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Ahvazi Protesters Still Detained

Crises Face Regime at Highest Levels as Free Iran Rally Grows Near

Ahvazi Protesters Still Detained

Archive- Ahvazi protesters deman the freedom or arrested protesters during their uprisings in March, 2018.

The Iranian regime is showing increasing alarm in light of the recent crises facing the theocracy. Recently, a number of officials within the regime have made statements in reference to the various threats to the regime and its power. Regime’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, and its President, Hassan Rouhani, also regime’s parliament speaker Ali Larijani have all made such remarks, as have a growing number of other regime officials.

When analyzing the cause of this strong and vocal response by such a large variety of regime officials, including its highest leaders, it becomes clear that the mullahs are concerned about the “nationwide crises” and how to bring the country back under their control.

Regime President Hassan Rouhani recently made remarks indicating that the regime would like to engage with the international committee and resume talks about their nuclear program, much as they did in talks leading up to the 2015 nuclear agreement. The decision to do this, however, lies in the hands of Supreme Leader Khamenei, who has shown no urgency to do so in his recent remarks. This contradiction between the regime leadership points to increasing crisis at the highest levels of the regime amidst increasing global isolation.

In Parliament Speaker Larijani’s remarks, he described the regime’s dilemma as four-pronged. The regime currently struggles with:

  • international isolation;
  • social calamities;
  • rifts between the regime’s rank and file members; and
  • the growing influence of the opposition movement, which offers a democratic alternative, specifically the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) and the Mojahedin-e Khalq (MEK).

Larijani also took time in his remarks to threaten the millions of Iranians who have participated in the ongoing protests across the country, saying that Tehran will not sit idly by and adding that the regime will take serious action against those endangering the security of Iran.

At last year’s annual Free Iran gathering, the NCRI’s President-elect, Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, spoke to an audience of more than 100,000 people, including hundreds of international guests, as well as government officials, politicians, and dignitaries about the future of Iran. She made some astounding predictions in her speech about the state of the regime:

“The light of change is shining on Iran. The ruling regime is in disarray and paralyzed as never before. Iranian society is simmering with discontent and the international community is finally getting closer to the reality that appeasing the ruling theocracy is misguided.
“These intense circumstances speak to three fundamental truths related to obtaining freedom and liberty in Iran, as well as peace and tranquility in the region:
First, the overthrow of the ruling religious dictatorship is imperative.
Second, the regime’s overthrow is within reach.
And third, a democratic alternative and an organized resistance exist, which is capable of toppling the theocracy in Iran.”

Mrs. Rajavi’s words were true last year, but today they are urgent. The people have begun to rise up and demand the overthrow of the tyrannical regime. At its highest levels, Tehran is in crisis. This year’s Free Iran rally is being held as protests, strikes, and demonstrations continue across Iran on a daily basis. Change is close at hand after 39 years of oppression. On June 30th, the NCRI and MEK will gather in Paris with supporters from all over the world to discuss the future of Iran and a plan for freedom.

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Voices from the Iranian regime are fearful of the upcoming Grand Gathering in Paris

Annual gathering of Iran opposition (NCRI)

Archive- The annual gathering of Iran’s main opposition, the National Council of Resistance of Iran-Paris, July 2017

As the mullahs grapple with the wave of protests that has engulfed Iran and threatened to topple their tyrannical regime, the Iranian opposition is busy making arrangements for their annual conference that will take place at the end of the month.

On June 30th, People’s Mujahedin Organisation of Iran (MEK) and National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) supporters will gather in Paris. It is one of the most significant events of the year for the Iranian opposition movement, bringing together opposition supporters from across the globe.

There are signs that the gathering is worrying the clerical regime. The regime’s Foreign Ministry Spokesman told the national press that Rouhani held talks with the French government in an attempt to get them to cancel the event. The spokesman, Bahram Ghasemi threatened France, stating “those who give a permit to such gatherings are wrong”, ominously adding, “they themselves will be affected by the consequences as well”.

