Memory of the 1988 Massacre of MEK Political Prisoners Dominates Resistance Unit Activities in Iran
The network of activists in Iran aligned with the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI / MEK Iran), has been targeting the Revolutionary Guard (IRGC) in recent weeks. The Resistance Units have been commemorating the slaughter of 30,000 political prisoners that took place in 1988 as a result of a fatwa issued by the then Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini.
Supporters of the MEK Resistance Units held up signs showing slogans expressing support for Massoud Rajavi and Maryam Rajavi, the leaders of the main Iranian opposition movement (PMOI / MEK Iran). The slogans also called for those who were responsible for the deaths to be held to account.
The slaughter of the 30,000 political prisoners, most of whom belonged to the MEK, remains a massive crime against humanity.
Typical slogans used in recent protest activity included:
- “The perpetrators of the 1988 massacre must be brought to justice.”
- “The 1988 massacre, the greatest unpunished crime against humanity”
- “The sacred blood of those martyrs, particularly those slain in 1988, is today inspiring the nation in Iran”;
- “We will neither forgive nor forget the 1988 massacre of political prisoners”;
- “The mullahs’ virus has no result but mass murder”;
- “Down with Khamenei, hail to Rajavi”;
- “Down with the principle of the Supreme Leader’s rule” and
- “The only solution to achieve freedom is to revolt”
The regime’s forces targeted
On August 15th, 16th, and 18th, four facilities belonging to the hated IRGC were targeted by rebellious youth. Basij bases in Ahvaz, Gorgan, Rasht, and Shahin Shar were attacked and torched. The Basij is part of the IRGC and used to attack protesters during national uprisings like the one that took place in November 2019.
Fundamentalist centers in Mashhad and Mahshahr were also torched by youth. These sorts of facilities are used by the mullahs to oppress and intimidate Iranians and steal their wealth.
Actions by the Resistance Units took place across Iran in such places as Galikesh, Kordkuy, Marand, Khorramabad, and Mashhad. Banners were set alight as well as images of regime leaders, including the terrorist in chief, Qassem Soleimani, Ali Khamanei, and Rouhani Khomeini. Of course, Qassem Soleimani is already dead. He was instrumental in attacks against the MEK during their exile in Iraq.