Anarchist prisoner, Soheil Arabi
Soheil Arabi’s, the Iranian anarchist, message from prison on the
International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women.\
“Humanity deserves the best
Speak of fighting violence against women! Of women’s struggle against
oppression, discrimination, and violence by society; Of violence in Evin
and Qarchak to the Varamin hunger strike; Of the abuse and threats
interrogators make against women; Of tears shed at meetings; Combating
violence against women is, without a doubt, one of the most important
demands of the liberation movement and we are all fighting against
The discrimination that systems have taught us where women are men’s
property and tools to serve them. This was the thought that had me
ashamed of silence.
Silence against violence is betrayal. Rise up and shout: Shout, “my
mother does not deserve violence, my sister and I do not deserve
Stand up and tear down the barriers, you warrior! I bow down to all
those who stood up against gender discrimination and violence,
particularly violence against women, and paid the price of cold, damp
prison cells, at the foot of the gallows and under the lash of whips.
I bow down to the mothers who raised freedom fighters; those who saw
violence and stood against it.
The word “violence” needs to be erased and efforts to eliminate it
require a humane society. Now is the time to stand up against the
clenched fists raised at women and liberators. So I stand up too with
mighty women liberators shouting to eliminate violence against women,
and not to be silent against violence.
Rise up so that our children may learn humanity deserves the best.
Soheil Arabi November, 2018 Greater Tehran Central Penitentiary”
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