Ghasemi was not alone in his criticism of the French government. Regime’s National Security Commission Spokesman, Naghavi Hosseini also condemned the French decision to allow the gathering to go ahead. He suggested it was a policy which would put the French government in confrontation with the Iranian regime. Hosseini added, “the MEK is going to harm Iran-European relationships”. Hosseini said that Iran would have to re-evaluate its European policy should the gathering go ahead.

The Parliamentary Research Centre and the Iran-Europe Parliamentary Relationships Group have also written letters to their French counterparts that indicate their fear of Iran opposition’s activities even outside Iran. The letters warn the French authorities of the NCRI’s “hostile moves in France”. They also express anger at the European Union’s decision to remove the MEK from its terror list in 2009.

The chairman of the regime’s Parliamentary Research Centre, Kazem Jalali, accused the MEK of creating a “rift” between France and Iran. His comments were echoed by Mohammadjavad Larijani, the regime’s judiciary International Deputy. He told a State TV program that the regime had expressed its disapproval to the Europeans over their permission of other recent NCRI and MEK events. He also questioned the role the US would have in the gathering.

The comments are one of the strongest indications yet that the MEK’s activities pose a real threat to the existence of the mullahs’ regime. With the parliament, the judiciary, and senior officials of the regime all speaking out against the Paris gathering, the mullahs evidently feel threatened by increasing domestic and international support for the opposition movement.

They are right to fear the protest. It will inspire domestic demonstrations across Iran as the Iranian public see that the international community is ready to support them. The NCRI’s status as a democratic alternative to the mullahs’ regime will receive international attention, as will the NCRI’s President-elect, Maryam Rajavi.

The Grand Gathering in Paris will add to the growing chorus of voices calling for regime change in Iran. The mullahs should be nervous. Their days are numbered.

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Iranian diaspora will gather to support Iran Protests

MEK –  People of Iran Are Deprived of Freedom in all Areas of Life

Iranian diaspora will gather to support Iran Protests

Iranians in Europe and America, will gather in Paris this June to show support for Iran Protests

In Iran, the concept of freedom does not exist. The regime has imposed its standards of behavior, preventing the exercise of free will or choice among its people, stifling their ability to live in freedom.

The Iranian regime is particularly repressive with respect to religious expression. Laws and regulations in Iran are based on an extremist interpretation of Islam and Sharia law. The people of Iran are forced to conform to extremism, not secular law. Iranian law says that any non-Muslim who encourages a Muslim to convert to another religion should be sentenced to death. This effectively makes the free expression of religion punishable by death.

Iran, which is responsible for fully half of the world’s executions, unfairly uses the death penalty to punish non-Muslims in other situations as well. If a victim of a crime is a Muslim, but the perpetrator is not, the perpetrator may be sentenced to death.

The Iranian regime controls its citizens by preventing them from choosing their religion. Muslims in Iran are prohibited from converting to other religions or from renouncing Islam. Anyone who is born into a Muslim community in Iran must remain a Muslim forever. The right to choose one’s faith is nonexistent.

Many members of religious minorities in Iran have been imprisoned for their beliefs. Charges against these people have ranged from “corruption on earth” to “insulting Islam.”

The National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), of which the MEK is the largest member, has long stood in opposition to the regime’s treatment of religious minorities and sought to draw attention to their plight. The NCRI and MEK have also sought to clarify that the regime’s interpretation of the  Islamic faith runs counter to the true values of peace and sharing promoted by religion.

The idea that anyone would be prohibited from choosing and following their own spiritual path seems bizarre and abhorrent to those living in a free society, but this is a fact of life in Iran. Freedom of religion is absent in a country where women are not permitted to attend sporting events and are forced to abide by a rigid dress code. Freedom does not exist in a country where minorities are persecuted and those who dare to protest against the regime are shot in the streets.

The clerical regime who rules Iran uses these restrictions to suppress and control the people and maintain its power. These restrictions fly in the face of basic human rights, but despite the pleas of human rights activists, nothing has changed.

