News coming from Iran indicates an alarming rise in the number of executions and an intensification of the suppression of the progressive popular movements of workers, students and youth, women, national minorities, journalists, intellectuals and other sections of society.
Coinciding with the 20th anniversary of the massacre of over 18,000 political prisoners in Iran in 1988, on Sunday July 27, 2008 the regime of Islamic republic, executed 29 people in the notorious Evin Prison. This is the prison that was built by the Shah and has been the scene of untold crimes and barbarities against the people of Iran that includes systematic torture and execution of thousands of communists, democratic and anti-imperialist militants and progressive elements during the regime of the shah and throughout the 30 years rule of the Islamic republic. Evin prison was a major site for the execution of political prisoners by the reactionary regime of Islamic Republic in 1988.
The regime of Islamic republic throughout its bloody rule has systematically executed revolutionary and progressive political prisoners labelling them as criminals and drug traffickers. Many of those executed on Sunday may have been progressive prisoners detained during protest actions such as the spontaneous fuel uprisings of last year, Mayday protests, students’ actions and others captured during sweeping arrests by the authorities.
The alarming scale of the repression became apparent when the regime announced the transfer of tens of political prisoners including known activists to the section 209 of Evin Prison. There is an imminent danger to the lives of political prisoners including known activists such as journalists, Adnan Hassanpour and Abdolvahed “Hiwa” Bootimar that have been condemned to death! Farzad Kamangar, a teacher, journalist and human rights activist from Kamyaran in Kurdistan, accused of membership of PKK has also been sentenced to death by the authorities. There is no doubt that the lives of all political prisoners is in extreme danger. Further, news from Iran indicates that 8 women and one man are awaiting death by stoning.
We call on all democratic, anti-imperialist and progressive forces around the world to join us in condemning the latest rise in executions in Iran by the reactionary regime of Islamic republic!
We demand the release of all political prisoners and the immediate secession of all executions in Iran!
We condemn the collaboration of the Iranian and Turkish regimes against the people of the two countries and in particular their genocidal polices towards the Kurdish people!
Join us to protest against the recent executions in Iran!
On Saturday August 9, 2008
Opposite the IranianٍEmbassy in London 16 Prince’s Gate London SW7 1PT
Nearest tube station: South Kensington
Organized by: Fed-Bir, Devrimci Harekat (Revolutionary Movement), Gikder, Tohum Cultural Centre, Kurdish Cultural Centre, Hundred Flowers Cultural Centre, Yasanacak Dunya (A World For Living) Magazine, Atik Committee – London, The Activists of The Iranian People’s Fadaee Guerrillas In London, Democratic- Anti Imperialist Organisation of Iranians In Britain