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Students' protest over the car crash at Azad University

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

Students' protest over the car crash at Azad University

The students in Azad University, protest the car crash that killed 10 students last week. December 31, 2018

Students at the Science and Research branch of Azad University in Tehran held their third day of demonstrations on Monday. The protesters sat in the middle of the street, blocking the road. The students were protesting the bus accident last week that killed ten and injured dozens more.

Protests at Tehran University

Tehran University students also protested on Monday, marching outside their campus in protest of the crackdown against students at the Science and Research branch at Azad University

MEK sources report that the protesters chanted, “No fear, we’re all together!”

“Incompetent officials, resign, resign!”
“Facing our nation, with our backs to the enemy!”

The Tehran University students were also protesting the bus accident that took the lives of ten students. Reports from MEK sources indicate that protesters at the rally clashed with plainclothes security forces who were dispatched to prevent the protest from spreading. Further clashes were reported as security forces attempted to prevent the students from marching to Enghelab (Revolution) Square in Tehran.

The students chanted, “Coward, coward!” at the security forces as they continued their protest. Sources witnessed a security agent attempt to arrest a woman for protesting. Other protesters prevented her arrest and allowed her to escape.

Deadly Bus Crash

Azad University Students Maintain Protest for Second Consecutive Day

The protests, which began on Saturday, are in response to a deadly bus crash and subsequent cover-up by University officials. The accident occurred when a bus carrying university students careened off a mountainous road and crashed into a concrete column, killing 10 passengers and injuring another 27. Officials initially claimed that the driver of the bus had a heart attack, causing the crash, but the coroner investigating the case later denied that claim.

Dangerous Buses

The protesters say that university and regime officials did not do enough to prevent the crash. Iranian universities use buses that are old, in poor condition, and not well-maintained. The fleet of buses meant to serve Iran’s students are dangerous.

University officials at Azad University attempted to placate the angry students by washing the remaining buses in their fleet. They then claimed that these were new buses. The students were not fooled by this transparent and insulting lie and have demanded that university officials be held to account for their failure to provide safe transportation and for their role in the fatal bus crash.

Protesters’ Demands

According to reports, regime Attorney General Mohammad Jafar Montazeri visited Azad University on Sunday, hoping to stem the spread of protests. The students demanded answers from Montazeri and insisted that he be held to account.

Meanwhile, Mohammad Mehdi Tehranchi, the President of Azad University’s Science and Research branch, was so desperate to avoid students that he fled campus in his car, running over several students in the process. Two students were later  treated at the hospital for injuries to their feet.

The protesters are demanding that officials take responsibility for their negligence toward the students. They are demanding the resignation of Ali-Akbar Velayati, the chairman of the university’s the board of trustees. Velayati is a close advisor to regime Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei. The Iranian regime spends billions of dollars exporting terrorism and funding its ballistic missile program, but tran’s students are left in dangerous conditions, due to lack of funding.

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Demonstration of Azad University student in Tehran.

Azad University Students Maintain Protest for Second Consecutive Day

Demonstration of Azad University student in Tehran.

Iran Protests continue in Azad University in Tehran, despite regime’s security measure.-December 3,2018

Protesters at Azad University gathered on Sunday, December 30th, for the second consecutive day to protest the loss of their peers in a tragic bus accident.

The students from Tehran’s Azad University of Science and Research turned out to protest the irresponsible plunder of public assets by the Iranian regime which has left Iran’s roads in dangerous conditions.

Traffic accidents are rampant, and the public infrastructure is ill-equipped to handle other disasters such as fires and earthquakes.

The senior management of the university is all under the direct control of the Iranian regime leadership. The head of the board of trustees of the university, Ali Akbar Velayati is an adviser and former foreign minister to Khamenei. The Supreme Leader’s office controls university affairs.

It was hardly surprising, therefore, that the university president avoided answering student’s demands and instead preferred to flee the university in his car.

The regime and university dismissed low ranking officials in the wake of the accident, but the dismissals did not affect the individuals responsible for the crime.

The Iranian resistance movement, including the People’s Mujahedin Organisation of Iran (MEK) and the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), expressed their sincere condolences to the families and peers of the students killed in the accident.

