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Assadi’s Extradition Follows Months of Lies and Drama from Iranian Regime

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Iranian regime diplomat-terrorist that was arrested on July 1st for his role in masterminding the foiled terror plot to bomb Free Iran Rally in France

On October 10th, Belgian prosecutors announced that Iranian regime diplomat Assadollah Assadi and three other Iranians were charged with attempting to bomb the National Council of Resistance of Iran’s (NCRI) annual gathering outside of Paris in June. This announcement came after months of drama, threats, lies, and pressure from the Iranian regime after a foiled terrorist attack that could have killed or injured hundreds and led to war if it had been successful.

Foiled Attack on Free Iran Gathering

On June 30th, 2018, tens of thousands of supporters of the MEK, along with foreign dignitaries and political figures from around the world gathered outside of Paris for the NCRI’s annual gathering.

On the day of the gathering, Belgian police arrested Nasimeh Naami and Amir Saadouni, a Belgian couple of Iranian descent, en route to the gathering carrying 500 grams of TATP explosives and a detonator.

French police arrested another Iranian that day at the site of the rally. The man, identified only as Mehrdad A., is accused of being an accomplice in the foiled bombing.

German police arrested Iranian diplomat Assadollah Assadi the following day after he stopped for gas outside of Aschaffenburg, Germany. Police called in a bomb squad to search his rented van, fearful that he might also be in possession of explosives. Assadi is charged with plotting the attack and personally delivering the explosives to the couple who was arrested in Belgium.

Pushback from the Iranian Regime

The attempted terrorist attack on the NCRI gathering by an Iranian diplomat created a political disaster for the mullahs’ regime in multiple countries in Western Europe.

Before his arrest, Assadi was an Iranian diplomat and a high-ranking Ministry for the regime’s Intelligence and Security (MOIS) officer, working as a station chief in the Iranian embassy in Austria.

The regime immediately attempted to shift blame for the foiled attack away from the regime and its operatives. On July 2nd, regime Foreign Minister Javad Zarif accused the MEK of plotting an attack on itself to distract attention from one of regime President Rouhani’s trips to Europe. tweeting:

“How convenient: Just as we embark on a presidential visit to Europe, an alleged Iranian operation and its “plotters” arrested. Iran unequivocally condemns all violence & terror anywhere, and is ready to work with all concerned to uncover what is a sinister false flag ploy.”

The spokesperson for the regime Foreign Ministry Bahram Qassemi then told reporters that Iran had evidence that a terrorist organization (other than the Iranian regime) planned the attack. He could not produce any of this evidence, but he assured anyone who would listen that Iran definitely had it.

“The latest scenario has been planned and carried out to damage Iran-Europe ties amid such sensitive and crucial times,” claimed Qassemi.

European Courts Act Swiftly

Austria responded to the Assadi’s arrest swiftly, asking Iran to strip him of his diplomatic status. Austria gave Iran 48 hours to comply with its request, and when Iran refused, did so itself.

Belgian authorities requested Assadi’s extradition, on the grounds that the Assadi gave explosives to the couple who was arrested while they were all in Belgium.

German prosecutors charged Assadi with activity as a foreign agent and conspiracy to commit murder. According to the prosecutors, Assadi is a member of the Iranian Ministry of Intelligence and Security, whose tasks “primarily include the intensive observation and combating of opposition groups inside and outside of Iran.”

Assadi’s defense attorneys attempted to argue that he has diplomatic immunity under the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations and could not be tried for his crimes. Sources report that Iranian officials planned to pressure the Austrian government to send Assadi back to Iran if he was released from German detention so that he could avoid facing justice at all.

On October 1st, the Bamberg State Court in Germany approved Assadi’s extradition, saying in its ruling that diplomatic immunity did not apply because Assadi was not in Austria or Iran when the crime occurred.

France’s Response

On October 2nd, French intelligence confirmed that the MOIS ordered the attack. A French intelligence source told Reuters:

“Behind all this was a long, meticulous and detailed investigation by our (intelligence) services that enabled us to reach the conclusion, without any doubt, that responsibility fell on the intelligence ministry.”

