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Maryam Rajavi's statement on the recent flood in Ahvaz and the people's protest

Maryam Rajavi Issues Another Statement Calling for the Military Resources to be Made Available to Flood Victims

Maryam Rajavi's statement on the recent flood in Ahvaz and the people's protest

Maryam Rajavi, the president-elect of the Iranian opposition says, the facilities of the military and regime security forces should be made available to the people to help the flood-stricken people.

The regime’s inaction in the face of widespread flooding across Iranian cities prompted yet more protests from the Iranian population. On Friday, April 12, protestors took to the streets in Ahvaz, one of the cities worst affected by the flooding, to air their frustrations with this corrupt and brutal regime.

The protestors chanted slogans aimed at the social and cultural deputy of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards (IRGC), Mohammad Reza Naghdi, who was visiting the area. They chanted: “Get lost, Ahvaz will remain free!” and “Khuzestan is submerged in water, the authorities are sleeping”, forcing him to leave.

The Regime’s Mismanagement

The protestors accused the Iranian regime of exacerbating the damage and destruction caused by the flooding. The people of Ahvaz protested the regime’s failure to redirect the flood water onto the marshes and flood plains. They also complained about the lack of facilities and resources to construct flood barriers.

The regime has also been utterly absent in providing assistance in the aftermath of the flooding. Victims have been left stranded without access to food and clean water. Rescue efforts to retrieve the bodies of the 200 victims that lost their lives in the flooding have been coordinated by citizens without assistance or resources from the Iranian regime.

Demonstrations continued into the night in some parts of the city.

A Statement from the Iranian Opposition

The president-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), Maryam Rajavi, made a statement to the Iranian people on Thursday. She urged Iranians to rally together in the face of the national crisis.

She called on the youth of Ahvaz to cooperate and form popular councils to deal with the floods in Khuzestan and other provinces.

In the statement she also undermined that”The facilities of the army, the IRGC and government agencies, engineering machinery, naval boats, supply depots, shelters, and barracks must be provided to the people to be used to prevent floods, protect people’s lives, save the flood victims, and to temporarily resettle them.”

The regime’s forces have helicopters, boats, shelters, engineering equipment, and warehouses that would be of vital importance to the Iranian people in their hour of peril.

Instead, the regime is more inclined to use these resources and facilities to terrorise and suppress the Iranian people. They are depriving people of their basic needs to survive. When the people turn to protests, the regime threatens, arrests and violently quashes any political dissent.

The regime does not have the interests of the people at heart. They are lining their pockets while Iranians fight for survival and respite from the encroaching waters.

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Ahvaz protests Iranian regime's inaction with respect to the flash flood.

Ahvaz Locals Take to the Streets to Protest Government’s Inaction

Ahvaz protests Iranian regime's inaction with respect to the flash flood.

Locals in Ahvaz, capital of Khuzestan province, take it to the street to protest the inaction and lack of aid from the government institutes despite the devastating situation of the flood-hit areas.

Angry locals in Ahvaz took to the streets on Friday to demonstrate the regime’s lack of action following widespread flooding.

Videos published through MEK network shows protestors gathered in Eyn-e Do, western Ahvaz. Protestors chanted, “they wanted to dishonor us, but we will not be dishonored.” The regime opened dams which allowed floodwaters to wash over their farmland, homes, and businesses. The local population had limited resources and were unable to make flood barriers to protect their assets and livelihoods.

The protestors demanded that the regime redirect the water into Hawizeh Marshes to alleviate the flooding. The regime is refusing to do so to protect its oil interests in the area.

The social and cultural deputy of the repressive Revolutionary Guards (IRGC), Mohamad Rezi Naghdi, was visiting Ahvaz and became the object of the protestors’ ire. They chanted: “Get lost, Ahvaz will remain free,” and, “Khuzestan has been swept away by water while officials sleep.”

Locals Feel Like They Have been Abandoned by the Government

Locals have had to rely on community-led projects for assistance. The state-run media outlets falsely reported that the regime has provided assistance to local communities. However, this has not been the case.

The regime has not used the many boats, helicopters, warehouses, shelters and other resources at its disposal to help the victims. Instead, it has used its Basij forces and IRGC to stifle protests and political dissent.

