By Saleh Kohandel
Political prisoner Saleh Kohandel, detained in Gohardasht Prison of Karaj, west of Tehran, has written a letter marking March 8th, International Women’s Day to his daughter, Pariya, who managed to secretly exit Iran last year and join the Iranian opposition in exile. This letter was published yesterday in websites affiliated to the main Iranian opposition group People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran. Pariya Kohandel is a human rights activist in Europe advocating for freedom and democracy in Iran. The letter written by Saleh Kohandel is from a father in prison praising his daughter’s struggle against the religious dictatorship ruling Iran:
“I congratulate my daughter, Pariya, and niece, Zahra, and all your colleagues from inside the dungeons of the fundamentalist mullahs’ prisons. I say loud and clear: Thousands and thousands of salutations to you for choosing such a beautiful path and said no to the reactionary culture of the mullahs… congratulations to you…
Of course, I was certain that none of the chains and restrictions of their culture could not keep you in their grasps. About me, don’t be worried because I have placed my entire cause to you, my spirit is with you and only my physical body is imprisoned by the inhumane mullahs, which itself is not very important. Now the mullahs’ regime is seeking to decay my body in solitary confinement, hang me like [PMOI member] Mr. Saremi, or suspicious have me murdered like my heroic friend, Shahrokh Zamani.
My girl, Pariya, on such a beautiful day (Women’s Day), which the misogynist mullahs cannot even tolerate as their ancestors buried girls alive and now they are splashing acid on innocent women’s faces, I am asking you to on my behalf congratulate those who are struggling for the freedom and liberation of Iranian women from the fundamentalist mullahs. It doesn’t matter what religion they may believe in.
And to those appeasing the mullahs, tell them to not waste their time because the future is ours and the mullahs will be defeated.
May victory be yours
Gohardasht Prison of Karaj – March 2016