MEK Iran: 1988 Massacre Survivors
Newly inaugurated president Ebrahim Raisi is considered to be one of the main perpetrators of the 1988 massacre. He was only 21 years old at the time of the executions.
The execution of 30,000 political detainees
In the summer of 1988, Raisi became a prominent member of the “death commission” that oversaw the execution of 30,000 political detainees, the majority of them were members of the People’s Mujahedin of Iran (PMOI / MEK Iran).
According to Iranian opposition activists, Raisi worked as a “handyman” for then-Supreme Leader Ruhollah Khomeini and was dispatched to purge areas such as Lorestan, Kermanshah, and Semnan.
The atrocities perpetrated by Raisi
NCRI member Hassan Zarif Nazarian, who had many interviews about the genocide in the past years, discussed the unspoken elements of the massacre.
List of 170 types of tortures and inhumane acts exercised
“In addition to the massacre and killing of those inside the prisons, others were also subjected to this massacre and were executed at the same time. Among them were prisoners who had been released more or less one or two years before the massacre. They were also arrested again and executed.” Mr. Nazarian said.
“I want to talk about two lists… One list is a list of 170 types of tortures and inhumane acts exercised and perpetrated in the regime’s judiciary and prisons. The other list includes 877 people who were massacred in Evin and Gohardasht prisons during the 1988 massacre,” He explained.
We tried to collect the statistics of those executed
“I tried to secretly compile these lists with my cellmates including, Hossein Farsi, Mehrdad Kavousi, and Alireza Taheri-Lou. Out of the two prisons of Evin and Gohardasht, there were only about 250 people left who were not executed, and we were all put in one ward. We tried to collect the statistics of those executed in those wards by referring to people who had remained from different wards.” Nazarian added.
Nazarian remarked that “that the 1988 massacre is not just about those who were in prison at the time and were executed. There were those who were released, soldiers who were arrested, and these were among the executions.”
The Mojahedin organization kept its structure
Since the leadership and the hierarchy of all Islamic Republic opposition groups had been destroyed, the Mojahedin organization kept its structure, becoming the biggest threat to the clerical regime.
“They said that we would not allow the Mojahedin to have a foothold in the country. Released prisoners, incarcerated prisoners, and their families are all considered a threat and must be demolished,” He added.
Many witnesses who confronted the regime
This is just one of many witnesses who confronted the regime. As the regime has demonstrated throughout its history, those who opposed the regime were sentenced to dungeons, interrogation rooms, and eventually death.
As emphasized by Nazarian, the dimensions of the massacre remain unknown. “We still do not have all the news of the massacre from the prisons scattered all over the country. We only know that there are mass graves that are going through changes by the regime. They want to eliminate the traces of their crimes. But the list of the victims will be completed before this regime will be gone.”