Reporting by PMOI/MEK
Iran, December 25, 2019— “The international community must take urgent action to stop the killings [in Iran] and ensure the release of those arrested [during nationwide protests in November],” Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, president-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), said in her Christmas message on Tuesday.
While expressing her best wishes to Christians in Iran and across the world, Mrs. Rajavi reiterated the plight of the Iranian people, who have risen across the country in recent months to overthrow the tyrannical regime ruling in Iran for more than 40 years. Protests that began over the sudden increase in the price of gasoline turned int a nationwide uprising calling for the ouster of the ruling mullahs.
In response, the Iranian regime has engaged in a killing spree, killing more than 1,500 protesters, injuring more than 4,000 and arresting 12,000 others. There are reports that the regime that many prisoners have died under torture in Iran's prisoners since protests began in November.
“Only the end of this regime will bring peace and security to the Middle East and peaceful coexistence among all nations,” Mrs. Rajavi said. “I call on the world’s Christians to assist and support the protesters all across Iran in their effort to overthrow the mullahs’ dictatorship.”
Maryam Rajavi urges the international community to take urgent action to stop the killings in Iran
The full text of the message, originally published on her website, follows:
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
The birthday of the Prophet of peace and freedom is an occasion for the world to celebrate human values such as brotherhood and generosity.
My best wishes for a happy New Year filled with blessings, good health, and prosperity.
In the final months of 2019, the people of Iran took to the streets in their greatest uprising against the mullahs’ religious dictatorship.
The regime responded by killing 1,500 people, wounding 4,000, and arresting another 12,000.
However, guided by the leading organization and its resistance units, the PMOI (MEK), the people of Iran are determined to overthrow this regime and establish freedom and democracy in Iran.
The international community must take urgent action to stop the killings and ensure the release of those arrested. The UN Security Council must hold the regime’s leaders accountable for committing crimes against humanity.
Only the end of this regime will bring peace and security to the Middle East and peaceful coexistence among all nations.
I would like to express my gratitude to all the advocates of freedom around the world who have supported the Iranian people’s struggle for freedom and democracy.
Democracy shall overcome.
Iran will be free!