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Strikes against the Iranian regime, grow among various sectors in Iran

Iranian Merchants, Steel Workers, and Factory Workers Strike as Part of Growing Nationwide Movement

Strikes against the Iranian regime, grow among various sectors in Iran

Growing strikes across Iran in protest to the high prices, the dire economy and the Iranian regime’s repressive measures.

Strikes continued across Iran on Thursday, with additional workers joining the nationwide movement, reports the MEK sources inside Iran. Factory workers, steelworkers, and merchants are now all part of the growing strike movement.

Bazaar Owners’ Strike

In Tabriz, in northwest Iran, bazaar owners went on strike on Wednesday in protest of rising prices, scarcity of goods, and a decrease in customers. MEK sources inside Iran reported that shops near Sa’at Square and Taleghani Avenue were closed. Shop owners in other cities reportedly joined the strike and closed their shops as well.

Factory Workers’ Strike

On Thursday, factory workers from the Haft Tappeh Sugar Mill Company in Shush continued their strike for the eleventh consecutive day. The workers rallied outside of the governor’s office in Shush, chanting, “Death to oppressors, hail to workers!” and “Shush locals, support us!”

The factory workers are striking because they have not been paid for four months and to protest the privatization of the Haft Tappeh Sugar Mill Company.

The striking factory workers also expressed solidarity with the Ahvaz steel workers, who have been striking for seven consecutive days. They chanted, “Proud steel workers, thank you, thank you!”

Steel Workers’ Strike

Ahvaz Steel Factory workers rallied on the streets of Ahvaz on Wednesday to demand better working conditions and their unpaid wages. The steel workers marched to the governor’s office and blocked the surrounding streets. In videos posted on social media by the MEK network, the steel workers can be heard chanting, “We will not leave from here, until we receive our rights!”

“No nation has seen this much injustice!”

“Workers of Khuzestan, unite, unite!”

Support for the Strikes

The National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) previously released a statement supporting the strikes. The statement read: “Workers of the Ahvaz National Steel Group also protested on Saturday, gathering in front of the governor’s office in the city. They chanted: No nation has seen this much injustice; Hossein Hossein, is their slogan, theft is their pride; what did behind the scene hands have done with the factory?”

Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, President-elect of the NCRI, has been vocal in her support of the nationwide strike movement, recently tweeting in support of the striking steel workers and factory workers:

“Hail to the deprived workers of Haft Tappeh Sugarcane Factory and Steel Factory of #Ahvaz who have risen up to demand their rights, calling for an expansion of the protests by the slogan of ‘Workers of Khuzestan, unite, unite.’”

Mrs. Rajavi reiterated her support of the continuing strikes in another tweet: “Workers’ unity and perseverance against the mullahs’ oppressive rule herald a free, prosperous #Iran devoid of all forms of repression and discrimination.”

The Ahvaz steel workers have been forced to strike three times this year for unpaid wages and better working conditions. During the June strikes, more than 50 striking workers were arrested and four were beaten while being transferred to jail.

In June, the Free Workers Union of Iran commented on the brutal beatings, saying, “One of the workers was beaten to the extent that he suffered a haemorrhage, but the authorities did not make an effort to transfer him to a medical facility.”

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Haft Tapeh Sugercane Factory worker's strike

Iran: Sugarcane Factory Workers Strike for Tenth Day

Haft Tapeh Sugercane Factory worker's strike

Haft Tapeh Sugarcane Factory Workers have been on Strike for ten days. demanding their delayed paychecks and protesting poor living conditions.

Wednesday marked the tenth consecutive day of strikes for workers at the Haft Tappeh Sugarcane Company. The workers have been on strike since November 5th to protest not receiving their wages for the past four months. They are also protesting the privatization of the company.

The striking workers rallied outside of the Shush Governor’s Office for the second day to protest. The MEK network shared videos and images of the strike on social media. In videos, workers chanted, “Down with tyrants, long live workers!” and “People of Shush, support us!”

The workers’ chants also referenced the ongoing strike by Ahvaz Steel Company workers, which has been in progress since November 10th. The workers chanted, “Thank you steel workers!” in solidarity with their fellow striking workers.

According to the state-run ILNA news agency, almost 1,000 workers took part in the protest. 2,700 workers at the Haft Tappeh Sugarcane Company have gone without wages for four months, according to one protester who was interviewed by ILNA. “Unfortunately, the employer has no reaction to the workers’ unpaid wages and we are waiting to see whether they will take any real measures,” the protester said.

