In an attempt to distort another truth about Monday’s opposition protests, the Iranian regime’s propaganda machine has targeted Sane Zhale (صانع ژاله) an Iranian protester shot dead during the demonstrations in Tehran.
The Iranian authorities are claiming that the latest victim of state brutality, Sane Zhale, was not a Green Movement protester, but rather, an active member of Iran’s violent Basij vigilantes often employed for cracking down on the opposition Green Movement. Furthermore, the Iranian regime, the prime culprit behind the art student’s tragic murder is accusing Monday’s protesters of having carried out his murder.
However, a photo taken on 14 November 2008 shows Sane Zhale, a Sunni Kurd from the city of Paveh, in a meeting with senior cleric late Grand Ayatollah Montazeri and other members of the Islamic Association of Tehran’s University of Art. The senior cleric was considered to be the spiritual leader of the Green Movement until his passing away in December 2009.
Tehran University’s Basij unit has announced that a memorial service for Sane Zhale will take place on Wednesday at 9:30am local time in front of Tehran’s Art University.
In a statement signed by 223 member of Iran’s conservative parliament, MPs have claimed that Green Movement leaders Mir Hossein Mousavi and Mahdi Karroubi were responsible for Sane Zhale’s murder on Monday.
Infuriated by the government’s attempts to claim possession over Zhale’s memory and to exploit his death, the student’s fellow classmates are planning to stage a sit-in at Tehran University on Wednesday