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This Week in Iran: Harsh Sentences for Activists, Executions, and Prison Beatings

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Saba Kurd Afshar, human right activist, sentenced to 24 years in prison in Iran for protesting against the compulsory veiling.

Iranian women’s rights activist Saba Kord Afshari was sentenced to 24 years in prison this week for protesting the compulsory hijab and refusing to make a televised “confession.” The sentence, which was handed down by the Revolutionary Court in Tehran, is yet another example of the regime’s use of suppression and intimidation to stifle dissent.

24-Year Sentence for Hijab Violation

Ms. Afshari was arrested on August 2, 2018, during protests in Daneshjoo Park in Tehran. She was detained in Qarchak Prison until her conviction for “disruption of public order.” She was then transferred to the women’s ward of the notorious Evin Prison in Tehran, where she was held until her release in February 2019.

Afshari was arrested again on June 1, 2019, and has been detained since then. She was first taken to Qarchak Prison and then transferred to Ward 2A of Evin Prison in July, which is controlled by the Intelligence Department of the Revolutionary Guards. Intelligence agents at Evin Prison pressured her to make false confessions, which she has steadfastly refused to do, according to the Women’s Committee of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI). Agents even went so far as to arrest Ms. Afshari’s mother in a further attempt to coerce a confession, to no avail. Ms. Afshari was sent back to Qarchak after it became clear that she would not make a false confession and was then transferred once more to the women’s ward of Evin Prison on August 13, 2019, shortly before her trial began.

Ms. Afshari, who is in her early 20s, faced trial in Branch 26 of Tehran’s Revolutionary Court on August 19, 2019 on charges of “propaganda against the State,” “association and collusion aimed at national security,” and “promoting corruption and prostitution by removing her veil and walking in the streets without the veil.”

She faced a maximum of 15 years for violating the regime’s compulsory hijab (veil), but the sentence was increased by half because she faced “numerous charges” and had a “previous record.”

Civil Rights Activists Imprisoned

On Monday, August 26, 2019, nine civil rights activists were sentenced to a total of 54 years of prison on charges of “association and collusion against national security” and “propaganda against the state.”

Each of the activists received a six-year sentence for their civil rights work. Three of the activists, Shima Babaii, Mojgan Lali, and Shaghayegh Mahaki, are women.

Public Execution

A man known only as “H” was publicly executed in the city of Babol in Mazandaran Province, northern Iran, early in the morning on Monday, August 26th. The 25-year-old man was hanged in the city’s Babolkenar Park.

Woman Executed

This week, the regime carried out its 94th execution of a woman in prison since “moderate” President Hassan Rouhani took office. The woman was executed in the city of Mashhad.

The Mujahedin-e Khalq/ MEK has repeatedly called for Rouhani and other officials of the Iranian regime to be blacklisted from the international community for their human rights violations. The regime conducts the highest number of executions per capita in the world and has been condemned by the United Nations on 65 separate occasions for its human rights record.

Inmates Attacked by Guards

On Sunday, August 25th, dozens of prison guards at Gohardasht Prison in Karaj viciously attacked inmates while conducting an early morning raid in Ward 1.

The guards began the unprovoked attack with vulgar insults and harassment, then progressed to physical assault. Prisoner Shahin Sheikhan protested the attacks and was severely beaten and transferred to solitary confinement, according to Mujahedin-e Khalq/MEK sources inside Iran.

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Regime Intelligence Minister Voices Fears about MEK’s Use of Social Media

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Iranian regime expressing their deep concerns about the MEK’s increasing influence on the Internet and social media platforms in Iran and among the Iranian Youth.

Iranian regime Minister of Intelligence Mahmoud Alavi added his voice to the chorus of high-ranking regime officials who have recently made public comments expressing their deep concerns about the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI / MEK)’s increasing influence on the Internet and social media platforms that lead to their popularity at home, particularly among the youth.

In a Sunday, August 25th interview with state-run television, Alavi acknowledged that the MEK is effectively using social media to counteract the regime’s propaganda. “The enemy [the MEK] is using social media better than us,” he said. Alavi added that the MEK is using the Internet to tear the regime apart.