The annual Free Iran rally in Paris on June 30th will provide an opportunity for the NCRI to discuss ways to use the resistance movement to help the Iranian people achieve freedom. The rally will affirm the support of the NCRI and MEK for the people of Iran in their desire for regime change.

In the absence of any capacity for reform in the velayat-e-Faqih(the rule of the divine over an entire nation)’s dictatorship, the people of Iran have made it clear that regime change is the only path forward. The regime has systematically oppressed its people for four decades and shows no signs of stopping. The pattern of corruption, brutality, exportation of terrorism, and suppression is beyond reform. The MEK stands firmly behind the people of Iran in their quest for regime change.

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A Preview of the Upcoming Iranian Diaspora Convention

A Preview of the Upcoming Iranian Diaspora Convention

A Preview of the Upcoming Iranian Diaspora Convention

The annual gathering of the Iranian diaspora, gathering in Paris on June 30th, 2018 to voice support for the democratic alternative to the ruling theocracy in Iran.

On June 30th, the Iranian Diaspora will host its annual convention in Paris, France. The Iranian Diaspora convention is held every year, drawing supporters of the Iranian opposition movement, including the People’s Mujahedin Organisation of Iran (MEK) and the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), from across the globe.

Supporters of the democratic government in exile, led by President-elect Maryam Rajavi, will stand with their peers within Iran in their quest for regime change. Following the uprisings at the end of last year and beginning of 2018, the mullahs position in power has looked more precarious than ever.

The uprisings spread rapidly across 142 cities, with protesters tearing down images of the regime’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei. It was a stark reminder or how far the Iranian people are willing to go to see their country restored to democracy.

The momentum and anti-regime mentality that gave birth to the December and January uprisings have continued to generate protests. Laborers, teachers, farmers, and merchants have staged their own protests across prominent Iranian cities like Mashhad, Kazerun, Baneh, Isfahan, and the capital, Tehran.

The upcoming convention occurs in an environment of fierce domestic hostility towards the regime. Rouhani’s routine human rights abuses turn more of the Iranian public against him every week. His false promises of reform and moderation have been exposed as false as execution numbers continue to rise. Iran’s annual execution figures are at their highest in 25 years.

Now, Maryam Rajavi is the voice of the Iranian population. The truck drivers, teachers, abused workers, bankrupt investors, families of those murdered by the regime, women who have faced discrimination, and ethnic minorities need someone to stand with them and be their voice. That is precisely what Maryam Rajavi and the MEK will do on June 30th.

They will rally international support for the plight of the Iranian people. They will tell the world to stop endorsing a dying regime. They will call for an end for economic contracts with the mullahs and their affiliated companies.

The MEK has already seen a rise in support from key international voices. Former Italian Foreign Minister Giulio Terzi, former Vice-President of the European Parliament Alejo Vidal-Quadras, and former president of Great Britain’s Trade Union Congress Roger Lyons have all expressed their support for the Iranian people and their solidarity with the #FreeIran2018 gathering.

As the convention approaches, the international community has the opportunity to re-evaluate their stance towards the Iranian regime. They will hear from the united voice of the Iranian public about the viable alternative and its vision for a FreeIran.

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Brave woman chants "Death to Khamenei"

MEK Network: The Brave Woman of Karaj Who Dared Defy the Regime Publicly

Brave woman chants "Death to Khamenei"

An Iranian women speaks out against the regime, chanting “Death to Khamenei” regime’s Supreme Leader

In the city of Karaj, Iran a brave woman dared to openly defy the clerical regime. In the morning of June 13th, the woman appeared in Mehran Square and loudly chanted anti-regime slogans, including “Death to Khamenei”- regime’s Supreme Leader.

She shouted angrily about the regime’s arbitrary execution of political prisoners, individually mentioning the case of Hossein Panahi. She went on to condemn the open killing of the country’s youth, robbing them of their futures in an attempt to monopolize power.

As she spoke, a small crowd gathered. People filming on smartphones quickly put the woman’s tirade on the internet, where she has received support from the Iranian public.

