Significant Political Events of 2020

MEK Iran: Significant Political Events of 2020

Significant Political Events of 2020

A brief month by month summary of the major political events in Iran during 2020, by (NCRI) and (PMOI / MEK Iran)

2020 was an unprecedented year all around the world and no less so in Iran. The pandemic swept through the country and made ordinary Iranians’ lives even more unbearable, yet their fight against the dictatorship of the mullahs continued in an atmosphere of severe repression. The following is a brief month by month summary of the major political events in Iran during 2020, by the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), and the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI / MEK Iran):

January:

  • January: IRGC Quds Force commander and terrorist in chief, Qassem Soleimani, was killed in a US drone strike in Iraq. Soleimani’s elimination struck a major blow against the attempts by the Iranian regime to exert their influence in Lebanon, Syria, and Palestine.
Iranian Americans rally in SF

Iranian Americans rally in SF to celebrate the killing of the Iranian general Qassem Soleimani.

  • January: The IRGC ‘mistakenly’ shot down a commercial Ukrainian plane, as it left Tehran International Airport, killing all176 crew and passengers. The downing of the plane may have been a genuine mistake, but it took days of pressure for the regime to own up to the blunder. Anti-regime protests, initiated by Iranian youth, followed the admission of the airstrike against the airliner.

The university students poured into the streets of Tehran and dozens of other cities after the Iranian regime admitted it had shot down the Ukrainian passenger plane killing 176 people-January 11, 2020

February:

  • February: The sham legislative elections were largely boycotted by Iranians despite the deadline for voting being extended. Meanwhile, the novel coronavirus, soon to be renamed Sars-Cov-2, had already landed in Iran but the regime failed to take pre-emptive measures against its spread because of the elections.
Iranian people said NO to mullahs

MEK Iran: Today, the Iranian people once again said NO to mullahs.

March:

  • March: The virus makes its mark across Iran, causing death and confusion wherever it spreads. The regime fails to respond adequately, having attempted to cover up its existence in the early onslaught. Mass graves for the deceased are dug for what will be tens of thousands of people who perish from Covid-19 the disease caused by the virus.
coronavirus in Iran

Iranian regime tries to hide the true figures of the death toll due to coronavirus.

  • March: Infections spread easily in some of Iran’s most notorious prisons where sanitation and health measures are disregarded.
Coronavirus, or COVID-19, has occurred in a number of the regime’s prisons and is being largely ignored by prison officials.

Coronavirus, or COVID-19, has occurred in a number of the regime’s prisons and is being largely ignored by prison officials. Among those affected by the outbreaks are Fashafouieh, Gohardasht, Evin, Karaj Markazi, Central Karaj, Ghezel-Hesar, Urmia, Shiban-Ahvaz, and Kashan prisons.

  • March: A failure to prepare for flood damage by the regime is revealed as floods sweep across northern Iran for the second year in a row.
Protests in flood hit aread

Protests grow in flood-hit areas due to lack of aid and using mercenaries to disperse the people’s anger.

April:

  • April: The situation in many of Iran’s cities worsens as the fatality rate increases rapidly. Riots occur sporadically in prisons affected by the virus.
The Coronavirus situation in Iran continues to evolve

The Coronavirus situation in Iran continues to evolve, with more and more cases, and deaths, occurring on an hourly basis. It is now thought that a prisoner that has been held in the Greater Tehran Penitentiary has been infected.

May:

  • May: Hated figure, Mohammad Bagher Ghalibaf, a former IRGC commander, is appointed as the Iranian Parliament’s (Majlis) speaker. The appointment is a sign that the regime is panicking.
New Iranian Majlis Speaker

MEK Iran: Ghalibaf has a substantial record for the killing of members of the Iranian opposition.

  • May: Interior Minister, Abdolreza Rahmani Fazli, claims that the number of protesters killed by regime forces in the mass uprising in November 2019 was only 200-250, while the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI / MEK Iran) has figures showing that it was more than 1,500.
1,500 people had been killed

MEK Iran: Interior Minister contradicts Ministry of Interior figures for November 2019 uprising.

  • May: Iran’s Supreme Leader, Ali Khamenei, warns young IRGC Basij recruits about the dangers of the MEK in an acknowledgment of their growing influence.
Khamenei’s Remarks

Khamenei’s Remarks Once Again Show Iran Regime’s Fear of MEK

  • May: Forest fires destroy environmentally valuable vegetation and wildlife in the Zagros Mountains. Volunteers rush to put out the fires, but there is no help from the regime.

June:

  • June: Well known and popular Iranian singer and political activist, Marjan, dies in a Los Angeles hospital. Marjan was a staunch supporter of the MEK.
Iranian Singer

Mrs. Maryam Rajavi said that Marjan stood up for oppressed women in Iran.