Excerpt from Alavi’s Interview

In response to a question about the role of the MEK during the Dec 2017/Jan 2018 Iran protests, and particularly about their online activities, Alavi said:

“The Internet is a reality. We and the enemy can both use it. Time and again [Ali Khamenei] has provided solutions for our forces to use this tool as much as possible in order to pursue our goals. In this regard, we have not put all our effort and we have not used the capacity found on the Internet. The enemy has been using this tool better than us.

“Social media can be used as a tool, like a kitchen knife. The enemy can use it, too, to tear you apart. Of course, a knife should be used in an incorrect manner. The society must be taught how to use the knife and the fact is that the enemy is taking advantage of the Internet and imposing its influence. There is no doubt in the solution. We must have very calculated solutions.”

Alavi is only the latest member of the regime to voice his concerns about the MEK’s support at home and the threat it poses to the mullahs’ rule.

Previous Remarks

In February, Mohammad Jafar Montazeri, the regime’s Prosecutor General, expressed similar fears in an interview with the Revolutionary Guards-linked Fars news agency.

“90 percent of the country’s cyberspace is controlled by foreigners and their main objective is to change the society’s tendencies and tastes. Everyone should react strongly through a planned process to the measures of our enemies and the [People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK)],” he added, referring to the repressive measures on cracking down on activists in Iran.

Javad Javeed-Nia, Deputy Prosecutor General of Cyberspace Affairs, also expressed concern about the MEK’s mastery of social media.

“90 percent of the country’s cyberspace is controlled by foreigners and their main objective is to change the society’s tendencies and tastes. Everyone should react strongly through a planned process to the measures of our enemies and the [MEK],” Javeed-Nia said.

Regime Expresses Growing Concern over MEK’s Use of Social Media

Tehran Press state news agency also acknowledged that the mullahs’ regime is very much behind in this struggle against the people. “Considering the specific type of our culture, we have not been able to surpass the enemy in regards to cyberspace. In fact, we have been very behind and continuously suffered heavy attacks. I can dare to say that the enemy, especially the [PMOI/MEK] organization, is in control of the Telegram platform. For those who should be familiar with this organization’s tactics, these remarks are not exaggerations at all and are in fact a reflection of our status quo.”

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A historic day for the Iranian People and their Resistance

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Maryam Rajavi, the President-elect of the National Council of Resistance (NCRI)

Twenty-six years ago, in its plenary session on August 27, 1993, the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), the democratic coalition of Iranian opposition organizations and prominent personalities, elected Mrs. Maryam Rajavi as the President-elect for the transitional period after the mullahs’ overthrow.

In a statement on October 22, 1993, the Iranian Resistance’s Leader Massoud Rajavi announced the NCRI’s historic decision. “This decision is proof of the political maturity of the only democratic political alternative of the clerical regime. Maryam Rajavi embodies the ideals of the majority of Iranians in their struggle for freedom, emancipation, economic development, peace, and peaceful coexistence,” Mr. Rajavi said.

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The National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI)
elected Mrs. Maryam Rajavi as the President-elect for the transitional period after the mullahs’ overthrow

Who is Maryam Rajavi?

Maryam Rajavi was born into a middle-class family in Tehran. One of her brothers, Mahmoud, a veteran member of the Mujahedin-e Khalq (PMOI/MEK), was a political prisoner during the Shah’s regime. Her older sister Narges was murdered by the Shah’s secret police, SAVAK, in 1975. Her younger sister, Massoumeh, an industrial engineering student, was arrested by the clerical regime in 1982. Pregnant at the time, she was ultimately hanged after undergoing brutal torture. Rajavi joined the MEK in the 1970s. Following the 1979 anti-monarchic revolution, she was a candidate in the first parliamentary elections in Iran in 1980.   Rajavi received over a quarter of million votes. Due to widespread fraud and rigging, however, none of the opposition candidates made it into Parliament.

 

 

 

Maryam Rajavi’s platform

Rajavi has announced a Ten-point Plan for the future of Iran that calls for the establishment of a democratic republic based on the separation of religion and state and guarantees religious, ethnic and gender equality.   Her plan advocates a non-nuclear Iran that will coexist peacefully with its neighbors.