France acted on this information by seizing all assets belonging to Iran’s intelligence services, as well as the assets of two Iranian nationals. The Foreign, Interior, and Economic Ministers released a joint statement that said: “An attempted attack in Villepinte was foiled on June 30. An incident of such gravity on our national territory could not go unpunished.” France’s Macron had previously warned about a firm response.”

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Maryam Rajavi 's Ten Point Plan

Maryam Rajavi has a Detailed Plan for Realising a Democratic Iran

 

Maryam Rajavi 's Ten Point Plan

Maryam Rajavi, the President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI)’s plan for Future Iran

Maryam Rajavi, the President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI),  know that the regime will not be able to maintain the political status-quo in Iran for much longer.

That is why Ms. Rajavi has put together a detailed plan following the fall of the clerical regime. Her plan is designed to guide Iran through a transitional period and usher in a new era of Iranian democracy.

Maryam Rajavi 's Ten Point Plan

Photo Credit to @mojahedineng: Maryam Rajavi, the President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI)’s plan for Future Iran

The End of an Era

First, the Iranian people must free themselves from the shackles of the clerical regime. This is already underway as ordinary Iranians have taken to the streets to protest the mullahs’ corruption and economic mismanagement.

What began as a concentrated uprising in December and January, has gathered momentum and has become a clamorous call for regime change.

The Iranian people have defied the repressive and violent responses of the mullahs and continue to risk their freedom and their lives to exercise their right to protest.

MEK-A Well-Coordinated Iranian Opposition

What makes the latest protests so dangerous to the mullahs’ rule is that this time, the Iranian opposition is well-organized. The MEK has rallied supporters to its cause on social media, using it as a platform to organize protests in areas where the regime’s security units rarely patrol.

Maryam Rajavi has occupied a central role in mobilizing and uniting the Iranian population against the mullahs. She is in a strong position to lead Iran as it enters a transitory phase after the fall of the mullahs.

Striving Towards Democracy

Maryam Rajavi leads the NCRI, the only opposition groups with a plan to create a viable government. The NCRI currently has a government-in-exile in France and would be well-placed to oversee a transition to democracy.

As part of Maryam Rajavi’s ten-point plan, the NCRI would work to institute a constitution and free and fair elections in Iran at the earliest possible opportunity after the collapse of the clerical regime.

The NCRI and its main member, the MEK, would ensure no foreign powers hijack Iran’s transition to democracy. It would also provide a constitution to protect the Iranian people from a dictatorship much like the one they escaped.

The constitution would be founded on democratic values. It would promote equality, religious tolerance, and freedom. It would abolish the death penalty and cruel and violent punishments, and separate religion from government.

This, Rajavi argues, is what remains “engraved in the hearts of each and every Iranian”.

Once the free and fair elections have been held and Iran has a new, democratically elected government, Maryam Rajavi and the NCRI and MEK will have completed their mission and resign, having been a part of realizing Iran’s new democratic dawn.

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Teachers strike in Iran

Teachers Across Iran Strike

Teachers strike in Iran

National Strike by teachers across Iran, to protest the high living prices and the dire condition of the teachers under the mullah’s regime.

Teachers in Iran went on strike on Sunday, October 14th, refusing to enter their classrooms. They are protesting poor working conditions, low pay, and suppression of teacher rights, among other indignities.

The strike began in Tehran and quickly spread to provinces across Iran, including Alborz, Isfahan, East Azarbaijan, West Azarbaijan, Fars, Khorasan Razavi, North Khorasan, Kurdistan, Kermanshah, Semnan, Qazvin, Mazandaran, Hamedan, Yazd, Markazi, Lorestan, Ilam, Bushehr, Chahar Mahal and Bakhtiari, and Kohgiluyeh and Boyer Ahmed.

The striking teachers cite a variety of concerns. The teachers work for poverty-level salaries and have limited purchasing power as prices increase daily. Benefits are poor or nonexistent, teachers lack efficient and comprehensive insurance, and teachers’ trust reserves have been looted. Teachers have also been deprived of their rights to stand up for themselves. Independent unions are banned, and union and cultural activists have been imprisoned or fired. Agreed-upon plans have not been implemented, such as the Public Service Management Act of 2016, the rating plan, and the full-time teachers plan.

Finally, the striking teachers are angry that students suffer that the principle of a free education for all is not being honored. Schools are not standard, nor are they secure. Educational standards have plummeted sharply over the past few years, materials are insufficient, classrooms are overcrowded, and schools are underfunded.

