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Trump to make address religious freedoms at the UN General Assembly

Religious Freedom is a Pillar of Trump’s Foreign Policy

Trump to make address religious freedoms at the UN General Assembly

President Trump presiding over the U.N. Security Council session on September 26 expected to make a stand for universal values including religious freedoms and to make a clear case for greater multilateral pressure on Iran

“Trump is expected to advance religious liberty at the UN”, writes Ambassador Kenneth Blackwell in his recent article in The American Thinker. He refers to the widespread human rights abuses in Iran, with religious minorities among the worst affected groups.

Based on Amb. Blackwell’s article, a recent US State Department report estimated that between 2010 and 2017, the Iranian regime sentenced over 600 Christians to prison terms. The same report revealed its findings on anti-Christian messages within the Iranian state-run media. It found a recent uptick in aggressive anti-Christian sentiment, which corresponded with increased raids on places of worship.

Last month, the Iranian regime imprisoned an entire Christian congregation. Each member of the church was sentenced to one year in prison for practicing Christianity.

The Regime Cannot Survive in an Environment of Religious Freedom

The uptick in home-based church raids has coincided with a period of increased uncertainty for the clerical regime. Domestic pressure is mounting as public protests become increasingly common.

So far, the regime’s response has been to lock up protestors and political dissidents. The decision to imprison Christians reveals that the regime sees religious freedom as a direct threat to its authority. The regime does not believe it can maintain its grip on power in an environment of religious freedom writes Blackwell.

Ambassador Ken Blackwell the former U.S. representative to the United Nations emphasized that the Iran nuclear deal sought to usher in a new era of moderation among the Iranian leadership. The Obama administration and its European allies believed that the deal would force the Iranian regime to accept religious tolerance and end its persecution of Christians and other minorities.

Now, more than three years later, rather than promoting religious freedom, Rouhani and Khamenei have only intensified their campaign against minorities.

The US administration should back alternative forms of government in Iran

Blackwell believes that for the Trump administration, violation of religious freedom is far more of a priority. It has made it a pillar of its foreign policy. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will attend the Values Voter Summit this week, an international discussion of religious liberties. It will be the first time a Secretary of State has attended the summit.

Given the central role religious freedom occupies in Trump’s foreign policy, the US administration should back alternative forms of government in Iran that share the same values, writes Amb. Blackwell. He emphasized:

“Although Iran is presently one of the world’s most troubled areas in terms of religious liberty and human rights, it is also home to one of the most active, organized, and well-established movements in favor of Western-style values and democratic governance.  There is no better or more obvious way of promoting those values in Iranian society than by endorsing and supporting the MEK and its allies. ”

The Next Step

The National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), and the People’s Mujahedin Organisation of Iran (MEK) at its core hold those values. Its President-elect, Maryam Rajavi, has a ten-point plan for bringing democracy to Iran, founded on religious freedom of expression.

The MEK has been behind the expanding protest movement within Iran. It aided the spread of uprisings in December and January and has been behind some of the largest protests within the country since.

In response to the group’s mounting success, the Iranian regime has launched a brutal crackdown on MEK activities. The regime has imprisoned more than 8,000 of its members and killed over 50.

This has not deterred the group or its supporters in Iran. The Iranian public has continued to take to the streets, despite the risk to their lives and their freedom, ignited by Maryam Rajavi’s calls for a “year full of uprisings”. In August alone, protestors took to the streets in more than 24 Iranian cities, with many protesters calling for regime change, writes Amb. Blackwell.

President Trump has the opportunity to make a prominent statement next week at the UN Security Council Session. The Iranian people deserve the right to exercise their essential rights and liberties, including religious liberties. Trump can create his legacy as the President that made that happen. It is time to tighten the pressure on the clerical regime and pledge US support to the Iranian opposition.

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Iranian regime attempts to extend censorship to Twitter

The Mullahs are Losing Control of the Narrative in What Could Be a Defining Moment

Iranian regime attempts to extend censorship to Twitter

The Iranian regime Foreign Minister demands Twitter, to close down opposition accounts in Tirana in a bid to silence the voice of protesters in Iran that want Regime Change in the country.

