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MEK : Consequences of Mullahs’ Rule, Poverty and Misery

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MEK : Consequences of Mullahs’ rule: Poverty and misery

After four decades of the ruling, unemployment, corruption, embezzlement and many other social disasters have been the souvenirs of the mullahs for the Iranian people. Structural economic crisis, a staggering rate of military and security expenses, plundering of the population, water-shortage, destruction of the environment and …. have made a black hole of poverty, homelessness, and misery for the Iranian people. The minimum wage is at least less than one-fourth of the poverty line. Minimum needs, even a loaf of bread, are no longer on the people’s table.

In the first place, dictators annihilate democracy so that they can plunder the people and destroy the economy. This is the roadmap chosen by the religious dictatorial regime in Iran since its formation.

On 16 April 2019, Rezaie, Iranian MP, acknowledged in the regime’s parliament that people are furious about discrimination, injustice and more lies. He added that how do you expect teachers to educate our children while they are paid five to seven dollars a day?  He compared the condition of workers with slaves.

Controlling the situation, the mullahs, as usual, resort to intimidation, imprisonment, torture, and long term sentences. Arresting labor activists, teachers, defiant youth, and … are the tools that mullahs use to curb opposition movements. In response to this catastrophic situation, the people have no other option but to resist a decent and better life. Mujahedin-e Khalq (PMOI/MEK) resistance units are mobilizing people to restore their rights.

IRGC Commander, Hussein Rahimi, acknowledged that from March 2018 to January 2019, during nine months, there have been 923 protest gatherings just in the capital, Tehran. Another IRGC commander from the province of Khuzestan also admitted there had been 650 protests by workers in this period of time in this Southern province.

Last year the Secretariat of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) and also the MEK’s networks inside Iran covered the news of protest movements, daily gatherings, and strikes of workers, farmers, particularly in Isfahan, teachers, pensioners, nurses, and looted people by credit firms affiliated to IRGC. MEK reported that in the one month period of 22 June to 22 July 2019there had been 267 protests in different cities, villages, and industrial districts in Iran; that is nine protests a day. MEK resistance units played a key role to form and direct those growing protests.

 

Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, the President-elect of NCRI, said in this regard:

“Expand the resistance units in all schools and universities. Turn every school into a resistance unit, every college into a resistance unit, and every Iranian city into a resistance city. Freedom and victory are in your hands!”

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Iranian Regeme dead end road

MEK pushes the mullahs towards a deadly cliff

Iranian Regeme dead end road

MEK pushes the mullahs towards a deadly cliff

Confronting the unrest in Iran, Khamenei, the Supreme Leader of religious fascism finds no solution but accelerating internal suppression and external terrorism. Adopting Ebrahim Raissi, the key figure in the 1988 prison massacre, in which 30,000 Mujahedin-e Khalq (PMOI/MEK) members and supporters were executed in just a few months, as the head of the Judiciary shows he has no other option to control the explosive situation in Iran but appointing henchmen as high-ranking officials.

However, the growing protests during recent months in Iran led by the MEK indicate repression does not work for mullahs as it did before. The protests in Iran prove that the rulers cannot dictate their demands and people do not accept this miserable situation any longer. Expanding the popular movements and protests, and also the growing war between different factions inside the regime, both reflect the reality of Iranian society.

This leads the society to stand up and protest against poverty and repression. Recent uprising of people in the Southwest city of Lordegan is just an example.

Saturday, October 5, 2019, thousands of residents in Lordegan demonstrated against the mullahs’ regime in support of the residents of Chenar Mahmoudi village in Chaharmahal-Bakhtiari Province. Angry youths set ablaze the office of the representative of the regime’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei and Lordegan Governor’s Office as well as several other regime’s centers.

The demonstration began outside the Governor’s Office and spread to the Health Department’s local office. The security forces attacked the protesters at both locations. The protesters defended themselves by throwing rocks. The suppressive forces fired live rounds and tear gas into the crowd to disperse them, wounding a number of demonstrators.

Despite the unprecedented suppression, the angry workers in two industrial facilities, Hepco and Arak Azarab, are still continuing their protests against the regime.

Everything indicates circumstances are changing in Iran with freedom and prosperity on the horizon.

