MEK Women Front-Line of Protests
Women from many walks of life, including teachers, nurses, pharmacists, students, farmers, and pensioners, have demonstrated to advocate for a change in their situation. These demonstrations were supported by members of The Resistance Units, an internal network of the People’s Mujahedin of Iran (PMOI / MEK Iran), and fuelled by many of the current crisis that plague Iran, such as unemployment, water scarcity, power outages, cultural and social corruption, and government-sanctioned home evictions.
Iranian people supported the MEK’s election campaign
One of the main slogans of these protests was to boycott the sham elections, in support of the MEK’s campaign that aims to expose the illegitimacy of the regime’s political system.
Female MEK activist interviewed
On June 6, the Express daily interviewed a female MEK Iranian activist who, in addition to her employment as a nurse, is taking risks by joining the election boycott movement.
Shirin, 37, said in the interview that she has been distributing flyers calling for a boycott of the sham elections late at night to reduce the risk of getting detained by the authorities.
Iranian women staged many protests
According to MEK reports, Iranian women staged at least 127 protests in the month of May where they chanted slogans against the regime’s leaders.
Along with May, members of the academic community, conducted at least 29 protests, for four days in a row. The majority of them are young teachers with a master’s or Ph.D. degree and desire to work in a professional manner, but the authorities refuse to allow them to do so. In addition, female students participated in at least 42 rallies against face-to-face exams. They are requesting online tests.
Retirees also stage several protests
Retirees also stage several protests across the country in demand of their legitimate pensions. As commodity prices keep rising due to the country’s disastrous economic crises, they are unable to afford even the most basic needs.
Protests were also conducted by nurses and hospital employees who are having to deal with deathly working conditions and had not been paid their salary and benefits during the coronavirus outbreak.
Women continued with their protests
The brave and courageous women continued with their protests and the boycott of the sham elections in cities across Iran every day.
Signs on public roads and anti-regime graffiti were put out visibly, calling for a boycott and in demand of their rights. Leaflets with the messages “The electoral boycott is a patriotic duty” were distributed by women and young people, from the beginning of the Iranian New Year until the day of sham elections. They also wrote on the city walls the slogan: “I vote for the overthrow of the regime”.
Iranian women break through the walls of fear and repression
MEK Iran’s women documented and shared their activities on social media. These brave efforts give Iranians hope to break through the walls of fear and repression perpetrated by the clerical regime.
Despite the fact that western powers are turning a blind eye to the continuous breaches of Iranian people’s human rights, Iranian women are determined to overthrow the regime at any cost.