ILNA published a picture of workers with a banner reading, “Please order the city bakeries to lend bread to Haft Tappeh workers. Workers of Haft Tappeh are hungry.”

The Haft Tappeh Sugarcane Factory, the oldest sugar factory in Iran, was privatized in 2015. Since then, debts at the company have risen, and workers have become progressively poorer. According to official reports, factory workers have lost 80% of their purchasing power over the past few months, and the company is considering laying off workers.

Jafar Azimzadeh, head of the Free Union of Workers in Iran, characterized the condition of the factory workers as “slavery.”

“The families of some workers have to buy bread on credit, because of unpaid salaries and if this situation continues, even bakeries will refuse to sell bread to the workers on credit,” he said.

 

Factory workers at the Haft Tappeh Sugarcane Company have gone on strike several times this year, due to unpaid wages and unfulfilled promises by their employer. The most recent strike took place in August and involved 500 striking workers who had not been paid for three months. According to reports from the MEK network, riot police beat protesters and used tear gas. Five striking workers were arrested and charged with “disrupting order.”  They were later released.

Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran, commended the striking workers, tweeting: “Hail to the deprived workers of Haft Tappeh Sugarcane Factory and Steel Factory of #Ahvaz who have risen up to demand their rights, calling for expansion of the protests by the slogan of “Workers of Khuzestan, unite, unite.”
#IranProtests”

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The Committee of Anglo-Iranian Lawyers Issue a Statement on the Guardian’s MEK Hit Piece

The Guardian gives voice to the notorious Ministry of Intelligence in Iran

The Committee of Anglo-Iranian Lawyers (CAIL) issues a statement, condemning the Guardian, for publishing a hit piece on the People’s Mujahedin Organisation of Iran (MEK)

The Committee of Anglo-Iranian Lawyers (CAIL) issued a statement today condemning the decision from the British newspaper, the Guardian, to publish a hit piece on the People’s Mujahedin Organisation of Iran (MEK).

The legal organization called the regime’s campaign of vilification against the MEK “unprecedented” and denounced its decision to orchestrate terror plots, arrest MEK members inside Iran and use what CAIL calls, “friendly journalists” to spread malicious lies about the opposition group.

Relaying the Slanders of the Regime

The lawyers’ statement accused the Guardian of relaying “the slanders of the regime’s Ministry of Intelligence and Security (MOIS)”.

The MOIS has been actively attempting to discredit and demonize the MEK for the last four decades. Its most recent campaign saw the use of 770 regime-affiliated Twitter accounts posting anti-MEK material online under the guise of foreign citizens and journalists. Twitter has since closed the accounts and removed the material.

However, recent attempts have intensified. In 2018, the regime has increased its terror activities designed to target the MEK.

Foiled terror attacks in Albania and France narrowly averted bloodshed. Another likely plot was unravelled in the early stages in the US as two regime agents were detained for engaging in espionage against MEK members on American soil.

The Regime Sees MEK as an Existential Threat

Part of the intensification of attacks on the MEK’s credibility and physical threats to MEK members can be explained by the MEK’s surging popularity within Iran.

In Iran, CAIL says, “civil society is exploding, and the regime is exhausted and helpless”. Strikes rack the country weekly, spreading across key demographics, including teachers and logistics workers.

The MEK-organised protests are bringing Iran to its knees.

The mullahs are also finding themselves increasingly isolated on the international stage. Earlier this year, President Hassan Rouhani spoke to his French counterpart and urged him to crack down on MEK activities on French soil. French President Emmanuel Macron resolutely refused.

The demonization campaign and Arron Merat’s article in the Guardian are the regime’s way of legitimizing attacks on MEK members. “The task of a ‘friendly journalist’”, CAIL says, “is to give the impression that the PMOI [MEK] has no popular support in Iran, that it is undemocratic, and that there is no viable alternative in Iran, so it would be only wise for the international community to hold onto the current barbaric regime”.

The International Community Will Not Be Fooled

The situation the ‘friendly journalists’, like Arron Merat, describe could not be further from the truth. The Iranian people have supported the MEK for 53 years, with many joining its ranks and making generous donations of wealth to the cause.

The international community will not be fooled. Arron Merat is nothing more than a mouthpiece for the Iranian regime. His close ties to the MOIS and the regime leadership has been well-documented in his previous articles and Tweets.

His piece is littered with factual inaccuracies designed to absolve the mullahs of their atrocities and vilify the Iranian opposition.

For example, Merat claims it was the MEK that accused the clerical regime of plotting the foiled terror attack at the MEK’s annual Grand Gathering this summer. He writes that “one day after the conference, the MEK accused Tehran of plotting a bomb attack against the event”.

