'You've Killed People Like Us': Iran's History of Assassinations Highlighted Amid the Targeted Top Nuclear Scientist's

Published December 1st, 2020 - 10:27 GMT
'You've Killed People Like Us': Iran's History of Assassinations Highlighted Amid the One Targeted Iran's Top Nuclear Scientist
Online activists used the opportunity to remind the world of many Iranian critics and dissidents who were killed by government operatives across the world. (Twitter: @abida_norani)

Responding to the Iranian official announcement of the assassination of top nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh last Friday near Tehran, many anti-government Iranians, most of whom live in exile, have taken to the internet to remind Iranian officials of other, less talked about assassinations orchestrated by the Iranian regime.

Even though the attack that targeted the general in the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, who had also served as a senior official in the nuclear program of Iran hasn't been claimed by anyone yet, many Iranians who are known for their anti-government stances decided to use the opportunity to remind the world of many Iranian critics and dissidents who were killed by government operatives across the world, just as brutally as the assassination of Fakhrizadeh.

On her Twitter account, the prominent Iranian dissident Masih Alinejad posted a long thread with names and stories of academics and politicians who were targeted while away from Iran, merely for their political views that didn't go in line with those of the Iranian government.

In her thread, Alinejad remembers former diplomat Ali Akbar Tabatabai who was killed in the US in 1980, the Kurdish leader Abdul Rahman Ghassemlou assassinated in Vienna in 1989, the Iranian politician Abdorrahman Boroumand who was stabbed to death outside his Paris apartment in 1991, the former minister of culture Reza Mazlouman who was killed in 1996 in the French capital, in addition to the former Prime Minister Shahpour Bakhtiar who was also targeted in Paris in 1991.

She also highlighted names of artists who were killed after speaking out against the Iranian governement post the 1979 regime, such as the singer Fereydoun Farrokhzad who was killed in Germany in 1992.

Over the last four decades, Iran has been facing intense international criticism over its human rights violation, especially in persecuting and targeting political rivals and critics whether ones living in Iran or abroad.

Last year, Iran had reportedly arrested and killed hundreds of protestors who took to the streets to voice out their opposition to government economic measures tightened due to US sanctions. 


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