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Iran Human Rights Monitor’s May Report on Human Rights Describes Brutal Crackdown

 

MEK rally against the executions in Iran

Archive photo- MEK supporters Rally in London, asking for justice for the victims of the 1988 massacre of 30,000 political prisoners in Iran – November 2016

Iran Human Rights Monitor published its monthly human rights report on Monday, which detailed the regime’s crimes against its citizens in the month of May. The report is summarized below.

Death Penalty

Regime authorities publicly executed a man during Ramadan, despite the fact that Islam advises against execution during the holy month.

Tehran’s Revolutionary Court sentenced 34-year-old Abdullah Ghasempour to death for “waging war on God,” “assembly and collusion,” and “membership in the MEK.”

Ghasempour was arrested on May 21, 2018 for allegedly setting fire to a Basij base, filming the event, and sending the video to MEK media sources.

He was arrested along with his brother, Mohammad Hossein, Ghasempour, Alireza Habibian, and Akbar Dalir. They were each given five-and-a-half year sentences for their roles in the same incident.

Torture and Abuse

20-year-old political prisoner Ameneh Zaheri Sari is being denied hospital treatment for acute swelling. Doctors in Sepidar Prison have been unable to find the cause of her illness and have recommended that she be transferred immediately to a hospital for diagnosis.

Ms. Sari’s family raised money and paid for a 300 million toman bail bond from the Court of Ahvaz, but prison officials refuse to grant her transfer.

Cruel, Inhumane, and Degrading Punishment

23 prisoners in Greater Tehran Prison, Fashafoyeh are currently awaiting hand amputations as part of their sentences for theft.

Due Process Rights and Treatment of Prisoners

The regime’s Majlis (parliament) crafted a draft amendment to Iran’s Criminal Code that would deny political prisoners access to legal representation during their criminal investigations.

Regime Drafts Amendment to Deny Detainees Legal Representation

The amendment would apply to those arrested on “national security” charges, a vague term which is often used to imprison journalists, human rights activists, and political dissidents.

Amnesty International said that if the amendment were approved, it would be a “crushing blow to Iran’s already deeply defective justice system.”

Freedom of Expression, Association and Assembly

At least five striking workers from the Haft Tappeh sugar factory were arrested and another fifteen were summoned for questioning on May 14th, according to the ILNA news agency. The factory workers in the city of Shush were protesting their employers’ failure to provide New Year bonuses or pensions for the past two years.

Additional workers were arrested on May 14th and transferred to Dezful Prison. Reports indicate that at least six men were arrested, but the exact number is unknown.

More than 35 labor rights protesters were arrested after a demonstration in front of the regime’s Majlis. A number of the activists who were arrested at the demonstration are still detained at Iran’s notorious Evin Prison.

Security forces raided a private yoga class in the city of Gorgan and arrested approximately 30 people. According to a local justice department official, the people who were arrested were wearing “inappropriate outfits” and had “behaved inappropriately.”

Authorities seized the social media accounts of three well-known street musicians for publishing “criminal content.” The musicians, who had a total of more than 174,000 followers, had posted videos of their performances on social media.

Singer Negar Moazzam is under investigation by authorities for singing to a group of tourists in Isfahan Province.

Human Rights Activists and Political Prisoners

The Iran Writers’ Association (IWA) released a statement on May 16th in protest of the recent sentencing of three Iranian writers to a total of 18 years in prison. The statement described the court decision as an action “against all writers and everyone struggling for the freedom of expression.”

On May 13th, the regime’s judiciary announced that an Iranian woman who headed the British Council’s Iran desk had been sentenced to ten years in prison on charges of espionage. Although she was not named in the announcement, the British council later stated that the woman was likely Aras Amiri, an employee who was arrested in March 2018 while visiting her grandmother in Iran.

Freedom of Religion and Belief

Regime intelligence agents stormed a Presbyterian Church in the city of Tabriz last month, forcing its worshippers to leave and changing the locks. The cross on the building was taken down, and the church was forbidden to re-open.

Treatment of Ethnic Minorities

A young Baluchi man was shot and killed by state security forces in Sistan and Baluchistan Province after chasing him down for not having a driver’s license.

Protesters gathered in front of the governor’s office in Zahedan to protest his death. Local reports say that 30 of the protesters were arrested by security forces.

