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Iranian regime's fake accounts in Twitter to demonize MEK

Iranian Regime Used Twitter to Demonize the MEK

Iranian regime's fake accounts in Twitter to demonize MEK

Twitter has terminated 770 accounts used by the Iranian regime to demonize its main opposition, the MEK

In September, Twitter deleted 770 accounts linked to the Iranian regime after discovering that they were used to spread propaganda and misinformation. Facebook, Google, and Instagram had also removed Iranian-regime accounts from their platforms in the around the same time.

On October 17th, Twitter released the content of the deleted accounts. A total of 1,122,936 tweets, along with embedded photos and videos, were released to the public. Although most of the tweets were aimed at influencing the outcome of the 2016 election, a disturbing number of the messages were directed at the MEK and the Iranian Resistance. The newly-released tweets confirm the MEK’s long-held assertion that the Iranian regime considers the MEK to be an existential threat and sees the destruction of the resistance organization as the only way to maintain its claim to power.

In early 2018, the Iranian regime stepped up their Twitter campaign in response to the people’s uprising, which had begun the month before. The misinformation campaign, along with simultaneous acts of suppression inside of Iran set the stage for acts of terrorism against the MEK and the Iranian Resistance abroad.

The majority of the tweets regarding the MEK are in Persian. Other tweets are in English, Arabic, Spanish, French, Albanian, and Pashto, in descending order of prevalence. The tweets first appeared in 2012 and multiplied until 2018, when the accounts were detected and shut down. The accounts published more tweets in 2018 than in all six previous years combined.

The released tweets are an example of the ways in which the regime uses the media and “friendly correspondents” to create a false narrative. The WashingtonPost summed up the regime’s strategy with this headline from October 17th: “Iranians masqueraded as foreign journalists to push political messages online, new Twitter data shows.”

In a television interview on July 9, 2017, Former Iranian regime Intelligence Minister Ali Fallahian acknowledged that the Ministry of Intelligence uses this tactic. “In order to gather intelligence,” he said, “the Ministry of Intelligence needs a cover, whether inside or outside the country. We do not send an intelligence officer to Germany or the United States to say, ‘Hey, I am from the Ministry of Intelligence.’ [Rather,] a business or journalism cover is needed.”

Along these lines, one of the published tweets reads:

  • NBC On Assignment with #RichardEngel commissioned these exclusive drone shots of the #MKO’s secret new base near Tirana in Albania. The #MEK are a shadowy group with a terrorist past they killed Americans in Iran in the 1970s and then fought alongside Saddam Hussein. Widely hated. https://t.co/F019t3iuvh

According to the recent disclosure, the regime set up multiple accounts and created at least 70 hashtags related to the Resistance. Prior to the annual gathering of the Iranian Resistance in June, the regime created the hashtags #BanTerrorOrg, #BanMEK, #IranHatesMEK, and #No2MEK. The regime claimed in many cases that the hashtags were created by people who hated both the regime and the resistance movement. This is a well-known tactic by the regime’s intelligence meant to confuse outsiders looking for information. The MEK has called agents of the regime out for these ploys many times, but the most common response is that MEK members claim that anyone who opposes them must be an intelligence agent but provide no proof. Now there is an abundance of proof.

The regime focused a great deal of attention on Ashraf 3, the MEK camp in Albania. These are some of the tweets that were disclosed that concern MEK members in Albania:

  • Senior US Senators meet Iranian terror group leader in Albania https://t.co/eID2iLGZ3b #realiran https://t.co/lBWuvkd4Wz
  • #MEK terrorist camp in #Albania poses grave risk to Albania, the #Balkans and the #MiddleEast’ https://t.co/0mmMAgYtT8 https://t.co/X2NJx7a9do
  • RT @noiranwarorg: An Eye-opener: Camp Ashraf three, relocated from Iraq to Albania: “Trump, along with Israel, has a clear plan and this i…
  • Forget #politics, investigate #MEK #humanrights abuses in #Albania https://t.co/ta70Ax82Wo #Iran #JohnBolton #Tirana
  • A speech last week by Trump’s legal advisor Rudy Giuliani in #Washington demonstrates fully that he, John Bolton, John McCain and the Trump administration hawks are able, without reservation, to exploit #Albania as a failed nation state. https://t.co/5YKNBkCnIu
  • The #MEK is a terrorist group. #Albania cannot host a terrorist group without consequences. This is not #Afghanistan or #Iraq or #Syria in which groups hide in the chaos and violence. This is a peaceful, democratic country which wishes to join the #EU. https://t.co/5YKNBkCnIu

A number of tweets that are known to have originated from the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) and Intelligence Ministry either link to an Intelligence Ministry-affiliated site known as Iran-Interlink or quote intelligence agent Massoud Khodabandeh or his wife, Anne Singleton. These known agents of the Iranian regime were formerly instructed to focus on Camps Ashraf and Liberty and have now been asked to refocus on the presence of the MEK in Albania. The troll accounts retweet the agents and amplify their message, which is a common tactic.