Pulling Back the Curtain on the Regime’s Foiled Terror Attacks

In reality, the accusations made against Tehran came not one, but two days after the Grand Gathering event. It also was not the MEK that levied the accusations, but the Belgian General prosecutor and the Federal Police following the arrest of a Belgian-Iranian couple traveling to the event in a car laden with explosives.

In another example, Merat tells the story of Ms. Somayeh Mohammadi, a 38-year-old member of the MEK. The regime has often touted lies about Somayeh’s position in the MEK, asserting that she is being held at the group’s compound in Albania against her will.

Merat interviewed Somayeh’s parents, who serve the regime’s interests and disseminate the same lies. In reality, Somayeh has been a voluntary member of the MEK for many years. She even wrote a book entitled, “An End to a Conspiracy” in which she describes how she is not being held against her will and expresses her sadness at seeing the regime use her parents in their campaign to demonize the Iranian opposition.

Merat’s article is littered with many more factual inaccuracies, mistruths, and outright lies.

CAIL’s statement concludes with a defiant and determined challenge to the regime. “We are ready to prove this in any court of law”, adding, “not even a single one of these lies is new to us Iranians”.

The MEK and their allies are well-versed in the lies of the regime. It has the necessary evidence to debunk these allegations and is will relish the chance to expose these lies to the world.

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Arrested MOIS agent who wanted to infiltrate the opposition

MOIS Agent Tried to Infiltrate MEK as Part of Assassination Plot

Arrested MOIS agent who wanted to infiltrate the opposition

The arrested agent of the Iranian Ministry of Intelligence and Security, who wanted to infiltrate in the MEK, the main Iranian opposition.

On October 21, 2018, Mohammad Davoudzadeh Lului was arrested at Sweden’s Göteborg airport upon his return from Iran at the request of the Danish government. The 39-year-old Ministry of Intelligence and Security (MOIS) agent is currently under investigation for his role in a terrorist plot against Iranian Arab citizens in Denmark.

The Danish Government Brands the Regime’s Foiled Terror Attack “Completely Unacceptable”

Davoudzadeh actively communicated with the Iranian regime’s ambassador and the embassy in Norway while visiting the country, demonstrating once again that the regime’s diplomats are closely linked to terrorist activities. Regime diplomat Assadollah Assadi is currently awaiting trial in Belgium for masterminding the foiled terrorist plot to bomb MEK members at the annual gathering of the Iranian Resistance outside of Paris in June. European countries have begun to respond to these threats by the Iranian regime. The Netherlands expelled two Iranian regime diplomats, and France expelled one as well.

There have been a number of questions about the identity of the most recent regime terrorist. We will attempt to answer some of these here.

How Did Davoudzadeh Get Norwegian Citizenship?

Mohammad Davoudzadeh Lului was born in Ahvaz and resided in Isfahan. He was dispatched to Norway in 2007 as an MOIS agent. In order to obtain Norwegian citizenship, he pretended to be a refugee, which gave him a great deal of latitude to perform his duties as an MOIS agent. Despite his refugee status, he traveled to Iran repeatedly, which, according to the Geneva Convention and Norwegian Law, would void his refugee status.

What Contact Did Davoudzadeh Have with the Iranian Ambassador in Norway?

Davoudzadeh actively communicated with regime

Ambassador Mohammad Hassan Habibollahzadeh and the regime’s embassy in Oslo. On November 9th, Davoudzadeh went to a ceremony at the regime’s embassy on the occasion of the Iranian New Year of 1397. Norwegian media published a photo of him with the regime’s ambassador, Per Sandberg, Norway’s Minister for Fisheries at the time, and Bahareh Heidari (Letnes), an Iranian agent.

How Did Davoudzadeh Attempt to Infiltrate the MEK?

Last year, Davoudzadeh was ordered to approach the MEK in Norway. In order to do so, he contacted MEK supporters in Oslo who had participated in an anti-regime rally and asked them to put him in contact with the MEK.

A MEK member in Oslo eventually agreed to meet with Davoudzadeh in a cafe. After questioning him, he found a number of contradictions in his story, and it became clear that he was not a dissident and was most likely attempting to infiltrate the MEK. Further investigation confirmed these suspicions.

In February 2018, MEK members informed Norwegian authorities of Davoudzadeh’s activities, hoping to prevent further acts of espionage or future terrorist acts. Davoudzadeh attempted to contact MEK supporters again in the following months, claiming to have important information. His attempts at communication were ignored.

How was Davoudzadeh Exposed?

