Under the rule of Hassan Rouhani’s regime, some 2600 people have been executed.
The demonstration was planned to coincide with the anniversary of the massacre of political prisoners in the summer of 1988. In a matter of just a few months, more than 30,000 political prisoners were were allegedly executed upon a fatwa, issued by Khomeini, the founder of the theocratic regime. The majority of those prisoners were activists of the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran, the main Iranian opposition movement.
An audio tape has been published on a website dedicated to Hossein-Ali Montazeri, Khomeini’s former heir. In it, he can be heard condemning the regime’s leaders over the scope and pace of the 1988 massacre. This recording is sending political shock waves in Iran. Many of those responsible for the massacre are still members of the Rouhani government. Some still hold senior positions.
Dutch Iranians who have lost family members during the 1988 massacre, and their supporters, will gather together for this huge demonstration. Farzad Madadzadeh, a prominent political prisoner who recently took refuge in the Netherlands,will be one of the speakers.
The demonstrators intend to urge the Dutch government to act with its allies and call for a halt to the executions and torture in Iran. They also call for the UN Security Council to form an international court that will investigate and prosecute those responsible for the 1988 massacre in Iran.