Maryam Rajavi's speech at the conference in Paris on the commemoration of the 30th anniversary of the 1988 Massacre in Iran

Maryam Rajavi Speaks at Conference Seeking Justice for 1988 Massacre Victims

Maryam Rajavi's speech at the conference in Paris on the commemoration of the 30th anniversary of the 1988 Massacre in Iran

Maryam Rajavi, the president-elect of the Iranian opposition, speaking at a conference on the 30th anniversary of the 1988 Massacre of 30,000 political prisoners in Iran (mainly MEK activists).

On Saturday, Maryam Rajavi, President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), gave a speech at a conference held by the Iranian communities commemorating the 30th anniversary of the 1988 massacre of 30,000 political prisoners, most of them MEK members, in Iran. The interactive conference was the result of a call to action issued by Mrs. Rajavi demanding that the international community investigate the massacre. It brought together participants from 20 capitals and major cities throughout Europe and North America in a call for justice for the victims of the massacre.

Mrs. Rajavi spoke about the regime’s efforts to prevent the victim’s stories from being told. She said: “The location of the graves is not known, and the list of the names is a secret. Speaking of their stories is forbidden, and inquiring about their fate is a crime under the mullahs’ rule.”


Mrs. Rajavi also spoke about the mass executions, which took place in 110 cities over the course of a few months in summer of 1988, saying that those cities have since turned into “hotbeds of revolt against the mullahs’ regime.” Thus, the heroes who gave their lives laid the foundation for the current uprising.

“People still remember their cause and why they sacrifice their lives. They died defending their principles to the end,” said Mrs. Rajavi.


Later in her speech, she spoke about the reason the MEK members were executed. “The crime was standing up for the people of Iran. Standing up against the oppression of all freedoms. Standing up against the starvation of people, and standing up against the destruction of Iran. They executed the prisoners only for their beliefs. This is an incredible catastrophe, but this is what an inhuman clerical regime is all about. Their reaction to dissent, even inside prisons and torture chambers that they control, is mass execution.”

“They sacrificed their lives but spread the seeds of uprising and revolt,” she added.


Mrs. Rajavi also talked about the uprising currently taking place in Iran and its parallels to the 1988 massacre, saying: “The resistance units in Iran follow the footsteps of those men and women who said no to the regime and were massacred in 1988. The clerical regime is beleaguered by the eight-month-long uprisings, by the growing role of the PMOI and resistance units in organizing and leading the revolts, and by the consequences of a plummeting and drowning economy.”

She described the brutal methods by which the regime has attempted to suppress the protests: “Any legitimate protest or demonstration is repressed by the detention and torture of participants. In the uprisings last December and January, what were the protesters’ demands and what did they do wrong to be tortured to death? The bodies of a number of them were handed over to their families, telling them that they had committed suicide while in detention. The regime commits the crime and yet blames the victims of torture and massacre as culprits and criminals.”


Mrs. Rajavi described these as the actions of a tyrannical regime and encouraged the international community to shut down the regime’s embassies. She reiterated the call from the Iranian communities for international support in helping the Iranian people in their goal of regime change.

Staff Writer

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