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Regime Deflects Blame for its Attack on MEK Members at Free Iran Gathering

Regime Deflects Blame for its Attack on MEK Members at Free Iran Gathering

Regime Deflects Blame for its Attack on MEK Members at Free Iran Gathering

Regime Deflects Blame for its Attack on MEK Members at Free Iran Gathering

European law enforcement in Germany, France, and Belgium are currently taking measures to prosecute the terrorists responsible for the Iranian regime’s failed attempt to attack the annual gathering of the Iranian opposition movement, supporters of MEK in Paris on June 30th. The regime and its officials have responded by using its state-run media to complain about the “unfairness” of the arrest of their agents, particularly Assadollah Assadi, a regime diplomat in Austria and the mastermind of the foiled terrorist attack. The regime has gone so far as to blame the MEK for the arrests.

A recent op-ed in the state newspaper Keyhan, a well-known mouthpiece for Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, griped that “the dignity of the Iranian passport had been sullied”. This is in reference to Assadi’s diplomatic immunity, which was canceled following his arrest for espionage and conspiracy to commit murder by the German Prosecutor’s Office. The paper further wrote, “This arrest has no basis.” The regime seems determined to deny the evidence against its operatives, despite the investigations currently taking place by authorities in three European countries against Assadi and those charged with carrying out his orders.

Another article entitled “Decrypting Europe’s Anti-Iranian Scenario” was recently published in Vatan-e-Emrooz, another state newspaper with close ties to Khamenei’s circle. This article described the Assadi’s arrest as a European conspiracy against the regime. Vatan-e-Emrooz ominously warned that if the regime does not react strongly to the arrest, “the scenario will repeat itself in more intense ways.”

One regime MP, Gholam Ali Jafarzadeh, blamed the MEK for the situation, saying that the MEK is plotting to destroy relations between Europe and the Iranian regime. He advised regime President Hassan Rouhani to “closely monitor the events and react firmly.” He also stated the need for the regime to train its diplomats to avoid “stepping in the traps of the enemy.” This would appear to be an admonishment to the regime’s foreign ministry that they have not been effective in training its diplomats in terrorist activities and evading detection.

Regime officials recycled some old strategies from its playbook as well, claiming that the MEK staged the attack itself. They reasoned that no government would give its diplomats explosives to carry out a terrorist attack in a foreign country. The regime has used this line before when it has been caught carrying out terrorist attacks in Europe and other countries.

This lie by the regime rings particularly false in its hypocrisy and only serves to lessen the credibility of their other already dubious claims. It also shows how much they fear the MEK.

The fallout from the failed terrorist plot has also intensified the in-fighting among the various factions in the regime. Those authorities closely tied to Khamenei are demanding to know why Rouhani and his government have not managed to secure the extradition of Assadi from Germany custody.

As always, media in Iran only shows the tip of the iceberg. The arrest of Assadi and the other terrorists responsible for the failed attack on the NCRI gathering in Paris is causing upheaval in Tehran, and the full extent has yet to be seen.

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Iran's high officials behind Paris Terror Plot

New Report Shows Rouhani and Khamenei Approved Paris Terror Attack Plans

Iran's high officials behind Paris Terror Plot

New Report Shows Rouhani and Khamenei Approved Paris Terror Attack Plans

In a report published in the Washington Times on Thursday, July 12th, the Iranian opposition coalition, the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), revealed, that senior members of the Iranian regime approved the planned Iranian terror attack on the Free Iran Rally in Paris. The group’s intelligence sources within Iran allege that President Hassan Rouhani and Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei were involved in the plots organization.

The report from the NCRI and the People’s Mujahedin Organisation of Iran (MEK), said the attack was approved by every level of Iranian power, including Ali Khamenei, Regime’s Supreme Leader’s office, regime’s Foreign Ministry, and the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC).

A Foiled Terror Attack

The attack was foiled when Belgian authorities stopped an Iranian couple traveling in a car packed with explosives. The couple was traveling to Paris where the NCRI and the MEK were holding their annual Free Iran Rally.

The two had received the explosives and instructions from Assadolah Assadi, an Iranian diplomat posted at the Iranian embassy in Vienna. German authorities later arrested Assadi.

In the NCRI and MEK’s report, it was revealed that Assadi’s real job title is the Ministry of Intelligence station chief in Vienna. His role was to spy on MEK activities, and he traveled extensively across Europe in this capacity.