Pointing to the protests of people in Lordegan, Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, the President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) said:

“With their chants of death to the dictator and attacking the office of the representative of the Iranian Regime’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, they targeted the clerical establishment as the main cause of all the atrocities perpetrated against the Iranian people,”

On the current situation she emphasized:

“This corrupt and criminal regime has squandered Iran’s national wealth by pursuing nuclear and missile projects and engaging in foreign warmongering, which has destroyed all aspects of life for the people of Iran, including health and well-being.”

After four decades of suppression, the MEK resistance units are active more than ever, pushing the mullahs towards a deadly cliff. Victory is within reach. It is time for the international community to recognize the Iranian Resistance, the NCRI and the MEK.

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Iranian Regime Faces Ever Growing Workers Protest

Protest of HEPCO's workers

HEPCO company workers rallying in Arak (File Photo)

The mullahs’ regime is cornered by many problems in Iran. Some are scarier than others for the theocratic regime. Workers’ protests and strikes areas such. In the most recent labor unrest in Iran’s industrial heartland, Arak, in central Iran, Azarab Company workers protest for the familiar demands; unpaid wages and the return of the company to the public sector. The mullahs’ regime’s scheme in the last two decades against the working class has been a suppressive plan of forced privatization of oldest industries such as Hepco and Azarab in Iran. But what is even more cynical is that the clerical regime has tried to kill two birds with one stone. It wants to escape the responsibilities of the government toward Iran’s working community such as guaranteed wages and insurance and aims at breaking up the oldest labor unions formed in such industries for more than 40 years in Iran.

In Azarab, for example, private management is downsizing the personnel. What the mullahs’ regime has done is putting a multimillion-dollar company on sale for a fraction of its real market value. The bid usually goes to former Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) commanders or their families. By doing so the regime has two goals; one is gradually killing the company and secondly prevent the labor unions from taking shape. In the case of Azarab and Hepco they share the same fate. The Iranian regime has followed the same road)map for both industrial companies. The workers’ major demand aside from back pays is preventing the gradual closure of the company.

Azarab workers continue protests in Arak, central Iran

Workers of the Azarab company in Arak, central Iran, continues their rallies- file Photo

Azarab workers protested for three days outside the company’s plant in Arak. The anti-riot units of the IRGC were called in to turn the protesters away. But they stood their grounds and pushed them back.

Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, the President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), hailed the brave workers of Azarab for not abandoning their protests despite the suppressive measures and threats by the mullahs’ regime. She said that the ruling religious fascism in Iran responds to the enraged citizens only with tear gas, beatings, arrests, medieval trials, and long prison terms. But oppression and injustice will crumble in the face of the heroic workers’ resolve.

The Mujahedin-e Khalq (PMOI/MEK) also welcomed the Azarab’s workers for their bravery in standing up for their rights.

Background:

On October 8, 2019, for the third consecutive day, the protest gathering of Azarab’s workers continued. On Sunday, October 6, 2019, workers of Azarab Company had organized a gathering on the Tehran-Arak highway to protest the sale of the company and to demand their unpaid wages. They closed the main square at the city’s entrance.

A day before, on October 7, the workers had gathered and marched outside the company. The Revolutionary Guards’ anti-riot units attacked them by firing tear gas into the crowd. They blocked the demonstrators from entering the city fearing that the youths might join the protesting workers.

Despite yesterday’s brutal attacks, the workers gathered outside the company’s building again. The suppressive forces blocked the demonstrators from reaching San’at Square and entering the city.

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Eliminating Gas Subsidies: a Noose Around the Mullahs’ Neck

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increases the gas price, it runs a serious risk of public protests for Rouhani’s weak government.

The mullahs’ regime is bankrupt. Oil export, its main sources of income has dried up with crushing sanctions. With no hope for sanction reliefs especially after Hassan Rouhani’s failed trip to the UN General Assembly, the regime has counted on emptying the people’s pockets. To do so it is quietly planning eliminating gas subsidies. The Iranian regime tested the waters last year for increasing gas prices.  It backed off. Public anger and frustration would be predictable, and it was enough to scare off the mullahs. Increasing gas prices is even more dangers for the regime than that of bread. Gas is the bloodline for Iran’s failing economy. All goods and services are delivered on wheels in Iran and every vehicle needs juice to run. It is as simple as that.

