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NCRI News Conference in Brussels, exposing new details of recent foiled terror plot to bomb FreeIran Rally

European Dignitaries Ask to File as Private Plaintiffs Against Regime after Foiled Terror Attack

NCRI News Conference in Brussels, exposing new details of recent foiled terror plot to bomb FreeIran Rally

Today in News Conference in Brussels- the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) revealed the findings of its investigation into the structure of the Iranian regime’s Intelligence Ministry in Europe and the key commanders of the plot to bomb the #FreeIran2018 convention in Paris.

A group of prominent Belgian and European attorneys held a press conference on Wednesday, August 8th in Brussels, Belgium to release new information about the foiled terrorist plot by the Iranian regime to bomb MEK‘s annual gathering in Paris in June of this year and the response by the international community. The press conference included the news that dignitaries from Europe and the Middle East have requested to enter the court case against the diplomat-terrorists as private plaintiffs and to file their complaint against the Iranian regime.

A number of elected officials and other dignitaries from the European Union have asked to be named as private plaintiffs in the case. Belgian attorney Mr. Rik Vanreusel represents many of the proposed plaintiffs and spoke on their behalf at the press conference.

Sid Ahmed Ghozali, former Prime Minister of Algeria, was also present at the press conference and is asking to be named as a plaintiff. He was one of the speakers at the Free Iran Rally that was targeted by the diplomat-terrorists, “along with hundreds of personalities who were the potential victims of this foiled attack,” he said in a tweet.

Belgian MP Serge de Patou emphasized that the Iranian opposition was the primary target of the terrorist attack. Renowned French human rights lawyer William Bourdon confirmed the arrest of Iranian regime diplomat Assadollah Assadi for his role in the foiled terrorist attack.

Mohammad Mohaddessin, Chair of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the NCRI, described the events leading to the foiled terrorist attack on the NCRI’s annual gathering in Villepinte, France and the subsequent arrest of Assadollah Assadi and his associates. Mr. Mohaddessin obtained new information from the MEK’s network inside Iran that sheds light on the decision making behind the terrorist plot.

Assadi was the “third counselor” of the Iranian embassy in Vienna and the head of the Iranian regime’s Ministry of Intelligence station there. He was arrested in Germany on July 1st on a European warrant.

Assadi headed this MOIS (Ministry of Intelligence and Security) station since 2014, and for several years, this station has coordinated the activities of all other MOIS stations in Europe.

Mohaddessin stated that Assadi was previously stationed as the third secretary of the Iranian embassy in Baghdad after the American invasion in 2004. Assadi used his position to gather intelligence and work against the MEK members living in Camp Ashraf at the time.

Mohaddessin went on to say that Assadi planned his 2018 attack for months and met with his team several times to prepare them. He reported his work to Amiri-Moghadam.

Mohaddessin reiterated the prosecutor’s statement that Assadi had personally handed over a bomb to the terrorist couple who was arrested in Luxembourg.

Belgian authorities arrested a Belgian-Iranian couple on June 30th with 500-grams of high-explosive TATP and a detonator near Brussels. The couple was on their way to the NCRI’s Free Iran convention in Villepinte, France with the intent to detonate the device. The couple pretended to be members of the MEK, who had a large number of supporters at the convention. Tens of thousands of people were in attendance at the annual event, including dignitaries from the United States, Europe, and the Middle East.

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Protest in Tehran - June 2018

Uprising Points to Revolution

Protest in Tehran - June 2018

A group of protesters chant slogans at the old grand bazaar in Tehran, Iran, Monday, June 25, 2018.(Archive)

Iran is in the midst of a popular uprising, and events are developing rapidly. The uprising began in December of last year when the people of Iran took to the streets to protest the regime and its repressive policies. Many of the initial demonstrations were staged to protest economic issues, but the protests quickly shifted focus to the corruption of the regime, and people began to call for regime change. Within days, the uprising had spread to over 140 cities across every province in Iran. Cries for regime change were heard across Iran.

The regime was only able to temporarily suppress the uprising, though they used every weapon available to prevent the people from expressing their discontent. They sent the Revolutionary Guards and their surrogates to violently suppress protesters, they arrested scores of protesters, and Khamenei publicly blamed the MEK for the uprising, inadvertently legitimizing the MEK and the Iranian Resistance Movement. The uprising, needless to say, has persisted in the form of daily protests and strikes throughout the country.

