On the 30th anniversary of the massacre of political prisoners in Iran

Renewing the promise with a generation that died but didn’t submit can only be put into practice by a revolutionary overthrow of the criminal system of the Islamic Republic.

30 years have passed. Thirty years since the massacre of thousands of political prisoners by the thugs of the reactionary regime of the Islamic Republic, in less than two months. Iran’s wounded people do not forget nor forgive the crimes of the 80’s and the massacre of the summer of 88. Although Iran’s’ government, tried to bury the loyalty and resistance to the aspirations of young people who sacrificed their lives to eliminate all oppression and exploitation by executing and burying the best children of this land in anonymous mass graves; Although, in recent years and months, in a systematic and nationwide movement in many cities, even those nameless graves has been destroyed and degraded in an attempt to clean up its crimes and pretend it never happened with different approaches; But their memory will always be a portrayal, a model , and a motivation for the continuation of the struggle between the different classes against the proponents and perpetrators of these crimes in order to achieve the truth.

A large proportion of political prisoners were women. Women who fought in mass uprisings to overthrow the Shah’s regime and to build a new society in which men and women are free and equal and there is no oppression and exploitation. Women who stand against the Khomeini’s reactionary decree of compulsory veil and the entire newly empowered theocratic regime and by organizing the largest women’s demonstrations in Iran’s history on March 8, 1977, against the decree of compulsory veil, proved they don’t give up. Many of these women were imprisoned and subjected to the most intense medieval torture, even sacrificed their lives but did not wear hijab, this symbol of women’s slavery. With resistance against persecution and flogging, coffins, and strappado, they did not break in the face of sexual harassment and rape and due to these resistances; the regime failed to prototype the pattern of a Muslim woman for the larger prison. But as female political prisoners fought heroically in an unequal war, women were not intimidated in the larger prison of the society, and over the course of forty years they fought in various forms against their oppression which is centered around the compulsory hijab. During these forty years, the bold and powerful presence of women has been so evident in various struggles, the uprising of 2009, the rise of January 2018, the rise of August, and so on, that even Pro-imperial media acknowledged it. The presence and propagation of the women of the Revolutionary Street, which unveil the hijab, the symbol of subjugation, and used it as a flag to confront the anti-women Islamic Republic of Iran’s political system, shook the ideological and political authority of the Islamic Republic and trampled on them to try to prevent the mass spreading of this struggle by arresting and imprisoning and imposing heavy punishments on these insurgent women!!

The rise and struggles of workers, students, women, teachers, nurses, truck drivers, national and religious minorities against the Islamic Republic regime as the main cause of poverty and misery, the future uncertainty in youth, inconceivable increase in prostitution and addiction, rough sleeping, grave sleeping, environmental degradation, water scarcity, the sale of organs, the sale of infants, working as a surrogate and … has caused the legitimacy of this repressive regime to suffer more than any time so much that to survive its shameful life once again has to rely heavily on repressive apparatus for imprisonment, torture and execution, so that  it can again show the imperialists, especially The fascist regime of Trump that it can continue to rule, as it did in the sixties, by killing a generation of revolutionaries! But you well aware the anger and hatred towards the forty-year rule of a theocratic capitalist regime have become so intensive and extensive that they can no longer intimidate people. The fearless struggles of women against regime mercenaries with bravely crossing all the red line, which are spreading throughout towns and cities in various reports and videos every day, reveals a surge that the Islamic Republic’s regime has been trying to keep it pressed for years.

The rise of January, the continuing struggles and rising of August show that people do not have any illusions about the various parties within the regime, and rightly set the pinnacle of their struggle against the regime by chanting the slogan “reformist, conservatives, this is the end for both of you”. Because of the lack of a revolutionary alternative, some people, with the slogans of support for the survivors of reactionary Shah’s regime and the imperialists, have shown their illusion under influence of the poisonous propaganda of the Persian-speaking media associated with the imperialists. But one must insist on the fact that the crimes of the Islamic Republic regime cannot and should not ignore the function of the widespread and long-range security of the Shah. The base of the intelligence / security apparatus of the Islamic Republic of Iran are the same as SAVAK and the broad security network of the Shah’s regime, that before the revolution, sent protesting and revolutionary youth to torture chambers and execution squads for their opposition to the Shah’s regime. Let us remember that forty years ago the Islamic Republic relied on the same government that was inherited from the Shah’s regime and used that to enslave women, workers, the working classes and all the people. The result of peoples’ struggles and sacrifices is not supposed to benefit the imperialists and their reactionary alternatives again. As we have always said and wrote the result of the “choice” between bad and worse had and will ruin the lives of millions of people.

The imperialist governments supported the massive massacre of political prisoners in the 1980s and the massacre of 88 with their meaningful silence. Now, with the disclosure of this crime over the years by the families of the victims, the survivors, the radical organizations and parties, in the last few years, the imperialists are “informing” about the massacre of the 80’s and the bloody summer of 88 through their advertising agencies, including the BBC, Manoto, the Voice of America and … and want to confiscate this unforgettable and unforgivable crime, and with the gestures of “defending human rights” , In political bargaining for their own interests, use it as a leverage of pressure on the regime of the Islamic Republic. The contradictions and proximities of global imperialism with the Iranian government have nothing to do with the interests of the oppressed masses, and we must not allow the outcome of the people’s struggles and the result of the sacrifices of the people to serve the interests of this or that reactionary imperialist power and their reactionary allies in Iran.

We, activists of the “Campaign against state, social and domestic Violence against Women in Iran”, commemorate the memories of the political prisoners of the 1980s and the summer of 88 and share our commitment with the struggle to build a new society. By continuing to expose this crime in public opinion, we will continue to fight for the release of prisoners in prison, which will be possible by breaking the door of the prison. We renew our promise with all the victims in order to free the people from oppression and exploitation, and believe the revolutionary overthrow of the Islamic Republic is the first step in building a society in which no one is imprisoned or punished for expressing their opinions.

The campaign against state, social and domestic violence against women in Iran
September 2018