The regime has not even acknowledged the more than 200 Iranians that have lost their lives in the flooding. They remain ardent that the death count is far lower. If the regime will not even acknowledge the full extent of the damage, then it will not make the necessary arrangements to help with the cleanup, rescue, and housing of all the flood’s victims.

The Iranian opposition, the People’s Mujahedin Organisation of Iran (MEK), also revealed that the regime’s mismanagement was responsible for exacerbating the flood damage. This was echoed by the country’s Inspection Organization. Naser Saraj, the organization’s head asserted that “mistakes and man-made elements” has contributed to the damage and loss of life.

The regime failed to adequately dredge the draining system left Ahvaz and other towns and cities vulnerable to flooding. This, coupled with unmitigated construction in areas prone to flooding, led to swathes of Ahvaz and Khuzestan province being submerged in the muddy floodwaters.

The regime must be held responsible, both for its incompetence, and its inadequate response to the flooding.

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British MP Met with Maryam Rajavi at Ashraf III

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Hon. David Jones, British MP, Welsh Secretary in David Cameron’s government, and Minister of State for negotiations with the European Union in Theresa May’s cabinet met with Maryam Rajavi, the leader of Iran opposition in the MEK’s settlement in Albania (Ashraf III), on Saturday, 6 April 2019A senior member of parliament (MP) from the United Kingdom met with the president-elect of the Iranian opposition, Maryam Rajavi, on Saturday, April 6. Mr. David Jones, the Welsh Secretary under former Prime Minister David Cameron and Minister of State for negotiations with the European Union in current Prime Minister Theresa May’s cabinet, spoke with Mrs. Rajavi at the end of a whirlwind two-day visit to Albania in which he met with several Mujahedin-e Khalq (MEK) members.

He visited the MEK’s compound, Ashraf III, outside the Albanian capital of Tirana. His visit comes just several weeks after his colleague, Struan Stevenson a former Scottish MEP, released a book about the compound and the Iranian regime’s attempt to demonize and destroy the MEK.

Jones extended his condolences and sympathies to Mrs. Rajavi and her compatriots in Iran following the widespread flooding in recent weeks. He also expressed his support for the MEK and the important work they are undertaking to oppose the regime’s brutality and violence wherever it occurs.

“It has been a great privilege to meet with you and the members of this resistance in Albania,” he said. “I am impressed by the work and efforts of the members of the PMOI (MEK).”

During the meeting, Mr. Jones also expressed his delight with the US Government’s decision to include the Iranian Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) on their foreign terrorist organization blacklist. He reiterated the US State Department’s analysis that the IRGC is a terrorist entity and pose a significant threat to stability in the Middle East and beyond.

A Stronger Effort Stance the UK Government

David Jones called on his own government to apply pressure to the Iranian regime and hold them to account for their failure to provide aid and relief to the flood victims. He urged UK and EU politicians not to remain silent in the face of this blatant suppression of the Iranian people.

Maryam Rajavi responded. She said: “The Iranian regime has not taken any serious steps to aid the people faced with this national disaster and unprecedented tragedy.”

She also welcomed the US government’s listing of the IRGC as a terrorist entity and reminded Mr. Jones that the MEK had been calling for the IRGC’s inclusion on the terror list. She described how the IRGC is not only involved in the regime’s export of terror but also a key component in its campaign of domestic oppression. She asserted that the US State Department should have listed the organization on its terror blacklist long ago.

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MEK-Iran:7,000 Families are at Risk of Flooding as More Rain is Forecast

Ahvaz under flood

Khuzestan has been under flooding, since last week, while reports indicate that no aid has been provided by the regime and they have been sending security forces to suppress any voice of protest.

Iranian citizens continue to feel the effects of recent rains. The latest estimates indicate around 7,000 families are at risk of flood waters, many in Khuzestan and other Western and Southwestern regions of the country.

Heavy rains on Tuesday have left citizens in major towns without power after floodwater damaged power stations in Ahvaz, the capital of Khuzestan province. With more rain forecast, many families are evacuating their homes in search of safety.

