Arya and Neshat dailies in reports entitled "What happened in Kurdistan," wrote: "Amid the councils elections, we do not know clearly what happened in Kurdistan... At any rate, a number citizens of the Islamic Republic have been killed by the security and intelligence forces. The people have a right to expect a report by the government about this."
So extensive has the dimensions of the killing by the security and intelligence forces been that despite efforts by the regime to conceal it, the state-run dailies were compelled to admit to the massacre.
The Iranian Resistance reported on February 22 and 23 that the State Security Force, the Revolutionary Guards Corps and the security forces attacked the demonstration by the people of Sanandaj, killing 20, wounding many more and arresting 2,000.
In previous days, a number of people in other cities in Iranian Kurdistan had been killed as the State Security Force opened fire.
The governor of Iranian Kurdistan, Ramazan-zadeh, appointed by Khatami, admitted on Sanandaj television, Tuesday evening, February 22, that he had given the orders to open fire on the crowd.
The National Council of Resistance of Iran again draws the attention of the international community to the ruthless massacre of the people in Sanandaj and demands that these atrocities be condemned.
Silence vis-a-vis this carnage, despite admissions by officials and the state-run dailies, emboldens the ruling anti-human regime to continue these suppressive actions.
Secretariat of the National Council of Resistance of Iran
March 11, 1999