June 20: the Day of Martyrs and Political Prisoners in Iran.
Supporters of the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI / MEK Iran) and the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) organized an online conference on, June 20, 2020. The (PMOI / MEK Iran) and NCRI supporters will echo the voice and demand of the Iranian people for regime change, to establish democracy and justice in Iran. June 20, 1981, is the day of “Iranian Resistance martyrs and political prisoners.” On that day, the (PMOI / MEK Iran) organized large rallies in cities across Iran.
#Iran: 39 years of Resistance, Day of Martyrs and Political Prisoners Overthrow of Mullahs’ Regime Indispensable to Democracy, Justice in Iran #FreeIran2020 #IranRegimeChange
Saturday, June 20, 2020 – 1600 CEST https://t.co/LdgBS0vrKC
— NCRI-FAC (@iran_policy) June 14, 2020
In June 1981 only in Tehran, more than half a million supporters of the (PMOI / MEK) protested peacefully towards the Majles (Iranian parliament) in Tehran against the suppression of basic rights and freedoms in Iran. The protest was dispersed using machinegun and live ammunition by the fatwa of supreme leader Ruhollah Khomeini. Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) and Hezbollah Thugs crackdown on the (PMOI / MEK), by blocking streets and then shooting from close distances into the crowds departing the demonstration, killing hundreds and injuring thousands more.
“Mullahs declared that protesters, irrespective of their age, would be treated as ‘enemies of God’ and should be executed on the spot.
— NCRI Women's Committee (@womenncri) June 19, 2016
The next day hundreds of people who had been arrested were executed by Khomeini’s regime, including many teenagers as young as twelve years girls whose identities were unknown. The state-run daily newspaper published their pictures in the Ettela’at newspaper, asking their families to claim their bodies.
MEK members were executed by the mullahs and thousands were arrested and imprisoned prior to June 22, 1981. In the following months and years, more than 120,000 MEK members and supporters were executed under Khomeini’s rule and later under his successor Khamenei. Hundreds of thousands more were imprisoned and tortured.
Because of this massacre and brutality, the mullahs’ lost legitimacy with the people of Iran. It was viewed as a fascist regime with ambitions to expand its borders throughout the region.
According to eyewitness accounts, the regime’s Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) extracted blood from the MEK prisoners before executing them, so they could use it for the medical needs of their own Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) and soldiers. Many children and even pregnant women were tortured and executed. Young girls were raped before their execution. The imprisoned MEK members suffered an unbelievable and truly evil fate at the hands of the Mullahs regime.
— Maryam Rajavi (@Maryam_Rajavi) June 30, 2018
Under these circumstances, on July 21, 1981, a month after the beginning of Khomeini’s reign of terror, Massoud Rajavi founded the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), a coalition of Iran’s opposition forces that aspired to change the religious fascism with a democratic, pluralist and secular state.