Wednesday, June 24, 2009

The cost of being at the wrong place at the wrong time

From WSJ's Farnaz Fassi in Tehran, Iran:

The family, clad in black, stood at the curb of the road sobbing. A middle-aged mother slapped her cheeks, letting out piercing wails. The father, a frail man who worked as a doorman at a clinic in central Tehran, wept quietly with his head bowed.

Minutes before, an ambulance had arrived from Tehran's morgue carrying the body of their only son, 19-year-old Kaveh Alipour.

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.

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.

How much more despicable can they get?


Never Mind!! said...

Is this a new trend? Shooting at innocent, apolitical passerbys? Wasnt Neda's story also similar?

Aaaah,now I get it, when you take acting or singing classes, you get shot in Iran.Is that it?

Usha said...

Security made a mistake.
Civilians pay.
And security bargains with a dead body?!
So much for Humanity! Wait, the term Humanity doesn't even qualify in this case :(

Over Rated said...

@Never Mind: They are torturing anyone they can get their hands one. They don't care if that person is innocent. The are scaring people off by example.

@Usha: They are the worst kind of people. First they kill an innocent person, and then they want money to hand over his dead body to the family. They don't appear to be human in any form.