Iran: 130 MEPs release a statement in support of the Iranian people’s fight for freedom
More than 130 members of the European Parliament from various political parties expressed their support for the Iranian people’s demonstrations and call for regime change in a statement that was released on October 5. Along with denouncing the mullahs’ four decades of crimes against humanity, they also denounced the regime’s brutal suppression of protesters, including the 1988 summer massacre of over 30,000 political prisoners.
Iran has experienced widespread protests and anti-regime uprisings since mid-September. Women’s and youth’s protests have so far spread to more than 170 cities across all 31 provinces. There are protests happening at 45 prestigious universities. By chanting “Death to Khamenei,” the protesters intend to overthrow the unelected religious dictatorship.
Mahsa Amini, a 22-year-old Kurdish woman from Iran’s capital Tehran who was detained under the pretext of mal-veiling and later killed by police beatings, ignited the latest round of protests. At least 400 protesters have been killed, countless others have been hurt, and more than 20,000 people have been detained as of October 1.
#IranProtests2022 at a Glance
Thursday, October 6
Days: 21 days
Protests: 170+ cities
Victims: 400+ deaths,
138 martyrs identified by MEK.
Protests continue to spread despite the brutal crackdown#IranRevolution2022 #MahsaAmini pic.twitter.com/YMkAX7U9de
— NCRI-FAC (@iran_policy) October 7, 2022
“Over the last 40 years, executions and repression have been carried out by Iran’s current leaders, such as All Khamenei and the regime’s current President, Ebrahim Raisi. Amnesty International has repeatedly called for the prosecution of Raisi for his role in the massacre of political prisoners in 1988.
In that year, 30,000 political prisoners, 90% of whom were from the [People’s Mojahedin of Iran (PMOI/MEK)], were executed in accordance with Khomeini’s fatwa. During the uprising of the Iranian people in November 2019, more than 1500 demonstrators were killed by the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC).”
The regime is attempting to prevent the transmission and spreading of news and footage of protests, and finally revelations regarding the scale of its massacre and repression. Resistance Units and the organized opposition are taking significant risks in order to play a crucial role in coordinating and maintaining these protests while putting up a resistance front.
“In view of the above facts, we, the undersigned, issue the following call to the European Union, HR/VP, United Nations, and its member states:
“1- Strongly condemn the killing of demonstrators in Iran and take urgent measures to stop this repression. The dossier of this regime’s crimes must be referred to the United Nations Security Council and those responsible for committing such crimes must be brought to justice;
“2- Make any relations with Iran contingent upon the halt of executions, domestic repression, and the crackdown on protests and dissent and a release of all those arrested during the recent uprising;
“3- Help the Iranian people have free and unhindered access to the internet in response to the regime’s internet shutdown and blocking of social media platforms;
“4- Impose punitive measures on those responsible for the latest deadly crackdown and regime leaders like Raisi in line with EU’s Magnitsky-style laws as required by the European Parliament;
“5- Recognize the Iranian people’s democratic aspirations, their organized Resistance movement, and their right to establish a free, democratic, and secular Iran.