The mullahs have suffered critical defeats on several fronts in their attempt to maintain their grip on power in Iran. The domestic landscape is becoming more turbulent, and their position in power becomes more precarious with each passing day as each revelation sheds more light on the mullahs’ reign of terror.

The economic crisis has sparked unrest, leading to protestors calling for Khamenei and Rouhani’s death in the streets. Abroad, the reintroduction of sanctions is hitting the regime’s oil profits, and digital giants like Twitter, Facebook, and Google are closing down the regime’s fake profiles spouting pro-regime propaganda.

A Step Too Far

The closure of the mullahs’ social media accounts came after US firm, FireEye, identified a network of suspicious accounts sharing posts from Iranian state-run accounts.

After careful investigation, FireEye concluded that the Iranian regime had established an elaborate network of fake profiles which it used to spread anti-Trump messages within the US. For the US-based social media companies, this was a step too far, and it took the decision to close the fake accounts associated with the campaign.

The bulk of the Iranian regime’s activities were centered around criticizing Trump’s decision to withdraw the Iranian nuclear deal, and its subsequent decision to reimpose sanctions against Iran.

Out of Ideas

When Twitter and Facebook forced the closure of the accounts, Iranian regime Foreign Minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif claimed that the tech giants were unjustly censoring innocent Iranians. He appealed to Twitter CEO, Jack Dorsey, in a tweet, urging him to reinstate the accounts and investigate the main Iranian opposition group, MEK’s activists calling for regime change instead.

His tweet reads like a man without any ideas frantically trying to deflect attention from his own nefarious activities, onto his rivals. Zarif appealed to Dorsey to investigate tweets coming out of Tirana, the capital of Albania where many members of the People’s Mujahedin Organization of Iran (MEK) live in exile.

This was his latest attempt to accuse others of the crimes his regime has widely committed. In the past, he has accused Israel and Saudi Arabia, among other opposition groups, including the MEK, of being behind campaigns on social media calling for regime change in Iran.

Controlling the Narrative

Zarif’s appeal to Dorsey on Twitter while it demonstrates the weak and fragile status of the regime, which feels so vulnerable that it’s Foreign Minister has to appeal to Twitter for the closure of the opposition accounts. It also fits with the regime’s wider ambitions of controlling the narrative, both within Iran and abroad. Within Iran, the regime works tirelessly to block Iranians’ access to the wider world. A firewall is in operation, and many are forced to use VPN software to access the international media.

It also recently closed down a national newspaper after it published remarks critical of the regime. The regime accused the newspaper of insulting Imam Hussein, the Prophet Muhammad’s grandson. The article cited was about gender reassignment surgery.

Outside Iran, the regime has attempted to publicly discredit opposition groups like the MEK and the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI). It has coordinated smear campaigns against the groups, their members, and their leader, Maryam Rajavi.

Part of this is to attack opposition groups and shore up power, but the mullahs are also anxious not to let details of their human rights abuses and crimes against humanity be revealed to the international community.

Incidents like the public flogging of journalists, the execution of political dissidents, and the massacre of MEK members in 1988 are among those that the mullahs want to keep under wraps.

The mullahs believe that by controlling the narrative, they can maintain their grip on power. But this strategy is unraveling.

The decision by Facebook and Twitter to close the regime-affiliated fake social media accounts demonstrates that the international tech community will not tolerate it. The Iranian people demonstrating in the streets calling for regime change shows that the people will not tolerate it, and the decision from Trump to reimpose sanctions against the regime shows that governments in the West will not tolerate it.

On this front, the regime is losing. But it is not going down without a fight. Following Zarif’s plea to Dorsey, Al-Jazeera, the Head of the National Iranian American Council, and New America, all released statements echoing Zarif’s talking points.

