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Iranians protest against Iranian regime's terrorism in Europe and demand action from EU Ministers

Protestors Gather in Brussels to Call for a Strong Response to Regime Aggression

Iranians protest against Iranian regime's terrorism in Europe and demand action from EU Ministers

The Iranian diaspora protest near the European Parliament in Brussels, demanding rough measures against the Iranian regime’s terrorist activities in European soil.

On Monday, November 19th, members of the Iranian diaspora, supporters of the MEK, Iran’s principal opposition organization, gathered in Brussels to call for firm action following the Iranian regime’s string of foiled terror plots on European soil. The protests took place in front of the headquarters of the European Union as the Council of Ministers met inside.

A Surge in Iranian Terror Output

2018 has seen a marked increase in the Iranian regime’s terror operations. Since January, there have been several attacks planned in Albania, Denmark, France, and the US, the most severe of which saw an attack involving a car laden with explosives due to attack the People’s Mujahedin Organisation of Iran’s (MEK’s) annual Grand Gathering event in Paris. Fortunately, the plot was thwarted in the late stages by European authorities.

Protestors in Brussels recognize that these attacks pose a significant threat to members of the Iranian opposition, the MEK living abroad. They also constitute a significant danger for citizens of Europe.

Many of the regime’s terror attacks have involved explosive devices planted in public places. These types of attacks kill indiscriminately and wreak extensive destruction on the local populations as well as the intended targets of the regime’s attacks; the MEK.

A Corrupt Regime

The exiled Iranians that gathered in Brussels also expressed their solidarity with the workers within Iran calling for an end to corruption. Recent strikes in Iran featured teachers, sugar cane factory workers, steel workers, truck drivers, and merchants. They all protested appalling working conditions and epidemic corruption among the Iranian leadership that is crippling the nation’s industries.

Where to go from here?

To end the Iranian regime’s terror activities abroad, the EU must first cripple its espionage network.

Thanks to a report from the MEK and the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), the world is now aware of the nefarious role Iranian embassies and diplomats play in this espionage network.

In the case of the foiled attack in Paris, a diplomat working at the regime’s Austrian embassy was the mastermind behind the planned car bomb attack. Assadollah Assadi was arrested by German authorities traveling back to Austria after he provided a Belgian-Iranian couple with the necessary explosive material for use in the attack.

As a result, 150 members of the European Parliament (MEPs) signed a statement calling for the immediate expulsion of all regime intelligence agents from the EU.

Addressing the protestors in Brussels today, Hamad Reza Taaheerzadeh spoke of the need to expel Iran’s terrorist diplomats from the embassy enclaves across Europe.

Counter-Terrorism and Middle East Specialist, Claude Moniquet, also addressed the crowds. He told protestors that the Iranian opposition now has a unique chance to “condemn the Iranian regime and put the light on the true nature of this regime and [its] criminal behavior”.

There are currently several Iranians in detention in Belgium, including Assadollah Assadi, awaiting trial over their involvement in the planned terror attacks.

EU Sanctions are Necessary

The protestors called for Europe to follow the US’s lead and introduce strict sanctions against the Iranian regime.

They argued that only by adding the regime’s Ministry of Intelligence and Security (MOIS) to the EU’s terrorist blacklist and reintroducing strict sanctions against its leadership can Europe bring an end to the Iranian regime’s campaign of terror.

Their comments are echoed by leading EU politicians, including the Former Italian Foreign Minister, Giulio Terzi, who believes a policy of maximum pressure towards Iran is the only solution.

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MEK: Haft Tappeh and Ahavaz Steel Workers Take to the Streets in Protest

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The people of the city of Shush (SouthWest Iran) take it to the street to object the Iranian regime’s repressive measures against Haft-Tappeh workers.

On Saturday, November 17th, people gathered for a demonstration outside the Haft Tappeh Sugar Cane Mill in Shush. Amongst the crowd was students, workers, women, and families, as they marched from the mill to the governorate office.

The protestors showed defiance in the face of extreme suppression and violent threats from the regime. The mullahs had deployed riot police and other security measures across the city, reminding protestors of the constant dangers of living under one of the world’s most repressive regimes.

As they walked, the protestors came together in chants of, “we are workers of the Haft Tappeh, we are hungry, hungry”. Some of their other chants were directed at the regime itself. Many shouted, “down with the oppressor”, “the betrayal of the authorities must be announced”, and, “we do not want incompetent officials”.

A Population Racked with Poverty

The workers from Haft Tappeh, like so many other segments of the Iranian workforce, are facing unemployment, poverty and widespread hunger.

