Javad Salimi, who says he was attacked and detained for trying to help a woman who was being attacked.
Shakourirad writes that Musavi’s son-in-law, Javad Salimi, who is a surgeon and university professor, was attacked and detained after he tried to help a woman in a chador who was being beaten by a plainclothes agent for chanting slogans in support of Musavi.
Shakourirad describes Salimi as a defender of “Islam, the revolution, and the ideas and path of the imam,” a reference to Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, the founder of the Islamic regime.
They took Dr. Javad Salimi, a university professor and the brother of three martyrs, with a bloody face and blindfolded while all his body ached [from the beatings] for interrogation. ...
[The interrogator] asks: "Why were you detained?"
Salimi says: "I saw a woman in a chador who had apparently chanted ‘Ya Hossein, Mir Hossein’ being taken away by a big plainclothes agent who was at the same time beating her. I protested and said, 'Why are you treating a woman who is not related to you this way in public?'"
The interrogator interrupts him and says: "Don’t speak nonsense."
What else can the heartbroken professor say! Values seem to have changed in Iran. Things that were once considered values -- and there was a revolution to reach those values -- are now considered nonsense in the eyes of those who are in power.
Javad has nothing else to say.
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