Alireza Jafarzadeh explains: Killing of Famed Film Director Evokes 1990s Chain Murders in Iran

Killing of Famed Film Director Evokes 1990s Chain Murders in Iran

BEHIND THE IRAN HEADLINES Series, October 20, 2023, Alireza Jafarzadeh, NCRI-US Deputy Director

On Saturday, October 14th, Dariush Mehrjui, a renowned Iranian film director, and his wife, Vahideh Mohammadi-Far, tragically met their demise in their home in the city of Karaj, located west of Tehran, under suspicious circumstances.

Iranian state media attributed this heinous crime to unidentified criminals, yet Iran’s society, which still vividly remembers the chain murders of the 1990s, knows precisely where to assign blame.

The term “chain murders” in Iran refers to a series of politically motivated killings in the late 1990s. During this period, numerous dissidents, intellectuals, and writers critical of the Iranian regime were brutally slain.

Often, the victims were discovered with stab wounds or strangled, and these murders followed a distinct pattern, hence the term “chain murders.”The revelation that these killings were orchestrated from within the regime, specifically by the Ministry of Intelligence and Security, played a pivotal role in sparking the 1999 uprising.
The persecution, apprehension, torture, and execution of dissidents have persisted, especially since the nationwide uprising in September 2022, during which many dissident artists joined the protesters.

A year and a half ago, Dariush Mehrjui released a video in which he emphatically expressed his willingness to take necessary steps to secure his rights, undeterred by the potential consequences. The stabbing incident suggests that the regime may have responded in a manner reminiscent of the killings from the 1990s.

But nothing can save a theocracy that is distant from its people by an ocean of blood.

Read the coverage in EIN Pesswire.

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