1988 Massacre of Political Prisoners
In the summer of 1988, in the first days of the month of July, the anti-human fundamentalist regime in Iran was forced into a ceasefire after a long war with Iraq that was perpetrated to disguise the crises the mullahs faced at home and abroad. Khomeini, in his own words, had no choice but to "drink the chalice of poison" to end the destructive Iran-Iraq war. Consequently, the regime began to commit one of its most atrocious crimes, i.e., the massacre of political prisoners, in a bid to fill up the vacuum created by ending the war and to lift the morale of its defeated agents.
The clerical regime sought to annihilate the incarcerated MEK members and supporters who had over the years bravely resisted and endured the extreme tortures and hardships inflicted on them by the mullahs' henchmen.
According to reports by eyewitnesses who have survived the dreaded prisons, the only way for the incarcerated MEK members and sympathizers to avoid being executed was to abandon their opinion and go as far as firing the coup de grace at their fellow prisoners or voluntarily go to the minefields in the war zone.
The actual number of those slain in this manner is not known, however, estimated figures indicate that 38% of these victims were hanged, 48% shot to death and 14% slain under severe torture, killed by gradual torture or massacred by detonating prisons.
The victims included youth between ages 13 to 15. Twenty were aged between 50 and 65, including two mothers by the names of Sadat Hosseini of Shiraz and Mother Shokri who was almost paralyzed due to extreme torture and was shot to death in Qaemshahr.
A number of elderly fathers were shot to death, among them Hosseinpoor of the city of Astaneh Ashrafieh, Mohammad Ebrahim Rajabi of Gorgan, Amir Hooshang Hadikhanloo of Ouromieh and Mehdi Fatahi from Eslamabad; a group of political prisoners of the Shah's time and some renowned figures who were the Mojahedin candidates in parliamentary elections.
The wide range of social background of the victims of the 1988 massacre gives yet another indication on the vast and grassroots support the just Resistance of the Iranian people enjoys among its people. They include workers, farmers, tradesmen, businessmen, civil servants, military officers, medical personnel, technical and administrative experts, industrialists, teachers and university professors.
Among them were medical doctors like Hamideh Sayyahi, Massoumeh Karimian, Tayebinejad and Firooz Saremi; a number of artists and sports champions such as Forouzan Abdi, a member of women's National Volleyball Team and Hossein Razzaqi, a champion in Iran's National Soccer Team called the Hope of Iran and Abol-Qassem Mohammadi Arjangi, master of Iranian music and singing. The largest number of victims of the 1988 massacre, however, was from universities and high schools.
In this section, statements, messages and mementos these heroes left behind convey to us their tormented emotions in the final moments of their lives and so many things one can feel from the look in their eyes.