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Maryam Rajavi's speech in FreeIran Summit

Maryam Rajavi Urges European Leaders to Stop the Flow of Finances to the Iranian Regime

Maryam Rajavi's speech in FreeIran Summit

Maryam Rajavi addresses the Free Iran Summit in New York on September-2018

The leader of the Iranian opposition, President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) urged European leaders to end their financial support for the Iranian regime.

Maryam Rajavi, the charismatic and influential leader of the Iranian opposition movement, addressed the Iran Uprising Summit in New York via a video link. The summit attracted more than 1,700 activists and MEK-supporters, eager to hear Maryam Rajavi and other prominent speakers including former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani.

“testing Western governments”

Ms. Rajavi took the opportunity to condemn recent human rights abuses from the Iranian regime. She said, “in committing these crimes, the mullahs are testing Western governments”. She went on to assert that should Western leaders respond to these tests with inaction, it will embolden the regime and “intensify the regime’s terrorist actions”.

She then urged governments in Europe to close their Iranian embassies. The failed terror attack in Paris this summer exposed an elaborate network of Iranian embassies secretly involved in the planning and execution of terror plots.

She also had a message for the United Nations Security Council, which will meet on September 26th to discuss the Iranian regime. Rajavi said, “I must recall the demands of the Iranian Resistance underscored many years ago. It is an urgent imperative that the Security Council addresses the flagrant violations of human rights in Iran, especially the torture and massacre of political prisoners, and the regime’s export of terrorism and warmongering in the Middle East region”.

Ending the Financial Flow

For Maryam Rajavi, the best way to end the regime’s torture and massacre is by cutting its financial lifelines.

The regular financial assistance from the West is funneled into the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps and the Quds Forces. It enables these military groups to play an active role in Syria, Yemen, and Lebanon, fuelling unrest and violence in the Middle East.

A Message of Hope

The event opened with a tribute to John McCain. McCain was actively involved in rescuing the MEK members during the time they were in Camp Liberty in Iraq. Rudy Giuliani, in a heartfelt message, recounted a time when McCain admitted that he would not live to see a free Iran, but urged Giuliani to continue the fight and take his place.

In his speech, Giuliani also challenged the regime’s assertion that the MEK was an ineffective and feeble force in Iran. He asked the audience gathered in New York, “if you are so weak and ineffective, why are they constantly trying to kill you?”

The event brought Iranians and MEK supporters together from across the US and beyond. There were uplifting messages of hope, particularly from the young people in attendance.

A highlight of the summit was a 15-year-old girl who told the crowd, “I have never been to Iran, where my parents met. But one day I will visit a free Iran.” But first, Europe must cut the regime off.

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Iranian regime's Minister of Communications expresses fear over the popularity of MEK among the Iranian youth.

MEK Has “Inflicted Severe Blows” with Social Media, Say Regime Experts

Iranian regime's Minister of Communications expresses fear over the popularity of MEK among the Iranian youth.

The Iranian regime is once again expressing fear over the popularity of MEK channels in Telegram and Instagram as a sign of their influence among Iranians and particularly the youth.

The Iranian regime and its officials have abandoned all pretense that the MEK has no power within Iran and have finally been forced to publicly acknowledge the MEK’s influence in the popular uprising currently taking place in Iran.

Regime officials have made a number of statements in recent months about the MEK’s role in the ongoing protests, and state-run media openly speaks of the MEK and its tactics for organizing protests, strikes, and demonstrations.

Regime Communications Minister Mohammad Javad Azari Jahromi made recent remarks about the regime’s inability to prevent the MEK from using social media to organize activities and share news about the Iranian Resistance movement. A regime expert followed Jahromi’s statements by acknowledging that the MEK has been more active over the past year. The expert also confirmed the link between the MEK network within Iran and the organization working on behalf of the Iranian people abroad.

The state-run Tehran Press news agency reported on the MEK, referring to the organization as “the enemy.” Tehran Press described the failure of the regime to prevent the MEK from using the Internet to operate, saying that the MEK has “inflicted severe blows” to the Iranian regime through this medium.

The news agency cited a social media researcher, who warned that the popular messaging app Telegram and the social media app Instagram should be considered critical threats to Iran.

Telegram, which is used by more than 40 million people in Iran, is used by the MEK and the Iranian opposition to spread news and organize protests quickly. The regime is so threatened by the effectiveness of Telegram that it was banned earlier this year. Supporters of the Resistance continue to use the app, despite the ban.

The social media researcher cited by Tehran News agency went on to say:

“It should be noted that on the Internet, especially Telegram, the enemy and especially the [MEK], have gained complete control… The terminology of regime change is gaining complete control in social media networks today. If not 100%, a very significant percentage of the context is influenced by regime change terminology used specifically by the PMOI/MEK… These days we see many children of highly devoted individuals linked to the state are completely engulfed in social media platforms completely influenced by the [MEK].”

