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Voice of America interviews Karoubi’s son

February 12, 2010

Voice of America interviews Karoubi’s son

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In an interview with journalist Arash Sigarchi, Hossein Karoubi, Mehdi Karoubi’s son,  recounts yesterday’s attack on Karoubi

Hossein Karoubi: Today (February 11th), we arrived at Ashrafi Esfahani Boulevard at 10:00am. There was a lot of traffic. Mr. Karoubi exited the car and moved toward the crowd of people. He was warmly greeted by the people. As we got close to the plaza, a crowd of plainclothes thugs attacked the people and started to brutally beat them. They even took out their daggers to inflict fear on the citizens.

This time there were both police and plainclothes thugs helping each other. The police used tear gas and batons and the plainclothes agents used batons, cables, and tear gas to attack.

A lot of tear gas got sprayed on Mr. Karoubi’s face, and his eyes, face, and chest still burn from it.

About five minutes after the clashes, we asked a driver to drive Mr. Karoubi away from the area. As Mr. Karoubi was entering the car, plainclothes agents attacked the car and broke its windows. However, we were able to drive off (there was a driver).

My brother was identified by the police and arrested. We still do not know where they took him. Also, several of Ayatollah Karoubi’s assistants who always follow him during such occasions were arrested and were asked to stop cooperating with Mr. Karoubi.

People did not chant any radical slogans by the request of Mr. Karoubi and Mr. Mousavi. It was very shocking to see the peaceful protesters being treated so brutally by the police.

Translation by: Natalie Irani
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