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I struggled a bit with myself before publishing this. Wordout is not an obituary column and yet, to not report this would be, in a way, to deny the sacrifices these people and their families have made.
People have been shot to death in the streets of Tehran, dropped from the roofs of buildings, raped and tortured to death and then their bodies burned. Some simply disappeared for weeks or months before their bodies turned up at morgues. Many are still missing.
There are certainly more than 72 deaths. We’ll probably never know all their names. But we do know these names, and we know they died in an honorable attempt to secure their rights as free members of their own society.
As always, my thanks to Josh for providing the research and the info.
Iran’s Victims: The 72 People Killed in Post-Election Conflict
By: Josh Shahryar
Norooz, the official news outlet of the reformist Islamic Iran Participation Front, has published the names of 72 people who have died to date during protests on the streets, in detention, or from injuries sustained during the violence in the aftermath of the elections. This is only a list of those deaths that could be fully confirmed; the number of casualties could be much higher.
The list includes 12 women and 60 men, the majority of whom were under 35. About half died in two major protests, the first mass demonstration of 15 June and the “illegal” gathering on 20 June. The list does not include many names that have surfaced in the past few days, such as the slain detainee Saeedeh Pour-Aghaie.
The overwhelming majority of people on the list have died in Tehran. There are a few in Isfahan and no word on casualties in other cities. Bullet wounds seem to be the major cause of death, followed closely by beatings with batons and torture at prisons.
The first 25 names are those whose families have contacted the campaigns of Mehdi Karroubi and Mir Hossein Mousavi to confirm the death of their loved ones.
1. Mr. Hossein Akhtar-Zand, 32 years old. Died on June 15 in Isfahan after being thrown down a three-story building by Basiji militia.
2. Mr. Kianoosh Asa, post-graduate student. Died on June 15 in Tehran’s Azadi Square after being struck by a bullet fired by plainclothesmen. His body was identified nine days later and collected from a morgue in Tehran by family members.
3. Sohrab A’rabi, 19, high school student. Died of injuries sustained under torture at Evin Prison in Tehran. A’rabi’s mother was informed of his death nearly a month after his disappearance.
4. Mr. Alireza Eftekhari, 29, reporter. Died on June 15 of a brain hemorrhage after being struck with batons on the head and other parts of his body. His body was returned to his family on July 13.
5. Neda Agha-Soltan, 27, philosophy student. Died on June 20 on Tehran’s Kargare Shomali Avenue of a gunshot wound to the heart, fired by a plainclothesman. Buried at Beheshte Zahra’s Section 257 the next day.
6. Amir Javadifar, 25, student of industrial management at Qazvin’s Azad University. Died on July 9 of a seizure inside a van while being moved from Kahrizak to Evin. Had been blinded by blows to his head and face.
7. Moharram Ghagini Gheshlaghi, 34. Buried in Beheshte Zahra’s section 256, row 156, grave #13.
8. Masood Khosravi. Died on June 15 at Azadi Square and is buried at Beheshte Zahra.
9. Abbas Disnad, 40, laborer. Died after being beaten with batons on the head.
10. Ramin Ramezani, 29. Died of internal bleeding in a hospital after being released from detention. Buried at Beheshte Zahra. Section 257, Row 46, Grave #32
11. Mohsen Rohulamini, 25. Died on July 9 after sustaining injuries during torture in detention.
12. Ashkan Sohrabi, 18, IT student at Qazvin University. Died on June 20 at the junction of Rodaki and Sarsabil Avenues in Tehran after being shot by Basijis and other security forces thrice.
13. Amir Hossein Toufanpour, 32. Died on June 19 after being shot thrice in the leg, arm, waist and side. There were visible bruises on his neck and a deep hole on the back of his head which was filled with cotton and a broken arm. His nose seemed to have been broken as well.
14. Saeed Abbasifar Golchini, 24, seller of shoes and purses. Died on June 20 in Tehran after being struck by bullets fired by security forces.
15. Mostafa Ghanyan, graduate student at Tehran University. Died on June 15 in Tehran University’s dorms during a raid by security forces. Buried in the courtyard of Imam Reza’s shrine on June 18 under tight security.
