Av de fem avrättade har kanske den kurdiske läraren Farzad Kamangars historia varit mest uppmärksammad:
He was 35 years old and married. A highly popular teacher in Kurdish villages, he was also a poet and author. He received his death sentence in February 2008, and his family had lived in agony ever since. In a letter to his students from prison two years ago, Kamangar wrote, "I miss you all. From behind these tall walls, I wake up with you, laugh with you, and go to sleep with you.... I wish I could play soccer with the first graders, and you, with the dream of becoming another Ronaldo, could score past your teacher, the goalie, and then celebrate it."De allra flesta iranier som läser raderna om den lilla fisken och det stora havet kommer nog att tänka på läraren, författaren och dissidenten Samad Behrangi, vars barn- och ungdomsberättelser betydde mycket i radikaliseringen av flera generationer i Iran.
In the last letter that Kamangar sent from Evin Prison, he wrote about guiding Iran's youth toward the path to freedom: "Is it possible to be a teacher and not show the way to the sea to the small fish? Is it possible to stare into the eyes of the children of this nation and remain silent? Is it possible to accept the responsibility of being a teacher and informing the people, but not say anything?"
Om regimen lyckas med sin omänskliga skrämseltaktik återstår att se. Nya gripanden har följt i iranska Kurdistan, och fler avrättningar har aviserats. Avrättningarna har fördömts i skarpa ordalag av Moussavi.