Widespread Destruction

The flooding left more than 6,700 homes damaged, over 200 Iranians dead and 51,000 other homes at risk of rising floodwaters.

Bridges have collapsed, mud has entered public buildings and crops have been ruined. Some villages in Shush and Khuzestan were able to protect their crops with floodgates, but most succumbed to the rising waters.

In such grave conditions, Iranians have looked to their government but found no solace. The mullahs’ regime has been absent in rescue efforts and aid flows to affected areas have been scarce. The brunt of the national rescue efforts has fallen on the Iranians themselves.

Images and videos have circulated on social media of Iranians rallying together to provide support and assistance to affected regions and families. One family posed outside their damaged house with a sign that read ‘thank you for your help.”

This inadequate response to the national crisis prompted demonstrations across Iran last week. The regime responded in typical fashion, threatening demonstrators with violence and channeling resources to repress protesting villagers instead of distributing aid and rescuing vulnerable civilians.

Messages of Solidarity

The president-elect of the Iranian opposition, Maryam Rajavi, has been extending messages of solidarity to those affected. The leader of the People’s Mujahedin Organisation of Iran (MEK), the largest opposition group, encouraged communities to rally together and for Iranians to lend their support to the flood victims in any way they can.

In a tweet, she wrote: “I urge the freedom-loving youths and members of resistance units and councils to not lose any opportunity in helping the flood-hit families. Help the people organize their popular councils which are the only solution for prevailing over this devastating flood.”

Maryam Rajavi also called on the regime to make the resources of the army and the IRGC available to the public so that they might alleviate some of their sufferings.

With no end to the adverse weather on the horizon, the situation could get worse before it gets better. And without the concern of the Iranian clerical regime, many of those affected will find themselves battling the elements alone.

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Regime Responds to IRGC Terrorist Designation with Threats of Terrorism against U.S.

BlackListing IRGC

IRGC, the Iranian regime’s main force for repression at home and for expansion of terrorism abroad was blacklisted on Monday, April 8.

On Monday, April 8th, the United States designated the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) a Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO), marking a significant departure from the Western policy of appeasement toward the mullahs. Within minutes of the announcement, the Iranian regime’s Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) retaliated by designating the United States Central Command (CENTCOM), which oversees all U.S. forces in the Middle East and North Africa, as a terrorist entity.

On Wednesday, regime President Hassan Rouhani discussed the move by the United States in a speech commemorating the “national anniversary of nuclear technology,” saying that the U.S. was “making a mistake” and “taking the wrong path.” Rouhani implored the Iranian people, who have shown increasing hostility toward the IRGC and the regime as a whole after the government failed to provide assistance in response to the recent wave of deadly floods, to resist “U.S. pressures.”

Rouhani directly addressed the United States in his speech, saying, “If your intention with these sanctions was to reduce the military power of Iran, you should know that since last year we have had access to missiles and weapons that you could not even imagine.”

Threats from IRGC Commander in Chief

On Sunday, the day before the FTO designation was made official, Major General Mohammad-Ali Jafari, Commander in Chief of the IRGC said that the inclusion of the Revolutionary Guards on the terrorist list was “foolish” and would place Iran’s national security at risk. He further stated that the IRGC would “take reciprocal measures, based on the policies of the Islamic Republic.”

Jafari added that United States forces stationed in Western Asia “would no longer have their current peace.”

Threats from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs

The Iranian regime sent an official threat to the United States through the Swiss Embassy in Tehran. Abbas Araghchi, the political deputy at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Iran described the contents of the message. It said that “reciprocal action would be straightforward and quick” and that “the U.S. would be directly responsible for any incident that followed.”

It continued: “From now on, U.S. troops in the region will not be ordinary troops for us. They are terrorist forces and U.S. bases in the region are also terrorist bases, and the way we deal with them will certainly be different from the past.”

Threats from Majlis

On Wednesday, a number of ranking members of the regime’s Majlis (parliament) showed their support of the IRGC by wearing Revolutionary Guards clothing.

More than 200 Majlis members signed a double-urgency motion designating U.S. military and intelligence forces in Western Asia as terrorist entities.