The mullahs have mobilized all the support they can muster. However, it is unlikely to be enough. The closure of its social media accounts is likely to be a defining moment in the demise of the Irian regime. The regime is losing control of the narrative and with it, it is losing control of the country.

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Maryam Rajavi's speech in February 9, 2018 meeting in Paris.

Maryam Rajavi Condemns Attacks on Kurdish Iranians, Commends Protesters

Maryam Rajavi's speech in February 9, 2018 meeting in Paris.

Maryam Rajavi, the President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), speaks at a conference held on Feb 9, 2018, expressing concerns over the silence and inaction of Europe in the face mass arrests, torture, and execution of Iranian protesters.

On September 12th, Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), released a statement praising those who have staged recent strikes in cities across Iran. She also hailed the Kurdish people of Iran for protesting against the regime’s cruel attacks against the Kurdish people, including this week’s missile strikes against the headquarters of the Kurdistan Democratic Party and the Kurdistan Democratic Party of Iran, and the executions of Kurdish political prisoners in Iran.

Mrs. Rajavi called once again on the United Nations to take decisive measures to stop the Iranian regime’s crimes against humanity.

Reaction from International Community

The international community has responded with shock to the executions of Ramin Hossein Panahi, Zaniar Moradi, and Loghman Moradi. The three Kurdish political prisoners were executed by the regime despite pleas from human rights groups. Amnesty International condemned the executions, saying,

“The trials of all three men were grossly unfair. All were denied access to their lawyers and families after their arrest, and all said they were tortured into making “confessions”. In sentencing them to death despite these massive failings in due process, the Iranian authorities have once again demonstrated their brazen disregard for the right to life.”

Dr. Walid Phares, Foreign Affairs Advisor to U.S. President Donald Trump during his presidential campaign, condemned the executions on Twitter:

“Three #KurdishIranians political prisoners, #RaminHosseinPanahi, #LoghmanMoradi & #ZanyarMoradi were executed this morning at #RajaiShahr Prison in #Iran. Their execution is a war crime. The #IranRegime will be held accountable by the international community.”

Several Iranian political prisoners wrote their own messages condemning the executions, sending condolences to their families, and vowing that Iran would one day be free.

Strikes in Response

On Wednesday, merchants and shop owners in cities of the western provinces of Iran’s Kurdistan, Kermanshah, and West Azerbaijan went on strike. The strikes were in answer to a September 8th call to the Iranian people by Maryam Rajavi, who urged the people of Kurdistan as well as across Iran to rise up and protest the recent aggression by the Iranian regime toward the Kurdish community. In her call to protest, Mrs. Rajavi said,

“The mullahs’ anti-human regime is hell-bent on stepping up the atmosphere of terror and repression to extinguish the Iranian people’s uprising through suppression, executions, bombardment and missile attacks. But it will take that wish to the grave.”

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MEK: Iranian Regime Executes Three Kurdish Political Prisoners And Missile Attacks DPK

MEK supporters protest against the criminal execution of

Iranian opposition Supporters (MEK activists) protest in Paris, condemning Iranian regime’s execution of the three political prisoners and the criminal missile attack on the Democratic Party of Kurdistan

Human rights groups are condemning the Iranian regime for its recent inhuman use of the death penalty on the Kurdish political prisoners. Kurdish dissidents have long been targeted by the regime, but the recent wave of executions is so extreme that it has drawn international attention.

Executions of Kurdish Political Prisoners

On Saturday, September 8th, Ramin Hossein Panahi, Zaniar and Loghman Moradi were executed in Gohardasht in Karaj. As the three men were Kurdish political prisoners, a number of human rights groups have condemned their executions as politically motivated.

Amnesty International issued a statement about the executions, saying:

“The trials of all three men were grossly unfair. All were denied access to their lawyers and families after their arrest, and all said they were tortured into making ‘confessions.’ In sentencing them to death despite these massive failings in due process, the Iranian authorities have once again demonstrated their brazen disregard for the right to life.”
The U.N. Special Rapporteur on Extra-Judicial Executions, Agnes Callamard, also condemned the executions, writing on Twitter:

“No words of condemnation will be strong enough. #RaminHosseinPanahi execution amounts to an arbitrary killing by the State of #Iran. Given the identity of the victim, this is also a political killing. Despicable.”