16. Ali Fathalian. Died on June 20 in front of Lolagar Mosque. Buried in Beheshte Zahra. Section 9, Row 110, Grave #22.
17. Hadi Fallahmanesh, 29, laborer. Died in Tehran and is buried in Beheshte Zahra – section 53.
18. Ahmad Kargar Nejati. Died of torture wounds in the hospital. Buried in Beheshte Zahra – section 213, Row 15, Grave #35.
19. Behzad Mohajer, 47. Died on June 15 of a gunshot wound to the chest. Body kept at Kahrizak detention facility’s morgue.
20. Nader Naseri. Died on June 20 at Khosh Avenue in Tehran. Buried in Babol.
21. Ahmad Naeemabadi. Died of a gunshot wound at Azadi Square. Shot fired by IRGC’s Ashoura 117 Battalion.
22. Masood Hashemzadeh, 27. Died on June on Shademan Avenue in Tehran of a bullet to the chest which tore through his lungs and caused severe internal and external bleeding. Buried in northern Iran.
23. Mehdi Karami, 17. Died on June 20 at the junction of Janatabad and Kashani avenues after he was badly beaten and his throat was slit by a knife. Body was kept at Payambar Hospital in Ashrafi Isfahani Boulevard.
24. Naser Amirnejad, 25, student of aviation and space technology at Azad Islamic University in Tehran. Died on Mohammad Ali Jinnah Street in Tehran after being sprayed with bullets by Basijis. Body was kept at Payambar Hospital’s morgue and was buried in a village close to Yasuj.
25. Mahmood Raeesi Najafi, construction worker. Died on June 28 after being shot by security forces on Azadi Square and beaten badly with batons. Died at home 13 days later.
[The families of deceased protesters below have not gotten in touch with Karroubi’s or Mousavi’s campaign offices and are under pressure from the Government to refrain from public acknowledgement of the death, let alone the cause of death, of their loved ones.]
26. Mobina Ehterami. Died on June 15 at Tehran University’s dorm. Body was buried in secret without her family’s knowledge.
27. Neda Asadi
28. Saeed Esmaeeli Khanbeen, 23. Died of blows to the head.
29. Morad Aghasi
30. Hossein Akbari. Died of blows to the head.
31. Vahed Akbari, 34, laborer. Died on June 20 at Vanak Avenue of a bullet wound to the lower side. Buried at Beheshte Zahra – section 261.
32. Mohsen Entezami
33. Mohsen Imani. Died on June 15 in Tehran University’s dorms. Body was secretly buried without his family’s knowledge.
34. Fatima Barati. Died on June 15 in Tehran University’s dorms. Body was secretly buried without her family’s knowledge.
35. Mohammad Hossein Barzegar, 25, laborer. Died on June 17 on Hafte Tir Square in Tehran of a bullet shot to the head. Buried on June 21 in Beheshte Zahra, Section 302.
36. Jafar Barvayeh, lecturer at Chamran University of Ahvaz and candidate for doctoral degree at Tehran University. Died in Baharestan Square in Tehran of a bullet shot to the head. Forensics report that he died of a brain hemorrhage.
37- Yaghoub Barvayeh, graduate student of theatre arts at University of Art and Architecture in Tehran. Died on June 25 of a bullet wound to the head after being shot in front of Lolagar Mosque by Basijis from the roof of the mosque.
38. Soroor Boroomand, 58, died on June 15 on Mohammad Ali Jinnah Avenue in Tehran.
39. Hameed Besharati, 26. Died on June 20 in Tehran after being shot by security forces several times.
40. Farzad Jashni. Died on June 20 in Tehran.
41. Bahman Jenabi, 20, employee of a radiator repair shop. Killed in Tehran.
42. Mohsen Haddadi, 24, computer programmer. Died on June 15 at Nosrat Avenue in Tehran after being shot in the forehead. Buried on June 23 in Beheshte Zahra – section 262.