Iran’s Network of Espionage

The attack has drawn attention to the Iranian regime’s use of embassies abroad to coordinate a network of espionage and terror. In a press release from the US Department of State on Tuesday, July 10th, a Senior State Department Official urged nations with Iranian embassies on their soil to examine embassy operations to “ensure their countries’ own security”.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo also offered words of caution to the international community. He said Iran frequently uses its embassies abroad as terrorist centers. He told the UK’s Sky News that the US has frequently “seen this malign behavior in Europe”.

A Senior State Department representative speaking on the sidelines of the NATO conference in Brussels also disclosed discussion points that were raised on a recent visit to Saudi Arabia. “We discussed how Iran uses embassies as cover to plot terrorist attacks”, he said.

The Fate of Assadi

The MEK and NCRI are calling for Assadolah Assadi to face charges in Belgium for his involvement in the plot. However, the regime has fiercely rejected any notion of the diplomat facing charges. It wants the German authorities to extradite Assadi to Austria, where he will receive diplomatic immunity.

MEK spokesman, Shahin Gobadi, explained the Iranian opposition’s decision to campaign for Assadi’s extradition to Belgium. “In Belgium, it is more probable that Assadi will face justice and has to answer all sorts of questions and does not have any diplomatic immunity,” he said.

The fate of Assadi remains to be determined. As does the future of Europe’s Iran policy. Meetings have continued this week on the fringes of the NATO summit, and the topic of Iran has been on the table in many of these meetings.

The governments of Europe continue to grapple with how best to approach the Iranian regime following the withdrawal of the US from the nuclear deal. However, an equally pressing matter should be the issue of how best to dismantle the Iranian regime’s network of spies operating with impunity in the heart of Europe.

If Assadi escapes trial, it will send a dangerous message to Iran’s intelligence officers operating within embassies across Europe. Europe’s future security depends on how it responds to this crisis.

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Senior US State Department Official: the United States is Urging All Nations to Carefully Examine Diplomats in Iranian Embassies

State Department official news briefing on the recent terror case in Europe that involved Iranian regime diplomat.

U.S. State Department official, confirms there was no “false flag” on the terror case involving the Iranian regime’s diplomat in Austria.

In a press release from the US Department of State on Tuesday, July 10th, a Senior State Department official urged all nations to examine diplomats in Iranian embassies to “ensure their countries’ own security”.

The warning was issued after the arrest of an Iranian regime diplomat working in their Austrian embassy. Asdollah Assadi allegedly provided an Iranian couple with Belgian citizenship with 500 grams of explosives with the instructions to target the Iranian opposition’s Grand Gathering in Paris.

The unnamed Senior State Department Official offered words of caution to the international community. The official said, “we urge all nations to be vigilant about Iran using embassies as diplomatic cover to plot terrorist attacks”.

The official dismissed Iranian regime’s claims and emphasized: “We do not believe Iran’s ludicrous claim that this is a false flag.”

Javad Zarif, Iranian regime’s Foreign Minister had dismissed any role in the foiled terror plot, and had called the arrest of Regime’s diplomat “a sinister false flag ploy.”

Ongoing Investigations

The interviewed official added that the US is “working very closely with the Belgians and the Austrians and the Germans to get to the bottom of this plot to conduct a bomb attack in Paris”.

The State Department official said that it is still unclear whether the intended target of the terror plot was the MEK and its supporters, or the visiting American delegation. The unnamed senior State Department Official would not speculate on the attack’s intended target.

The Regime’s Dark History of European Activities

The most recent foiled terror attack was the latest act of aggression of a long campaign of state-sponsored terrorism in Europe. The US Government first placed Iran on a list of terrorist sponsors in 1984. “Iran was starting these hijackings on commercial airliners, bombings, assassinations”, the State Department Official Explained.

The official was referring to a string of high-profile hijackings in the 1980s and the abduction and murder of several US and European citizens.

The latest planned attack demonstrates the risk the Iranian regime poses to global security. “All nations need to exercise vigilance to protect themselves against the Iranian [regime] threat”, the official warned, adding, “we will continue to work with… our European allies… to address the entire range of Iran’s malign threats.”

Meetings will continue this week during the NATO summit, both in a formal and informal capacity. Iran will be on the agenda as the US and Europe attempt to bridge the gap between their respective Iranian policies.

“There’s no shortage of work to be done”, the State Department Official mused. The road ahead for US-European Iran policy will be thorny. But in the interests of international security, the first course of action on Iran should be ending the nefarious activities of Iran’s embassies abroad.

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Struan Stevenson speaking at a seminar on situation of human rights in Iran after the recent uprisings.