Also on Sunday, September 9th, Ahmad Shabab and Nasser Azizi were executed in Iran after being wounded and captured by the Revolutionary Guards in West Azerbaijan province, reported Iran News Wire.

Kurdish Political Prisoner Sentenced to Death

On Monday, September 10th, Kamal Ahmad Nejad was condemned to death by regime judicial authorities in Miyandoab, Western Azerbaijan. According to reports published on the Internet, Nejad was convicted of charges of membership in the Kurdistan Democratic Party of Iran. Kamal Ahmal Nejad has already served more than four years in prison.

Regime Claims Responsibility for Attacks on Kurdish Dissidents

On Saturday, September 8th, the Iranian regime targeted Kurdish dissidents in Iraq in a missile attack that coincided with the executions of Kurdish political prisoners in Iran. The Revolutionary Guards fired a barrage of missiles upon the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) site.

Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran, condemned the missile attacks, saying:

“The mullahs’ anti-human regime is hell-bent on stepping up the atmosphere of terror and repression to extinguish the Iranian people’s uprising through suppression, executions, bombardment and missile attacks. But it will take that wish to the grave.”

The MEK affirms the right of people of all political and religious affiliations to live without fear. The MEK and its Resistance Units are working with the Iranian people to topple the barbaric regime and end the climate of fear and intimidation that the mullahs have used for the past four decades to suppress the people.

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Iranian regime's consulate in Basra set to fire by angry Iraqi protesters

Iraqi Protesters Set Fire to Iranian Regime Consulate

Iranian regime's consulate in Basra set to fire by angry Iraqi protesters

The Iranian regime’s consulate in Basra burned during the growing protests in the city against the Iranian regime’s meddling in Iraqi affairs

On Friday, hundreds of Iraqi protesters stormed the Iranian consulate in the southern province of Basra, setting fire to the building. Protests have been raging in Basra for the past four days and have become increasingly violent, with at least ten deaths reported so far.

The protesters gathered outside of the Iranian consulate on Friday night, chanting, “Iran, out, out!” They then rushed the building, setting it aflame and burning an Iranian flag.

The demonstrations are in response to systemic government corruption, rampant unemployment, and insufficient public services. Many residents of Basra, which has a mostly Shiite population, blame Iranian-backed political parties for interfering with Iraqi politics. The Iraqi people consider the Iranian regime’s proxies responsible for the city’s mismanagement and poor public services.

The Iranian consulate is located in the upscale neighborhood of al-Bardaiya, southeast of the center of Basra. There were additional reports of protesters marching toward the city’s presidential palaces. Protests have been taking place in Basra and other cities in Iraq’s oil-rich southern Shiite heartland since July.

Conflicting reports have emerged about the number of casualties that have occurred since the protests began. At least ten protesters were killed in clashes with security forces since Monday. Three of the protesters were shot by security forces on Thursday night during a skirmish in which protesters threw Molotov cocktails into a government building and Shiite militia offices, setting them ablaze. Other reports say that both police and civilians have been killed in the protests. Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has ordered an investigation into the violent protests, which are still ongoing.

The temporary head of Iraq’s parliament, the eldest lawmaker, called an emergency meeting to address the escalating protests.

Bahram Ghasemi, Iran’s foreign ministry spokesman, condemned the attack on the consulate. He said that none of the staff had been injured so far but that the building was significantly damaged, according to Iranian state TV.

Earlier this week, Iraq’s newly-elected parliament held its first session since the national elections in May. The session was adjourned amid disagreements over which of its two blocs had the right to form a new government. Both blocs claimed to hold the most seats.

The new parliament must both rebuilt northern Iraq, which was devastated in the war against the Islamic State, and repair services in southern Iraq, where serious water and electricity shortages have caused protests.

