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Esmail Bakhashi, the worker who was arrested and tortured for protesting against the regime

MEK-Iran: Regime to Press Charges against Labor Activist after Rejecting Torture Claims

Esmail Bakhashi, the worker who was arrested and tortured for protesting against the regime

Esmail Bakhshi, one of the Haft Tappeh Sugarcane factory workers who was arrested and tortured for leading the protest against the regime demanding their unpaid wages.

On Wednesday, Mahmoud Vaezi, regime President Hassan Rouhani’s Chief of Staff, announced that Iran’s Ministry of Intelligence had rejected claims of torture by labor activist Esmail Bakhshi and planned to press charges against him.

The Regime’s Decision to Press Charges

The state-run ISNA news agency broadcast his announcement: “Today, the Minister of Intelligence provided a report on his investigations into Esmail Bakhshi’s claims (of torture), and it became clear that Bakhshi’s claims are in no way true,” he said.

Vaezi did not provide any details of the MOIS report or describe how Bakhshi’s claims were refuted. A medical examiner did not participate in the investigation.

The Chief of Staff went on: “Last week on the President’s orders, the Minister of Intelligence sent a delegation to Khuzestan province which examined all the relevant areas. Today the Intelligence Minister presented his report to the government. In these investigations, they even talked to Esmail Bakhshi.”

Vaezi characterized Bakhshi’s claims of torture as “propaganda.”

He added, without irony, “The government’s position is to protect citizens’ rights, and the Ministry of Intelligence is also trying very hard to take the path of the rule of law.”

“It has been decided that the Ministry of Intelligence and the system have the right to sue Esmail Bakhshi and for the Judiciary to follow through,” Vaezi continued.

Finally, in reference to Bakshi’s claims of torture, Vaezi said, “A person cannot make some claims and undermine the whole system.”

Torture at the Hands of the Regime

In a January 4th Instagram post, Esmail Bakhshi asked regime Minister of Intelligence Mahmoud Alavi why he was tortured “to the brink of death.”

He went on to say that “[i]n the 25 days that I was unjustly detained by the Ministry of Intelligence, I went through such immense pain that I’m still suffering and I have turned to neurological drugs to ease the pain.”

Bakhshi, who was arrested for his participation in the Haft Tappeh Sugarcane factory workers’ strikes, described psychological torture at the hands of his captors against himself, a female civil rights activist, and a photographer who was arrested for documenting the strikes. He said that the psychological abuse, which included abusive sexual language, was worse than the physical torture.

Bakshi was pressured by the regime to recant his torture claims. He refused.

Regime Chief Justice Larijani claimed that any torture suffered by Bakshi was due to “one interrogator’s alleged misconduct” and “should not be blamed on the whole system.”

Psychological Torture

Civil rights activist Sepideh Qolian was detained along with Bakhshi and has corroborated his claims. In a tweet on Wednesday, she described the Ministry of Intelligence investigation:

“On Monday I was summoned to the Ministry of Intelligence again. Two people who called themselves “investigative” agents asked me about what happened during my 30 days of detention and after my explanations said that what Esmail Bakhshi and I were saying about tortures were just delusions,” she wrote, in the first of several tweets.

“They have ended their investigations. I have decided to present my explanations not to the agents but to the people. Speaking of torture is not just a description of a personal pain but rather an account of the systematic violence that security institutions use against prisoners. Denying or reducing it to the mistake of one interrogator is ludicrous and of course very painful,” she continued.

December’s Human Rights Report: Escalating Brutality and Crackdowns

Qolian also corroborated Bakhshi’s claims of torture: “Just thinking about the 30 days of the violent and inhumane treatment still brings tears to my eyes and makes me tremble. During our arrest, Esmail Bakhshi tried to shield me from the agents’ beatings but he was beaten so badly himself, that he passed out.”

Qolian said that she was also a victim of sexual verbal abuse during her imprisonment: “I wish that the only method of torture was the beatings,” she said. “The most painful part was the sexual accusations that they bombarded me within a place where I knew no one would hear even if I cried out.

“On the last day, the interrogator told me that if I say anything when I leave prison they would broadcast the forced confessions that me and Esmail Bakhshi made on the news and that they will turn us into dust,” Qolian wrote. She added that her interrogators shamed her for her clothing and the color of her hair.

After her release, wrote Qolian, a person claiming to be a representative of the Shush Intelligence Agency accused her of “immoral” deeds and made the same false claims to her family.

“Imagine what I’ve been through after my so-called release in a small town with a traditional culture trying to invalidate those claims,” she wrote.

Qolian expressed her support of Bakshi, writing, “I’m willing to testify to the tortures against myself and my brother Esmail Bakhshi in a fair trial.”

