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Iran: Political prisoners commemorate November 2019 protests

Evin prison
Evin prison

Reporting by PMOI/MEK

Iran, November 16, 2020—On the anniversary of the greatest uprising in Iran after the 1979 revolution, political prisoners in different cities paid homage to the martyrs of the nationwide protests.

“The November 2019 uprising is among the greatest popular rebellions against dictatorship in Iran and the strongest answer to four decades of murder and corruption by the mullahs’ regime,” wrote a group of political prisoners from Evin prison in an open letter. “This uprising will forever be etched in Iran’s history.”

The protests began after the regime suddenly increased gasoline prices. But what began as demonstrations against expensive goods turned into anti-regime protests that spread to more than 190 cities, with demonstrators calling for the ouster of the mullahs. A decades-long feeling of resent and outrage at the regime’s repression and corruption turned into a social explosion that shook the foundations of power beneath the mullahs’ feet. The regime only managed to maintain its hold on power through a brutal crackdown that saw the death of more than 1,500 protesters.

“This uprising was the continuation of the 2017-2018 protests, and once again showed that the people draw a clear line with the regime and all its factions. It showed that the Iranian people’s uprisings are deep, have reached a point of no return, and will not stop until the overthrow of the regime,” the prisoners added in their letter.

“The brutal and hysterical crackdown on the uprisings and the systematic coverup of the number of martyrs to this day show that the regime and its leaders are deeply terrified of being exposed and held to account,” the prisoners wrote. “Meanwhile, it also proves the fundamental reality that this regime does not represent the people.

“The sacrifices made by the martyrs of the November protests have left the regime at an impasse even after one year. The regime is placing its bets on the results of the US elections and is trying to take advantage of the Covid-19 pandemic to maintain its hold on power, but not even these will give it the miracle it needs.”

Karaj Central Prison

Karaj Central Prison

 

In a separate letter, political prisoners in Karaj Central Prison wrote: “November was the month of public outrage, of the people who had nothing but their bare hands to face the savage regime forces who were armed to the teeth. November was a turning point for the Iranian revolution.

“The sounds of the bullets that took the lives of more than 1,500 innocent protesters in November still echoes in the streets and alleys of Iran. This regime, which also has a track record of executing 11- and 12-year-old children, once again opened fire on the children of this land.

“The wails of mothers who unjustly lost their loved ones will forever remain the minds and souls of freedom lovers across the world. These children watered the tree of freedom with their blood etched their names and deeds forever in the history of freedom.

“We will neither forget nor forgive the bloody November, and will not allow it to be forgotten.”

Meanwhile, despite the regime’s security measures and efforts to prevent any ceremony for the martyrs of the November 2019 protests, people in Iran continue to celebrate the memory of those who laid down their lives for the freedom of their country.

On Saturday, November 14, the people of Karaj laid flowers on the grave of Azar Mirzapour, a 48-year-old mother of four, who was killed by security forces on November 16, 2019.

The people of Karaj also gathered in Behesht-e Sakineh cemetery to hold ceremonies for the martyrs of the November protests, but were stopped and threatened by security forces.

“There was a ceremony here, they stopped it,” a police officer was telling a group of people who were trying to enter the cemetery. “This is beyond me… We have orders not to allow anyone to enter this place for the anniversary of the November protests. Don’t waste your time. Go home.”