Iran: Acknowledge Popularity of MEK
With Iran’s presidential election taking place on Friday 18 June, more Iranians are planning to boycott the election, following the People’s Mujahedin of Iran’s (MEK) campaign. This has gained so much momentum that state-run media and the candidates admit turnout is going to be very low.
The boycott campaign
MEK Resistance Units began their efforts in April and have continued into June, widely sharing the boycott campaign in the name of democracy. In April they carried out activities to empower the people to boycott the election in over 250 areas of Iran and by May this had been shared in 310 localities.
The media has recently acknowledged that support for the MEK is continuing to grow across Iran, indicating that the regime’s attempts to discredit the MEK have failed.
On Saturday, The Students News Network (SSN), which is connected to the Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei’s faction, announced that Iran’s youth are joining the MEK and that the regime is unable to prevent it.
“Not by using the State Security Forces, neither by spreading awareness through the State TV about the MEK and its mixed ideology, not even with the Ministry of Intelligence and Security efforts abroad to use the MEK defectors to feed the media and cyberspace about the nature of the MEK,” said the network.
They continued “If the [government] had paid attention to these youths and were not frustrated, if the economic cycle was based on the domestic capabilities, we would not be witnessing groups of the youth operating under the MEK’s command. The efforts of the security agencies around the clock and even the large number of arrests have not been able to stop the spread of the MEK’s activities.”
The SSN went on to say that the regime has widened the divide between the mullahs and Iranian citizens over the past eight years. This has been a direct cause of many Iranian youths choosing to join the MEK, as the group opposes the regime’s mistreatment of the people and supports the overthrowing of the regime.
The Iranian Resistance wrote, “Due to the MEK’s popularity and the society’s restiveness, the regime’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei has decided to pull Ebrahim Raisi out of the ballot box to face the mullahs’ ‘sworn enemy’ and the explosive society.
Raisi has played a major role in the 1988 massacre of 30,000 political prisoners, mainly the MEK members. But increasing oppression will further add to people’s enthusiasm to join the MEK’s call for a free and democratic Iran, which has terrified the regime.”