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Teachers protests in Iran

MEK-Iran: Teachers’ Day Marked by Nationwide Protests in Iran

Teachers protests in Iran

Teachers take it to the streets on Teacher’s day, to express their outrage on the terrible condition of teachers under the ruling regime.-May 2, 2019

On Thursday, May 2nd, educators in dozens of cities across Iran answered a nationwide call to protest in recognition of Teachers’ Day. Teachers gathered in front of local Ministry of Education offices and demonstrated in the streets in protest of low wages, poor benefits and working conditions, the inability to form labor unions, and the imprisonment of activist teachers. Protests took place in the cities of Tehran, Torbat-e Heydariyeh, Sanandaj, Urmia, Yazd, Hamedan, Divandareh, Mallard, Tabriz, Qazvin, Javanrood, Ardebil, Kermanshah, Homayounshahr, Sari, Khorramabad, Marivan, Mahabad, Karaj, Mashhad, and many others.

Protest in Hamadan

 

Teachers in the city of Hamadan held handwritten signs reading: “Imprisoned teachers must be freed.”

“Stop privatizing schools and education.”

“Children must receive a free and quality education.”

“We demand decent pay for our work.”

One of the protesting teachers at the Hamadan rally gave a speech to the assembled demonstrators.

Protest in Kermanshah

In the city of Kermanshah, teachers and educational support workers held a gathering in honor of Teachers’ Day. The teachers chanted: “Majlis [the regime’s parliament] and the government do not care about the teachers!”

Protests in Tehran

 

In the capital city of Tehran, teachers and educational support workers gathered in front of the Ministry of Education building to protest. They carried handwritten signs reading: “Imprisoned teachers must be freed.”

“Imprisoned workers must be freed.”

“Your pain is our pain, people must rise up and join us.”

Protests in Mallard

 

In Mallard, Tehran Province, teachers, and educational support workers held a rally in honor of Teachers’ Day. They carried posters and signs reading: “Free education is the right of every child.”

“We demand salary and wages above the poverty line for teachers and pensioners.”

A number of other cities are reported to have joined in the nationwide protests as well.

Maryam Rajavi’s Remarks

 

Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), issued a call to the Iranian people to support the protesting teachers. She also asked human rights groups and international teachers unions to take action to free teachers who have been detained and imprisoned by the Iranian regime.

Mrs. Rajavi tweeted some of the chants heard at Thursday’s protests, noting that their anger reflects a desire for change. She wrote:

“Teachers’ protests and their stand against repressive rgm forces showed public anger & disgust at religious dictatorship and demand for change; ‘People join us, our problem is your problem,’ ‘Teachers are imprisoned, extortionists are free,’
#Iran”
She also saluted the protesting teachers in cities across Iran, tweeting:

“Hail to protesting teachers in Tehran, Mashad, Kermanshah, Tabriz, Sanandaj, Yazd, Ourumieh, Qazvin, Karaj, Hamedan, Ardebil, Esfahan, Sari, Khoramabab, Rasht, Ilam, Mahabad, Shiraz & Arak who chanted ‘Imprisoned teachers must be freed” &“Workers, Teachers, Unite’ #Iran”

Iranian teachers took part in a number of protests last year, including multiple nationwide strikes, and their demands have been ignored by the regime. Many of the teachers responsible for organizing the protests have been arrested and imprisoned, and their colleagues have repeatedly called for their release, as well as the release of colleagues who have been imprisoned for their participation in labor unions.

 

The MEK supports fair labor practices for teachers and all workers and has called for the release of these political prisoners and an end to the repressive regime responsible for their imprisonment.

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Ali Alghassi-Mehr, a criminal assigned as the new Tehran's prosecutor

Raisi Appoints New Tehran Prosecutor Known for Mass Arrests, Secret Executions of Juveniles

Ali Alghassi-Mehr, a criminal assigned as the new Tehran's prosecutor

Ali Alghassi-Mehr, another criminal assigned as Tehran’s new prosecutor by Raisi, member of the death committee during the 1988 massacre

On Monday, April 29th, regime Judiciary Chief Ebrahim Raisi dismissed Tehran Province’s Prosecutor, Jaffari Dolatabadi. Dolatabadi is included on both the United States Treasury’s and the European Union’s sanctions lists. He was replaced by Ali Alghassi-Mehr, who was appointed to the position of Chief Justice of Fars Province in September 2014 and spent the previous three years as Prosecutor of the city of Shiraz.

