The So-called ‘Cultural Revolution’ Has Done Nothing for Iran
The founder of today’s Iranian regime was Ruhollah Khomeini, who promoted a so-called ‘Cultural Revolution’. Part of Khomeini’s so-called Cultural Revolution meant demanding the closure of Iran’s universities for just 3 months, but this ended up being three years. Because it was a religious regime it wanted to eliminate any “dissidents, intellectuals, and supporters of political movements like the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK Iran).”
Between 1980 and 1983, the mullahs’ oppressive tactics led to the arrests of hundreds of professors, students, and scientists. This all contradicted the reason for toppling the Shah as it was the intellectuals who were at the forefront when it came to promoting his removal. They were concentrating their efforts on building political awareness amongst the people so that another Shah would never be established in Iran.
— Maryam Rajavi (@Maryam_Rajavi) May 30, 2020
Meanwhile, as Khomeini was spreading his fundamentalist ideas after the overthrow of the Shah, Mr. Massoud Rajavi, leader of the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK Iran) every Friday afternoon presented speeches with 10,000 participants on the lawn outside Sharif University. In 1980, the MEK had 300,000 people. It was this popular presence of the MEK that led Khomeini to close all universities as part of the Cultural Revolution phenomenon, as he believed that these institutions educated dissidents who will wage war against the current regime. In these early oppressive times, 30 students and citizens were murdered and thousands injured by Khomeini’s club-wielders. Today, the new speaker of the Majlis (parliament) is none other than Mohammad Bagher Ghalibaf, who was one of those club-wielders who praises his actions back in 1980.
Again on July 9th, 1999, at Tehran University’s dormitories, Ghalibaf was the key suppressor targeting MEK sympathizers. Continuing from that day the regime took more action to stop students from having political and religious freedom. It implemented gender segregation in schools, colleges, and universities throughout Iran and even stopped female students taking courses as it contradicted the teachings of Sharia law. Lights were shining on Iran’s universities before the Cultural Revolution kicked in. At the time Dr. Mohammad Maleki, who was the president and head of the leading board of Tehran University publicly explained the consequences of the Khomenei inspired Cultural Revolution that caused Iran to move back in time. For his honesty, he was not only threatened with execution but in the end, was forced to serve a 10-year prison sentence.
Iran’s regime Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei called for the establishment of a “young and Hezbollahi” government during his speech at the meeting with young members of the Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) Basij on Sunday May 17https://t.co/2MaM0Y04Ng#Iran #MEK #coronavirus @USAdarFarsi
— MEK Iran (Mujahedin-e Khalq) (@MEK_Iran) May 26, 2020
The Cultural Revolution caused a brain drain
Hundreds of professors fled the country as a result of the terms of the Cultural Revolution. The best brains were replaced by those who knew next to nothing and this ignorance has prevailed since 1980. Just recently on May 27th, on Channel 4, a state-run television station, an academic criticized the oppressive policies of the regime saying there was no way forward for Iran under this sort of regime which didn’t promote respect for all. Ignorant leaders were leading the country to ruin and they have been leading behind closed doors without considering the opinions and situations of the Iranian people. They have even been throwing the book at scientific facts as if they were more knowledgeable than the scientists themselves.