When the crowd reached the governate office, they put up empty tables, symbolic of the tables in their homes which lie empty when the workers cannot afford to feed their families.

The Haft Tappeh workers have been on strike in protest over unpaid wages and the unnecessary privatization of the company.

Reports by the MEK network inside Iran indicate that the sugar workers of Haft Tappeh were not alone in their protests of Saturday. At the same time, steelworkers in Ahvaz also gathered in front of their governorate offices in protest at four months’ worth of unpaid wages.

They called for payment of their wages, better working conditions, and occupational safety. Their slogans also attacked the regime and expressed solidarity for their brothers and sisters striking outside Haft Tappeh.

They read, “steel, Haft Tappeh, unity, unity”, and, “down with this deceiver government”.

Support from the Iranian Resistance

Both of the strikes drew support from the Iranian opposition movement.

The president-elect of the Iranian opposition, Maryam Rajavi, issued a statement of support for the demonstrators, particularly the women who had braved the regime’s threats and turned out anyway.

Rajavi said, “leadership of women in the strikes of Iranian teachers and workers is a pride and flares up the flames of uprising and justice”. She added that the workers in Haft Tappeh and Ahvaz Steel were a voice for freedom and justice in Iran.

Finally, Ms. Rajavi and the MEK called on Iran’s youth to rise up in support of these brave men and women at Haft Tappeh and Ahvaz Steel. She also called on international human rights organizations and trade unions to lend their support.

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The Regime’s Strategy to Suppress the Uprising and Destroy the MEK

Arab news article on MEK and debunking the demonization campaigns aimed at discrediting the MEK

Article by Dr. Rafizadeh, responding to allegations against MEK, the principal opposition to the religious dictatorship in Iran

The Iranian people have been protesting against the oppressive regime since December of last year, and the widespread protests and strikes have grown and spread since then. The economic crisis in Iran, which has been exacerbated by the reinstatement of U.S. sanctions, has fueled the protest movement, led by the MEK.

A new article by Dr. Majid Rafizadeh describes the Iranian regime’s attempt to suppress this widespread uprising. Dr. Rafizadeh is president of the International American Council and an expert on Iranian and American foreign policy. His article explains the regime’s propaganda campaign against the MEK, as well as its attempts at terrorist attacks on the organization.

The Iranian regime is faltering under the weight of the Resistance and is in danger of being overthrown. The mullahs are willing to take extreme measures to suppress the ongoing rebellion by the people. Further, the regime sees the MEK as an existential threat and is willing to go to any lengths to destroy the organization. According to Dr. Rafizadeh, the regime has adopted a three-pronged approach to preserving its rule.

The first prong, according to Rafizadeh, is suppression at home. Iran Human Rights Monitor reported an increase in executions this month, which including a staggering 22 executions in two weeks. This strategy has backfired, and protesters have only become more willing to stand up against the repressive regime.

Rafizadeh’s article says that the second prong of the regime’s strategy to put down the uprising is to target the MEK overseas. Just this year, the regime has been implicated in three foiled terrorist attacks against the MEK.

Regime terrorists attempted to attack a MEK camp in Albania early this year. Regime diplomat Assadollah Assadi masterminded a foiled terrorist attack on an Iranian Resistance gathering in Paris in June and is now awaiting trial in Belgium. Two Iranian intelligence agents were arrested in the United States in August for spying on MEK members on behalf of the Iranian government. And recently, a regime spy associated with the regime’s ambassador to Norway attempted to infiltrate the MEK in Denmark in order to carry out an assassination. Three Iranian diplomats have been expelled from France and Norway over the past weeks.

To date, none of these attacks have been successful, leaving the regime with one final strategy. The third prong, according to Rafizadeh, is an old strategy that has been employed by the regime for the forty years of its reign: discredit the MEK through an organized campaign of misinformation and paint the only viable alternative to the mullahs as a terrorist cult.

Rafizadeh writes that regime Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei refers to the MEK as the “ foot soldiers” of the uprising and is desperate to find Western journalists and media outlets willing to spread negative information about the group. The Iranian regime has also set up false social media accounts and employed Iranian nationals to pose as journalists to spread misinformation about the MEK.

In August, Facebook detected and shut down 652 accounts operated by agents of the Iranian government.  Twitter followed suit, shutting down 770 accounts. The accounts were all found to have been used to spread propaganda and misinformation. Some of these pages specifically targeted the MEK. Smear articles about the MEK also began showing up in the U.S. and Europe around the same time. According to Rafizadeh, the articles were mostly written by  pseudo-journalists or people associated with the regime. “Former MEK members” with documented connections to the MOIS were often cited as sources.