Alghassi-Mehr has made a name for himself within the Iranian regime for his role in the violent suppression of protesters and the secret executions of juveniles. More recently he made headlines for announcing that “he was an IRGC member too” in response to the recent designation of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) as a Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO) by the United States.

Arrests of Protesters

During the nationwide anti-regime uprising in December 2017, Alghassi-Mehr referred to the thousands of Iranians from all walks of life who took part in the massive demonstrations as “enemies” and “hoodlums.” According to a January 2, 2018 report from the Mehr News Agency, he threatened that “those who would engage in chaos on the pretext of civil protests and disturb public order would be dealt with according to the law…Known outlaws who have grasped the occasion to instigate anti-regime activities against the public order are under full security control… The public should be aware of the anti-revolutionary hoodlums inside and outside the country. There will be no hesitation to deal with such cases.”

 

In a March 10, 2018 report from the same news agency, Alghassi-Mehr was quoted as saying: “Those arrested during the festivities of the last Wednesday of the year will remain in custody till the end of New Year holidays, and no permission will be granted for ceremonies to be held in Persepolis and Pasargad.”

Arrests of Striking Truck Drivers

 

Alghassi-Mehr‘s repressive actions did not end with the uprising. Last year, Iran’s truck drivers launched a series of strikes in protest of low wages, high fees, poor working conditions, and government corruption. The strikes were met by threats and intimidation from regime officials, who arrested dozens of truck drivers and threatened them with execution. International trade unions and human rights groups issued statements supporting the drivers and condemning the regime for its treatment of the hard-working drivers.

 

According to a September 28, 2018 report by the Mehr news agency, Alghassi-Mehr justified the arrest of 35 striking truckers in an announcement, saying, “The law permits punishing those who disturb security on Fars’ highways as outlaws and corrupted on earth.”

Executions of Juveniles

 

As Chief Justice in Shiraz, Algahssi-Mehr allowed two 17-year-olds to be executed in secret, in violation of the regime’s own laws, as well as Islamic and international law. The two children were flogged before their execution.

 

Amnesty International was the first to announce the shocking crime and coverup, which was promptly denounced by Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI). In her condemnation of the brutal act, Mrs. Rajavi stated: “The civilized world, UN, UNSC, and UN Human Rights Council must condemn the atrocious killing of juveniles in Iran, a product of Khamenei’s Judiciary headed by the murderous mullah, Ebrahim Raisi, a Death Committee member in charge of the 1988 massacre of political prisoners.”

 

Ebrahim Raisi is likely to appoint more people like Algahssi-Mehr to the regime’s Judiciary. His disregard for human rights has been well-established. As a member of Tehran’s notorious Death Committee, Raisi sent thousands of MEK supporters to their deaths in the 1988 massacre of 30,000 political prisoners. His presence at Chief of the regime’s Judiciary is evidence of the mullahs’ disdain for the concept of justice.

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May day message to Iranian workers.

Maryam Rajavi Addresses Iranian People on International Workers’ Day

May day message to Iranian workers.

Photo credit to Maryam-rajavi.com: The President-elect of the Iranian opposition, Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, delivers a message on the occasion of the International Workers Day.

On Tuesday, April 30th, Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), delivered a message to the Iranian people in honor of International Workers’ Day.

In her message, Mrs. Rajavi saluted the “courageous and justice-seeking workers” in Iran who continue to stand up to the regime through regular protests and strikes. She called attention to the regime’s exploitative labor practices, called for the regime to compensate workers for the damage it has done to them through the seizure of their assets and urged the Iranian people to continue to protest against the corrupt anti-labor regime.

 

Mrs. Rajavi said that overthrowing the corrupt regime and establishing a free Iran “will be possible through the struggle waged by you and all the arisen people of Iran in the great army of liberation; the army of the impoverished, unemployed, homeless, the displaced and flood victims.”

Labor Conditions in Iran

Mrs. Rajavi described the worsening labor conditions in Iran, noting the increase in unemployment and massive layoffs that have occurred over the past year.

She also discussed some of the regime’s anti-labor policies, saying, “The clerical regime has intensified the menacing policy of short-term labor contracts and reduction of workers’ wages in Iran, to the extent that temporary contracts have been imposed on 96% of the workers, rendering Iran’s working class as one of the lowest paid labor forces in the entire world.”