Stevenson Calls on EU to End Policy of Appeasement

Struan Stevenson speaking at a seminar on situation of human rights in Iran after the recent uprisings.

Struan Stevenson, addressing a symposium at the European headquarter of the United Nations, on the situation of human rights in Iran after the uprising in last December-March 2018

On July 5th, Struan Stevenson, Coordinator of the Campaign for Iran Change and former senior Member of European Parliament, published an article in UPI arguing that the European Union should not continue with the Obama administration’s policy of appeasement.

In his article, Mr. Stevenson compared the current political situation in Iran with a volcanic eruption. The civil unrest and protests, he said, are tremors that warn of a massive eruption that will “sweep the corrupt, fascist mullah regime from power.”

Stevenson wrote of the massive public uprising that began in December of last year and spread to 142 cities and all 31 Iranian provinces. The uprising, which continues today, has swept up Iran’s 80 million citizens, half of whom are under the age of 30. Stevenson says that the people have made it clear through their widespread and continued protests that they are tired of fundamentalist rule and are ready for regime change.


Stevenson wrote that the people have demonstrated their desire for regime change through their chants of, “Death to Khamenei!” “Death to Rouhani!” “Death to the dictator!” No Gaza, no Lebanon, my life for Iran!” “Death to Hezbollah, leave Syria alone, think about us instead!” “Death to the Islamic Republic!” and “Shame on you, mullahs!”


Stevenson wrote that the regime responded to the uprising in its usual manner, by sending the Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) to suppress the people. The IRGC shot dozens of protesters in the streets and arrested another 8,000. 14 of those have since been tortured to death in prison, according to Stevenson. The regime’s crackdown has not served its purpose. The people have only become more committed to overthrowing the mullahs’ regime, and public hatred for the regime has deepened in response to the brutal crackdown.


Stevenson gave an example of the mullahs’ approach to justice with the recent case of Mohammad Salas, a 51-year-old Sufi bus driver, who was hanged by the regime on June 18th. Salas was arrested on February 19th at 2:30 PM  outside of a police station, which was the site of a peaceful protest by thousands of members of the Gonabadi dervish community in Iran. The regime responded to the protest by first using a water cannon and then firing live ammunition at the protesters.

According to Stevenson and multiple other accounts, in the evening hours, the protest became more violent and a bus veered into a group of police officers, killing three of the officers. The regime, desperate for a scapegoat, accused Salas of the crime, even though he had been arrested hours before the incident occurred. He was brutally tortured, with his fingers, ribs, and teeth broken, and he was taken to a hospital unconscious. After he regained consciousness, he was forced under duress to sign a confession, which he later retracted.

Stevenson wrote that Salas was executed by a crane by the regime despite protests of his innocence and a massive campaign by Amnesty International. After his execution, Salas’s body was taken hundreds of miles from Tehran and buried in a secret grave, preventing his family from having his body examined for signs of torture. According to Amnesty International, this was a case of vengeance, not justice.

In his paper, Stevenson called for the EU to condemn this brutality by the Iranian regime and to adopt effective measures to compel the regime to release those imprisoned for taking part in the uprising and to end the arbitrary use of torture and the death penalty. Stevenson pointed out that Iran is responsible for half of the world’s executions and that many of those involve political prisoners and those who oppose the mullahs’ regime.

Stevenson wrote that it is shameful that the EU should place more importance on trade and commerce than human rights. The people of Iran expect Europe to support them and to be on their side. Human rights and women’s rights cannot be ignored. The Obama administration’s policy of appeasement cannot be blindly followed by the EU any longer. According to Stevenson, it is dead in the water.

Stevenson wrote that the Iranian regime cannot survive. The Iranian people will no longer allow the regime to plunder their nation’s wealth and turn Iran into a pariah. The uprising that is currently taking place has shown a new force of Iranians who are willing to give their lives for the cause of freedom and equality. Stevenson believes that the people of Iran are now capable of overthrowing the corrupt theocracy.

Stevenson concluded his paper by praising the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) and the MEK, the primary members of the democratic resistance movement in Iran. The NCRI and MEK, led by Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, have called for an end to the corrupt regime and a new era of freedom and democracy in Iran. The NCRI and MEK seek to restore peace, freedom, human rights, and women’s rights, and they seek to end the practice of torture and the death penalty. They seek an end to Iran’s nuclear program and foreign meddling.

Mr. Stevenson wrote that Iran is on the edge of a volcanic eruption of change. The people of Iran are ready for that change.