Mrs. Rajavi’s plan has garnered widespread bi-partisan support across the globe, establishing the NCRI as the sole democratic alternative to the mullahs’ dictatorship.

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Pensioners & Teachers take it to the streets in Tehran and Isfahan

MEK-Iran: Protests inside Iran Increase despite Regime Suppression

Pensioners & Teachers take it to the streets in Tehran and Isfahan

Hundreds of pensioners and teachers gathered in Tehran and Isfahan asking for their pensions. The protesters also called for the release of their fellow activists that had been imprisoned during the previous protests. August 26, 2019

Based on reports from MEK sources, Iranians from all walks of life staged protests over the past few days as widespread dissatisfaction with the regime and its policies continues to mount among every sector of society. Protests were held by retirees, teachers, workers, defrauded investors, and people with disabilities.

Protests by Retirees

On Monday, August 26th, hundreds of retirees gathered outside of the Labor Ministry building in Tehran to protest low pensions, late payments, inflation, and high prices. Demonstrators carried signs that read: “They used Islam as ladder [to enrich themselves] and impoverish the people,”

“Workers, teachers must not be jailed,” “Jailed teachers must be freed,” and “Leave Syria alone, think of us.”

Protests by Retirees in Isfehan center of iran

A number of participants were detained during the demonstration

 

Protest by Teachers

A large group of teachers and retirees held a demonstration in the city of Isfahan in Central Iran on Monday. The protesters gathered near Enghelab (Revolution) Square to demand higher wages and pensions and better healthcare. They held signs that read: “Livelihood, dignity, and health are our inalienable rights,” “We will not rest until we obtain our rights,” “Raise teachers’ wages above the poverty line,” “Our enemy is right here, they lie when they say it’s America,” “Leave Syria alone, think of us,” and “No theft, no humiliation, these are the nation’s chants.”

Security forces attacked the protesters, assaulting and arresting a number of participants.

 

 

 

A large group of teachers and retirees held a demonstration

Archive Photo: The retire teachers gathered despite threats from the regime.

Protest by Defrauded Investors

MEK sources inside Iran reported that a group of defrauded investors held a protest on Saturday in the city of Rasht in northern Iran. The protesters gathered in the city’s prayer center to demand the return of their stolen savings from the Adineh Complex. The complex was pre-sold to investors by its developers, but construction has still not been completed.

Other Protests

The MEK network reported at least six protests on Saturday in cities across Iran, including Tehran, Arak, Ahvaz and Rasht. Workers defrauded car buyers, and people with disabilities were among those who held protests and demonstrations.

A Call from the Iranian Resistance

The Iranian Resistance salutes the protesters across the country who are standing up for their rights, despite the suppressive tactics of the mullahs and their henchmen. It calls on the Iranian people, especially the youth, to support the teachers, retirees, and the many others who are protesting against the oppression of the religious fascist regime. It further calls upon international human rights groups and workers unions to condemn the Iranian regime’s ruthless suppression of the protesters and to take immediate action to secure the release of those who were detained.

The Iranian regime is notorious for its treatment of political prisoners. Protesters and others who are arrested for political dissent are frequently tortured, sometimes to the point of death. Political prisoners can be denied legal representation under the pretense of “security” crimes, and all prisoners in Iran are subjected to inhumane, unsanitary, and overcrowded conditions.

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Iranian people: G7 Must Take a Firm Stand Against Mullahs

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G7 discussed the disestablishing role of the Iranian regime

While “Iran” is discussed in G7 or any other similar summit, Iranians’ voices must be heard. For the past four decades, this voice had been loud and clear, but sadly it has been denied or ignored by the West. If G7, like other western leaders, haven’t heard Iranian’s cry for freedom, they should have heard the Iranian diaspora, the MEK supporters in their recent rallies against Zarif’s trip to Nordic countries and France.

Iranian’s determination and demands are crystal clear: ENOUGH IS ENOUGH! Their demand is a firm and decisive policy towards the religious dictatorship ruling Iran, and they reject appeasing the illegitimate regime under the pretext of economic relations.

This was the message echoed clearly in MEK supporter’s rallies against Zarif visits.

