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MEK Rally in London

Friday Prayer Leaders Express Fear of MEK in Dire Warnings about Protests

MEK Rally in London

Supporters of MEK, during a rally in London in support of the uprisings in Iran.

The clerical regime in Iran uses a variety of tactics to spread propaganda amongst the people. One of its most insidious methods is the use of Friday prayer leaders. Each week, these men use the guise of religion to promulgate the talking points of the mullahs.

As it has become clear that the protests that have been taking place across the country for over a year are not going to stop because of the regime’s efforts to intimidate and suppress the people, Friday prayer leaders have stepped up their warnings about the MEK and its role in the ongoing efforts to bring back democracy in Iran. In the process, the leaders have exposed the regime’s fear of the popular uprising and its potential to topple the theocratic regime.

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“Plans of the Enemy”

Over the past few weeks, this phenomenon has been particularly pronounced. Friday prayer leaders have referred to the “plans of the enemy” and “uprisings by the disenchanted population” against the Iranian regime.

Mohammad Taghi Keramati, Golpaygan’s Friday prayer leader described an enemy who wants to “destroy the roots of the establishment.” Despite these ominous words, he said that officials should not be afraid and lose their resolve in the face of this enemy.

Ghorbanali Dori Najafabadi, Arak’s Friday prayer leader, named the MEK as the enemy of the Iranian regime in his sermon and said that the regime must “resist against the enemy with vigilance and awareness.”

Mohammad Reza Naseri, Yazd’s Friday prayer leader, said in his sermon that regime officials should be cautious about believing rumors. “The enemy intends to cause mistrust in officials and the goals of the revolution through rumors,” he warned in a sermon that was streamed on social media.

Fear of the MEK

Some prayer leaders sought to hide their anxiety about the upheaval taking place around the country by expressing relief that the Islamic Republic still stands.

Hormozgan’s Friday prayer leader, Gholamali Naeem Abadi, said, “As we approach the 40th anniversary of the Revolution, all the enemies who prayed for the destruction of the establishment have themselves been destroyed.” (It is worth noting that the MEK has not, in fact, been destroyed, and the regime and all of its officials and prayer leaders are abundantly aware of this, as are the Iranian people.)

Yusef Ghassemi, Kangan’s Friday prayer leader was less celebratory. “As Iran puts the 40th anniversary of the victory of the Islamic Revolution behind, the enemies are trying to push protests toward strife by assembling working groups,” he said.

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Villainizing the MEK Abroad

Yet another common thread among Friday prayer leaders’ sermons has been a fixation with the MEK’s activities abroad. Mohammad Ali Ale Hashem, Tabriz’s Friday prayer leader, said that the MEK is “a group that has disagreed with the principles of the Islamic Republic for four decades and is seeking its collapse.” He described the MEK’s activities in Europe as a cause for concern and demanded that the European Union “respond to the Iranian people about harboring [MEK members].”

 

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Maryam Rajavi's ten point plan

Maryam Rajavi’s ten-point plan for Iran’s democratic future

Maryam Rajavi's ten point plan

Maryam Rajavi’s ten point plan for future of Iran.

President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), Maryam Rajavi’s commitment to freedom and democracy in Iran has been outlined in her ten-point plan for the future of Iran. The NCRI is a coalition of more than 500 distinct Iranian opposition groups, including the People’s Mujahedin Organisation of Iran (MEK). The organization elected Maryam Rajavi as its leader, she runs the democratic Iranian government in exile.

Maryam Rajavi’s ten-point plan for a brighter Iranian future

Maryam Rajavi’s ten-point plan outlines the NCRI’s vision for Iran following the end of the clerical rule. It serves as a roadmap for a new era of democratic rule, with the NCRI and Maryam Rajavi as the head of a tolerant democratic government.

Universal Suffrage

The first point of the plan asserts the NCRI’s commitment to free and fair democratic elections. Legitimacy is earnt at the ballot box, and in a democratic Iran, the NCRI would hold fair elections with universal suffrage, granting every Iranian citizen a vote.

Political Freedom

The NCRI is committed to political freedom. Under its government, citizens would have the political freedom to create political parties, the media would be free of censorship, and all individuals would enjoy unrestricted access to the internet.

The Abolition of the Death Penalty

The NCRI and Maryam Rajavi oppose the use of the death penalty in all cases.

Secular Government

The NCRI is also determined to separate religion from government. Iran would become a place of religious freedom and pluralism, with followers of all religions welcome and free to practice their religious beliefs.

