MEK: Iranians Throughout the Country Pay Tribute to Late Iranian Resistance Pilot
The National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), and the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI / MEK Iran) report that the people throughout Iran mourned and paid their respects to the courageous Iranian Resistance pilot, Colonel Behzad Mo’ezzi, who died last Sunday from leukemia in a Paris hospital.
Iranian Resistance Pilot
Mo’ezzi in 1981 flew the Iranian Resistance leader Massoud Rajavi from the first fighter Air Force Base in Tehran to Paris. This was when the regime was hunting Rajavi. Mo’ezzi had often said that this flight with Massoud Rajavi was the most important flight in his life.
People across #Iran mourned and paid tribute to the brave Iranian Resistance pilot Colonel Behzad Mo’ezzi, who passed away on Sunday, January 11, from leukemia in a hospital in Paris.https://t.co/BOlkudSaxD
— People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) (@Mojahedineng) January 12, 2021
After the revolution of 1979, Colonel Mo’ezzi was the most experienced pilot of the Iranian Air force. He joined the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI / MEK Iran) following the anti-monarchy revolution. He was also a (PMOI / MEK Iran) delegation member in the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) coalition.
For 42 years and more he tirelessly dedicated his life to fighting the mullahs’ religious dictatorship and promoting freedom and he was a true example in the never-ending struggle against both the Shah’s dictatorship and the mullahs’ regime.
Heroic Mojahed pilot
Maryam Rajavi, the NCRI’s President-elect, said the following words about Colonel Behzad Mo’ezzi. She viewed him as the heroic Mojahed pilot who refused to give up hope on the return flight to Tehran. She said he now has that unbridled status of joining other martyrs who fell while pursuing their fight’s freedom. She believed that Iran’s brave youth will follow his example. She thanked Mo’ezzi for his heroism, loyalty, and great service.
I would like to underline Col. Mo’ezzi’s historic role as the standard bearer of the patriotic personnel of the Iranian Air Force who opposed both the Shah and the mullahs. #عقاب_تیزپرواز_ایران pic.twitter.com/1BjDSCfEBT
— Maryam Rajavi (@Maryam_Rajavi) January 10, 2021
25th telethon for Simaye Azadi (INTV)
The news of Colonel Behzad Mo’ezzi’s death came while Simaye Azadi (INTV), the satellite television channel of the Iranian Resistance, was engaged in a telethon fundraiser campaign. After being notified of his death, people throughout the country called up the program and paid their respects by highlighting his long service for Iran. People conveyed messages of solidarity from many cities with the following words: “Hail to the brave pilot Behzad Mo’ezzi, he was the pride of the Air Force and military personnel and (PMOI / MEK Iran) sympathizers.”
Iranian Resistance Units
In addition, the Iranian Resistance Units which belong to the (PMOI / MEK Iran) network inside Iran, organized a campaign supporting the INTV telethon. In cities throughout Iran, the Resistance Units secured banners wrote slogans, and messages which showed their support for INTV that read the “INTV is the voice of Iran protests, of freedom-loving people of Iran living under mullahs’ repression, and a hope for victory in darkness.”
These activities took place in several cities, including the following:
Tehran, Shiraz, Mashhad, Tabriz, Bushehr, Rasht, Anzali, Amol, Bandar Anzali, Karaj, Hamadan, Yazd, Farouj (North Khorrassan), Najaf Abad, Natanz, Ghasre Shirin, Kurdistan, Dehdasht, Khorramshahr, Abadan, Qazvin, Sanandaj, Ilam, Fereydoun City, Lamerd, Sabzevar, Robat Karim, Sari, Gilan, Kerman, Shahroud, Nishabur, Bandar Abbas, Gonbad, and Arak.
This is INTV’s 25th telethon, in which sympathetic Iranians offer both financial and moral support for the resistance movement’s struggle for freedom.
Many of the calls to the program were from within Iran, and callers risk being arrested for expressing their support for the Iranian opposition.
In the past, the regime has charged anyone giving financial support to the MEK, saying it was going against God and many were punished with executions.
The 25th telethon was supported by political prisoners incarcerated in Evin prison for their beliefs who wrote a letter of support.