The following are some of the disclosed tweets which follow this pattern:

  • RT @IranInterlink: Massoud Khodabndeh: The mysterious disappearance of a member of the Mojahedin Khalq (MEK) terrorist group in Albania has…
  • RT @ma_khodabandeh: Albanian media fooled by MEK ‘misdirection’ https://t.co/tScZMXWOAJ
  • RT @AnneKhodabandeh: Trump Administration exploits Albania as a failed state, Rama is silent https://t.co/MzbZc7KQet
  • #Albanian PM offends the #Jews by comparing their suffering to #terrorists ( #MEK) https://t.co/G6OvAVT88k by @AnneKhodabandeh @ma_khodabandeh https://t.co/wqD2hPf9rq
  • RT @ma_khodabandeh: My latest in Bakanspost. Albania: MEK rebrands by assassinating unwanted members https://t.co/73WdjnGbSU
  • #IranFreedom? #Iran_Maryam? Mojahedin Khalq thugs beat-up Mostafa Mohammadi and his daughter (Photos) http://t.co/rHQOBgUBlc

Other tweets targeted the MEK’s presence in France or condemned the Iranian Resistance’s annual gathering in Paris:

  • We condemn that French government is hosting MKO #NoToMKO #TrumpSupportsTerrorism #GiulianiSupportsTerrorism #BanTerrorOrg https://t.co/ZFwc4vbJVd
  • Mr president @EmmanuelMacron the so-called #MEK group which has carried out numerous #terrorist activities in Iran, which has acted as mercenaries of Saddam Hussein and killed thousands of Iraqi Shiites and Iraqi Kurd is living freely in your country expel them please #BanTerrorOrg https://t.co/PTcGpQXAwk
  • Just imagine what would happen if Iran hosted an #ISIS gathering (the murderer of more than 700 French citizens from 2015)? Now #France is hosting a gathering of #MEK terrorist organization (responsible for the murder of 15,000 Iranians) in Paris! #BanTerrorOrg https://t.co/mi2PfOa5W9
  • Paris is hosting a gathering of #MEK terrorist organization (responsible for the murder of 15,000 People) This is like how France supported #ISIS in Syria. https://t.co/AE04kFO7oK
  • Why are France, the US, and some other countries like Saudi Arabia are supporting MEK terror group? Do you know MEK? “Since 1981 the [MEK] has claimed responsibility for murdering thousands of Iranians,” the report said. Among victims, there are many kids and women #TuesdayThoughts https://t.co/WyYGEdIxZW
  • France’s safety is the main victim of MKO’s traffic https://t.co/P9dAPc2bCJ

According to a regime parliamentarian, Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif traveled to France in a failed attempt to cancel the Iranian Resistance gathering. When he was unable to do so, the regime tweeted this message, claiming to be from the MEK:

  • MKO announcement: annual “resistance” conference in Paris canceled for security concerns https://t.co/iLm8vqJzjD

It does not appear that anyone was fooled by the message.

Some tweets showed the regime’s furor over American support for the Iranian Resistance:

  • RT @Zolfegar12: @Mojahedineng @nikkihaley Shame upon shame @nikkihaley ambassador of #America obviously retweeted from mek/mko terrorist ac…
  • RT @tparsi (Trita Parsi): With Bolton in the White House, the MEK terrorists are one step closer in doing to Iran what Bolton did to Iraq. Make no mistake…
  • When Rudi Giuliani support a Terrorist Group Americans have a more negative view of former New York City Mayor today https://t.co/5h3kTju2W2 #NoToMKO #Trump #TrumpSupportsTerrorism #NoToMEK #GiulianiSupportsTerrorism https://t.co/S9WbzSJjMg
  • Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani and informal adviser Newt Gingrich are listed as headliners for the Mujahedeen-e-Khalq conference in Paris.For 15 years,the U.S. designated the MEK a terrorist group #NoToMKO #Trump #TrumpSupportsTerrorism #NoToMEK #GiulianiSupportsTerrorism https://t.co/ODqSd3uz67
  • Stop supporting terrotist group dumpy #NoToMKO #GiulianiSupportsTerrorism #TrumpSupportsTerrorism #BanTerrorOrg https://t.co/Ld8Qnhtit0
  • @N0_H8_EVER You’re right! Maryam Rajavi is their leader. They are officially from the MEK. These guys were officially trained by USA gov…They have the blood of thousands of Iranians on their hands. They’re an old Marxist cult, renounced Marxism only recently to receive USA aid a few yrs ago.