They also echoed the protesting students’ sentiments that the culprits responsible for the accident were not the low-level officials removed from their posts, but the regime’s leadership itself. “Due to astronomical plunders and expenditures on suppression and terrorism, this regime has caused the highest rate of casualties in such incidents”, a statement from the NCRI read.

A display of bravery

The students turned out despite a heavy regime presence in the form of plainclothes agents. The Ministry of Intelligence (MOIS) deployed Basij and Heraset agents inside the university to prevent the protests from spreading.

In 2018, the MOIS has been relentless in its persecution of protestors. Following the December/January uprisings, the regime arrested more than 8,000 protestors, many of which were subject to brutal torture and prison conditions that amounted to severe human rights abuses.

But the protesters would not be deterred, chanting “students rather die than tolerate humiliation”, “Velayati, Velayati, you are responsible for this crime”, and “incompetent person in charge should be tried!” Other chants went even further, asserting, “You shameless killer!”

Several students also blocked the traffic outside the university. In response, the regime’s agents stopped students entering the university buildings to prevent the protest’s spread.

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Iranian Regime MP Defends Parliament’s Failure to Pass Child Marriage Bill

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Photo Credit to IranNewsWire: The Iranian regime promotes child marriage rather than protecting young girls from forced and early marriages.

The Iranian regime parliament’s Legal Commission defended the rejection of a bill which would have completely banned child marriage in Iran. The “Child Spouse Bill,” which was introduced into the regime parliament in 2016, would have completely banned marriage for girls under the age of 13 and boys under the age of 16.

Hassan Nourozi, the spokesperson for the parliament’s Legal Commission, justified the bill’s failure in comments that were broadcast on state-run media.

“For a girl who is alone and has no one, marriage is definitely a game changer,” he said.

The Child Spouse Bill

The Child Spouse Bill would prohibit marriage for girls under the age of 13 and boys under the age of 16. Girls between the ages of 13-16 and boys between the ages of 16-18 would need parental consent and permission from the court to marry. Girls over the age of 16 and boys over the age of 18 could marry without permission.

Child Marriage Statistics

Official sources cite at least 37,000 registered marriages of girls between the ages of 10-14 in Iran in 2017. There are 24,000 divorcées under the age of 18 in Iran. 15,000 of those women are under the age of 15.

A 2017 Iranian media report said that 17% of girls in Iran married when they were under 18 years of age.

Contradictions in Current Law

In his defense of Parliament’s rejection of the bill, Nourozi said, “In our opinion, there are some problems in the proposed bill because many of the criteria are not acceptable. According to the representatives in the Legal Commission, a 15-year-old girl is not considered a child … and is fit to marry.”

Nourozi noted that Sharia law, Qom jurisprudence, and Iranian and Lebanese experts all say that girls enter puberty at the age of nine. He compared the experience of his grandmother with Iranian girls in 2018, saying, “My own grandmother was married at 9 years of age and did not have any problems.”

 

He added, “Our point is that if a girl who does not have a father and has problems can marry a 17-year-old young (man), and there is no problem with that.”

 

Statistics contradict Nourozi’s contention that girls marry 17-year-old boys. Most underage girls are forced to marry much older men. In 2013, over 41,000 girls under the legal age were registered for marriage, but only 300 underage boys were registered.

 

Shahnaz Sajad, an official at the Vice Presidency for Women and Family Affairs, said in an interview with the state-run ILNA news agency that child marriage results from poverty, cultural deprivation, and addiction.

“What percent of 13-year-old girls or under 13 year-olds in our society think about marriage with a 14 or 16-year-old boy?” Sajad asked. “These cases are very rare.”

She added, “When the father of a 12-year-old girl forces her to marry because she does not want to marry, the legitimacy of such a marriage is legally and religiously problematic.”

The MEK is opposed to the regime’s oppression of women, including child marriage. The MEK and the Iranian Opposition offer a democratic alternative to the religious dictatorship, in which men and women can have equal representation in government. Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, President-elect of the Iranian Opposition, has a ten-point plan to restore democratic rule to Iran after the fall of the mullahs’ regime and to ensure that child marriage is a thing of the past.

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Ilir Meta supports the expulsion of Iranian regime's diplomats for terrorism involvement.