If Rouhani’s weak government increases the gas price, it runs a serious risk of public protests. The Iranian regime’s Majlis (parliament) called for a closed session to discuss eliminating gas subsidies. Ironically, Brigadier General Ali Fadavi, deputy commander of the Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) was invited for consultation. In a normal government, for discussing such issues the energy or oil minister would be called in not a military commander. But nothing is normal in the mullahs’ corrupt regime. Increasing gas prices can inflame the already volatile Iranian society. Calculating the risks of such price hikes are not that difficult since Iran is witnessing everyday protests. Adding extreme economic hardship and salaries that are no match for unbridled inflation are recipes for disaster. An important factor that they cannot ignore and always take into account when weighing the cost and benefits of such decisions is the role the Iranian Resistance would play in all of it. Mujahedin-e Khalq (PMOI/MEK) has been an existential threat to mullahs’ regime since day one. Ali Khamenei and his cronies use every opportunity to remind each other of the MEK’s threat. The protests in Lordegan was the latest case.

Ali Mohammad-Akbari IRGC commander for Qmar-Banihasheim Brigade assigned to the region blamed the Mujahedin-e Khalq (PMOI/MEK) for Lordegan’s unrest yesterday.

Mohammad-Akbari told the citizens that MEK was responsible for what had happened. He said:

“Those who had covered their faces with scarfs and directed the people in Lordegan were not locals and had come from elsewhere.”

Increasing gas prices have become the latest security threat for the mullahs’ shaky regime.

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Dr. Firouz Daneshgari: Come together under the Maryam Rajavi’s ten-point plan for a free Iran

Dr. Firouz Daneshgari,

Dr. Firouz Daneshgari, the founder of MDAID, delivered a speech in a conference in NY discussing the future of Iran

Dr. Firouz Daneshgari, the founder of MDAID, delivered a speech in a conference in NY discussing the future of Iran. Below is an excerpt of his speech:


We are bounded by Iranian heritage and we have a shared responsibility toward the people of Iran to help free Iran, move the country toward a republic form of government and keeping the entire country united and ensure its territory reserved as it is today.

I’m a surgeon-scientist and a professor, but I’m also a former political prisoner. My eyes and my mind and my body are witnessed how this regime treats political prisoners. I have the scars of torture on my body that I have carried over thirty years. Especially those political prisoners who are affiliated with the Mujahedin-e Khalq (MEK), I know because as a physician I risked my life to treat them, and to defend them; and some of their members died on my laps. While I treated their gunshot wounds inflected by IRGC, I have seen many many occasions of who this regime is that I cannot describe in simple words.

Today I represent an International Medical Foundation named MDAID which focuses on supporting victims of torture and political prisoners who are forced to flee their homeland as refugees and settled in North American and Europe.

As the founder and chairman of this foundation, I’ve brought my own experience as a political prisoner to this foundation and partner with many former political prisoners who are now empowered medical professionals and paying it forward to other refugees in Europe and elsewhere. I share all those experiences with my colleagues to demonstrate an envision how Iran can recover positively after the fall of this regime to the point of helping other nations as well. For years the world community believes this regime can change from within; the deceitful promise of so-called moderates and reformists has cost thousands of innocent lives in Iran and the entire region in the Middle East. The economic corruption and embezzlement by the regime officials have led to a health crisis for the people of Iran.

Recently research came across my desk that a person who had interviewed over three thousand people who had sold their kidneys to survive and he titled his research as the cost of kidney in Iran is less than three ounces of pistachios in some of the cities.

The other incompetence and incapable mullahs blame the medical crises on the sanctions and that is not farther than truth than this. And this is yet part of ongoing deception and propaganda by this regime. Let us be very clear that the shortage of medicine has nothing to do with the sanctions. It has all to do with this criminal mafia regime of mullahs and IRGC that has brought such crises on people of Iran.