New Report Details Iran Regime’s Demonization Campaign Against the MEK

The regime’s hostility toward Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, President-elect of the NCRI, and Massoud Rajavi, leader of the Iranian Resistance, is clear in the disclosed tweets. The vulgarity and crudeness masks a deep fear though. The regime spent a great deal of time, effort, and hate demonizing not only the MEK but Mrs. Rajavi specifically. These are not the actions of confident, competent leaders. These are frightened children lashing out.

  • RT @YJC_ir: What makes #Rajavi and #ISIS brothers? https://t.co/b5AVIyWbLi #No2mko #RajaviCrimes https://t.co/G8ZysjkP0m
  • RT @YJC_ir: Maryam #Rajavi openly supported #ISIS from French parliament https://t.co/pxv0oeSTrn #No2mko #RajaviCrimes https://t.co/hNGcK8W…
  • Iranian youth, young men whose roots and civilization go back to Cyrus the Great (good speech, good thought, good behavior), not Maryam Rajavi, who has ugly speech, wrong thought and terrorist behavior.
  • Why did the Saudis promote #IStandwithMaryamRajavi? They gave her money. They don’t want their investment to fail.
  • The #MEK is NOT a simple opposition group. It’s a terror organization. More than 16,000 Iranians have been killed by the People’s Mujahedin of Iran since 1979! Read again: 16,000 people!including 1 President&1 Prime Minister #BanTerrorOrg #FreeIran2018 #IStandWithMaryamRajavi https://t.co/uPkftShOxw

As the officials of Twitter stated on October 17, 2018, “It is clear that information operations and coordinated inauthentic behavior will not cease.”

The mullahs will attempt to deceive until the day they are overthrown. Let that day be soon.

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Iranian Regime Sends Suppressive Forces to Prevent Cyrus Day Gathering

Iran prevents gathering in Cyrus the Great Tomb

The Iranian regime prevents the commemoration of the Cyrus the Great Day

Throngs of people flocked to Pasargad in the central province of Fars on Sunday evening and Monday morning, despite roadblocks and other suppressive measures by the Iranian regime.

The thousands of travelers were heading to the tomb of the ancient Persian king Cyrus the Great. Undeterred by the roadblocks, they used alternate roads and paths to read the site, with some climbing over hilltops to reach the gathering.

October 29th is unofficially known as Cyrus Day in Iran. The pre-Islamic holiday celebrates the day that King Cyrus is believed to have conquered Babylon. Every year, Iranians gather at the tomb of King Cyrus to celebrate, but it appears that regime authorities took suppressive measures to prevent the gathering this year.

MEK sources report that a large number of security forces were deployed to Pasargad to prevent people from gathering there. Roads leading to the tomb were blocked starting on Sunday afternoon in an effort to limit the number of visitors to the site. Videos and photos posted online by MEK Network show barriers on roads leading into the area.

State security forces only allowed vehicles with Fars Province license plates to pass through checkpoints. All other vehicles were forced to turn back. Many people were detoured and traveled to

Pasargad on foot.

State security forces in Shiraz have instituted heavy security measures, such as restricting parking, arresting travelers, and impounding vehicles. Security forces have also installed cameras to prevent the people from protesting at the tomb of Cyrus the Great.

According to a statement from the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), the Revolutionary Guards attempted to prevent a Cyrus Day gathering by announcing that they would be holding drills in the areas from October 27-30. They told local hospitals to be prepared to receive injured people.

Over the past few days, a number of Iranians have received text messages threatening them that attending the “illegal” Cyrus Day gathering could result in prosecution. The origin of the texts is unclear.

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Denmark arrests another agent of the Iranian regime for terrorism

The Danish Government Brands the Regime’s Foiled Terror Attack “Completely Unacceptable”

Denmark arrests another agent of the Iranian regime for terrorism

Danish intelligence service arrests another Iranian regime terrorist for plotting attack in Denish soil.

On September 28th, 2018, much of Denmark came to a standstill over national security issues. The day was the cumulation of a nation-wide police operation dedicated to unraveling a terror plot coordinated and orchestrated by the Iranian Ministry of Intelligence and Security (MOIS).

On Tuesday, October 30th, the Danish Security and Intelligence Service revealed that the Iranian government intelligence agency had planned to carry out an assassination on Danish soil. It also revealed that is had made an arrest in connection to the case and that a Norwegian-Iranian citizen was currently in custody.

Preparation for a Larger Attack

The Danish government suggested that the assassination was likely to be carried out as part of preparation measures for a larger terror attack on Danish soil.

The Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs released a statement in which it condemned the Iranian government. The statement called the attack “completely unacceptable” and said, “the gravity of the matter is difficult to describe”.

The Danish Ministry for Foreign Affairs, Anders Samuelson, revealed in the same statement that the opinion of the Danish government “has been made crystal clear to the Iranian ambassador in Copenhagen”. He also suggested that Denmark would consider further action over the matter.

