Camelia Entekhabifard: young Iranians will “fight for their rights or die trying”

Camelia Entekhabifard: young Iranians will “fight for their rights or die trying”

June 16, 2009

Camelia Entekhabifard, author of Camelia: Save Yourself by Telling the Truth, has just written an op-ed piece for the New York Times on the next generation of Iranians—and what they’ll be willing to do to secure their inalienable rights.

From the piece:

When the second generation of the post-revolution era — my brother’s generation — became eligible to vote, many of them no longer felt any desire to put their weight behind a candidate they believed would ultimately disappoint. When Mr. Khatami ran for re-election in 2001, I was already in my own exile in the United States, and my brother and mother in Iran were no longer interested in marching through the streets of Tehran. “People are excited for nothing,” my brother says to me even now when I urge him to vote. But many younger Iranians clearly disagree with him.

. . . I used to consider myself among the most outspoken critics in Iran. But I would have never dared to stage a loud protest against a sitting president, as Iranian students did in 2007. We were brave, but we were relatively on our own, and thus easier for the government to single out. Now, Iranians form a 12-mile human chain in support of Mr. Moussavi, and women are seeking one million signatures for a petition for gender quality.

For much, much more on Camelia Entekhabifard’s experience of Iran, take a look at her memoir—Camelia: Save Yourself by Telling the Truth—from Seven Stories Press.

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