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Maryam Rajavi's ten point plan

Maryam Rajavi’s ten-point plan for Iran’s democratic future

Maryam Rajavi's ten point plan

Maryam Rajavi’s ten point plan for future of Iran.

President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), Maryam Rajavi’s commitment to freedom and democracy in Iran has been outlined in her ten-point plan for the future of Iran. The NCRI is a coalition of more than 500 distinct Iranian opposition groups, including the People’s Mujahedin Organisation of Iran (MEK). The organization elected Maryam Rajavi as its leader, she runs the democratic Iranian government in exile.

Maryam Rajavi’s ten-point plan for a brighter Iranian future

Maryam Rajavi’s ten-point plan outlines the NCRI’s vision for Iran following the end of the clerical rule. It serves as a roadmap for a new era of democratic rule, with the NCRI and Maryam Rajavi as the head of a tolerant democratic government.

Universal Suffrage

The first point of the plan asserts the NCRI’s commitment to free and fair democratic elections. Legitimacy is earnt at the ballot box, and in a democratic Iran, the NCRI would hold fair elections with universal suffrage, granting every Iranian citizen a vote.

Political Freedom

The NCRI is committed to political freedom. Under its government, citizens would have the political freedom to create political parties, the media would be free of censorship, and all individuals would enjoy unrestricted access to the internet.

The Abolition of the Death Penalty

The NCRI and Maryam Rajavi oppose the use of the death penalty in all cases.

Secular Government

The NCRI is also determined to separate religion from government. Iran would become a place of religious freedom and pluralism, with followers of all religions welcome and free to practice their religious beliefs.


Maryam Rajavi and her NCRI government would uphold equality in all areas of Iranian society. Women would receive equal participation in political leadership, have the freedom to choose their clothing, their husbands, and be free to divorce.

Independent Judiciary

The NCRI is dedicated to the establishment of an independent judicial system. The accused would be considered innocent until proven guilty and have the right to legal counsel, defense in court, and a fair trial.

In Defence of Human Rights

Following the fall of the mullahs, the NCRI would uphold the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, eliminating discrimination against religious and ethnical minorities. The Iranian Kurdistan region will receive a plan of political autonomy, and all minority languages and culture will receive the necessary protections.

A Market Economy

Maryam Rajavi and the NCRI seeks to instate a market economy, with private property and investment. Investors will receive relevant protections and the NCRI will govern over a revitalized economy and environment.

The Pursuit of Peace

Iranian foreign policy will be based on the pursuit of peace and stability in the region. The NCRI will respect the UN Charter and seek peaceful coexistence with its international neighbors, both in the Middle East and beyond.

A Non-Nuclear Iran

Finally, the NCRI and Maryam Rajavi remain committed to establishing a non-nuclear Iran, free from weapons of mass destruction.

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FreeIran Gatheing in Paris.

#FreeIran2018 an Occasion for the World Leaders to Stand with the Iranian People for Freedom

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A young man raise the flag of Iran’s opposition, during a rally in Brussels protesting Iranian regime’s Foreign Minister visit to Brussel.

On June 10th, the Kansas City Star published a commentary piece by Saeid Sajadi. The article, entitled “Real hope for democracy in Iran, but the U.S should help”, called on the Trump administration of offer a message of support to annual gathering of the Iranians in Paris, the Free Iran-2018.

Saeid Sajadi began by exploring the effect regime change in Iran would have on the wider Middle East. He called the Iranian regime, “the most destructive force affecting the stability, safety and security in the region and beyond”.

Regime Change is Within the People’s Grasp

The uprisings which took place at the tail end of 2017 “shook the foundation of the regime”, Sajadi said. Rather than isolated demographic groups protesting their individual grievances, the uprisings united people from all walks of Iranian society. The poor stood shoulder-to-shoulder with the urban middle class and wealthy merchants.

This was a landmark moment for the regime. It had long relied on the unfettered support of the nation’s lower classes. Slogans like “death to the dictator”, and “the game is now over”, will have shaken the mullahs’ confidence.

The rapid spread of civil unrest, which reached 140 cities over the span of a few days, shows two things, according to Sajadi. Firstly, it demonstrates the extent that Iranian society has been harbouring a desire for regime change. The eagerness with which people took to the streets, risking both their lives and freedom, indicates that many held deep-rooted mistrust towards the regime.

The Effectiveness of the MEK

The second is the strength of the MEK’s networks. Sajadi said the scale of the revolts indicates how “deeply the hidden and effective network of the main Iranian opposition force- PMOI, or the People’s Mujahedin Organisation of Iran [MEK]- is rooted throughout Iran”.