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Denmark’s Sanctions of Iranian Regime Diplomats Is Another Sign of the End of Policy of Appeasement

Anders Samuelsen, Denmark's Foreign Minister

The Denish Foreign Minister, Anders Samuelsen, speaks to the press after the meeting of the EU Ministers, unanimously agreeing in sanctioning, part of the Iranian regime’s Ministry of Intelligence (MOIS) for its involvement in terrorist activities in European soil.

On Tuesday, Danish Foreign Minister Anders Samuelsen announced the imposition of sanctions against two Iranian regime diplomats. The two diplomats were sanctioned for their roles in orchestrating terrorist plots in Europe.

Samuelson named the regime diplomats as Deputy Minister and Director General of Intelligence Saeid Hashemi Moghadam and Vienna-based diplomat Asadollah Assadi. Assadi is currently jailed in Belgium awaiting trial for masterminding a foiled terrorist attack on the annual National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) gathering in Paris last year. Assadi was targeting the tens of thousands of MEK members who attended the event.

The sanctions by the Danish government follow the recent expulsion of three regime diplomats from Albania. On December 19, 2018, Albania’s Foreign Ministry announced that it had made the decision to expel the diplomats for “violating their diplomatic status” and posing a threat to national security.

A Necessary Response

The sanctions by the Danish government are a welcome and long-overdue response to the regime’s continued terrorist acts on European soil. The mullahs have acted without consequences for the entirety of their reign, and it is time that they are held to account for their actions. Imposing sanctions on and expelling regime diplomats is a good way to start this process, but it must be followed by blacklisting the Ministry of Intelligence and Security (MOIS) and the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC), trying the regime’s intelligence agents and mercenaries in courts of law, and expelling them from their host countries.

A Terrorist Regime

The MEK has spent the last three decades emphasizing that the regime’s embassies and its foreign ministry are a part of its terrorist mechanism. Finally, the international community is beginning to abandon the policy of appeasement toward the mullahs and accept the reality that the Iranian regime is a terrorist theocracy that must be dealt with in a firm manner.

In its July 2017 report, the German Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution (BfV) wrote: “The official headquarters of the Ministry of Intelligence at the Iranian Embassy in Berlin has an important role in the secret service’s reconnaissance. In addition to conducting independent intelligence operations, these headquarters support activities conducted by the Ministry of Intelligence in Tehran. These operations are mainly against targets in Germany and, in some cases, against individuals or facilities in other European countries.”

The MEK’s Recommendations

The MEK recommends that the European Union implement the following measures to prevent the Iranian regime from engaging in terrorist acts in Europe:

  • Blacklist the MOIS and the IRGC;
  • shut down the Iranian regime’s embassies, and expel its diplomats; and
  • in accordance with the European Union’s declaration of April 29, 1997
    • refrain from issuing visas to regime intelligence agents,
    • expel agents and mercenaries currently on European soil, and
    • stop meetings between European officials and the Iranian regime at the ministerial level.

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December’s Human Rights Report: Escalating Brutality and Crackdowns

The University of Azad Bus crash that resulted in ten students getting killed.

The University of Azad Bus incident that resulted in ten university students getting killed, and sparked large protests by students against the regime’s mismanagement and carelessness

On Monday, Iran Human Rights Monitor released its December report on human rights conditions in Iran. December was a brutal month in Iran due to the regime’s crackdown on political protests and strikes. In addition, the regime’s crumbling economy manifested on the deaths of several students this month.

Student Deaths

According to state-run media, four young girls died in a fire at an all-girls preschool and elementary school in Zahedan on December 18th. A fourth girl died later in a hospital from her injuries.

Several days later, a bus accident killed ten students from Azad University’s Science and Research Center in Tehran and injured 28 more. The bus swerved off of a mountainous road, crashing into a cement barrier. University students blame the accident on the school’s aging fleet of buses.

Tehran Students Demand Accountability for Bus Crash in Third Day of Protests

Regime officials have been faulted for allowing the unsafe conditions which led to both deadly incidents.


The Human Rights Monitor Report lists 23 executions during the month of December. Those executions include:

  • 3 public executions in Shiraz;
  • a mass execution of 12 prisoners in Kerman;
  • the hanging execution of a 25-year-old woman. She is the 86th woman to be executed during Rouhani’s presidency.

The Iranian Supreme Court upheld the sentence of a juvenile offender who was sentenced to death at the age of 14.

Freedom of Speech and Assembly

An increase in protest activity in the month of December led to a crackdown on political activism by the Iranian regime. The MEK reported on a number of arrests of protesting steelworkers and factory workers in the province of Ahvaz in December. The workers were striking in protest of months of unpaid wages.