Women in protests

The woman’s public demonstration of anger comes as brave females across Iran have demonstrated a larger role in the opposition movement. Women have turned out in large numbers at recent protests.

Women in Iran face discrimination and difficult living and working conditions. The People’s Mujahedin Organisation of Iran (MEK) reported on the appalling working conditions many Iranian women face on a daily basis.

The report highlighted the payment of lower wages for women and unsafe working conditions, no insurance, no employment benefits, and little or no job security. There is also systematic discrimination against women in the employment process. The regime holds highly misogynistic views on the role of women in society. It makes no attempt to level the employment playing field by removing structural barriers the discriminate against women in the workplace.

According to the MEK, the recent economic turmoil that has gripped the country has also disproportionately affected working women. In times of economic hardship, women are the first to lose their jobs. Married women, in particular, face the chop first. Employers do not want to risk their workers taking time off in the future for maternity leave.

These discriminatory practices have mobilised women on an even grander scale. Women, like the brave woman in Mehran Square, are joining the opposition movement in larger numbers and taking to the streets more frequently than before.

The women of Iran will have a decisive role to play in showing the regime that the maintenance of the status quo is unacceptable to the Iranian people.

 

 

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Kazerun protest in May 2018

Iranian Regime Requires a Firm Approach

Kazerun protest in May 2018

A scene of the massive protest in Kazerun against regime’s repressive measures- May 2018

U.S. President Donald Trump’s historic summit with Kim Jong Un of North Korean in Singapore culminated in a joint statement by the two leaders promising security guarantees from the United States in return for North Korea’s “firm and unwavering commitment to complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.”

The exact details of the agreement remain to be seen, and the timeframe will prove vital to its success or failure. It is clear, though, that having a firm policy helped the outcome.

 

An editorial on ncri-iran.org made the case that, whether dealing with North Korea or Iran, the underlying issues are the same. “[W]hen dealing with rogue regimes that suppress their own people, firmness is the only appropriate approach. History tells us that the policy of appeasement, under any pretext, is a recipe for war and more instability.”

Lobbyists for the Iranian regime and advocates for appeasement toward the regime repeatedly state that taking a tough stance against the regime would lead to war. This is a false notion that denies the Iranian people the right to change the regime that is responsible for their oppression. Those who favor appeasement claim that regime change will lead to chaos and uncertainty. This deception, while impressive in its drama, is no longer effective. The time for appeasement has passed.

The “‘echo chamber’ has lost its power.”

 

Though Iran and North Korea differ in a number of areas, these differences only strengthen the need for a strong policy to deal with the “regime’s nuclear ambitions and meddling in other countries as well as its support for international terrorism.”

 

First, unlike North Korea, the Iranian regime has the goals of expansion and exportation of terrorism and fundamentalism. They achieve these goals through the destabilization of other countries. This pillar of their survival is part of their constitution.

Second, Iranian society, despite the regime’s efforts at suppression, is characterized by unrest, with a volatile population that protests daily for change. A nationwide uprising began last December and spread to 140 cities, with cries for regime change echoing across the country. Protests since then have been constant and widespread. Protests in Ahvaz and other cities in Khuzestan Province lasted over a week. Farmers in Isfahan protested for days. Anti-regime protests even broke out at Friday prayer sermons, which are the regime’s official platform.

 

Massive protests in Kazerun basically led to the people controlling the city for almost a week this May. The regime was only able to regain control of the city after sending in additional security forces, killing at least four protesters, and making concessions to the protesters. A large-scale strike by truck drivers over the past two weeks has further destabilized the regime. The MEK has helped to organize all of these protests and to mobilize the people in protest.

Third, Iran has a long history of fighting for democracy and freedom. The people of Iran are not strangers to fighting for regime change.

 

Fourth, there is a viable alternative to the oppressive regime in Iran, which can both lead the movement for regime change and govern the nation during the transition after the regime is overthrown. The National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), of which the MEK is the largest member, represents the aspirations of the Iranian people for freedom, and it represents and embraces people from all political identities and religious and ethnic minorities.

