MEK Iran: Significant Political Events of 2020
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):
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- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- March: Infections spread easily in some of Iran’s most notorious prisons where sanitation and health measures are disregarded.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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: Well known and popular Iranian singer and political activist, Marjan, dies in a Los Angeles hospital. Marjan was a staunch supporter of the MEK.
- June: 3 political prisoners are executed. All 3 were arrested during the November 2019 protests.
- 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.
- July: Mullahs voice their concern about the growing support for the Iranian opposition during
- August: state-run media warn about the country becoming a powder keg of dissent.
- August: The U.S. State Department issues visa restrictions on 14 Iranian officials because of their involvement in human rights abuses.
- 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.
- September: Well known Iranian wrestling champion and protester, Navid Afkari, is executed despite a concerted international appeal to save Navid’s life.
- September: Amnesty International releases a further report about the massacres of political prisoners in 1988 in Iran, calling them a crime against humanity.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- November: Protests by youth mark the anniversary of the November 2019 mass uprising in Iran.
- 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.
- December: Dr. Mohammad Maleki dies in Tehran. He was Tehran University’s first chancellor and supporter of the MEK.
- 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.
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.
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