The G7 leaders are questioned if they haven’t seen the outrage of Iranian diaspora from the regime and its mouthpiece Javad Zarif in Finland, Stockholm, Norway, and Paris. Accordingly, the outrage is tenfold inside Iran. On Wednesday, August 21, following various protest to Zarif’s presence in Sweden, by pointing to the Iranian protesters Zarif said:

“Ask any of those individuals standing outside to attend any meetings with Iranians (meaning the regime’s Revolutionary Guards and agents) and then see whether they would survive. They would not stay alive for a minute…. They cannot even stay in Iraq because the people of Iraq (meaning the regime’s proxies in that country) will eat them alive.”

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While Zarif, as a so-called “moderate” threatens the peaceful demonstrators and supporters of the MEK to death in a democratic country, one can guess how they are treating the political prisoners inside the torture chambers.

Zarif’s trip to Northern Europe and France was an absolute failure. The brave Iranian diaspora turned his trip to a disaster. Foreign Minister of Sweden acknowledged that her country did not invite Zarif and the visit was Zarif’s initiative.

She emphasized that she reminded the situation of human rights in Iran and the region’s security to Zarif. The same concerns were conveyed to Zarif by Norway’s Foreign Minister. Zarif’s trip was a total failure and his furious reaction to Iranian dissidents reflect this failure.

The message to G7 is clear: DO NOT BET ON A DEAD HORSE! This regime is on the verge of collapse. It is time for the west to put an end to the appeasement policy recognizing the right of Iranian people to enjoy freedom and prosperity. On 25 Aug, Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, the President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), in a tweet, reiterated that:

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Iranians protest against Zarif in Paris

MEK supporters in Paris Protest Zarif

Iranians protest against Zarif in Paris

Supporters of MEK hold a rally in Paris protesting against Zarif’s trip to France

Iranian regime Foreign Minister Javad Zarif traveled to Paris on Friday to meet with French President Emmanuel Macron amidst a wave of protests from the Iranian diaspora in France, MEK supporters, and human rights activists.

Paris Protests

Protests in France began early Friday morning in Paris’ Trocadero Square in protest of Zarif’s arrival, growing to a crowd of hundreds.

Iranians in Paris Protest Zarif

MEK supporters in Paris demand expel of Zarif from France

Videos shared on social media show protesters marching with Iranian flags and holding signs demanding, “Expel agents of the terrorist regime,” “Stop appeasing mullahs’ regime,” “End making concessions to the mullahs,” and “Shut down the Iranian regime’s espionage centers in Europe.”

The demonstrators carried a banner that read, “Expel Zarif,” and chanted, “Zarif is a terrorist! Expel him!” and “Zarif is a charlatan and has to get out of France!”

The District One municipality in Paris hung a banner on its municipal building in opposition to Zarif’s visit. The banner featured an image of Zarif and read, “Iran’s Mullahs and its Foreign Minister violate our principles. We do not welcome them.” District One in Paris is a sister to Ashraf-3.

Disrespectful to the People of Iran

Paris is the last leg of Zarif’s European tour with foreign leaders, which began last weekend and included trips to Finland, Sweden, and Norway. The regime Foreign Minister was greeted with protests from MEK supporters and members of the Iranian communities in each of the countries he visited. The protesters condemned the Iranian regime’s despicable human rights record and its state-sponsorship of terrorism. They further said that it was disrespectful to the people of Iran who have fought the mullahs’ oppression for forty years to allow Zarif to enter Europe after multiple terrorist plots against the MEK and Iranian dissidents on European soil by the regime in 2018 were foiled by European authorities.

Five regime diplomats, including an ambassador, were expelled from Europe for their involvement in terrorist plots against the MEK and Iranian dissidents in 2018. Another four operatives and a regime diplomat are currently awaiting trial in Belgium for the attempted bombing of the Free Iran gathering outside of Paris in 2018.

Zarif’s Reaction

Zarif, who ostensibly planned this European tour in an attempt to assuage the fears of the international community and convince the world that the Iranian regime is not dangerous or unstable, responded to the large crowds of protesters with predictable rage. In an August 21st interview with Iranian regime state-run Press TV, he openly threatened the protesters in Sweden calling for his expulsion, saying: “Ask any one of those individuals standing outside to attend any meetings by Iranians [the regime’s Revolutionary Guards and agents] and then see whether they would survive. They would not stay alive for a minute…. They cannot stay in Iraq either because the people of Iraq [the regime’s proxies in that country] will eat them alive.”

