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Political Prisoners in Iran Call for Election Boycott

June 25, 2024
1 min read
With just three days remaining until Iran's presidential election, the list of individuals calling for a boycott continues to grow
With just three days remaining until Iran's presidential election, the list of individuals calling for a boycott continues to grow

With just three days remaining until Iran's presidential election, the list of individuals calling for a boycott continues to grow.

Javad Lalmohammadi, a political prisoner, urged people to boycott the election during a phone call from Vakil Abad prison in Mashhad.

Lalmohammadi said, "Those who saw the unjustly shed blood of Iranian youth, their blinded eyes, and the suffering of political prisoners, yet still participate in the elections, deserve no other adjective than traitor."

His call was cut short mid-message.

This follows similar boycott calls from other political prisoners, including Narges Mohammadi and Golrokh Iraei. Former political prisoners such as Mehdi Mahmoudian and Hossein Razzaq have also joined the call.

Mohammad Nourizad, another former political prisoner, described the Islamic Republic as a "treacherous and decadent system" in a message, adding that the upcoming election is "completely managed and engineered."

He emphasized that a low voter turnout would be "a great disgrace for the regime and a victory for the Iranian nation."

These calls for a boycott come amid growing criticism of the electoral process and concerns about human rights in Iran. Critics argue that the election lacks genuine choice and does not reflect the people's will.

The presidential election is scheduled for June 28.

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