 

Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, President-elect of the Iranian opposition, commended the protesting teachers who are standing up to the corrupt regime. She said, “The catastrophic situation of the employed and retired teachers is the product of the repressive policies of the anti-cultural regime of the mullahs, and as long as this regime is in power, it will even get worse.”

Mrs. Rajavi called upon the people of Iran, particularly the young people, to stand with Iran’s teachers. The teachers are the most recent group to stage a large-scale strike in Iran. They join the country’s truck drivers and merchants in striking against the regime. Mrs. Rajavi emphasized in her statement that this series of strikes showed a “flare of fury of public anger and hatred toward a regime that has only brought torture and execution, war and terrorism, poverty and unemployment, and corruption and plundering for the people of Iran.”

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The Iranian regime facing deadly crisis

Regime Leaders Propose Replacing Rouhani, Limiting Khamenei’s Power

The Iranian regime facing deadly crisis

The deepening crisis in Iran and lack of capabilities to deal with the social and economical crisis.

Snowballing economic crises and growing social unrest are causing panic among those within the mullahs’ regime, as regime officials scramble to find answers to the escalating problems that face the Iranian people. Recently, regime officials and state-run media outlets have proposed radical solutions, such as replacing regime President Hassan Rouhani or even having regime Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei reduce his absolute hegemony. Some have called upon senior officials within the regime to apologize to the Iranian people.

In an interview with the Hamshahri daily, Mostafa Tajzadeh, regime’s Deputy Interior Minister during Mohammad Khatami’s presidency, described the internal crisis the regime officials are facing to the unfolding situation in Iran:

“I am in contact with a number of officials, and I can’t say if they share my concerns. However, as you know, in the Islamic Republic we have two types of officials. The first group has authority yet feel no responsibility. The second group have responsibilities on their shoulders yet lack the necessary authority. The first group can be dubbed as the epicenter and power hardcore. It has been some time now that this group has realized how the situation is deteriorating significantly.”

Rouhani supporter Ahmad Zeid Abadi says that any change to the cabinet would be ineffective in changing the current situation:

“Shuffling the cabinet will not help at all in changing the status quo,” he said. “Rouhani is in a circle of people that can do nothing but make circumstances even more complicated. If I had any suggestion, I wouldn’t advise him to resign.”

Sadeq Zibakalam, a theoretician for the regime’s “moderate” faction, expressed his fear of looming U.S. sanctions and their effect on the already-precarious social climate in Iran. He remarked to the Baztab website that, “[o]fficials should refrain from using any words that may open old wounds and provoke the society.”

The problem is that Iranian society has already been provoked. Changes within the cabinet or even at the highest levels of the regime are no longer enough to satisfy the people. The problems within the regime’s leadership are public and without remedy. The economic and social crises in Iran affect everyone in the country, and it is clear that the regime is incompetent to address the problems it has caused.

The ongoing uprising that began last December was sparked because of economic unrest. Officials worry that the worsening economic situation will boil over and cause the uprising to spread to a full-scale revolt. The MEK is organizing this uprising and expanding the opposition movement through the use of Resistance Units. As each month passes, the uprising grows in numbers and strength.

Iran’s problems cannot be solved by the same people who created them. The people, with the help of the MEK and its Resistance Units, are organizing a widespread revolution.

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Iranian Political Prisoners Denied Medical Care

Political prisoners are denied medical care

Hassan Rouhani’s government is imposing more pressure on political prisoners by rejecting medical care.

In another example of the Iranian regime’s brutality, recent reports have emerged that political prisoners are being denied medical treatment while in detention. These reports have come from multiple prisoners in different prisons in Iran. The regime has cracked down on political dissent since the uprising began last December and has increased its use of harsh punishments and torture on political prisoners. Refusing to grant medical treatment to prisoners is a form of physical and psychological torture.

Gohardasht Prison

Hall 10 of Section 4 in Gohardasht Prison is a maximum security facility. Prisoners there lack heat, hot water for bathing, ventilation, and nutritious food.

Officials at Gohardasht Prison in Karaj have destroyed the medical records of political prisoners held in Hall 10, Section 4 of the prison. Reports from MEK network inside Iran indicate, regime officials in prisons are refusing to transfer prisoners with medical conditions to the hospital for treatment or even to the prison clinic to be seen by a physician.