They ship the medication, the medical supplies, and the resources that belong to Iranian people to Syria, Iraq, and Yemen. As we watched the protests in Iran, people are shouting one less embezzlement, our problem can be solved. This regime is riddle with its scandals, fraud, and embezzlement from the top of the house, starting with Khamenei himself and his office to the bottom feeders of IRGC and Basijis. They reaping off Iranian people from their resources. Iran’s health sector is hurting because of this regime, not because of the sanctions. I have firsthand information from my colleagues in Iran. The nation of Iran is under attack by this regime and has been over the past forty years every single day. We cannot and should not allow this crazy regime to stop us from resolve in chaining and working together. The maximum pressure is working. We don’t see any protest about the sanctions from Iranian people, but we see is more protests by all the sectors of society including nurses, medical professionals against the regime, because the regime belongs to the dust bin of history. I have no doubt the brave men and women of Iran will bring this regime down along with the organized resistance movement and units of MEK.

We need one day of voting in Iran to show this regime who the Iranian people love. We can and must come together united in support regime change in Iran by the Iranian people. We can and we must raise above the propaganda and fake news that this regime unleashes on us. Iran is the previous land and is one of the most unique countries in the Middle East that has such rich ethnical and religious diversity. For all the major social movement starting with the constitutional movement back about 110 years ago from my land from Azarbayjan, I’m one of descendant of Sattar Khan, to uprising of 1979 revolution to the protest of the 1980s and 1999 and 2009 and kind movement since 2017, we have shown the world that we can come together in rejection of this clerical regime just as people rejected dictatorship of Shah. We have come together at Azaries, Kurds, Arabs, Baluchis, Persians, and other ethnic groups and we are here to be united against the regime. No separation is between us; the only enemy is the regime. So, let’s unit together in exile to bring our motherland, giving her a helping hand and come together under the ten-point plan proposed by Mrs. Maryam Rajavi for a free Iran. It is truly the bases for most modern Iran. Let’s come together and rebuild our homeland with the best and brightest. But first, we must focus on making regime change in Iran a reality Starting today.

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MEK: A Dead End for Clerical Regime

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High inflation in the mullahs’ regime has lead to a deep crisis

Iran is in a deep crisis. The mullahs’ regime no longer is able to stop the downward spiral. Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei is not in control and has no clue in solving the overwhelming problems. The theocratic regime is living in browed time.

The Iranian regime president, Hassan Rouhani is not in better shape and returned home from his controversial trip to UN General Assembly empty-handed. Accelerating course of events in the country point to a dark future for the clerical regime. The country is boiling in dissent and everyday citizens turn up outside government buildings following their demands.

Inflations running at a record high in Iran

Inflations are running at a record high and far exceeding the International Monetary Fund’s estimates for this year. The Iranian Regime’s Statistical Center has announced on September 24 that the rate of inflation in Iran has reached 42.7 percent during the 12 months ending on August 23. This is nearly 3 percent higher than the IMF forecast in April. All figures projected by the Iranian regime must be taken with a grain of salt since most are manipulated for internal consumption.

Nevertheless, they speak volumes when it comes to project the public’s discontent with the regime. Teachers, workers, farmers, truckers, merchants, inverters with heavy losses for saving their money in the banks run by the Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) protest on different occasions.

MEK Network: At Least 177 Protests in Iran During August

It is for the first time in the mullahs’ regime history that it has hit the absolute rock bottom. None of its factions will win any popularity contest even among their strongholds.

None of the regime’s factions will be around if a democratic election

Saeed Hajarian, a well-known regime strategist and one of the former architects of the Ministry of Intelligence and Security (MOIS) told the state-run Sazandegi in August:” If there would be such time that the glass ceiling is lifted, like democratic countries and a fair election is held, then, there will no longer be a “reformist or a conservative camp left in Iran.” What he simply meant is that none of the regime’s factions will be around anymore if there will be a democratic election.

Will the regime be able to last until the U.S. Presidential election? Something the mullahs have pinned their hopes on. Is it possible to stop the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) Resistance Units from expanding? Is regime capable to turn the clock back and stop the explosive state of the society?

Ahamd Alam-alhoda, regime’s Friday Prayer leader in Mashhad, and one of Khamenei’s close confidants answers the questions. He said on December 28, 2018: “Sedition of 2009 is behind us what concerns me is new sedition for 2019. The enemy is planning for it. Economic problems and social unrest are the recipes for disaster. These are the means by which they attack the leadership.”

What really is happening under the skin of Iranian society is plain and simple. The people cannot take it anymore and the mullahs’ no longer have the ability to completely suppress the citizens.

