Several members of the international community came to the event to show their support for the victims of this crime against humanity. Ms. Kerry Kennedy, daughter of the late Senator Robert Kennedy and President of Robert Kennedy Human Rights Foundation; Mr. Mariano Rabino, member of the Foreign Affairs and Human Rights committees of the Parliament of Italy; Senator Pietro Liuzzi, member of Cultural and EU Policy committees of the Italian Senate; Ms. Ingrid Betancourt, former Senator from Columbia, and Tahar Boumedra, former director of the Human Rights Office of UNAMI attended and addressed the ceremony.
Maryam Rajavi, President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), gave a speech, commemorating the victims and how their actions have continued to set the example for those who continue to fight for the freedom of Iran.
“We are commemorating the memory of martyrs of the 1988 massacre, along with PMOI members who are continuing your path. Generation after generation, people asked about your stories and headed for your glorious destination. Although Khomeini sought to send you into oblivion, you have become eternal; you have turned into the rebellious conscience of the Iranian people. Khomeini was defeated by your perseverance and resorted to massacre,” said Rajavi.
Throughout her speech, she also made mention of the efforts of the various campaigns to bring justice to these victims and how bringing the facts to life have also rocked the regime, which has now had to admit their role in this crime against humanity.
“The Call for Justice for the victims of the 1988 massacre is a national issue and an indispensable part of the Iranian people’s noble campaign to overthrow the clerical regime. This campaign seeks to expand the resistance and the battle to bring down the religious tyrannical regime in Iran and establish freedom, democracy, and equality for all citizens,” said Rajavi.
Rajavi also vowed to keep up the struggle that was begun by these martyrs to bring about a free Iran. She noted how the regime is struggling to maintain its hold on the Iranian people, thus making regime change possible.
The ceremony also featured choirs, a flight of pigeons by relatives of the martyrs, and lighting of torches in memory of the eternal beacons of freedom, the heroes massacred in 1988.