“Dam” which is Amsterdam’s main square is a well-known location for events and demonstrations and yesterday , a group of young Ahwazi Arabs living in Holland gathered there with photos ,maps and Ahwaz flag to introduce the Ahwazi cause and their plight to pedestrians in Amestrdam’s most populated areas .
Hossein Zayeri one of the participants who initiated this stand tells AHWAZ NEWS : “ I have the freedom of speech , freedom of assembly and I am the voice of my compatriots who can not raise theirs because they will be prosecuted , I have the opportunity to introduce my land and what my people suffer from “ he adds “ this is a stand to show our solidarity with prisoners in Ahwaz and the unjust sentences and treatment our civil society activist are subjected to “ .
One of the photos he holds is the photo of Mrs.Fahimeh Badwi , the school teacher who was arrested along with her husband in November 2005 while she was 8 month pregnant . She gave birth to her daughter “Salma” in Ahwaz ministry of intelligence and was sentenced to 15 years in prison ,while husband was executed under the charge of “enmity against God “ a year after .
Although Ahwaz Human Rights Organisation has called for her release various times, unfortunately Iran has systematically ignored the calls and refuses till this day .
We asked Hossein if he would do this kind of stand again , he says “yes of course , it is something that we are thinking about doing it regularly , there were lot of people who were interested and I was more than happy to tell them about my hometown .“