Davoudzadeh formed a number of commercial fronts for his espionage activities, which allowed him to bypass sanctions. He, along with two others, his relative Marjan Gharib and Parviz Khodabandeh Shahraki, set up the Norwegian-Iranian Friendship Association. The company claimed to exist to assist the city of Bam and set up construction in the wake of an earthquake. In reality, the company transferred banned equipment and goods.

How Did the Regime Respond to Davoudzadeh’s Arrest?

The Iranian regime forced Davoudzadeh’s brother,

Mohammad Reza Davoudzadeh, who lives in Isfahan, to stay quiet about his brother’s arrest and to prevent other members of his family from speaking about the arrest. They also told him that he should tell the MOIS if anyone asks him or his family any questions about Davoudzadeh.

A November 3, 2018 article in the state-run daily Iran was titled “The need for decisive follow up of the Danish issue.” The paper, which is closely associated with Rouhani’s circle, attempted to distance the regime from the arrest, writing: “

The state run daily “Iran” affiliated to Rouhani’s clique on November 3, 2018, in order to lose track in an article titled “” wrote: “If there is any connection between the arrested person with the Iranian citizens… it is clearly beyond the country’s officials knowledge, and in such case, a decisive action is necessary to root out such arbitrarily actions. Past experience in the chain murders case showed that in some occasions there are forces who act arbitrarily and the government and officials have to pay the price…in all such anti-establishment cases we have to find the trail of the Israeli intelligence in collaboration with the PMOI.”

Why Was a Regime Spy Operating in Norway?

MOIS activities in Norway are coordinated by regime Ambassador to Norway Mohammad Hassan Habibollah Zadeh. The MOIS focuses its attention on Norway because of the “official presence of the PMOI and NCRI” in the country.

What Are the Implications of Davoudzadeh’s Arrest?

The Iranian regime has been responsible for terrorist plots against the MEK in Albania and France this year. MOIS agents were arrested this summer in the United States for spying on MEK members. The mullahs are intent on carrying out an act of terrorism against the MEK abroad. They have proven that they continue to make these attempts as long as they have agents on foreign soil. The NCRI and the Iranian Resistance once again urges the U.S. and the E.U. to add the MOIS to their terror lists and to arrest, punish, and expel all agents of the fascist regime.

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The second round of the teachers protests

Iran’s Teachers Launch Second Nationwide Strike

The second round of the teachers protests

The Iranian teachers go on nationwide strike for the second time in the row this year, objecting the low wages and the arrest of their fellow protesting colleagues.

Based on reports from the MEK network inside Iran, on Tuesday, November 13, 2018 teachers in Iran went on strike again. The nationwide strike is the second this year for the country’s teachers, who have cited poverty-level wages and the imprisonment of their colleagues as factors leading to the strike.

The strike was planned by the Iranian Teachers’ Association, which is the largest independent teachers’ union in Iran. The trade union has been active in Iran for almost twenty years.

The strikes are spreading rapidly, but as of this writing teachers have refused to enter their classrooms in Tehran, Isfahan, Shiraz, Tabriz, Kermanshah, Yazd, Bushehr, Karaj, Ilam, Ardabil, Baneh, Saqqez, Marivan, Ivan Gharb, Saveh, Hamedan, Sanandaj, Shahin Shahr, Shahr-e Kord, Jolfa, Babol, Lamerd, Chaboksar, Nowshahr, and many other cities. The total number of cities on strike has risen to 31 so far and continues to increase.

The MEK network has shared images on social media of striking teachers in Iran holding signs of protest. One of the signs says, “We are on strike to guarantee a better future for our students.”

The striking teachers are protesting poor wages, low pensions, lack of adequate insurance, the inability to form unions, the plundering of the Teachers Fund, and the failure of authorities to implement the National Management Services Law, which was signed in 2006.

The teachers are also demanding that their imprisoned colleagues be released and all charges against them be dropped. They are further asking the regime for assurances that their safety will be guaranteed and that they will be allowed to return to work after the strike.

Striking teachers have good reason to ask for guarantees of safety. In October, the retired teacher and activist Hashem Khastar was abducted near his farm in Mashhad by IRGC agents and taken to a psychiatric hospital after participating in protests in support of teachers and writing letters open letters critical of the regime. Mr. Khastar has no history of mental illness, and his family was given no reason for his abduction and was not allowed to visit him.

Activist Teacher Abducted by Iranian Regime

Iran’s teachers last went on strike on October 14-15th in dozens of cities in protest of low wages and oppressive security measures, as well as the imprisonment of their activist colleagues. The regime largely ignored their demands, forcing the teachers to strike again.

