Red roses for the seven in Australia

May 9, 2013


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Red roses laid out for the observance in Australia.

At a forum on Monday in Australia, leaders from diverse religious communities filed on stage and placed a red rose on one of seven empty chairs at the NSW Parliament House in Sydney as part of an observance of the five year anniversary of the imprisonment of the seven Iranian Baha’i leaders.

Several relatives of the seven leaders also made presentations.

Adelaide businessman Amin Tavakoli noted that his brother, Behrouz, was a psychologist who specialized in helping children with mental and physical disabilities.

“The hands that once healed children and those hands that gave them hope now only grasp the cold metal bars of a prison cell….Maybe he will never walk out of prison alive … but if by any chance I was to see him alive I would hug him and hold him and whisper in his ear, ‘Well done, my beloved brother, well done!’ ”

The forum was preceded by a call for the immediate release of the seven from Australia’s Minister for Foreign Affairs, Senator Bob Carr.

The Baha’i community of Australia has extensive coverage of the Sydney event on its news site, which can be viewed here.

A video of the event can be viewed at this link:


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