 

Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallström responded to the public outcry against Zarif’s presence in the country, saying that the Swedish government did not invite Zarif and that he had requested the visit.

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MEK-Iran: Zarif Issues Death Threats to Protesters in Sweden during Diplomatic Tour of Scandinavia and France

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Supporters of MEK in France hold a rally against the trip of Zarif, the FM of the Iranian regime, Aug 23, 2019

Iranian regime Foreign Minister Javad Zarif lashed out at protesting members of the Iranian diaspora in Sweden on Wednesday with a series of death threats, saying that the protesters, who were in Stockholm to demand Zarif’s expulsion from Sweden, would not survive in Iran or Iraq because they would be eaten alive.

The threats came during an August 21st interview with Iranian state-run Press TV. Zarif, who was clearly rattled by protests during his visits to Finland and Sweden, openly threatened the demonstrators with death, saying: “Ask any of those individuals standing outside to attend any meetings with Iranians [the regime’s Revolutionary Guards and agents] and then see whether they would survive. They would not stay alive for a minute…. They cannot even stay in Iraq because the people of Iraq [the regime’s proxies in that country] will eat them alive.”

Zarif’s comments took place in the midst of a diplomatic tour of Finland, Sweden, Norway, and France. The presumed goal of these visits is to convince the international community that the Iranian regime does not pose a threat to the world and should be treated like a “normal country.” The fact that Zarif could not manage to avoid threatening peaceful protesters in Europe with death even on a diplomatic tour is telling.

Protests in Scandinavia and France

On Monday, protesters greeted Zarif in Helsinki, Finland bearing signs reading, “Zarif Get Lost!” and “Stop appeasing mullahs in Iran.”

MEK supporters hold a demonstration against trip of Zarif to Finland

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On Tuesday, protesters in Stockholm, Sweden met Zarif with large banners reading “Stop appeasing the Mullahs’ regime. Expel their agents,” and “Kick Javad Zarif Out! Europe and Nordic countries are no Place for Criminals and Terrorists: World Peace, Stability, and Democracy Requires Regime Change in Iran.”

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MEK supporters hold a demonstration against trip of Zarif to Stockholm

On Wednesday, Swedish police arrested protesters who were demonstrating for the second day of Zarif’s visit. Videos posted to social media show members of the Iranian diaspora lying on the ground passively resisting arrest and yellow-jacketed MEK supporters recording the arrests, attending to those who were injured, and attempting to defuse the situation.

In Norway, members of the Iranian diaspora gathered in front of Norwegian Parliament to protest Zarif’s arrival in Oslo on Thursday. They held a large banner, which read, “Europe and Nordic countries are no Place for Criminals and Terrorists! Kick Javad Zarif Out! World Peace, Stability, and Democracy Requires Regime Change in Iran,” and waved Iranian flags.  Former Norwegian MP from the Christian Democratic Party, Lars Rise, joined the protesters in solidarity with their cause.

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Supporters of MEK in Norway protests against Zarif, FM of the Iranian regime.

Zarif is set to meet with French President Emmanuel Macron in Paris on Friday. Protests against his arrival were held in Paris’ Trocadero Square.

Iranians protest against Zarif in France

MEK supporters protest against Zarif in Paris, condemning Zarif’s visit to France and demanded western countries stop the policy of appeasement

The NCRI issued a statement on August 17th condemning Zarif’s visits to Scandinavia and calling once again for the Iranian regime to be blacklisted by the international community. The MEK has called repeatedly for Zarif and regime officials to be expelled from Europe for their role in domestic suppression and global terrorism.

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Iranians angered by Europe’s hosting of Zarif

supporters of MEK hold a rally in Stockholm protesting against the trip of Zarif, the FM of the Iranian regime, to Sweden.