According to reports from the MEK network inside Iran, political prisoner Majid Asadi is being denied treatment for multiple medical issues, including acute digestive disease with severe pain.

Asadi, who is now 36, was arrested for his work as a student activist while attending Alameh Tabatabaie University in Tehran. He was arrested by MOIS agents in 2008 and held for three months before being released on bail. In 2010, he was arrested again, charged with “assembling and conspiring against national security,” and sentenced to four years in prison. He was later sentenced to another six-year term, which he is now serving.

Arash Sadeqi is another political prisoner who has been deprived of even minimal medical treatment for cancer. He was immediately returned to prison after undergoing surgery and has not been given access to specialists who can provide the necessary treatment for his rare form of bone cancer. He is currently in grave condition.

Amnesty International condemned Arash Sadeqi’s imprisonment, saying, “Arash Sadeghi has been in prison in Iran since 2016 solely for his peaceful human rights work, including speaking out in the media and communicating with Amnesty International.”

Political prisoner Hassan Sadeqi suffered injuries at the hands of his interrogators and is now in danger of losing his sight.

Sadeqi and his wife were arrested in 2012 for holding a ceremony in remembrance of Mr. Sadeqi’s father, who was a dissident and a member of the MEK. Mr. and Mrs. Sadeqi were each given 15 years in prison and  Mr. Sadeqi’s business was confiscated. The couple’s two children—ages 11 and 16–were left without guardians.

According to reports, Mohammad Banazadeh Amirkhizi is also in a poor condition. The 65-year-old man suffers from heart disease.

Amirkhizi was arrested in 2009 for giving financial support to the MEK and given a five-year prison sentence. He completed his sentence but was arrested again in 2016 and given an additional eleven-year prison sentence.

Orumieh Central Prison

Prisoners at Orumieh Central Prison receive minimal medical treatment. Last month three prisoners died due to a lack of medical care.

Two days ago, hundreds of prisoners in Orumieh Central Prison protested inside the prison, kicking out the warden and all section guards. The prisoners were protesting the suicide of a fellow inmate, as well as poor conditions within the prison, and the corrupt actions of the prison warden.

Hundreds of inmates in Sections 3 and 4 of Orumieh are given a total of three hours per day for bathing. The prison warden has ignored the inmates’ concerns about this issue, telling them they should reduce their energy and water consumption. Inmates also report that the prison commissary lacks basic supplies needed to meet the needs of prisoners there.

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Paris conference on the occasion of the World Day Against Torture

Paris Conference Opposing Death Penalty Focuses on Iranian Regime

Paris conference on the occasion of the World Day Against Torture

Paris conference on the occasion of the World Day Against Torture-A call to end the raising executions in Iran

The Committee for the Support of Human Rights in Iran (CSDHI) held a conference in Paris on Wednesday, October 10th, in recognition of “World Day Against the Death Penalty.” The event was hosted by the Mayor of the 5th District of Paris and included speeches by politicians, dignitaries, and celebrities.

 

Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), spoke about the execution of 120,000 political prisoners, most of whom were MEK members, by the Iranian regime. Mrs. Rajavi said, “Their deaths are an everlasting disgrace for the mullahs who have built the pillars of their rule on blood.”

Mrs. Rajavi went on to say that the Iranian regime continues to use the death penalty to control and intimidate the Iranian people: “The death penalty is a tool for terrorizing the society and a significant instrument for preserving the regime. Both factions benefit from such endless savagery to prolong the regime’s rule,” she said.

Mrs. Rajavi further called upon governments worldwide to condition all political and economic relations with the Iranian regime upon the cessation of torture and executions and the dismantling of their terrorist apparatus.

 

Florence Berthout, Mayor of the 5th District of Paris, lauded the NCRI’s struggle against the Iranian regime, quoting Victor Hugo. “The death penalty is the eternal sign of barbarism,” she quoted.

