In this raid a number of the political prisoners were severely wounded, their belongings were destroyed and instead of any medical treatment they were transferred to solitary confinement. This raid was strongly condemned by the Iranian and international human rights defenders. Through creating a sympathetic atmosphere towards the prisoners it caused gatherings and sit-ins of Iranians and their families that ultimately led to the hunger strike of the prisoners in prison and their families outside of prison.
The question worth pondering is: although the mullahs’ regime and particularly the so-called “moderate” government of Rouhani know that such raids against prisoners in shackles would be a domestic and international disgrace, they do not hesitate to carry out such attacks.
In face of what threat is the regime carrying out this degree of executions and attacks on the political prisoners to balance it? It is obvious that the continuation of the rule of terror is not tantamount to a stable government. But the mullahs’ regime has always tried to belittle the struggle for freedom and to suppress this struggle under the pretext of Moharebeh, terrorism, treason and hypocrisy. And everywhere it has not been able to implement this tactic, it alleges that the prisoners torture and beat themselves but blame it on us. But at the same time it continues to advance the tactic of suppression, terror and intimidation.
Given the atmosphere of acute general discontent in Iran, these atrocities by the regime against the enchained prisoners by themselves instigate further protests and resistance against this regime.
The executions in Iran and especially the public executions in the streets or raid against the enchained prisoners reflect the antagonism between the regime on the one hand and the Iranian resistance and the people inside Iran on the other hand. Regime’s measures are totally in the line with the continuation of the atmosphere of intimidation and suppression to control the society, especially the protesting youth of Iran.
In this regard, even the atomic setbacks of the regime in the negotiations with P5+1 that has always been a red line of the mullahs’ regime, is to escape from the current crisis and to escape from the overthrow that it makes sense.
Especially, if we add the worldwide opposition and the presence of a strong alternative to this calculus we better reach the answer to this question. For example in the past several weeks, the European Parliament adopted a strategic resolution on the human rights in Iran and the one-day conference in the European Parliament on April 9 in the presence of Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran, caused hysteric and unprecedented reactions of the mullahs’ even in their TV.
The gathering of the youth associations and a wide spectrum of Iranian compatriots in exile in Paris on April 12, that was one of the largest gatherings in its kind of the Iranian youth with different backgrounds and occupations but the same desire in mind and heart for freedom in Iran. This is intolerable for the regime that does everything in its power to prevent the spread of this atmosphere inside the country.
Regime’s raid against Section 350 of Evin Prison is the understandable continuation of the regime’s attack on the focal point of the Iranian resistance in Camp Ashraf and Camp Liberty (the residence of the main opposition to the Iranian regime in Iraq) with a history of more than 30 years. In particular we can find many similarities in the manner of resistance in these two centers; from the way they confront the enemy with empty hands with all their might, prepared to pay any price, to staging hunger strikes at a juncture in history where no one listens to the oppressed people.
The regime is attacking a center which it considered and continues to consider as its existential threat.