New Acts of Defiance by the MEK Resistance Units

Social unrest plus high inflation and the mullahs’ regime failure in providing absolute necessities of daily life for people has brought it to its knees. The MEK’s Resistance Units and Resistance Councils activities in Iran have opened a window of hope and an opportunity for restless people fed-up with the theoretic regime. The final blow will be delivered with these two forces combined in Iran; the people with support from MEK.

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EU Warns Regime it May Be Forced to Withdrawal from Nuclear Deal

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European Union is considering withdrawing from the Iran nuclear deal

The National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) reported on Friday that the European Union is considering withdrawing from the Iran nuclear deal. The EU privately warned the Iranian regime that it will have no choice but to start withdrawing from the deal in November if the Iranian government follows through on its threat to take the fourth step out of compliance with the terms of the nuclear agreement.

The Iranian regime has taken three separate steps in violation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), commonly known as the Iran nuclear deal since the United States announced its departure from the deal and the reimposition of oil sanctions last year. The EU has struggled to preserve the deal despite the regime’s refusal to honor its terms and the failure of INSTEX, a controversial plan which would have allowed the EU to bypass sanctions in order to buy Iranian oil.

A New Violation

On Thursday, the United Nations nuclear watchdog issued a report stating that the Iranian regime has once again breached the nuclear deal, this time by enriching uranium with advanced centrifuges. The regime has further threatened to take further actions to step away from the deal in November.

The EU issued its warning to Tehran at a meeting on Wednesday after three signatories to the 2015 nuclear deal agreed to do so. The warning made it clear that the agreement is now on life support.

The EU informed Tehran that the issue of Iranian non-compliance would be sent to the agreement’s formal dispute mechanism if the next step away from the deal is significant.

If the dispute mechanism is triggered, both sides will have 30 days to prove significant non-compliance. If it proves necessary, global world-wide sanctions snap-backs will occur.

On Thursday, U.S. Senator Tom Cotton issued a statement in response to the Iranian regime’s latest breach of the nuclear deal. He wrote:

“While President Rouhani glad-handed world leaders at the U.N. General Assembly, his nuclear scientists were ramping up the regime’s uranium enrichment using advanced centrifuges. I urge our European allies to recognize the ayatollahs’ deceit and join us in snapping back sanctions on this murderous regime.”

The MEK’s Position

The MEK and the NCRI have repeatedly stressed that nuclear weapons are key to the survival of the Iranian regime. The MEK initially uncovered the Natanz uranium enrichment site and Arak heavy water facility in August 2002, which revealed the extent of the regime’s clandestine nuclear weapons program and triggered inspections by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). The ensuing sanctions by the U.N. Security Council prevented the Iranian regime from developing a nuclear bomb, which they almost certainly would have used by now. The MEK members who uncovered the regime’s nuclear program did so at great personal risk in order to protect the world from a deadly threat.

The Iranian regime is now continuing its nuclear weapons program and must not be allowed to continue unchecked. The MEK and the NCRI believe that it is imperative that the regime’s nuclear program be dismantled in its entirety.

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Inflation in Iran

Regime Releases Report Using Fake Data to Portray an Improving Economy

Inflation in Iran

    Despite the Iranian regime’s propaganda economy is in a dire situation

On September 18, Iranian regime President Hassan Rouhani’s administration published a report that cited false statistics to support claims that the economic outlook in Iran is improving in both urban and rural areas. The report stated that earnings increases have surpassed the cost of living, leading to financial gains for ordinary Iranians across the country.

These claims run counter to all other published data on the Iranian economy, which consistently show a country in a dire financial crisis. Many Iranians have been forced to dig through public garbage bins to find food or sell their organs to provide for their families. Economic protests are held on a daily basis in cities across Iran with the support of the PMOI/MEK’s Resistance Units.

Reactions from State-run Media

The report and its outlandish statistics were met with incredulity. Even state-run media found the results to be implausible.

The Siasat-e Rooz newspaper, which is closely-tied to regime President Hassan Rouhani’s faction, wrote:

“Over the past few days, a report was published about the survey of earnings and costs of urban and rural families in 2017-2018 that according to experts had strange results. According to this report, the survey shows that in 2017-2018, urban families had on average 43.4 million tomans in earnings and 39.3 million tomans in costs. This is about an average of 3.6 million tomans in earnings per month and 3.3 million tomans in costs.”