Albanian President Expresses Support for Expulsion of Iranian Regime Diplomats

Ilir Meta supports the expulsion of Iranian regime's diplomats for terrorism involvement.

Ilir Meta, the President of Albania, expressed his support for the expulsion of the Iranian regime’s diplomats.

On Saturday, December 23rd, Albanian President Ilir Meta stated his support for the recent expulsion of Iranian regime diplomats from his country. Meta said that the regime’s ambassador and the head of Tehran’s Ministry of Intelligence and Security branch in Albania’s activities posed a threat to national security and that their expulsion was necessary.

Albanian Interior Minister Sandër Lleshaj also spoke about the expulsion of the regime diplomats in an interview on the same day.

He said, “The Iranian regime is recognized as the leading state sponsor of terrorism in the world.”

He added, “The People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) has been threatened in other countries. This is a method used by the Iranian regime’s security agents under the cover of diplomats. We don’t consider the PMOI/MEK as a threat to Albania’s security. This is the position of the Albanian government, police and security officials. Our viewpoint about the PMOI/MEK is without any bias or prejudice. They are friends that have been welcomed to reside in Albania and this has nothing to do with their political activities.”

Support from Opposition

According to Albania Daily News, Lulzim Basha, Albanian Democratic Party leader and head of the opposition, also expressed support for the expulsion of the Iranian regime diplomats, citing national security concerns.

“On behalf of the Democratic Party and the Albanian opposition, I express my support for the government’s decision to announce Iranian diplomats as unwanted elements and back measures to see to their expulsion,” he said. “They carried out activities in violation of their ‘diplomatic status’ and endangered our national security. The Democratic Party considers governmental national security infrastructures, ongoing commitments and honest cooperation with our allies as the only solution to prevent and neutralize such measures on the soil of the Republic of Albania.”

On Wednesday, December 19th, Albania’s Foreign Ministry announced that it had expelled Iran’s ambassador to Albania and an unnamed diplomat for “damaging its national security.”

Support from United States

U.S. National Security Advisor John Bolton, who has been a longtime supporter of the MEK, was the first public figure to express support for Albania’s decision, tweeting on Wednesday afternoon:

“Prime Minister Edi Rama of Albania just expelled the Iranian ambassador, signaling to Iran’s leaders that their support for terrorism will not be tolerated. We stand with PM Rama and the Albanian people as they stand up to Iran’s reckless behavior in Europe and across the globe.”

U.S. President Donald Trump wrote a letter to Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama thanking him for “standing up to Iran.” He wrote:

Albania’s Decision to Expel Regime Diplomats is Welcomed by the Trump Administration

“Thank you for your steadfast efforts to stand up to Iran and to counter its destabilizing activities and efforts to silence dissidents around the globe. The leadership you have shown by expelling Iran’s Ambassador to your country exemplifies our joint efforts to show the Iranian government that its terrorist activities in Europe and around the world will have severe consequences.”

The Iranian regime has been directly implicated in a number of foiled terrorist plots against the MEK this year. Since the MEK relocated its residence to Albania, its members have been under constant threat by regime terrorists. In March 2018, a terrorist plot by regime agents against a MEK Nowruz celebration in Albania was foiled.

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Regime Agents Interfere with Ceremonies to Honor Martyrs of Uprisings

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Archive photo- Funeral Ceremony For 3 Martyrs Of Kazerun Uprising, With Chants Of: Death To The Dictator; Oh, My Martyred Brother, We’ll Continue Your Path; My Imprisoned Brother Must Be Freed

December 28th marks the one-year anniversary of the Iranian uprisings, a massive series of popular protests and demonstrations against the clerical regime which spread to over 140 cities and every province in Iran over a two-week period. The uprisings, which shook the Islamic Republic to its core, started a protest movement that continued a year later and threatens to topple the regime.

The uprisings also forced the Iranian regime to acknowledge the influence of the MEK within Iran. The MEK has been instrumental in organizing and leading the popular protests that have taken place throughout Iran over the past year. The mullahs, who have long claimed that the MEK is a fringe movement with little influence within the country, has been forced to admit that the MEK is a powerful force within Iran.

