Khamenei's decree for prisoners' release clearly stated that political prisoners, mentioned as "counterrevolutionary groups", were not included in the amnesty.
The hollow show of amnesty comes at a time when popular uprisings, student protests and workers' strikes and Resistance activities inside the country are on the rise. The mullahs' regime has unleashed a new drive to arrest antigovernment workers and students. At the same time, the Intelligence Ministry has re-arrested a considerable number of former political prisoners.
Secretariat of the National Council of Resistance of Iran
February 11, 1998