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Regime Official Admit The Arrest of 4,600 Young Iranians During 2018 Nationwide Uprising

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Archive Photo- The Iranian regime is increasing its efforts to crack down on MEK activists who are the main force behind Iran protests

In an interview with the state-run media, Hassan Abbasi, an official in the Iranian regime’s Revolutionary Guards (IRGC), admitted that around 4,600 young Iranians were arrested during the nationwide uprising in 2018.

A Nationwide Uprising

In the early days of 2018, the Iranian people rose up in protest against the regime’s repressive policies and human rights abuses. The protests quickly spread across every Iranian province, affecting every major town and city.

It took the regime several weeks to restore stability and quash the protests. Thousands of protestors were arrested, many of whom were tortured in prison and subject to the gross human rights violation. At least 14 young people died in regime custody. In an attempt to cover up its crimes, the clerical regime claimed that the 14 protestors had committed suicide.

The episode served to illustrate the regime’s brutality, violence, and desire to hold onto power at all costs.

Playing Down the Events of 2018

Since the nationwide uprising, the regime has sought to downplay the severity of the protests. In comments to state-run media networks, Hassan Abbasi said: “What happened in 2018 was 4500-4600 of these young people in the street who were arrested.”

The People’s Mujahedin Organisation of Iran (MEK), the largest political opposition group, contests these numbers. It asserts that the true figure of protestors imprisoned following the 2018 uprising is closer to 8,000.

The Regime’s Fear is a Sign of Changing Times

It Shows No Sign of Letting Up

The arrests and persecution of protestors continued through 2018 and into 2019. Many of those arrested languish in jail, in inhumane conditions and without access to lawyers or a fair trial. Once convicted, often in little more than kangaroo courts, they serve long prison sentences for their disobedience.

Just two weeks ago, Abdollah Ghassempour, a political prisoner, was sentenced to death on trumped-up charges of “aggression” and “collusion against the regime” for his role in the protest movement. Among the charges was “membership and propaganda and cooperation” with the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (MEK /PMOI). Three others received five-and-a-half-year prison sentences on similar charges.

In a statement, the Iranian resistance condemned the arbitrary arrest, torture, imprisonment, and execution of political prisoners. It called on the UN and its Secretary-General, High Commissioner and Human Rights Council to intervene in Iran and pressure the regime to release those detained on political charges. It also urged international human rights delegations to request access to Iranian prisons and meet with political prisoners.

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Iran floods in a number of provinces in Iran makes heavy damages

Floodwaters Ravage Iranian Provinces: The Mullahs Stand Idle

Iran floods in a number of provinces in Iran makes heavy damages

Iran Floods makes huge losses in Iran again due to the regime’s mismanagement and inaction-June 2019

2019 is shaping up to be a difficult year for Iranians. Not only is the mullahs’ mismanagement of the Iranian economy sending the country into crisis, but the country has also been rocked by a string of violent and atypical storms.

Between May 8 and May 31, yet more storms hit the country with Khorasan Razavi, East and West Azerbaijan, Kermanshah, Isfahan, Kurdistan, Fars, Khuzestan, Lorestan and Markazi among the provinces affected. Once again, the Iranian regime has been absent in the rescue and recovery efforts, despite several Iranians losing their lives in the flooding.

Tragedy Strikes

The head of the Iranian Emergency Department claimed that 31 people were killed and 71 Iranians were injured in the most recent spate of flooding. However, the true death toll is likely much higher.

In March, when floods struck Khuzestan and other low-lying provinces, the Iranian regime deliberately sought to cover up the real death toll. Despite the floods claiming more than 200 Iranian lives, the regime remained adamant that the death toll was much lower.

Now, as then, the regime refused to make resources available to the affected victims. The Revolutionary  Guards (IRGC) has boats, temporary shelters, helicopters and medical supplies as well as food and water. However, the regime has not made this equipment available to the Iranian people to alleviate the suffering and provide survivors with assistance.

Condolences and Messages of Support

President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), the main Iranian opposition, was among the first to offer condolences and offer her messages of solidarity with the victims. Mrs. Rajavi expressed her hope for a swift recovery for the victims. She also called on the country’s youth to be forthcoming in their efforts to assist.

She called on young Iranians to form popular councils to distribute assistance to the victims in any way they can.

Mrs. Rajavi also pointed the finger at the clerical regime for its inaction and failure to adequately prepare for the heavy rains. Their inaction left the country defenseless against natural disasters. Their plundering of the country’s resources has stripped away Iranians’ ability to rebuild.