A coalition led by al-Abadi and Moqtada al-Sadr is backed by the United States and Saudi Arabia, while an alliance between former Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki and militia leader Hadi al-Ameri is supported by the Iranian regime.

Both alliances are dominated by Shiites, who have been the dominant power in Iraq since Saddam Hussein was removed from power in 2003. The largest Sunni blocs support al-Abadi and al-Sadr. The Kurdish parties have not chosen a side.

The Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, a spiritual leader from the Shiite community, condemned the violence against peaceful protesters during the Friday prayers sermon and called for the speedy formation of a new government that can effectively manage the challenges facing Iraq.

The MEK and the Iranian opposition leader, Maryam Rajavi,  have long opposed the Iranian regime’s policy of expansionism and meddling in Iraq.

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Protester hold's Maryam Rajavi's photo in a rally in London.

Regime Official: The Threat Knows No Bounds

Protester hold's Maryam Rajavi's photo in a rally in London.

Archive photo- An MEK supporter holds a placard of Maryam Rajavi, the President-elect of the NCRI during a rally in London.

In an opinion piece, regime official Alireza Davoudi detailed his experiences with young clerics and their affinity for the democratic beliefs of the People’s Mujahedin Organisation of Iran (MEK). Davoudi describes a trip he took in March 2017 from Isfahan to Tehran. On his trip, he traveled with a young clerical student.

The student and Davoudi struck up a conversation and the topic soon turned political, as they explored the political challenges facing Iran. “I was staring at the soft and partial beard of the young cleric student while listening to passionate words flowing out of his lips”, he said, adding, “he was passionately articulating thoughts that I had only come across in the Monafeqin (The derogatory name the Iranian regime uses for MEK) literature”.

“He effortlessly quoted content from Massoud Rajavi’s Interpreting the World lecture series. He flaunted topics like ‘evolution’ and ‘the dialectical method of dominating ontological and social affairs’. He talked as though those ideas have completely conquered his mind and spirit.”

Davoudi describes the moment as a “wake-up call within myself.” At this moment, Davoudi realized the traction that MEK ideas were gaining across the population. A young cleric student, who had been exposed to regime ideology on a daily basis, had still adopted MEK ideas.

“Since then,” Davoudi says, “I have realized with every fiber of my being how destructive the influence of the enemy and especially the MEK can be, which can demolish our homeland” expressing the regime’s fear of its existential threat.

A Threat Without Boundaries

Davoudi continues. “This threat knows no bounds. It does not stop at the Hawza (religious seminary), universities, or high schools.”

“The fact is that young people need to experiment with fresh outlooks and their ‘sense of curiosity’ can lead them in any direction”. Frequently that “curiosity” Davoudi refers to, leads the nation’s youth to the MEK.

Regime Experts Admit MEK’s Major Role in Recent Protests

More Widespread

It is worth noting that Davoudi’s anecdote took place in March 2017, long before the national MEK-coordinated uprisings in December and January. Now MEK thought and slogans are much more prevalent.

The state-media and individuals from the regime have warned of the escalating threat of the MEK. Davoudi’s anecdote holds more relevance now, particularly following the August 16th seminary in Qom, where anti-Rouhani clerics held a placard directed at Rouhani which read, “Farah’s pool is your fate”.

Davoudi concluded, “I am not even going to mention that some of the circles that are formed in religious seminaries are directly or indirectly associated with the MEK”. He didn’t need to. The sentiment is clear. MEK thought and democratic ideas are gaining traction across all sections of Iranian society.

Even the religious seminaries, once a bastion for regime ideology, are undergoing a democratic transition. Nowhere is safe for the mullahs.

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1000 Protesters arrested during recent uprisings.

Iranian Opposition Calls for Release of One Thousand Protesters Arrested during August Uprising

1000 Protesters arrested during recent uprisings.

Reports by MEK network indicate that at least one thousand protesters were arrested during the recent uprising.

