Iranians condemn killings in Iran
Downing St, London. Sat 30 Nov 2019
The stage and flags etc were from the People's Mujahedin of Iran,
an Islamic Marxist group whose fighters helped
to depose the Shah in the Iranian revolution but were later attacked
by the Islamic Republic and many of them
arrested and executed, forcing the PMOI (aka MEK) into exile at first
in France, who expelled them a couple of years later to Iraq.
In exile the PMOI founded the National Council of Resistance of Iran.
In 1988 at the end of the Iraq/Iran war it carried out a disastrous
invasion of Iran, and in the 1990s a number of
assassinations of political figures in Iran and attacks on Iranian
embassies around the world, becoming
widely listed as a terrorist organisation. Changes in policy have
led to only Iraq and Iran still listing it as terrorist
People enact a scene of peacefull protesters being shot. The Iranian
security forces have killed at least
450 protesters (the US State Dept says at least a thousand), injured
at least 4000
since the protests began on 15th November following the announcement
of a huge lead in fuel prices.
The protests are said to be the largest since the formation of the
Islamic republic in 1979. The huge programme
of killings and arrests by the government eventually brought the protests
more or less to an end.
A deputation tries to take a letter to Boris Johnson, but were refused
entry to Downing St
'Hail to the Brave Protesters in Shiraz' where 69 people were killed
The PMOI has usually claimed protests in Iran to be evidence of support
for it inside Iran, but there appears to
be little evidence of any widespread support for the MEK in Iran,
with many former supporters being
alienated by the PMOI's support for Saddam Hussein and their active
role in supressing the 1991 Iraq uprising,
killing many Kurds and others.
After they had been refused entry to Downing St, the letter that they
had tried to take was read at the protest
PMOI leader Maryam Rajavi (in blue on the posters) has made a statement
of her 'heartfelt condolences to the
families of the martyrs of the uprisings in different cities across Iran.'
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