Aug. 25, 2017 – The National Council of Resistance of Iran ( NCRI ) President-elect Maryam Rajavi gave a speech on Aug. 19 at an event regarding the anniversary of the 1988 massacre of 30,000 political prisoners in Iran.
“Every freedom-loving Iranian pays respect to the martyred heroes of the 1988 massacre and honors their memory,” said Rajavi.
She noted that many who were called out the name Massoud Rajavi when facing the torturers and executioners, which as a message to the generation that would follow. “That message was to follow Massoud Rajavi’s path and ideal, the path of paying the price of freedom, the path of the unrelenting struggle for equality, and the path to fight for a society devoid of oppression, discrimination, ignorance, and duplicity,” said Rajavi.
Throughout her speech, she focused on the circumstances surrounding the massacre, including the fatwa from Khomeini that began the whole ordeal. His wish was to annihilate the PMOI/MEK. Yet she noted the sacrifices of this resistance have kept it strong, “because it has stood by its ideal to liberate the people of Iran.”
There is now a campaign focused on bringing justice to these victims and calls for the international community to act by opening an investigation and calling these individuals to account.
Rajavi noted that the campaign has broken the silence within he regime around the topic of the massacre and forced the regime to attempt to justify this horrible act.
“The mullahs were forced to retreat from their policy of hiding the 1988 massacre. The conspiracy of silence was shattered. The regime’s officials tried to justify this horrendous crime but they could not convince even many of their own clerics to defend the fatwa issued by Khomeini,” said Rajavi. “Indeed, the prospect of the regime’s overthrow stymied the regime’s supporters and allies. In contrast, many spoke out in defense of the PMOI/MEK. Many opened their eyes and saw the righteousness of the PMOI’s path and ideal such that throughout the past year, the mullahs repeatedly said and wrote that the PMOI/MEK had been vindicated in society.”
She also noted that in view of information that has come to light in the past few years, “it is essential for the UN Security Council [to] refer this case to the International Criminal Court to arrange for the prosecution of the regime’s leaders and those responsible for the massacre.”
Finally, Rajavi spoke of the importance of the Call for Justice campaign, as it brought to light not only this massacre, but the victims of many other crimes by the regime.
“We salute all those who have risen against the clerical regime. From here, we send our greetings to the political prisoners in Iran, especially those who are presently on hunger strike in Gohardasht Prison. We hail all of them for their determination and resistance,” said Rajavi, as part of her closing remarks.
“I am confident that the religious dictatorship ruling Iran will be overthrown by the Iranian people’s uprising and resistance, and with their Army of Freedom and 1,000 bastions of rebellion,” said Rajavi, as part of her encouragement to those who are continuing to focus on a peaceful regime change to create a free Iran.
This memorial and remembrance was part of a continued effort to bring to light the atrocities of the regime.