Events > Tehran Events > A CHAT WITH A PLAIN-CLOTHED CLUB WIELDER BY SHABNAM REZAEI
We Get 200 Dollars Per Day
This email came to me via Haleh Anvari – I decided to
translate the interview:
Wednesday June 24th - A Chat with one of the Plain-clothed club-wielders
“We get 200 dollars a day”
Four days after the elections, there have been anti-demonstration
forces on the streets of Tehran whose accents are unrecognizable. Witnesses say
they are not able to understand what they are saying. Some say they have openly
heard Arabic being spoken by some. Yesterday, I had a chance to chat with one
of the plain-clothed men in a sandwich shop.
Me: Salaam brother.
How are you?
Him: God Bless you, fine, thank you.
Me: Where are you
Him: Torbat-e Jam (a small town in the Eastern region of
Iran close to the border of Afghanistan)
Me: How old are you?
Me: Do you have a wife
Him: No. Wife and kids costs money. I am unemployed.
Me: Unemployed? Aren’t
you a Basiji? Doesn’t the army give you a fixed salary?
Him: No. I am not a Basiji. I am unemployed.
Me: But you are
working now, aren’t you?
Me: Why do you have
Him: They brought us here to hit the anti-revolutionaries.
That’s why they gave us this club.
Me: Who gave it to
Him: Haji. He told me to hit in such a way that they don’t
get up anymore. They’re traitors!
Me: What do you think
Him: I don’t get involved in these things. I just get my