Additionally, the mullahs’ indiscriminate construction and poor town planning have ravaged the country’s natural defenses and left it vulnerable to flooding. There is no doubt that the mullahs’ lack of foresight and indiscriminate policymaking exacerbated the damage caused by the flooding and led to the needless loss of human life.

She concluded that under the clerical regime, Iranians find themselves needlessly suffering from natural disasters that are both predictable and preventable. Manageable accidents become national disasters due to the regime’s mismanagement.

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The Iranian Regime Is Planning to Send Spies and Terrorists to Albania

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The Embassy of the Iranian regime in Albania, last year Iranian regime’s ambassador and his deputy were expelled from Albania for their involvement in failed terrorist plots against MEK members in Albania

In December 2018, the Albanian government expelled Gholamhossein Mohammadnia, the Iranian ambassador, and Mostafa Roudaki, the head of the Iranian regime’s intelligence station in the country. At the time, the decision was applauded by governments across the globe, including the Trump administration in the US.

The decision came on the back of a string of foiled Iranian state-sponsored terror plots on European soil. The Iranian regime had been using its web of European embassies to coordinate terror attacks against the People’s Mujahedin Organisation of Iran (MEK), the largest Iranian opposition group.

One such attack, planned during the Persian New Year celebrations in 2018, was due to be carried on in Albania. The regime had planned to detonate a bomb at the MEK’s compound in the country. The plot was foiled by Albanian authorities in the late stages of execution.

Renewed Attempts to Infiltrate Albania

Now, just six months later, there have been reports of renewed regime attempts to infiltrate Albania. The regime is once again trying to send spies and assassins to the country to target MEK members.

Based on reports obtained by MEK sources inside the Iranian regime, the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) have prepared a delegation of spies and terrorists that will attempt to enter the country under the guise of businesspeople and journalists. Gholam Hossein Kazemi, a senior figure in the IRGC and director of Asia-Kar Bakhtar, a contracting company, will likely head the delegation. The regime will secure visas and residence permits for IRGC agents under the name of Kazemi’s company.

A Tried and Tested Technique

Senior officials in the regime have publicly revealed that this is a favorite tried and tested strategy for regime agents. They apply for visas and residence permits under the name of state-affiliated companies or as foreign journalists. Once inside the country, they connect with other agents and coordinate terror attacks and assassinations.

Ali Fallahian, the former head of intelligence for the Iranian regime, said: “The Ministry of Intelligence needs cover to gather information, whether inside or outside of the country.” He added, “we do not send an intelligence officer to Germany or the United States saying I am from the Ministry of Intelligence. It is necessary to have [a] business or journalism cover.”

An Albanian TV network named Report TV revealed that Albanian counterintelligence agencies had been actively monitoring 10 persons of interest in the country. “Law enforcement agencies in Albania are particularly concerned about Iranians who may be employed by Tehran’s secret services to take steps to compromise the protection of 3000 Iranian PMOI refugees in Albania,” it said.

Now Is the Time

In a statement, the Iranian opposition reminded governments around the world that the Iranian regime’s terror activities across Europe have deadly consequences. In light of recent planned terror attacks in the US, Albania, France, Belgium, Denmark, and the Netherlands, the MEK urged European and US government to include both the regime’s Ministry of Intelligence (MOIS) and the IRGC on their international terror blacklists.

Only through the IRGC and MOIS’s complete exclusion from the international financial system and collapse of their donor base will the international community be able to mitigate the threat of Iranian state-sponsored terrorism. To eliminate the threat in its entirety, nothing short of regime change in Iran will succeed.

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Thousands of MEK Supporters to Rally in Brussels at Free Iran Gathering

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MEK Supporters will rally in Brussels to voice the Iranian people’s uprisings for a free and democratic Iran-June 2019

Thousands of MEK supporters and members of the Iranian diaspora will gather in Brussels on June 15th to voice their support for the Iranian Resistance and their solidarity with the people of Iran who seek to establish freedom and democracy in Iran. Attendees at the rally will also express their opposition to the Iranian regime’s repression of its citizens, its nuclear and missile program, and its warmongering and exportation of terrorism. Finally, the Iranian communities will urge the international community to recognize the right of the Iranian people to freedom and democracy and to recognize the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) as the viable democratic alternative to the religious dictatorship currently in power.

