Hollow show of amnesty amid crackdown on public protests and widespread arrests

In a hollow maneuver on the anniversary of the birth of Prophet of Islam, the clerical regime claimed that "1,041 prisoners convicted by the Islamic Revolutionary, general and military tribunals have been granted amnesty or received commuted sentences" by mullahs' leader Ali Khamenei.

Designed to cover up the persistent and flagrant violations of human rights, this transparent scheme comes as the regime continues to arrest and imprison hundreds of people every day under various pretexts.

During the 5,000-strong antigovernment demonstration by residents of the impoverished Massoudieh township in southeast Tehran on July 5 and 6, at least 45 protesters were arrested.In recent months, in the course of social uprisings, students' protests and workers' strikes, the Intelligence Ministry, the Guards Corps and the State Security Forces have made widespread arrests across the country.

Secretariat of the National Council of Resistance of Iran
July 12, 1998

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