Rafizadeh writes that the citizens of Iran are being denied a future and that a majority of the people of Iran have made a choice to rise up for change, despite the risks to their safety. He notes that half of the population of Iran is under the age of 30. Finally, he points to the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) as the only viable democratic alternative to the mullahs’ regime.

Rafizadeh ends his article with a quote from Voltaire, which he uses as a warning to journalists who repeat the mullahs’ propaganda: “Those who can make you believe absurdities, can make you commit atrocities.”

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150 MEPs Sign Statement Calling for Expulsion of Regime Intelligence Agents from E.U.

MEP's statement against Iranian regime's terrorism in Europe

150 Members of the European Parliament demand the EU states to take necessary measures to prevent more terrorist activities by the Iranian regime.

On Monday, 150 Members or European Parliament released a joint statement condemning the Iranian regime for its domestic human rights violations and its international terrorist plots. Gérard Deprez, Chair of Friends of a Free Iran in European Parliament, wrote the statement, and it was signed by MEPs from all six major political groups in European Parliament, representing 27 Member States. Signatories include 4 Vice-Presidents of the European Parliament and 14 Committee and Delegation Chairs.

The statement called attention to the regime’s disturbing use of the death penalty. “The country has maintained the highest number of executions in the world per capita during the presidency of the so-called ‘moderate’ Hassan Rouhani,” the statement read. “According to Amnesty International’s Global Report on the Death Penalty, more than half of all recorded executions in 2017 took place in Iran. It is also the leading executioner of underage offenders.”

The statement also expressed concern for the treatment of women in Iran, saying, “Women are frequently harassed by morality police for the way they dress, and hundreds of women are arrested every day for improper veiling or ‘bad hijab.’”

The MEPS noted that major uprisings and anti-regime protests have taken place in Iran over the past year and continue to occur. The people are demanding fundamental change. According to the statement, “The regime’s officials have acknowledged the role of ‘resistance units’ of the opposition PMOI [MEK] in organizing protests and nationwide strikes.

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“Unable to defeat the protesters at home, the regime launched a new wave of terrorism against the democratic opposition activists in Europe and in the United States.”

The statement goes on to describe the various terrorist plots attempted by the Iranian regime over the past year. “In March 2018, a car-bomb plot targeting the Persian New Year gathering of Iranian dissidents in Tirana was foiled, and two men were arrested by the police,” the statement reads.

The statement follows with a summary of the regime’s terrorist plots against the MEK in France, the United States, and Denmark:

“On 1 July 2018, German police arrested an Iranian diplomat from the embassy in Vienna and charged him with terrorist offenses. He was later extradited to Belgium, and he is on trial accused of handing over a highly-explosive device to an Iranian-Belgian couple who were planning to bomb the opposition NCRI’s Free Iran gathering in Paris in June.

Giuliani Issues Statement in Wake of Failed Terrorist Attack on NCRI Gathering

In August 2018, two Iranian agents were arrested by the FBI and charged with spying on the PMOI [MEK]  in the US and preparing assassination plots.

“In October, the French government officially sanctioned Iran’s Ministry of Intelligence and accused it of being behind the Paris bomb plot. French ministers stressed: ‘This extremely serious act, which was intended to take place on our soil, cannot go without a response.’

The French Government Confirms “Without any Doubt” the Iranian Regime was Behind the Foiled Terror Attack

Denmark foiled a new Iranian terror plot on its soil in October. The E.U.’s silence in the face of brutal human rights violations in Iran and lack of any response to the serious terror plots in Europe is unacceptable.”

The MEPs conclude the statement with a call to hold the regime accountable for its terrorist plots and to expel all regime intelligence agents from Europe. They also state that all relations with Iran should be conditioned upon “an improvement of human rights and women’s rights, and a halt to executions.”

Gérard Deprez, Chair of Friends of a Free Iran, emphasized this in regard to Iran: “Human rights in Iran cannot be compromised or marginalized on the excuse of political considerations, trade or the nuclear deal. Any expansion of political and economic relations with Iran must be conditional to a clear progress on human rights, women’s rights and a halt to executions.”

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Iran: 12 Teachers Arrested and 30 Interrogated Following Two-day Strike

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Nationwide teacher’s strike in Iran to protest the low pay, and the arrest of fellow colleagues for protesting regime’s repressive measure against teachers

Twelve teachers were arrested and another thirty were summoned and interrogated by police following the two-day nationwide strike by Iranian teachers.