Over the weekend the uprising flared up again as the rial took another nosedive days before the U.S. sanctions are set to resume. Thousands took to the streets in cities across Iran protesting for change. People chanted, “Death to the dictator!” At least one protester was killed by suppressive forces.

The gap between the rich and poor in Iran continues to widen, and the poor are forced to watch as their corrupt leaders plunder Iran’s wealth. The people have no voice to speak up about their concerns because any peaceful protest is met with violent suppression by government forces intended to silence them.

The people are done being silenced. They are willing to risk violence, arrest, torture, imprisonment, and even execution at the hands of the regime for the opportunity to protest for a better future.

The resistance is growing because the people know that they cannot stay on the path that has been laid out before them. The life they live under the Iranian regime will always be the same. They will never have the freedom they yearn for, they will never be given basic human rights, and they will always live in a society where inequality is the norm.

Iranian regime’s corrupt leadership is rotting from the inside. The factions within the regime have been fighting amongst each other for months, and they have been unable to hide their divisions from the outside world. It is clear that the regime’s leadership has no coherent vision for the country.

The people have been in the streets for the past week participating in anti-government protests. Many of these protests have turned violent. Over the weekend, there were reports of police cars and tires being burned in the streets.

People from all walks of life are being affected by the economic crisis in Iran. The poor and working classes become poorer, but the crisis has spread to the middle class as well. The middle classes are disappearing as costs rise and people’s savings are gradually diminished.

The regime has largely ignored the needs of the people and the major problems that urgently require its attention. It refuses to leave Syria or stop supporting the proxy groups around the region that it funds.

The regime is close to its downfall. It cannot continue to maintain its grip on power for much longer. The only thing needed for regime change is the support of the international community, particularly the United States.

Could this be the beginning of a revolution?

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Demonstrations Erupt in Iran’s Major Cities

Iran Protests in major cities across Iran

Protests spreads in major cities across Iran – August 2018

Last Friday and Saturday on August 3rd and 4th, protests continued in Iran’s major cities. Citizens from Tehran, Karaj, Isfahan, Mashhad, Shiraz, and Hamedan, among others, gathered in the streets to hear their voices heard.

In Gohardasht, Karaj, citizens chanted, “Khamenei, shame on you” and “let the country go”. In Qom, the rallying protestors adopted the slogans, “down with Hezbollah”, and “down with the dictator”. In the nation’s capital, Tehran, College Street hosted one of the city’s largest protests. The capital’s youth gathered en masse, chanting, “Iranians would rather die than tolerate humiliation”.

Protests Turn to Clashes

The regime’s response turned the peaceful protests into scenes of violence and aggression. In Gohardasht, the regime’s response was brutal. On Friday night, regime security forces closed all the entrances to the city and placed agents on rooftops. From their vantage points, the agents opened fire on the protestors below.  In the violence, a young man from Karaj, named Reza Oradi, was shot and killed.

The regime’s official statement on Reza Oradi’s death blames the deceased for his brutal and bloody demise. It read, “the assailant fired from inside the car 206 with a non-military weapon”. The statement once again attempts to posthumously cast a shadow on the victim’s character, a strategy the regime often employs after it has murdered innocent civilians exercising their right to protest.

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The violence was not limited to Karaj. In Ghahdarijan, protestors clashed with security forces again on Thursday evening. The Basijis and anti-riot units deployed to the scene of the protests also opened fire on civilians with live ammunition. Many protestors lay wounded at the scene.

In Tehran, plainclothes officers arrested many of the demonstrating youths, and demonstrators at Vali-e-Asr intersection, Hafez Avenue, and College Bridge, clashed with the regime’s security forces.

In Abhar, Zanjan province, the city’s Mosalla square resembled a war zone. Protestors burnt ttiresto prevent the movement and mmobilizationof the city’s security forces.

The Protestors Have the Unconditional Support of the Iranian Opposition

The bravery and determination of the protestors is apparent. In taking to the streets to hold the regime accountable for its failings, the demonstrators are risking their lives and their freedom; a concept that is not lost on members of the Iranian opposition.

Leader of the Iranian Opposition, Maryam Rajavi, praised the brave protestors across Iran.

In a statement on Twitter, the sympathetic leader of the Iranian opposition offered words of encouragement to the protestors. She said, “the persistence of these young people against the Revolutionary Guards and the criminal plainclothes mercenaries as well as intelligence and security forces represent the determination of the Iranian people to change the mullahs’ regime and establish freedom and the rule of the people”.