Even regime Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei has acknowledged the importance of social media in shaping Iran’s youth, saying that the medium has become a “killing ground” for the country’s younger generation. Khamenei’s words reveal his deep fear of the possibility of the youth of Iran learning the truth about the regime.

The regime has access to a massive propaganda operation, but it has failed to succeed against a grassroots effort by a resistance group. The Iranian people, armed with knowledge, are not fooled by propaganda. As they have gained access to information about the democratic alternative to the regime offered by the MEK, they have become unwilling to stand for the mullahs’ corruption. The people of Iran see a future without the mullahs.

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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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IRGC Basij forces cracking down on Iran protesters

Regime Responds to MEK Resistance Unit with Increased Patrols

IRGC Basij forces cracking down on Iran protesters

The Iranian regime is increasing its efforts to crack down on MEK activists who are the main force behind Iran protests

The Revolutionary Guards’ Basij Force is responding to the growth of MEK resistance units in cities across Iran with an increase in patrols. Resistance units have proved to be very effective in organizing protests against the clerical regime, and as word of their success has spread and their numbers have grown, the regime and its officials have become increasingly fearful of the MEK and the Iranian opposition movement as a whole. As a result, the IRGC’s Basij Force has stepped up its suppressive efforts.

Gholam-Hossein Gheibparvar, a commander of the IRGC’s Basij Force, recently announced that his forces will soon begin conducting new drills. Gheibparvar said that the Bassij Force had been conducting patrols in neighborhoods for the last seven or eight months and had set up protection for checkpoints. This was an acknowledgment of the public concern about checkpoints in neighborhoods.

“We have begun a series of plans to upgrade the IRGC Basij,” he said. “We have not rounded up our patrols and we believe our patrols are more effective than checkpoints. More recently, these Bassij patrols have been dubbed as the Razavioun network.”

Gheibparvar noted that the primary purpose of the Basij patrols is “to provide security.” He also states that the Basij Force is implementing a new initiative as well, a program they are calling the “Service & Security Epic.”

Gheibparvar’s words make it clear that the purpose of the Basij patrols is to suppress the ongoing protest movement and to place Basij spies within neighborhoods to identify activists within the Iranian Resistance.

The commander’s words also underscore the regime’s fear of the increasing protest activity taking place in cities across Iran. The prospect of another uprising like the one that took place in late December and early January and spread to more than 140 cities across Iran terrifies the regime leadership because they are all too aware that such an uprising is not only possible but imminent.

The IRGC and Basij Force played a large role in the suppression of the December/January uprising, which came after nearly two weeks of massive protests across Iran. Over 50 protesters were killed in the suppression of the uprising and at least 8,000 people were arrested.

The regime has used neighborhood patrols in the past to control and suppress the people. IRGC commander Mohammad Ali Jafari claimed that the patrols are a “service to the people,” adding that “wherever there is a problem (for the regime) the Basij will be focusing on that issue.”

On Iranian social media, people are comparing these plans to the ones implemented by the regime in the 1980s to suppress the MEK. The MEK, it should be noted, is still a thriving organization, which the regime continues to fight using the same ineffective measures that failed in the ‘80s.

Despite the regime’s many efforts to suppress all opposition, the MEK continues to expand its network inside Iran through the formation of resistance units in cities throughout the country. The regime is aware of the Resistance and is rightfully afraid, but it cannot stop the wave of change that is sweeping the country.

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Supporters of Iranian opposition leader, Maryam Rajavi, welcome her to the grand gathering of Iranians in Paris- 2016

The Rise of the MEK and Overcoming the Regime’s Smear Campaign.

Supporters of Iranian opposition leader, Maryam Rajavi, welcome her to the grand gathering of Iranians in Paris- 2016

The large crowd of supporters of MEK, during their grand gathering in Paris-2016

On Tuesday, July 17th, E-International Relations posted an article from Ramesh Sepehrrad entitled, “A Revolution is Brewing in Iran but What Comes Next”. As the title suggests, the article argues that Iran is on the path to a revolution and the People’s Mujahedin Organization of Iran (MEK) will be an integral part of Iran’s future.

Sepehrrad explores the rise of the MEK, its role in the protests, and its ability to overcome the aggressive smear campaign launched by the clerical regime.

The MEK’s role in Iran’s Protests

Sepehrrad begins the conversation about Iran’s future by looking at the most important players in Iran’s opposition and political landscape. This brings him to the MEK. He writes, “no one can provide an account of Iran’s contemporary political history without reference to the MEK”.

The MEK has been operating in Iran for more than five decades. Sepehrrad points to the MEK as the only group with experience managing a large-scale volunteer force, the only group which possesses extensive international support networks, and the only group with a proven record of challenging inequality and human rights abuses in Iran.

The MEK had a major role in the recent uprisings. Spokespeople for the regime have publicly acknowledged the MEK’s role in inciting protests, as have state news sources, and regime-affiliated intellectuals.