 

A number of prominent European dignitaries, including former ministers of foreign affairs, parliamentarians, and human rights activists, will participate in the gathering. The demonstrators and speakers are calling for an end of Europe’s policy of appeasement toward the mullahs.

The Brussels rally will be the first in a series of major demonstrations in the United States and Europe. The Iranian Communities holds their Free Iran gathering every summer, which is attended by over 100,000 Iranian Opposition supporters, as well as dozens of high-ranking dignitaries and politicians from all over the world. This summer, the Iranian communities will hold several Free Iran rallies over the course of a few weeks in cities including Washington D.C., Berlin, Stockholm, and London.

Economic, Political, and Social Instability

The Free Iran gatherings are taking place during a period of increasing crisis and unrest in Iran. The ever-worsening economy and growing isolation from the international community have left the Iranian regime struggling to hold onto power.

 

The United States ended its long-standing policy of appeasement last year with a series of tough policy changes. The resumption of U.S. oil sanctions weakened Iranian regime’s already crumbling economy, and the sanctions have since tightened. Earlier this year, the U.S. Treasury designated the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) as a terrorist organization, cutting off funding to the regime’s proxies, such as Hezbollah and reducing the mullahs’ malign influence in the Middle East.

 

The firm stance taken by the U.S. has already yielded results. One of the goals of the Free Iran gatherings is to urge European countries to adopt similar policies toward the Iranian regime. The demonstrators will ask that Europe blacklist both the IRGC and the Ministry of Intelligence and Security (MOIS) for their roles in terrorist activities abroad.

 

The regime has so far been unable to suppress the continuing anti-regime protests and strikes that have swept across the country in response to the increasing economic and political instability facing the country, so it has embarked on a brutal crackdown of its citizens.

 

In March, regime Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei appointed Ebrahim Raisi as Judiciary Chief. In 1988, Raisi sat on Tehran’s Death Committee, where he was personally responsible for sending thousands of MEK members to their executions in the 1988 Massacre of 30,000 political prisoners. Death Committee members were then appointed to other key roles in the regime, including prosecutor of Tehran. Khamenei also changed the leadership of the IRGC, choosing some of the cruelest commanders for the top positions in the terrorist organization.

 

The regime has paired these appointments with a massive increase in arrests and a crackdown on individual freedoms. Despite these suppressive actions, the people of Iran continue to take to the streets to demand the end of the regime’s corruption and mismanagement of the country’s wealth and resources. The mullahs’ crackdowns have only succeeded in making the Iranian people more determined to protest.

The Democratic Alternative

 

The NCRI is the largest Iranian Opposition group, and it is the only viable democratic alternative to the theocratic regime. Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, President-elect of the NCRI, has a Ten-Point Plan for Iran’s democratic future that would allow for a peaceful transition to democracy after the fall of the religious dictatorship.

Dates and Locations

Brussels

  • Date: Saturday, June 15, 2019
  • Time: 15:00 h
  • Location: Schumann Square, opposite the Headquarters of the European Union

Washington D.C.

  • June 21, 2019,

Berlin

  • July 6, 2019,

London

  • July 27, 2019

Social Media

MEK supporters and members of the Iranian diaspora are using #FreeIran and #IStandWithMaryamRajavi to raise awareness of the upcoming rallies and to show their support for the Iranian people and their struggle for freedom.

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Regime’s Quds Day Shows the Regime has Lost the Public’s Support

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Leaders of Arab states across the region and the Gulf Cooperation Council gathered in Mecca to discuss the Iranian regime’s attacks on ships and oil facilities in the Middle East-May 31, 2019

On the final Friday of Ramadan every year, the clerical regime in Iran holds its annual “Quds Day”. It parades its Basiji mercenaries in the alleged support of the Palestinian people.

The Iranian population often boycott the celebrations, refusing to participate in the propaganda spectacle. This year was no different. Nobody attended the regime’s state-run shows. Only the Iranian authorities were visible in the streets, a visible reminder that the regime has lost any support from the Iranian people.

Pushing the Regime Message

The spectacle was used as an opportunity to push the regime’s messages. Regime authorities burnt US  flags while chanting, “death to America!”

In a video widely circulated on state-affiliated social media accounts, a group of Basiji mercenaries burned a dummy bearing resemblance to US President Donald Trump.

In interviews with the state-run media outlets, officials on the sidelines of the event touted the imminent demise of the Israeli state. The Head of the Revolutionary Guard’s (IRGC) intelligence said: “The deteriorating trend of the Zionist regime shows that the solution is always resistance against the arrogant.”

