“Right this moment, I’m Dr. Hamid”: College of Drugs school protest in opposition to executions of Iranian protesters

“Right this moment, I’m Dr. Hamid”: College of Drugs school protest in opposition to executions of Iranian protesters

On Dec. 15, school members on the Yale College of Drugs stood in blindfolds to amplify the story of a physician who was believed to be executed for attending an anti-government protest.

Brian Zhang

11:49 pm, Jan 16, 2023

Employees Reporter

“Right this moment, I’m Dr. Hamid”: College of Drugs school protest in opposition to executions of Iranian protesters

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9 school members from the Yale College of Drugs gathered blindfolded on Cedar St. on Dec. 15 to unfold consciousness for the Iranian authorities’s violence, which incorporates the torture of Hamid Ghare-Hasanlou — a 54-year-old radiologist in Iran who was accused of killing a militiaman he was making an attempt to help. 

Ghare-Hasanlou and his spouse, Farzaneh, had attended a 40-day anniversary memorial for the loss of life of Hadis Najafi, a 23-year-old girl who was shot within the face, neck and chest throughout a protest. When he stopped to stroll to the gravesite, he noticed an Islamic militaman and later a Mullah — a member of the Islamic clergy — being overwhelmed by the gang. Ghare-Hasanlou stopped to examine the Mullah’s pulse earlier than calling an ambulance for him. Although the Mullah survived, the militiaman didn’t. 

The following day at 2 a.m., militia forces broke into Ghare-Hasanlou’s home, beating him in entrance of  his daughter and accusing him of killing the militiaman. He and his spouse had been then imprisoned and tortured till she confessed that he had kicked the militiaman as soon as. His spouse later rejected the confession, explaining that it was obtained underneath torture.

As soon as Ghare-Hasanlou awoke from the third surgical procedure making an attempt to save lots of him from the life-threatening accidents he had sustained whereas being tortured, he realized that he had been sentenced to loss of life for “waging warfare in opposition to God.” His spouse would serve 25 years in solitary confinement.  

“I’m Anahita, however in the present day, I’m Dr. Hamid,” scientific fellow on the Yale College of Drugs Anahita Rabiee mentioned, placing on a black blindfold. “Don’t kill me for making an attempt to save lots of a life,”

Rabiee, in addition to the opposite audio system on the occasion, drew consideration to the abnormally quick trials for Iranian protestors, noting that a number of folks might be tried directly with out attorneys. The blindfolds, which attendees may take and put on themselves, are telling of the character of the executions: the sentenced individual would historically be blindfolded earlier than strolling towards a crane from which they’d be hanged. 

On the protest, Yale psychiatry resident Yauss Safavi mentioned that hanging was not solely a sluggish and excruciating strategy to die, however symbolic of taking away one’s skill to talk. 

“Virtually [every Iranian] has a member of the family or good friend who was tortured, imprisoned or executed,” she added.

Together with Affiliate Professor of Drugs Susan Kashaf, Safavi learn a poem from the angle of somebody who had simply heard the “excruciating screams of a mom” whose younger son was hanged publicly. 

The poem condemns hanging as essentially the most premeditated type of homicide, ending with saying a mom who “has misplaced her son will scream louder than any man ever may.”

“She’s going to always remember, and she’s going to by no means forgive,” Safavi mentioned. “I don’t know [this woman], however I’m certain she would tickle when he was a toddler, would make him eat all the pieces on his plate, get anxious with each single fever, and ensure he had a shawl round his neck when he went out to play within the chilly.” 

Based on Kashaf, the punishment of aiding protestors falls upon greater than medical doctors merely making an attempt to do their job. Earlier in December, actress Taraneh Alidoosti was detained for standing in solidarity with protestors on her Instagram web page, the place she posted {a photograph} of herself not sporting a hijab and holding up a bit of paper that mentioned: “girls, life, freedom.”

It’s due to Iranians dropping their voices — each bodily and within the media — that Kashaf encourages all members of the Yale neighborhood, particularly non-Iranian Individuals, to take part in a web based motion to amplify Iranian tales. On the conclusion of the occasion, she requested for volunteers to face with the audio system and report a brief video of themselves saying: “I’m ___, however in the present day, I’m Dr. Hamid. Don’t kill me for making an attempt to save lots of a life.” The clips had been later compiled right into a video and posted on Instagram underneath @Iranian1000stories — a gaggle of diasporic Iranian-American physicians. 

“[Outside support] makes me really feel just like the ache and struggling of these in Iran isn’t invisible, that they don’t seem to be forgotten, even within the depths of a jail cell,” Safavi mentioned.

For points the place any and “all publicity is useful to the trigger,” issues over performative activism in abroad nations lose relevance, Kashaf mentioned. She emphasised that social media can impress a revolution for Iranians who at present should not have a voice, that it’s an effort which non-Iranian Individuals can partake in to mitigate the strain of Iranian Individuals who place their households in danger and jeopardize journey plans to Iran after they converse out. 

On Dec. 15, the identical day of the Yale College of Drugs, school on the College of Los Angeles staged the same name to motion. Stanford College adopted swimsuit on Dec. 16. 

“We’re starved for satisfactory, correct [and] truthful protection by the press, so I’ll let you know, truthfully, each time a good friend posts something that reminds the world of the horrors occurring in Iran, I’m grateful and touched,” Kashaf wrote in an interview with the Information.

In Iran, women as younger as 9 and boys 15 or older may be sentenced to loss of life. 


Brian Zhang covers pupil life for the College desk, and beforehand housing and homelessness for the Metropolis desk. He’s a sophomore in Davenport Faculty.