Mrs. Rajavi cited statistics from regime officials that place the inflation rate at 40% and the poverty rate at 83%. She pointed out that many workers go unpaid for months and that factory workers deduct losses due to power outages from workers’ wages.

Mrs. Rajavi stated that labor conditions hit female workers particularly hard. “Where else can we find conditions like those that are prevalent in Tehran’s brick ovens, where women and children receive almost $2 in exchange for a 17-hour shift of grueling work?” she asked.

“Even more painful is the fate of children in southern Tehran who are forced to scavenge through garbage,” said Mrs. Rajavi. “According to state-run media, the mullah-run municipality in Tehran uses these children in what has been called an act of slavery in southern districts of the capital.”

Mrs. Rajavi also discussed the devastating impact of the recent floods on Iran’s workers. She said: “In the midst of shutdowns and an extreme recession gripping manufacturing units, not to mention the extensive wave of forced unemployment, the floods of the past several weeks have dealt a devastating blow to infrastructure and facilities in the southern and western regions of the country. Once again, the primary victims were workers and toilers. The regime’s officials try to portray these disasters and ensuing damages as insignificant. But workers and farmers, and the entire impoverished population continue to feel the bitter realities deep in their skin and bones.”

Compensation for Iranian Workers

Mrs. Rajavi emphasized that Iranian farmers, workers, and all of those who have been affected by the recent catastrophic floods have the right to be compensated by the regime for the losses they have incurred due to the regime’s seizure of the assets of the Iranian people.

She demanded that the following compensation be provided to the people of Iran.

  • Housing and shelter for flood victims must be provided without delay;
  • all household breadwinners must be provided with unemployment insurance;
  • all delayed wages must be immediately paid; and
  • health insurance must be recognized as an undeniable right and provided to workers, farmers, and all toilers and their dependents.

Mrs. Rajavi expressed doubt that the regime would provide any compensation or guarantee rights for workers, but she remained confident that the people of Iran would rise victorious. She stressed that despite “the barbaric exploitation inflicted by the clerical regime that shatters the physical and psychological well-being of workers, and despite the whip of suppression striking their bodies, workers and toilers of Iran will neither rest nor surrender, and they have shown as much with their protests and uprisings over the past year.”

Mrs. Rajavi emphasized that the MEK and the Iranian Resistance is comprised of members from all sectors of society, saying, “They [Iran’s workers] can rely on the ongoing support and solidarity of women, youth, students and all the disenchanted sectors of Iranian society.

“They will unite, they will protest, strike and rise up, and they will eventually upend the prevailing instruments of oppression and suppression by overthrowing the clerical regime. On this path, one can and must overpower the regime’s intimidating policies and divisive ploys.”

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Protests against the terrible economic situation broke out.

MEK-Iran: Six Protests Took Place Across Iran Over the Weekend

Protests against the terrible economic situation broke out.

Photo credit Iran News Wire-Protests broke out in Tehran, Qom, and Karaj. against the mounting economic crisis that has engulfed the Iranian economy.

Over the weekend, protests broke out in Tehran, Qom, and Karaj. Brave inhabitants of these cities turned out to protest the mounting economic crisis that has engulfed the Iranian economy.

In total there were six protests held across the country. Several of them were undertaken by the disabled community. People with disabilities gathered outside the offices of the Planning and Budget Organization in Tehran. They were protesting the regime’s mismanagement, corruption and weak rule of law. The protestors held placards which read: “Rehabilitation insurance is our right!”

Workers Were Also Protesting

Elsewhere, workers from the Iranian poultry industry also arrived in Tehran to protest outside the Iranian Ministry of Agriculture’s offices. They were protesting the high price of chicken.

The mullahs and their Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) smuggle chicken out of the country for sale in neighboring countries, leaving Iranian domestic supply short-handed. This limited supply has driven the price of chicken up, leaving many Iranians unable to put food on the table for their families.

Government mismanagement has also prompted the closure of several poultry farms across Iran.

The protestors chanted: “Incompetent minister must resign!”

Unpaid Wages

In Tehran, Karaj, and Qoam, employees from the Power Transmission Maintenance Engineering Company also turned out to protest. They were protesting against unpaid wages and the forced privatization of the company.

