Khamenei and the crisis he is facing with

MEK Iran: Khamenei’s First Friday Prayer in Years Backfires

Khamenei and the crisis he is facing with

Khamenei and the crises he is facing with now in Iran

Last Friday, the Supreme Leader of the Iranian regime, Ali Khamenei, held his first Friday prayer sermon in eight years. It was a highly anticipated event that was even reported about in international news.

However, it turned out to be a huge letdown. He did not address any of the important and pressing issues that many expected him to. Rather, he used it as an opportunity to rehash all of the regime’s lines about its strength and to dismiss the clear signs that the regime is on its last legs.

He spoke about an eventful couple of weeks that the regime has been dealing with. He recognized that the people of Iran are not happy. Indeed, the protests that erupted across the country since the beginning of the month have been highly significant. Like the uprising that started in the middle of November last year, the people are very clear that they want regime change.

On 3rd January, a US drone strike in Iraq killed the leader of the notorious Quds Force – the extra-territorial branch of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC). The regime relied heavily on propaganda in the aftermath of this incident, portraying Qassem Soleimani as a national hero. The regime was trying to make out that the regime has massive support inside the country. This was for the benefit of the international community, as well as the country’s forces that were surely demoralized.

Then came the shooting down of the Ukrainian passenger plane that resulted in 176 innocent people dying. When it became known that the IRGC had shot the plane down in error, the people of Iran were furious. Pictures of Soleimani that were displayed in the streets were torn down or torched and people took to the streets shouting “Death to Khamenei”.

The regime has been paralyzed but the Supreme Leader was trying to dispel this claim in his Friday prayer sermon. Instead of portraying strength, the regime looks weaker than ever.

The main opposition to the Iranian regime, the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), also points out that the sermon has some striking similarities to a speech given by the Shah in his last days. The Shah spoke about hearing the calls for revolution. He called on the people to stop their children from “participating in the unrest and anarchy, and to stop them from hurting themselves and their country based on their passion and emotion”.

In his speech, three days ago, Khamenei also referred to the protesters saying that “some are young and emotional, but others are not willing to understand and stick to the national interest”. Mujahedin-Khalq (PMOI/MEK Iran) and the people of Iran are adamant that the regime falls soon. They will no longer tolerate the regime’s corruption, inaction, indifference, and terrorist activities. They are so angry that there have been so many martyrs of the resistance and they want to take their future into their own hands.

In recent weeks, supporters of the MEK Iran and the people in Iran have been chanting: “Khamenei is a murderer, his rule in null and void”, “Khamenei hear us, we are the people, not thugs” and “We did not give martyrs to compromise and praise the murderous leader”.

Change is on the horizon, despite what the Supreme Leader is saying.

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