Political Prisoners Mohammad Banazadeh Amirkhizi, Mohammad Ali Mansouri, Saeed Masouri, Hassan Sadeghi, Majid Asadi, Arash Sadeghi, and Payam Shakiba stated that “the government will kill the detainees after the massacre in the streets” and will use forced confessions on television to justify its actions. The political prisoners called for the establishment of fact-finding groups by international and human rights organizations.

These prisoners made their statement in reference to the uprising of the Iranian people in November. The following is the text of their statement:

Since Saturday 16 November, groups of youth and teenagers, boys and girls, were carried by trucks and had been taken to Ward 8. Ordinary inmates and prison staff had been terrified by the brutal behaviors of the security forces and the Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) with the detainees.

The detainees were taken by trucks to Ward 8 (known as the Intelligence and Revolutionary Guards section, which is basically a separate prison inside Gohardasht Prison) and beaten with batons and fists while they were blindfolded and handcuffed. They were beaten, regardless of whether they had been wounded or not.

Iranian security forces in Javanrud directly at protesters—new footage from Iran protests 2019

This is just a glimpse of the behavior and welcoming by the security forces with the detainees in prison. The detainees, who claimed that they were only complaining about their livelihoods, are now being forced under torture to make false confessions of being thugs and mercenaries, under the pretext of security.

Who’s security?! The people’s security or the regime’s security? Because the rulers have learned this lesson from their doctrinal father Machiavelli that when it comes to security, no consideration should be given to issues such as justice or injustice, humanity or cruelty, pride or sense of failure.

Condemning these atrocities and inhumane behavior against the detainees and wishing patience for all their distressed families, we, the political prisoners of Gohardasht prison in Karaj, declare our firm support for the protests and the uprising of the people and the youth of our country and demand the international community and human rights organizations condemn these criminal acts and establishment investigative and fact-finding groups.

After killing people on the streets to intimidate them, the (regime) will also kill the detainees and broadcast forced televised confessions (especially since most detainees are teenagers and young people) to justify their actions.

However, the government has left no other way for the people, who have tolerated so much oppression and corruption, to claim their rights (and so they have a right to protest) and it is responding so violently to their most basic right that even the representatives and government officials also admit it!

During these courageous uprisings and protests, the youth of our homeland once again showed this regime is irreformable and that both reformist and hardline factions of the regime have responded to even the smallest gathering and protest with bullets and falsely said that the people are violent, thugs and outlaws and finally that the “people are killing themselves!”

The regime’s visible and invisible accomplices inside and outside the country, who constantly suggest the popular uprisings are linked to the reform movement, the civil movement, and call for participation in elections, etc., have come to the aid of the regime and whitewashed these crimes.

They are unaware that the liberation and justice uprising of our people has closed the atmosphere to all political opportunists. Albeit at the cost of hundreds of killed and wounded and many thousands of arrests. It proves the fact that just as Lebanon and Iraq did not and cannot become Syria, Iran will not become Syria.

While those who turned Syria into what it is are now at the worst economic, political and social situation, with their last tool of power – repression, and weapons- are desperately trying to kill Iranian youth, even if they kill several thousand.

Iran will not become Syria….

It will be overthrown but will not become Syria. 

Mohammad Banazadeh Amirkhizi, Mohammad Ali Mansouri, Saeid Masouri, Hassan Sadeghi, Majid Asadi, Arash Sadeghi, Payam Shakiba – December 2019 – Rajaii Shahr (Gohardasht) Prison in Karaj