The irony of his message was blatant. On Thursday, May 30, just hours before he made the comments, leaders from Arab states across the region and the Gulf Cooperation Council gathered in Mecca to discuss the regime’s arrogant attacks on ships and oil facilities in the Middle East.

At the meeting, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas condemned the Iranian regime’s behavior and asserted, “we will not endure threats against any Arab state from any sides.” His comments disassociating the Palestinian people from the Iranian regime undermined the regimes Quds Day celebrations, supposedly held in support of the Palestinian people.

A Regime in Isolation

The episode only served to reinforce the fact that the regime increasingly finds itself isolated on the international stage. Heads of state like President Mahmoud Abbas are not willing to appease the Iranian regime and stand by while it engages in malign and disruptive behavior in the region.

This policy of appeasement from international governments has played a central role in keeping the regime in power for the last four decades. As governments refuse to turn a blind eye to regime infractions, the regime will find itself increasingly isolated.

The Iranian opposition and the People’s Mujahedin Organisation of Iran (MEK) have called for other international governments to follow the US’s lead in tackling the Iranian regime’s malign influence across the globe. It has called for other nations to endorse economic sanctions and list Iranian organs of repression and terrorism as international terrorist organizations.

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Twitter and Facebook close many fake accounts related to Iran

Sophisticated Pro-Regime Social Network Uncovered on Twitter and Facebook

Twitter and Facebook close many fake accounts related to Iran

Twitter closed 2800 fake accounts, and Facebook closed nearly 100 accounts, pages, and groups related to the Iranian regime.

On Tuesday, May 28th, California-based cybersecurity company FireEye released a new report revealing its recent discovery of a network of English-language social media accounts that engaged in “inauthentic behavior and misrepresentation” in support of “Iranian political interests.” Although the determination that the accounts were associated with Iranian political interests was made with “low confidence,” the findings followed similar discoveries last summer of hundreds of fake social media accounts by Iranian regime agents.

Voice of America reported on the revelations by FireEye on Thursday, noting that the newly-uncovered network of fake social media accounts is more sophisticated than the accounts that were identified and taken down last year.

The United States has expressed concern about the most recent effort by the Iranian regime to manipulate Americans through fake social media accounts.

Falsified Real World Identities

According to the FireEye report, some of the social media users posed as American journalists and activists from both sides of the political spectrum, while others “impersonated real American individuals, including a handful of Republican political candidates that ran for House of Representatives seats in 2018.”

 

FireEye reported that the fake and spoofed identities were used to manipulate U.S. and Israeli media outlets and journalists into covering specific topics, conducting interviews with chosen individuals, and publishing editorial content.

FireEye senior manager Lee Foster spoke to the Washington Post about the network of falsified accounts. According to a Wednesday article, Foster told the newspaper that “the theft of real-world identities — along with attempts to reach specific, highly influential individuals online — represented a more sophisticated operation than the campaign FireEye identified last year.”

Reuters also reported that “The inauthentic Facebook accounts instead often privately messaged high profile figures, including journalists, policy-makers and Iranian dissidents, to promote certain issues.” The Iranian opposition, namely the MEK has long been subject to a large campaign of disinformation by the Iranian regime related accounts.

The campaign discovered in August 2018 consisted of hundreds of fake social media accounts and news sites that spread pro-regime propaganda. A number of the posts were targeted at the MEK and the Iranian Resistance. The accounts originated within Iran.

Responses from Twitter and Facebook

Facebook and Twitter both took immediate action in response to the revelations by FireEye. They each released statements saying that they had suspended the accounts of the network from all of their platforms. Both of the social media companies stated that the accounts originated in Iran but declined to identify the owners of the accounts.

 

In its statement, Facebook said that it had acted on a tip from FireEye and removed 51 personal accounts, 36 pages, seven groups and three Instagram accounts associated with the network on Tuesday after conducting their own investigation into “coordinated inauthentic behavior.”

A spokesperson from Twitter stated that the social media company removed 2,800 accounts associated with the network in early May.

 

Foster told NBC News that the newest effort by the Iranian regime to infiltrate American politics shows that “actors who engage in this type of influence activity leverage all manner of different tactics and techniques that stretch across a wide variety of media and platforms.” He stressed that “American society must figure out a way to effectively tackle the issue.”

