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06/19/10

Iran: Thousands attend memorial of green student protester Mostafa Ghanian in Mashhad

Source: Daneshjoo News

The first anniversary of the death of green student protester Mostafa Ghanian was held in Mashhad last Thursday under the watchful eyes of the security forces and plainclothes agents. But despite the intimidations, thousands of people and green opposition supporters participated in this program which was held at Imam Reza's mausoleum.


Mostafa Ghanian

The family of Mostafa Ghanian once again stressed the innocence of their son and thanked the people of Mashhad for their sympathy and participation.

Video of the memorial held in Mashhad
 

Background (source: Amir Kabir Newsletter):


Mostafa Ghanian

Mostafa Ghanian, 26, a graduate of architectural engineering, was shot to death by sharp shooters hidden in the surrounding buildings on the evening of June 17 while he was calling Allah-O-Akbar (god is great) from the roof of an eight-story building in Saadat-Abad section in Tehran.
 
In the evening of June 17, Mohammad-Taghi Ghanian, Mostafa's father and a well-known revolutionary figure from the city of Mash-had in the previous regime, had just returned to Iran from a trip to Germany, and went to his son's student apartment directly from the airport.

 
According to Mr. Ghanian senior, his son went to the roof of the building to call out Allah-O-Akbar as a sign of protest, and sometime later he heard a loud commotion coming from inside the building.  Then, one of the neighbors knocked on the apartment door and told the father that his son needed him on the roof. 
 
When the father reached the roof, other attendants in the roof told him that he must stay low due to shootings - and soon the father pulled his dying son into his arms.  He had been gravely shot in the head - minutes later, the son died in the arms of his grieving father.
 
After few days, the family members of Martyr Ghanian received his body from the coroner's office with intervention from the office of Vaez Tabasi, who is an old friend of Mr. Ghanian's father.  The family registered a complaint against the murders and complied with an order not to hold any mourning ceremonies.

File Video: Mostafa Ghanian's Father speaking at the mourning ceremony

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