“We are in close contact with several like-minded countries regarding the issue of an Iranian intelligence agency’s illegal activities in Europe”, Samuelson said.

An Increasingly Aggressive Regime

Samuelson does not have to look far to find other governments affected by the regime’s nefarious terror activities.

Most recently, 10 Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) issued a statement calling for the regime’s inclusion on the European terrorism blacklist. Their statement followed several high-profile incidents this summer which exposed an intricate web of the regime’s state-sponsored terror activities on European soil.

Ten MEPs Issue a Statement Calling for the Iranian Regime to be Added to an EU Blacklist

In June, an Iranian diplomat was arrested in connection with a foiled terror attack in Paris. Assadollah Assadi, based at the Iranian regime in Vienna, had provided a Belgian-Iranian couple with explosive material and detailed instructions of how to carry out the attack, which was to take place at the annual Grand Gathering of the People’s Mujahedin Organisation of Iran (MEK).

Following the failed attack, the French government froze all assets in France which belonged to the MOIS and a further two high-profile Iranians. It also expelled an Iranian diplomat from the Iranian embassy in Paris over the incident.

Committee in Search of Justice (ISJ) Holds Conference on Iranian State-Sponsored Terrorism

The Danish government will likely find a “like-minded” country in France. Macron’s government has grown impatient with Tehran following irrefutable evidence that the June 30th attack was coordinated and planned by the regime’s leadership.

In the US, two regime agents were also detained on espionage charges. The pair were gathering information on the MEK in preparation for another terror attack.

Earlier in the year, another Iranian plot was uncovered. Once again, the MEK were the targets. The Albanian authorities discovered a violent plot to attack the MEK’s compound near the Albanian capital. The plan was to execute the plan during the Persian New Year Celebrations.

The Iranian regime has shown time and time again that it is willing to commit acts of extreme violence to further its agenda. It has no respect for the sovereignty or government of other countries, nor does it respect international law.

An increasing number of MEPs and European governments are beginning to see the merit in adding the regime to international terrorist lists. But to fully neutralize the regime’s threat, Europe would be better-placed to lend its backing to the Iranian people in their quest for regime change.

Only with the mullahs gone and the fall of the clerical regime will the threat be gone.

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Despite Regime Aggression and Restricted Travel, Iranians Travel to Pasargad to Honour Cyrus the Great

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Archive- In 2016, on the anniversary of Cyrus the Great, thousands gathered at his tomb in Pasargad

On Monday, October 29th, people from across Iran flocked to Pasargad in Fars Province to honor Cyrus the Great, the ancient Persian king. The regime attempted to deter citizens from traveling to the capital of the ancient Persian empire, but many felt compelled to make the journey regardless.

Cyrus the Great commissioned the instruction of Pasargad in 559BC and once a year, on the 7th of Aban (usually around October 29th), the date Cyrus reportedly entered the ancient city of Babylon, thousands of Iranians gather at his tomb.

The regime fears a repeat of 2016

The regime often attempts to prevent Iranians from gathering on a historic day. They fear that such a concentration of people could spark a protest. Reports from the MEK network indicate that this year, numerous secret police agents have been deployed around Fars province and in nearby cities.

Not to be deterred, many Iranians are finding alternate routes to the burial site over nearby hilltops. The MEK reported that a number of people are bypassing the authorities by traveling on foot through the town of Surmeq and the surrounding mountain passes.

The regime fears a repeat of 2016 when thousands of Iranians descended on Pasargad and many in attendance began expressing their anger at the clerical regime. Chants of “clerical rule is synonymous with only tyranny and only war” could be heard among those gathered.

Closing Historical Sites

The MEK received reports from eyewitnesses on the ground that the regime is going to extreme lengths to prevent a repeat of the events of 2016.

The regime’s agents have closed the Persepolis historical site near the city of Shiraz, to prevent the public gathering and a protest taking shape.

Starting on Sunday afternoon, many of the roads around Pasargad were closed. There were reports of cars being turned away by regime agents as they approached the city.

Locals have received passes and anybody not traveling with a pass are finding their travel restricted in the region. There have even been reports of arrests taking place and vehicles being impounded.

In a more ominous sign, the regime also warned the local hospitals that the military would be “conducting drills” in the region and urged them to be prepared to receive people with injuries.

The news suggests that the regime is prepared to deploy excessive force to prevent the public from coming together for Cyrus Day celebrations. However, rather than cement the mullahs’ power, it only further mobilizes an already determined population and increases the public appetite for regime change.

 

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Multiple Groups Protest Regime in Cities across Iran

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Protests are spreading across Iran, with multiple groups taking to the streets to protest against the corrupt regime, based reports from the MEK network inside Iran. Iran’s economy is in free fall, due to the regime’s corruption and mismanagement, as well as crippling U.S. sanctions.