They are the latest workers to turn out to strike unpaid wages. As the economic crisis deepens, fueled by the mullahs’ rampant corruption and economic mismanagement, many segments of the Iranian economy have turned out to protest unpaid wages.

Just last week, teachers and construction workers organized their own protests to demonstrate their anger at their unpaid salaries and wages. As many parts of the Iranian workforce are not receiving payment, families are slipping deeper and deeper into poverty.

There have even been reports of families selling organs to put food on the table for their children, in what amounts to some of the most severe economic hardship found anywhere on earth.

The IMF expects the situation to worsen before it gets better. Its projections predict that inflation will reach 40% in 2019, up from 34.9% at the end of 2018. For Iranian families, this will mean an even greater struggle to make ends meet.

Last year, The President-elect of the Iranian opposition, Maryam Rajavi released a statement addressing the worsening economic crisis in Iran. She said that “it is possible to eradicate poverty, unemployment, shanty dwelling, water shortage, and environmental calamities. But, before anything else,” she said, “the trampled political rights, specifically the right to sovereignty of the Iranian people, must be restored and revived.”

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Regime Arrests 12 Union Members Ahead of May Day

Workers arrested ahead of May Day

Photo Credit to Iran Human Rights Monitor: Union activists arrested ahead of the International Worker’s day for planning to organize an event on May day.

On Friday, April 26, the Iranian regime carried out the arrests of twelve members of the Free Workers Trade Union of Iran. The arrests were carried out just days ahead of the international Labor Day on May 1.

The twelve members of the Free Workers Trade Union of Iran had gathered in Jahan Nama park. They were making arrangements for the May Day celebrations in Tehran. Suddenly, the regime’s security forces descended on the park. They took the twelve into regime custody and quickly transported them to an undisclosed location.

Arbitrary Arrests

Many of the twelve were released later that day. However, four remained in regime custody and were promptly moved to Raja’I Shahr Prison of Karaj. Their names are Ms. Parvin Mohammadi, Haleh Safarzadeh, Valeh Zamani and Alireza Saqafi.

The twelve faced arrest due to their violation of Iranian labor law. The law in Iran does not allow workers to create labor unions that operate independently of government-sanctioned groups, including the Islamic Labor Council.

The Iranian authorities, including the Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) and the Ministry of Intelligence (MOIS), have often harassed Iranian workers demonstrating unpaid wages and poor working conditions.

When steelworkers in Ahvaz went on strike late last year, the regime arbitrarily arrested demonstrating workers and subjected them to torture. The Iranian regime has a long history of arresting, torturing, convicting and sentencing active trade union members in Tehran and across Iran.

Since the nationwide protests that engulfed Iranian towns and cities in late 2017 and 2018, the brave Iranian public has risen up and protested the regime’s violence and human rights abuses every month. The regime has responded by mobilizing its repressive organs. In 2018 alone, the regime’s forces arrested more than 1,865.

2019 Will See More Protests and More Arrests

The situation shows no sign of change. The population is more determined now to overthrow the yoke of the repressive Iranian regime.

As the economic crisis deepens, over 80% of Iranians now live below the poverty line. This most recent incident involving the arrest of the twelve members of the Free Workers Trade Union of Iran demonstrates that the regime is increasing its repressive response ahead of Labor Day.

The regime is in crisis. The mullahs know that they are operating on borrowed time and it is only a matter of time before the Iranian public rises up and restores democracy to Iran. The People’s Mujahedin Organization of Iran (MEK), the largest and most supported Iranian opposition group, and its resistance units are working tirelessly to oppose the regime’s arbitrary arrests, torture, and human rights abuses. They will ensure the regime is held to account and give the Iranian people a voice.

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Gallup Report Ranks Iran Under The Mullahs Among World’s Most Unhappy Countries

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Iran under the mullahs’ regime is among the saddest countries in the world today, based on Gallup report.

According to the 2019 Gallup Global Emotions Report, Iranians are among the most unhappy, stressed, and angry people in the world.

The annual report ranked Iran among the top five countries in terms of negative experiences. Iranians cited some of the highest levels of anger, worry, and stress among respondents in the 143 countries surveyed.

Four out of ten Iranians surveyed said that they worried on a daily basis, and three out of ten respondents said that they experienced constant stress.

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Rouhani’s record on violations of human rights during his tenure.