Regime Experts Admit MEK’s Major Role in Recent Protests

The Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) is using this occasion to take a series of suppressive measures against the families of those who were killed during previous uprisings by the Iranian people. The regime hopes that these acts of suppression will stop the ongoing protest movement from spreading further and prevent another uprising.

Family Members of December 2017 Martyrs Summoned

MEK sources report that IRGC intelligence agents summoned family members of martyrs of the 2017 uprising. The family members, who live in the city of Dorud in Lorestan Province, southwest Iran, were told not to conduct any interviews with foreign or domestic media outlets or to speak about what happened to their family.

The IRGC agents also prohibited the martyrs’ families from holding public ceremonies to honor their loved ones. Families were told they could only hold private ceremonies with prior permission from the IRGC. Further, IRGC agents must be present at the ceremonies.

Graves of protesters killed by Iranian security forces in December 2017 protests. Hamze Lashni-Zand (photo on the right) was martyred in Dorud

Ceremony for 2017 Martyr Held under High-security Measures

Also in Dorud, family members of Hamze Lashn, who was martyred in the December 2017 uprisings, held ceremonies at his home and the cemetery in his honor. The ceremonies took place under heavy security measures by security and intelligence agents, who prevented people from outside of the family, particularly young people, from participating in the ceremony.

Ceremony for 2017 Martyr Disrupted

Family members of Hossein Reza Gholkhanbaz living in the city of Tuyserkan in Hamadan Province held a ceremony in memory of the martyr of the December 2017 uprisings. The ceremony was disrupted when IRGC agents stormed their home and arrested some of Gholkhanbaz’s family members.

Family Members of 2009 Martyrs Prevented from Holding Ceremony

The family of Abbas (Shahram) Farajzadeh Tarani, who was killed in the December 2009 uprisings, planned to hold a ceremony in his honor but were prevented from doing so by Ministry of Intelligence and Security (MOIS) agents. According to Abbas Farajzadeh’s sister, “Regrettably, agents of Ministry of Intelligence and Security (MOIS) called me and canceled the late Shahram Farajzaeh’s ceremony and emphasized that they would cause legal problems for us and for our guests if we did not cancel the ceremony.”
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Iran: Dozens of Teachers Attacked and Arrested during Peaceful Protests in Isfahan

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The sign held by a teacher during Teachers’ protest in Iran: “Teacher has no bread, has no home, but has debts”

On Thursday morning, teachers attending a peaceful protest were attacked by security forces with batons, tear gas and pepper spray. Reports from the MEK sources in the scene say that between 40-50 teachers were arrested for participating in the protests.

Threats and Intimidation

Isfahan’s teachers were responding to a call on social media to protest and had gathered in front of the city’s Education Department to protest the regime’s failure to meet their demands. The mostly-female educators held their demonstration despite threats and intimidation from regime security forces and intelligence agents leading up to the protest. Teachers were warned that anyone participating in the protest would face dire consequences.

Tear Gas and Pepper Spray

On Thursday morning, security forces were deployed in the streets around the Education Department in Isfahan, and riot police fired tear gas into the crowd of protesters as the demonstration began. The teachers continued their protest despite these acts of suppression.

The protesters chanted, “A nation has never seen such injustice.”
In a video of the protest shared on social media, one teacher expressed her anger to a reporter from state-run media:

“You talk as if you don’t live in this society. You ask me to talk about my financial condition. Don’t you see it? Are we living in Paris?”

She went on to say, “We are part of a society where 90% of the people live under the line of poverty. Now you want me to talk about my condition? Your show is a farce.”.
Security forces saw a woman recording the violent attacks on the peaceful protests and tried to arrest her, but onlookers saw her being attacked and came to her rescue, helping her to escape.

Two Nationwide Strikes

Thursday’s protests follow two nationwide strikes by Iranian teachers this year. Teachers have been forced to close their classrooms and face arrest and intimidation because of unbearable conditions. The teachers have demanded better wages and benefits, implementation of agreed-upon policy changes, better classroom conditions, and the release of their detained colleagues. 98 teachers were arrested or summoned in the two teachers’ strikes this year, many of who still remain in prison. Activist teachers are frequently imprisoned for organizing and advocating for teachers’ rights, and many serve lengthy prison sentences.

