Seven Reasons Why I Should Die
By Hashem Shaabani
For seven days they shouted at me:
You are waging war on Allah!
Saturday, because you are an Arab!
Sunday, well, you are from Ahvaz
Monday, remember you are Iranian
Tuesday: You mock the sacred Revolution
Wednesday, didn’t you raise your voice for others?
Thursday, you are a poet and a bard
Friday: You’re a man, isn’t that enough to die?
Iran's so-called moderate President Hassan Rouhani recently approved the executions of 14 Iranian Arab human rights activists, starting with the poet Hashem Shabani and the rights activist Hadi Rashedi. They had been sentenced to death for “enmity against God," “corruption on earth” and spreading propaganda against the Islamic system.