Iranian political prisoner Maryam Akbari Monfared expressed her support for the recent anti-government protests by the brave people of Khuzestan, south-west Iran, in a letter. Maryam Akbari Monfared, who is in exile in the dreaded Semnan prison, is deprived of all information facilities. However, state television has noticed the uprising and the suppression and killings by the government.
Therefore, she wrote in a letter: “Khuzestan was watered with blood!”
This political prisoner, who was deported from Evin Women’s Ward to Semnan Prison, has filed an official complaint about the execution of her brother and sister during the 1988 massacre by the ruling mullahs.
The full text of the letter of political prisoner Maryam Akbari Monfared is as follows:
“They watered Khuzestan’s thirsty with blood
Although here the news no longer reaches me even through meetings and the restricted opportunity for a phone conversation in the presence of the security guard is my only window of communication to the outside world, but the government TV reports informed me well about the miserable situation in Khuzestan.
I have come to realize over the years that whatever they (the regime) deny must be taken as action. This time it was the turn of denial and a flood of lies about Khuzestan. What I have learned from the news is that the thirsty people have responded with hot lead and made that suffering place bloody again.
Summer is hot, just like the summer of 1988. These are the same killers. That day in the guise of the “Death Commission” and today in the guise of the “President”! Shedding blood and killing again. Although they took the rule over the blood of our loved ones, the storm of litigation will destroy their palace.
The blood of political prisoners executed in 1988 was tied to the blood of young people killed in the streets of November 2019 to July 2021 in Khuzestan and Lorestan over 33 years in the same geography, proving that until the perpetrators of the 1988 genocide came are not tried. If not tried, no generation will be spared.
We determined to put an end to the continuation of bloodshed and crime. We determine to sue. Salute to the zealous youth of uprising cities, who these days I find myself not within the walls but next to them, and my heart beats in the streets with the rhythm of their footsteps, and I bow to the thirsty martyrs of Khuzestan, and I raise the cry of my appeal again.
I say to the government, why did you kill my brother and sister? And my voice will not be silenced until you appear in court to answer these questions. Even in the hellish prison of Semnan.
Maryam Akbari Monfared. July 2021. Semnan Prison”
Two of Maryam Akbari Monfared’s brothers were executed in 1981 and 1984 on charges of having links and membership in the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK). Her younger brother and a sister were also executed in the summer of 1988 in a massacre of political prisoners. She has now been sentenced to 12 years in prison for demanding justice over the execution of her siblings.