A firm policy toward Iran would prevent the regime from taking advantage of the past policy of appeasement by the West that has allowed the mullahs to flourish for decades. Currently, the Iranian economy is on the brink of collapse, and trade will not save it, even from its traditional allies.

 

Establishing a firm policy toward the Iranian regime while siding with its people is indeed the only way to prevent war and to move toward peace in the region. The people of Iran and their resistance movement, specifically the MEK, are equal to the task of regime change. The task of the world’s governments is to abandon the policy of appeasement toward Iran and create a firm policy that will make a lasting peace.

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Steel Workers Demand Release of Detained Colleagues

Steel Workers Demand Release of Detained Colleagues

Steel Workers Demand Release of Detained Colleagues

Steel Workers Demand Release of Detained Colleagues

On Tuesday, June 12th, hundreds of steelworkers gathered outside of the governor’s office in Khuzestan Province to demand the release of the 36 workers who were detained on Monday night. The steelworkers chanted, Detained workers must be freed!”

 

Sources in the MEK network inside Iran reported that at least ten more workers were arrested on Tuesday when suppressive forces attacked the protesters calling for the release of detainees of the initial protests.

 

The protests began on Sunday when authorities refused to pay workers’ delayed salaries and meet their outstanding demands. The workers responded by raising roadblocks on the Ahwaz-Tehran rail tracks.

 

On Monday morning, 400 workers from the Iran National Steel Industrial Group gathered in front of the Governorate in Ahvaz to ask for consideration of their status in their company and to demand payment of their salaries, which have not been paid on time.

 

The protesters marched from the Governorate to Kianpars and then on to Mahin Street while surrounded by a heavy police presence. The marchers shut down the street, bringing traffic to a standstill for several hours. The workers then marched to the offices of some members of parliament in the city, chanting:

 

“Compatriots be aware, Ahvaz has no owner!” and “We do not want an inadequate governor!”

 

Sources in the MEK network inside Iran also reported that the steelworkers chanted against the mullahs’ regime during their protest.

 

Iran Human Rights Monitor was able to obtain the names of some of those who were detained in their initial protests. Their names are listed below:

  1. Hassan Javid Hamoudi,
    2. Peyman Shajirat,
    3. Mohammad Naghizadeh,
    4. Ali Jama’ati,
    5. Rahman Sam’ak,
    6. Karim Siahi,
    7. Ali Aghabeh,
    8. Ali Taheri,
    9. Mostafa Zargani,
    10. Behzad Alikhani,
    11. Seyyed Mohammad Mousavi,
    12. Amir Sha’abani,
    13. Seyyed Razzagh Mousavi,
    14. Hadi Vaeli,
    15. Farzad Gharaji,
    16. Younes Amiri,
    17. Seyyed Ali Moradi,
    18. Nour Ali Khan Mohammad,
    19. Amir Harirzavi,
    20. Ahmad Afrawi,
    21. Hossein Efri,
    22. Ebrahim Farsi,
    23. Mohammad Allawi,
    24. Seyyed Javad Mousavi,
    25. Alireza Mohreb,
    26. Javad Eskandari,
    27. Ali Daghalegheh,
    28. Ebrahim Borumand Nia,
    29. Ali Hezbi Pour,
    30. Faisal Sari,
    31. Shahin Baba Ahmadi,
    32. Kazem Heydari

 

 

 

 

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FATF meets to discuss Iran's breach of money laundering and support for terrorism

Iran Delays the FATF Vote

FATF meets to discuss Iran's breach of money laundering and support for terrorism

A scene of the Financial Action Task Force on Money Laundering (FATF) meeting

On Sunday, June 10, the regime’s parliament voted to postpone the vote to add the Iranian regime to the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) for two months. The regime is waiting for the results of ongoing negotiations with Europe before making a decision.