 

Jean-François Legaret, Mayor of the 1st District of Paris, paid tribute to the 30,000 political prisoners (mostly MEK members) executed during the 1988 Massacre in Iran. He emphasized that “these barbarities still continue” and went on to describe more recent attempts by the Iranian regime to silence the opposition, specifically the MEK. He mentioned the foiled terrorist attack on the annual NCRI gathering outside of Paris in June. “An Iranian minister sponsored the attack on Villepinte,” he said. “The Iranian regime is desperate and is trying to execute those outside, who stand in solidarity with the resistance in Iran.” Legaret stressed. “I call on the French government to launch an international investigation under the auspices of the UN to shed light on this state terrorism and the barbarities in Iran.”

Ingrid Betancourt, former FARC hostage and Colombian presidential candidate, also discussed the foiled terrorist plot on the NCRI gathering in her speech. She commended France for standing up to the Iranian regime despite its threats and pressure, and for demanding that the terrorists responsible for the attack face justice. She also called upon all of those who were present at the NCRI gathering to join her in filing a civil lawsuit in Belgium regarding the attack.

 

Gilbert Mitterrand, the President of the Danielle Mitterrand Foundation, said, “Iran is, unfortunately, the world champion, the world record holder of executions.”

Jean-Pierre Béquet, former Mayor of Auvers- sur-Oise, congratulated the Iranian Resistance for including the abolition of the death penalty in its political platform. He also noted the positivity of the MEK members he had encountered. “When we went to Tirana to see the Ashrafians who had just arrived, with many wounded and maimed as a result of the regime’s attacks. These people had no hatred or revenge,” he said.

Jean-Pierre Muller, Mayor of Magny- en-Vexin said, “There are no moderates in Iran, only barbarians.” He proposed a day of solidarity between the people of France and the MEK.

Jean-Pierre Brard, Mayor of Montreuil also spoke about the foiled terrorist attack in June, emphasizing that “the attack not only targeted the resistance, but it also targeted our country. This embodies the hate seen in the mullahs.” Brard flatly rejected the idea that moderates exist in Iranian politics, saying, “A fascist is always a fascist.”

 

Bruno Macé, Mayor of Villiers-Adam, had also visited the MEK camp in Albania. “I saw in Tirana people who want to set up this secular democracy that we all aspire to.”

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Asadollah Assadi arraigned in Belgium court for terrorism

Iranian Diplomat-Terrorist and Accomplices Arraigned in Belgian Court on Terrorism Charges

Asadollah Assadi arraigned in Belgium court for terrorism

Asadollah Assadi, Iranian regime diplomat-terrorist charged in a Belgian court on terrorism a day after being extradited to Belgium.

On Wednesday, Iranian diplomat-terrorist Asadollah Assadi was arraigned in a Belgian court on terrorism charges after being extradited from Germany on Tuesday. He and three other members of the Iranian regime’s Ministry of Intelligence and Security (MOIS) will all stand trial on terrorism charges.

Assadi is an Iranian regime diplomat who planned a foiled terrorist attack against the National Council of Resistance of Iran’s (NCRI) annual gathering this year in Paris. The event was attended by tens of thousands of people, including foreign dignitaries and politicians from all over the world, as well as tens of thousands of MEK supporters. Assadi and his associates plotted to detonate a bomb at the gathering.

Two suspects were arrested in Belgium on the day of the gathering carrying 500 grams of. TATP explosives. The couple was on their way to the gathering when they were stopped by police. The fourth suspect was arrested in France and extradited to Belgium. Assadi is accused of masterminding the plot and personally delivering the explosives to the couple who was tasked with detonating the bomb.

Last week, the French government responded to the situation by freezing all French assets belonging to the two Iranian agents involved in the plot against the MEK. They also froze all assets belonging to the MOIS.

The regime denied the charges and demanded the release of Assadi. They have claimed that he has diplomatic immunity in the case. The regime has also attempted to threaten, pressure, and make offers to the European community to secure Assadi’s return to Austria.

On October 1st, Bamberg, Germany’s high court ruled against the regime, saying that, “All the conditions have been met and there is no obstacle before extradition.”
Further, it read, the defendants could not “cite diplomatic immunity” as they had previously hoped.

The MEK uncovered Assadi’s criminal past ten years ago. He has participated in regime-sponsored assassinations thirty years, targeting the MEK.

The most recent terrorist plot against the MEK was planned at the highest levels. The decision to attack the MEK was originally planned by the regime’s Supreme National Security Council, chaired by Iranian regime President Hassan Rouhani, and attended by Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zari. Final approval was given by regime Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei. The details of the plot were then planned by Asadollah Assadi.