Mohammad Javad Zarif, Foreign Minister of the Iranian regime, went to Sweden yesterday as part of his trip to Nordic countries. His trip faced angry protests from Iranians in Sweden. Iranian exiles posted many tweets decrying this trip: “It is just a shame for the government of Sweden to shake hand with Rep of Iran a brutal regime which Amnesty International has recorded 97 executions of people under the age of 18 by this regime between 1990 and 2018”

Iranians residing in Stockholm held a rally on Wednesday, August 21, protesting Zarif. Protesters held signs and chanted slogans to let the world and international media know of their protests. “Javad Zarif is a murderer, no one should negotiate with him,” “Javad Zarif is the enemy of Iranians,” “Javad Zarif is a charlatan, He’s the enemy of the Iranian people,” were among the slogans voiced by the demonstrators.

Al Arabiya cited Swedish media covering rallies held by PMOI/MEK supporters protesting the visit by the mullahs’ top diplomat to Stockholm.

The rally was attacked by Swedish Police. Sweden’s SVT reported three injured protesters were transferred to hospitals and authorities intervened to distance 62 individuals after the situation became intense during Zarif’s stay.

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Iranian’s rally in Stockholm was attacked by police.

Subsequently, the Swedish government faced strong criticism from media and a number of Swedish MPs. One member of the Swedish Parliament from the Conservative Party criticized Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven for confirming the Iranian regime’s positions.

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Police attack the Iranians participating in a rally against Zarif’s trip to Sweden

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“We did not invite Zarif. He came himself,” Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Walls emphasized said in a press conference. Zarif did not participate in the press conference oddly and reporters asked questions about the intense protests held by Iranians in Sweden against this visit and questioned why such an individual had been accepted by Sweden.

Javad Zarif brazenly threatened Iranian protesters in Stockholm to death, boasting that the regime’s agents and operatives would not let them live for a minute and would “eat them alive.”

In an interview with the state-run Press TV on August 21, he railed at Iranian protesters demanding their expulsion from Sweden. “Ask any of those individuals standing outside to attend any meetings with Iranians [meaning the regime’s Revolutionary Guards and agents] and then see whether they would survive. They would not stay alive for a minute…. They cannot even stay in Iraq because the people of Iraq [meaning the regime’s proxies in that country] will eat them alive.”

The main Iranian opposition, the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) said in a statement,

“Zarif reveals his own murderous nature and that of the mullahs’ medieval regime, which has executed 120,000 dissidents on political charges in the past four decades.

“When the mullahs’ Foreign Minister threatens Iranian protesters to death in Stockholm, one can imagine what is happening in the regime’s prisons and torture chambers and how dissidents and political prisoners are being treated.

“Zarif’s remarks show once again that receiving the mullahs’ Foreign Minister emboldens the regime to engage in terrorism, murder, and warmongering, and clearly runs counter to the interests of the Iranian people, who are seeking the ruling theocracy’s overthrow and the establishment of democracy and popular sovereignty in Iran.”

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Iranian protest against Zarif's trip to northern Europe

MEK-Iran: Iranian Communities Protest Zarif in Sweden and Finland

Iranian protest against Zarif's trip to northern Europe

The Iranian diaspora, in Sweden, supporters of the MEK, protest against Zarif’s trip to Nordic countries, asking for an end to the policy of appeasement

Regime Foreign Minister Javad Zarif’s visit to Scandinavian countries this week was met with outrage by the Iranian communities, who held demonstrations in Sweden and Finland to protest his arrival.

Protests in Sweden

On Tuesday, protesters in Stockholm held large banners reading “Stop appeasing the Mullahs’ regime. Expel their agents,” and “Kick Javad Zarif Out! Europe and Nordic countries are no Place for Criminals and Terrorists: World Peace, Stability, and Democracy Requires Regime Change in Iran.”

Others carried signs featuring Zarif’s face and the words “No to Despicable Shameful Diplomacy” and “Zarif Get Lost!”

The MEK and Iranian Resistance emphasized that meeting with the foreign minister of a country that has repeatedly committed terrorist acts against its opposition on European soil is disrespectful to the Iranian people who have spent 40 years fighting against the regime’s tyranny and oppression.

Protests in Finland

On Monday, yellow-jacketed MEK protesters and members of the Iranian communities in Helsinki greeted Zarif with banners and signs, demanding, “Zarif Get Lost!” in English and Finnish. Some carried signs shaped like hands proclaiming, “Stop appeasing mullahs in Iran.” Many of the protesters carried large Iranian flags.