Further Arrests Follow the Second Night of Raids in Ahvaz

Security forces arrested at least 41 striking workers from the Ahvaz National Steel Group in a series of midnight raids on the workers’ houses. Workers were violently dragged from their homes, according to Iran’s Free Labor Union (FLU).

35 of the workers were later released, but seven remain in custody in Sheyban prison in Ahvaz.

Ali Nejati, a labor activist for the Haft Tappeh sugarcane workers, was violently arrested and beaten for “disrupting public order” and “spreading propaganda” against the Iranian government after participating in the sugarcane factory workers’ strikes. Nejati suffers from a heart condition.

Torture, Inhumane, and Degrading Punishment

The Human Rights Monitor Report listed several instances of cruel punishments by the Iranian regime. Fifteen workers from the Ilam Petrochemical Plant were sentenced to prison terms and lashes for “disrupting public order and peace” after participating in a sit-in outside of the factory. The workers were protesting the factory’s refusal to hire local workers and the layoffs of eleven experienced workers from the plant.

Poet, satirist and Telegram channel administrator Mohammad Hossein Sodagar was publicly flogged after being convicted of “dissemination of false information.” He received 74 lashes.

According to the state-run IRIB news agency, another unnamed man was publicly flogged in Zeberkhan District after being convicted of drug charges.

Inhumane Treatment of Prisoners

According to the Human Rights Monitor report, political activist Vahid Sayadi Nasiri died in prison after a 60-day hunger strike. Nasiri had been imprisoned repeatedly due to his social media posts and charged with “insulting the supreme leader” and “propaganda against the state.”

He began his hunger strike in October in protest of the conditions at the prison and his lack of access to a lawyer. He also said that he was being held along with ordinary criminals, which is a violation of his rights as a political prisoner. Nasiri was taken to the hospital before his death, according to reports.

Denial of Medical Treatment

Political prisoner Saeed Shirzad is being denied needed medical care, according to the Human Rights Monitor Report, and may lose a kidney as a result. Doctors at Rajaee Shahr Prison, where he has been held for the past three years, say that one of his kidneys has shrunk and the other has developed a cyst. His requests for hospitalization have thus far been denied.

Lack of Due Process

The regime’s Appeals Court upheld the conviction against Mohammad Habibi, a member of the Iranian Teachers’ Trade Association (ITTA) for “assembly and collusion against national security,” “propaganda against the state” and “disturbing public order,” according to the Human Rights Monitor.

Habibi will have to serve at least 7.5 years of his 10.5-year sentence. He was also sentenced to 74 lashes and two years’ abstinence from political and social activities and was prohibited from leaving the country for two years.
Gonabadi Dervish lawyer Mostafa Daneshjoo was sentenced to eight years in prison for “assembly and collusion to act against national security, disturbing public opinion, and spreading propaganda against the system.”

Indefinite solitary confinement

Iran Human Rights Monitor received information that guards at Zahedan Central Prison in Iran’s Baluchistan Province broke the legs of political prisoner Arzhang Davoudi. The guards reportedly threw him down a staircase while torturing him, breaking his legs.

Doctors have said the 65-year-old prisoner will not be able to walk again.

Freedom of Religion and Belief


Yekta Fahandej Sa’di was given an 11 year 9-month sentence for practicing her Baha’i religious beliefs by a preliminary court in the city of Shiraz. She was convicted on charges of “assembly and collusion against national security” and “propaganda against the state.”

Baha’i faith member Ali Ahmadi was arrested for the third time. Ahmadi was charged with “propaganda against the state” for having a holy book in his home. He is currently being held in solitary confinement at the Kachouie Detention Center in Sari.


According to the Human Rights Monitor, Christians in Iran faced a severe crackdown around the Christmas holiday. 114 Christians were arrested in December, many of whom had converted from Islam.

According to Open Doors UK, those who were arrested had to report a history of their Christian activities and cut ties with Christian groups.

Persecution of Ethnic Minorities


According to the Human Rights Monitor, regime authorities arrested at least twelve Ahwazi Arabs in Khuzestan Province in December. Most of the detainees were not allowed legal representation or allowed to contact their families.


At least three Baluchis were killed while smuggling gas and oil in Sistan-Baluchistan Province. High unemployment in the province has forced many people to smuggle gas in order to get by.


According to the Human Rights Monitor report, more than 20 Kurds were arrested in Kurdistan in December. Kurdish human rights activists report that some of those who were arrested for cooperating with Kurdish opposition parties were taken to the Revolutionary Guard’s al-Mahdi barracks detention center.


Security forces killed at least five porters through direct fire and wounded another 13.