Economic Insecurity

The results of the Gallup report are disturbing but not at all surprising to those who are familiar with the situation in Iran under the mullahs’ regime. Widespread economic insecurity and a repressive government that denies its people basic freedoms and suppresses all dissent have left the Iranian people worried and angry.

80% of the population in Iran live below the poverty line, with many resorting to selling their organs to meet their families’ basic needs. Inflation continues to rise at alarming levels, and the price of goods has skyrocketed over the past year.

Unemployment is rampant across the country, affecting people from all sectors of society. 40% of the unemployed are university graduates. Those who have jobs may go for months without receiving wages. Workers who go on strike to protest unpaid wages have been arrested and in some cases even tortured at the hands of the regime.

Social Unrest

The people of Iran have responded to the economic crises and social repression in the country with widespread protests and calls for regime change. These protests have been met by brutal acts of suppression and crackdowns by regime forces, which have only increased public anger and unrest amongst the people. Iran’s prisons are overflowing with political dissidents, and regime officials recently bragged about arresting MEK members who have organized protests.

A Rising Suicide Rate

In this atmosphere, many Iranians have given up hope for the future. The regime’s state-run media have reported that the suicide rate in Iran is rising, particularly among the country’s youth.

The state-run Khabar Online website reports that “suicide rates in Iran are increasing in an astonishing way.”

The website went on to cite troubling statistics: “From 2011 to 2015, suicide rates increased 66% amongst women and 71% amongst men,” it stated.

“For years now, the media have not been given stats when it comes to suicide rates as relevant organizations refuse to publish them,” the report went on, adding that the suicide rate was also high amongst young people.

Regime authorities do not publish full and accurate statistics of suicide attempts or deaths in Iran, but the regime has acknowledged that the rise in suicides has reached “epidemic” proportions.

Reports from the MEK indicate that the dramatic increase in suicides is due to socioeconomic pressures in Iran. Under the mullahs’ rule, the Iranian people struggle to survive in a country with few freedoms and little hope for a better future. This is why the MEK and the Iranian Resistance are fighting for a free Iran.

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Iranian Diaspora Holds Demonstrations around the World in Solidarity with Flood Victims

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MEK supporters rally around the world in solidarity with the Flood victims

Supporters of the MEK, Iran’s principal opposition, in the Netherlands, Belgium, and Australia held rallies and demonstrations in support of the people of Iran who have been devastated by the catastrophic floods that swept through the country over the past month. The demonstrations took place in response to a call from Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), who asked the Iranian community outside of the country to show their solidarity for the hundreds of thousands of flood victims in Iran who have been abandoned by the regime and to condemn the mullahs for the destructive policies that worsened the severity of the disaster and their failure to provide assistance during and after the flood.

Demonstration in Amsterdam

At the rally in Amsterdam, demonstrators chanted:

“No to the mullahs’ regime!”

“The plundering mullahs are behind all this destruction!”

“[Regime Supreme Leader] Khamenei and [regime President] Rouhani are behind this destruction!”

“The mullahs’ regime must be overthrown!”

“This regime is a disgrace!”

Demonstration in Belgium

Demonstrators at the rally in Belgium chanted:
“Khamenei and Rouhani are behind this destruction!”

“The message of every freedom-loving Iranian is that we are ready to overthrow this regime!”

“Dear Iranians in Iran, know the PMOI/MEK are sharing your pain and suffering!”

Demonstration in Sydney

Demonstrators at the rally in Sydney, Australia chanted:

“The mullahs’ regime should know its days are numbered!”

Background

The demonstrations are the latest manifestation of a growing sense of outrage at the Iranian regime’s response to the historic floods that have devastated the country. Hundreds of people are thought to have died in the floods, thousands lost their homes, and damages are estimated at $2.2 billion. The regime has yet to provide a plan for how to fund the recovery effort, and Khamenei refused requests to withdraw money from the country’s development fund to help pay for the massive project.

During the floods, some people were left stranded on rooftops without food or water for more than a day. Some villages were completely surrounded by water and were left without resources for several days. As flooding continued, people were forced to make their own flood barriers out of bags filled with sand and rice. Regime officials ignored weather warnings and did not order evacuations until the final days of the flood, and then they did not tell residents in affected areas where or how to evacuate.

The regime downplayed the severity of the flood, broadcasting false information about casualties and damage. Those who published or shared accurate information about the flood or the regime’s mishandling of the emergency response were arrested.