Condemnation from the Iranian Resistance

The National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) issued a statement on August 17th condemning Zarif’s trip to Scandinavia, writing, “The Iranian Resistance strongly condemns the visit by the head of the medieval theocracy’s diplomat-terrorists, as it will embolden the regime to continue and step up the flagrant and systematic violations of human right and the export of terrorism and warmongering. This trip only arouses the Iranian people’s anger and abhorrence and must be canceled.”

The MEK has called for Zarif’s blacklisting from the international community for years, citing his role in the regime’s terrorist activities. Zarif characterizes himself as a moderate, but his actions prove otherwise. As Foreign Minister of Iran, he represents and supports the world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism.

The United States recently issued sanctions against Zarif, citing his role as a spokesperson for the regime. These sanctions followed sanctions against Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, and terrorist designations of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC).

In 2018, five Iranian regime diplomats, including an ambassador, were expelled from Europe for plotting terrorist attacks against the MEK and Iranian dissidents. Another four regime agents and a diplomat are currently in prison awaiting trial in Belgium for plotting a terrorist attack on the Free Iran Rally in Paris on June 2018.

The MEK urges the international community to blacklist Zarif and ends its appeasement of this terrorist regime. Diplomacy requires a good faith effort from both parties to reach an accord. Zarif and the mullahs have no intention of changing their behavior.

Zarif is scheduled to continue his tour with a stop in Norway this week. He is also set to meet in France with President Emmanuel Macron in the near future.

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Safi al-Yaseri, Writer and Friend of MEK, Passes away at 72

Safi al-Yaseri, renowned Iraqi writer

Safi al-Yaseri, Writer and Friend of MEK, Passes away at 72

Acclaimed Iraqi writer and journalist Safi al-Yaseri, 72, passed away on Saturday, August 17th, at a hospital in Turkey. Al-Yaseri was a dear friend of Ashrafis who authored four books and hundreds of articles about Ashraf and the MEK.

Iranian Resistance leader Massoud Rajavi has said that Safi al-Yaseri endured enormous pressures during his life because of his work. He was forced to live in exile and was hunted continuously by those who supported the Iranian regime. But al-Yaseri remained loyal in the struggle for freedom, his country’s independence and taking a stance against the mullahs’ regime, said Mr. Rajavi.

After graduating from the University of Baghdad, Safi al-Yaseri began a career in journalism following the occupation of Iraq.

He soon became the target of a number of terrorist plots by the Iranian regime’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) Quds Force in Iraq due to his work and was forced to flee the country. He lived as a writer in exile, first in Lebanon and then in Turkey.

Safi al-Yaseri, an Iraqi writer, wrote many books about MEK

Al-Yaseri first became involved with the MEK in the spring of 2003 when he expressed interest in the organization and asked to meet with members in person. He visited Camp Ashraf and found himself in agreement with their core values and mission. Al-Yaseri visited Ashraf many times thereafter and became a close friend to the MEK and its members. He investigated the conspiracies and demonization campaigns surrounding the MEK, traveling to cities and towns across Iraqi Kurdistan. His efforts culminated in a book, entitled

The PMOI and Iraq, which detailed the MEK’s political and financial independence and debunked a number of conspiracy theories about the MEK.

His next book, entitled Democratic Islam, evaluated the MEK’s ideological principles and view of Islam. His third book, The Iranian Woman in Search of Freedom, detailed the struggles of MEK women in the regime’s prisons. Al-Yaseri’s final book, The Devil’s Lies, was a heavily-researched 790-page volume with supporting documents debunking the various allegations made by the Iranian regime against the MEK.

He also wrote hundreds of articles in support of the MEK and their goal of creating a free and democratic Iran.

Condolences from Maryam Rajavi

National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) President Maryam Rajavi conveyed her condolences to the people and writers of Iraq and the Arab world. Mrs. Rajavi said that despite the pressures and threats from the Iranian regime, Safi al-Yaseri never backed down and was never willing to give up his fight against religious fascism. He was loyal to his cause and was a very vivid example of perseverance.

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