Friday, January 15, 2016
Iran:The text of “defense statement” by Atena Faraghdani,Courageous young woman calls on people to speak out against injustice
Iran: Courageous young woman calls on people to speak out against injustice
The text of “defense statement” by Atena Faraghdani was published January 13, 2016. In this statement, Atena harshly criticizes the mullahs’ judiciary and their injustices in Iran.
At the same time, she calls on everyone to speak out against oppression and injustices in the country and think of tomorrow when they will have to answer for maintaining silence against such a situation.
The defense statement addressed to the mullahs’ supreme leader Ali Khamenei and his Revolutionary Guards Corps, reads in part:
“What you call ‘propaganda against the regime’, in my view is sympathizing with women and men whose children were drenched in blood in 2009…
“What you call ‘acting against national security’ and ‘complicity with an outlaw sect’, I call it supporting men and women who are deprived of their basic right to education because of being Baha’ii…
“What you call ‘insulting deputies of Majlis by drawing’, I call an art that has given a deserving treatment to those who have mistreated and abused the House of our Nation…
“My defense is neither courageous, nor foolish… It is just an outburst of honesty that was drenched in blood in the last gaze of Neda (Agha Solatn innocently killed on June 20, 2009, on the street who turned into the symbol of Iranian youths in 2009); it is an out burt of honesty that was ran over by government vehicles in December 2009 and killed in cold blood.
“It is the honesty that we have been holding in for 36 years …. Let us rely on ourselves for tomorrow there will be no one except our own conscience to answer for our deeds and for remaining silent against oppression. This is a great, unforgivable crime that will one day burn our house.”