The Teachers’ Trade Organizations’ Coordination Council released a statement on Thursday about the arrests. The statement, which was published on the trade union’s Telegram account, read:

“Activists were summoned to the Intelligence Agency, Revolutionary Guards Corps Intelligence Department, Protection Agencies and Security Police in almost all the provinces that participated in the strikes. At least 30 activists, including Eskandar Lotfi, a member of the Iran Teachers’ Coordination Council, were summoned and interrogated, while more than 50 threatening messages were received by activists.”

According to the Council, the November strikes were intended to pressure the regime to implement promised reforms and end mismanagement of the educational system. The teachers went on strike in spite of the regime’s threats and its history of arresting and imprisoning teacher activists.

The Teachers’ Trade Organizations’ Coordination Council condemned the crackdown on activists and the arrests of teachers, warning that the regime could face consequences for these arrests. They then called for the release of the arrested teachers and an end to its practice of arbitrarily. arresting union members.

Their statement read: “It is obvious that if the suppression continues, the Coordination Council deems necessary the right hold legal protests based on the constitution.”

The nationwide strikes by Iran’s teachers took place on November 13th and November 14th to protest low pay, the regime’s failure to implement policy changes, and poor benefits. The teachers also demanded the release of their colleagues who were arrested during the previous round of strikes in October.

The nationwide strikes spread quickly, with 40 cities taking part in the protest on the second day. Since the popular uprising began in Iran last December, the MEK has mobilized protests across the country. MEK’s resistance units, have allowed protests to grow and spread before the regime can suppress them. It has also allowed activists to gets news of the Resistance outside of the country to supporters.

The following is a list of those who have been arrested, according to reports from the Teachers’ Trade Organizations’ Coordination Council and other activist groups:

  • Mohammad Reza Ramezanzadeh, Secretary of the Iran Teachers’ Trade Association in North Khorasan Province, was arrested on Monday after his home was raided.
  • Saied Hagh Parast, Ali Forotan, Hamidreza Rajaie, and Hossein Ramezanpour were arrested. They are board members of the North Khorasan Teachers’ Association.
  • Pirouz Nami and Ali Korushat were detained in Khuzestan Province. They are both activists.
  • Mohammad Robati and Ms. Vaezi were arrested in Shirvan.
  • Mohammad Ali Zahmatkesh, Mohammad Kord and Fatemeh Bahmani were arrested in Fars and Arak.

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President-elect, Maryam Rajavi's message after the 65th resolution of the UN Third Committee of the Human Rights.

U.N. Censures Iranian Regime for Human Rights Abuses for 65th Time

President-elect, Maryam Rajavi's message after the 65th resolution of the United Nations General Assembly’s Human Rights Committee condemning the continued human rights violations in Iran

Maryam Rajavi: Iran’s ruling theocracy must be isolated by the world community, its dossiers referred to the UN Security Council, and its leaders face justice for crimes against humanity

On Thursday the United Nations General Assembly’s Human Rights Committee adopted a new resolution censuring Iran for its violations of human rights. This is the 65th U.N. resolution condemning Iranian regime’s human rights record.

Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran, welcomed the U.N. resolution.

“Condemning the systematic and gross violations of human rights by the theocratic regime ruling Iran, the UN resolution once again confirmed that the regime blatantly tramples upon the Iranian people’s most fundamental rights in all political, social and economic spheres,” she said.

Mrs. Rajavi added that “the Iranian regime is in no way congruous with the 21st century and must be isolated by the world community.”

The U.N. resolution referred to a number of issues that are well-known to the MEK and have been written about on this site before, including the “alarmingly high frequency” of the regime’s use of the death penalty against minors, “the widespread and systematic use of arbitrary detention,” prison officials “deliberately denying prisoners access to adequate medical treatment,” and “cases of suspicious deaths in custody.”

The Iranian regime is responsible for half of the world’s executions. It censors information going in and out of the country, in an attempt to control its citizens and prevent the international community from knowing the full extent of the mullahs’ crimes. The regime frequently denies legal representation to ethnic and religious minorities, and it detains and imprisons peaceful protesters for speaking out against the regime. International human rights groups have repeatedly intervened on behalf of Iranian prisoners who were denied due process and basic human rights. The mullahs have ignored all of these pleas and every act of censure and condemnation.

The Iranian Resistance asks that the international community turn over all records of the Iranian regime’s human rights violations to the United Nations Security Council. It also asks that the international community recognize the right of the people of Iran to rise up against this regime.

