Iran: Protest of MEK Supporters
Thousands of Iranians gathered in Stockholm, Sweden, on Monday, calling for a tough stance against the Iranian dictatorship and accountability for the massacre of political prisoners in Iran in 1988. The massacre claimed the lives of 30,000 people, the majority of them were members and sympathizers of the People’s Mujahedin of Iran (PMOI / MEK Iran).
Message from Mrs. Maryam Rajavi
“The world hears the calls for justice for the victims of the 1988 massacre in your demonstration. For 30,000 resistant and steadfast heroes, more than 90% of whom were members of the (PMOI / MEK Iran). They laid down their lives for freedom and walked to the gallows while shouting the name of Massoud Rajavi.”
The Call-for-Justice Movement
“Your rally outside the Court of Stockholm is the Iranian people’s remarkable victory over the clerical regime that wanted to use this court as a tool to condemn the Call-for-Justice Movement.” Mrs. Rajavi said.
“It is imperative, particularly for the European governments, to revise their policy of turning a blind eye on the largest massacre of political prisoners since World War II. As it was recently stated in the letter by a group of members of the European Parliament to the E.U. foreign policy chief, appeasing and placating the Iranian regime ‘contradicts European commitments to uphold and stand up for human rights.’
Europe and the world, in general, must take steps to fulfill the Iranian people’s desire for international prosecution of Ali Khamenei and Ebrahim Raisi for genocide and crimes against humanity.” She added.
Ms. Ingrid Betancourt
This event was also attended by a number of human rights activists. Ms. Ingrid Betancourt, a former Colombian presidential contender, was one of the event’s speakers.
Ms. Betancourt applauded Sweden for prosecuting one of the perpetrators of the 1988 massacre. “Sweden has embodied the good soul of humanity and represents the good of us. Knowing they are embracing our cause and activating the international community’s responsibility for accountability,” she said.
The death commission across Iran
Ms. Betancourt, referring to Ruhollah Khomeini’s fatwa of 1988, said: “This massacre started with a fatwa that condemned victims because they did not adhere to the regime’s political insanity. They were buried in mass graves. The death commission across Iran did this massacre.”
Ms. Betancourt emphasized this reality, saying, “How the absence of international community action has emboldened the regime to present a face of genocide as the country’s president.”
Another speaker at the gathering was Patrick Kennedy, a former member of the United States House of Representatives, said:
“We all know, those who fail to remember history are condemned to repeat. We must establish a permanent war crime tribunal to prosecute these crimes. If we fail to prosecute crimes and acknowledge them, we put our sons and daughters at risk.
We remember the 1988 massacre because those who did it, like the [regime’s] new president Ebrahim Raisi should be held accountable for committing those atrocities. We must initiate international investigations and prosecute these criminals.”
Protesters marched through Stockholm’s streets
Protesters marched through Stockholm’s streets, calling on the international community to break the decades of silence surrounding the massacre of 1988 and hold the criminals accountable. They also backed their rising Iranian compatriots and denounced the regime’s persistent human rights crimes.
Tags: 1988 Massacre, Iran human rights, Iran Opposition, Iran Protests, Maryam Rajavi, MEK, Mujahedin-e Khalq, National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), People's Mojahedin organization of Iran, PMOI