MEK Iran: Online Summit in Lead up to First Anniversary of November 2019 Uprising
On Tuesday 10th November, the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), and the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI / MEK Iran) held an online conference entitled “Honoring the Uprising and Imperative of Holding Iranian Rulers Accountable for Crimes Against Humanity”.
People from both sides of the Atlantic took part in the conference, with some influential political figures and lawmakers expressing their support for the people of Iran and the Iranian Resistance. Three hundred Iranian communities from more than 2,400 locations across the globe were represented.
#Iran: Anniversary of the November 2019 Uprising
Holding #Iranian Rulers Accountable for Crimes Against Humanity#WeStand4FreeIran #IranProtests https://t.co/vyYnoo6Kn6 pic.twitter.com/H9IpWBVV0y
— NCRI-FAC (@iran_policy) November 10, 2020
The online summit comes just days before Iranians will be marking the first anniversary of the November 2019 uprising in which more than 1,500 protesters were brutally and violently killed by the Iranian regime’s suppressive forces. Reuters confirmed in a special report on December 23, 2019, about the deadly crackdown on November nationwide protests in Iran the death toll of 1500 that was announced by the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI / MEK Iran) on December 15, 2019.
The keynote speaker was Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, the President-elect of the NCRI. She spoke from Ashraf 3, the home of the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI / MEK Iran) in Albania. There were some strong words of encouragement and optimism and calls for countries to end all of their appeasement policies towards Iran.
Over the past few years, the regime has been fearing the people and their resistance more and more. With every major uprising that takes place, the regime weakens further and coupled with the international pressure and sanctions in place, the regime can see its survival slipping away.
It is obvious why the regime ordered its suppressive forces to do “whatever they can do” to quell the protests during the uprising last November. Fear. As well as more than 1,500 deaths, the suppressive forces also injured at least 4,000 protesters and made around 12,000 arrests. These actions alone show just how frightened the regime is.
Special Representative for Iran Brian Hook: “The @Reuters report on the massacre ordered by @khamenei_ir underscores the urgency for the international community to punish the perpetrators and isolate the regime for the murder of 1,500 Iranian citizens.” https://t.co/TpUncLjDcv
— Department of State (@StateDept) December 23, 2019
The people made it very clear during last year’s uprising that they want to change. They targeted the regime’s most suppressive centers and they literally risked their lives to make their voices heard. There is no doubt that the regime would have been toppled during the uprising had the protesters not faced such extreme violence.
The subsequent widespread protests in January 2020 after the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) shot down a passenger jet proved that the people will not be silenced by the regime. It also showed the regime that the people will not give up in their quest to see the regime collapse.
— People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) (@Mojahedineng) January 10, 2020
During the conference on Tuesday, Iranians from all over the world paid tribute to those that were killed by the regime during the uprising. They commemorated their lives and vowed to continue working toward regime change in any way that they can.
Many of the speakers at the summit also called on the international community to acknowledge the regime’s murder of protesters and urged them to hold the mullahs accountable. Since the November uprising, the regime continues to suppress protesters and seriously mistreat political prisoners.
Mrs. Rajavi called on the people of Iran, in particular the brave rebellious youth, to continue in the path of those fallen martyrs to show the regime that change is desired by the people and that resistance will continue until the mullahs collapse.