Students’ Protests

On Sunday, students from Tehran’s Teachers University marched in protest of the University’s privatization policies.

The students held signs with a list of their demands:

  • Changing the current administrative norms.
  • Eliminate temporary extensions;
  • Present full and free courses for fifth term students based on orders issued by the Ministry of Sciences.
  • Cancel all plans aimed at forcing students to evacuate the dormitory and provide necessities.
  • Close all disciplinary dossiers launched against students.
    Guarantee the implementation of Ministry of Sciences’ orders.
  • Station inspectors on campus to guarantee adequate dormitory conditions.
  • Sack the Student Department officials.
  • Create transparent measures to provide adequate food at the campus’ self-service branch.
  • Launch Q&A sessions with students for college officials to respond to their demands and issues raised.

Students at Tehran’s Open University protested the “Guidance Police” on their campus. The protesting students blocked the units from their patrols. Four students were arrested and many others had their cameras confiscated for recording the protest. According to reports, one unit almost ran over a female student during the protest.

Retired Bank Employees’ Protests

On Saturday, retired bank employees from across Iran gathered outside of the Banks Retiree Fund office in Tehran to protest against their low pensions. The retired employees chanted: “Our pensions are far below the poverty line!”

One protester said, “We retired bank employees, in our senior ages, are facing many difficulties. Seeking answers to our demands of having our pensions increased is now added to that.”

The bank retirees say that they do not make enough money to cover their basic needs and that their pensions place them below the poverty line.

Credit Firm Clients’ Protests

On Thursday, clients of the Padideh credit firm protested outside of the provincial office in Mashhad to demand the return of their stolen savings. The authorities feared that the protest would spread and attempted to suppress the rally. They attacked the protesters and arrested a number of them. People at the scene protested these repressive measures.

On Saturday, clients of the Talaye Thamen credit company protested in Tehran for the return of their stolen savings. One banner demanded the prosecution of figures in the Gold Union and Ministry of Industry.

Farmers’ Protest

On Friday, farmers in Jozdan, near Najaf Abad, central Iran, protested authorities not responding to their earlier demands by parking their tractors and blocking the town’s main road.

Street Vendors’ Protest

On Thursday, street vendors in Karaj marched in protest of police brutality and confiscation of their goods by authorities. The vendors chanted, “Death to IRGC Basij members!”

Security forces attacked anyone who recorded the march, arrested them, and confiscated some of their phones in order to erase photos and videos.

With Iran’s economy in free fall, the people have become restless and angry. The mullahs have no viable plan to address the many problems facing the country and are struggling to hold onto their power with acts of intimidation and suppression. The Iranian people will no longer be intimidated.

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Mayor Rudy Giuliani speaking at MEK's Rally in Paris

Rudy Giuliani: The World has “an Obligation to Listen to What the Iranian People Have Been Saying”

Mayor Rudy Giuliani speaking at MEK's Rally in Paris

Mayer Rudy Giuliani speaking at Free Iran rally in Paris, where over 100,000 supporters of MEK gathered to call for regime change in Iran

On Sunday, October 28th, former mayor of New York and lawyer within the Trump administration, Rudy Giuliani, published an op-ed piece on Townhall. The piece, titled ‘Tehran Recognises Iran Opposition as the Alternative; So Should We’, lent its support to the People’s Mujahedin Organisation of Iran (MEK), and highlighted their strong standing as a viable alternative to the clerical regime in Iran.

Giuliani started his piece by describing what an “honor” it was to address the Iranian opposition in the United States at a recent protest in New York. Giuliani reiterated that the international community has “an obligation to listen to what the Iranian people have been saying”.

What Is the Iranian Public Saying?

Over the last nine months, the Iranian people have made their feelings clear. A wave of protests has swept over Iran. People have marched in the streets across Iranian cities, many chanting anti-regime slogans like “death to Khamenei”, and “death to Rouhani”.

Giuliani expressed his solidarity with the protesting Iranian public. He described himself as “one of a large bipartisan group of former governors, mayors, military leaders, senior administration officials and members of Congress, who agree on one critical foreign policy, as the Iranian people do: Iran is entitled to freedom and democracy”.

As part of his desire to bring freedom and democracy to Iran, Giuliani has strongly supported the largest and best-organized opposition group; the MEK.

Bringing Change to Iran

Giuliani explained his support in terms of organization. He said, “fundamental change in Iran requires organization, leadership, a platform, endurance, competence, and sacrifice”. In Giuliani’s eyes, the only group that possesses all of these qualities is the MEK.

He said, “the one leader that Tehran fears the most is Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, the president-elect of the broader coalition of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) which includes the MEK as a member”.

The group’s effectiveness and the threat it poses to the regime is apparent in the regime’s attempts to attack its members. This year, two terror attacks against the group were foiled in the last stages of their execution. The second plot aimed to detonate a car bomb at the MEK’s Grand Gathering in Paris, an event Giuliani himself attended.