Statement by Mrs. Rajavi

Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), hailed Iran’s teachers who continued their protests despite the repressive actions of the regime. She asked the people of Isfahan, particularly the youth, to stand in support of the teachers and to protest their arrests. She further called upon human rights activists, trade unions, and educators from around the world to support Iran’s teachers and to take immediate action to secure the release of those teachers arrested during Thursday’s protests.

The MEK strongly supports Iran’s teachers in their protests and their demands for better pay and working conditions. Workers across Iran have shown through their protests over the past year that they are unhappy with the regime and its policies, which have left them poor and without the freedom to express their dissatisfaction. The MEK and the NCRI offer a democratic alternative to the brutal suppression of the mullahs’ regime, one which will free the people of Iran.

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Truck drivers enter 5th round of strike

Iranian Truck Drivers’ Strikes Add Fuel to the Rebellion

Truck drivers enter 5th round of strike

November’s nationwide Strike by the truck drivers across Iran

Iran’s truck drivers embarked on their fifth round of strikes on Saturday, December 22nd in protest of the regime’s refusal to fulfill promises made to the truckers during earlier strikes, based on reports from the MEK sources inside Iran. This round of nationwide strikes differs from the first four strikes in that its organizers have pre-planned it to last for ten days. Having learned from the previous strikes, the truckers are now using their experience to organize in order to more effectively achieve their demands.

The latest round of strikes began after most of the country’s truckers stopped working in protest, effectively going on strike.

Iranian truckers have launched a series of strikes this year in protests of low wages, the high price of spare parts (particularly replacement tires), corruption and unfair policies by government officials and institutions, and a lack of responsiveness by the regime to the truck drivers’ demands. The following is a summary of the 2018 Iranian truck drivers’ strikes:

May 2018: First Round of Strikes

The first round of truck drivers’ strikes was launched on May 22nd, 2018 and quickly spread to hundreds of cities across Iran. The nationwide strikes went on until June 8th, when regime authorities agreed to make a number of concessions to the drivers in order to end the strike. These promises would go unfulfilled.

MEK Network: The Truck Driver Protest Movement Swells as it Enters its Fourth Day

The strike did not receive a great deal of attention because of competing news events occurring at the same time. The World Cup, in particular, diverted coverage from the protests. Although the strikes yielded few tangible results in the short term, they set the stage for subsequent strikes, which would prove to be more productive.

July 2018: Second Round of Strikes

On July 23rd, 2018, Iran’s truck drivers began another round of strikes, which spread to 300 cities and went on until August 11th.

Iran’s Lorry Drivers Resume Their Strike

Protests broke out in Isfahan’s Shapur City in solidarity with the striking drivers. Other anti-regime protests began and spread quickly to a number of cities in Iran, with the largest concentration of protest activity taking place in Tehran, Isfahan, Karaj, Shiraz, and Rasht.

The truck drivers’ strikes were the catalyst for the nationwide protests that took place in late July and early August. These protests brought Iranians from all sectors of society into the streets to demand their rights. The MEK’s resistance units became more organized in its efforts, which enabled protests to grow and spread more quickly. The protests also struck fear into the hearts of the mullahs, who realized that their efforts at brutal suppression were no longer effective.

MEK Network: Protesters Battle Suppressive Forces in Isfahan and Karaj for Second Day

The mood in Iran changed after the second truckers’ strike and subsequent protests. The truck drivers inspired other workers to strike for their rights. Their coordination and ability to organize and stand in solidarity with each other laid the groundwork for other workers to launch their own strikes. The stage was now set for the strikes by the Haft Tapeh sugarcane factory workers in Shush and the Iran National Steel Industrial Group workers in Ahvaz.

September 2018: Third Round of Strikes

Iran’s truck drivers embarked on their third round of strikes on September 23, 2018. The strike spread to more than 200 cities by its fifth day and received international support from labor unions, including the International Transport Workers Federation (ITF) and the Teamsters, among others. The workers continued their strike for 21 days, despite the arrests of more than 200 striking drivers. 17 of the arrested drivers were threatened with execution. International human rights groups, as well as labor organizations, condemned the regime’s treatment of the truck drivers and called for their release. The MEK and the Iranian Resistance condemned the Iranian regime for its threats of execution, and Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, leader of the Iranian Resistance, called upon the United Nations to take action to secure the release of the arrested truck drivers.