Rajavi has previously urged her fellow Iranians to stand with the protestors. A strong, united front against the mullahs is the only way to bring Iran’s dream of regime change to fruition.

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Protests Spread across Country, Iranians Call for Regime Change

Iran Protests in various cities in Iran

Credit to The Daily Express-Iran news: Protest breaks out as tires set on fire (Image: PMOI/MEK – NCRI)

Protests, strikes, and demonstrations have spread throughout the cities and towns of Iran in response to the country’s crumbling economy. Protests began early last week with a merchants strike after the rial plunged in value yet again. The rial has dropped 120 percent in the last six months alone, leading store owners to close their shops and take to the streets to protest rising costs.

The merchants were soon joined by truck drivers (who were already in the midst of a weeks-long strike of their own), farmers, workers, the unemployed, and young people. The protests spread rapidly to other cities, and calls for regime change have been widespread. Protesters have chanted, “Death to the dictator!” “Mullahs must go!” and “Rouhani be ashamed, let go of our country!”

The protests have now grown into an uprising, spreading to every major city in Iran over the past week. Protesters have confronted suppressive forces in the streets, using police tear gas to set fire to tires and police motorcycles.

Shahin Gobadi, a spoke person for the people’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (MEK) who is also a member of the National Council of Resistance of Iran’s (NCRI) Foreign Affairs Committee, gave an interview to the British website Express.co.uk. He said that the continuous nature of the Iran protests sends a clear message:

“The Iranian people are determined to bring about a regime change and they are not going to stop at anything short of that. The prospect for the mullahs to find a way out is becoming dimmer by the day.


“This is why the regime’s senior officials keep warning about the bleak prospects that loom on the horizon for the regime and the growing role of the resistance.

“As such, the regime’s official in charge of dealing with “soft warfare” stated on August 1, that 90 percent of the strikes and calls for protests are the result of activities of the “counter-revolutionaries”, ie the Iranian resistance.”

In regard to the Iran nuclear deal, Mr. Gobadi had this to say:

“It is time for the European countries to see the fast-moving realities in Iran and forgo any deals with the Iranian regime.

“Rather they should hold the clerical regime accountable for all its malign activities and side with the Iranian people and their aspirations.

“We would welcome any serious and tangible retreat by the mullahs because that would ultimately serve the interests of the Iranian people and the resistance units to bring down the regime and to establish democracy.

“But as the regime’s supreme leader, Ali Khamenei, has said time and again the regime is incapable of any major change of policies and change of direction.

“He said explicitly on May 10, 2017, that so far as the regime is concerned a change of conduct and behavior is tantamount to a change of the regime in its entirety.”

The daily Express also quoted Maryam Rajavi, the president-elect of the Iranian opposition emphasizing: ‘The Iranian people’s nationwide uprising is growing by the day. Hail to the peoples of Isfahan, Gohardasht of Karaj, and Shiraz.”

The MEK believes that the only way to bring meaningful change to the Iranian people is through regime change. The economic problems facing Iran right now are dire, but they are not new, nor are they solely a result of sanctions. The rial has been losing value since the regime took power in 1979, due to the clerical regime’s corruption and incompetence.

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Once Again A Nationwide Uprising Begins in Various Cities in Iran

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Despite heavy security measure, Iran protests are spreading across the country in all major cities.

In scenes reminiscent of January 2018, on Thursday, August 2nd, the flames of protest once again fanned across Iran. Angry residents of Isfahan, Tehran, Mashhad, Shiraz, Najaf Abad, Arak, Karaj, and Ahvaz rose up as one against the tyrannical regime.

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The people’s frustration was channeled into a litany of anti-regime slogans. In Ahvaz, brave protestors filled Naderi intersection and chanted, “our enemy is right here; they are lying that it is America”, and, “the nation is poor, while the mullahs live like a god”.

In Tehran, the protestors adopted a similar narrative. Those gathered in Vali-e-Asr Square chanted, “death to Khamenei” and, “death to the dictator”. Similar slogans could be heard from the multitude in Najaf Abad, and Shiraz, where the protestors gathered on Daryoush Street.

Strength in Numbers

It has been apparent in this latest wave of protests that the mullahs’ repressive strategies designed to prevent residents mobilizing and protesting are not working. The Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) and agents of the regime were on full alert following the protests the previous day.