In the aftermath of the flood, the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) has been dispatched to handle flood relief. They have been met with angry protesters in the hardest-hit provinces. The regime has responded to this anger by sending in tanks and military forces to suppress the protests instead of providing assistance. This has only increased anger among residents. The same people who waited for days or weeks for food or tents are seeing the regime’s forces respond within hours at the first sign of dissent.

Those who have attempted to heed Mrs. Rajavi’s call to “rush to the aid” of those affected by the flood have faced arrest by security forces as well. A number of aid workers have been arrested for assisting flood victims outside of official channels.

Meanwhile, the Iranian people are still in dire need of assistance in recovering from the floods.

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French Committee for a Democratic Iran Calls for IRGC and MOIS Terror Listing

FCDI statement

French Committee for a Democratic Iran (FCDI) recently issued a statement calling for IRGC and MOIS blacklisting in Europe.

The French Committee for a Democratic Iran (FCDI) has urged the European Union (EU) to join the United States government in designating the Iranian regime’s Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) as a foreign terrorist organization. They also urged the EU to go one step further and include the Iranian Ministry of Intelligence (MOIS) on their terror blacklist.

The Regime’s Pillars of Repression

The Iranian regime uses the IRGC as a repressive organ. Its agents stifle public dissent. Following the nationwide uprisings in 2018, in which protests spread rapidly across Iran’s 31 provinces, the IRGC was instrumental in crushing dissent. It arrested thousands of protestors, more than 14 of which died in IRGC custody after being subjected to torture.

By including the IRGC on the EU’s terror blacklist, it would severely limit the organization’s ability to raise funds. The IRGC controls more than 90% of the Iranian economy. Its inclusion on a terror blacklist would essentially put any international company or government trading with its shell companies in violation of terror financing laws.

The FCDI also wants to see the MOIS added to the EU’s list of terror organizations. There is strong ground for it to do so. The MOIS has been responsible for the Iranian regime’s surge of state-sponsored terror attacks in 2018.

The MOIS planned terror attacks in the US, France, and Albania. On one occasion, an MOIS agent posing as a diplomat at the regime’s embassy in Vienna provided a Belgian-Iranian couple with homemade explosives and instructed them to detonate a bomb at the annual Grand Gathering of the Iranian opposition group, the People’s Mujahedin Organization of Iran (MEK) in Paris.

The plot was thwarted by Belgian officials; however, the regime put more than 100,000 lives at risk, including that of President Trump’s personal lawyer and former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani who was in attendance.

The Regime Poses a Threat to the Region and Beyond

In a statement, the FCDI reiterated the threat the IRGC poses to the Middle East region and beyond. It reminded the EU that the IRGC proxies are active in Syria, Yemen, and Lebanon, destabilizing peace and contributing to the deaths of civilians and international forces.

“Tehran also sacrifices the Iranian people’s legitimate needs for the sake of providing the heavy expenses of expanding its nuclear apparatus and fueling its destructive foreign adventurism,” it added. “This regime is oppressing the Iranian people’s most basic necessities and is deaf to the younger generation’s freedom-loving demands.”

However, the FCDI added that the Iranian people have a beacon of hope. The MEK is active across the country. Its resistance units work tirelessly to oppose the regime’s violence and brutality and bring democracy to Tehran.

The FCDI concluded by calling on all democratic nations to offer their support to the alternative to the Iranian dictatorship, the NCRI, and its President-elect Maryam Rajavi.

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Regime Executes Four Prisoners in a Matter of Days

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Archive photo: Supporters of MEK, protest surge in executions in Iran.
Upon appointing Ebrahim Raisi as the new head of regime’s judiciary, a new wave of executions have started in Iran- In the last two week of April 2019, at least 9 people have been executed on various charges in Iran.

In the last few days, the Iranian authorities carried out the execution of four prisoners. The men were held in custody at Babol, Mashhad, Ardebil and Kermanshah prisons.

The first executions came on April 18. 45-year-old Vali Zandian was hanged at Ardebil prison and Jafar Hosseini was killed at Dizelabad prison in Kermanshah province.

Then, on April 22, the Iranian state-run media reported the execution of a man at the central prison in Mashhad.

Most recently, on Wednesday, April 24, a prisoner identified only as A.Gh. was executed at Babol Prison in northern Iran. Those executed were charged with various charges.

Anti-Regime Protests

The executions come just a few weeks after the flood-hit victims in various cities started protesting against the regime’s lack of support for the flood-hit areas.