The goal of the FATF is to disrupt money laundering and funding for terrorist groups. Regulations made by the convention will lead to substantial restrictions to the Iranian regime’s banking systems.

The state daily publication Vatane Emruz reported on the regime’s negotiations to join the FATF. The regime’s deputy economy minister was reported by Vatane Emruz as saying, “We cannot neglect the FATF and say we will not join the convention. The FATF is an internationally recognized framework and if we intend to work with the world’s bank we are forced to adapt ourselves to its conditions.”

The mouthpiece of Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei,

Kayhan daily said the following: “Joining the FATF will provide new legal tools at our enemies’ disposal, establish a world consensus against the state and realize increasing sanctions against the country’s state institutions, such as the Revolutionary Guards (IRGC)… Will this not lead to a blow to the heroic [Lebanese] Hezbollah and the state’s strategic depth?

“The U.S. is seeking to overthrow us; Europe pursues its own economic interest and stopping our missile and regional power; and the FATF will provide tools to these powers that are looking to gain influence over our economic/political security and regional influence.”

 

A faction in the regime’s parliament that is close to Khamenei issued their own statement which said:

“Bearing in mind the fact that the world’s major powers consider the Lebanese Hezbollah, Hamas in Palestine, Yemen’s Ansarollah [Houthis], Iraq’s Hashd al-Shaabi (Popular Mobilization Forces) and other similar groups as terrorist entities, and instead at least covertly support the [PMOI/MEK], joining the FATF will render endless international measures and increasing sanctions against a variety of our state entities, including the IRGC. Our state institutions and officials will be divided into two classifications of sanctioned and non-sanctioned entities. As a result, there will also be entities sanctioned inside the country. At the end of the day, Iran’s dossier will be referred to The Hague and United Nations Security Council.”

The regime’s precarious position in regards to the FATF was further illustrated by the Mostafa Kavakabian, a regime MP who was quoted as saying:

“If we choose not to join this convention, we will not be able to monitor the hypocrites, or the so-called People’s Mojahedin Organization [MEK], in any country. However, by joining [the FATF] we can pursue the measures taken across the globe against the Islamic Republic, our country, our national interests,” said regime lawmaker Mostafa Kavakebian, one of most senior MPs in regime’s parliament.

By joining the FATF, the regime will face mounting financial pressure to address its sponsorship of terrorism, including sanctions on a number of its institutions, such as the Revolutionary Guards. But the regime is so threatened by the MEK that it may join the organization anyway, in the hope that it might use its membership to monitor the MEK, which has become even more of a concern to Tehran in the wake of the massive uprising began last December and continues today.

 

Although the regime claims that the MEK has no following within Iran and is on the verge of failure, it is willing to consider joining the FATF against its own interests in order to monitor the organization. It would appear that the regime believes that the MEK has more power than they are willing to acknowledge.

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Drought-A girl using water containers to take water home

Iran’s “Super-Challenge”: The Water Crisis on its Doorstep

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A child, filling up drinking water container, supplied via tankers due to water shortage in the country.

At its fundamental level, a government’s role is to ensure its citizens have access to the basic necessities for survival. In countries where water shortage is a prominent issue, this means adequately managing water supplies to prevent drought. It also means investing in water infrastructure to distribute water to citizens across the whole country.

Iran’s climate means water management is of the utmost importance. With an annual precipitation depth of just 250mm, far less than the global average of 850mm, Iran is among the driest regions in the world.

Crisis Point

Despite this, the clerical regime has grossly underestimated the importance of effectively managing the country’s water supply. Experts believe that Iran’s water management is approaching crisis point. The People’s Mujahedin Organisation of Iran (MEK) has called the water crisis one of the six “super-challenges” Iran faces. The country is already racked with drought, and the situation is set to worsen in the coming years.

According to the MEK, 3,000 villages in Sistan and Baluchistan lack any source of drinking water. 1,200 communities rely on water trucks to deliver their fresh water.

The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Iran’s Water Resources Management Company predicted that the drying of the Lar and Latyan dams will leave swathes of Tehran’s Eastern suburbs without electricity for more than seven hours a day.