Gender Discrimination

A bill to increase the marriage age in Iran was rejected in Parliament. The bill would have banned marriages for girls under the age of 13 and for boys under the age of 16. Girls between the ages of 13 and 16 would need parental and judicial consent to marry. The bill fail due to “religious and social deficiencies,” according to Allahyar Malekshahi, Chair of the Judicial and Legal Committee of the regime’s parliament.

Human Rights Attorneys

The Human Rights Monitor report listed a number of arrests and convictions of human rights lawyers in Iran during the month of December.

Human rights lawyers Qasem Sholehsadi and Arash Keykhosravi were sentenced to six years in prison after being arrested at a gathering in front of the regime’s parliament in August, according to the ISNA news agency.

Human rights lawyer Mohammad Najafi, who is currently serving a three-year sentence for exposing torture in Iran’s prisons, was sentenced to an additional 13 years for an additional two charges.

Human rights lawyer Amir Salar Davoudi has been detained by regime authorities since November 20th in Evin Prison and denied access to his attorney. His attorney believes that the charges against him are “propaganda against the state” and “insulting the Supreme Leader.” He may also be charged with “assembly and collusion to act against national security.”

The MEK and Iranian Opposition have made repeated calls for the international community to take action against the theocratic regime to end its brutal human rights violations. It is clear that these atrocities will not stop until the regime is toppled and Iran is free.

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Steelworkers in Ahvaz Release a Statement Condemning the Regime’s Unlawful Arrests and Torture

Ahvaz Steel workers protest

The Ahvaz Steel workers protest against the lack of payment and regime’s repressive measure against protesting workers.

Following the arrest and torture of a number of their colleagues, the Iran National Steel Industrial Group (INSIG) released a statement condemning the brutal acts of violence and aggression carried out at the behest of the Iranian regime.

In their statement, the workers lamented that their once-thriving factory in Ahvaz had been reduced to little more than a military base where regime agents summoned and threatened activists at their whim.

The group said that since 2016, it has witnessed despicable threatening behavior by regime security authorities, including, “arrests, prison, torture and preventing our colleagues from coming to work”.

The statement also highlighted the defiance and determination Iran’s brave steelworkers possessed to keep turning out to protest in the face of such aggression. The statement maintained that “these events haven’t prevented the noble workers of National Industrial Steel Group from pursuing their rights.”

The statement went on to accuse the regime of deliberately trying to shutter the group by deliberately placing military personnel in the factory and “gradually transforming INSIG from a production facility into a military base under the control of security and judiciary institutions.”

Months of Strikes

INSIG is Iran’s largest producer and exporter of steel and employs a significant portion of the Ahvaz workforce.

In recent months, this workforce has laid down their tools and left their place of work in a display of anger over unpaid wages, decreased workers’ rights, limited job security, and corruption amongst the company management.

The workers have referred to the company director and his allies as “the mafia” due to their extensive network of corruption and greed with little regard for the hardworking workforce that depends on the company for their livelihood.

Support from Across Iran

The steelworkers’ protests drew attention from across the Iranian population. Students in Tehran pledged their support to the workers, as did the Iranian opposition and the People’s Mujahedin Organisation of Iran (MEK).

The President-elect of the Iranian opposition, Maryam Rajavi, mentioned the brave workers in her recent speech at a conference on December 15th. She said, “the brave steel workers of Ahvaz have incited more resistance and protests across the country.”

Out of fear that the steelworkers’ protest would spread to other segments of the Iranian population, the regime administered a violent crackdown against the striking INSIG workers.

Regime agents raided the properties of known protestors during the night and carted them off to prison where they face torture and inhumane conditions.

The INSIG statement read, “seven of our colleagues are still in prison. Meanwhile, authorities continue to summon and imprison more workers.”

They expressed their dismay but indicated that they would use the incidents to channel their anger and fuel their determination for further protests. “At first glance, it might seem that after our street protests were halted, our justice-seeking voices have been stifled. But rest assured that this isn’t the end of our struggle against tyranny and injustice and the mafia. By drawing lessons from the past and using the experience we’ve earned, we will soon return in full force.”

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Conditions Deteriorate in Evin Prison

Evin's notorious prison

Evin prison, one of the most notorious prisons, where thousands of MEK supporters had been held, tortured and executed for standing firm in their struggle for freedom.

Conditions in Iran’s infamous Evin Prison are deteriorating rapidly, according to reports from MEK sources. Poor food quality, lack of basic hygiene supplies, and unavailability of medicine are all among the issues affecting the inmates at Evin Prison.

