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May 25, 2013

32 agents raid the home of one 85-year old lady

PCED, May 25

On May 23, 32 agents from the Ministry of “intelligence” in Semnan raided the home of Maryam Khanjani ( مریم خانجانی ) in Semnan. They searched the house and cursed and insulted those present. Mrs. Khanjani’s daughter, Golbanu Khanjani ( گلبانو خانجانی ), lost consciousness as a result. The agents departed when an ambulance arrived for her. Maryam Khanjani is the sister of Mr. Khanjani, one of the seven ‘Yaran’ (national facilitators for the Bahai community in Iran) who are serving 20-year sentences as prisoners of conscience in Raja’i Shahr prison. Mrs. Golbanu Khanjani is the mother of Omid Firuzeyan ( امید فیروزیان ), who is serving a sentence of four and a half years in Semnan prison.

All 32 agents are reported to have emerged from the day’s action without injury, except to their manhood.

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  1. Manhood? These agents aren’t men. They’re bullies and cowards! I pray the elderly lady involved is alright.

    Comment by Isabella Summers — May 26, 2013 @ 04:21 | Reply

  2. Odd ending to this story…It seems like a challenge to return and act “like men” which does not carry the meaning of decency as a sympathetic comment should. Did something get lost in translation? Isabella: U say well!

    Comment by Charlotte Solarz — May 26, 2013 @ 20:38 | Reply

    • The ending is my addition Charlotte, a way of expressing my disgust at the events: 32 brave agents raid an old woman, and clear out when the ambulance arrives. “Manhood” or “manliness” in Persian culture and literature has the connotation of nobility, restraint, courage, and a duty to defend the weak.

      There’s a music hall song along the same lines as my comment:

      We’re public guardians bold yet wary
      And of ourselves we take good care
      To risk our precious lives we’re chary
      When danger looms we’re never there
      But when we meet a helpless woman
      Or little boys who do no harm
      We run them in, we run them in
      We run them in, we run them in
      We show them we’re the beaux gendarmes. …

      Comment by Sen — May 26, 2013 @ 22:35 | Reply

  3. If they poison your live, sweeten their souls… We will come through, it is the destiny of the Baha’i Faith, Unstoppable, Persevere and put your trust in Almighty God. I am sorry for the tribulations friends go through, however we are all connected, even our enemies, let us pray that they get illuminated pronto.

    Comment by Sally Qazi — May 28, 2013 @ 17:58 | Reply

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