 

Voice of America Persia emailed the U.S. State Department for comment on the FireEye report. On Thursday, a State Department spokesperson responded, saying that the United States is “deeply concerned” with the reports of “coordinated inauthentic behavior. We have no further comment as to who was behind the accounts.”

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MEK Supporters Rally in Europe, North America in Protest of Regime Crackdown

MEK supporters rally in different countries

World wrestling champion Moslem Skandar Filabi, chairman of the National Council of Resistance of Iran’s Sports Committee speaks at a rally in Canada, condemning the new wave of repression against the opposition- May 2019

On Wednesday, MEK supporters in Canada, Norway, Austria, Sweden, and the Netherlands held demonstrations in protest of the Iranian regime’s suppression of its own people and its support for terrorism abroad.

Demonstrations in Canada

Protesters in Toronto honored the day of the execution of MEK founders by the Shah’s monarchy in 1972. Moslem Eskandar Filabi, chair of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) Sports Commission gave a speech in commemoration of the MEK founders and their sacrifice. He also thanked the MEK members who have worked since then to bring democracy to Iran.

MEK protesters at the Ottawa demonstration called on the Canadian government to follow the United States’ lead and designate the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) as a terrorist organization. They also challenged the Canadian government to go further and designate the regime’s Ministry of Intelligence and Security (MOIS) as a terrorist organization as well. The Iranian protesters at the rally declared the desire of the Iranian people to overthrow the clerical regime and replace it with a free democracy.

Demonstration in Norway

NCRI representative Parvis Khazaei gave a speech at the demonstration in Oslo. Protesters at the rally called on the Norwegian government to blacklist the IRGC and MOIS and to issue sanctions against the Iranian regime.

Demonstration in Vienna

MEK supporters in Vienna held a rally in solidarity with the MEK’s growing network of Resistance Units in Iran and their fight to bring democracy to the country. The protesters held signs that read, “Uprising with Resistance Units.” They chanted, “[Iranian regime President Hassan] Rouhani is a terrorist!”

Demonstration in The Netherlands

MEK supporters in The Netherlands held a demonstration in Amsterdam in protest of the cruel and suppressive actions taken by the IRGC against the Iranian people. The protesters held signs describing the IRGC’s forty-year-history of torture, suppression, executions, and malign activities at home and abroad.

Demonstration in Switzerland

MEK Supporters in Genevee held a rally outside of the United Nations European Headquarters. One protester held a sign that read, “Effective sanctions targeting the mullahs’ regime is needed to stop the regime’s support for terrorism.”

The protesters chanted, “Plundering, crimes, Down with the mullahs’ regime!”

Demonstrations in Sweden

MEK members in Stockholm held a rally in support of NCRI President Mrs. Maryam Rajavi. The demonstrators reaffirmed their commitment to fighting for regime change in Iran.

MEK supporters in Gothenburg recognized the anniversary of the execution of MEK founders. They held signs saluting the MEK’s Resistance Units.

MEK supporters in Malmö focused on the Iranian regime’s human rights violations at their rally. One protester held a sign that read, “Teachers don’t belong in prison.”

 

The sign was in reference to the imprisonment of teacher activists by the Iranian regime. Teachers in Iran held numerous strikes and protests in 2018, including three nationwide strikes. The teachers were protesting substandard pay and benefits, a poor work environment, the inability to form labor unions, and the regime’s refusal to address their concerns. Because of the regime’s anti-labor laws banning trade unions and its aggressive crackdown on political dissent, a number of the teachers responsible for organizing the strikes and protests were arrested. Many of them are now serving long prison sentences.

 

 

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Protests against the terrible economic situation broke out.

MEK-Iran: Iranian State-Run Media Warns of Impending Civil Unrest

Protests against the terrible economic situation broke out.

Protests broke out in Tehran, Qom, and Karaj. against the mounting economic crisis that has engulfed the Iranian economy.

State-run media outlets have warned the Iranian regime that the country is on the cusp of an explosion of unrest. Ebtekar Daily, a news outlet affiliated with supporters of the regime President, Hassan Rouhani, warned officials that the Iranian working classes are on the verge of rising up against the regime.

A Desertion From the Base

Traditionally, the lower economic classes have been a source of support for the Iranian regime. When the urban intellectuals deserted the mullahs, they knew they could rely on the support of the working class.

The news that the working classes are ready to throw off the shackles of the regime is a reflection of just how unpopular the regime has become among Iran’s civil society.

