Well known and loved wrestler, Navid Afkari, was executed in Iran after suffering excruciating pain inflicted by the Iranian regime’s own thugs through torture and fake trials. He had been accused of murder, but in reality, his execution and show trials were all about the regime trying to clamp down on public uprising, which will soon inevitably sweep them away into the dustbin of history.
#NavidAfkari said in one of his last messages that he is fighting against the most ruthless adversary in human history.And there is no doubt that it will be toppled as a result of the struggle &uprisings of the courageous youths and the great Army of Freedom #StopExecutionsinIran pic.twitter.com/ilmMuXxnue
— Maryam Rajavi (@Maryam_Rajavi) September 19, 2020
Afkari had been arrested in a peaceful protest back in 2018 and had been in prison since then. His final execution took place despite a wide-ranging international campaign to have his death sentence commuted and Afkari released. International sporting bodies and Amnesty International were shocked at the final, cold-blooded decision. The regime even made sure that Navid couldn’t be visited by his own family before he was killed.
Global Athlete demands that the head of Iranian Judiciary and the Iranian Supreme Leader immediately halt plans for the execution of wrestling athlete Navid Afkari scheduled for Wednesday 9 September 2020 #SaveNavidAfkari pic.twitter.com/QGFMIoy0VW
— Global Athlete (@GlobalAthleteHQ) September 8, 2020
Before his execution, Navid had been able to pass on messages to the outside world describing the terrible conditions he faced while in detention and especially the horrors of the torture that was used on him so that he would confess to crimes he had not committed. This is a typical regime strategy used against whoever they feel is a threat to their own existence. Navid wasn’t the only one in his family to be arrested and tortured. His two brothers have been experiencing similar state-sponsored violence.
Iranians have been protesting because they believe that the Iranian regime is corrupt, incompetent, undemocratic, socially backward, and overly repressive. They have had enough. The regime’s incompetence and incredible stupidity over the response to the Covid-19, Over 110,700 people have died of the coronavirus across Iran, according to reports by the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI / MEK Iran). Pandemic as it has raged across Iran is probably the final straw. They are ready to throw off the shackles and rid themselves of Khamenei and his cronies forever.
#Iran Coronavirus Update
More than 110,700 people have died of the novel #coronavirus in 444 cities checkered across all of Iran's 31 provinces, according to the Iranian opposition PMOI/MEK.
— People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) (@Mojahedineng) September 28, 2020
Of course, the regime knows this and suspects that if it doesn’t use ever more repressive techniques their days spending their snouts in the trough are soon over. That’s why they are prepared to risk international censure by executing anyone who seems to threaten their existence, even though they may be popular figures, not just in Iran, but around the world, like Navid Afkari.
Afkari’s execution is likely to do precisely the opposite of what was intended within Iran. It will only spark even more hatred towards the regime and a willingness to risk it all and get rid of them in a huge revolt. But what should international authorities do when they hear of the Iranian regime’s atrocities and total disrespect for human rights?
Germany's statement on behalf of 47 countries said: "We remain deeply concerned about the persistent human rights violations in #Iran especially related to the rights to freedom of expression association and assembly #MEK pic.twitter.com/Otqe5plArI
— MEK Iran (Mujahedin-e Khalq) (@MEK_Iran) September 25, 2020
While the European government still seems to be trying to avoid the issue of Iran and its despotic regime, the world sports associations have been given a fresh new look at what has been going on in Iran because it has affected one of their own. They have an opportunity to put pressure on their own governments to sit up and take action against the Iranian regime. Already the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights has released a report on Iran’s shocking human rights record. It says it is “alarmed by the unprecedented violent crackdown against protesters across the Islamic Republic of Iran in November 2019.”
#Iran Regime’s Interior Minister Admits to Killing Protesters During #IranProtests, International Community Must Intervene.
Abdolreza Rahmani Fazli, on Saturday, announced , between 200 and 255 people lost their lives during the nationwide Iran protests.https://t.co/S5itxU8C69
— NCRI-FAC (@iran_policy) June 1, 2020
The Iranian regime has been using the same tactics against the Iranian opposition with impunity ever since they established themselves after the Iranian Revolution in 1979. In 1988, over 30,000 members and supporters of the (PMOI / MEK Iran), were killed. Many thousands have been killed since then. Every time there is a mass uprising, the regime’s thugs start spraying bullets.
Reuters confirmed in a special report on December 23, 2019, about the deadly crackdown on November nationwide protests in Iran the death toll of 1500 that was announced by the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI) on December 15, 2019.
U.N. is Urged to Investigate the 1988 Massacre of Iranian Political Prisoners: Iranian officials brazenly claim Khomeini’s fatwa still stands against The People’s Mojahedin Organization of #Iran (#PMOI #MEK), dissidents. #FreeIran2020 https://t.co/zejlxAQSh1
— StopFundamentalism (@SFundamentalism) September 22, 2020
Iran’s own officials, those who condone these atrocities should now be shunned by international authorities, especially those in the west who profess to care more for human rights, the rule of law, and democratic institutions. At the same time, the existence of a humane, democratic alternative to the regime in the form of the National Council of Resistance of Iran NCRI and its constituent affiliates should be recognized and supported if the world is to rid itself of the Iranian regime monster before any more blood is spilled in Iran.