43. Shalir Khezri. Died on June 16 at Baharestan Square in Tehran.
44. Fatima Rajabpour, 38. Died on June 15 on Mohammad Ali Jinnah Avenue in Tehran.
45. Babak Sepehr, 35, died on June 20 in Tehran after being sprayed with bullets by security forces.
46. Fahimeh Salahshour, 25, high school graduate. Died on June 15 at a hospital of internal bleeding after being hit by batons on the head at Valiasr Square on June 14 in Tehran.
47. Tina Soodi, university student. Died on June 20 at Enghelab Square in Tehran after being shot.
48. Hasan Shapouri
49. Ali Shahedi, 24. Died in the Tehran-Pars police station on June 21. Forensics could not determine the cause of death; however, the family believes he was killed after being struck with batons on the head at the station.
50. Kasra Sharafi. Died on June 15 in Tehran University’s dorms. Body was secretly buried without family’s knowledge.
51. Kambiz Shoa’ee. Died on June 15 in Tehran University’s dorms. Body was secretly buried without family’s knowledge.
52. Davood Sadri, 27, shopkeeper at Salsebil Avenue. Died on June 20 in front of Lolagar Mosque in Tehran after being struck with a bullet in the head.
53. Seyyed Reza Tabatabayee, 30, bachelor’s degree in accounting. Died on June 20 on Azerbaijan Avenue in Tehran. Family forcefully sworn to secrecy by security forces and buried on June 24 in Beheshte Zahra – section 259.
54. Vahid Reza Tabatabayee, 29, bachelor’s in English. Died on June 24 in Baharestan Square in Tehran of a bullet wound to the head. Buried on June 27 in Beheshte Zahra – section 308.
55. Hossein Tahmasebi, 25. Died on June 15 in Nobahar Avenue in Kermanshah after being attacked and beaten by security forces.
56. Salar Tahmasebi, 27, undergraduate student of trade management in Rasht. Died in Jumhoori Avenue of a bullet to the forehead. Buried on June 23 in Beheshte Zahra – section 254.
57. Meisam Ebadi, 17, worked at a carpet store in Tehran. Died in Sadeghiyeh in Tehran.
58. Abolfazl Abdollahi, 21, graduate student majoring in electrical sciences. Died on June 20 in front of Sharif Industrial University after being shot in the back of the head. Buried on June 23 in Beheshte Zahra – section 248.
59. Hamid Araghi. Died in Azadi Square, Tehran after being shot.
60. Pour Kaveh Ali, 19. Died on June 20 in Tehran.
61. Hossein Alef. Died on June 17 in Isfahan.
62. Reza Fattahi
63. Parisa Kolli, 25, BA in Literature. Died on June 21 in Keshavarz Boulevard in Tehran of a gunshot wound to the neck. Buried on June 24 in Beheshte Zahra – section 259.
64. Mostafa Kiarostami, 22. Died on July 17 of blows to the head with batons in front of Tehran University. Was there to take part in Friday prayers.
65. Mohammad Kamrani, 18. Was beaten badly on Valiasr Square and died of his injuries on July 9 in Mehr Hospital, Tehran.
66. Hamid Maddah Shoorcheh, activist working for Mir Hossein Mousavi’s campaign headquarters. Died on June 15 in Mashhad shortly after being released of injuries sustained during torture in detention. Forensic experts ruled a brain hemorrhage as the cause of death.
67. Maryam Mehrazin, 24. Died on June 20 in Tehran as a result of gunfire by security forces.
68. Taraneh Mousavi. Died on June 28 after she was arrested in front of Ghoba Mosque. Charred body was found between Karaj and Qazvin.
69. Iman Namazi, undergraduate student of architecture in Tehran University. Died on June 15 in Tehran University’s dorms after the attack by security forces and plainclothesmen on the dorms.
70. Mohammad Nikzadi, 22, BS in architecture. Died on June 16 in Vanak Square, Tehran after being shot in the chest. Buried in Beheshte Zahra – section 257.
71. Iman Hashemi, 27, laborer. Died on June 20 on Azadi Avenue, Tehran. Died after being shot in the eye. Buried in Beheshte Zahra – section 259.
72. Milad Yazdanpanah, 30. Died on June 20 in Tehran after being shot by security forces.