Thursday, 18 August 2016
Dutch-Iranians will stage a demonstration to protest the recent wave of executions in Iran this Saturday, August 20th, at The Hague, the Netherlands.
The demonstration will highlight Iran’s extremely high and frequently arbitrary use of the death penalty, particularly in the last two weeks. Over 2,600 people have been killed during the tenure of President Hassan Rouhani, who was elected on a liberal, reformist platform.
The protestors will be raising awareness of the 1988 massacre of 30,000 political prisoners by the Iranian state. Most of those killed were members of the then-legal opposition group, the People’s Mojahedin of Iran (PMOI), or had somehow supported it.
Recently, an audio tape was made public that demonstrated the extent to which the Iranian state was complicit in the massacres. In the tape, Hossein-Al Montazeri, Supreme Ruler Khomeini’s former heir, argues to a “death council” composed of Iranian cabinet members that history will condemn the unprecedented wave of killings.
Taken together, these factors constitute a decisive moment for the Iranian resistance, many members of which now live in exile throughout Europe.
The Hague, the center of political power in the Netherlands, has recently seen other protests by Dutch-Iranians.
Two weeks ago, it was learned that the Iranian regime executed more than 20 political prisoners, most of them Sunni Muslims and members of the Kurdish ethnic minority, who were being held in Gohardasht prison.
The prisoners are believed to have been jailed on trumped-up charges with hasty, unfair trials. Although the prisoners’ families were notified of the impending executions, the prisoners were killed while their family members were en route to see them (the families were redirected to the cemetery where their loved ones’ remains had been sent.)