iranian President Hassan Rouhani.
“During that important political and international development, as French cartels and major companies such as Total, Airbus, Peugeot, Citroen and… had rolled out the red carpet for the 100-man caravan from Iran, the Iranian opposition in exile and especially its focal force, the National Council of Resistance of Iran, staged a major protest rally. As usually the mothers of martyrs were in the front lines of this demonstration. Brave mothers who have lost several sons and daughters in the path of freedom for their country, and today they represent not only the voice of their loved ones, but also all freedom loving sons and daughters of Iran, and the voice of grieving mothers across this country.”
Mina Entezari goes into explaining her personal experience with a number of mothers taking part in this demonstration.
A picture of Mother Ibrahimpour holding a poster of Sheida and Shahnaz Behzadi really moved me… Mother Ibrahimpour is a brave woman from northern Iran who has lost 25 of her families and relatives, including five sons and daughters, and a son in law, at the hands of the Islamic republic!... This brave mother has personally buried two of her children. Due to the hatred of the regime’s Revolutionary Guards (IRGC), she was forced to secretly bury her son’s mutilated body not in a cemetery, but the jungles of Gorgan in northern Iran…
On this day, however, this so modest mother had raised the pictures of two other victims whom she has probably never seen in her life… of course, this mother knows very well they were all noble human beings who sacrificed their very all for “freedom and justice”.
When I saw the images of Sheida Behzadi and her sister, Mahnaz, in Mother Ibrahimpour’s hands, flashbacks of memories from Tehran’s notorious Evin Prison ran through my mind… my dear cellmate, Sheida Behzadi was arrested in September 1981 for the “crime” of supporting the People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI), and placed under severe torture in Evin. We were both placed in one room in ward 1 of Evin’s apartments. Of course, in that so-called room, with its limited space, there were 30 people cramped like sardines… Sheida was placed under intense torture with electric cables lashed at her feet and we all had to help her walk here and there. We usually placed her somewhere relatively more comfortable in the room so she could sleep.
Her fiancé had been executed by a firing squad early that summer… she, too, was executed in December of that year without ever having a visit or the chance to defend herself…
Mother Hamdam Imami
Another very commendable scene was the presence of my dear cellmate, Mother Hamdam Imami, in that rally holding a picture of a brave and very dignified young Iranian woman: Reyhane Jabbari. The young woman had killed a state intelligence agent in self-defense as he intended to rape her. The regime would have none of this and had her executed…
Mother Hamdam Imami is a courageous woman who has always been in the front lines of resistance against the religious fascism ruling Iran during the past 37 years… her two sons, Saeed and Sassan Saeedpour, were literally geniuses in college. They were killed by the IRGC in 1981. She and her husband, two girls and third son, were all spending time in the regime’s dungeons. Then they transferred to Iraq amongst other members of the exiled armed opposition and on to this very day in the political struggle in Europe against this regime, despite the fact that she is suffering from major illnesses and a very weak leg that was broken long ago.
I remember back in 1982 seeing my dear Mother Hamdam in Ghezel Hessar Prison in Karaj, west of Tehran, after such a long time. I was thinking how should I talk about her brave sons and how can I relieve this mother of her pains. However, at the very moment that I was preparing to express my sympathies, this mother’s high spirits amazed me and before I could say a word she said, “I am happy that Saeed wasn’t captured alive by the IRGC and did not end up in here…”
Saeed was killed in clashes against an enormous number of the regime’s forces on February 8th, 1982. However, they had arrested Sassan while wounded and dragged him into prison. This mother would tell us about how her dear son was tortured in the notorious ward 209 of Evin, and I had heard here and there about how resistant he was, knowing the regime’s ruthlessness towards PMOI prisoners was bore no limits.
Mina Entezari then reaches the following conclusion.
Of course, the mothers of Plaza de Mayo in Argentina had this opportunity to witness the generals forced down from their reign after 7 years of martial law, and bringing the murderers of their loved ones before justice. At least they grieved for their loved ones in security and official respect, and were never concerned about the security of their grandchildren. However, the resisting Iranian mothers have yet to see such a day after 37 years, as the mullahs continue to shed blood and fill the gallows, and plunder Iran’s God given wealth worse than a foreign enemy… Of course, “crimes against humanity” will never be forgotten with the passing of time, and these criminals will face justice, sooner or later, before the noble people and grieving mothers of Iran.