The MEK has called for the blacklisting of the IRGC and Ministry of Intelligence and Security (MOIS) for many years because of their involvement in terrorist activities. The regime’s reaction to the IRGC’s inclusion on the  FTO list is further proof of why the designation is long overdue. The regime and the IRGC are responding to a terrorist designation with multiple direct threats of terrorist retaliation. Fortunately, the FTO designation will make it difficult for the regime to follow through on these threats. Known terrorist organizations have difficulty getting funding.

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State-run Media Worries that IRGC Terrorist Designation Will Lead to More Protests

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Ali Khamenei, regime’s Supreme Leader during IRGC’s parade, accompanied by IRGC’s top commanders-June 2018

On Monday, the United States designated the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) as a Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO). The Iranian regime and its media reacted to the news with fear and concern about the severe economic and military consequences that could result from the action.

In an April 6th article in the state-run Donyaye Eghtesad (The Economic World) newspaper, regime analyst Amir-Ali Abolfathi commented on the designation, saying, “When a group or an organization is designated as foreign terrorist organization, the entire security, intelligence and military apparatus of the United States gets involved in confronting this terrorist entity, and would kill or capture any of its elements when they are caught.”

Abolfathi also worried about how the FTO designation would affect the terrorist Quds Force’s involvement in conflicts in Syria, Iraq, Yemen, and other countries in the region. “If this designation becomes final, all of the IRGC forces, basis, and infrastructure would be considered the legitimate terrorist targets and a U.S. military attack on forces and infrastructure would become warranted,” he said.

Fear of Anti-regime Protests

One former regime official worried that the IRGC’s inclusion on the FTO list could result in an increase in anti-regime protests. In an April 7th article in the state-run Hamdeli newspaper,

former Iranian regime envoy to China Ali Khorram remarked, “Such a move would pave new ways for social unrest in Iran. Since the recent protests in Iran were centered on economic shortcomings, such as skyrocketing inflation and unemployment, shortage of goods and services, environmental crisis and even people’s anger toward the government, the designation would turn these economic grievances into political demands. Even if the social problems we are facing result in only economic complaints, it would be foreseeable to consider that the protesters accuse the government the main responsible party for their problems.”

Khorram’s fear is well-founded. The 2017 nationwide uprisings began as a series of protests over economic issues but quickly snowballed into calls for regime change, with protests spreading to 142 cities in every province over a two-week period. A nationwide Resistance movement was launched, led by the MEK, and the regime has failed to suppress it, despite numerous crackdowns.

The Hamdeli newspaper wrote, “Without any doubt, these sanctions following the economic disasters and Iran’s regional and global policies, to American senators, would be a way to break the back of the country’s economy.”

A Deeply Unpopular Organization

In truth, Iran’s economy is already broken, and the IRGC is a worthy target for the people’s anger. The FTO designation could not have come at a worse time for the Iranian regime. The IRGC is deeply unpopular with the Iranian people. It is both the primary mechanism of suppression within the country and the regime’s engine for warmongering and exportation of terrorism. Over the past forty years, the mullahs have plundered the country’s wealth through corruption in support of the IRGC-controlled companies who control half of Iran’s economy and meddling in conflicts in the region using IRGC forces. The regime then spent more money on a nuclear weapons program that it continued in secret after sanctions were lifted. The result is that Iran’s economy now lies in ruins.

At a time when it seemed like things could not have gotten worse, a series of deadly floods washed over the country for more than two weeks, causing massive destruction in almost every province. The regime’s failure to respond to the crisis was met with outrage. Flood victims were left stranded on rooftops, cities were cut off without food or drinking water for days, and survivors were left to fish bodies out of the water without help from authorities. In the final days of the floods, authorities began issuing evacuation orders to threatened areas, but people were not told where or how to evacuate. IRGC forces who eventually responded to flood-stricken areas clashed with residents.

Adding the IRGC to the FTO list will almost certainly lead to more protests in Iran, and more protests were bound to happen anyway because of anger over the recent floods. The people are furious that their money has been squandered by the regime, leaving nothing left to help them rebuild after the floods. They are angry that 80 percent of the population lives below the poverty line while the IRGC controls half of the country’s economy. They are angry that, once again, the mullahs’ terrorist activities have caused the people of Iran more suffering. So yes, they will protest. MEK Resistance Units will organize people on the ground who want a free Iran. And they will rebuild their country without the help of the regime that destroyed it.