The people’s uprising that began last December and continues today has weakened the regime. They have resorted to acts of terror against the MEK in a desperate attempt to hold onto power. The plot against the MEK in June was the second foiled terrorist plot against the MEK this year. Another terrorist plot by the regime targeting MEK members in Albania was uncovered in March. In August, two MOIS members were arrested in the United States for spying on MEK members on behalf of the Iranian regime. It is clear that the mullahs’ regime views the MEK as an existential threat and is doing everything in its power to bring down the organization through terrorist acts.

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Ten political prisoners were executed in Iran during 2018

International Human Rights Groups Condemn the Regime’s Unlawful Executions and Ill-Treatment of Prisoners in Iran

Ten political prisoners were executed in Iran during 2018

Photo credit Iran HRM: At least 10 political prisoners were executed by the Iranian regime under Hassan Rouhani in 2018.

Wednesday, October 10th was the World Day Against the Death Penalty and given the mullahs execute more of their own citizens per capita than any other country on earth, many human rights groups took the opportunity to turn their attention towards Iran.

From January to June 2018, the clerical regime has carried out 176 executions. Among them were political prisoners, prisoners detained on drug-re`lated charges, women, and juvenile offenders that committed their crimes under the age of 18.

The political climate in Iran is such that anyone voicing their dissent or publicly decrying the Iranian regime’s brutal campaign of violence becomes a target themselves.

During the summer of 1988, the Iranian regime executed over 30,000 political prisoners, mainly members of the People’s Mujahedin Organisation of Iran (MEK). Their only crime was holding a political belief in the strength of democracy and a hope for a brighter future for Iran.

Prisoners Live in Appalling Conditions

It isn’t just the executions that concern human rights groups. Reports of prisoners living in appalling conditions are commonplace.

Many are subjected to torture. Reports of nails being ripped out, prisoners being suspended by their hands or feet, the denial of medical care, floggings, beatings, limited food and water, and denied use of a shower and toilet have emerged from Iranian prisons.

Speaking Out

Prisoners have explored avenues of drawing attention to their plight. There have been cases of hunger strikes, where in some cases prisoners have sewn their mouths shut.

One prisoner eager to share her story is Atena Daemi, currently imprisoned in Evin prison in Tehran. She is a human rights defender and recently got a letter to friends and family on the outside outlining her ill-treatment.

International human rights groups have condemned Iran’s use of the death penalty. Many are calling for an end of executions in Iran.

Others are also drawing international attention to Iran’s “grossly unfair” legal system, whereby many prisoners are tortured into signing confessions, are restricted access to their lawyers, and are often found guilty in short show trials lasting mere minutes.

Many of Iran’s prisoners do not deserve to be behind bars. But even worse, many of those heading to the gallows do not deserve to have their lives ended so prematurely, particularly the juvenile offenders who were teenagers or children at the time their crimes were committed.

A director of Amnesty International commented on the situation. They said, “by carrying out this unlawful execution, Iran is effectively declaring that it wishes to maintain the country’s shameful status as one of the world’s leading executors of those who were children at the time of their crime”.

It will rely on pressure from the international community and public outcry from Iranians to save the country’s prisoners from their plight. Only by freeing the country from the yoke of the mullahs can conditions for everyone improve.

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Truck drivers' protest continue in Iran

Iran: Truck Drivers Continue Their Strike for 18th Day, Defying Regime’s Threats of Execution

Truck drivers' protest continue in Iran

Truck Drivers’ strike continues into the third week, despite regime’s threat to punish the protesting drivers and even executing them

Wednesday marked the 18th day of the latest round of strikes by Iran’s truck drivers. The truckers are protesting the high price of replacement tires and spare parts, low pay, rising prices, corruption among officials, and increasing fees.

On Wednesday, the striking drivers gathered in front of the Governate’s office in Isfahan to protest the price of spare parts. They held signs that read, “We want lower tire and spare parts prices!”

This is the third round of strikes since May by Iran’s hardworking truck drivers. Despite earlier promises by the regime, the truckers’ demands have gone unmet, forcing the drivers to park their trucks once again.