New Round of Protests on Horizon as Truck Drivers’ Strike Enters Fourth Day

The strikes drew attention to the Iranian regime’s brutal labor practices. Instead of intimidating the people, Iranians became more determined to overthrow the regime.

November 2018: Fourth Round of Strikes

The fourth round of strikes began on November 1st, 2018 and spread to dozens of cities in Iran. The truckers launched this round of strikes in order to secure the release of their colleagues who were arrested in the third round of strikes.

Iranian Truckers Launch Fourth Round of Strikes This Year

December 2018: Fifth Round of Strikes

The fifth round of strikes was launched on December 22nd and is set to last for a total of ten days. The truckers have gained valuable experience from the past four strikes, and they have also learned from the nationwide protests and strikes that have swept Iran over the past year. They have heard the regime’s false promises and will not be deceived again.

The people of Iran are more organized and determined to reach their goals, and the regime’s efforts to suppress dissent and refusal to listen to their demands have only increased that determination.

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Trafficking Iran's soil and wood by the Iranian regime

Regime Sells Iranian Soil to Persian Gulf Countries, Leading to Dust Storms in Iran

Trafficking Iran's soil and wood by the Iranian regime

The Iranian regime is trafficking soil and wood in a destructive manor.

Iran’s fertile soil is one of its many natural resources that is being sold off, bit by bit, to foreign countries by the mullahs’ regime to finance its corrupt regime. Hundreds of thousands of tons of Iranian soil are exported to countries in the Persian Gulf each year for the construction of islands. The United Arab Emirates is the primary beneficiary of this exportation, some of which is illegal. Meanwhile, the loss of soil has depleted many formerly-fertile regions of Iran, turning them into deserts and causing the dust storms that now plague the country.

Iranian Regime Signs Treaty Ceding Control of Caspian Sea

Regime Acknowledges Selling Iranian Soil

Regime officials have confirmed the sale of Iran’s soil to foreign governments. A March 10th article on the Shargh Daily website reported, “Earlier, Iran’s ambassador to Doha said that based on a finalized agreement, the Qatari government will import large amounts of fertile soil from Iran to increase its agriculture output.”

Ali Moridi, Chief of the Water and Soil Department in the regime’s Environment Protection Organization told the state-run  ISNA news agency on December 15th that Iranian soil is exported to the United Arab Emirates and Qatar.

Moridi said that the primary destinations for Iran’s soil “are Persian Gulf countries, especially UAE and Qatar and in UAE [the soil] is used to create artificial islands and in Qatar to dry the sea.”
On July 27th, the Young Journalist Club said, “In the early 21st century, we had seaports for exporting soil in the Asaluyeh region and the soil was exported to Arabic countries, especially UAE, to create artificial islands.”

Trafficking Iran’s wood

Regime Member of Parliament Nader Ghazipour said that the Ministry of Industry, Mine, and Trade issued a license for the government to export gravel and sand, but “since the gentlemen and officials of the Customs Department don’t assert enough supervision, fertile soil is exported to Persian Gulf states instead of gravel and sand.”

The IRGC-linked Fars news agency quoted Masoumeh Ebtekar, a member of Rouhani’s cabinet, in an August 27th report: “Hormuz Island is one of the beautiful natural attractions of Iran and one of the valuable capacities of the Persian Gulf and unfortunately we’ve witnessed how its soil is trafficked in this region. Therefore, we’ve expressed our concerns in writing a form to the Forests, Range and Watershed Management Organization and the Ministry of Agriculture Jihad,”

Selling Out Iran’s Future

According to reports published last year in Iranian media, soil from Iran is being exported to foreign countries for as little as $35 per metric ton. It takes 600 years for the earth to regenerate soil. Meanwhile, the people of Iran are suffering from the desertification of regions of the country due to the sale of fertile soil by the regime.

Donyay-e Madan, an Iranian mining industry website, wrote in an April 10th article, “Every day, 1,500 metric tons of soil are transported from Chahar Sorkh mine in Kerman to Kongan in Bushehr and then exported from there to UAE.”

