Iranian regime’s fear of (PMOI / MEK) opposition group
The past few years in Iran have been full of protests, strikes, anti-government demonstrations, and nationwide uprisings. The people risk everything – literally to speak out against the regime. Ever since the regime took power after the 1979 Islamic revolution, people have been threatened, tortured, imprisoned, and even executed by the regime, simply for speaking out against the regime’s malign policies or for supporting or being a member of the opposition (PMOI / MEK Iran).
— People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) (@Mojahedineng) May 21, 2020
At the very end of 2017, the people’s anger turned into a nationwide uprising that lasted for most of January. The people were chanting anti-government slogans openly – something that many have not dared to do, except in the privacy of their own homes. Since then, the people have continued to openly voice their dissent – not toning down their hatred of the regime, its president, and the Supreme Leader.
The people will not go back to the pre-2017 days when they preferred to keep their dissent hidden for fear of retaliation. The year 2018 was marked by continual uprisings and the flame of dissent kept burning.
Since then, the regime has upped its policies of suppression. During ensuing protests, strikes and uprisings, many more people have been arrested, imprisoned or killed. Since November last year, the prisons across the country are holding an increasing number of political prisoners and it is clear the regime is trying to dissuade dissent. The only problem for the regime, however, is that the people are becoming more and more determined in their desire to see the regime collapse.
For the past few months, the people of Iran have been dealing with the Coronavirus outbreak that has killed more than 43,000 people so far. Prisoners have been left extremely vulnerable. Conditions in Iranian prisons are horrific and have fallen far below international standards for many years. The regime, it is suspected, has been using the health crisis to further crackdown on political dissidents.
The regime claimed that tens of thousands of prisoners have been released on furlough, but there is no evidence to support this claim. What has happened, however, is that many prisoners have gone “missing”. It would be no surprise if the regime had disappeared the prisoners.
The People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI / MEK Iran) have stressed repeatedly that the regime is using coronavirus as a tool to keep its shaky grasp on power that little bit longer. https://t.co/XwybXe7Knh#Iran #MEK #coronavirus @USAdarFarsi pic.twitter.com/kEzCvdhUKR
— MEK Iran (Mujahedin-e Khalq) (@MEK_Iran) May 15, 2020
The regime has been openly speaking about the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI / MEK Iran) and the threat that it poses to the regime. It is the main opposition to the regime and it has widespread support both inside Iran and around the world. In years gone by, the regime dismissed the opposition as insignificant, but these claims can no longer be maintained. Since the uprising at the end of last year, affiliation with the (PMOI / MEK Iran) has served as a justification for the regime to carry out the death penalty.
The more the regime cracks down on the people, the more it is validating the people’s reasons for wanting regime change. This is something that the international community has been slow to pick up on, with many countries preferring to stay out of the situation. However, the tide is turning, and one way or another, the regime is going to fall. Its days are numbered.