In October, supporters of MEK gathered on the streets of London and Belgium to protest the regime’s widespread use of the death penalty.

Protestors took their chants to 10 Downing Street in London, the residence of Prime Minister Theresa May. In Belgium, protestors gathered outside the European Union (EU) headquarters.

Half of the World’s Executions

International human rights groups, including Amnesty International, often draw attention to the regime’s violent and brutal application of capital punishment. The clerical regime in Iran is responsible for more than half of the executions that take place across the globe each year.

MEK- Iran Responsible for Half of World’s Executions

This is also a conservative estimate. Many executions in Iran go unreported, especially those of members of opposition political groups like the People’s Mujahedin Organisation of Iran (MEK).

To date, the Iranian regime has executed more than 120,000 for political reasons. In the summer of 1988 alone, the regime killed an estimated 30,000 political prisoners, mainly members of the MEK.

“There needs to be more pressure to bring a halt to all of these executions,” Naghmeh Rajabi of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) said. “Children, people, normal people are walking in the streets and they see bodies hanging from cranes… It’s completely unacceptable in the twenty-first century,” she said.

People are being sent to the gallows for non-violent crimes. In 2014, the Iranian regime parliament speaker, Ali Larijani, estimated that 80% of all executions were carried out against prisoners convicted of drug offenses.

Through its use of the death penalty, the regime has established a climate of fear and repression. Its monopoly on violence is designed to ensure the public do not rise up and bring a democratic Iran to fruition. This is how the regime has remained in power to date, but their grip is weakening. The brave Iranian youth are increasingly risking their lives and freedom to make their voices heard. They will not be silenced any longer.

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Teacher's protest in Iran

MEK, Iran: Teachers and Construction Workers Protest Unpaid Salaries and Widespread Unemployment

Teacher's protest in Iran

Teacher’s and retired teachers protest in front of the Iranian regime’s Ministry of Education asking for their unpaid wages to be paid.

On Wednesday, April 24, teachers in Tehran turned out to protest their unpaid salaries and appalling living and working conditions. In a protest outside the Iranian Education Ministry’s buildings in Tehran, protestors chanted, “we want our reward and it’s our legal right”.

Simultaneously, in Baneh, in western Iran, construction workers took to the streets to protest rising insurance premiums and rampant unemployment.

An Economic Tragedy

Protests like these have been widespread in recent months. The endemic corruption and the Iranian regime’s mismanagement of the economy have created an economic crisis.

Inflation at the end of 2018 was up by 34.9% on the previous year’s levels. The International Monetary Fund (IMF) expected inflation to increase to 40% in 2019. There have been reports of families selling organs to keep food on the table and make ends meet.

Unemployment has also been rising and is expected to increase by a further 13 or 14% in 2019.

In the face of this economic hardship, the regime has done nothing to ease Iranians’ financial burdens. Instead of introducing policies to ease the hardship, it has plundered Iranian assets. Corruption and high import tariffs and tolls are further squeezing Iranian finances and increasing poverty.

Regime Manipulation

To avoid paying public workers a higher salary, the Iranian regime has manipulated poverty figures. The poverty line, under which Iranians were considered to be living in poverty, still sits at 3 million Tomans, despite rampant inflation.

The regime, in an attempt to keep wages low and manipulate poverty figures, has not changed the official poverty line. The equivalent poverty line in today’s terms, after accounting for inflation, would be applied to salaries of less than 6 million Tomans. The regime is unwilling to amend its definition as it would have to increase public sector pay.

“Before this, I received 2.7 million Tomans since I had two children but in the new contract, my salary was reduced to 1.5 million Tomans,” a worker from Nishapur said.

A Rising Protest Movement

While the regime buries its head in the sand and the economic crisis worsens, the opposition movement is growing stronger. Protests organized by the People’s Mujahedin Organisation of Iran (MEK) have swept across the country and spread to all sectors of Iranian society.

This week, it was teachers and construction workers. Next week it could be pensioners, students, factory workers, farmers, truck drivers and taxi drivers taking to the street. Nobody is exempt from the grip of poverty.

In the final weeks of 2018, there were protests almost every day from workers demanding unpaid salaries and protesting appalling working and living conditions.

The status quo cannot continue. The Iranian people must make their voices heard and say enough is enough.

Staff writer

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