Gross Mismanagement

The government has done little to prevent this crisis. It has issued warnings but has been markedly absent in taking steps to avoid such a crisis developing. They could have invested in renewable “freshwaters”, a step that other countries facing drought often take.

What little water Iran has is often wasted. Urban water usage is higher than it needs to be. As is the water used for agricultural purposes.

Of the 130 million mm2 of freshwater in Iran, 92% of it is used in agriculture, far higher than the global average of 70%. Only 6% is set aside for urban and rural consumption.

The regime blames the people for Iran’s water shortage. It cites high consumption in Tehran and wasteful domestic water habits. This is how the regime justifies its frequent water price increases.

However, even if the regime is correct, and citizens in Tehran are not careful with their water, domestic consumption accounts for just 6% of the country’s total freshwater. It is the regime’s waste of the other 94% that has left the country in a water crisis.

Inappropriate Distribution

Experts have indicated that the underlying cause of Iran’s water crisis is not the people, but the regime’s inappropriate distribution and mismanagement of water resources.

The UN believes that excessive dam construction and inefficient agricultural practices must shoulder the blame. Outdated watering techniques employed in Iran’s agricultural sector create excessive water waste.

A Solution?

There are options for alleviating Iran’s water crisis. The first would be ending the corruption pandemic that is entrenched in the Iranian regime’s management of water and food resources. The regime is far more comfortable blaming the Iranian population for the water crisis than taking responsibility for its own mismanagement and systematic plunder of Iran’s natural resources.

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Kazerun demonstration-May 2018

Yet more blows to the Iranian regime

Iran’s rising tide of protests continued into June. On June 9th, protests spread to the medical professions. Doctors and dentists walked out of their surgeries, staging a demonstration in front of the Iranian Ministry of Health Treatment and Medical Training. They were expressing their disgust at the regime’s allocation of residency applicants. The regime allocated 60% of residency positions to regime affiliates and supporters.

A Blow to the Regime

The medical strike was the latest blow to the regime, which is suffering humiliation at the rising dissent and growing protest movement across the country. Nowhere was this more evident than in the “Quds Day” rallies.

The regime attempted to drum up public support by holding rallies in Tehran and across Iran. However, public turnout was so low, even with significant editing, the state broadcasters were unable to broadcast footage showing crowds attending the rallies.

The clerical regime had advertised the rallies for several weeks, urging citizens to attend. State-operated shuttle and subway services were put on to drive people to the rallies free of charge, yet still, the people stayed away.

Among those that did attend were plain clothed Revolutionary Guards and Basij forces to push the numbers up. Even those that depend on the regime for their livelihood avoided the rallies in a show of defiance and protest.

The rallies were the clerical regime’s response to protests organized by the Iranian opposition and the People’s Mujahedin Organisation of Iran (MEK).

MEK-endorsed protests have sprung up across Iran

The MEK has called for the public to rise up in solidarity with many of the protests springing up across the country. The President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran, Maryam Rajavi, recently gave the striking truck drivers her full support and called on the Iranian public to stand in solidarity with them.

Other protests are sweeping across the country. Retired sugarcane workers at the Haft-tappeh sugar cane company were the latest to join the resistance movement. On June 9th, workers staged a protest over the non-payment of their salaries. They have not received payment for two months and have seen a cut and reduction of their employment benefits.

On the same day, steelworkers from the National Group Alloyed Steel Company staged protests of their own. They gathered in front of the Provincial governate, enraged by the non-payment of wages and future job uncertainty.

On June 8th, the people of the city of Mahshahr in Northern Iran gathered once more to protest the regime’s plans to divide their city. They gathered in the mosque with banners reading, “we give our blood but not our soil”.

In addition to these brave displays of defiance, the truck drivers also continued to vent their frustrations. In Babai freeway, truck drivers parked their trucks, blocking traffic and creating a long queue of stationary vehicles.

Each act of protest serves as another defeat to the Iranian regime.

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