MEK Iran: Four Decades Fighting
Three progressive Muslim intellectuals and university graduates, Mohammad Hanifnejad (commonly referred to as Hanif), Saeid Mohsen, and Ali-Asghar Badizadegan, created the People’s Mujahedin of Iran (PMOI / MEK Iran).
Iran’s most organized democratic opposition
The MEK is often regarded as Iran’s most organized and influential democratic opposition to the mullahs’ regime. The MEK has effectively fought against the authoritarianism of the Shah’s dictatorship and the fundamentalist regime of the mullahs who currently rule Iran since its founding in 1965.
Massoud Rajavi, the head of the Iranian Resistance
Massoud Rajavi, the head of the Iranian Resistance, joined the MEK in 1967 when the organization was still in its early stages of theoretical study and worked closely with its founders.
“The MEK has an extraordinary story,” he says. The Shah and the mullahs’ leadership, particularly the mullahs, did everything they could to destroy the organization Hanif had founded.”
The struggle against religious tyranny and extremism
“The MEK is a movement that adheres to democratic Islam and is the vanguard of the struggle against religious tyranny and extremism,” Maryam Rajavi, who joined the MEK in 1973 and is currently the President-elect of the parliament-in-exile National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), said.
“We also honor Massoud [Rajavi], who has led this movement through many struggles and sufferings while laying the philosophical and political foundations for this struggle. He has paid a high price in order to educate the generations who are in the vanguard of this fight for liberty.”
The word “hypocrites” was coined by the regime’s founder
The word “hypocrites” was coined by the regime’s founder, Khomeini, to label the MEK as disgraced Muslims in order to lower their social prestige and appeal.
For the past four decades, the regime has made inconsistent statements concerning the MEK’s purported “existence” or “non-existence.” Following the stormy years of the 1980s, the mullahs’ administration used a variety of approaches to deal with the MEK’s persistent impact in Iran’s socio-political landscape, depending on the circumstances.
The MEK has been declared dead or non-existent
The MEK has been declared dead or non-existent whenever the mullahs have controlled the flow of information and the media. The mullahs have attempted to depict the MEK as a marginalized and non-influential exiled group with little or no relation to Iranian society as more factual information has become available to the public.
At the end of Ali Khamenei’s presidency and the commencement of Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani’s, these tactics were frequently used. The MEK was frequently referred to by the mullahs’ regime as a group that appeared in the early 1980s and then faded in a matter of years. Following the massacre of 30,000 political prisoners linked with the MEK in 1988, this myth was further disseminated. By the end of Rafsanjani’s second term and the start of Mohammad Khatami’s presidency in 1997, the regime had made it official that any mention of the MEK in government documents, publications, or state-run media was prohibited.
Thousands have been imprisoned and executed
Thousands have been imprisoned and executed in Iran, and many more have been assassinated in exile as a result of their membership or sympathize with our cause.
They launched a well-funded and deliberate propaganda campaign to discredit the MEK in the interests of creating a deep and wide rift between the MEK and our social base, in addition to attempting to physically eradicate the group.
Fighting back against the regime’s wave of restriction and vilification
Fighting back against the regime’s wave of restriction and vilification, and with the help of our underground network inside Iran, the regime’s false spell was broken, and the MEK was once again in the public dialogue. By the late 1990s, a new generation of Iranian youngsters, both men, and women, had begun to seek out methods to communicate with us or even join us at our outposts near the Iraqi border.
Disenchanted youth who had endured great hardship and injustice joined us in our fight against the mullahs’ regime.
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