Recent reports from inside Iran revealed that at least one thousand protesters, including many young people and MEK members, were arrested during the uprising in August. Regime Minister of Interior Abdol-Reza Rahmani-Fazli said that the uprising involved 27 cities and 13 provinces. Protesters were arrested in many cities, such as

Yazd, Behshahr, Birjand, and Ganaveh. Many of those who were arrested and released on bail were later arrested again and sentenced to lengthy prison terms for their participation in the protests.

The arrests were primarily conducted by plainclothes officers working for the Revolutionary Guards and Khamenei. The officers secretly took pictures and videos of the protesters while posing as demonstrators, then arrested their targets away from the site of the protests or even at their homes. In Karaj, plainclothes officers diverted protesters to alleys and side streets by chanting slogans and then arrested them.

Some of the detainees were transported to secret safe houses, where they were interrogated and harassed by IRGC agents before being transferred to Iranian prisons.

Many of those who were arrested in Karaj and Tehran were transferred to the infamous Ward 8 of

Gohardasht Prison. Prisoners in Ward 8 are subject to extreme conditions and have no way of contacting anyone outside of the prison. Guards in Ward 8 are not subject to the same rules as in other wards and are not part of the Iran Prisons Organization. Detainees are blindfolded before being transferred to this ward so that they do not know their location.

As the uprising gained momentum in August, officials within the regime began to openly speak of their fear of the MEK, speaking with anger about the MEK’s role in the protests. Mohammad Kosari, Deputy Commander of the IRGC’s headquarters in Sarallah, said, “The United States, the Zionist regime and the Saudis, who support the PMOI (MEK), are under the illusion that the PMOI would bring a miracle for them.”

The state-run television network Channel One said, “A study of the movements during recent months show that the MEK’s  bankrupt elements are the infantry in this scenario.”

The Iranian opposition calls upon the Iranian people to show solidarity with those who have been arrested by the regime. The youth of Iran, in particular, are called to stand with those who sit in the mullahs’ prisons for the crime of speaking against the regime. The Resistance also calls upon the United Nations Security Council, the Human Rights Council, and other relevant bodies to take immediate action to release all political prisoners, especially those who were arrested during the August uprising. The Resistance further calls upon the United Nations to condemn the Iranian regime for its brutal suppression of the people’s protests.

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Execution of 11 people in less than a week in Iran

Three Kurdish Political Prisoners Executed Despite International Call To Stop It.

Execution of 11 people in less than a week in Iran

Photo, credit to Iran HRM- A new wave of mass executions in Iran in reaction to the growing discontent across the country due to the corrupt and repressive policies of the religious dictatorship ruling Iran.

Despite the International call to stop the execution of 3 Kurdish political prisoners, the Iranian regime hanged Ramin Hossein-Panahi, 24, Zanyar Moradi, 30, and Loghman Moradi, 32, in Gohardasht Prison, Karaj this morning.

On September 5th, prison authorities suddenly transferred Zaniar and Loghman Moradi

Zanyar and Logman Moradi had been imprisoned for ten years for an alleged murder. Both of the men, who are related to each other, had alibis for the time of the murder they were accused of. Zanyar’s father, Eqbal Morad (Logman’s uncle), was a Kurdish activist who was targeted by the regime for his human rights work. Zanyar and Logman Moradi were informed that they would be released upon Eqbal’s surrender. However, Eqbal was assassinated on July 17th, making Zanyar and Logman expendable to the regime.

On September 3rd and 5th, the Iranian regime carried out a total of eleven executions in Zahedan and Gohardasht prisons. Three prisoners, between the ages of 21 and 24, were hanged at Zahedan Prison at dawn on September 3rd. They were convicted of killing a police officer.

Authorities of the regime contacted the families of the prisoners to inform them that they would be charged for the price of the rope used to hang the men. The families must also pay blood money to the families of the victims in order to claim their loved ones’ bodies.

On September 5th, eight more prisoners were executed in Gohardasht Prison.

The mullahs’ regime has increased its use of the death penalty as a series of domestic and foreign crises have rocked the foundation of the regime’s claim to power. The wave of executions is intended to create an atmosphere of fear that will prevent the current popular uprising from spreading further.

