MEK: Former State Department official debunks Iran’s lies about its opposition
At the annual Free Iran gathering last month, held online this year because of the Coronavirus pandemic, several political dignitaries and human rights activists from across the world spoke about the role of the Iranian Resistance and the issues that it faces.
Many of the speakers highlighted that the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI / MEK Iran), the main opposition to the Iranian regime, has faced many challenges over the years, not least the propaganda that the regime has been spreading and that Western media has been repeating.
Former US deputy assistant to the Secretary of State, Ambassador Lincoln Bloomfield, speaking at the Free Iran summit last month, recalled that the (PMOI / MEK Iran) was once unjustly blacklisted which led to years of prejudice. Although the organization was removed from the list, it has not stopped there being criticism and pressure when politicians meet with the (PMOI / MEK Iran).
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However, this is now changing and there is an increasing amount of international support for the opposition group, but Ambassador Bloomfield noted that there are still journalists around the world that will repeat the regime’s false allegations to discredit the (PMOI / MEK Iran).
Ambassador Bloomfield decided to look into the allegations made about the MEK and compiled an extensive and detailed 94-page report to find out the truth. The independent assessment was handed out to all senior US government officials and members of Congress.
He concluded that the MEK’s history has been massively misrepresented in the West. He said that the claims of the MEK being a “radical Marxist group” were fabricated by the Shah of Iran. Ambassador Bloomfield stated that the MEK is not in any way connected to extremists that have killed Americans in Iran. He emphasized that the MEK is advocating freedom of speech and assembly, democracy, a practice of religion that is compatible with modern life, and that the MEK does not support political tyranny.
Debunking other lies, Ambassador Bloomfield states that the MEK did not have the support of Saddam Hussein and it did not fight in the Iran-Iraq war.
Speaking about the widely-reported claims of the MEK being a cult, this again was found to be a part of the regime’s demonization campaign and something that Western media has shamefully repeated time after time.
It was quite fortunate for #MEK that a #Hamburg Court ordered the #German newspaper #Frankfurter #Allgemeine to remove false allegations contained in one of its articles about the #PMOI #Iran https://t.co/fKNtWAgIMS #IRGCTerrorWithoutBorders #Iranian #FreeIran2020 @USAdarFarsi
— MEK Iran (Mujahedin-e Khalq) (@MEK_Iran) June 30, 2020
Speaking after the Free Iran gathering, Ambassador Bloomfield also drew attention to the Western coverage of the event, highlight that there have been big efforts made to stop people from mentioning the Resistance. He said: “When I read Western news reports of the virtual rally and the Twitter criticisms that try to prevent anyone from mentioning the resistance, it is the reporters and the analysts whose motives must now be questioned. Are they on Tehran’s payroll? Are their relatives being threatened (of harm)? Are they agents of the regime?”
Emphasizing that the MEK is the only viable and genuine alternative to the mullahs, Ambassador Bloomfield said that it is the only group that is advocating universal democratic values and gender equality and that it is the only group that is capable of “organizing a democratic transition to the legitimate constitutional government after the fall of the regime”.
Lincoln Bloomfield, the former United States Assistant Secretary of State for Political-Military Affairs, participated in a briefing at the U.S. Senate, over the recent nationwide #Iran protests and supported the #IranProtest and their organized resistance#MEK pic.twitter.com/ahdGDGbRWD
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