The prison, located in Tehran, has long been known for its brutal practices and inhumane conditions. Human rights groups, including Amnesty International, have repeatedly condemned the appalling conditions at Iranian prisons, specifically Evin Prison. This makes the current decline in conditions particularly disturbing.

Substandard Food Quality

Reports indicate that the quality of food at Evin Prison has declined markedly over the past few months and is getting worse every day. The prison does not serve meat and only provides soy as a protein source. Inmates have described the food as inedible. Some sources have described the provision of substandard food as a deliberate act by authorities to harass the inmates.

Other reports say that the regime has decreased food rations by half over the past months. Those who do not have money to supplement their diets at the prison commissary are left to go hungry. Political prisoners are disproportionately affected by these practices.

Unavailability of Basic Items

Basic items which are not provided to inmates must be purchased at the prison commissary. Prison officials drastically mark up the prices on goods sold to inmates, leaving many prisoners without essential items. The commissary lacks hygiene supplies and basic medicine. There is a shortage of food in the prison commissary as well, meaning that even those who can afford the commissary prices must do without.

Prison authorities are also reportedly stealing money from inmates’ commissary accounts and forging receipts to cover their crimes.

Lack of Medical Care

Medical patients in the prison’s clinic are kept in unbearable conditions. The clinic does not have a functional heating system, and there is not sufficient medicine for the patients. Medical staff act in an unprofessional manner toward their patients, which furthers their suffering.

Medical care is severely lacking in Evin Prison, and inmates who become severely ill are not transferred to hospitals for treatment. Anyone who becomes very sick at the prison may face death due to the neglect of medical staff.

Poor Hygiene Conditions

Inmates at Evin Prison suffer greatly in winter. Prisoners are not given hot water for showers, and heating appliances are turned off. The resulting cold causes a number of illnesses among the prison population.

Overcrowding in many of Iran’s prisons have led to appalling hygiene conditions. Disease is rampant. Inmates in some prisons are left without beds and must sleep on the floor in hallways.

Political prisoners are often placed alongside violent criminals in Evin Prison in order to intimidate and harass them. The Iranian regime has stepped up its crackdown on political protesters in the wake of the widespread protests that have taken place over the past year. The regime hopes that it can suppress the protests with brutal acts of intimidation. The people will not be silenced though. The MEK and the Iranian Opposition will continue to protest with the Iranian people until the regime is toppled and the mullahs’ reign of terror is over.

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The continued Iran protest in Isfahan

Isfahan’s Farmers Show They Will not be Silenced

The continued Iran protest in Isfahan

The protest against water shortages in Isfahan continues-January 2019

With sights that conjure up scenes from earlier in 2018, farmers from Isfahan province and villages and towns surrounding the Zayandeh Rud River have been making their voices heard in protests on the streets of Isfahan City.

Reports from MEK sources inside Iran indicate that the farmers have been traveling into the city to take part in vast protests over the last few days, as they have at several points in 2018, in protest of the regime’s rampant abuse of their water rights.

Regime water mismanagement has left the farmers without enough water to cultivate their crops. Despite officials making several promises to address the situation, there has been no resolution to the farmers’ drought problem.

While the exact numbers of farmers involved in the protests are unknown, a state-run news agency conceded that the crowd of farmers was so large, “the riverbed of the Zayandeh Rud could not be seen beyond Pol-e Khaju [as] the crowd of farmers had filled the space.”

However, the news network deliberately avoided all mention of the farmers’ loud chants of “death to the dictator”.

Farmers Fighting for Survival

In the face of economic ruin and starvation, the farmers’ protests have been intensifying in recent weeks. Clashes between the farmers and the Iranian regime security forces have become even more common, often resulting in the death of a number of protestors.

Hassam Kamran, a representative of Isfahan sitting in the Iranian Parliament, decried the situation in his home province. “Why are you doing this?”, he asked the regime, “the other day, eight of their people [protestors] were killed. Anything that happens in the future will be laid at the feet of [parliament speaker Ali] Larijani and the government.”

The government has attempted to frame the death of the protestors and the ongoing clashes as a security issue, however, the Iranian people know better. A group of hungry farmers on the brink of economic ruin are not a security issue. They are a population that has seen their basic human rights deprived by the repressive regime in power.

Even Kamran himself has been guilty of abusing the hardworking farmers of Isfahan. He was involved in the arbitrary plunder and the destructive policies that created this mess. But now, sensing the regime’s days are numbered, he is working tirelessly to distance himself from the atrocious policies and side with the swelling tide of protestors.

The Farmers of Isfahan are not Alone

The mullahs’ destructive and dangerous policies have left other farmers with water shortages. Farmers in Khuzestan, Charmahal Bakhtiari and many other provinces have reported crop failures due to insufficient water access.