In her statement about the 65th Resolution, Mrs. Rajavi spoke about the Iranian regime’s mass execution of 30,000 political prisoners in the summer of 1988. The murders of these men and women, who were mostly MEK members or supporters, remain unpunished to this day.

Mrs. Rajavi said, “The most vivid example of grave violations of human rights in Iran is the 1988 massacre of political prisoners perpetrated by the regime’s key institutions and leaders, who are still in power, still defend this crime, and remain immune from punishment. The world community faces a monumental test in investigating and prosecuting those responsible for this great crime against humanity.”

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Iranian Embassies: A Tumour in the Heart of Europe

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The map of Iranian regime’s terrorist activities in Europe-published by the U.S. State Department-July 2018

The Foreign Affairs Committee of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) compiled a comprehensive report on the role of Iranian embassies in the regime’s network of terror, targetting particularly the MEK– Iran’s principal opposition organization. The study was one of the most detailed of its kind and exposed the nefarious workings of the Iranian regime’s terror machine.

A Two-Pronged Approach

After the clerical regime’s seizure of power in 1979, it quickly became apparent that the regime lacked the political weight and pragmatism to meet the evolving needs of the Iranian public.

Instead of divulging power to the public, implementing democratic reform, or even hearing the public’s grievances, the regime pursued repressive policies to force the population into submission.

It did this in two ways. Firstly, it launched a vicious internal crackdown on opposition groups within Iran. The People’s Mujahedin Organisation of Iran (MEK) became a target as the largest opposition group in the country.

This bloody internal crackdown would peak in 1988 when 30,000 members of the MEK were executed and murdered on the orders of the Supreme Leader.

In conjunction with the bloody crackdown at home, the regime embarked on an ambitious campaign of terror abroad. The regime used terrorism as a method of statecraft, as one French official described, “the whole Iranian state apparatus is at the service of these operations”.

Rotten to the Top

Recent foiled terror attacks, both in Paris and Albania, have revealed that the orders for Iran’s terror plots come from senior members of the regime leadership.

All Eyes Are on Iran Following A Surge in Terror Activities

The MEK and the NCRI revealed following the attempted bomb attack on the MEK’s Grand Gathering in Paris, that the regime’s terror plots are planned by the highest national security apparatus in the regime, the Supreme National Security Council.

The National Security Council includes the head of the IRGC, Qods Forces, Ministry of Intelligence (MOIS), Foreign Ministry, and is headed by Hassan Rouhani and Khamenei himself.

Following approval from the Supreme National Security Council, MOIS agents working in Iranian embassies around the world are involved in the planning stage of the terror attacks.

In the case of the Paris attack, Assadollah Assadi, an Iranian diplomat working at the regime’s embassy in Vienna, was the mastermind behind planning the attack. He allegedly provided a Belgian-Iranian couple with the explosive material to be used in the attack along with instructions of how the attack would be executed.

The role of embassies in the Iranian regime’s terror machine was confirmed by Michael Eisenstadt, the director of the Military and Security Studies Program of the Washington Institute for Near East Studies. He said, “the Ministry of Intelligence and Security plays the lead role in organizing and conducting terrorist operations abroad, and it runs operations out of Iranian embassies, consulates, and Islamic cultural centers overseas.”

For decades, the regime has maintained terrorist sleeper cells in Europe ready to carry out attacks on the orders of the regime leadership.

After 2008, the regime extended this terror network into Asia and Africa. The regime is now estimated to have active cells in Turkey, Georgia, India, Malaysia, Thailand, and Kenya.

A Tumour in the Heart of Europe

Although the regime has been expanding its terror network across the globe, nowhere has this been more apparent than in Europe.

2018 has seen a surge in regime terror activity in Europe, the latest of which was the failed attempt to plant a bomb in Paris at the MEK’s annual Grand Gathering event.

The NCRI’s report detailed that the regime’s Austrian embassy is the regime’s hub of terror operations in Europe. Before his arrest by German authorities, Assadollah Assadi had been stationed at the Austrian embassy since 2014.

The Austrian press has long-suspected that the regime’s operations in Vienna went beyond normal diplomatic activity. In 2013, Die Presse, a prominent Austrian newspaper asserted that Austria was full of spies for the Islamic Republic.

Findings from the research library of the US Congress supported this assertion. It calculated that Tehran employed around 100 spies in Austria, some of which are Iranian citizens and others Austrian.

The Austrian embassy also has a history of involvement in terror activities. In 1989, three Kurds were killed in Vienna after they arrived at talks with regime officials. The Iranian embassy was found to have been involved in the planning and logistics of the assassination. The gunmen even arrived at the site where the assassination took place in a car registered to the Iranian embassy.

