Iranians, supporters of the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) and the National Council of Resistance of Iran will hold an online conference on Saturday, June 20, 2020. June 20 is the day of the Iranian Resistance martyrs and political prisoners.  

The MEK and NCRI supporters will echo the voice and demand of the Iranian people for regime change in Iran, as an indispensable move to establish democracy and justice in Iran. 

Background:  

On June 20, 1981, the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI, Mujahedin-e Khalq or MEK) launched a peaceful demonstration. In Tehran, more than 500,000 attended. In response, Ruhollah Khomeini ordered the Revolutionary Guards (IRGC), his personal army, to open fire on the unarmed and peaceful protesters. 

The following day, the Iranian regime launched a brutal crackdown on all opposition forces, especially the supporters and members of the MEK. The regime’s forces pursued and executed many of the MEK members in the streets, and thousands were imprisoned, where they were subjected to inhumane methods of torture and were later executed. Women, children, the elderly—no one was spared. 

Since then, the Iranian regime has executed and murdered some 120,000 people, most of whom were affiliated with the MEK. In Khomeini’s prisons, his guards and executioners resorted to the most brutal torture methods. Khomeini’s fatwas gave his torturers free hand to do anything they wanted to torture the MEK members and sympathizers, including rape, severing body organs, gouging eyes, and other deplorable and vile acts. 

According to eyewitness accounts, the regime’s guards extracted blood from the MEK members before executing them, so they could use it for the medical needs of their own guards and soldiers. Pregnant women were tortured and executed. Young girls were raped before their execution. The imprisoned MEK members suffered a truly evil fate at the hands of the regime. 

Under these circumstances, on July 21, 1981, a month after the beginning of Khomeini’s reign of terror, Massoud Rajavi founded the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), a coalition of Iran’s opposition forces that aspired to change the religious fascism with a democratic, pluralist and secular state.