The regime is mistaken in thinking that adding to its list of gross human rights violations will help to suppress the uprising. The people of Iran are tired of living in fear. Now they are outraged.

The Iranian opposition calls upon human rights groups, including the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights, the Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights in Iran, and the Working Group on Arbitrary Executions, to condemn these executions and to take immediate action to prevent the use of such barbaric punishments in Iran in the future.

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53rd anniversary of the foundation of the MEK

Resistance Units Celebrate MEK’s 53rd Anniversary with Act of Rebellion

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The 53rd anniversary of the foundation of the MEK,Iran’s oldest, largest, and most popular opposition.

September 6th marks the 53rd anniversary of the founding of the MEK. The event is being celebrated across Iran by resistance units associated with the group with the display of posters of the MEK’s founders and leader, Massoud Rajavi. The posters are being displayed in a number of cities next to banners and signs celebrating the founding of the resistance organization.

In the Mehrshahr district of Karaj, west of Tehran, members of Resistance Unit 140 displayed large posters of Massoud Rajavi and well wishes for the MEK’s anniversary.

Members of Resistance Unit 940 in Mashhad put up a banner on a pedestrian bridge featuring a picture of Massoud Rajavi and the MEK symbol.

Resistance unit members in Golestan displayed posters of MEK founder Mohammad Hanif Nezhad and Resistance leader Massoud Rajavi, along with posters of the MEK symbol.

Resistance unit members in the city of Shahriar displayed posters of Massoud Rajavi and the MEK symbol.

Resistance Unit 770 put up signs featuring pictures of Massoud Rajavi that said, “The world should know, Massoud is our leader.”

In Tehran, resistance unit members displayed posters of MEK founders and messages congratulating the MEK on its 53rd anniversary.

 

In Shiraz, resistance unit members displayed posters of the MEK symbol.

In Urmia, resistance unit members displayed posters of MEK founder Mohammad Hanif Nezhad, Resistance leaders Massoud and Maryam Rajavi, and the MEK symbol.

Resistance unit members in Qom were also seen putting up posters of Hanif Nezhad, Massoud Rajavi, and the MEK symbol.

In Kurdistan, resistance unit members displayed posters of the MEK symbol.

In Khorramabad, resistance unit members were spotted putting up posters with the MEK symbol.

In Tehran, members of Resistance Unit 333 displayed posters of Massoud Rajavi and the MEK symbol. They also displayed a sign congratulating the MEK on its 53rd anniversary.

 

Members of Resistance Unit 418 displayed posters of MEK founders Hanfi Nezhad, Ali Asghar Badizadegan, and Saeed Mohsen next to the MEK symbol.

 

The MEK’s influence has grown since the Iranian people began their uprising at the end of last year. Resistance units led by the MEK have helped the people organize protests against the corrupt clerical regime. On the anniversary of the MEK’s founding, the people of Iran may find strength and hope in seeing the forbidden images of the Resistance displayed in cities across Iran. There is a democratic alternative to the mullahs’ regime.

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Patrick Kennedy speaking at the 30th anniversary of the 1988 Massacre in Iran.

Patrick Kennedy Tells Iranian Community “Flames of Resistance” Going Strong

Patrick Kennedy speaking at the 30th anniversary of the 1988 Massacre in Iran.

Former U.S. Congressman Patrick Kennedy, speaking at the gathering on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the 1988 Massacre of 30,000 political prisoners (Mainly MEK members) in Iran-Paris, August 2018

On August 25th, the Iranian Communities commemorated the 30th anniversary of the massacre of 30,000 political prisoners by the Iranian regime. The victims, who were mostly MEK members and supporters, were executed over the course of a single summer. The Iranian Communities marked the anniversary with an interactive conference, which was held simultaneously in 20 major cities and world capitals across Europe and North America. Participants shared stories of the victims and survivors of the massacre and their families and expressed their support for the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) and the current uprising by the Iranian people which seeks to overthrow the Iranian regime.

