The Very Definition of Ruthless

In assasination, Foreign Affairs, human rights, Injustice, shameful on June 24, 2009 by Editor Z

Neda has become the symbol of the harsh repression and repugnant treatment the demonstrators in Iran have had to occur.

But her story is not the only one that will strike anger, shock, and heartbreak into you like three colliding thunderbolts. The Wall Street Journal reports that Kavah Alipour, a 19 year old groom to be not involved in politics was nonetheless caught in the gunfire of the establishment against those whom they govern on Saturday ending his all too brief life. When the parents learned of his death, the government poured salt into the proverbial wound by demanding that the family pay $3,000 for the bullet that struck him dead. The proper words can’t be summoned to describe how vile and cruel this atrocity is.

On Saturday, amid the most violent clashes between security forces and protesters, Mr. Alipour was shot in the head as he stood at an intersection in downtown Tehran. He was returning from acting class and a week shy of becoming a groom, his family said.

The details of his death remain unclear. He had been alone. Neighbors and relatives think that he got trapped in the crossfire. He wasn’t politically active and hadn’t taken part in the turmoil that has rocked Iran for over a week, they said.

“He was a very polite, shy young man,” said Mohamad, a neighbor who has known him since childhood.

When Mr. Alipour didn’t return home that night, his parents began to worry. All day, they had heard gunshots ringing in the distance. His father, Yousef, first called his fiancée and friends. No one had heard from him.

At the crack of dawn, his father began searching at police stations, then hospitals and then the morgue.

Upon learning of his son’s death, the elder Mr. Alipour was told the family had to pay an equivalent of $3,000 as a “bullet fee”—a fee for the bullet used by security forces—before taking the body back, relatives said.



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