Iranian Soil Used to Build Persian Gulf Skyscrapers

Exported Iranian soil is also used for the construction of skyscrapers. On July 23rd, Hamshahri newspaper published an article about this practice. The report, entitled “Neighboring Countries Build Skyscrapers with Smuggled Iranian Soil” described the profiteering involved: “They sell the motherland’s soil and transport it across the sea, package after package, destined for Persian Gulf countries… One of the most famous cases of smuggling Iranian soil to the Persian Gulf countries belongs to Hormuz Island. Red soil which profiteers easily scrape and sell. Aside from mining soil which is sold legally, a significant part of the sold soil which is normal fertile soil has been used to create artificial islands in Arab countries. The same countries which have become tourist attractions for Iranians.”

The people of Iran have spent the last year protesting the regime and its corrupt policies. With the help of the MEK and its resistance units, people from all walks of life have risen up to denounce the regime for its mismanagement of the country’s wealth and natural resources, which has led to the economic disaster which is facing the country. The regime is plundering the country down to its very foundations. This will not change until the people demand an end to the tyrannical regime.

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Ingrid Betancourt to MEK Members: “We are going to win this”

Colombian-French politician, Ingrid Betancourt, and the former presidential candidate in Colombia addresses MEK members in Ashraf 3

Ingrid Betancourt, the Colombian-French politician, and the former presidential candidate in Colombia speaks at the International Conference of the Iranian Communities, held in Ashraf 3, MEK’s residence in Albania- December 2018

Colombian-French politician, Ingrid Betancourt and the former Colombian presidential candidate, addressed members of the People’s Mujahedin Organisation of Iran (MEK) and their allies in Albania, emphasizing that “Time has changed. You [the MEK] are the hope, Maryam [Rajavi] is the leader and we are with you and we are going to win this” referring to MEK’s struggle to free Iran.

Betancourt expressed her gratitude towards the Albanian government and delight at what she said was a “very special moment” for her.

“Many years ago we were fighting for your lives when you were in Camp Liberty and we were feeling the despair and the rage of being caught in that horrible situation where we were surrounded by lies and… the only thing we could do was [cry] for help and [denounce] what was happening”, she said, adding, “to see you here in this land that has welcomed you with open arms… thank you, Albania. Thank you”.

She expressed her warmth towards the country. “I feel at home because I see that this is a country that has decided to take the good side of the choices of options in life”, she said.

“What Albania has done… has gained the respect of all the international community”, she proclaimed.

The Phoenix Rising from the Ashes

Betancourt described how she had insisted that on this visit to Albania, she would not stay in a hotel, but she wanted to be with the MEK members at their Ashraf 3 compound outside Tirana.

She described how she had “been walking the streets of this new city”, adding, “I’m so proud to be here with you.”

Following the Iranian regime’s mortar attacks and liquidation of the Camps of Ashraf and Liberty in Iraq, in which many MEK members lost their lives or were badly wounded, the MEK fled to Albania.

In just 12 months, the group has built a sprawling compound, aptly named Ashraf 3. The compound has its own water purification facilities, dormitories, dental center, pharmacies, bakeries, a sports complex, library, meeting hall, and learning centers.

Betancourt marveled, “You are like the phoenix that rises from the ashes and this Ashraf is telling me the power that is in you”.

“You have built a community of people”, she continued, “that are committed to fighting for a free Iran.” Betancourt expressed her delight at the “city” under construction at Ashraf 3, where MEK members and supporters from around the world are united in their passion and desire for a free Iran.

A Direct Threat to the Mullahs’ Future in Power

The resilience and determination on display across the MEK is a direct threat to the mullahs’ future in power in Iran.

“Can you imagine”, Betancourt asked, “what it is for the government of Iran, the regime of the mullahs, every day looking at the newspapers and finding out that there is a riot somewhere in some place in Iran?” “Every day you are reminding them that they have no right to be at the head of the state in Iran”, she added, “every day, you are reminding them that it’s going to come to an end”.

Without the MEK, the protest movement in Iran would not be possible. “It’s because you are here, organized, with the plan… with a strategy, with a leader like Maryam Rajavi”, that the people of Iran feel empowered to take to the streets.

