Several political prisoners in the Central Prison of Karaj and Qarchak Prison near Tehran called for a national boycott of upcoming Majlis elections.
In their letter, political prisoners Mohammad Riazat, Mehdi Farahi Shandiz, Amir Ali Moradi and Mohammad Ashtiani, detained in the Central Prison of Karaj, cited a recent speech by the regime’s president Hassan Rouhani where he criticized the disqualification of the so-called moderate faction of the regime from the February 21 Majlis elections.
“Whatever (the motives of the regime might be), as prisoners of the Islamic Republic, we know their true nature,” they wrote in their letter published by human rights websites.
“Like previous years, we believe in boycotting elections and not taking part in this game played by the officials of the Islamic Republic. If as a nation, we don’t take part in elections this time around, it will send a strong message to the world that the people of Iran do not want the Islamic Republic or its leader. We don’t want the reformists or the Principlists (hardliners)”.
“As they say, no, thank you,” they wrote quoting a recent Farsi tweet by US President Donald Trump where he said “no, merci” to negotiations with Iran.
They also used the popular hashtags #رای_نمیدهم and #تحریم_انتخابات widely used by Iranians on social media for boycotting Majlis elections.
Political prisoner Golrokh Iraei, detained in the notorious Qarchak Prison in Varamin, also announced in a letter that she would not take part in parliamentary elections.
The young political prisoner cited a short history of the struggle for freedom in Iran in the past one hundred years in her letter from prison.
“We will not take part in shameful state elections run by authorities whose hands are stained with the blood of Farzad, Zaniar, Loghman and Ramin,” she wrote citing four political prisoners who were executed by the regime.
“We will not be deceived by (the regime) … and will not sway from the path of the struggle for freedom.”
“We will stand until we achieve freedom from the tyranny that has stood in our path for more than a century, even if the road is bumpy and even if our only weapon is our lives,” Golrokh Iraei wrote.