Coronavirus and Terrorism

Iran: Death toll Surpasses 300,000

Coronavirus and Terrorism

(NCRI) and (PMOI / MEK Iran): Ali Khamenei called the pandemic an “opportunity” to prevent mass-scale social protests like those seen at the end of 2019.


The National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), and the People’s Mujahedin of Iran (PMOI / MEK Iran), reported that the coronavirus death toll in 543 cities surpasses 300,000.

Downplaying the crisis

The country’s leading opposition group has been carefully tracking the impact of coronavirus outbreaks since the beginning and has repeatedly exposed the ways in which government authorities have been downplaying that impact to mask their own neglect and mismanagement of the crisis.


(NCRI) and (PMOI / MEK Iran): it is probably difficult to overestimate the impact of public outrage over the largely preventable deaths of 300,000 Iranians.


Officially, the Iranian Health Ministry still insists that the death toll is around 80,000, but various individual officials and members of the Ministry’s coronavirus response task force have acknowledged that the government’s statistics likely reflect an undercount. Whereas those officials tend to stop short of describing such undercounting as deliberate, the regime’s critics understand that the crisis was exacerbated at an early stage by coordinated cover-ups and regime propaganda.


coronavirus in Iran

(NCRI) and (PMOI / MEK Iran): Constant lies of the Iranian regime’s leaders about the reality of the coronavirus crisis in Iran.


Mullahs regime did not allow the public to be aware of the spread

For well over a year, the (PMOI / MEK Iran)’s findings have relied upon hospital and morgue records, testimony from hospital staff and other eyewitnesses, and leaked government documents.

Among those documents are records of some of the first coronavirus cases that were identified by the National Emergency Organization. These dates back to early January 2020 or even late December 2019 and thus confirm that regime authorities were aware of community spread for more than a month before they made their first public statements on the topic.


Uprising and coronavirus in Iran

(NCRI) and (PMOI / MEK Iran): The economic pressure on people turns to protests on the streets Iranian regime is afraid of uprising amid the coronavirus crisis.


Mullahs regime was concern about parliamentary elections

Those first public statements came in the middle of February, just days before the country’s parliamentary elections. The proximity of those two events has led to speculation that the regime’s eventual disclosure was motivated not by concern for public health but by concern over the reputational consequences of the anticipated boycott of the polls during the election.

Voter turnout in February 2020 turned out to be the lowest in the 40-year history of the Islamic Republic, though the forthcoming presidential election could break that record.


Boycotting Iran election

(NCRI) and (PMOI / MEK Iran): Boycotting the election by the Iranians, a big blow to mullahs


“Resistance Units” boycott the election

For weeks leading up to last year’s election, Iranian officials urged the civilian population to turn out and vote in the largest numbers possible. Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei went so far as to declare voting both a patriotic and a religious duty.

But at the same time, “Resistance Units” affiliated with the (PMOI / MEK Iran) were conveying messages from the group’s founder Massoud Rajavi which conversely declared that it was the patriotic duty of all pro-democratic Iranians not to vote in “sham elections.”


Iranian people boycott the coming election

(NCRI) and (PMOI / MEK Iran): Iranian people boycott the coming election


Mullahs regime acknowledged the spread after it became clear by the public

Tehran acknowledged the spread of coronavirus only after it became clear that this Resistance message was not losing traction among the population. After the parliamentary elections concluded, authorities began to praise the voter participation statistics in spite of the record low turnout, arguing that in light of public concerns over the emerging pandemic, more ballots had been cast than might have been expected.

Sadly, many lives might have been saved if the regime had simply been committed to this narrative in advance. Instead, it spent weeks not only ignoring the virus but also encouraging and sometimes even compelling citizens to vote and to undertake even riskier behaviors, without the protection of masks, sanitization, or social distancing protocols.


MEK Iran: More than 2,600 Fatalities from Coronavirus in Iran

(NCRI) and (PMOI / MEK Iran): The mullahs’ regime has made the whole situation worse by masking the seriousness of the problem. They simply won’t admit the number of people who have died due to the virus.


Public funeral for Qassem Soleimani for downplaying the mass boycott

In January 2020, the regime-held a public funeral for Qassem Soleimani, the commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps’ Quds Force who had been killed in a US drone strike, and in early February it held parades and public gatherings to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Islamic Republic.

In both cases, authorities were intent upon manufacturing the largest possible crowds for the benefits of state television cameras, in order to create a veneer of political legitimacy that would promptly be scraped away by the mass boycott of the parliamentary election.


According to the report, regime officials were informed that the virus had reached Iran two weeks before the February 11th anniversary of the 1979 revolution that swept the mullahs into power. Regime leaders chose to conceal the outbreak to boost participation in the pro-regime anniversary march and the Majlis (parliamentary) elections.

(NCRI) and (PMOI / MEK Iran): According to the report, regime officials were informed that the virus had reached Iran two weeks before the February 11th anniversary of the 1979 revolution that swept the mullahs into power. Regime leaders chose to conceal the outbreak to boost participation in the pro-regime anniversary march and the Majlis (parliamentary) elections.


Nationwide uprisings in January 2018 and November 2019

That boycott was certainly predictable. It was preceded by nationwide uprisings in January 2018 and November 2019, both of which condemned the theocratic system in its entirety and conveyed the popular understanding that meaningful change could not be achieved at the ballot box.

Tehran no doubt recognized this message, and it may have actually been the advance expectation of record low turnout that prompted regime authorities to herd citizens into close quarters and cover-up news of the coronavirus spreading until the very last moment when it became clear that propaganda could not overcome the organizing efforts of the (PMOI / MEK Iran).


scenes of the November 2019 uprising across Iran

(NCRI) and (PMOI / MEK Iran): scenes of the November 2019 uprising across Iran.


Mullahs regime never put significant measures to stop the spread

From the middle of February 2020 onward, public awareness of the health crisis has been irrepressible. But by that time, the damage of early, oblivious gatherings had already been done. And afterward, Tehran never put significant measures into place to stop the spread, fund the health system’s response, or distribute vaccines once they become available.


Coronavirus has been around for several months, but the Iranian regime has taken little or no action and virtually completely ignored the seriousness of the virus.

(NCRI) and (PMOI / MEK Iran): Iranian regime’s inaction increases the death toll of the coronavirus infection dramatically


Maryam Rajavi message

Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, the President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI): The mullahs ruling Iran facilitated the spread of coronavirus and did not make any serious efforts to contain it. This is why the pandemic has turned into a source of hidden escalation of fury and anger.


(NCRI) and (PMOI / MEK Iran): Too Many Iranian Health Workers Dying from Covid-19.



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