Intelligence officials sent SMS messages to resident’s phones warning them not to partake in any protests the following day. The messages pointed at the People’s Mujahedin Organisation of Iran (MEK) of inciting unrest by using rising prices and a struggling economy to mobilize the population for political ends.

Despite this, and the looming threat of imprisonment and execution, the brave protestors took to the streets anyway. In Tehran, defiant protestors clashed with the security forces and the IRGC. The protestors also set fire to objects and created blockades to stop the movement of the regime’s repressive forces.

In Isfahan, protestors also clashed with the regime’s security forces. The regime’s agents attempted to disperse the crowd with tear gas, firing canisters into the crowd. To counter the tear gas, protestors burnt tires, to create a thick black smoke that would soften the burning effects of the gas.

Weapons were deployed at protests in Mashhad. The regime’s agents shot into the air in an attempt to disperse those gathered. When this didn’t work, they arrested many gathered in attendance.

The regime’s forces deployed violence to bring the situation back under control. In Isfahan, plainclothes officials attacked the protestors, but rather than be dispelled, the people fought back, fighting the regime’s mercenaries with anything that came to hand, including sticks and rocks.

Protestors Will Not Rest Until the Iranian People are Free

As images of the nationwide protests spread across social media, Maryam Rajavi, President-elect of the National Council of Resistance (NCRIhailed the people’s determination.

Rajavi offered words of encouragement to the protestors, stating, “by defying the criminal Revolutionary Guards, Basijis, and plainclothes agents once again today, the arisen women and youth represent a defiant generation which will not rest until the Iranian people and nation are free.”

Her words look likely to ring true as more cities join the movement. There is no government on earth that more powerful than a united and determined population.

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A protester in Isfahan resisting the IRGC forces who had attacked the protesters.

An Unstoppable Force: the Rising Tide of Iran’s Protest Movement

A protester in Isfahan resisting the IRGC forces who had attacked the protesters.

A young Iran protester shows victory sign, while joining fellow protesters to push back on repressive IRGC forces in Isfahan

On Friday, August 3rd, Fox News published an article on its website from Ben Evansky, titled “Iran’s Widespread and Growing Protests Push Citizens to Brink”. Evansky outlined the rising discontent among the Iranian population.

 

His article comes at a prominent moment. The residents of Isfahan have joined the nation’s truck drivers in their protests, and protests in Tehran continue to rage.

The economy is in sharp decline as decades of mismanagement has caused rampant currency inflation. On top of a spiralling economy, Iranian’s have to contend with water shortages and price increases for basic essentials like food and drink.

A Growing Protest Movement

Evansky describes how in these uncertain times, the Iranian protest movement is rapidly expanding. The People’s Mujahedin Organisation of Iran (MEK) and their activists have published footage on social media of the protests in Iran. Tehran’s residents can be heard chanting “the mullahs must get lost”.

Similar images have been released from Arak. Protestors there are using the slogan, “no to Gaza, no to Lebanon, my life for Iran” (referring to the mullahs use of Iranian finances to fund foreign conflicts and terrorist organizations abroad while Iran’s own population goes hungry and thirsty).

In his article, Evansky analyzed the slogans used by the Iranian population during the protests and discovered they provide significant insight into the opposition movement. Firstly, the women of Isfahan province are among the chanters and protestors. Fox News based on analysis of an Iran analyst, asserted that the women of Najafabad in Isfahan province “used to be a traditional bastion of regime support”. Now, these same women are in the streets shouting, “they fed Syria but made our young people turn old”.

It is not just the women of Isfahan, other segments of the regime’s support base are turning against them. The urban and rural poor, the day laborers, the farmers, and the factory workers have all joined the protest movement, uniting all segments of Iranian society in opposition.

Fox News goes on to suggest that this could be a pivotal moment for the Iranian opposition. The residents of the regime heartlands have been the mullahs’ foundations of support. Those residents are now beginning to realise that the mullahs do not have their best interests at heart. This realisation casts uncertainty on the mullahs’ future in power.

The Role of the US

Many in the US government have proposed supporting the Iranian protestors. In his article, Evansky cited a spokesman for Republican Senator Ted Cruz who said that “the United States should be doing everything possible to support these protestors”.