The report falsely claimed that Iranian families would save an average of 4.2 million tomans per year after covering their basic needs.

“These statistics are published while the Center for Statistics has repeatedly published reports about skyrocketing inflation in Iran’s economy, announcing it at 42.2 percent last month. This means that living costs have increased 42.2 percent over the past year!” the article continued.

“These claims are made while based on facts on the ground and the living basket of ordinary people shrinking with each passing day, especially because of unchecked rising costs for products like meat, poultry, dairy, and rice,” the article added.

The Arman newspaper, which is also closely tied to Rouhani’s faction, also expressed skepticism about the report’s findings, writing: “The poverty line threshold is three times above a worker’s minimum wage!”

A Failed Strategy

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High prices in Iran crumple Iranians

This study is only the most recent example of the regime’s blatant use of falsehoods and propaganda. The report not only contradicts all other independent data, but it also contradicts data previously published by the regime’s own agencies. The mullahs have no regard for the truth and have shown no regard for the intelligence of the Iranian people.

It is evident from the reactions to this story in state-run media, which almost never contradict the regime, and from the daily protests in Iran, that very few Iranians believe the mullahs’ lies anymore. This has been the case for several years, and discontent with the regime’s dishonesty and corruption is growing.

Prior to the 2018 Uprising, the regime attempted to divide the people into moderates versus hardliners to channel their frustration into arbitrary factions. The Mujahedin-e Khalq/ MEK has led the way in showing the people that there are no moderates within the Iranian regime. The entire system must be dismantled if Iran is to be free and prosperous.

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Iran’s grizzly organ trade

A wall in Farhang Hosseini alley filled with selling and buying advertisements for body organs.

Thousands of people in Iran are being forced to sell their body parts, including livers, lungs, bone marrow, blood, kidneys, and corneas, on the growing black market, according to opposition activists.

The National Council of Resistance to Iran (NCRI) provided a dossier detailing allegations of the shocking trade, which has turned into a “lucrative business”, to the Daily Star Online.

The Iranian activists, who are living in exile, said that the economic strain in Iran is why thousands of people are desperate enough to sell their organs, which can go for up to $50,000.

NCRI spokesman Shahin Gobadi described this as an “untold catastrophe” and a “systemic problem”.

He added: “The tragedy of Iranians, especially the youths, selling their body parts to survive or to address their own basic needs or those of their families in a country like Iran that has seven percent of the world’s natural resource is an untold catastrophe.”

The dossier includes photos of graffiti, where people have advertised their organs on buildings near hospitals, and a website which advertises the buying and selling of organs via “organ brokers”, who prey on the desperation of both buyer and seller. Messages on this site include:

  • “Hello, I want to see my kidney under the market price”
  • “Willing to sell kidney due to financial problems”
  • “Urgent sale of kidney”
  • “I need the money urgently, I am willing to come anywhere in Iran”
  • “God would damn the owner of this website”

Most of those selling their organs are aged 22-34 and are encouraged to submit their blood group, mobile number and personal details to the broker.

The NCRI spoke to one dealer, who said that organ brokers can earn up to $56,000 a month, who admitted preying on the poor and even the families of “brain-dead patients” in hospitals.
The dealer said: “Most of those who sell their kidneys are from the lower strata of the society. I find them through friends who live in small towns or poor suburbs. Subsequently, they are satisfied and the price is set. Of course, they are introduced as the donor and the acquaintance of the patient to make the job easier.”

Kidneys are the most in-demand, with blood plasma and livers being more expensive. Here is the price per body part on the black market:

  • Kidneys – $5k to $10k
  • Livers – $50k
  • Corneas – $20k
  • Bone marrow – $10k

Tehran is reportedly the center of the organ trade, with an alley known as “Kidney Street” and the area is tagged with numerous A4 sheets of paper counting personal details of people selling their organs.

Resistance and Political Change Will Come from the Depths of Economic Despair

Gobadi said that the Iranian Regime had pillaged the country’s resources and spent billions running “proxy wars” in Yemen, Lebanon, and Syria.

He said: “It is very telling that the painful trend of selling body parts continued and even intensified following the signing of the Iran Nuclear Deal, which released more than 100 billion dollars and enabled the regime to sell more than two million barrels of oil on a daily basis. As the Iranian Resistance said at the time, this windfall was not spent on improving the abysmal living conditions of the Iranian people.”