  • June: 3 political prisoners are executed. All 3 were arrested during the November 2019 protests.
MEK rally in Place des Nations, Geneva

A rally by supporters of the MEK in Geneva, asking for an end to executions in Iran.

July:

  • July: The National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) organizes an online “Free Iran Global Summit 2020” attended remotely by thousands of supporters of the opposition and many foreign dignitaries and politicians.
Online Free Iran

Many world figures have considered the MEK to be Iran’s key symbol of hope.

  • July: Mullahs voice their concern about the growing support for the Iranian opposition during

    Anti-Women Threats

    The main opposition organization, The People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI / MEK Iran), is indeed led by a woman, Mrs. Maryam Rajavi the President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran’s (NCRI).

August:

  • August: state-run media warn about the country becoming a powder keg of dissent.
Situation in Iran

The explosive situation in Iran.

  • August: The U.S. State Department issues visa restrictions on 14 Iranian officials because of their involvement in human rights abuses.
state Department

state Department issues visa restrictions on 14 Iranian officials.

  • August: Amnesty International releases a shocking report about human rights abuses in Iran called “Trampling Humanity.” The report provides details of the arrest, detention, torture, and execution of protesters involved in the November 2019 uprising.
Amnesty International’s new report

Amnesty International reports shocking Iranian regime human rights abuse.

September:

  • September: Well known Iranian wrestling champion and protester, Navid Afkari, is executed despite a concerted international appeal to save Navid’s life.
Costs of Navid Afkari’s Execution for Iran’s Mullahs

The Political and Social Costs of Navid Afkari’s Execution for Iran’s Mullahs.

  • September: Amnesty International releases a further report about the massacres of political prisoners in 1988 in Iran, calling them a crime against humanity.
Amnesty International published

The MEK confirmed that more than 1,500 people were killed by security forces in Iran. Amnesty International Releases New Details about the Regime’s Use of Lethal Force during November Uprisings.

  • September: A letter is released by several UN human rights experts detailing the cover-up of the 1988 massacre of political prisoners in Iran and calling for a full investigation and perpetrators to be brought to justice.
Amnesty International

UN Pushes Iranian Regime for Answers on the 1988 Massacre of MEK Prisoners.

October:

  • October: Iranian diplomat/terrorist, Assadollah Assadi, accused of attempting to bomb an NCRI rally in Paris in 2018, threatens Belgian police of the consequences of continuing with their prosecution against him.
Assadollah Assadi

the international media like Le Monde and the Reuters and Alhurra and Express and WSJ

  • October: A popular singer and reluctant protester, 80-year-old Mohammad Reza Shajarian, dies in Tehran of cancer. He was so enraged by the regime’s repressive behavior that he participated in protests against the regime.
Iran mourns Shajarian

A popular singer and reluctant protester, 80-year-old Mohammad Reza Shajarian, dies in Tehran of cancer.

November:

  • November: Protests by youth mark the anniversary of the November 2019 mass uprising in Iran.
Growth in Youth Support

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  • November: Assadollah Assadi and his three accomplices are tried in a Belgian court on terrorism charges. The explosive for the bomb that was to be detonated at the NCRI rally was brought into Europe by Iran’s own diplomat, based in Vienna.
Terrorism Trial Begins

Assadollah Assadi and his three accomplices are tried in a Belgian court on terrorism charges.

December:

  • December: Dr. Mohammad Maleki dies in Tehran. He was Tehran University’s first chancellor and supporter of the MEK.

Various Cities in Iran – Paying tribute to Dr. Mohammad Maleki, the esteemed scholar” and supporter of the MEK, who, despite all pressures, imprisonment, and torture, never gave up the struggle for freedom and his support for the freedom fighters – December 2020.

  • December: A resolution by the UN General Assembly condemns human rights violations in Iran. This is the 67th time the UN has done this. NCRI President-elect, Maryam Rajavi, welcomes the resolution.
regime condemned in 67th

A resolution by the UN General Assembly condemns human rights violations in Iran.

The Iranian opposition, the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), and the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI / MEK Iran) has been active all year, exposing the corruption, lies nuclear developments, and repression by the regime.

The MEK’s network of Resistance Units in Iran has been busy bravely protesting against the regime in any way they can get away with. This means displaying posters and banners of resistance leaders, chanting slogans, and scrawling graffiti on walls. Bases of the IRGC and repressive religious indoctrination buildings have been attacked and in some cases torched by brave youth.

MEK Iran Units

MEK Iran: Units has continued their anti-regime actions.

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