Iranian spies have been detected operating in Belgium, France, Germany, Albania, and the United States. Each time, the object of the covert espionage activities has been the MEK and its members.

Giuliani spoke about two regime agents detained in New York last year. They were arrested at a rally held by the Iranian opposition with a “target package” and detailed instructions on capture and kill operations.

“New York has seen enough terrorism for several lifetimes; this must not stand”, Giuliani said. “Moreover”, he continued, “we can only conclude from an operation so brash that the regime in Iran feels threatened by all that is going wrong. They consider the MEK to be an existential threat”.

Addressing MEK’s Detractors

Giuliani also addressed the MEK’s detractors and critics who say that the organization is not widely supported by Iranians and does not have sufficient popularity within Iran.

Giuliani asked, “why would the regime be so methodical in imprisoning, torturing and killing MEK supporters in Iran as well as targeting its senior officials in Paris and New York if it didn’t feel threatened by it?”

The Regime’s End is Near

The former mayor of New York concluded his op-ed on an optimistic note. He predicted that the Iranian regime “will be overthrown. It is a question of when not if”.

He cited the Iranian people’s determination and will to protest in the streets, coupled with economic sanctions, like those introduced by the Trump administration, as the factors that will bring about the mullahs’ downfall.

“Iranians are demanding a democratic republic. Under the leadership of Maryam Rajavi and the movement of dedicated dissidents that she has established inside Iran and across the Western World, there is a strong and viable alternative that can make that happen”, Giuliani concluded.

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German delegation visit MEK residence in Albania

German Delegation Visits MEK Camp in Albania

German delegation visit MEK residence in Albania

The high profile German delegation headed by Rita Süssmuth, former president of the Bundestag visits Camp Ashraf 3, the new residence of the MEK in Albania.

Ashraf 3, the MEK camp in Albania, received a visit from a six-member delegation from Germany last week. Rita Süssmuth, former president of the Bundestag, German parliamentarians Martin Patzelt, Thomas Nord, and Otto Bernhardt, and human rights activists, Hille Gosejacob-Rolf, and Christian Zimmermann made up the members of the delegation.

During their trip to Tirana from October 21-23, the visitors spent time with MEK residents at Ashraf met with Albanian government officials and political figures and attended a conference with Albanian parliamentarians and NGOs.

Conference in Ashraf-3

German delegation speaking at a conference held in Ashraf-3, the place of residence of the MEK- October 2018

On the first day of their visit, the delegation was greeted by MEK members, who briefed the visitors on the camp’s relocation from Iraq to Albania and their efforts to rebuild on a new site. The camp representatives emphasized that all costs of deployment, daily life, and medical care at Ashraf 3 are paid for by the MEK.

Rita Süssmuth expressed her surprise at the resilience and vitality of the camp residents. She was also impressed at how much the MEK members have been able to build over the course of a year. “Your vitality indicates a culture and a new way of life, which is not well known to others.” She said, “I constantly admire you for always starting from scratch and building again,” she said.

During their visit, the delegation toured Ashraf 3’s carpenter’s workshop, sports halls, and volleyball and basketball courts. They were introduced to the camp’s younger members, who shared their interests in music, art, video, history, and comedy. The delegation also toured the camp medical facilities, where they met dozens of MEK doctors and dentists who provide care for camp residents.

After touring Ashraf 3, the delegation sat down with a group of MEK members and discussed the MEK’s goals in Albania. The MEK’s representative from the camp expressed their appreciation to the German Friendship Group for its assistance during the MEK’s relocation from Iraq to Albania and other European countries.

Members of the delegation responded with words of support to the members of Ashraf 3.

Otto Bernhard said, “You have come a long way, but the remaining path to the goal should be short. The goal is to liberate Iran and we must reach this goal together.”

“The power of your eyes and your vitality is motivating to me, and it reflects your belief in the purpose you have,” said Rita Süssmuth. “You are even livelier than when you were in Ashraf and Liberty. Keep Fighting.”

Representative Thomas Nord spoke of the resilience of the MEK members and their willingness to continue fighting the regime. “Always one of my questions was how people can keep fighting decades for freedom and democracy and still be motivated, he said. “I got the answers to my questions today in Ashraf 3. Each of you could have had a good life in a corner of the world while being opposed to the regime, but you have chosen another way and that you are fighting collectively which is important. I wish you and all of us victory on this path.”

Christian Zimmermann was clear in his support of Ashraf 3: “I consider myself an Ashrafi,” he said. “It is now a matter of discussion in Germany and Europe that who is the alternative against Mullahs. I say, whoever wants to know the alternative should come to Ashraf 3.”

Ms. Hille Gosejacob-Rolf praised the women of the MEK for their leadership and gave gifts of table tops featuring the Iranian flag.

