Plainclothes Forces Harass Families of Iran-Iraq War Heroes
On 22 September 2010, on the anniversary of the start of the Iran-Iraq war, the families of martyrs Hamid Bakeri, Mehdi Bakeri, and Mohammad Ibrahim Hammett were attacked by plainclothes forces while trying to visit the home of Mir Hossein Mousavi. The day finally ended in a climactic brawl in front of Mehdi Karroubi’s house with Fatemeh Amirani, the wife of Hamid Bakeri, and Mohammad Ibrahim Hammett’s wife chanting “Death to the Dictator” and “Ya Hossein, Mir Hossein”, and being met with beatings, pepper spray, even threats of death by live-bullets, and detention.
Some families of political prisoners went to visit Asieh Bakeri on Sunday, 26 September when plainclothes forces and security officers entered her house without permission and interrogated some of the guests. “For 27 years they have not come to our house to see how we’re doing, but this is how they come now. They didn’t even know where we lived before, but now, after all these years, this is how they pay us back for my mother’s hard work, and for raising us without a father. I wonder why they treat us like this,” Bakari told Kalameh’s website in an interview.