MEK Iran: Regime’s Failed Anniversary Celebration Showed a Lack of Popular Support
The anti-monarchical revolution in Iran in 1979 was commemorated on February 11th. Ruhollah Khomeini and his ilk hijacked a revolution. In the absence of actual opposition members, whom the Shah had imprisoned or executed, Khomeini and his allied network of clerics assumed power. The Iranian regime’s supreme leader, Ali Khamenei, recently called for making the regime’s anniversary carnival “more spectacular than before.” Despite their massive mobilization, the mullahs failed poorly to even put on a staged-managed spectacle.
All of the regime’s Basij paramilitary forces had been recruited to parade through the streets on motorbikes, carrying posters of Khamenei, the deposed terror mastermind, Qassem Soleimani, and Ruhollah Khomeini, the regime’s founder. According to reports from the Iranian opposition network, the regime’s anniversary was celebrated with little enthusiasm in over 200 towns around Iran.
A few hundred mullahs’ supporters were reportedly present in Tehran’s Imam Hossein Square, where the regime used to gather its forces before embarking on the march. Aerial photos of Azadi Square in Tehran and other major gathering spots in various cities. A minimal crowd was shown. According to social media accounts from Iran, the regime forced numerous government employees to take part in its absurd spectacle, and people were moved from rural regions to cities.
Various stations lined the streets, offering everything from free vaccinations to food and clothing. The so-called “culture” booths were also present. Days before its anniversary, the dictatorship declared it had acquired a sufficient level of vaccination to warrant organizing gatherings while the country battled the sixth wave of coronavirus. The death toll from the Covid-19 disaster has surpassed half a million as a result of Khamenei’s restriction on internationally recognized vaccines and the government’s deliberate cover-up.
On February 11, Faizullah Arab Sorkhi, one of the regime’s so-called “experts,” informed the state-run Dideban website that “the people’s limited participation [in the regime’s carnival] is due to their displeasure.”
“It’s easy to extrapolate people’s contentment by analyzing their level of involvement in marches when you see everyday protests by individuals from all walks of life.” Meanwhile, [the regime’s carnivals] do not reflect happiness. These types of rallies are held with little participation, as everyone can see. “Even ‘elections’ are held with low participation rates and are accompanied by protests,” he noted.
Iran’s state television and other state-run media used every opportunity to screen short films about Khomeini in an attempt to obscure his criminal past. Meanwhile, Iranians used social media to vent their rage against the governing theocracy’s creator by making amusing short movies about his visit and speeches.
People chanting anti-regime slogans from their windows at night were captured on camera in Iran on Thursday. “Death to Khamenei” and “Damn with Khomeini,” sang loudspeakers in Mashhad’s bazaar and numerous other locations on Thursday, as the Iranian opposition disrupted the PA system.
Ebrahim Raisi, the regime’s principal speaker at the regime’s anniversary of usurping power in Tehran, complimented the “epic presence of people,” despite images from state television showing very few people in the event. Raisi spoke of economic independence as the regime’s authorities and state media increased their warnings about the country’s profound financial problems and the public’s likely reaction. The anniversary fell on Friday, and several regime officials acknowledged the regime’s domestic and foreign issues, as well as how people are becoming involved with the opposition.
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“We’ve noticed certain economic issues. The enemy and global hubris have imposed a mediatic war on us. We are confronted with numerous obstacles. “Our distance with the [regimes] is the reason we can’t fix these difficulties,” Mohammad Baqer Qalibaf, the Parliament Speaker, stated in Mashhad, acknowledging the regime’s domestic crises. Iran’s economic crisis, brought on by the regime’s corruption, mismanagement, and ineptness, has heightened societal polarization, and major protests are on the horizon. Furthermore, the “Resistance Units,” a network associated with the Mujahedin-e Khalq organization, continue their activities across the country, breaking down the regime’s oppressive wall and instilling a popular spirit.
February 2022—Major changes loom on the 43rd anniversary of Iran’s 1979 anti-monarchical revolution that brought an end to the Shah’s dictatorship but was later hijacked by the clerics led by Ruhollah Khomeini.