Sunday, February 10, 2013


Missile and mortar attack on Camp Liberty, left six dead and dozens wounded

According to National Council of Resistance of Iran's statement, Camp Liberty came under missile and mortar attack yesterday morning Feb. 9, at 5:45 AM local time. As a result six residents including a woman were killed and more than 100 wounded. Some of the wounded are in serious condition and the number of dead might increase due to lack of medical assistance and ambulance to move the wounded. The power generator of the Iraqi clinic at Liberty was hit and clinic has become useless.
 A year a go 3100 residents of Camp Ashraf were forcibly moved by the Iraqi Government to camp Liberty which is only half a square kilometre and is 80 times smaller than Ashraf. There are no shelters and protections at this camp and the residents are in trailers that are crammed next to each other.
The residents, their representatives and lawyers on Thursday and Friday warned about another massacre by the Iranian regime and Iraqi forces and similar to deadly attack in 2009 and 2011,and urged the UN secretary General and the
US authorities for return to Ashraf that has buildings made from cement and contains shelters. Maryam Rajavi the president-elect of the NCRI has urges Barak Obama and Ban ki moon to return the residents to Camp Ashraf.
The 6 people who were killed are as followed: Pouran Najafi, Yahya Nazari, Akbar Azizi, Mostafa Khosravi, Mehdi Abedi and Hadi Shafie.
The international condemnation of the attack is pouring in, Ban Ki-Moon, the head of UN, UN High commissioner of refugees, Victoria Noland spokeswomen of the US state department, Cathrin Ashton, the head of EU foreign policy, Foreign minister of Norway, Amnesty international, Vice president of Iraq, and Iranian organizations and parties, condemned the missile attack on unarmed Liberty residents.
The residents staged a protest yesterday at the Camp demanding to be returned to Camp Ashraf where they lived for 26 years. The National Council of Resistance of Iran has refused to enter a dialogue with Martin Kobler and has asked UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon to appoint someone else as his representative. Martin Kobler has refused to visit the Liberty due to "security" reasons. According to NCRI's statement on the afternoon of Saturday February 9, Martin Kobler made himself present in the office of the UN High Commission – about 2 km away from Camp Liberty- and asked the representatives of the residents to come and visit him. He failed to show any willingness to see the destruction of the Camp, the dead and the injured after the fatal attack. The Camp representatives insisted that Martin Kobler should come and see for himself what the attack has done to the Camp and its residents. He denied to do so due to vague “security” reasons. Kobler, well guarded by armed men, did not even spend 30 minutes in Liberty to observe the destruction. NCRI added: The past 15 years of meetings and negotiations with Kobler has resulted in more restriction and suppression on the residents of Camps Ashraf and liberty and the continuation of such meetings is fruitless. The Iranian resistance demands the UN secretary general to assign a new neutral representative replacing martin Kobler. Martin Kobler failed to even verbally denounce the attack. In a statement, he just referred to “mortar explosions” inside Camp Liberty. Such vague and unusual reference to the launch of more than 40 rockets to Camp Liberty is an excuse to hide the vicious intentions of the Iranian and Iraqi governments. In another statement on Feb. 9,  NCRI announced: According to the obtained information, sixty more missiles have been found near Camp Liberty ready to be fired at the camp. Iraqi security forces too have observed these missiles at 10 a.m. today local time. Concurrently, several vehicles carrying Iraqi anti-riot police forces have entered Camp Liberty at the order of Al-Maliki. These fully armed and equipped forces have lined up against the residents. Iranian Resistance urges the US and UN officials to inspect the sixty missiles which are ready to be fired. It also urges for immediate removal of the police forces and anti-riot forces from inside Camp Liberty to outside the walls.

The Iranian regime, in fear of protest movements, had resorted to extensive measures to heat up the sham rallies of February 10, the anniversary of the 1979 revolution.
According to NCRI Feb. 7:
1. Scores of plain clothes agents were deployed around the city. These agents appeared in different clothes and occupations to pretend normalcy.
2. A high number of the regime intelligence agents in bazaar, pedestrian bridges and other parts of the city were engaged in spying and controlling the movements of people in these areas.

3. A lot of control cameras had been secretly installed in various areas including among the flags in parks and streets around the city, in order to control any kind of movement by the people. People showed cameras to each other and tease about the repressive measures of the regime.
4. In
Azadi Square, from 9:00 PM on Saturday February 9 until the end of the rallies a curfew was in place and in many other streets restriction of movement applies.
5. Employers and factory owners have been given a quota for the forced participation of their workers in the demonstrations.

6. Employees in
Esfahan and Chahar Mahal Bakhtiari provinces were threatened that if they do not participate in marches, they would be reprimanded in writing and they would be deemed absent for 5 days.
7. All schools in the country have been given a quota for participating in the demonstrations and students have been threatened that if they do not participate, their discipline grade would be lowered.

8. In some schools including in Semnan classes have been closed for preparation for the march.

9. Taxi owners have been forced to install bars on the rear of cars to hold the regime’s flag that is known as the Scorpion flag among the people.

10. Nevertheless the regime intends to fill the main routes of the march in
Tehran with the military and police forces that would be transferred to Tehran from different cities. The Bassij has instructed each city’s Bassij quota and the number of buses they have to dispatch to Tehran. In the instructions, the location of each city’s Bassijis in Tehran’s march has been identified. Those Bassijis who bring more people than their quota will receive remunerations.