What is incredible, is that the group has survived a perpetual attack on its existence by the Iranian government. Sajadi cites the massacre of 1988 when the government executed 30,000 MEK members in a single summer. Yet the group is not only still active but thriving and threatening the mullahs’ grip on power.

As President-elect of the NCRI, Maryam Rajavi, predicted, 2018 has so far been a “year of uprising”. Nationwide-strikes have crippled the logistics sector. Other sectors like education, metalworks, taxi drivers, shop owners, and students have also organised protests and strikes against the regime.

The role of the US

Unable to avoid the will of the Iranian people, the US is beginning to change its stance towards the clerical regime in Iran. On May 21st, Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, outlined 12 areas in which the regime needed to adjust its behaviour. The demands were explicitly designed to minimise Iran’s influence as a disrupting force in the Middle East.

These demands, although intended to limit Iranian power and influence, also provide support to the Iranian public. However, Sajadi argues the US should go further. With Iranians risking their lives in Iran to show the world that they want regime change, the U.S. has the opportunity to support real change in Iran. Lending its support to the Iranian people, in concrete terms, is in the interests of American people, Sajadi says.

He even provides an opportunity for the US to do so. On the 30th of June, there will be an international gathering of NCRI supporters in Paris. Many Iranians living in exile, and Iranian-Americans are set to attend. Sajadi calls on President Trump to offer a message of support at this, or another event organised by the Iranian opposition, to provide solidarity to the Iranian people on their quest for regime change.



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The mullahs begin to panic in the face of a disintegrating nuclear deal

Struan Stevenson holds his book "Self Sacrifice"

Struan Stevenson, Former MEP and the Coordinator of Campaign for Iran Change, holds his book on his experience with MEK, “Self Sacrifice”.

On June 6th, UPI published an article from Struan Stevenson entitled, “Iran’s mullahs press the panic button”. In the article, Struan Stevenson describes the anxiety and panic evident in the Iranian regime following the collapse of the nuclear deal.

Following the US withdrawal from the deal, European companies faced a decision: continue trading with Iran and risk the wrath of the US State Department or follow suit and cut ties. As it looks increasingly inevitable that European companies are going to follow the lead of the US, Stevenson suggests that the mullahs have “pressed the panic button”.

Mitigating Losses

In a desperate attempt to salvage the deal, Iran’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mohammad Javad Zarif pleaded with the EU to “make up for Iran’s losses”. His comments were echoed by the supreme leader Khamenei.

Khamenei initiated work on a new centrifuge-assembly center. The site at Natanz was one of the many top-secret nuclear sites exposed by the People’s Mujahedin Organisation of Iran (MEK).

The Flawed Deal

The nuclear deal that Khamenei and the mullahs are so desperately trying to save was flawed from the outset. It removed sanctions against the Iranian regime and unlocked more than US$150 billion in financing for the regime. Rather than spend this money investing in its people or economic future, instead the regime plowed the money into destabilizing the Middle East. The Iranian regime exported their Quds Force and Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps to carry out their brand of violence and terrorism in other conflicts in the region.

The violent, terror groups have been present in the Syrian and Iraq conflicts. According to Stevenson, the Iranian regime has also funneled funds to Houthi rebels in Yemen and Hezbollah in Lebanon.

Violence at Home

The regime’s brand of violence and repression has not only been present abroad. At home, the mullahs used the money to crack down on dissidents and public protests. In his article, Stevenson described how recent months have seen vast uprisings taking place across Iran, involving truck drivers, civil servants, teachers, investors, and laborers.

The regime’s response has been brutal. Hundreds of dissidents have been killed and executed. More than 8,000 have been arrested and detained by the regime, several of which have been tortured while in custody.

Human rights organizations have condemned the Iranian clerical regime. Iran now leads the world in state executions per capita, with more than half of global state executions taking place on Iranian soil. The situation has deteriorated so much that seven Iranian prisoners wrote an open letter to the government, risking their lives by calling hanging “murder by the government, in all circumstances”.

European silence

Despite the appalling situation in Iran and destabilizing effect the regime is having on the wider Middle East region, European governments have been reluctant to cut ties with the Iranian regime. Stevenson says European companies “will secure new, rich business deals, while political prisoners dangle from the gallows.” The EU seems content to put financial gain above Iranian human rights, he emphasized.

Stevenson, as well as the MEK and the leader of Iran opposition, Maryam Rajavi, have urged the EU to acknowledge the severity of the situation in Iran. The Iranian regime brokers terrorism across the Middle East, causing thousands of deaths both in Iran and abroad.

