Iranian Prisoners Fear Another Large Politically Motivated Massacre

As reported on August 22, by the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), the atmosphere is tense in Gohardasht (Rajai-Shahr) Prison in Karaj, north-west of Tehran, following the spike in executions over the past few weeks.  

The number of prison guards has been increased, and the prison roof is covered with security personnel, according to reports from prisoners in wards 3 and 4 of Gohardasht.

The doors stay shut at all times, and the windows are being welded closed with heavy steel blocks.  Time in the yard is a thing of the past for prisoners.

Considering the fact that the prison was originally constructed as a super-standard security structure, these additional measures are worrisome.

This prison was one of the major places where the massacre of 1988 was carried out.  Given the present state of crisis in the region, inmates fear the revenge of regime may fall on them.

In the summer of 1988, following the cease-fire in the Iran-Iraq war, more than 30,000 political prisoners were executed. The victims were primarily members of the main opposition group People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI or MEK).