The Surge of Diplomatic Activity in Albania

More recently the Iranian regime has expanded its diplomatic activities in Albania. This is a thinly veiled attempt to scale up terror activities in the region.

Albania began accepting refugees from the MEK following the massacre of its members in Iraq at the hands of regime agents in 2013. This was of significant strategic importance for the regime and its leadership.

Prior to 2013, the Iranian embassy in Albania had never had more than a skeletal team of two or three diplomats. It has since grown into one of the largest Iranian embassies in Europe, as the regime uses the embassy as a logistical base to mount attacks on the MEK members living in exile in Albania.

The former Albanian Prime Minister, Pandeli Majko, described the Iranian regime’s terror strategy in the region as “unprecedented”.

In March 2018, the Iranian regime planned a terror attack on the MEK during the Persian New Year (Nowruz) celebrations. Two Iranian agents were later arrested on terrorism charges by Albanian authorities.

The French Connection

The regime’s embassy in Paris has also been an active part of the regime’s terror machine in Europe. It began coordinating attacks against the Iranian resistance and the MEK in the 1980s, under the guidance of Iranian intelligence officer, Gholam Hossein.

In 1991, the Shah’s Prime Minister and his assistant were assassinated by a three-man assassination squad in Paris. One of the assassins was Zeinalabdedin Sarhaddi, a diplomat based at the regime’s embassy in Switzerland.

Support from the Turkish Embassy

The NCRI reports that the regime’s Turkish embassy has played a central role in supporting the regime’s terror activities across Europe. Geographically, the nation bridges Iran with Europe, and the regime has used it to provide logistical support to its embassies on European soil.

Most recently, in April 2017, the director of GEM TV, Said Karimian, was shot and killed in Istanbul. The influential TV executive was shot 27 times by regime agents.

How Do You Solve a Problem Like State-Sponsored Terrorism?

These recent incidents indicate a clearly-defined surge in terror activities in recent years. The MEK-led protest movement is gaining traction within Iran, and international sanctions designed to constrict the Iranian economy will only fuel the fires of discontent.

During the December and January uprisings, anti-regime protests rapidly spread across Iran’s towns and cities, further demonstrating that the people are ready for regime change.

These circumstances have left the regime’s future in power unclear. For the mullahs, terrorism represents a channel through which they can shore up their power. By targeting the MEK abroad, they hope to limit its power at home.

This is why the regime has crafted an expansive network of terror across Europe. Using embassies as logistic hubs, the MOIS can orchestrate violent attacks on the MEK, many of which endanger the local European population as well as the MEK.

The regime cannot be permitted to use its embassies as safehouses for terrorism in this way. In its report, the NCRI called on the European governments to close any Iranian embassies on their soil.

Only by closing all diplomatic buildings can European heads of state guarantee their citizens are safe from Iran’s state-sponsored terrorism. The NCRI wrote, “the West should recognize that relations with the world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism are no more legitimate than relations with ISIL”.

It’s report clearly demonstrates that simply having an Iranian embassy on your nation’s soil endangers the lives of your citizens. It is time this terrorist machine was brought to a halt. This can only occur with the closure of each and every regime embassy.

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Strikes against the Iranian regime, grow among various sectors in Iran

Iranian Merchants, Steel Workers, and Factory Workers Strike as Part of Growing Nationwide Movement

Strikes against the Iranian regime, grow among various sectors in Iran

Growing strikes across Iran in protest to the high prices, the dire economy and the Iranian regime’s repressive measures.

Strikes continued across Iran on Thursday, with additional workers joining the nationwide movement, reports the MEK sources inside Iran. Factory workers, steelworkers, and merchants are now all part of the growing strike movement.

Bazaar Owners’ Strike

In Tabriz, in northwest Iran, bazaar owners went on strike on Wednesday in protest of rising prices, scarcity of goods, and a decrease in customers. MEK sources inside Iran reported that shops near Sa’at Square and Taleghani Avenue were closed. Shop owners in other cities reportedly joined the strike and closed their shops as well.

Factory Workers’ Strike

On Thursday, factory workers from the Haft Tappeh Sugar Mill Company in Shush continued their strike for the eleventh consecutive day. The workers rallied outside of the governor’s office in Shush, chanting, “Death to oppressors, hail to workers!” and “Shush locals, support us!”

The factory workers are striking because they have not been paid for four months and to protest the privatization of the Haft Tappeh Sugar Mill Company.