Rita Süssmuth led the delegation in presenting a gift of a painting of Reichstag, the German Parliament building, to the MEK representative.

On Monday, the delegation hosted a meeting at the Tirana International Hotel. Entitled “Solidarity with the Iranian Resistance: Disclosure of Islamic Fundamentalism and the Iranian Regime’s State Sponsorship of Terrorism in Europe and the Balkans,” the meeting was attended by political and human rights activists and Albanian supporters of the Iranian Resistance. The event received wide coverage by the Albanian press.

The members of the German delegation spoke about their visit to Ashraf 3 at the conference.

Rita Süssmuth said, “We were surprised by the progress made by MEK, and that could not be possible without the constructive cooperation of the government and civil society in Albania.”

Süssmuth added: They (the MEK) have relied on their financial autonomy and have provided funds for all their expenses and construction costs themselves. They are democrats, volunteers, lively and active, profoundly against dictatorship and committed to the cause of freedom.”

Martin Patzelt spoke of the need to stop supporting Iran: “The situation in Iran is quickly evolving, and we are witnessing that the policy towards the regime is changing,” he said. “Although Europe has been a supporter of a nuclear deal with the regime, the Iranian Regime’s domestic and international crises, as well as its destructive policies and its support of terrorism, has made it difficult for Europe to continue supporting it. A serious crisis in relations between Europe and the Iranian regime is about the terrorist acts of the regime in Europe.”

Otto Bernhard called for the expulsion of all regime intelligence agents. He discussed the case of Assadollah Assadi, an Iranian regime diplomat who was arrested by German police for a foiled terrorist attack on the annual National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) gathering in Paris on June 30th and recently extradited to Belgium to await trial on terrorism charges. The Iranian regime attempted to prevent Assadi’s extradition. Because of the Assadi case, France has expelled another regime diplomat and sanctioned the regime’s Ministry of Intelligence and Security (MOIS). The Netherlands has expelled two regime diplomats as a result of the case.

 

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Iranian regime court will be charging 5 arrested environmentalists for "heavy charges:

The Iranian Regime Targets Environmental Activists in a String of Arrests and Suspicious Deaths

Iranian regime court will be charging 5 arrested environmentalists for "heavy charges:

Five environmental activists arrested nine months ago will be facing charges of “corruption on earth”. This is while Farshid Hakki another environmentalist was murdered outside his home last week.

The clerical regime in Iran has brought charges against five environmental activists arrested nine months ago. The five will appear in court on charges of “corruption on earth”, although the regime previously charged them with espionage charges.

Environmental activists have been the target of the clerical regime in recent months. On October 17th, environmental activist Farshid Hakki died in suspicious circumstances near his home in Tehran.

The state-run news networks and IRGC media outlets reported that the cause of Hakki’s death was self-immolation. However, the Iranian opposition, the People’s Mujahedin Organisation of Iran (MEK) remains skeptical.

Suspicious Deaths of Activists

Environmental activists have been subject to extreme violence and physical abuse at the hands of the regime. In January, IRGC intelligence officers arrested several activists, among them was Dr. Kavous Seyyed Emami, a former director of the Wildlife Agency.

Iran says prominent environmentalist committed suicide in a Tehran prison

Emami died shortly after his arrest while he was in regime custody in Evin Prison. The regime absolved itself of responsibility and claimed that the Emami had committed suicide.

In the wake of the national uprising at the start of the year, the regime claimed that at least 14 prisoners that died in custody committed suicide or died due to drug use. The National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) asserts that in reality, the prisoners died due to the regime’s violent and brutal use of torture.

Mohammad Reza, the head of the parliamentary environmental faction voiced his concerns. “The arrest of a number of environmental activists… is suspicious”, he said, “and the death of Dr. Seyyed Emami in prison is unfortunate and increases the ambiguity regarding the charges against the detainees”.

The MEK has previously reported the dangers of arbitrary arrests and fabricated charges. The regime’s increased weaponization of the judicial system to silence critics is an indication of its vulnerability.

In an attempt to preserve its weakening grip on power, the regime is locking up activists and political opponents.

The Iranian resistance movement and the MEK remains vehemently opposed to the regime’s misuse of justice and crimes against humanity. The President-elect of the Iranian opposition, Maryam Rajavi, have repeatedly called on the international community to stand with the abused Iranian people and condemn the regime’s actions.

The MEK and NCRI have urged international NGOs and governments to establish a delegation tasked with investigating the abuse of political and environmental activists in Iranian prisons and the 14 suspicious deaths that occurred in custody.

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Looted credit firm clients demand their money back.

Looted Credit Firm Clients in Mashhad Demand Return of Their Savings

Looted credit firm clients demand their money back.

A group of looted credit firm clients protest outside one of the branches, demanding their savings to be returned to them.

