The network of the supporters of the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) inside Iran, known as the Resistance Units, organized various activities commemorating senior leaders of the MEK, Ashraf Rajavi and Mousa Khiabani, killed by the Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) on February 8, 1982.
The Resistance Units posted their pictures and posters and paid homage, describing them as eternal symbols of freedom in Iran.
“We will continue the path of Ashraf and Mousa until the overthrow of the regime,” a banner held by Resistance Units in Tehran read.
In a video message, a Resistance Unit member from Tehran said, “We mark Feb. 8, the anniversary of the martyrdom of Mousa Khiabani and Ashraf Rajavi and their companions. The blood of Ashraf and Mousa was shed in Tehran’s streets and then was joined by the blood of 1988 massacre martyrs. Their path continued by the people in Jan. 2018 uprising, later in the Nov. 2019 uprising, and still continues in ongoing protests”
A Resistance Unit from Shahr-e Rey recorded a video message, in which she said, “Hail to the memory of the martyrs of Feb. 8, Mousa Khiabani and Ashraf Rajavi. Viva Rajavi and viva the people of Iran.”
A Resistance Unit in Tehran recorded a video message in Zaferaniyeh, the location where Mousa Khiabani and Ashraf Rajavi were killed in February 1982. “Hail to Ashraf and Mousa. One day Mousa once said if this flag falls from our hands, another person will lift it. We Resistance Units members have lifted this flag and will keep it high until this regime is overthrown. We have the right to be hopeful and fear not our problems. We are in this struggle to bring a smile to the Iranian people’s faces,” she said.
“On the anniversary of the martyrdom of Mousa Khiabani and Ashraf Rajavi, along with their brave colleagues, we commemorate their memories. We swear to continue this proud path until this regime is overthrown. Hail to Rajavi,” said another Resistance Unit member who also visited the location.
Ashraf Rajavi and Moussa Khiabani were two prominent political prisoners in the Shah era. Both were MEK’s candidates for the first parliamentary elections after the 1979 revolution. Then regime’s supreme leader Ruhollah Khomeini prevented even one MEK member from reaching the Parliament. The MEK constantly warned against the abuses of the new regime, including the repression of women, minorities, and all opposition forces.
On June 20, 1981, the MEK tested the democratic environment a final time by holding a peaceful demonstration to remind the Khomeini regime of its responsibilities to respect the fundamental freedoms of the Iranian people. In Tehran, more than half a million people attended the demonstration.
Fearful of the repercussions of the huge rally, Khomeini ordered his Revolutionary Guards to open fire. Dozens were killed, hundreds wounded, and thousands executed. Khomeini had unleashed a reign of terror. In the ensuing days, the regime’s forces chased and executed many of the Mojahedin’s members in the streets, and thousands were dragged into the regime’s prisons, where they were subjected to inhuman tortures and later executed. Women, children, elderly—no one was spared.
Following the banning of all opposition forces, the Khomeini regime executed and murdered some 120,000 people, most of whom were affiliated with the MEK, culminating in the 1988 massacre of 30,000 political prisoners, none of whom had been sentenced to death.
Despite such brutality and savagery, Khomeini failed to extinguish the flame of resistance in Iran. Ashraf Rajavi and Mousa Khiabani, and their fellow comrades had not died in vain. Today, the younger generation of Iranians organized in Resistance Units are carrying their torch until the medieval theocracy is overthrown.