The world still can’t believe what happened. Everyone is in shock!
27-year-old Iranian wrestler Navid Afkari was executed in the Adel-Abad prison in the city of Shiraz. US President Donald trump, UFC President Dana white, IOC President Thomas Bach and many other influential people tried to save him. But the Iranian authorities were adamant: afkari was hanged, and The family was not even given a chance to say goodbye to him before his execution.
“His death will not be forgotten”
The current President of the United States, Donald trump, drew attention to the case of a fighter arrested for participating in the protests and personally appealed to the government of Iran to pardon Navid. But Iran did not think to listen to the head of the United States.
The 27-year-old was initially charged only with participating in peaceful protests against the country’s economic policies. But apparently, the authorities realized that the execution just for going to a demonstration would cause too much resonance. And they also accused Navid of killing a law enforcement official during anti-government protests.
Representatives of the organization for the protection of human rights said that Afkari was subjected to severe torture, as a result of which he was forced to confess to what he had done.
The US reaction after the execution was immediate. Us Secretary of state Mike Pompeo spoke out. He didn’t choose his words when assessing what had happened.
“This is a vile and cruel act. We condemn it in the strongest possible terms. This is an outrageous attack on human dignity, even by the abhorrent standards of this regime. Official Iran will not be able to drown out the voices of the people. Today, we join Navid Afkari’s family and all Iranians in mourning his death at the hands of this cruel and ruthless regime. His life and death will not be forgotten.”
“You broke my heart”
News of Afkari’s execution caught his colleagues right during the competition. The UFC mixed martial arts tournament was held in Las Vegas, where lightweight fighter Bobby green defeated Alan Patrick in the main card. However, the joy of winning quickly turned to devastation and bewilderment when Bobby was told what had happened in Iran. He even had to interrupt the interview because he couldn’t control his emotions.
“You just broke my heart by saying that this guy lost his life. Thought we’d save him. He lost his life. He lost his life simply for the fact that protested. It’s devastating. It’s very sad, I thought we would save him. You broke my heart. There’s nothing to talk about right now, someone is losing their life, and I’m just standing here. I don’t want to talk now, I can’t talk about the fight. This is driving me crazy. I can’t talk. Thank you, I’m sorry.”