The US government’s stance towards the mullahs is hardening. Since Donald Trump withdrew the US from the Iran deal, he has passed a new round of sanctions, urged European nations to adopt a tougher stance, and put a resolution through Congress pledging US support to the Iranian protestors.

Falling Dominoes

The latest protests and the hardening position of the international community towards the mullahs has set in motion a series of events that will lead to the ultimate collapse of the clerical regime. Like falling dominoes, the rapidly expanding protest movement will become too great for the mullahs to repress and silence.

The President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), Maryam Rajavi, emphasized the importance of keeping the current movement going. In a statement, she exclaimed, “Iran’s risen and revolting cities are joining the protests, one after the other. The cry for freedom is becoming louder, and the uprising is expanding more and more every moment.”

Rajavi ended her statement by celebrating the powerful political force the Iranian public hold in their hands and their voices. “The is no force more powerful than the united force of young people”.

 

 

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The People of Isfahan Stand with Iran’s Truck Drivers as the City’s Protest Enters its Second Day

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A large number of protesters take to the streets of Isfahan their dissatisfaction and outrage over the high prices and plunge in rial

The truckers and lorry drivers strike has drawn attention from the Iranian population, the regime, and the international media. This attention led to large crowds in Ishafan gathering in support of the striking truck drivers.

On August 1st, 2018, the strike from owners and truck drivers in Isfahan entered its second day. As the protest spread, shopkeepers, young Iranians, and other civilians disenfranchised by the mullahs’ repressive and violent regime took to the streets. The crowd marched down the city’s main streets, chanting “death to the dictator”, “death to high prices, death to unemployment”, and “incompetent officials resign, resign”.

A National Crisis

The truck driver’s strike in Isfahan is one part of a wider, national strike, undertaken by truck drivers over poor working conditions and economic decline. The most recent national strike began on July 24th, quickly spreading to major Iranian cities, including Mashhad, Qazvin, Farrokh Shahr, and Marand.

The protests are crippling the Iranian infrastructure. Videos and images of, normally bustling, loading terminal stations in Khomeini Port sitting empty are circulating online.

The truck drivers are demanding an increase in wages, which have stagnated despite soaring inflation, lowered insurance premiums, lowered prices for replacement truck parts, and reduced highway tolls. The first round of strikes, which began in May and lasted for 11 days, did not yield results.

Commission fees have become a way for the mullahs to extort money from the nation’s truckers. The state-run ILNA news agency reported that logistics firms have to pay transport commissions of up to 10% of the cargo’s worth. Some shipment companies have been reported asking commissions up to 40%.

On top of these crippling fees, increasing fuel prices and highway tolls eat into the truck driver’s meager earnings. The state-run Mehr news agency reported that Iranian truck driver’s earnings do not adequately cover their expenses, leaving many facing financial ruin.

The Regime’s Aggressive Response

Much like the May strike, the latest round of strikes has been met with an aggressive response from the regime. In Isfahan, the regime sent its security forces to disperse the crowds and bombarded those gathered with tear gas.

The protestors in Isfahan fought back against the agents of the regime. They burnt tyres to mask the tear gas. They would not be deterred and continued their protests in the face of mounting oppression.

A Mounting Protest Movement

The trucker’s protest is just one part of Iran’s growing opposition protest movement. The People’s Mujahedin Organisation of Iran (MEK) has been a driving force behind a growing opposition movement. Maryam Rajavi, leader of Iran’s main opposition and the President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) has been instrumental in drawing support and international recognition for the Iranian opposition movement. Rajavi threw her support behind the Iranian truck drivers, and all those resisting the mullahs’ rule across Iran.

On July 31st, the people of Karaj mounted their own protest, taking over Gohardasht First Square. Again, the regime fought to bring the situation under control, but the determined people of Karaj erected barricades to block the movement of the regime’s forces.

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Protest in Isfahan over the plung of rial

MEK Network: Protesters Battle Suppressive Forces in Isfahan and Karaj for Second Day

Protest in Isfahan over the plung of rial

People of Isfahan take to the street their outrage over the increasing prices, the plunge of rial and lack of management by the regime.

The plunge of the rial and widespread dissatisfaction with the ruling regime has led to uprisings in Isfahan and Karaj over the past two days, reports from the MEK network inside Iran, confirm. Suppressive forces have attempted to quell the uprising with tear gas, but the protesters have so far managed to push back anti-riot forces and have grown in number. Demonstrators are calling for regime change. #IranRegimeChange

Protests in the New Shapour district of Isfahan continued for the second day on Wednesday as

drivers, workers, the unemployed, young people, and supporters took to the streets to protest the clerical regime.

