Shockingly, while reporting the incidents, some of the regime’s sources tried to justify the massacre of political prisoners in 1988. This led to justifiable social outrage and international condemnation, especially following the revelations of an audio tape earlier this year by Hossein Ali Montazeri, who was formerly designated as the successor to the revolution’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khomeini, but who instead lived under house arrest until his death in 2009.

The PMOI rejects these lies and calls for an international investigation into these incidents. According to an article published by the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), “The regime’s Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) and its Ministry of Intelligence have a notorious record of staging similar incidents by deploying their terrorist proxy groups and attributing attacks to the Iranian people’s just resistance movement.”

During the presidential election the demand for justice for the victims of the 1988 massacre of political prisoners turned into a social protest movement. Those affiliated to the PMOI comprised a majority of the victims of that massacre.

When addressing a ceremony on the anniversary of Khomeini’s death on June 4, Khamenei supported the mass executions of the 1980s and expressed his concern about the spread of the protest movement.

Following the unexpected attacks in Tehran, President Hassan Rouhani claimed that “the incident was not unexpected” and Khamenei downplayed “these firework displays” as insignificant and ineffective.

In another article published by the NCRI, they say, “The terrorist rivalry between the claimants of a Sunni Caliphate and the so-called Shiite Caliphate dubbed the velayat-e faqih in Iran, even if not tailor-made or staged, is the source of jubilation and elation for mullahs’ Caliph Khamenei.”

The NCRI’s President-elect, Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, condemned the shedding of innocent people’s blood under any pretext. “ISIS’s conduct clearly benefits the Iranian regime’s Supreme Leader Khamenei, who wholeheartedly welcomes it as an opportunity to overcome his regime’s regional and international impasse and isolation. The founder and the number one state sponsor of terror is thus trying to switch the place of murderer and the victim and portray the central banker of terrorism as a victim,” Mrs. Rajavi said. She also recalled: “The Iranian Resistance has always maintained that the Iranian people and Resistance have the responsibility to overthrow the religious, dictatorship ruling Iran and to dismantle all institutions and symbols of suppression and repression. We, therefore, call for an end to the policy of appeasing the mullahs’ regime and recognizing the just resistance of the Iranian people.”

Mrs. Rajavi outlined the ways to uproot terrorism in the region:

• The IRGC must be designated as a terrorist entity.

• The IRGC and paramilitary proxies of the Khamenei caliphate must be removed from Syria, Iraq, and Yemen.

• The Organization of Islamic Cooperation must expel the mullahs’ regime and recognize the Iranian Resistance for ending religious fascism.

The people of Iran won’t be satisfied by anything less than freedom, democracy, and popular sovereignty, after 38 years of enduring suppression, executions and incarcerations.