The nuclear deal was inadequate. It gave concessions to the regime but failed to prevent them advancing their nuclear ambitions or curbing their missile programs. Stevenson finished his article by urging the European nations to back the Iranian people instead of the regime. He said, “we should back the Iranian people who want rid of this fascist dictatorship and who yearn for Iran to become a peaceful and prosperous partner in the global family of nations.”

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Truck drivers protest in solidarity with their fellow truck drivers in more than 240 cities.

MEK – Iran Protests Rise by %233 During The Month of May

Truck drivers protest in solidarity with their fellow truck drivers in more than 240 cities.

Striking truck drivers raise their hands in solidarity with other strikers in more then 240 cities across the country.

Reports from MEK network inside Iran indicate a major rise in protests in Iran in comparison to the month of April. A report by “our Iran” confirms the rise in protests in the month of May.

Our Iran published a summary highlighting the increase in protest activities in May. The month of May saw protests spread like wildfire across Iran’s urban and rural population. 1093 individual protests took place, an average of 35 a day, with people from all walks of Iran’s population putting down their work and taking part. Poultry workers stood aside truck drivers, laborers, and teachers, united in their shared disgust for the tyrannical regime.

There has been a marked increase in protest activity. April saw an average of 15 protests a day across Iran. May more than doubled this figure. The bulk of the May protests came from striking truck drivers, whose strikes affected 285 of Iran’s cities.

Striking Truck Drivers

Between May 22nd and June 2nd, heavy vehicle drivers in all 31 of Iran’s provinces put down their keys and turned off their engines in an act of defiance. They had plenty to protest. The mullahs have increased insurance prices, highway tolls, and cargo commission rates, in a thinly-veiled attempt to further line their own pockets. Illegal charges, job shortages, and exorbitant vehicle repair prices left the truck drivers with little money for themselves.

The plight of the nation’s truck drivers attracted the attention of other industry sectors. The leader of Iran opposition, Maryam Rajavi, pledged her support and encouraged others to stand with the drivers in a gesture of solidarity. As a result, taxi drivers, minibus drivers, and petrol truck delivery drivers joined the strike, leaving gas stations empty and long queues of cars waiting to fill up.

Tehran’s Taxi Drivers Strike

Taxi drivers at Tehran’s Imam Khomeini Airport also put down their keys to protest their inability to enter the traffic area to pick up patrons. Their plight also inspired others, with taxi drivers across Iran joining their cause, and that of the truck drivers. Taxi drivers in a total of 11 provinces joined the strike in protest at their own appalling working conditions.

A Wide Array of Labour Protests

May saw no less than 249 individual labor protests across 62 of Iran’s cities. The majority of these were born from discontent over non-payment of salaries, unfair dismissals, and closures of factories. Railway workers, coal miners, sugarcane workers and factory workers were among those that coordinated strikes against the regime.

Protestors from Plundered Investors

38 separate protests came from plundered investors. These investors lost their savings after the mullahs looted credit institutions. In Rasht, angry protestors tore down a statue of the head of the central bank of Iran, Saif. In Tehran, demonstrators threw eggs and tomatoes at the doors of the monetary prosecutor’s office, the Trade Bank, and the Future Bank. In another protest, investors conducted a sit-in outside the Central Bank. They blocked the street, and cars prevented cars from moving.

Protests from the Elderly

On May 11th, the retired population of Iran took to the streets to vent frustrations of their own. Pensioners in Iran frequently do not receive payments, and when they do, they are so meagre that they are forced to live in appalling conditions. Retired teachers, steelworkers, and petrochemical workers took to the streets to demand a fairer and more reliable pension system.

Teachers Protests

Teachers accounted for 38 protests across 34 cities in May, a fivefold increase of teacher strike activity for April. The Council for the Coordination of Teachers Organizations called on teachers across Iran to strike over unpaid wages, discrimination, and limited job stability. Like the MEK, the Council has been instrumental in coordinating resistance to the clerical regime.

The teachers faced a violent response from the regime’s agents. They targeted the striking education workers and beat them up, targeting female teachers. Many of those in attendance, including members of the Teacher’s Association, were arrested for their involvement in the protests.

Student Resistance

Iran’s student population was also vocal in its criticism of the clerical regime. They raged against systematic corruption, the regime’s involvement in university affairs, the plundering of student’s tuition, cutting educational terms, and the unplanned movement of university locations. 12 cities saw student protests in May, showing a renewed determination from Iran’s youth to risk their lives and their freedom to have their opinions heard.