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Maryam Rajavi Releases Statement on IRGC’s Designation as Terrorist Organization

Maryam Rajavi's position on IRGC's FTO listing

Maryam Rajavi, the President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), released a statement after the designation of the IRGC as a Foreign Terrorist Organization by the United States.

On April 8, 2019, the United States added the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) to its list of Foreign Terrorist Organizations (FTOs). The designation marks another significant step by the United in ending the longstanding policy of appeasement toward the mullahs.

Following the announcement on Monday, Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), issued a statement on the IRGC’s terrorist designation, calling it an imperative for Middle Eastern security, peace, and stability, and an urgent and necessary step to end war and terrorism throughout the region and the world.

In her statement, Mrs. Rajavi pointed out that the NCRI and the Iranian Resistance has called for years to have the suppressive Revolutionary Guards designated as an FTO. The MEK has advocated for the inclusion of the IRGC on the FTO list for many years.

“This action, which was long overdue, should now be completed by designating the Iranian regime’s Ministry of Intelligence and Security (MOIS),” she added.

IRGC’s Terrorist Role

The IRGC plays a primary role in sustaining the

velayat-e faqih regime (absolute clerical rule) through its repressive actions within Iran. The Revolutionary Guards are responsible for suppressing all forms of protest and political dissent. The IRGC also controls the regime’s aggression outside of Iran, including wars, terrorist actions, and its nuclear and missile projects. In addition, the IRGC controls at least 50 percent of Iran’s economy.

Mrs. Rajavi stressed that the IRGC has been responsible for bloodshed in wars in Iraq, Syria. Lebanon, Yemen, and Afghanistan due to the policy of appeasement toward the mullahs. Many of these deaths could have been prevented if the Revolutionary Guards had been designated as a terrorist organization earlier.

Mrs. Rajavi urged the European Union to follow the United States’ lead and designate the IRGC as a terrorist entity. She stressed that the IRGC poses a threat to both the Iranian people and peace and security in the region. She also noted that the ultimate solution to dealing with the Iranian regime is to allow the Iranian people and its Resistance movement to overthrow its oppressive caliphate.

A Call on the International Community

Mrs. Rajavi ended her statement by reiterating the Iranian Resistance’s call on the international community to take the following measures:

  1. Recognize the right of the Iranian people and the Iranian Resistance to overthrow the ruling clerical regime and establish a free Iran.
  2. Place the Ministry of Intelligence and Security (MOIS) and other organizations who export terrorism and fundamentalism on the U.S. State Department’s FTO list and the E.U.’s Terror Watch list.
  3. Expel all agents of the MOIS and the terrorist Quds Force from the United States and Europe.
  4. Refer the dossier on the Iranian regime’s human rights violations and the massacre of political prisoners to the United Nations Security Council and the International Court of Justice.
  5. Expel the Iranian regime from the U.N. and recognize the Iranian Resistance as the true representative of the Iranian people.
  6. Evict the Iranian regime and its forces from Syria, Iraq, Yemen, Lebanon, and Afghanistan.Staff writer
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Iranian Police Chief Vows That There Will be “Decisive Measures” Taken Against any Protesting in Flood-Stricken Areas

Iranians protest regime's mismanagement of the flood response

The lack of support and the mismanagement of the flood response and revelation of the regime’s role in the extent of the damage has erupted a lot of protest among the victims of the flash floods.

As the full scale of the flooding becomes apparent, Iranians feel deceived and let down by the mullahs’ clerical regime. Not only has it become apparent that the regime’s environmental and civil mismanagement exacerbated the damage and failed to protect Iran’s towns and villages from flooding, but the regime deliberately misled the population over the death toll and has not provided assistance to areas affected.

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Iranians living in areas affected by the flooding have been left with limited access to food and clean water. They have had to organize rescue efforts themselves and put themselves at enormous personal risk to retrieve victims’ bodies from the muddy waters. The regime has been absent in the humanitarian and rescue efforts.