Protesters chanted, “Shame on you Khamenei, leave the country alone!”

“Death to the dictator!”

“Do not be afraid, we are all together!”

“Our enemy is here, they falsely say it is America!”

“The silence of any Iranian is a betrayal to the nation”
“Death to high prices”
“The worker will die but will not accept tyranny!”

Police and anti-riot forces used tear gas in an attempt to disperse the protesters, but people on some streets shouted them down with slogans. After the police pulled back, the protesters in Shapour set fires to block the roads.

 

On other streets, youths confronted the anti-riot forces and burned tires to neutralize the tear gas.

Repressive forces retreated from some streets.

The MEK network reported that the protesters continued to push forward toward Khomeini Boulevard despite efforts by suppressive forces to disperse the crowd.

Protests have also spread to Karaj, where demonstrators were attacked by police on Tuesday evening.

The MEK network reported that protesters in Karaj were chanting, “Unemployment, inflation, the plight of people!” on Tuesday night.

On Wednesday, the people of Karaj protested against the repressive regime for a second day. The protesters grew in number on the second day, with a large number of women joining in the demonstrations. Videos were shared on social media of protesters filling the streets and chanting slogans throughout the day and evening.

 

Protesters chanted, “Down with the dictator!”

“Guns, tanks, the mullahs should get lost!”

“Iranians, enough is enough, now show them some spine!”

As in Isfahan, anti-riot forces attempted to violently suppress the crowd, but the protesters fought back. Anti-riot forces charged the crowd at one point, but the demonstrators drove them back until they were forced to retreat. The protesters then burned the police motorcycles in the street. The scene was captured on video and shared on social media.

A number of strikes and protests are ongoing throughout Iran, as the current economic turmoil has brought simmering discontent with the ruling regime to the surface. A diagram of recent protests in Iran may be found here.

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Protest by merchants in Tehran

Mrs. Rajavi Issues Statement Amidst Increased Protests, Arrests

Protest by merchants in Tehran

Merchant’s strike in Tehran protesting the decrease in value of rial versus dollar.

Merchants in Tehran and other cities in Iran went on strike on Monday, July 29th, in protest of the steep plunge of the rial and the increase of the dollar after the morning’s trading. The merchant’s strike comes at a turbulent time in Iran. Truck drivers and railway workers in Iran are both currently engaged in widespread protests as well, and the country has been in a constant state of protest since the uprising began last December.

 

On Tuesday morning, a large group of truck drivers, shop owners, and citizens and youth from the city of Isfahan marched in protest of skyrocketing prices, repeated power outages, and human rights violations by regime officials in Isfahan’s industrial district. Shopkeepers have closed their stores as part of the protests.

 

Repressive forces are on the scene, with anti-riot units stationed along different streets to disperse the protesters and prevent the demonstration from growing in size.

 

Meanwhile, merchants in Tehran have been on strike since Monday. The regime, fearing that the protests would spread, positioned police, IRGC and plainclothes mercenaries to suppress the strike, where they proceeded to threaten and intimidate the store owners. On Tuesday, several merchants in the bazaar who refused to re-open their stores were arrested, as were a number of money changers.

 

Mrs. Maryam Rajavi issued a statement of support to the striking workers on Tuesday, urging them to continue their fight. Her statement read:

 

I salute you all for rising up again and resuming your strikes against the usurper clerical regime.

The uprising which started last December is continuing to carry on thanks to the efforts of our people across the country, from Kazerun to Isfahan, Khuzestan and Baneh, from truck drivers and truck owners, to the workers of Haft Tappeh Sugarcane factory and the Steel Factory of Ahvaz, and merchants of bazaar in various cities. Today, the bazaaris and the truck drivers and owners echo the voice of the Iranian people against the mullahs’ destructive rule.

The disastrous state of the economy and the foreign exchange market is the direct product of the regime’s depravity. The free fall of the value of Rial to the world’s lowest is a consequence of the rule of the mullahs who have destroyed everything to preserve their power.

It is the consequence of squandering Iran’s wealth and revenues on the criminal war in Syria, and on export of terrorism and fundamentalism to other countries.