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Iranian State-Run Media Publishes a List of Tax-Exempt Institutions and They’re Mostly Regime-Owned

Poverty line in Iran

A child worker selling flowers in the streets for living. Reports indicate that under the ruling mullahs, there are 10 million unemployed and 50 million under the poverty line in Iran.

Despite more 80% of Iranians living below the international poverty line, the mullahs and their state-run media outlets published a list of Iranian institutions which are exempt from paying income tax.

The list featured mostly national religious organizations, many of which are under the direct control of the Supreme Leader Khomenei. The Mostazafan Foundation, the Execution of Imam Khamenei’s Order (Setad), the Foundation of Martyrs and Veterans Affairs (Bonyade Shahid), the Imam Khomeini Relief Foundation (Komiteye Imdad), the Sazman-e Tablighat-e Eslami (Islamic Propagation Organisation), the Office of Islamic Propagation of the Qom Seminary, the Bonyad Maskan of the Islamic Revolution (Housing Foundation), the Seminary Services Center, the Islamic Revolution Cultural Research Institute, and the Al-Mustafa International University in Qom all made the list.

Corrupt Opulence as Iranians Struggle for Survival

The economic situation for the Iranian population is dire. By every international measurement, the Iranian economy is failing.

GDP will fall by an estimated 0.8% this year. Inflation is currently at an estimated 260% and unemployment has reached double digits (a reported one-third of college-educated Iranian men and half of the Iranian women under 30 are unemployed).

In such desperate economic circumstances, the regime’s spending on these institutions is deplorable. Seven of the tax-exempt religious institutions received a budget of around 7,000 billion tomans from the regime’s coiffures this year. The Imam Khomeini Relief Foundation alone received a budget of 4,800 billion.

The list reveals the widespread institutionalized corruption which is emblematic of the clerical regime. While ordinary Iranians struggle to put food on the table because of arbitrary fees, tolls, and taxes introduced by regime officials, the regime’s affiliates receive a steady stream of tax-free, public funding.

A Reuter’s investigation into Khamenei’s Execution of Imam Khomeini’s Order Foundation, also known as Setad, found the conglomerate held extensive real estate assets, making it a multi-billion dollar organization.

4% of the Population holds Half of All Iran’s Wealth

Through religious organizations like those listed in the report, Khamenei and his allies are able to funnel public funds into their pockets through shell religious institutions. It is through these practices that the rich in Iran get richer while the poor get poorer.

Economist Ibrahim Zaraghi estimated that the wealthiest 4% of the population now holds the same wealth as the remaining 96% of Iranians combined. “You can see how fast the four percent have made the rest of the population poor”, he said.

Several in the Iranian Parliament have spoken out against the corruption and nepotism that has forced 10% of Iranians into conditions of absolute poverty. Hedayatollah Khademi criticized the mullahs’ mismanagement of the economy.

He said, “you have made the Iranian people miserable. You have taken away their respect and confidence. They don’t know what to do due to poverty and desperation. They have turned to sell their organs including their kidneys due to poverty.”

The mullahs are draining the Iranian finances. What doesn’t go directly into their pockets through religious institutions is funneled abroad to Hezbollah, militias in Syria and Yemen, and Hamas in Palestine. The regime also spends a staggering $25-$30 billion on developing missiles and advancing its nuclear ambitions.

The People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) quoting a member of the regime’s parliament had recently reported: “Plunging oil prices will trigger inflation and a mounting budget deficit for the Iranian regime.”

The Iranian economy will continue to flop while the mullahs have free-reign to plunder Iran’s institutions and funnel public finances into their pockets. The only way to improve the economic standing of the Iranian population is through regime change. This list only reiterates that.

The mullahs will not willingly relinquish their grip on the Iranian economy. The take back what is theirs, the Iranian people must do it themselves.

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The Guardian news paper used by the Iranian regime to demonize its main democratic opposition

The Guardian Spreads the Iranian Regime’s Propaganda

The Guardian news paper used by the Iranian regime to demonize its main democratic opposition

The Iranian Communities and supporters of the MEK, express outrage over the demonization campaign by the Guardian in-favor of Iran’s dictatorship

Following the Guardian’s publication of Aaron Merat’s article attacking the main Iranian opposition, the People’s Mojahedin Organisation of Iran (MEK), the Iranian resistance and its allies lined up to condemn the piece.

The British newspaper published the 3-page piece on Friday, November 9th. It targeted the MEK and its allies and spouted the regime’s lies and falsehoods to demonize Iran’s political opposition.