Now, to add insult to the Iranian people, the regime has vowed to crack down on any protestor publicly expressing their anger at the regime’s inaction.

Iranian Police Chief Vows “Decisive Measures”

The Iranian police chief, Hossein Ashtari, told reporters in Lorestan that the regime would “deal decisively with those who disrupt order and security in flood-stricken areas.”

“My colleagues were by the people’s side from the very beginning,” he claimed. “The police force was reinforced in the town of Poldokhtar and more forces were deployed to the province [of Lorestan] and the town,” he continued.

Video footage circulating on social media has demonstrated the falsity in his remarks. The footage shows Iranians filling sandbags and searching for victims themselves, without oversight or assistance from the authorities. This has characterized the rescue efforts.

Based on reports from MEK sources more than two weeks after flood waters ravaged Northern Iran, the Iranian people have begun to direct their ire at the regime.  The same reports indicate that a man in a village in southwest Khuzestan was arrested for protesting the regime’s flood response.

In a video taken in Ahvaz, citizens attacked a local Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) base with sticks and stones. The regime is determined not to let unrest spread.

Deceit and Lies

Part of its strategy to contain civil unrest has been to deliberately withhold the scale of the flood’s destruction. The official death toll released by the regime claimed 66 people died in the flooding. However, the People’s Mujahedin Organisation of Iran (MEK) has revealed the real death toll to be much higher. It estimates more than 200 Iranians died in the flooding. This figure was based on eyewitness testimonies, including that of a doctor in Poldokhtar who claimed “hundreds” of Iranians lost their lives.

He wrote in a post on social media, “today I left Poldokhtar with hundreds and hundreds of fatalities,” adding that the scope of the disaster was so “extreme that it could not be explained.”

The doctor claimed that the death toll was so high because many victims were left stranded on rooftops. Helicopters did not arrive in time to save them. Instead, they were left. When the rains picked up again and the waters rose, they have swept away.

The doctor’s claims were collaborated by a soldier in a video circulating on social media.

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Iranians Protest Regime’s Inadequate Response to Floods

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IRGC General Mohsen Rezai (former commander in chief of the IRGC,) visits the flood-stricken area in Lorestan, facing a protest by people objecting his propaganda visit that came several days after the flooding.

A number of protests have taken place across Iran after a series of major floods devastated large portions of the country. The protesters are angry about the regime’s failure to provide emergency shelter to those who lost their homes in the disaster. They are also demanding that the regime answer for its decision to release water from major dams—flooding homes, businesses, and farmlands—in order to prevent the floods from reaching its oil wells.

Regime officials have denied that protests are occurring, despite evidence to the contrary.

IRGC Public Relations Chief Ramezan Sharif said reports of protests were “propaganda.” But videos shared on social media tell a different story. Protests can be seen in the flood-ravaged provinces of Lorestan and Khuzestan.

In one video shared by the MEK network, an angry crowd greets former IRGC Commander-in-Chief Mohsen Rezai when he attempted to visit Lorestan Province. One man can be heard saying, “Have you come to take pictures & selfies? Why have you come? Get lost!”

“Get lost!” has been a popular slogan among residents of flood-damaged areas in response to propaganda visits from regime officials.

Another video shows protesters surrounding the vehicle of regime Army commander Ahmad Khadem Sayyid al-Shohada in Khuzestan Province. He shrugged off the protesters as “emotional” but then acknowledged that the regime is damaging farmlands by opening floodgates in dams.

Sayyid al-Shohada said, “In some areas, we need to remove barriers in order to allow flood water to run downstream although this measure may cause damages in the farmlands.”

Failure to Provide Compensation

Although the regime initially claimed that it would pay for damages caused by the floods, the Speaker of Parliament recently admitted that there is not enough money to follow through on this promise. Victims of previous disasters pointed out that they still haven’t received compensation promised to them. Over a year after an earthquake rocked Western Iran, many residents in the area are still living in tents. Some of those tents were washed away in the recent floods.

 

Protests in the city of Dasht-e-Azadegan, Khuzestan Province, turned deadly when Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) forces responded to the scene. Protesters clashed with Revolutionary Guards forces, who then fired into the crowd, killing one protester, identified as Aboud Jalizi, and wounding several others.