The problem stems from the regime’s dam-building operations that have diverted the flow of water away from the agricultural heartlands.

The farmers know this and are determined to show the regime the effects of their handiwork. They shout slogans like, “farmers will die but won’t give in to disgrace” and have turned their back during Friday prayers.

The brave farmers are showing the mullahs, much like many other segments of the Iranian workforce, that they will not tolerate the systematic abuses that have been carried out by the regime’s corruption and mismanagement. This rage is bubbling below the surface across the Iranian workforce, but it is begging to break out. The consequences will be nothing short of catastrophic for the clerical regime.

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Farmer's protest continues in Isfahan

Regime Forces Attack Protesting Farmers in Isfahan

Farmer's protest continues in Isfahan

The farmers protest in Isfahan, demanding their water rights has continued despite heavy repressive measure by the Iranian regime security forces.

On Wednesday, approximately 2,000 farmers in Isfahan gathered on the Khaju Bridge to demand their rights to water from the Zayanderud River, MEK sources inside Iran reported.

Isfahan Protest Turns Violent

The protest quickly turned violent after riot police attacked the farmers and their supporters as they marched peacefully through the streets of Isfahan. Many of the protesters were women.

The regime attempted to prevent the protest from occurring and dispatched riot police, plainclothes agents, and security forces to the scene of the demonstration before it began. They also deployed armored vehicles and water cannons to the demonstration site and attacked the protesters, who included elderly farmers. Internet lines in the area were slowed on the day of the protest, and security forces seized mobile devices to prevent footage of the protest and suppressive acts by the regime from being shared online.

Videos posted to social media show riot police clashing with protesters. Further reports indicate that police fired guns into the air to disperse the rally. Several farmers were arrested for taking part in the protest.

The protesting farmers and their supporters addressed the police, chanting, “Do not support the thieves!”

They also booed the police, chanting, “bisharaf,” a Persian vulgarity meaning dishonorable and shouted, “Rapscallion, rapscallion!” at attacking security forces.


Videos shared on social media show the farmers persisting in their protest. They chanted:

“Today is a day of mourning because farmers have no livelihood!”
“Death to the oppressor, Peace be upon the farmer!”

Farmer dies, he does not accept humiliation!”

“Victory comes from the God, death to this deceiving government is a deceitful person!

“Even if we die, we will get our water right!”

“Zayandeh Rood water is our inalienable right!”

“Our government is our shame!”

“Liar Rouhani, where is our Zayandeh Rood!”

“No nation has seen this much injustice!”

“Police, beware, we are laborers, not mobs!”

“Our shame is our state Radio and TV!”

The Drying of the Zayanderud


The farmers of Isfahan are angry at the regime because of its construction of dams along the Zayanderud River upstream of Isfahan. The dams have diverted water to factories owned by the regime and IRGC-controlled companies and led to the drying of the river in the Isfahan region. The once-prosperous Isfahan farmers have been left without water to irrigate their crops. Agriculture is the primary industry in Isfahan, so the scarcity of water affects virtually all of the people living in the region.


The protesting farmers are demanding that the regime open the Zayanderud River so that it may once again flow to their farmland. They are also protesting against the regime’s failure to follow through on previous promises made to the farmers.


Statement by Maryam Rajavi

Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), saluted the hardworking farmers of Isfahan for their protests against the regime’s oppression and discrimination. In her statement, she said that suppressive forces are trying in vain to stop the protests by deploying suppressive forces, imposing restrictions, and arresting protesters.

Mrs. Rajavi called upon the people, particularly the youth of Iran, to support the protests, and said that the uprisings led by the people and the MEK’s resistance units will continue until they are victorious.

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More arrest of the protesting Ahvaz steel workers

If 2018 saw a Wave of Protests, 2019 Will see a Tsunami

More arrest of the protesting Ahvaz steel workers

More arrests of Ahvaz steelworkers by the Iranian regime’s repressive forces, in a bid to intimidate the workers to end their strike.

On January 1st, 2019, Al Arabiya published a retrospective look at Iran’s protest movement in 2018. The piece describes 2018 as “a year like no other for the Iranian regime”. The year began with a vast nationwide uprising orchestrated by the Iranian opposition and the People’s Mujahedin Organisation of Iran (MEK) and “while these protests have vanished from the media headlines, they have certainly not ceased”.

2018 hosted the “most serious and biggest opposition demonstrations since 2009”, “shaking the very pillars of this regime”. The wave of protests that swept across the nation sent a strong message to international onlookers. It exposed the regime’s vulnerabilities and shortcomings and showed that the Iranian people are ready for regime change.