Aaron Merat is far from an impartial journalist. He has close ties to the Iranian regime and has an extensive history of publishing articles sympathetic to the Islamic Republic and attacking its political opponents.

The Backlash

Struan Stevenson, the Coordinator of Campaign for Iran Change and former member of the European Parliament (MEP), wrote an open letter to the Guardian expressing his concerns over the article’s publication. He challenged the assertions in Merat’s article and said they had been “lifted directly from the Iranian Ministry of Intelligence (MOIS).

Stevenson’s letter questioned Merat’s ability to perform objective journalism on the subject. “He lacks the minimum journalistic standards regarding the issue of the Iranian regime and its opposition. His interviews and opinions during the run-up to the “presidential election” of the clerical regime, as well as his articles and tweets against the PMOI [MEK] are available and well-publicized”, he wrote.

He also called the article’s allegations, “so wide of the mark that it brings to mind Voltaire’s statement: ‘those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities’”.

Regime Ties

Merat’s ties to the Iranian regime were evident in the manner in which he carried out research for his article. Merat visited the MEK’s residence in Albania in August. Two MOIS agents reported extensively on the visit, indicating that they had received a copy of Merat’s notes.

On the day Merat’s article was published on the Guardian site, the article was also translated within hours and posted across regime-controlled websites. This also indicates that Merat had provided the MOIS with a copy of his article prior to publication.

A Climate of Fear

The article, for all of its lies and falsehoods, does offer a glimpse into one aspect of Iran’s political climate. It demonstrates the mullahs’ fear of the MEK and its need to vilify and demonise the group internationally.

The MEK played a major role in the organisation and execution of the nationwide protests in December and January, a role that was acknowledged by the regime’s Supreme Leader.

https://www.ncr-iran.org/en/news/iran-resistance/25492-the-guardian-demonises-iran-s-democratic-opposition-to-the-benefit-of-the-ruling-regime

The MEK also enjoys extensive support across Europe and the United States. Its annual Grand Gathering event draws crowds of more than 100,000 people, including former politicians from France, the UK, the US, Germany, and Canada.

In an attempt to curb the rise of the MEK the mullahs have spent millions on demonization campaigns across the Middle East region and beyond. It has also orchestrated several terror plots against the MEK and its members. A recent plot to attack the MEK’s Grand Gathering event with a car laden with explosives was foiled in the final stages by European law enforcement.

With the introduction of the latest round of sanction, the Iranian regime is in a panic. The Guardian article can be seen as a knee-jerk response to rising inflation, increasing public unrest, and the rising clamour for regime change inside Iran.

Iran Human Rights Monitor has documented an increase in executions and human rights abuses within Iran as the mullahs attempt to get a grip on the situation.

Aiding and Abetting the Iranian Terror Machine

In publishing an article like Aaron Merat’s on Friday, the Guardian is aiding and abetting the Iranian terror network by legitimizing its attacks on the MEK. It also discredits itself as a bastion of free and independent journalism.

The mullahs use of the international press to attack its opponents will not save them. The regime’s days are numbered. Strikes are spreading across the country as a result of the repressive and inhumane policies of the ruling elite, while the regime is engulfed by deadly crises, Iran’s key sectors are crippled, and the national economy is only set to further decline.

The Iranian people are ready for change. No amount of regime propaganda in the international media can change their minds.

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State-run Media Acknowledges Corruption Is Driving Economic Crisis

Poverty in Iran

Credit to Mojahedin.org: 80% of Iran’s economy is in the hands of the repressive IRGC.

The economic situation in Iran has reached a critical stage, which some economists have dubbed a “super crisis.” The economy has steadily worsened under the mullahs’ rule, but the regime and its surrogates have long downplayed the problems facing the country. Over the past year, though, a series of crises have snowballed into a catastrophe that can no longer be ignored.

Unemployment and Unpaid Wages

Recently, the state-run ILNA news agency published a report about the economic crisis facing Iran and its effect on the country’s workers, many of whom have lost their jobs or have not received wages from their jobs for months.

In an interview as part of the ILNA report, trade union member Maziar Gilani Nejad said, “At present, sectors including industry, agriculture, animal husbandry and fruit farming have experienced an unprecedented stagnation. More than 60% of industrial workshops have been completely shut down, or their production capacities have been reduced to less than half.”

“In agriculture and animal farming, the situation is the same,” Nejad  went on to say. “The recurring demonstrations of Isfahan farmers in protest to water scarcity and unemployment is proof of this claim.”

