Hah!… Free at Last- Iranian Dissident Batebi Taunts Regime
“Your hands will never reach me.”
Free Iranian Dissident Ahmad Batebi
Taunting the Regime in Iran
New York Times Interview
July 12, 2008
Iranian student activist and dissident Ahmad Betebi was sentenced to death and severely tortured for years in the notorious Evin Prison in Iran. He escaped safely to the United States in late June.
During a break from prison, Batebi fled Iran traveling through a free Iraq to Austria and finally arriving in Washington DC.
Ahmad Batebi arrived in the United States after years of torture and imprisonment. Broke, weak and afraid, Batebi described his flight from Iran through a free Iraq to The New York Times today. He tells of the Iranian agents who followed his escape from Iran and he talks about the day in 1999 that made him famous. It is an unimaginable story of heartache and courage.
Here, Batebi talks about the brutality of the regime:
Mr. Batebi described 17 months in solitary confinement, including repeated torture by interrogators trying to force him to say on television that the famous T-shirt was stained with paint or animal blood.
His jailers thrashed him with a metal cable, beat his testicles and kicked in his teeth, he said. They held his face down in a pool of excrement. They tied his arms behind his back and hung him from the ceiling. At other times, strapping him to a chair, they kept him awake night after night, cutting him and rubbing salt into the wounds.
To stave off madness, he said, he fought back. “If the interrogator cursed me, I would curse him back,” he said. “If the interrogator hit me, I’d try to hit him back.”
What an incredible story.
This is awesome…
At his Yahoo blog, Mr. Batebi taunts the Iranian regime.
His blog reads in Farsi– “Your hands will never reach me” and he includes the instructions to “Click here”:
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God, they must hate him.
Previously on Ahmad Batebi:
Brutal Death of Iranian Activist Akbar Mohammadi Revealed
Iranian Political Activist Ahmad Batebi Re-Arrested in Tehran
Iranian Political Activist Batebi Gets Nine More Years at Evin Prison
Noted Iranian Activist, Ahmad Batebi, in Serious Condition
Harvard Students Will Protest Khatami for Release of Ahmed Batebi
Noted Iranian Activist Under Extreme Torture
Today on Iranian “Student’s Day” Remember Ward 209 Evin Prison
Iranian Activist Ahmad Batebi Suffers Stroke in Evin Prison
Iranian Student Activist Ahmad Batebi Suffers Second Stroke
BREAKING: Iran’s Most Famous Political Dissident Escapes to United States!
Iran’s Famous Activist Ahmad Batebi Talks About His Harrowing Escape