In Kazerun, Sepehrrad says, the protestors slogans were inspired by the MEK. Similarly, following the recent protests in Tehran, which forced the closure of the Bazaar, Iranian security forces issued a statement which read, “many rioters arrested in the unrest have been trained by the MKO [MEK]”. The MEK’s fingerprints have been all over the defining moments which have pushed Iran to the brink of a revolution. The MEK has been a powerful voice and effective mobilizer among the Iranian population. It only seems right that the MEK would be involved in Iran’s future following the fall of the regime.

The view of the Iranian people

Sepehrrad goes on to examine the view held among Iranians towards the MEK. Since the first days of 2018, Iran has been racked with protest and civil disobedience. In response to the growing public unrest, the regime has intensified efforts to publicly vilify the MEK.

In spite of heavy criticism from Iranian state-run media outlets, Iran’s Ministry of Intelligence and Security (MOIS), and the regime’s lobbies and agents abroad, the MEK has survived, and even expanded and grown its operations, demonstrating extensive support from Iranians both at home and abroad. The reason for its success is that the Iranian population support MEK members. They see the members of the MEK as the “best” Iran has to offer.

The grand gathering of Iran opposition-June 30, 2018

Over a 100,000 supporters of MEK, gathered in Villepinte-Paris, to voice support for Iran’s main opposition, and a free Iran- June 30, 2018

An intense smear campaign from the Iranian regime has created mixed feelings towards the Iranian leadership. However, as Sepehrrad points out, a pattern has emerged. Groups that have interacted and come into contact with the MEK directly, through intermediaries or family members, have a strongly supportive view of the organization. Those that have negative opinions of the MEK and its leadership have usually not come into contact with the organization directly and are, therefore, more likely to be affected by the extensive smear campaigns in the international and national press.

Refuting the falsehoods about MEK

Sepehrrad briefly explores the lies frequently disseminated by the regime about the MEK and its supporters in an attempt to shed some light on the ugly campaign of hate that the regime has embarked on.

The regime frequently airs the question, “why did the MEK side with Saddam Hussein during the Iran-Iraq war?” But 15 years after the war, no evidence has emerged to support the claim that it did. The MEK had bases on Iraqi soil at the time, due to the situation in Iran, where the widespread persecution and murder of its members at the hand of the regime had created a domestic climate that forced the MEK to relocate its headquarters. However, this does not amount to siding with Saddam Hussein.

This is just one example of misinformation which is repeatedly printed in state-run media and regime-affiliated publications across the world. The regime’s campaign to vilify the MEK has been relentless. The regime spews the same falsehoods at every opportunity, without offering a shred of evidence to support its claims.

Sepehrrad highlights Ambassador Lincoln Broomfield’s independent assessment in 2011 of the regime’s claims. Broomfield is a former Deputy Assistance Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs and undertook a mammoth task of debunking all the regime’s falsehoods and tracing them back to their source. The 94-page report finds that almost every one of the regime’s claims about the MEK can be traced back to a regime representative as the original source.

MEK, after 2016

Sepehrrad singles out a moment in 2016 as the incident which derailed the regime’s smear campaign. Audio recordings of the late Ayatollah Montazeri were leaked to the public by his son. On the tapes, Montazeri berated officials responsible for the 1988 massacre, in which the regime executed 30,000 members of the MEK in a single summer. Montazeri is clearly heard saying, “you cannot eradicate their beliefs by killing them all” and goes on to provide details of the killings.

This had a profound effect on the Iranian youth. It opened their eyes to the fact that the regime routinely lied about the MEK and its involvement in their suppression. Since 2016, the MEK has been able to better connect with the country’s youth, both because of their newfound skepticism for the regime’s misinformation, and because of the MEK’s shrewd use of technology and social media.

The MEK regularly holds Q&A sessions online. It makes the group accessible and open to those who wish to find out more.

This has left the regime scrambling for solutions. The head of Iran’s Assembly of Experts, Admad Jannati said, “cyberspace is a blow to our life”, acknowledging that the regime is losing the online battle for Iran’s youth.

MEK’s support abroad

The MEK has also successfully expanded its support from the international community in recent years. Its annual Grand Gathering draws in crowds of more than 100,000 supporters, including delegations from North America, Europe, and the Middle East.

Among Iranians abroad, the MEK also features prominently in their hopes for Iran’s future. In his piece, Sepehrrad quotes one who said, “let’s hope the MEK can bring this regime down because they are the only one who can”.

The MEK continues to pick up momentum, capturing the hearts of the Iranian youth, both at home and abroad. Despite immense criticism from the regime, the MEK has managed to expand its support base, and emerge as the most effective and viable opposition group in Iran. Those that come into contact with the group, overwhelmingly describe positive experiences.

In the coming months, the MEK will continue to build on its successes and continue its efforts to topple the regime. As Sepehrrad says, the Iranian vehicle is on the road to revolution, and the MEK are in the driving seat, with the map, navigating the country to a brighter democratic future.

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