Truck drivers play an essential role in Iran’s infrastructure, but they are not valued by the country’s corrupt regime, leaving half of Iran’s transportation workers living below the poverty line.

A video shared on social media from Fars Province showed factories loading goods onto pickup trucks because there are no trucks to take the deliveries.

Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, President-elect of the Iranian Resistance, commended the truck drivers and encouraged Iran’s youth to support them in their strike.

Reports from MEK network inside Iran shows that factories are forced to load their goods into pickup trucks as a result of the ongoing strike. A video taken in Doroud, in Lorestan Province, shows parked trucks in loading terminals.

The regime’s judiciary has arrested more than 200 truck drivers since the last round of strikes began. Regime officials have threatened to use the death penalty against those who “disrupt” road regulations, calling the striking truckers “bandits.”

A court in Qazvin followed through on this threat, requesting the death penalty for 17 detained truck drivers.

The truckers’ strike has deeply impacted the lives of the truckers and their families, who were already struggling to survive on their meager salaries. With each strike, the truck drivers go without income for weeks, making their already precarious financial situations even direr. The striking truckers now also face arrest and the possibility of execution by the brutal regime. Nevertheless, the strikes continue because the drivers see no other way to protest conditions that make their jobs unsustainable.

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Gérard Deprez MEP, speaking at a meeting on the occasion of the World Day Against Death Penalty

Friends of a Free Iran Releases Statement on World Day Against the Death Penalty

Gérard Deprez MEP, speaking at a meeting on the occasion of the World Day Against Death Penalty

MEP Gérard Deprez, Chair of the Friends of a Free Iran Inter-Parliamentary group speaking at a meeting on the occasion of the World Day Against Death Penalty, October 10, 2018

The 10th of October was the 16th World Day Against the Death Penalty. To mark the occasion, Friends of a Free Iran issued a press statement expressing their concern over the current use of capital punishment in Iran.

A Violent and Barbaric Regime

The clerical regime carries out more executions per capita than any other regime or government on earth. The mullahs’ regime accounted for more than half of all the executions in the world in 2017.

In 2018 so far, the regime has executed more than 230 Iranian citizens, among them, were political prisoners, women, and juvenile offenders.

In just a month of September alone, Friends of a Free Iran report, 33 Iranians were hanged, including nine political prisoners, whose only crime was disagreeing with the hard-line, dogmatic ideology of the clerical regime.

Remembering 1988 Massacre of MEK Activists

2018’s World Day Against the Death Penalty holds a special significance. It marks the 30th anniversary of one of the darkest chapters of Iran’s history.

In the summer of 1988, the regime rounded up more than 30,000 members of the Iranian opposition, the majority of which came from the People’s Mujahedin Organisation of Iran (MEK). The men and women were detained, then executed on the orders of the regime’s leadership.

The most difficult part for the families of the victims, as well as MEK members today, is that those responsible for the crimes have escaped punishment. Many hold senior positions in Rouhani’s cabinet today.

The Friends of a Free Iran press release mentions Rouhani’s Justice Minister, Alireza Avaei. Avaei played a central role in the 1988 massacre. He was a member of the “death squad” that ordered and carried out many of the arrests and executions that summer.

State-Sponsored Terrorism

Friends of a Free Iran also took the opportunity to denounce the Iranian regime’s engagement in state-sponsored terrorism. 2018 has seen the clerical regime plot two plots on European soil against the MEK, both of which were foiled in the late stages.

In June, an Iranian diplomat working at the Iranian embassy in Vienna provided a Belgian-Iranian couple with explosive material. The pair were going to attack the MEK’s Grand Gathering event in Paris with an explosive-laden vehicle.

The terrorist plots, according to Friends of a Free Iran, represent the violent nature of the clerical regime. Its statement condemned the regime for “attacking its own people inside Iran and… planning terrorism on the [sic] European soil”.

Friends of a Free Iran lamented the silence from the European community. It urged the European heads of state to take a harder approach towards Iran.

The statement read, “we must tell Iran that any acts of terror in Europe is absolutely unacceptable and will have serious consequences”, adding, “we are disappointed that our European governments and the EU [are] still trying to be nice with this brutal regime”.

Finally, the statement implored the international community to “be on the side of the people of Iran and not with the mullahs”. Only then can Iran make progress on human rights.

Staff Writer

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