Equality

Maryam Rajavi and her NCRI government would uphold equality in all areas of Iranian society. Women would receive equal participation in political leadership, have the freedom to choose their clothing, their husbands, and be free to divorce.

Independent Judiciary

The NCRI is dedicated to the establishment of an independent judicial system. The accused would be considered innocent until proven guilty and have the right to legal counsel, defense in court, and a fair trial.

In Defence of Human Rights

Following the fall of the mullahs, the NCRI would uphold the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, eliminating discrimination against religious and ethnical minorities. The Iranian Kurdistan region will receive a plan of political autonomy, and all minority languages and culture will receive the necessary protections.

A Market Economy

Maryam Rajavi and the NCRI seeks to instate a market economy, with private property and investment. Investors will receive relevant protections and the NCRI will govern over a revitalized economy and environment.

The Pursuit of Peace

Iranian foreign policy will be based on the pursuit of peace and stability in the region. The NCRI will respect the UN Charter and seek peaceful coexistence with its international neighbors, both in the Middle East and beyond.

A Non-Nuclear Iran

Finally, the NCRI and Maryam Rajavi remain committed to establishing a non-nuclear Iran, free from weapons of mass destruction.

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Free Iran Gathering in Paris

Western Policy Ignores the Will of the Iranian People

Free Iran Gathering in Paris

Free Iran gathering – June 30, 2018 – Paris

In Syria, the nightmare of Assad’s regime continues. Six million Syrians have become refugees, hoping to escape the fate of their countrymen. Half a million Syrians have been murdered by Assad’s regime and another five million have been internally displaced.

 

All of this carnage has been facilitated by the Iranian regime’s support of Assad and his brutal reign. By lending support to the Butcher of Damascus, fanning the flames of sectarian violence, and directly intervening in the Syrian crisis, Tehran has supported the brutality in Syria and extended Assad’s reign.

 

In addition to furthering the suffering of the Syrian people, Tehran has also backed terrorist activities in Iraq, Yemen, Lebanon, and Gaza. The Iranian regime continues to develop nuclear warheads in defiance of the failed Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), also known as the Iran Nuclear Deal. Despite these acts of aggression, the West continues to prop up the regime with its money.

 

Tehran’s development of nuclear weapons and its exportation of terror continued unabated during the time the JCPOA was active. And Iran’s people made their dissatisfaction with the current regime known with the uprising that began last December and spread across more than 140 cities in Iran. And while it is good that the United States has recognized the weakness of the JCPOA, Western nations must go further to end the threat posed by Tehran, both inside Iran and across the world.

 

When President Trump pulled the U.S. out of the JCPOA, he stated that the Iranian regime would have bigger problems that they’ve had in the past. But Tehran’s problems go far beyond the sanctions that are to come. Cities across Iran have been the sites of continuous protest since the uprising that began last December, with multiple demonstrations taking place each day.

Khamenei, regime’s Supreme Leader, acknowledged the MEK’s role in the uprisings, which explains the regime’s anxiety about the growing unrest in Iran. The extent of regime’s fear could be seen when in January, Rouhani attempted to persuade French President Emmanuel Macron to take action against MEK members in France. Macron refused. It is therefore clear that the mullahs are desperate to hold onto their power and fear that it is already slipping away.

 

This fear is magnified by the international community’s support for the recent uprising and by the clear message of those protesting. Protesters chanted, “Death to Rouhani!” and “Death to Khamenei!” in streets across Iran. Protesters also chanted, “Hardliner, reformer, the game is now over!” making it clear that they would not be satisfied by anything less than regime change.

 

Maryam Rajavi, the President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), of which the MEK is the largest member, discussed the future of Iran, saying, “Any future investment in this regime is doomed to failure” and that it “will only embolden the religious fascists’ warmongering, and export of fundamentalism and terrorism.”  The only way to stop Iran’s terrorist actions and free its people is to put an end to its repressive regime.

 

The West can support the resistance movement by curbing its aggression in the region and addressing its ballistic missiles violation, as well as cutting off Tehran’s access to the international banking community. This will cripple its repressive forces at home and abroad.

 

On June 30th, a Free Iran rally (#FreeIran2018) will be held in Paris. The annual event hosts delegations of resistance members and supporters, as well as dignitaries and high-ranking officials from across the world. This event will offer the opportunity for the international community to support the MEK in its efforts to bring freedom to Iran. By supporting the resistance, the West can help bring democracy and equality back to Iran and end its terrorist activities in the region.

 

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