MEK: People of Iran Pay Tribute to the Many Martyrs on Occasion of Nowruz
Iranians have been commemorating their fellow citizens on the occasion of Nowruz, Persian New Year. People from all across the country have been paying homage to the many martyrs that lost their lives in the fight for peace, democracy, and freedom.
The founders of the MEK
Supporters of the People’s Mujahedin of Iran (PMOI / MEK Iran), the main opposition to the Iranian regime, and its internal network of Resistance Units, laid flowers on the graves of Mohammad Hanif Nejad, Ali Asghar Badizadegan, and Saied Mohsen – the founders of the MEK.
These founders were executed in 1972 by the Shah regime. Before their execution, they were severely tortured by the Shah regime’s intelligence force – the SAVAK. Showing their dedication and determination, none of them ever gave in to the torture they were put under, even when they were offered lesser sentences. Their courage has inspired many Iranians in the decades since.
Dr. Mohammad Maleki, a prominent academic
In Tehran, members of the Resistance Units also laid flowers on the grave of Dr. Mohammad Maleki – a prominent academic in the country that died on 2nd December last year. He was the first chancellor at the University of Tehran after the revolution in 1979 and was known for his pro-democracy activities.
He was a determined fighter against the clerical regime’s tyranny and was a great supporter of the MEK. Like many of his fellow activists, he was arrested on a number of occasions for speaking out against the regime.
Victims of the 1988 Massacre
Flowers were also placed on the graves of many other martyrs. Those buried by the regime in unmarked graves were commemorated – victims of the 1988 Massacre. These martyrs, more than 30,000 of them, were killed during the summer of 1988 after the then-Supreme Leader issued a fatwa calling for the execution of all political prisoners.
Most of these people were supporters or members of the (PMOI / MEK Iran). Families of the victims still have no idea where their loved ones are buried after the regime covered up its crimes by burying bodies in undisclosed locations.
Celebrating the lives of the resistance fighters
Activities took place all over the country, including capital Tehran, as well as Hamedan, Bushehr, and Shiraz among others. Celebrating the lives of the resistance fighters is something that activists have been doing for decades – remembering the sacrifices made by many before them and giving them the motivation and courage to continue resisting.
In a New Year message to her fellow citizens, the mother of Mehrdad Moein-far who was killed by security agents during the protests in 2019 called on the people to resist in memory of her son. She said in a video message: “I wish a happy New Year to all my compatriots. I ask the people to not stand by and watch the injustice and tyranny, just as Mehrdad decided not to. I wish peace and happiness for all the people of my land.”
Although it is a time of great anguish for many across the country because of the ongoing health and economic crises, it is also a time of hope for the people – hope that they will soon be free from the brutal rule of the mullahs.