 

Speakers included Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, President-elect of the NCRI; former U.S. Congressman Patrick Kennedy; several elected representatives from Europe, a number of political and religious dignitaries and jurists; and family members and survivors of the 1988 massacre.

 

Patrick Kennedy gave a speech in support of the Iranian Resistance. The following is the text of his speech:

“So I’ve said in previous events when it came to standing up for those were trapped in Ashraf, when it came to other struggles, for human rights for Iran, that this is not an Iranian issue, this is a human rights issue. And it’s the reason why we have people from all over the world gathered to mark this 30th anniversary of 30,000 political prisoners being summarily executed by a totalitarian fascist regime. Because we must remember them. Because if it can happen in Iran, in a modern era, it can happen anywhere in the world, where people do not stand up and stand up for human rights and those who suffer.

“So Martin Niemöller, a famous writer about the Jewish Holocaust, once said about the Nazis, that ‘First they came for the gypsies but I was not a gypsy, so I did not speak out. Then they came for the trade unionists but I was not a trade unionist, so I did not speak out. Then they came for the Catholics, then they came for the Jews, and I was not a Jew, so I did not speak out. And finally, they came for me and there was no one left to speak out.’

“We are here today to remember these 30,000 martyrs because it’s important for all of us to know that there but for the grace of God goes each and every one of us and our families. And that is why I say this is not just an Iranian cause, this is a universal human rights cause. And as I often say, it is for that reason that I proclaim how incredible it is that on this 30th anniversary of these martyrs dying for freedom in Iran, that we have a new generation of people in Iran willing to stand up and proclaim their support for a new Iran that is free and democratic and respects the freedom of religion and the role of women in society!

“As Maryam Rajavi just said, none of this would happen if it weren’t for an organization to support these resistance units.

“And I want to thank all of you who are watching this program, I want to thank the MEK and Madam Rajavi, because you are the ones who are keeping the flames of resistance going strong.

“You are the ones who are supporting the young people in Iran who are protesting. And you have the integrity of your beliefs because you were the ones who fought the Shah and the sadist regime of oppressors and you were the ones today fighting a new totalitarian dictatorship.

“So the MEK has been there on the side of freedom whether it was fighting the oppression of the Shah or today fighting the theocratic regime of the mullahs.

“Finally, as an indication of how effective you’ve been, Madam Rajavi, it is remarkable the courage of the young people today in Iran.

“They are in the streets across Tehran shouting ‘Down with Khamenei and Rouhani’, ‘Down with the dictator.’ They are rejecting both sides of the regime, saying, “Hardliners, reformists, the game is over!”

“They are no longer being confused by those who say they’re moderates. We know that all of them are on the side of oppression. All of them are on the side of dictatorship. And if you never felt that the MEK was making a difference, all you need to know is that the MEK is the target, the top target of these mullahs as they attempt to bomb both in Albania and in the Paris gathering. They are targeting the U.S. MEK activities.

“Why would the regime spend so much time and energy targeting the MEK if they did not know that the MEK was an existential threat to their continuing as a fascist dictatorship in Iran? A great pride in the fact that they are the number one target of this clerical fascist regime, because it’s a sign that their work trying to bring about change in Iran is a threat to them.

“So to the young protesters all across Tehran who are honoring the martyrs, 30,000 martyrs over 30 years ago: they are honoring their sacrifice by taking to the streets all across Iran. Let me just say a personal word. Today is also the anniversary of my father’s death, but I was very fortunate, my father lived a full life and he died of natural causes.

“I cannot imagine being any one of those family members who lost a loved one due to the fatwa. I cannot imagine having to live my life knowing that somewhere across Iran, my father, my mother, my sister or brother’s remains are scattered somewhere in a field that no one has yet located.

“So I will say this is why we all are here today, to re-pledge ourselves to the sacrifice that was made 30 years ago and to make good on that sacrifice by bringing back a new and free and democratic Iran.”

Staff Writer

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