Iran: Pol. Prisoner writes to the mother of executed colleague
The text from political prisoner Saeed Shirzad, detained in Gohardasht Prison of Karaj (west of Tehran) to the mother of executed political prisoner Farzad Kamangir
I have no New Year’s gifts to offer you.
In the name of humanity,
Dear “Mother”, I wanted to write this letter to yourself Norouz so that with each word you would know that I have no New Year’s gifts (In Iran it is custom for the elders to give gifts to their younger relatives, called “Eidy”).
Can one have New Year’s gifts when they accuse us of terrorism for being crazy about our cause?
Today, the perpetrators of the 1988 massacre and chain murders become the people’s so-called “hope”, and the “Purple Fox” (a term used by Iranians forHassan Rouhani ) becomes a jurist, and prisons are filled with those whose crimes are their beliefs.
Can one truly have a New Year’s gift when “Auschwitz” becomes a synonym for camp “Liberty” in Iraq (where Iranian dissidents are under siege by the Iranian regime’s elements in the Iraqi government).
I may have no gifts to give, but I can say Happy New Years.
Saeed Shirzad – Gohardasht Prison in Karaj, west of Tehran