On Thursday, clients of the regime-linked Padideh credit firm protested in Mashhad for the return of their looted savings. Suppressive forces were dispatched to prevent the protest from spreading, and several people were arrested after security forces attacked the demonstrators, report MEK network inside Iran.

The rally in Mashhad followed a similar rally on

Keshavarz Avenue in Tehran on October 14th by clients of the Padideh and Caspian credit firms.

Protesters at that rally chanted:

“We will sacrifice our lives for freedom! Down with this cruelty!”

“Our three branches pass us to each other, leaving us in limbo!”

“Hands behinds the scenes, what have they done with our money?”

“We shall fight, we may die, yet we will not accept living in shame!”

“Theft has become legal under the cloak of law!”

Hamidreza Jalalipour, one of the regime’s experts frequently cited by the regime, warned against the spread of protests like these, which is what the regime fears most.

In an interview on state TV, Jalalipour said: “We must answer to the people’s demands… you must answer so that the society becomes calm… If we don’t pay attention to these demands, it will become concerning and I can show how since last year these protest rallies are changing and these changes must be taken seriously.”

He went on to say: “In the past year, the people’s measures have changed… Just take a look, during the past year (and even during the 1979 revolution), we had never witnessed violence. However, in the protests of the past 12 months, we have been witnessing violence… people were angry, upset; they have difficulties, people have lost their money, yet banks were set on fire and they headed towards the prosecutor’s office… These are dangerous measures. These are concerning issues that we should be all worried about. The people’s measures must be responded to. It shouldn’t result in unrest, protests, and God forbid, violence, and then strikes… if you look at the big picture, things will get serious.”

Ahmad Hamzeh, a member of the regime’s Majlis (parliament), acknowledged that there was cause for alarm. He warned that widespread poverty could unleash a wave of jobless and hungry Iranians who would revolt.

“Do people have to pour into the streets for us to hear their voices?” he asked.

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Abduction of the Teachers' union leader Hashem Khastar

Activist Teacher Abducted by Iranian Regime

Abduction of the Teachers' union leader Hashem Khastar

The teachers’ union leader Hashem Khastar was abducted by the Iranian regime agents in response to the teachers’ nationwide strike in Iran

On Tuesday, Hashem Khastar, a local union leader who represents teachers in Razavi Khorasan province in north-eastern Iran, disappeared from his family’s farm outside of Mashhad. His wife and friends tried to call him, but his phone was turned off. His car was left near the farm.

The following day his wife, Sadigheh Maleki, called authorities, to ask for information about her husband. On Wednesday, she received a call from a member of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), who said that Khastar had been hospitalized for mental illness.

Maleki went to Eben’e Sina Hospital in Mashhad to find her husband, but security forces were blocking anyone from going near the area where he was being held.

Khastar has no history of mental illness, nor does he has any physical ailments other than high blood pressure, which is common for a man of his age. Khastar is, however, a retired teacher who has been a vocal critic of the regime. He recently participated in peaceful protests in support of better working conditions for teachers.

Khastar served prison time for his education activism in the past, most recently from 2009 to 2011. He has openly criticized Iran’s educational system and the regime as a whole, going so far as to call regime Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei a dictator.

After the two-day teacher’s strike earlier this week, Khastar wrote a letter criticizing the regime.

“We don’t have guns,” he wrote.  “Our guns are our pens and our words and our gatherings and sit-ins. The guns are in the hands of those who protect lawless, tyrant, cruel rulers instead of defending the rule of law. They defend those who steal millions and yet arrest petty thieves and cut off their hands and legs.”

On the day before he was abducted, Khastar wrote a passionate appeal to the Iranian people, which he sent to several Persian websites for publication. He wrote that “Iran would soon be free from this hell.” He also implored the Iranian people to rise up against the regime, writing, “Your children in prison can write a short letter and repent to easily be released from prison and live their own lives. But they teach the people the lesson of resistance by saying no to tyranny. They teach the people that one can stand against tyranny like other nations to realize freedom and democracy.”

Khastar wrote that Khamenei was “the root of the corruption and all the problems” and must be held accountable.

Authorities abducted Khastar without a warrant and hospitalized him without evidence of any physical or mental illness. It is unclear at this point how Khastar ended up in a psychiatric facility. He could have possibly been injured during his arrest or authorities may have locked him in a psychiatric facility in order to sedate him. It does seem clear that Khastar was hospitalized for his activism and not for his health.

Khastar’s message echoes that of the MEK, which has been fighting to overthrow the corrupt and brutal theocracy and restore democracy to Iran. The MEK’s Resistance Units have worked with teachers to organize protests across the country to improve working conditions for teachers and free those who have been imprisoned for their activism.

Iran’s teachers are demanding that the authorities provide further information about Khastar. They have further renounced the regime for its role in his abdication and its treatment of the retired teacher.

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