The striking factory workers also expressed solidarity with the Ahvaz steel workers, who have been striking for seven consecutive days. They chanted, “Proud steel workers, thank you, thank you!”

Steel Workers’ Strike

Ahvaz Steel Factory workers rallied on the streets of Ahvaz on Wednesday to demand better working conditions and their unpaid wages. The steel workers marched to the governor’s office and blocked the surrounding streets. In videos posted on social media by the MEK network, the steel workers can be heard chanting, “We will not leave from here, until we receive our rights!”

“No nation has seen this much injustice!”

“Workers of Khuzestan, unite, unite!”

Support for the Strikes

The National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) previously released a statement supporting the strikes. The statement read: “Workers of the Ahvaz National Steel Group also protested on Saturday, gathering in front of the governor’s office in the city. They chanted: No nation has seen this much injustice; Hossein Hossein, is their slogan, theft is their pride; what did behind the scene hands have done with the factory?”

Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, President-elect of the NCRI, has been vocal in her support of the nationwide strike movement, recently tweeting in support of the striking steel workers and factory workers:

“Hail to the deprived workers of Haft Tappeh Sugarcane Factory and Steel Factory of #Ahvaz who have risen up to demand their rights, calling for an expansion of the protests by the slogan of ‘Workers of Khuzestan, unite, unite.’”

Mrs. Rajavi reiterated her support of the continuing strikes in another tweet: “Workers’ unity and perseverance against the mullahs’ oppressive rule herald a free, prosperous #Iran devoid of all forms of repression and discrimination.”

The Ahvaz steel workers have been forced to strike three times this year for unpaid wages and better working conditions. During the June strikes, more than 50 striking workers were arrested and four were beaten while being transferred to jail.

In June, the Free Workers Union of Iran commented on the brutal beatings, saying, “One of the workers was beaten to the extent that he suffered a haemorrhage, but the authorities did not make an effort to transfer him to a medical facility.”

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Iran: Sugarcane Factory Workers Strike for Tenth Day

Haft Tapeh Sugercane Factory worker's strike

Haft Tapeh Sugarcane Factory Workers have been on Strike for ten days. demanding their delayed paychecks and protesting poor living conditions.

Wednesday marked the tenth consecutive day of strikes for workers at the Haft Tappeh Sugarcane Company. The workers have been on strike since November 5th to protest not receiving their wages for the past four months. They are also protesting the privatization of the company.

The striking workers rallied outside of the Shush Governor’s Office for the second day to protest. The MEK network shared videos and images of the strike on social media. In videos, workers chanted, “Down with tyrants, long live workers!” and “People of Shush, support us!”

The workers’ chants also referenced the ongoing strike by Ahvaz Steel Company workers, which has been in progress since November 10th. The workers chanted, “Thank you steel workers!” in solidarity with their fellow striking workers.

According to the state-run ILNA news agency, almost 1,000 workers took part in the protest. 2,700 workers at the Haft Tappeh Sugarcane Company have gone without wages for four months, according to one protester who was interviewed by ILNA. “Unfortunately, the employer has no reaction to the workers’ unpaid wages and we are waiting to see whether they will take any real measures,” the protester said.

ILNA published a picture of workers with a banner reading, “Please order the city bakeries to lend bread to Haft Tappeh workers. Workers of Haft Tappeh are hungry.”

The Haft Tappeh Sugarcane Factory, the oldest sugar factory in Iran, was privatized in 2015. Since then, debts at the company have risen, and workers have become progressively poorer. According to official reports, factory workers have lost 80% of their purchasing power over the past few months, and the company is considering laying off workers.

Jafar Azimzadeh, head of the Free Union of Workers in Iran, characterized the condition of the factory workers as “slavery.”

“The families of some workers have to buy bread on credit, because of unpaid salaries and if this situation continues, even bakeries will refuse to sell bread to the workers on credit,” he said.

 

Factory workers at the Haft Tappeh Sugarcane Company have gone on strike several times this year, due to unpaid wages and unfulfilled promises by their employer. The most recent strike took place in August and involved 500 striking workers who had not been paid for three months. According to reports from the MEK network, riot police beat protesters and used tear gas. Five striking workers were arrested and charged with “disrupting order.”  They were later released.

Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran, commended the striking workers, tweeting: “Hail to the deprived workers of Haft Tappeh Sugarcane Factory and Steel Factory of #Ahvaz who have risen up to demand their rights, calling for expansion of the protests by the slogan of “Workers of Khuzestan, unite, unite.”
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The Guardian gives voice to the notorious Ministry of Intelligence in Iran

The Committee of Anglo-Iranian Lawyers Issue a Statement on the Guardian’s MEK Hit Piece

The Guardian gives voice to the notorious Ministry of Intelligence in Iran

The Committee of Anglo-Iranian Lawyers (CAIL) issues a statement, condemning the Guardian, for publishing a hit piece on the People’s Mujahedin Organisation of Iran (MEK)

The Committee of Anglo-Iranian Lawyers (CAIL) issued a statement today condemning the decision from the British newspaper, the Guardian, to publish a hit piece on the People’s Mujahedin Organisation of Iran (MEK).

The legal organization called the regime’s campaign of vilification against the MEK “unprecedented” and denounced its decision to orchestrate terror plots, arrest MEK members inside Iran and use what CAIL calls, “friendly journalists” to spread malicious lies about the opposition group.

Relaying the Slanders of the Regime

The lawyers’ statement accused the Guardian of relaying “the slanders of the regime’s Ministry of Intelligence and Security (MOIS)”.

The MOIS has been actively attempting to discredit and demonize the MEK for the last four decades. Its most recent campaign saw the use of 770 regime-affiliated Twitter accounts posting anti-MEK material online under the guise of foreign citizens and journalists. Twitter has since closed the accounts and removed the material.

However, recent attempts have intensified. In 2018, the regime has increased its terror activities designed to target the MEK.

Foiled terror attacks in Albania and France narrowly averted bloodshed. Another likely plot was unravelled in the early stages in the US as two regime agents were detained for engaging in espionage against MEK members on American soil.

The Regime Sees MEK as an Existential Threat

Part of the intensification of attacks on the MEK’s credibility and physical threats to MEK members can be explained by the MEK’s surging popularity within Iran.

In Iran, CAIL says, “civil society is exploding, and the regime is exhausted and helpless”. Strikes rack the country weekly, spreading across key demographics, including teachers and logistics workers.

The MEK-organised protests are bringing Iran to its knees.

The mullahs are also finding themselves increasingly isolated on the international stage. Earlier this year, President Hassan Rouhani spoke to his French counterpart and urged him to crack down on MEK activities on French soil. French President Emmanuel Macron resolutely refused.

The demonization campaign and Arron Merat’s article in the Guardian are the regime’s way of legitimizing attacks on MEK members. “The task of a ‘friendly journalist’”, CAIL says, “is to give the impression that the PMOI [MEK] has no popular support in Iran, that it is undemocratic, and that there is no viable alternative in Iran, so it would be only wise for the international community to hold onto the current barbaric regime”.

The International Community Will Not Be Fooled

The situation the ‘friendly journalists’, like Arron Merat, describe could not be further from the truth. The Iranian people have supported the MEK for 53 years, with many joining its ranks and making generous donations of wealth to the cause.

The international community will not be fooled. Arron Merat is nothing more than a mouthpiece for the Iranian regime. His close ties to the MOIS and the regime leadership has been well-documented in his previous articles and Tweets.

His piece is littered with factual inaccuracies designed to absolve the mullahs of their atrocities and vilify the Iranian opposition.

For example, Merat claims it was the MEK that accused the clerical regime of plotting the foiled terror attack at the MEK’s annual Grand Gathering this summer. He writes that “one day after the conference, the MEK accused Tehran of plotting a bomb attack against the event”.

Pulling Back the Curtain on the Regime’s Foiled Terror Attacks

In reality, the accusations made against Tehran came not one, but two days after the Grand Gathering event. It also was not the MEK that levied the accusations, but the Belgian General prosecutor and the Federal Police following the arrest of a Belgian-Iranian couple traveling to the event in a car laden with explosives.

In another example, Merat tells the story of Ms. Somayeh Mohammadi, a 38-year-old member of the MEK. The regime has often touted lies about Somayeh’s position in the MEK, asserting that she is being held at the group’s compound in Albania against her will.

Merat interviewed Somayeh’s parents, who serve the regime’s interests and disseminate the same lies. In reality, Somayeh has been a voluntary member of the MEK for many years. She even wrote a book entitled, “An End to a Conspiracy” in which she describes how she is not being held against her will and expresses her sadness at seeing the regime use her parents in their campaign to demonize the Iranian opposition.

Merat’s article is littered with many more factual inaccuracies, mistruths, and outright lies.

CAIL’s statement concludes with a defiant and determined challenge to the regime. “We are ready to prove this in any court of law”, adding, “not even a single one of these lies is new to us Iranians”.

The MEK and their allies are well-versed in the lies of the regime. It has the necessary evidence to debunk these allegations and is will relish the chance to expose these lies to the world.

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