MEK: Iran’s Severe Health Crisis
While Iran’s new President Ebrahim Raisi speculates on the possibility of resuming nuclear talks, more than 1000 Iranians are dying from coronavirus every day, according to official sources.
The staggering number of Coronavirus death
On the other hand, the Iranian opposition the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), and the People’s Mujahedin of Iran (PMOI / MEK Iran), announced on September 12 that Covid-19 fatalities in Iran had topped 419,800.
Dissidents reject the Health Ministry’s official figures, claiming that the ayatollahs hide the facts to hide their incompetence and mismanagement.
Minimize the true number of coronavirus victims
Indeed, the Islamic Republic goes to great lengths to minimize the true number of coronavirus victims and the devastating outbreak that has swept the country. The government’s failure to procure reliable Covid-19 vaccines, on the other hand, has sparked popular outrage against the entire ruling regime.
On March 4, 2020, Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei issued statements on the coronavirus pandemic, which was broadcast on state television. “Do not exaggerate this virus. We have already experienced too greater dilemmas. This is a temporary issue. It’s not something extraordinary,” Khamenei stated, even though hundreds of people had died by the end of the day.
Khamenei: the tragedy will turn into a blessing for us
“It is like a public exercise that will remain as an achievement. With such achievements, the tragedy will turn into a blessing for us,” Khamenei added, expressing his delight at the disease’s spread.
Iranian dissidents compare the current scenario to the early days of the Islamic Republic. Public protests have posed a serious threat to religious dictatorship in recent years. The regime’s coercive methods and apparatuses no longer intimidate the people.
The November 2019 mass protests
Instead, protesters bravely oppose. During the November 2019 mass protests, for example, people severely responded to oppressive forces and pushed them back in various cities.
In addition, following the IRGC’s confession of its role in the downing of the Ukrainian Civil airliner in January 2020, many individuals, especially students, filled the streets and chanted anti-regime slogans.
Qassem Soleimani was a murderer
On January 11, students at Tehran’s Sharif University chanted, “[IRGC Quds Force commander] Qassem Soleimani was a murderer, as is his leader [Khamenei],” “Death to the liar [then-President Hassan Rouhani],” and “IRGC, Basij, you are our ISIS.” They also carried the protests to surrounding streets and fought back against the SSF’s attacks.
In such circumstances, while the coronavirus has been contained in many nations around the world and the government is dealing with an increasing demand for Covid-19 vaccines, Khamenei selected Ebrahim Raisi as President to quell upcoming protests.
The massacre of thousands of political detainees in 1988
Raisi is one of Khamenei’s trustees and is well known for his role in the massacre of thousands of political detainees in 1988. The government regards him as a rescuer for the regime’s complicated challenges, despite his dreadful track record. Notwithstanding Raisi’s infamous past and even the coronavirus outbreak, frustrated citizens have turned to protests as the primary means of obtaining their inherent rights.
They see major social and political changes as a requirement for rescuing the country from massive problems. In this regard, authorities convey their concerns about social or economic concerns quickly transforming into political demands for freedom and justice.