During a press conference in Paris on Thursday August 16, representatives of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) released information regarding protests throughout Iran that have continued over the past eight months.
According to NCRI Foreign Affairs Committee member Behzad Naziri, the officials responsible for the 1988 massacre hold senior positions in the current Iranian government and are not being held accountable for their past and current actions against the Iranian people.
30th anniversary of the 1988 massacre
In the summer of 1988, 30,000 PMOI/MEK members and supporters were killed after a fatwa was issued by Ayatollah Khomeini. According to Amnesty International and other human rights organizations, the execution of these individuals is a crime against humanity. The individuals responsible have not been tried and are still serving in key positions throughout the Iranian regime.
An Iranian activist explained that she had lost 15 members of her family, many of who had been members of the PMOI/MEK. She and others shared their personal accounts of the massacre and observations about the crimes committed by the regime during the intervening years.
Protests results in repressive measures from regime
“It has been more than seven and half months since widespread protests that began at the end of last year against the regime in more than 142 cities and were suppressed in January of this year. Yet we are witnessing demonstrations, strikes in various cities of Iran. This is despite what regime’s propaganda and its lobbies abroad have made the media believe: that this time, as in 2009, the uprising has been stopped and theocracy dominates the situation,” said Afshin Alavi, a member of the Foreign Affairs Committee.
He emphasized that these demonstrations are taking place in new cities and towns. Additionally, Alavi noted that demonstrations and protests are crossing various segments of society, from farmers to truck drivers and teachers.
The roots of the protests include a scarcity of drinking water, lack of water for agriculture, ecological and environmental disasters, poverty, hunger, financial corruption, delay of wage payments, and various repressive measures that impede individuals’ basic rights.
The most recent demonstrations began on July 31 and were publicized on Resistance-affiliated social media networks. These protests and demonstrations are being suppressed by the regime using tear gas and other aggressive methods. Slogans at these protests and demonstrations quickly turn from grievances to calls for regime change.
The NCRI also declared that demonstrations would continue due to the activities of PMOI-affiliated networks and that these networks continue to multiply. They also noted that the regime is being worn down by the continued efforts of the resistance and the Iranian people’s protests.