MEK Network-Continued Water Shortages Lead to More Protests in Iran

In Isfahan, farmers who were once wealthy has been forced into poverty as a result of the regime’s failed policies and corruption. Farmers in the region have protested repeatedly over the past year over the lack of access to water and the economic crisis.

Regime’s Incompetence Forces Once Prosperous Isfahan Farmers into Poverty

Nejad also referenced the HEPCO workers who were recently flogged and given prison sentences for participating in protests. “How can workers who have not been paid for months continue to work?” he asked.

The trade union member went on to ask, “How can they manage their day to day life? How can they ask these workers to stay silent and not demand their wages which is their inalienable right?”

Nejad finished the interview by summing up the problem that faces many of Iran’s workers: “We should not forget that the economic situation is such that even if the employer pays the workers’ wages every month, the households still do not have enough to provide their livelihood, so imagine the situation of workers who have not received their salaries for months.”

It is telling that even state-run media now routinely acknowledges that the widespread protests taking place across Iran are happening because of valid frustrations with the regime. State-run media has also repeatedly acknowledged the MEK’s influence over the protest movement and its threat to the ruling regime.

Hyperinflation

Despite regime President Rouhani’s statements to the contrary, Iran is currently suffering from hyperinflation. According to the International Monetary Fund’s  (IMF) most recent report, Iran’s inflation rate is at least 30%.

In a November 3rd report on ILNA, economist and university professor Morteza Afghah said that “Iran’s economy was turning into a disaster.”
““We should consider the current situation as hyperinflation, and we should have a worse-than-expected forecast if economic variables and our foreign relations do not change. Given the sharp fall of the number of people below the line of poverty, especially those belonging to the working class, this indicates the presence of hyperinflation,” Afghah said.
“In addition to workers, employees who had a better livelihood, like teachers and nurses, are also falling below the poverty line,” he added.
Afghah admitted that the regime had no solution for the crisis facing Iran. It is worth noting that the MEK has gained popularity in large part because it offers a viable alternative to the mullahs’ regime and a democratic solution to the many crises facing Iran.

Corruption

State-run website have tentatively broached the subject of the regime’s corruption, sometimes writing in-depth reports of corruption by regime officials, although they have to tread lightly when discussing or quoting those within the regime.

Seyed Reza Akrami, a member of the Combatant Clergy Association, told ILNA that the regime was hoarding its assets.

“Do not put your capital in the safe and the hidden places and bring it to industry, industrial workshops, and farms and use it for domestic production. (If you do) we will surely see the rise of employment and production and reduced dependence on the outside,” Akrami said.

In reference to the economic harm arising from regime corruption, Akrami, a former cleric and member of the regime Parliament, said, “There are many things that cannot be said.”

“I shouldn’t express everything that goes on in my mind. Some things cannot be said because those listening might not be able to handle it or it could be considered giving information to the enemy.”

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Students protest against the repressive Iranian regime forces.

Regime Officials Fearful of MEK

Students protest against the repressive Iranian regime forces.

Archive photo: University students retaliating as soon as the repressive IRGC and Basij forces attack them, during one of the protests in Tehran- December-2017

The Iranian regime has found itself in an unsustainable position. The economy is in a downward spiral, a rising tide of protests has swept the country, and the mullahs’ attempts to suppress the uprisings have backfired and drawn more Iranians out into the streets to protest against the corrupt and brutal regime.

Officials within the ruling government are now openly voicing their concerns that the regime will not be able to suppress dissent and re-establish control over the people of Iran. The MEK and its Resistance Units have been effective in organizing protests and sharing information among its expansive network, causing protests to spread quickly across the country. There has been a great deal of internal division within the regime within the past year, but regime leaders agree that the MEK poses the greatest threat to the theocratic dictatorship.

In a recent interview on state-run media, senior Revolutionary Guards member Hassan Abbasi discussed the recent outbreak of protests and their causes in grim terms. “The problem is, in the next few years, our currency will become so worthless that people will pour into the streets because of the hardships to their livelihoods,” Abbasi said. “Clashes will ensue, people will distance themselves from the government and confront the government. The government will confront the people. A few people will be killed, and then the people will rise in revenge.”

Abbasi, who is from the hardliner faction of the Iranian regime, predicted that the MEK would play a larger role in the protests as tensions between the people and the regime continue to grow. Although he espoused a number of conspiracy theories as part of his argument, he did admit that the Iranian people have real concerns that have not been addressed by the regime. “The people are protesting for their rights, their rights to water, their rights to the security of their financial assets, their unpaid wages,” he said.