Tehran’s Market Strike

On May 12th, Iran’s shopkeepers and market stall owners closed their stalls and shops for business. They were protesting a high exchange rate and significant price fluctuations, causing economic uncertainty for them and their families.

Iconic shopping areas of Tehran were deserted. The Kuwaiti Bazaar, Sadaf Passage, sections of Cyrus Street, and the Aladdin Passage were among the areas affected by the strike. Merchants in Baneh continued their strike after the closure of border crossings impacted their supply routes. They lifted the strike after the regime promised to address their demands. However, when the regime failed to deliver any reforms, they merchants and shopkeepers of Baneh resumed their strike on May 15th, in solidarity with their brothers and sisters in Tehran.

Kazerun’s Protests

Kazerun became the site of clashes between the regime’s forces and the enraged Iranian public. After protestors gathered to air their discontent at plans to divide the city, the Iranian security forces opened fire on those in attendance. Four citizens were killed, starting a period of public mourning which saw the local amenities shuttered.

The people got their wish. The government backed down on its plans to divide the city. However, it cost four martyrs their lives and many more their freedom after the authorities carried out widespread arrests.

Shahrud’s Protests

Merchants at the Shahrud Grand Bazaar went on strike over the regime’s proposal to move the Roads and Transport Department out of Shahrud. The Iranian authorities wanted to move the government department to Semnan, taking with it many of Shahrud’s employment opportunities. After intense public pressure, the regime conceded and backed down on its plans to move the department.

Naser Malek Motie’s Funeral

On May 27th, the Iranian public turned out for the funeral of Iranian film icon, Naser Malek Motie. The actor and cinematographer suffered at the hands of the Iranian regime throughout his life and represented a beacon for supporters of the opposition movement. The funeral soon turned into an anti-government protest as those in attendance began chanting anti-government slogans. Agents loyal to the regime attempted to disperse the crowd, firing tear gas, however, the brave mourners would not be moved.

The tireless work of the MEK orchestrated the May protests, providing Iran’s youth with a beacon of hope for a brighter future for Iran. The growing number of protests in May shows the burning desire for regime change in Iran, despite all the repressive measures has not changed, but grown by 233% in comparison to the protests in April.

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Italian Human Rights Group Calls for Immediate Release of Iranian Protesters

call on UN to pressure Iran to release detained Iran Protesters

International Cooperation on Human Rights Culture calls on UN to put pressure on Iran to release the protesters arrested during the recent Iran uprising

On Thursday, June 7th, Roberto Malini, Dario Picciau, and Glenys Robinson, the Italian Co-Presidents of the Group for International Cooperation on Human Rights Culture, called on the United Nations to secure the unconditional release of thousands of Iranians arrested during the ongoing uprising in Iran. In their letter to the U.N., they also asked the international organization to take decisive action to prevent further suppression of and violence toward the peaceful protesters. A call for the immediate release of protesters and an end to the brutal suppression of the regime toward its people, a call that had been supported by MEK previously.


The statement said, in part: “We are gravely concerned about the human rights violations going on in Iran and the killing and suppression of peaceful demonstrators in that country.”

The widespread uprising, which began in December of 2017, was set off by protests about the poor economic conditions in the country, which have led to 75% of people in some rural provinces living in poverty, food and water shortages, and the withholding of salaries from some workers for months or even a year. As the uprising gathered steam, people began to protest the regime’s corruption and systemic human rights abuses as well. Protests were held in 140 cities across Iran, and by the time the uprising was briefly suppressed two weeks later, the people had joined together in a deafening call for regime change and nothing less.


Despite the brutal efforts by the regime to suppress the uprising, including thousands of arrests, countless acts of violence, and the fatal shooting of defenseless protesters, protests continue today, with multiple acts of defiance toward the regime and protest gatherings occurring daily across the country. The regime has responded to this undeniable call for change with mass arrests, detentions, and further violence.


Those protesters who have been arrested have been subjected to brutal interrogations and torture. Some of the arrested protesters have disappeared and others were killed under torture. The regime later announced that they have committed suicide in Iranian prisons! MEK members have been specifically targeted by the regime, and the regime openly blamed the MEK for the uprising.

The letter to the United Nations specifically mentioned the recent protest in Kazerun on May 9, 2018, that turned deadly after suppressive forces fired upon the crowd from a rooftop. Four protesters were shot and killed and dozens more were arrested. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, a spokesman for the U.N., responded to the deadly protests, saying that the U.N. “wanted to make sure that the rights of teams to assemble and to protest peacefully were respected by all, including the security forces.” He added that the United Nations would hold Iran to that standard.

