MEK Resistance Units Broadcasted Anti-Regime Chants in Iran’s Two Major Cities
Resistance Units, a growing network of brave Iranians linked to the opposition People’s Mojahedin of Iran (PMOI/MEK), are spreading their newest anti-regime campaign, which has now reached Mashhad and Lahijan.On Saturday, March 19, anti-regime slogans were aired in public in Mashhad, Iran’s second-largest city, located in the country’s northeast, along with excerpts of speeches delivered by Iranian Resistance leader Massoud Rajavi and Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, the President-elect of the Iranian opposition coalition National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI).
Locals in the northern Iranian city of Lahijan witnessed anti-regime slogans being aired in public on March 15:
“Death to Khamenei!” “Hail to Rajavi!” “We don’t want a Shah nor the mullahs! Both are damned!”“Death to Khamenei & Raisi!”The phrase “Damned be Khomeini!” refers to the regime’s first supreme leader, Khomeini.
The MEK’s anti-crackdown campaign, which began on January 27 with the disruption of more than two dozen state TV and radio networks and continued with Resistance Units seizing control of loudspeakers to scream anti-regime chants in public, are clearly linked. And the trend is getting stronger by the week.
It is obvious that the dictatorship has several internal deep divisions within its levels and ranks. On February 9, the Intelligence Ministry displayed a blindfolded man claiming responsibility for the broadcasting of anti-regime slogans in Mashhad’s famous Bazaar Reza. Despite a media effort aiming at spreading fear in the public, the Iranian people and their organized resistance continue to wage campaigns aimed at breaking through the repressive wall.
The mullahs’ regime has failed to plunge the Iranian populace into poverty and despondency, despite resorting to an increasing number of executions and oppressive measures in tandem with intolerable economic circumstances.
Every episode of anti-regime slogans broadcast in public areas around the country serves as a reminder to the regime of the Iranian people’s unwavering refusal to submit to the regime’s crackdown. Given that such policies have been in place for months, it is only natural to assume that the vast majority of Iran’s society supports them.
This is precisely why the regime’s own specialists have raised concerns in this area on several occasions. “Let there be no doubt that if the status quo continues, if we don’t see society exploding this (Iranian calendar year), we will most certainly see the nation’s impoverished pouring onto the streets next year,” according to one such expert, whose comments were published on March 9 in the state-run Arman daily.
On the evening of March 9, members of the Resistance Units projected a giant slogan on the wall of a high-rise on Tehran’s Jalal Al Ahmad Highway, one of the city’s main thoroughfares, stating “Death to Khamenei! Hail to Rajavi!”
A similar incident was witnessed on Vali Asr Avenue in Shahriar, a city located just west of Tehran, with anti-regime shouts aired in public. The city of Shahriar was one of the hotbeds of major fights between brave protesters and the regime’s oppressive forces during the November 2019 uprising. To disperse the demonstrators, authorities used live fire, killing and injuring a large number of people.
Anti-regime slogans were aired from the loudspeakers of a Saderat Bank branch in Shahriar, west of Tehran, on February 11, the anniversary of Iran’s 1979 Revolution. The audio contained slogans calling Raisi a butcher, calling for the mullahs’ rule to be overthrown, and praising the Resistance’s leaders.