In an interview with the same TV station, regime theorist Mohammad Reza Khatami, who is the brother of former “reformist” president Mohammad Khatami, admitted that most of the country is unhappy with the ruling regime and expressed his fear about the regime’s collapse. “Possibly the majority of the people have grievances and criticism,” he warned. “Ordinary people might say that we are fed up with this system and we want another system. But how? With whom?”

 

Khatami acknowledged that regime change would invariably involve the MEK. “Why am I opposed to regime change? We want the MEK to come and change our regime? Under the current circumstance, I see a very dark future,” he warned.

Khatami also made the long-overdue admission that the occupation of the U.S. Embassy in Tehran after the 1979 revolution was a plot to gain support for the mullahs by making the regime appear to be anti-imperialist and to undermine the influence of revolutionary forces such as the MEK.

The regime is rapidly losing its grip on power, and its leaders are well aware that it is close to being toppled. The MEK is leading the Resistance movement and gains support, knowledge, and strength each day. It is not surprising that the regime has spent the past year planning failed terrorist attacks against the MEK, spying on its members, and using every measure of suppression available to punish protesters. These are acts of a terrified regime at the end of its reign of terror.

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Human rights record in Iran

Nobody is Exempt from the Regime’s Violent Punishments

Human rights record in Iran

Archive Photo: The crude scene of a public hanging in Iran.

The clerical regime in Iran remains among the most and violent dictatorships on earth. Only China carries out more executions per year than Iran, and the country has a population 17 times larger than Iran’s.

The mullahs execute more people per capita than any other country in the planet and according to figures released by Amnesty International, more than half of all the executions that take place each year take place in Iran.

Nobody is exempt

The regime in Tehran is ruthless in its application of the death penalty. Nobody is spared including juvenile offenders and women.

Among the worst targeted are ethnic and religious minorities and political dissidents. Iran Human Rights Monitor recorded 3,602 executions carried out under current President Hassan Rouhani. Among them were 34 juvenile offenders, 84 women, and 86 political dissidents.

Iran is among a handful of countries on earth that executes young offenders. There are currently 85 individuals on death row for crimes they committed as a minor. The regime detains young offenders until they reach the age of 18. Then they execute them.

In one recent case, the regime executed Mahboubeh Mofidi, a 20-year-old accused of murdering her abusive husband when she was 17. She had been forced to marry the man when she was just 13.

In 2018 alone, 223 people have met their end at the hands of the regime, including 6 individuals who were executed for crimes they committed under the age of 18.

Many of the executions were carried out in prisons or behind closed doors. However, 35 were carried out in front of the public.

The death penalty is a tool for the regime

The regime uses the death penalty as a political tool to cement its position in power. When anti-regime protests and strikes occur, the mullahs are quick to remind the public that they are not just risking their liberty in protesting, they are risking their lives.

Most recently, when truck driver protests erupted across Iran’s towns and cities, the regime threatened the striking drivers with the death penalty. According to the People’s Mujahedin Organisation of Iran (MEK), the regime’s Chief Prosecutor, General Montazeri, personally threatened the striking drivers.

Silencing the Opposition

The death penalty is widely employed against members of the political opposition. In 2018, 10 political prisoners have been executed, several of which were denied a fair trial.

Ramin Hossein Panahi was executed in early September over allegations he pulled a gun on Iranian security agents. He confessed to his crimes, but his family suggested that in court he showed signs of torture on his body. He subsequently went on hunger strike in Rahaei Shahr prison in protest at his circumstances.

Three Condemned for Corruption after Bloody Month of Executions

A similar story occurred in the case of Mohammad Salas. The 51-year-old was accused of killing three police officers. The only piece of evidence connecting him with the murder was a confession he allegedly made from his hospital bed. He was denied access to a lawyer throughout the proceedings and was sentenced to death last March.

Prisoner’s on death row also report horrifying and brutal conditions. Many report prolonged periods of solitary confinement and tortures akin to those used in Medieval Europe, including scalding with boiling water, pushing needles into their genitals, hanging prisoners by their wrists and ankles, pulling out prisoners’ fingernails, and floggings.

When prisoners are finally taken to the gallows, often their families are not informed, giving them any opportunity to say goodbye.

To add insult, the families are often billed for the noose used in the hanging, or the bullet used to shoot them. They are often prevented from retrieving the victim’s body until the debt has been paid in full.

Iran Human Rights Monitor, as well as the MEK and other Iranian opposition groups, call on human rights advocates around the world to use their position to pressure the Iranian regime to abandon this barbaric and outdated form of punishment.

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