Date: Monday, August 16, 2010
A group of former POWs (prisoners of war) from the eight year Iran-Iraq War met with Mir Hossein Mousavi and Zahra Rahnavard on the [20th] anniversary of their release and proud return home.
According to a report by Kaleme, the meeting began with the freed POWs expressing their viewpoints and opinions about the current issues and events of the country, particularly the events of the last year. Their comments were followed by Mousavi and Rahnavard expressing their own opinions.
Zahra Rahnavard congratulated the beginning of the holy month of Ramadan and the anniversary of their release. She then pointed out that the women who were imprisoned by Saddam’s forces should also be represented among the former POWs. She then said: “Unfortunately I have to ask: during your imprisonment by Saddam, did you ever think that one day, if you are released, you will witness the imprisonment of hundreds and maybe even thousands of freedom-loving individuals in your own country?”
Rahnavard, a former university professor, continued by referring to a complaint filed by seven reformist figures victimized in [the events following] the election of June 12th, 2009, and said: “Did you ever think that these freedom-loving people, whom I call the ‘heroes of freedom’, would be sent to prison for filing a complaint against the agents of the coup d’état, instead of having their complaint dealt with in a fair court, and responded to with reason?”
She added: “The establishment however, throws them in prison. They do not realize that this is the voice of the Iranian people that has manifested itself into this complaint from the seven heroes. Anyhow, how do some of these government officials curse Saddam, but treat people even worse than Saddam did?”
Rahnavard concluded: “In this holy month of Ramadan, I pray to our Almighty and plea him that our prayers to be granted so that the current oppressors would repent and stop oppressing our nation.”