Aylar Haghi, a young and brave girl from Tabriz who gave her life for freedom
Aylar Haghi was born in 1999 in Malekan, northwestern Iran. In 2018, she started studying at the Tabriz Azad University of Medical Sciences.
Aylar was a happy, energetic girl full of passion and love for life.
A November 16 social media video showed Aylar Haghi as the sole female protester among the crowds and for this reason, she was immediately identified by security forces. Security forces shot her in the back of the head with a pellet gun.
Aylar was found in critical condition in a building and was taken to the hospital, but unfortunately, the doctors could not do anything to keep her alive.
Security forces pressured Aylar’s family before handing over their daughter’s body for burial. They ordered Aylar Haghi’s family to sign a paper and declare the cause of her death as a “fall from height”, and pressured her father to make false confessions.
The head of the East Azerbaijan Provincial Intelligence Police falsely claimed that Aylar died when she “accidentally fell into the excavation site next to Shahran Tower in Tabriz”.
On Friday, November 18, 2022, a large crowd of people took part in Aylar’s funeral in the Vadi Rahmat cemetery in Tabriz.
Security forces only allowed her mother to hug her daughter’s body for a few moments. The people and youth of Tabriz chanted “We are all Aylar! Fight and we will fight back.” They were attacked by security forces on motorcycles and brutally beaten with batons.
Aylar Haghi is a role model of bravery for the youth of Tabriz. May her memory be cherished.