As former political prisoners who survived the “mass executions of the 1980s” and as descendants of the executed and murdered, we decided to become one of the voices that speak out about today’s prisoners and ask all critical people globally as well as progressive and revolutionary institutions, to support the “Women, Life, Freedom” movement and push for the release of political prisoners.
Every day that passes in the disgraceful existence of the capitalist system of the Islamic Republic of Iran (IRI), the number of grieving families is increasing and the case against the crimes committed by the Iranian state is getting stronger.
Women, the youth, and students in all over Iran and especially in Kurdistan, Khuzestan and Sistan & Baluchistan, are at the of the center of the recent revolutionary movements. The prisons are overcrowded, and new interrogation chambers have been set up in countless municipality buildings all over the country.
The IRI is deploying a range of military and policing strategies to brutally repress the movement, just as it did during the 1980s executions and massacres and killings of political dissidents.
Street killings, especially of the youth and children; shooting women in their genitals, massive arrests, the making up of cases forcing false confessions under torture, and the issuing of death sentences, only serves one function: The further creation of terror and fear.
At the beginning of summer, while neoliberal and rentier state-specific government policies resulted in the highest amount of imposed hunger and impoverisation of workers, the highest official of the executioners’ regime, Ali Khamenei, warned that “the God of the 1980s is still alive”, referencing the mass executions of that time. But 44 years of installing fear and terror has also meant 44 years of struggle. The people of Iran, as diverse as they are, have one thing in common: they have learned from every battle and are ready to win this last one.
The state’s militarization techniques and executions of the two young protesters, Mohsen Shekari and Majid Reza Rahnavard, have revealed the desperation of the IRI. Through its media channels, it is propagating repeatedly the end of the protests and revolts.
But we also have to understand that these propagations are a serious warning of all captured prisoners, especially those who have been denounced as “waging war against god” or as “apostates” ( = Mohareb or Mortadd / محارب یا مرتد) and “spreading corruption on earth” ( = Mofsed-e-filarz / مُفسِد فِی الاَرض ).
To this day, the number of political prisoners has reached at least 18,000. We only know a limited number of their names.
Of course, building solidarity is not a one-way road. We have, as a historical obligation, tirelessly supported the Palestinian struggle, have trembled over the US-led coup of Pinochet against Salvador Allende in Chile, and have mourned the dead of all liberation struggles and struggles against national dictatorships without any boundaries and without feeling any distance between ourselves and our comrades elsewhere. Some of us went to Palestine, Lebanon, and Turkey et al. to organize mutual support between leftist groups in the 1970s” and early 1980s.
Today, we ask you genuine comrades of the world, not to let history repeat itself. Another wave of mass executions of political prisoners in Iran would mean a historical setback not only for Iran but for the whole region.
For 18 years we have been gathering biannually in exile. But never have we witnessed such a widespread and meaningful revolutionary intervention that could eventually even lead to a revolution. We would like to ask you to consider accompanying us along this path and thank all of you who have supported the movement in various ways during the past three months.
Organizing committee of the Ninth gathering of former political prisoners in Iran.
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