France: Maryam Rajavi Pays Tribute to MEK Members Who Perished in Iran’s 1988 Massacre
Maryam Rajavi visits a memorial of the 30,000 victims of Iran’s 1988 massacre of political prisoners outside France’s National Assembly, October 29, 2019
In 1988, Khomeini ordered the mass execution of all political prisoners in Iran who supported the main democratic opposition group People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI), or Mujahedin-e Khalq (MEK).
A tribute to the victims was held on Tuesday, October 29, 2019, at the Esplanade des Invalides in Paris outside the French Parliament, with more than 800 photographs of those who perished.
After addressing a conference on European policy on Iran at the National Assembly, Maryam Rajavi attended the memorial to the MEK members who gave their lives in defense of freedom and democracy in Iran.
Addressing the memorial, Maryam Rajavi said: “We are standing next to the images of hundreds of heroic martyrs of the Iranian people. These young, energetic, enlightened, proud, beautiful and selfless martyrs bravely confronted the ruling despots. They rose up for a cause. They defended freedom and embodied the Iranian nation’s dignity.”
“Look at each of these images. They shock any observer. Really, how could the executioners hang thousands of human beings during that heinous massacre in 1988?”
“When the time came and they had to make a choice, these PMOI (MEK) members and combatants smiled, and, shoulder-to-should, resolutely walked to the gallows.”
“They were blindfolded because of the light of their eyes and their conviction in their ideal terrified and shocked the enemy.”
Maryam Rajavi presented a new book, “Crime against Humanity,” published recently by the MEK, which includes the names of more than 5,000 massacred PMOI (MEK) prisoners.
The book contains the locations of many of the secret graves and the names of 35 Death Commissions involved in this horrendous slaughter. A majority of the Death Commission members are now among key officials of the clerical regime.
Mrs. Rajavi said that although the location of the victims’ graves is not known, “their memories live on in the hearts of millions of Iranians.”
The book compiles addresses of many of the secret graves and the names of 35 death commissions involved in this horrendous slaughter, the majority of whose members are now among key officials of the clerical regime. #1988Massacre pic.twitter.com/4uc1PQgyqn— Maryam Rajavi (@Maryam_Rajavi) October 30, 2019
“Their perseverance for the cause of freedom and their rejection of Khomeini and his regime inspired the whole nation to resist and remain steadfast.”
"They epitomize the true life of the Iranian nation. This is why their voices cannot be silenced, and their names are not forgotten. The more their story is told, the more it stays untold.”
“And it remains the untold secret of resistance of a nation, the resistance of the PMOI in the darkest era of Iranian history.”
“Indeed, if these Mojahedin and combatants had not made the ultimate sacrifice to safeguard freedoms, and if Massoud Rajavi had not challenged the evil and reactionary mullahs, what would have remained of Iran and Iranians?”
“Today, we bear on our shoulders the responsibility of seeking justice for them.”
“Today, fighting for freedom is our commitment, and the overthrow of the clerical regime is our responsibility. And we are not going to relent until we achieve this goal.”
“Seeking justice for these martyrs, for the victims of the 1988 massacre, and for all the oppressed people of Iran is a patriotic commitment.”
Mrs. Rajavi added: “This is a commitment and an unwavering pledge to achieve freedom. It is an unflinching commitment to overthrow the mullahs’ theocratic regime. This is my commitment and responsibility, and yours.”
Background to the 1988 massacre in Iran:
- More than 30,000 political prisoners were massacred in Iran in the summer of 1988.
- The massacre was carried out on the basis of a fatwa by Khomeini.
- The vast majority of the victims were activists of the opposition PMOI (MEK).
- Death Commissions approved all the death sentences.
- Ebrahim Raisi, a member of the Death Commissions, is today Iran’s Judiciary Chief.
- Alireza Avaei, a member of the Death Commissions, is today Hassan Rouhani’s Justice Minister.
- The perpetrators of the 1988 massacre have never been brought to justice.
- On August 9, 2016, an audiotape was published for the first time of Khomeini’s former heir acknowledging that that massacre took place and had been ordered at the highest levels.