In their letter, the Group for International Cooperation on Human Rights Culture asked the U.N. to let the Iranian regime know that acts of suppression toward its people would not be tolerated and that continued actions would result in severe consequences from the U.N.

The Group for International Cooperation on Human Rights culture considers these acts by the regime to show a disregard for the Iranian people’s freedom of speech and their right to peaceably assemble. The Italian NGO believes that it is the responsibility of the U.N. to make the Iranian regime accountable for its actions.

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Kazerun demonstration-May 2018

Regime Change is Coming to Iran: Europe Must Take Note

Kazerun demonstration-May 2018

Archive photo- Mass demonstration in Kazerun in response to Iranian regime’s repressive measures -May 2018

Article published in the German version of HuffPost, assess that the situation in Iran is reaching a critical stage. However, it reminds that just like in 1977, when Iran was on the eve of political change, western governments have been slow to react. On December 31st, 1977, Jimmy Carter publicly described Iran as an “island of stability”. He could not have been more wrong. Just eight months later, Iran was rocked by anti-government protests daily, and the country soon went through a significant political change.

Iran is Ready for Change

The situation today looks eerily similar to Iran of 1978. The public, exasperated and frustrated with decades of oppression from the clerical regime and its corrupt practices and policies, are taking to the streets in unprecedented numbers.

Every public gathering and event has become an opportunity to vent their displeasure and frustration. For example, on May 27th, at a funeral for Iranian movie icon, Nasser Malek Motiei, those in attendance began chanting “death to the dictator, long live Nasser”. The protestors also lamented the state of Iranian television and radio, shouting “our state TV and radio is a shame”.

Others in the arts industries have taken to social media to express their discontent. After Rouhani, regime’s president invited Iranian artists to celebrate the fasting break in the month of Ramadan, many declined the invitation, publishing photos of their invites on social media and outlining reasons why they would be skipping the event. They cited reasons such as Rouhani turning a blind eye to those suffering across the country, leaving promises unfulfilled, and the imprisoning of artists and political prisoners, the article writes.

In other sectors, there is the same story. The nationwide truck driver’s strike has left fuel stations empty, with drivers on strike across 242 cities. Last month protests ravaged the city of Kazerun. Protestors clashed with agents of the state and the Revolutionary Guards shot and killed four demonstrators. This gave rise to yet more protests at the funerals of the martyred protestors.

The article sums up that in the final week of May there were no less than 489 individual protests across Iran, an average of 69 a day. Workers protests accounted for 33 of them, nine came from investor communities, four were carried out by the country’s retired population, 406 were from the haulage and trucking industries, three came from teachers, three from political prisoners, and 29 came from other sectors of society.

The protests have spread across all sectors of Iranian society, and each demographic has its own distinct cause. Some are protesting dire economic conditions, some drought, others the crippling unemployment rate, while others are expressing dissatisfaction at rampant corruption.

No End in Sight

The regime has resorted to the same oppressive tactics in each case. It makes arrests, tortures prisoners, executes many involved, threatens others against joining the protest movement, and disseminates fear and intimidation.

But these methods will not quell the protests. Each protest that is successfully carried out provides hope and generates momentum for the next protest. The more the people can see the regime losing its grip, the more people it inspires to take to the streets.

The HuffPost article determines that the protestors cannot be intimidated and repressed through violence. The crisis is too severe this time. The economic problems Iran is facing are too widespread.

A More Organised Protest Movement

The Iranian opposition is also far more organized than it has ever been before. The People’s Mujahedin Organisation of Iran (MEK) has worked tirelessly organizing protests and drawing international attention to the plight of the Iranian people.

Its efforts have received the interest of the clerical regime. Representatives of the state have blamed MEK for its role in the protest movement and expressed dismay at its ability to inspire the Iranian people to make their voices heard.

Europe’s Role

The article concludes that the US is beginning to understand the untenable position Rouhani and his regime occupy in Iran. It is reviving old sanctions and considering a tougher stance towards the regime. However, like Jimmy Carter in 1977, European heads of state are burying their heads in the sand and ignoring the situation in Iran.

Persevering with a policy of appeasement towards the regime lacks political sense. The Iranian citizens have made their opinion clear. They want regime change. The intensification of protests has shown that the status quo cannot continue. Regime change is on the horizon. Europe would be in a far better position when it does if it adjusts its position now and ends its financial and political investment in Rouhani and the mullahs. Betting on him now is a bet on a dead horse.

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