NCRI WOMEN COMMITTEE, 07 April 2018-- One of the most epic confrontations in the world's history of nationalist wars and liberation movements took place on April 8, 2011
, in Ashraf, Iraq, the seat of the Iranian opposition movement which is spearheaded by 1000 heroines.
The PMOI freedom fighters stood up to a column of ten armored, infantry, mechanized brigades and battalions of the Iraqi forces affiliated with Tehran's supreme leader Ali Khamenei, who attacked Ashraf City at the behest of the Iranian regime to massacre all of its defenseless residents, destroy the city and annihilate the opposition.
The freedom fighters, women and men, young and old, were empty handed without any shields. Their heads and hearts were targeted by snipers. At least 22 people were ran over by armored vehicles. Residential units were shelled. Iraqi troops did not allow the wounded to be taken to hospital.
The shooting of heavy armored vehicles and snipers continued incessantly for six hours. The plan was to massacre all the residents of Ashraf. 180 people were shot directly. A number of hostages died in captivity. Some 300 people were wounded.
At the 2th anniversary of massacre at camp Ashraf I salute 52 heroic martyrs specially their commander Zohreh Ghaemi.
52 heroic martyrs of Ashraf massacre stood up against supreme leader are the source of inspiration for Iran ‘s youths to end tyranny.
We shall never forget that 7 PMOI members were taken hostage during Ashraf massacre and UN and western goverments did not take action.
On September 1, 2013, as the Iranian regime was preparing to sit at the negotiating table in Geneva over its nuclear program, hit men massacred 52 unarmed, innocent, and legally protected civilians at Camp Ashraf, the 30-year seat of the Iranian opposition, the People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran, in Iraq.
The assault began at 5 a.m. and lasted until late afternoon. Iraqi special forces and Iranian commandos machine gunned unarmed and defenseless people while their hands were tied behind their backs and shot them in the head; a big crime against humanity by all standards.
Of the 13-woman camp leadership, six were murdered and six were abducted and taken hostage. The 52 individuals killed were part of the one-hundred people who remained in Ashraf according to a quad-lateral agreement between Ashraf residents, the United States, the United Nations, and the Iraqi government to protect residents’ properties. All of them were protected persons under the Fourth Geneva Convention and classified as “persons of concern” who enjoy “international protection” by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, and they had stayed in the camp based on assurances given by the U.N., the U.S., and the Iraqi government.
The Iranian regime sought to deal a heavy blow to its main existential threat, the PMOI/MEK, prior to the negotiations in Geneva where it had to give up its nuclear weapons program in exchange for lifting of crippling sanctions. Three months earlier, Hassan Rouhani took office, a sign of the regime's weakness inside Iran. In Iraq and Syria, the governments backed by the Iranian regime faced popular protests and international censures for chemical bombing of innocent people, respectively. The cowardly attack on defenseless people in Ashraf was therefore launched to overshadow the regime's weaknesses at a crucial juncture.
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