Ebtekar Daily reported that the mullahs economic mismanagement and plunder of the Iranian economy is a cause of widespread discontent among the population. In a piece entitled ‘The Epidemic of Poverty’, the outlet reported, “during past decades, the monster known as poverty lived only in the boundaries of major cities such as Tehran, Mashhad, Tabriz, Isfahan, Ahvaz, and Shiraz. Yet nowadays, this monstrous infection has spread to every city and province across the country.”

Economic Turmoil

At the end of October 2018, the annual inflation rate hit 36.9%. By the end of 2019, it is expected to rise to 40%. This has put immense strain on the Iranian workforce whose purchasing power has plummeted.

Iranians are resorting to extreme measures to make ends meet. There have been reports of mothers and fathers selling kidneys to put enough food on the table for their children.

Alireza Fathi of the Tehran Islamic Council of Workers said in 2018, “workers have been abandoned until the point of an [economic] earthquake when they are forgotten forever”.

Residents have been forced to move to expand shanty towns, “lacking the very basic necessities such as sanitary infrastructures, education for children, hospitals, medical care centers, clinics,” Ebtekar Daily reported. Malnutrition and unemployment are rampant.

A Shared Injustice

The shared injustices and economic violation felt by many Iranians are acting as a catalyst for civil discontent. The situation has now become so dire, even the smallest event could trigger large-scale social unrest.

The Ebtekar Daily warned, “People who share the same misery in life will eventually join hands and will someday, not in the too distant future, will sweep the rug from under our feet.”

Iran’s history is interspersed with uprisings. When tensions boil over, no amount of violence or tyranny can stop the Iranian public from realizing its goal. The regime is on borrowed time. The tide is turning and the people are ready to wash them out of power.

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Female Musicians Banned from Charity Performance Minutes before Concert

Banning women from participating in a concert

Female performers were banned from appearing at stage due to the Iranian regime’s repressive measures
against women

A charity concert was disrupted in northwest Iran last week, and women musicians were banned from performing.

 

The ILNA news agency reported on the surprise prohibition of women musicians from the May 22nd event, which is one of the largest annual charity programs in the city of Qazvin.

 

The women are part of a traditional musical group that was scheduled to play the charity program in the auditorium of the Azad University of Qazvin. Before the concert began University President Moussa Khani entered the auditorium and ordered the women in the group to leave, explaining that they were banned from performing in the show. The women were forced to leave the venue and were not allowed to watch the male musicians perform from the audience.

 

Ahmad Shokri, the organizer of the charity event, spoke to ILNA about the incident. He said: “The group female musicians is the most respected traditional music group in Qazvin province who agreed to perform for the charity for free. But in the middle of the event, by the order of the dean of Azad University of Qazvin, they were prohibited to perform on the stage.”

 

“They were not even allowed to sit in the audience, which prompted many of the artists to leave the event in protest,” Shokri added.

Prohibition of Artistic Expression

 

Artistic expression is commonly targeted for suppression by the extremist regime. State-run television will not even show musical instruments in its broadcasts. Women are subject to the most repressive restrictions on artistic performance though. Women are forbidden from publicly performing in theaters and music groups. Women may not perform as vocalists in the presence of men.

 

In February 2019, the regime’s religious police banned a pop group after a female guitarist sang a 12-second solo during a concert in Tehran.

 

On May 17, 2019, Negar Moazzam was placed under surveillance by the Prosecutor’s Office of Isfahan Province after singing a song during a sightseeing trip to the historical village of Abyaneh.

 

After the 1979 Revolution, women were forbidden from singing in public. Many female singers fled the country as a result. Those who did not were forced to stay home and silence their voices.

Women are subjected to a number of misogynistic restrictions by the Iranian regime. Female athletes are banned from public performances. Women are not even allowed to enter stadiums when men are competing.

 

Public cycling by women was recently banned in the city of Isfahan after pressure from clerical leaders. Women found in violation may have their bicycles confiscated.

 

At the beginning of Ramadan, regime Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei warned men that they should not even look at women during the holy month. He said that morality police would enforce the restriction and violators would be punished.

The recent crackdown on women is part of the regime’s latest strategy to avoid overthrow through fear and suppression. The mullahs, who are fearful that the economic catastrophe enveloping the country will lead to a widespread revolt led by the MEK, hope that creating a climate of fear will prevent the people from rising up. This strategy has only served to make the Iranian people angrier.

Staff writer

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