He continued: “Through embezzlement, theft and astronomical pillaging of these resources, the Iranian regime’s leaders have devoted most of these resources to suppression at home and export of terrorism as well as financing terrorist groups, fomenting proxy wars in the Middle East and working to obtain weapons of mass destruction.”

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MEK Network: At Least 177 Protests in Iran During August

Protests of teachers in Iran

Photo credit to Iran News Wire: Teachers protest against their poor economic condition in dozens of cities in Iran, 2019

At least 177 protests took place in 57 cities, villages, and industrial regions in Iran during the month of August, according to reports from the people’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI / MEK) sources inside Iran. More than 21 people were sentenced to prison or lashes due to their participation in protests in August.

The following is a summary of the protests that took place in Iran during August:

Workers

Total number of protests: 83

Locations: 29 cities, commercial areas, and industrial towns in 20 provinces

Protesters: Forest rangers at the Shafavard Forest Company, workers in the Sisakht municipality, HEPCO workers in the city of Arak, Fasa Sugar Cube factory workers, and RAMCO (Rehabilitation & Maintenance Petrochemical Co.) workers in the city of Ahvaz.

The workers protested low and delayed wages, lack of job security, the dismissal of workers, non-renewal of contracts, and privatization.

Defrauded Credit Customers

Total number of protests: 12

Locations: 4 cities

Protesters: Defrauded customers of the Revolutionary Guards-affiliated Caspian Credit Institution, Ramak Auto, Avizco Auto, Shadi Gold Institute, Adineh Complex, Persian Pars Auto, and the Kimia project.

The protesters demanded the return of their stolen savings.

Retirees

Total number of protests: 6

Locations: 4 cities

Protesters: Retirees of the Fars Province Telecommunications Company, the Nilo Tile factory, the Isfahan Telecommunication Company, and the Tehran metro, and pensioners in the northwestern province of Eastern Azerbaijan.

pensioners protest in Iran

Archive photo: Retired Iranian bank employees from all over Iran came to Tehran to protest their low pension. The protesters gathered outside the Bank Pension Fund Office- October 2018

Teachers

Total number of protests:17

Locations: 8 cities in 8 provinces

Teachers protested low and unpaid wages, poor living conditions, the lack of official hiring status, and the arrest of their colleagues. Schools are currently on summer break, so these protests are noteworthy.

Other Protests

Total number of protests: 38

Locations: 28 cities in 19 provinces

Protesters: Employees of rural telecommunications; disabled Iranians; villagers in Hani Garmaleh, Kermanshah Province; and landowners in Mahmoud Abad, Mazandaran Province.

Hunger Strikes by Iranian Prisoners

Total number of hunger strikes: 13

Locations: 8 prisons in 7 cities

Prisoners who embarked on hunger strikes included :

  • Akbar Gavili, a civil rights activist and former member of the Kurdistan Green Association, in protest of his arrest;
  • female prisoners in Section 5 of Tehran’s Qarchak Prison, in protest of prison conditions;
  • Mohammad Najafi, a lawyer, and activist currently detained in Arak Prison, in protest of being held in quarantine;
  • Kamran Darvish, a political prisoner in Orumieh Central Prison in protest of not being released on bail;
  • Akbar Bagheri, a political prisoner currently detained in Greater Tehran Penitentiary in protest of his prison sentence, not receiving an appeal in the Supreme Court, not receiving medical attention, and being sent to Greater Tehran Prison;
  • Ali Ashraf Parvaneh in protest of not being allowed to leave after 18 years in prison.
  • Environmentalists Amir Hossein Khaleghi, Taher Ghadirian, Sepideh Kashani, Homan Jukar, and Nilofar Bayani in protest of their continued illegal temporary detention;
  • Hamzeh Darvish, a Sunni prisoner currently being held in Rajaie Shahr Prison in protest of not being allowed to choose his lawyer and issues related to his legal case;
  • Amir Nourzehi, an Afghan national currently held in Zahedan Prison in protest of prison officials’ refusal to tell him who filed charges against him.

The MEK salutes the brave protesters who continue to stand up to the mullahs despite the regime’s attempts to intimidate and suppress them.

Staff Writer

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