The month of June is of particular significance for the Iranian Resistance, marking many of the historical days in the Resistance’s calendar.
On June 20, 1981, the Iranian Resistance to unseat the fundamentalist mullahs from power formally began after Khomeini ordered a bloodbath on a peaceful half-a-million-strong rally in Tehran by the proponents of democracy. Prior to this day, since the outset of the 1979 Islamic revolution, the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) used every avenue of political freedom to advance democratic values and promote a tolerant, democratic interpretation of Islam. Within a month after the June 20 clampdown and the brutal reign of terror and public executions that followed, Mr. Massoud Rajavi formed the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) in Tehran.
June 20 is also known as the day of martyrs and political prisoners of the Iranian Resistance. Since that day on 1981, the mullahs began a wave of executions of political prisoners. More than 120,000 members of the PMOI have been executed by the mullahs’ regime since then. In the summer of 1988, some 30,000 political prisoners were massacred in the space of only a few weeks.
June 20 also marks the foundation of the National Liberation Army of Iran (NLA) which was formed on the Iran-Iraq border to overthrow the criminal mullahs from power.
Another significant date is June 17. In 2003, at the behest of the Iranian regime and in order to secure major economic contracts with Tehran, the French government attacked the headquarters of the NCRI in Auvers-sur-Oise, arresting the Resistance’s members and supporters in a plot to extradite Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, President-elect of the NCRI, to Iran. The arrests trigged a wave of international condemnation, and Iranians across the globe protested outside French embassies until Mrs. Rajavi’s liberation.
In subsequent years the French judiciary threw out all charges against the Resistance. The verdict said that the PMOI’s activities in Iran were “legitimate resistance” and that in Iraq and Camp Ashraf, the National Liberation Army of Iran (NLA) was acting as a classic army in the framework of international conventions, making its actions legitimate under international law.