Regime Passes Blame

While tens of thousands of victims of the floods wait for desperately needed relief, factions within the regime struggle to pass the blame for the inadequate response to the disaster. The IRGC has accused regime President Hassan Rouhani’s administration of failing to appropriately manage the response to the floods.

In an April 3rd telephone reports to his superior officer, IRGC commander Mohammad Pakpour complained that there was “no management”  of the emergency rescue or relief response in Lorestan Province. He further said that government officials did not “dare” to visit the area because “the people are in a rebellious mood.” He reported on the condition of those who had been evacuated from the area, saying that they were “in a sorry state and conditions are bad.”

The series of floods began on March 19th and continued into the beginning of April. At least 26 out of 31 provinces were damaged, including hundreds of towns and villages. Local reports indicate that at least 200 people died in the disaster.

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United States Designates IRGC as a Terrorist Organization

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The infographic explains why the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps should be black listed.

On Monday, the United States government may officially designate the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) as a Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO), coming at the end of months of debate and negotiations. The unprecedented move is another step in the Trump administration’s crackdown on the Iranian regime.

Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), has called for years the international community to blacklist the IRGC and to end its policy of appeasement toward the mullahs’ regime. On January 11th, Mrs. Rajavi called for the United States to list the IRGC as an FTO.

The IRGC is a military force that answers only to the regime’s Supreme Leader. Since the mullahs seized power in 1979, the IRGC has played a major role in the suppression of dissent within Iran and the regime’s exportation of terror. The IRGC is now one of the most powerful entities within Iran, influencing the economy, the regime’s nuclear and ballistic missile programs, and its terrorist operations.

 

During his tenure at the Central Intelligence Agency, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo notes that IRGC-affiliated companies control approximately twenty percent of Iran’s economy.

 

Mike Pompeo and National Security Advisor John Bolton have both praised the designation as a measure that will apply additional pressure on the ruling regime in Iran. Bolton Bolton has spoken in support of the MEK and the Iranian Resistance on several occasions and has supported efforts to end the Western policy of appeasement toward the mullahs.

U.S. President Donald Trump is also firmly in support of the new terrorist designation, which is in keeping with his policy toward Iran. Policy experts say that the impact of the move will be significant.

 

The United States Central Command (CENTCOM), which oversees all U.S. forces in the Middle East and North Africa, is bracing for the possibility of retaliatory attacks against troops stationed in the area. Commanders are currently deciding whether to issue a regional warning to troops in the area as a preventative measure.

The IRGC’s Terrorist History

Over the past forty years, the IRGC has engaged in both domestic and international terrorism. The IRGC continues to violently crack down on protests and dissent within Iran, firing live rounds into crowds of people, conducting mass arrests, torturing detained protesters, and violently assaulting peaceful gatherings.

The IRGC has also been responsible for sponsoring and training proxy groups to commit terrorist acts. Over the past four decades, the IRGC and its proxies have been responsible for:

  • The 1983 Beirut Bombings, which killed more than 240 United States Marines inside their barracks. The IRGC trained and funded the terrorist Lebanese Hezbollah group who carried out the attack.
  • The 1992 bombing of the Israeli embassy in Argentina.
  • The 1994 AMIA bombing in Argentina.
  • The 1996 Khobar Tower bombing in Saudi Arabia.
  • The killings of hundreds of American soldiers in Afghanistan and Iraq.
  • Funding, training and equipping proxies in wars in Iraq, Syria, Yemen and Lebanon.

Effect of FTO Designation

The designation of the IRGC as a Terrorist Organization will strengthen the ability of the U.S. to take practical measures against the group and the many individuals and companies associated with it. Previous actions taken by the U.S. Treasury were limited in their ability to take on the vast network of entities associated with the IRGC.

Once an organization is designated as an FTO, all individuals and groups are banned from providing support of any kind, including financial services, equipment, specialist advice, or arms or transportation equipment, to any IRGC-controlled entity or IRGC official.

Anyone found in violation of the designation could face civil and/or criminal penalties.

Staff writer

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