MEK: Iran’s Multi-Area Crises
The People’s Mujahedin of Iran (PMOI / MEK Iran), and the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) reported that on August 5, Ebrahim Raisi was sworn in as President, despite the fact that the administration is plagued by social, economic, and international challenges.
The massacre of 30,000 political prisoners in 1988
Despite Raisi’s long history of human rights abuses, the regime’s Supreme Leader, Ali Khamenei, picked him as the regime’s next president. Due to his role in the massacre of 30,000 political prisoners in 1988, many international human rights organizations have advocated for his prosecution.
Raisi was inaugurated
Raisi was inaugurated in just days after dozens of demonstrations erupted across Iran. The protests, which started over water shortages in Khuzestan, quickly turned political, with many chanting “death to the dictator.”
Raisi was elected president of the regime on an undemocratic basis. The Iranian people boycotted the regime’s rigged election, and the mullahs admitted that turnout was the lowest since 1979.
The regime’s impasse
The administration shut down the city and stationed security personnel on the streets, fearful of public reaction to Raisi’s inauguration.
The regime’s impasse was indeed evident during Raisi’s inaugural ceremony. The Speaker of Parliament, Mohammad Bagher Qalibaf, and the Chief of the Judiciary, Gholam-Hossain Mohseni-Ejei, just mentioned the current economic and social crises and did not provide any solutions.
Ghalibaf condemned the previous government’s “inefficiencies” and recommended Raisi begin a “new era of efficient management.” However, Ghalibaf refused to explain how Raisi could have “efficient management” in the face of the regime’s systemic corruption.
Execution and prison
Raisi should also “control inflation, reduce unemployment, and support people,” according to Ejei. Then how could someone like Raisi, who only knows “execution and prison,” according to the regime’s former president Hassan Rouhani, support people?
How could Raisi rescue the Iranian economy when he admitted the government’s “450 trillion budget deficit” and how people are being crushed by “44 percent inflation and 680 percent liquidity” during his validation ceremony by Khamenei?
The extent of the regime’s crisis
The extent of the regime’s crisis was underlined by Raisi’s remarks during the inauguration ceremony. “I support global peace,” he stated flatly, but then went on to say that he supports terrorism around the world and that “no matter where they are, whether in the heart of Europe, the United States, Africa, Yemen, Syria, or Palestine,” he would back the regime’s terrorist proxy groups. Raisi said that the mullahs’ regime “creates security in the region” although people in the region suffer from the regime’s warmongering policies and the Iranian people pay the price for the regime’s proxy wars.
Raisi was sanctioned by the United States and the European Union
Raisi was sanctioned by the United States and the European Union for human rights breaches, and his role in the 1988 massacre is clear. Nonetheless, during his inauguration, he declared himself a “human rights defender.”
The regime’s impasse is reflected in Raisi’s and other regime officials’ remarks. The regime is in a vulnerable position, with no solution in sight for the country’s economic collapse, foreign isolation, and social crises, as well as the restive society’s continuous unrest. Raise is not the regime’s saviour, and his presidency is the final nail in the coffin of the regime.