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Dead Protesters Charged ‘Bullet Fee’

From the Wall Street Journal:

Son’s Death Has Iranian Family Asking Why

By FARNAZ FASSIHI

TEHRAN—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.

Mr. Alipour told officials that his entire possessions wouldn’t amount to $3,000, arguing they should waive the fee because he is a veteran of the Iran-Iraq war. According to relatives, morgue officials finally agreed, but demanded that the family do no funeral or burial in Tehran. Kaveh Alipour’s body was quietly transported to the city of Rasht, where there is family…

This seems to be an honored tradition with brutal totalitarian dictatorships throughout history.

This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, June 23rd, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

11 Responses to “Dead Protesters Charged ‘Bullet Fee’”

  1. MinnesotaRush says:

    One of the benchmarks to gauge “civil societies/cultures” has been “how they repect/honor their dead”.

    What does this say about the civil leadership in Iran … absent and disgusting! This sort of behavior is extremely telling. And some of our leaders .. are you listening mr. o-blah-blah .. want to play “diplomacy” with these low life savages. That is equally telling.

    God Bless and Grace the innocents and those crying out for their freedoms and liberties!

  2. jobeth says:

    How evil can a society become to make someone pay for the bullet that took his life…not to even address the amount of that cost.

    M. R. You said it best
    “One of the benchmarks to gauge “civil societies/cultures” has been “how they respect/honor their dead”.

    There is NO honor in that society.

    The only hope that country has is IF the freedom fighters (and these are the REAL freedom fighters) can somehow gain control….and then then resist the fledgling dictators that will surely emerge from within.

    Unfortunately Iran is full of opportunists that will use this event for their own evil gains. I can only pray they can keep level headed, fair minded leaders in control of the movement.

  3. Liberals Demise says:

    Don’t think for one minute that Barry the Bungler isn’t eye balling the situation there. Watching for clues as how to deal with an uprising here when the people come to their senses and try to force “HIM” from office. Mitchele won’t stand for it!!!

    • proreason says:

      Right on, LD.

      Akmanutjob is one of The Moron’s heroes anyway. The shrunken not-supreme leader was one of the terrorists who held Americans prisoners for 400 some days before they released them day 1 of Reagen’s first term. Obamy must see that event, and nutjob’s rise to power as parallel to his own, and something to be greatly admired. It’s the Chicago/Tehran way, donchaknow.

  4. Morning in America says:

    I wonder if the Iranian Security forces took a page from Janet Napolitano’s definition of a potential security threat and sniped this fellow because he was a Gulf War (Iran-Iraq) veteran. See? The Bamster’s “talking” campaign clearly illustrates that they have much to learn from us!

  5. Reality Bytes says:

    Obama & Geithner probably think the “bullet fee” is a good idea.

    • Liberals Demise says:

      Not only do you collect a fee……..you TAX the hell out of it!!!
      Yup, I see them drooling over this……………

  6. Reality Bytes says:

    “Uh, Hey Timmy! This is Cool! Look at This! We gotta New Tax Code!”

  7. beautyofreason says:

    And even, at this moment, the Iranian government denies shooting into crowds, and alleges that Neda’s death (shot by a rooftop sniper, video posted) was not caused by government militias.

    But the government didn’t bother with these inconsistencies when they charged the father of a protester a year’s salary for the cost of the 2-cent bullet that killed his son. That sort of inhumanity and extortion cannot be fixed by replacing one unelectable government thug with another. It requires regime change and a much more open democratic system.

    Perhaps this story is a good lesson on the importance of allowing citizens to bear arms. When you’re defenseless against a corrupt and totalitarian government that pretends to be divine, all you have are blood and ideals.
    It’s not enough.

  8. canary says:

    The key pattern is they don’t want funerals for the dead, on news. Gosh, they don’t have to worry about liberal America news getting footage. Charging people money they don’t have to get the body, is to stop the funerals. Even Hussien got a funeral. Obama came out with stronger words, after all he said he was the President of the U.S. but 4th of July is still on, after being critized for that. Obama wants details how he can pull off an election like Ahmmadman did. Because Obama’s sense of entitlement is that American’s are dumb, and don’t know what’s best for us. If he pulled a stunt like this, he’d have no remorse, and would not see anything wrong. And the Democrats will help him. They are lawless, and out of control.

  9. AmericanIPA says:

    Some people are wondering if Obama will say anything to condemn this brutal crackdown on free speech. But it shouldn’t surprise anyone that he doesn’t. After all, by all indications of his actions and words, he agrees with the mullahs that citizens should be repressed. They probably even tell their subjects that they are doing them a favor, that the murders are to help with their “security” or “well being” or that it’s part of the new free health care system.


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