On occasion of the 24th
anniversary of massacre of political prisoners in Iran
March towards building a society where no
one is imprisoned or executed for opposed opinions!
The criminal Islamic Regime of Iran has executed about 634 prisoners
in 2011, which included political
prisoners and they defended their number “one” position in the world for
issuing death sentences! Based on the regime’s own media, from early 2012 until
now, tens of people have been executed in Iran.
The relation between the Islamic regime and
the people, during more than 30 years of their rule has been defined only
through suppression, prison, torture, assault, rape and execution. Under the
Islamic juridical system; Women, workers, students, suppressed nations and all
the people in general are offenders unless they are themselves part of the corrupt
and oppressor system.
Upon the seizure of power by the Islamic
regime, when they announced that women are obliged to wear ‘‘Hijab’’ the symbol of slavery symbol of women, when they imposed the
reactionary and medieval rules on women, when they imposed their patriarchal
policy and custom on women at home, workplace and society, when they declared
all parties and organisation illegal, when they started their barbaric attacks
on Kurdistan, when they sent their thugs to attack revolutionary organisation
stalls , when they attacked the universities under the pretext of cultural
revolution, when they arrested and imprisoned a large number of youth, organised in revolutionary organizations; They actually declared that
suppression is an integral part of their identity and that is the only mean to
extend their rule
It has been 24 years since the most
terrible and shocking events in history of contemporary Iran. In less
than two months, thousands of political prisoners were executed. They were shot
or hang behind the prison’s walls and in secret. The crimes were in massive scale and in order to hide the
evidence they buried them in mass graves at nights. The relatives of the dead
prisoners were not aware of the murder of their loved ones and also hide the
place they were buried. However, the facts about the crime were revealed. At
that time imperialists endorsed such crimes with silent satisfaction. Their
human rights kept their mouth shut.
A large part of these political prisoners
were women. They were symbol of resistance in the society and were brutally tortured
in the worst violent way by their investigators and torturers in order to teach
a lesson for women as a whole. Whips, tortures and rape were rations of women
who refused to become slaves of Islamic Republic.
The authorities of Islamic Republic regime
have tried to eliminate all the clues and evidences of this huge crime. They
have also tried to enforce memory loss violently. They thought by physically
eliminating the political prisoners, they can also remove them from history and hide their hopes
and desires of building a world free of oppression and exploitation from young generation. The
hopes and desires that they laid down their lives for achieving it.
Now some of the regime’s founders, those who
played a role in suppress the revolution and killed the fighters, those who
imposed unequal rules and Islamic punishments on women in order to better prove
their staunch Islamic; are now in the ‘‘opposition’’. During all these years, they
tried to make the massacre of political prisoners be forgotten and the decision
makers and perpetrators in charge, be forgiven. All their efforts have been to
divert the struggle of people in a direction that can preserve the system in
its totality but with a little change.
During all these years, we have been able
to consolidate the slogan of ‘‘we will not forget, we won’t forgive’’. This has
been strong presented as a naked truth in front of those who wish the horrific
crimes of Islamic Republic Regime to be forgotten and forgiven.
The remembrance of resistance and
invincibility of the political prisoners in 80s and also in the summer of 1988,
are in fact an important part of the struggle to overthrow the Islamic Republic
regime. A struggle which its final goals are to build a society were no one
would be prisoned or executed for opposed opinions and its judicial system would
be in the serve of advancing humanity and for their emancipation.
8 March Women’s Organization