It is the consequence of the devouring of the greater portion of Iran’s economy by Khamenei, the IRGC and state-backed foundations, which has left no business opportunity for bazaar merchants and has put the lion’s share of Iran’s consumers market at the disposal of major shopping centers owned by the IRGC and other regime factions.

The mullahs have no solution for containing this chaotic situation and all of their measures and plans have failed. Sacking the Central Bank’s president, arresting bazaar merchants, spreading lies and false pretenses are no longer effective. Iran’s crumbling economy cannot be saved unless by toppling the regime.

Expanding the protests to bring down the corrupt regime of theft and destruction is the only solution.

I urge the valiant youth of Iran and the resistance units to support the strikes of bazaaris.

As Massoud Rajavi said, “The people of Iran are the ones who have the final say, with their arisen resistance units, the revolting cities, and the National Liberation Army.”

 

The MEK supports the merchants, truck drivers, railway workers, steelworkers, and those who are without water and electricity in their protests against the corrupt Iranian regime. These are the protests of today. Tomorrow, the MEK will support the farmers who cannot irrigate their crops, the teachers who have gone unpaid, and the religious minorities who are denied due process. As long as the clerical regime exists, the MEK will support those who protest its policies and will fight to end its tyrannical rule. We agree with Mrs. Rajavi that the only solution to end the corrupt regime is to expand the protests.

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Merchants Strike to Protest Regime’s Mismanagement of Economy

Merchants Strike Again to Protest Regime’s Mismanagement of Economy

Merchants Strike to Protest Regime’s Mismanagement of Economy

Merchants Strike Again to Protest Regime’s Mismanagement of Economy and particularly the sudden increase in the exchange rate for

Sources in the MEK network inside Iran report that merchants in Tehran and other cities in Iran are striking again as the Iranian economy continues to plummet, with another dramatic decrease in the value of the rial, coupled with an increase in the value of the dollar.

The strikes show a number of similarities to the truck drivers strike that is now in their eighth day. The merchants, like the truck drivers, launched a massive round of nationwide strikes earlier this year, but the regime has been incapable of addressing their concerns. Both the merchants and the drivers have now been forced to strike a second time, despite the clerical regime’s heavy suppressive measures.

Protests began on the morning of July 30th. MEK sources on the ground report that some merchants in Tehran, Tabriz, Karaj, Ray, and other cities have declared strikes.

 

Tehran’s carpet market is on strikes and has shuttered its shops in protest of the increase in the dollar and the recession that is affecting the bazaar.

 

MEK sources say that Tehran’s gold markets did not open on Monday in protest of the increase in the dollar’s value and the economic downturn in the gold market.

 

Manufacturers and shopkeepers are striking in the city of Ray. Only five out of eighty food bag manufacturers are currently open.

In Karaj, Qazvin Street, merchants, and shopkeepers did not open their stores and went on strike in protest of the increase in the value of the dollar.

 

In Rasht, merchants went on strike to protest the increase in the dollar.

 

In Bandar Abbas, merchants went on strike in protest of the increase in the value of the dollar and the decrease in value of the rial.

 

In Qeshm, marketers, and businesses kept their shops closed and went on strike in protest of the increase of the dollar, rising prices, and the recession of the market.

 

The Amirkabir gold and jewelry market in Tabriz did not open in protest of the rise in the value of the dollar, high prices, and the recession.

 

The MEK network reports that tool and machinery merchants and businessmen in Isfahan closed down their shops yesterday and went on strike in protest of high prices, the increase of the dollar, and economic turmoil.

 

Security forces hope to suppress protests and demonstrations before they can spread. The massive protests and strike in May in Tehran’s Grand Bazaar spread rapidly, both within Tehran and to numerous cities, despite heavy suppressive measures.

 

Security forces were deployed to suppress possible large-scale protests by merchants at Tehran’s Grand Bazaar, the Istanbul Metro Station and Ferdowsi Square. Anti-riot motorcyclists were deployed at the Jomhuri Crossroad and opposite the Aladdin Mall.

 

The May merchant strikes that began in Tehran also followed a sharp rise in the exchange rate. The initial strike was in protest of the freefall of the rial, but within hours merchants and others were in the streets chanting, “Let go of Syria, think of us!” and demanding regime change. The protests quickly spread to other cities. The regime arrested a large number of protesters, threatening them with severe charges and imprisonment. Yet, at the end of July, the merchants are brave enough to defy the regime and strike again.

Staff Writer

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