cartoon by Mana Neyestani
Opposition websites report that the Sahabi family
had intended to hold their own ceremony, but security forces took possession of
her remains by force and transferred her to Lavasan, northeast of Tehran, for a
Jaras website reports that Sahabi was laid to rest at 10PM with 2,000 mourners in attendance, along with a substantial number of police and security force personnel. Jaras reports that several participants were arrested once the ceremony ended.
Haleh Sahabi died during an altercation with security forces at the funeral of her father, the prominent dissident Ezzatollah Sahabi.
The government has announced that Haleh Sahabi died from a cardiac arrest brought on by the stress of losing her father, the heat and her history of heart disease. However, a number of her relatives report that her death was the result of being beaten by security forces.
U.S. State Department spokesman Mark Toner has
called on Iran to investigate her death.
While the Sahabis are reportedly being pressured to announce that Haleh Sahabi died from natural causes, opposition websites call her death a "martyrdom" and hold senior Islamic Republic officials responsible.
Ahmad Montazeri, the son of the late dissident cleric Grand Ayatollah Montazeri, has told Persian BBC that he witnessed Haleh Sahabi being pushed and beaten by the security forces, and he was certain they caused her death.
Haleh Sahabi, a prominent social activist and a member of the Council of Mothers for Peace, was arrested during the protests that broke out in 2009 after the controversial re-election of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. She began serving a two-year prison sentence last February for her involvement in the protests.
Her father, the leader of the Nationalist-religious Coalition, was a prominent government critic both before and after the Iranian Revolution of 1979. He died on Tuesday at age 81, after spending several days in a coma.
Photos: arewell to the Fallen Haleh Sahabi - Today 1st of June 2011 , Haleh Sahabi's lifeless body was laid in her home to receive the last respects from her friends.
Iranian Activist Haleh Sahabi Dies In Scuffle At Her Father's Funeral - Haleh Sahabi, the daughter of Iranian dissident Ezzatollah Sahabi died from a heart attack after security forces descended upon her father's funeral. Mizan website, the news outlet associated with the Nationalist-religious Coalition wrote: "A security official tried to grab a photo of Mr. Sahabi that Haleh Sahabi was pressing against her chest. The force of his action and her resistance caused her to fall, and then she did not rise."
Iran: Daughter of Deceased Dissident Dies Following Attack During Father's Burial - Interference by security and plainclothes agents in the funeral of prominent Iranian political activist Ezatollah Sahabi, including beatings of mourners, led to the death of Sahabi's daughter Haleh, who suffered a fatal heart attack at the event today.
Ezzatollah Sahabi: 5 May 1930 - 31 May 2011 - Iranian opposition activist Ezatollah Sahabi, head of the reformist National-Religious Movement of Iran, died of stroke Tuesday in a Tehran hospital at the age of 81.
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