Dutch-Iranians to Hold Rally in Holland to Commemorate 1988 massacre

On August 15, the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) reports that Iranian residents in Holland are planning a large rally and march for this coming weekend.  They want to draw international attention to human rights abuses in Iran, and in remembrance of the 1988 massacre of political prisoners in Iran, under the mullahs’ regime.  They plan to march from the municipality building in The Hague to the Central Station on Saturday, August 20.  It will take place from 15.00 to 18.00 local time.

The NCRI says, “The supporters of the Iranian Resistance plan to urge the government of the Netherlands to support the prosecution of the Iranian regime’s officials at the International Criminal Court (ICC) for “crimes against humanity” over their role in the massacre of 30,000 political prisoners in the summer of 1988.”  They add, “The vast majority of the victims of the #1988Massacre were affiliated to the main Iranian opposition group, the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI or MEK).”

Last week, many Iranians who live in Holland held a three-day hunger strike outside the Dutch Parliament to highlight plight of Iran’s political prisoners, and to condemn the recent mass executions in Iran.

More than 2600 people have been executed under the regime’s President, Hassan Rouhani, according to The United Nations and Amnesty International.  Dozens have been hanged in the past two weeks, as pointed out by the protesters in The Hague last week.

“The Dutch-Iranian community has urged the Netherlands government to categorically condemn the executions in Iran and to act with allies to call for an immediate halt to executions and torture in Iran,” according to the NCRI.