Tehran Harassing Families of Crash Victims

2020 January 16
by bc3b

Not being content with “accidentally” shooting down a passenger plane and killing all 178 people onboard, the Iranian government now appears to be harassing the victims’ families in an attempt to keep them silent. The Windsor (Ontario) Star reports:

They’ve been told not to talk to the media, keep their mourning as private as possible and even publicly praise the regime that mistakenly shot down their loved ones’ airliner.

The families of the Iran plane crash victims — most of them Canadians or heading to Canada — are still in the depths of mourning for their relatives.

But that hasn’t stopped Tehran from closely monitoring and harassing family living in the country, using release of the victims’ remains as leverage, various sources allege.

One mother received a visit from security officers after she openly pleaded for help from Canada and a video of her outburst went viral, says a U.S.-based Iranian journalist.

Another family had to welcome government minders into their private mourning ceremony, said an Iranian-Canadian briefed on their situation.

“They know the anger, they know they are furious,” said Masih Alinejad, a widely followed Iranian journalist based in New York. “They know that if these families came out in public and shared their pain and put the blame on the Islamic Republic, the whole of society in Iran would be united against the Islamic Republic. They are scared of that.”

Most of the reports could not be independently verified by the National Post, but details are similar between them, and aspects of one case are documented on video.

The federal government, which has consular officials in Iran trying to meet with families, is aware of the alleged mistreatment, said John Babcock, a spokesman for Foreign Minister François-Philippe Champagne. The government is especially concerned that victims’ remains be allowed to return to this country, he said.

“Canada is deeply concerned by reports of Iranian authorities pressuring Iranian-Canadians not to repatriate remains to Canada,” said Babcock. “The Iranian government must respect the will of the families when it comes to the repatriation of the bodies: this is a message that the minister of Foreign Affairs has conveyed directly to his Iranian counterpart.”

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Hat tip: Windsor (Ont.) Star

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8 Responses leave one →
  1. 2020 January 16 11:07 am
    JimNorCal permalink

    Sorry! Off topic already … I’m stealing this punchline I just saw at the JustOneMinute blog LOL

    Warren Told Sanders After Debate, ‘I Think You Called Me a Liar on National TV’
    Bernie did NOT respond with “If the moccasin fits…”, and mores the pity.

  2. 2020 January 16 11:08 am
    JimNorCal permalink

    Closer to on topic ….
    Even if untrue, hope they believe it


  3. 2020 January 16 11:09 am
    bc3b permalink

    Perhaps. in the unlikely event that Adam Shitt ever loses his House seat, he can get a job with the Iranian government.

  4. 2020 January 16 11:15 am
    JimNorCal permalink

  5. 2020 January 16 12:10 pm
    drdog09 permalink

    Pretty low to have a govt giving you more grief than you already have.

  6. 2020 January 16 12:18 pm
    bc3b permalink

    1960s Left Banke lead singer Steve Caro (Walk Away Renee) passed away yesterday at age 71. Boy do I feel old.


  7. 2020 January 16 1:27 pm
    justrand permalink

    don’t feel bad, bc3b, in the words of Tom Lehrer:

    It makes me realize how little I’ve done with my life when I realize that when Alexander The Great was my age, he had been dead 36 years!”

  8. 2020 January 16 3:28 pm

    Their latest is…now US hacked us into shooting down the plane. 😉

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