A Determined Population

Nowhere has this readiness been more visible than in the chants of the Iranian protestors. The Iranian public has showcased their fury with a wide repertoire of chants aimed at the regime and its leadership.

“Death to Khamenei” and “Death to Rouhani” have rung out at public protests in 2018. Fuelled by an intensifying economic crisis, the Iranian people have decried regime mismanagement and corruption.

Over 80% of the Iranian population now lives below the poverty line. With the rial skyrocketing, unemployment rising, Iranian purchasing power falling, many workers are struggling to put food on the table for their families.

While Iranian’s eek out a difficult existence at home, the regime has continued to funnel money to international terrorist organizations, militia groups around the Middle East, and into the mullahs’ own pockets through elaborate money laundering and corrupt practices.

All the while, the regime maintains that it is not their own destructive practices and economic mismanagement that is causing the current crisis, but foreign players and Western governments.

The Iranian public has shown that they are no longer willing to swallow these lies. Chants of, “our enemy are right here” and “they lie and say it’s America!” have become increasingly common. Chants like “not Gaza. Not Lebanon. My life for Iran” expose the public’s disapproval of the regime’s support for foreign militant groups ahead of its own population.

A Broad Section of the Public

The Iranian regime is right to fear these mounting protests. The 2018 protests brought out segments from all walk of Iranian life, from farmers to teachers, to investors, steelworkers, students, and retirees.

Even demographics that have traditionally made up part of the mullahs’ support base have turned their attention to overthrowing the regime. The lower-classes hit hardest by the plunging currency value and loss of purchasing power, are increasingly turning out to protest the regime.

Bazaar workers, that played a central role in bringing the regime to power, have turned against the mullahs, launching strikes and protests to vent their mounting frustrations.

With international sanctions biting, this domestic pressure is like a “noose around the regime”. With every protest and every strike, this noose gets tighter.

This is evident in Khamenei’s narrative. 2018 saw US sanctions become an increasingly present theme in his public speeches, demonstrating the regime’s concern over economic constrictions.

The MEK has also made an appearance in Khamenei’s public narrative. He publicly blamed the opposition group for the January nationwide uprising, and the regime has intensified its smear campaign against the group in an attempt to control public opinion.

President Hassan Rouhani even asked French President Emmanuel Macron to take action against the MEK in France, which the French President resolutely refused to do. Nothing demonstrates the effectiveness of the pro-democracy group and the threat they pose to the regime’s existence more than this knee-jerk response from the Iranian clerical regime.

2019 will likely be worse for the Iranian regime. Eight countries currently exempt from the oil embargo on Iranian oil will be forced to stop importing oil from Iran in May. This will have serious repercussions on the mullahs’ revenue streams.

The signs of a regime in decline are already present, but 2019 will see these signs play out across the pages of the international media. In the face of such clear decline, international governments will be forced to rethink their Iran policies and the clerical regime will find itself isolated on the international political stage.

As the regime becomes more isolated, there will be an increasing number of opportunities for the Iranian people to protest. This, combined with further economic freefall, will bring the winds of change to Iran. This determination will bring meaningful change to the Iranian population and ensure a brighter, more prosperous, democratic future for Iran. If 2018 was a wave of protests, 2019 will be a tsunami, and the mullahs will find themselves washed away.

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Regime's collapse is imminent

Regime Insiders Sense the Collapse is Imminent

Regime's collapse is imminent

The Iranian regime in fear of collapse as a result of Iran Protests.

2019 marks the 40th anniversary of the Iranian revolution. The event brought the Islamic Republic into existence, however, four decades later, the mullahs’ tenure in power looks set to end.

Warring factions in the clerical regime have created instability and division in the ranks of the Iranian leadership. In the face of mounting domestic pressure from the Iranian opposition, including the People’s Mujahedin Organisation of Iran (MEK), this instability and fragmentation will lead to the collapse of the dictatorship.

Broken Alliances

The state-run media quoted Ahmad Alamolhoda, a high-ranking cleric with ties to the Supreme Leader Khamenei. The cleric accused elements in the regime of “laying the ground to implement a new sedition”.

“The enemy is setting up a plot to instigate sedition in 1398 through the use of personalities”, he said. He also urged the Iranian people to stand by the Iranian regime in these testing times.

“Various groups should not cause the people to give up their support for the system”, he said.

Loss of Religious Legitimacy

There are also concerns over the religious legitimacy of the regime. Ruhollah Khomeini, the grandson of the founder of the Islamic Republic, has raised concerns over the regime’s departure from its religious roots.

Seyed Hassan Khomeini lamented, “our religion is like a cartoon, and all the proportions have been mixed up”. “Everyone is looking [to use Islam] for business”, he added.