Maryam Rajavi, the Iranian opposition leader, takes a photo up with distinguished speakers at the International Conference against Iranian regime’s terrorism and violations of human rights, in Ashraf 3, Albania-December 15, 2018

Betancourt described how Maryam Rajavi disarms the regime’s terrorism and violence with love. “Love is the one that will bring Iran to freedom”, Betancourt asserted.

The Tables Have Turned

Betancourt described how just five years ago, the MEK was fighting to get its name removed from international terror lists in the West after Western government included the pro-democracy group on the lists to appease the mullahs.

“Now it is them who have to explain”, Betancourt clamored. After several foiled terror attacks in Europe, the French and Albanian governments have expelled diplomats. The French President Emmanuel Macron ordered for the freezing of assets owned by the Iranian Ministry of Intelligence (MOIS)

Betancourt continued, “now it’s them who fear”. “They are fearing that they will be brought to justice. And this is our commitment. We are going to make sure that we free Iran and that we bring them to international justice”.

Finally, Betancourt concluded, “We want them to be in jail for all the crimes they have committed”.

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Dust storm in Iran

Iranian Regime Dams Rivers and Destroys Environment

Dust storm in Iran

Archive Photo: Dust storms in Iran as a result of the regime’s mismanagement has become a severe environmental problem, endangering many lives.

Iran is in the midst of an environmental crisis caused by four decades of the regime’s incompetence and mismanagement of the country’s vast natural resources. Dust storms, desertification, and water scarcity have led to the spread of poverty and unemployment across Iran and caused irreversible damage to the country’s environmental and ecosystems.

The Drying of Bakhtegan Lake

Photo credit: Iran News Wire- Before and after Bakhtegan lake.

One of the many casualties of the regime’s disastrous environmental policies is the drying of Bakhtegan Lake in Fars Province, southern Iran. Once the second largest lake in Iran, Bakhtegan Lake has been completely dried due to the regime’s construction of dams on the Kor River, which fed the lake. A recent report on the Iran News Wire website described how the regime destroyed the lake and the surrounding region.

An Ecological Disaster

The drying of Bakhtegan Lake has been catastrophic to the region’s ecosystem. According to the Iran News Wire report, the lake was once home to a variety of wildlife, including flamingos and other birds. The birds, which migrated from colder regions in Russia and Siberia, were essential to the ecosystem of the region. Now that the lake is dry, they are gone.

 

The report wrote that the lake also played an important role in increasing the humidity level in the area. The moisture from the lake was trapped by the surrounding mountains, which helped trees in the area to flourish. Without the lake, nothing can grow in the dry climate.

Dams on the Kor River

The state-run ILNA news agency reported that Bakhtegan Lake dried out because the regime built dams on the Kor River, the lake’s source. In addition to the ecological consequences of the drying of the lake, it has also taken a human toll.

 

According to the Iran News Wire report, the Kor River used to feed 1.7 billion cubic meters of water into the Bakhtegan Lake each year. Then the regime’s Ministry of Energy and Fars Province’s Water Organization built dams at the source of the river.

Environmental activist Sirous Zareh told the ILNA news agency that the “Ministry of Energy has turned into a system that sells water, builds dams and sells wells.”

He added, “The Ministry of Energy has forgotten its mission of preserving water resources.”

Lack of Drinking Water

Zareh told ILNA that 150 villages in the vicinity of the Kor River have become underpopulated due to a lack of drinking water.

He said, “There was talk in summer about installing drinking water pipes from Doroodzan Dam to the Korbal region but unfortunately, the villagers have been deprived of this water and despite the fact that 90 villages are on the pipeline route, the pipeline has been diverted to be used for the industrial sector.”

The Kor River has come close to drying out due to the regime’s dam building. The farmers who used to rely on the water from the river to irrigate their crops have lost their way of life as well, as their land has dried up.

The situation along the Kor River is not unique. The regime has also built dams along the Zayanderud River, Iran’s largest river, which is upstream of Isfahan. The dams have dried up the river in Isfahan’s farming region, making it impossible for the farmers to irrigate their crops. This has affected virtually everyone in the region, as farming is the largest industry in Isfahan.

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