Reforming elements in the regime have also expressed their concerns over the regime’s future in power. Faezeh Rafsanjani, a former member of the Iranian parliament and the daughter of the late Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, said that the only reason the regime was still able to exist was through “intimidation” and suppression.

She added, “in my opinion, in substance, the collapse has already happened. It’s only the physical collapse that has not happened and I deem it very probable that it will happen”. “Wherever you look there is failure. Whatever you address is empty in terms of management and guidance”, she opined.

“Everything has been abandoned, and no one is thinking about a solution to the problems. And where there are efforts to solve problems, they only worsen the problems”, she said.

“The economic and social problems are increasing day by day”, she added, “just to achieve your basic rights you have [to] pay a big price”. “Anger, despair, indifference and abandonment” are rife across the Iranian population.

“This is not a good sign”, she warned.

The Regime is Buckling Under the Weight of Corruption and Inefficiency

In 2018, Mohsen Rezaie, a former commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) and current secretary of the Expediency Discernment Council, spoke about how corruption and inefficiency were causing extensive internal problems within the regime’s management.

He mused, “a government could have a powerful appearance, but be falling apart from the inside”.

The regime’s precarious position in power is reflected in the frequent protests that break out every day in Iran’s streets. People from all walks of life, from the urban middle-classes to the working class and rural agricultural hands, everyone is coming together to protest the mullahs’ rule.

The regime’s 40 years of corruption and mismanagement have harmed every sector of the Iranian public. The mullahs’ support base is evaporating by the day. 2019 will be a year of change in Iran.

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Iranian Regime Stages Failed Anti-Demonstrations on Anniversary of 2009 Uprising

School children forced to participate in anti-demonstration rally

The Iranian regime force mobilizes school children into Anti-Demonstrations on 2009 uprising, to cover its lack of legitimacy

December marked the anniversary of the 2009 “Ashura uprising” in Iran. On Sunday, the regime, in an attempt to prevent a repeat of the anti-regime demonstrations that led to violent clashes between regime security forces and the thousands of Iranians from cities and towns across the country who had taken to the streets in protest, staged their own “anti-demonstrations.”

The government-organized event was sparsely attended, despite widespread prior advertising for the demonstration. Most of the attendees were IRGC agents, Basij Forces, or other agents of the regime, and many were school children who had been obliged to participate in the event.

Fear of the MEK

High-ranking officials within the regime made a number of comments on the anniversary of the 2009 uprisings that point to their fear of the current protests taking place across the country. Their remarks also show their concern about the role of the MEK and the Iranian Opposition in the protest movement.

The Regime’s Fear is a Sign of Changing Times

In his comments on the Ashura uprising, Ali Larijani, the Speaker of the Iranian regime’s parliament, warned, “Opportunists and anti-revolutionaries want to take advantage of the political turmoil inside the country. The opponents of the revolution are seeking an opportunity to cause damage to the revolution.”

In a session of parliament, regime MP Naser Mousavi Larijani said, “The 2009 sedition pursued the aims of the PMOI/MEK to destroy our system.”

MEK’s Pivotal Role

In Shahr-e Kord, Abdollah Ganji, one of the directors of the IRGC-owned Fars News Agency, said, “The PMOI/MEK members who were relocated from Iraq to Albania are creating content for social media networks [in Iran].” Ganji also noted that the MEK has had a pivotal role in publishing news about labor strikes and protests and in disclosing the details of the lavish lifestyles of Iranian officials and their children abroad, which is a stark contrast to the extreme poverty that has become the everyday reality of the lives of millions of Iranians.

Next Year’s Protests

Another regime MP, Jahanbakhsh Mohebinia, commented about the regime’s fear of protests in the next year. “The government and judiciary should not paint an eventful picture of the year to come,” he said. “The current Persian year has not yet ended and we’re already talking about what troubles we’ll be facing next year.”

In Qom, Ahmad Khatami, member of the presidency council of the Assembly of Experts, said, “The people of Tehran saw eight months of strife. They saw that [MEK] causes strife on every national celebration. On every national and religious celebration, they undermine the security of the people.”

A number of officials within the regime blamed the MEK for the Ashura uprising when it occurred. One of those officials was Ahmad Alamolhoda, a senior cleric and a regular speaker at Tehran’s Friday prayers. After the uprising, he said, “The rioters of Ashura [2009] were chanting the slogans of the [MEK], so they were the assistants of the [MEK]. The [MEK] commanded the movements on Ashura day.”

The regime is correct to fear the upcoming year of protests. The calls for regime change have grown over the past year as the protests in Iran have grown and spread to include people from all sectors of society. The people are ready for change, and the current regime has proven that it is beyond reform.

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