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Iran Floods covers cities across the country

The Regime Refuses to Reveal Death Toll in Floods Out of Fear of Public Outrage

Iran Floods covers cities across the country

The recent Iran floods are believed to be the results of IRGC’s destruction of countries resources.

Following widespread flooding in Iran which has spread to 30 of Iran’s 31 provinces, the Iranian regime is not being forthcoming with the facts. On Monday, March 25, scenes of cars being swept away in the brown waters washing across Shiraz in Fars province were shared across social media. The floods have now claimed the lives of more the 200 Iranians, the People’s Mujahedin Organisation of Iran (MEK) asserts, but these figures are absent from the regime’s narrative.

For the leader of Iran opposition, president-elect Maryam Rajavi, this is a calculated effort to mislead the population over the severity of the flooding. The regime fears more public outrage if the true death toll were to be released.

Compounding the Damage

However, in withholding information about the full extent of the damage and the severity of the situation, the regime is not allowing the necessary aid and assistance to reach the public. Many Iranians have been left cut off from supply routes and nearby cities with limited food and no access to clean water. They cannot reach hospitals to receive medical attention and the situation is becoming grave.

Maryam Rajavi has called on the Iranian population, as well as the international community, to offer assistance to those affected. She said, “national cooperation and popular assistance are the only way to prevail over the ruinous floods and the clerical regime’s destructive policies.”

Calculated Deceit

Initially, on March 19, the Northern Khorasan Chief of Police admitted that the flooding had claimed the lives of two Iranians. This was then confirmed on March 22 by a state-run news agency. On that same day, a coroner in Mazandaran admitted there had been five further deaths in Mazandaran province, bringing the death toll to seven. Then the regime backpedaled. It stopped releasing information on death figures and even denied the initial figures revealed by the police and coroner.

By refusing to acknowledge the deaths and disappearance of many victims, the regime is leaving many to their fate. It is not committing resources to find and rescue those that are unaccounted for. It is not recovering the bodies of victims from the waters. It is being left to victims’ families and communities to organize rescue efforts themselves.

The MEK and its supporters are mobilizing to provide assistance to victims where possible.

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Flash flood in Iran

Maryam Rajavi Encourages People of Iran to Help Neglected Victims of Catastrophic Flood

 

Flash flood in Iran

The devastating flood in 30 provinces out of 31 provinces has caused major damages due to regime mismanagement-March 2019

The catastrophic flooding in Iran continues to spread across the country, with 30 out of 31 provinces affected by flood conditions, according to the regime’s Relief and Rescue Organization. Reports from MEK sources inside Iran indicate that the victims of the disaster in many areas have been left stranded without access to emergency aid, drinking water, and supplies, and the death toll continues to climb.

On Tuesday, Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), called on the people of Iran to organize to provide assistance to people who have been neglected by the regime in the wake of the deadly floods.

“I call on the people of Iran and especially the youth to form popular councils in every city, neighborhood, and village to confront the flash floods and their disastrous consequences, and to help the people who have suffered in the floods.”

She added: “National cooperation and popular assistance are the only way to prevail over the ruinous floods and the clerical regime’s destructive policies.”

Fars Province

The city of Shiraz, Fars Province, has been the hardest hit by the floods, with at least 120 deaths reported by MEK sources and others inside Iran as of Monday. Shiraz flooded again on Tuesday, washing away more vehicles from the city’s streets.

Tehran Province

Water levels are rising on some of Tehran’s roads, and the weather organization has warned that the city is under serious threat of flooding.

According to the Traffic Police Chief of Eastern Tehran Province, the Imam Reza highway has been blocked due to floodwaters.
Merchants in a number of areas of Tehran have been asked to close their stores for the next 48 hours due to hazardous flood conditions.

Kermanshah Province

The Alvand River is rising near the city of Sarpol Zahab, Kermanshah Province. Sarpol Zahab was leveled by an earthquake in November 2017, and the residents of the city have struggled to rebuild with little to no assistance from the regime. Floodwaters have now washed many of their tents and trailer homes away.

Khuzestan Province

According to the provincial Crisis Management Director, 350 homes in Isfahan, Khuzestan Province, have suffered damage from the floods.

According to the mayor of Ahvaz, Khuzestan Province, the entire city is in the midst of a flood crisis. The Karun River does not have the capacity to sustain the massive amount of water pouring through it, and the city will face problems.

Residents in two districts in Khuzestan have been ordered to evacuate due to dangerous conditions following flooding in Izeh. Reports from the province indicate that the Behbahan-Ramhormoz is closed due to flooding.

In Khorramshahr, Khuzestan Province, floodwaters have been reported near the Tavijat military road, and there is a possibility that the water may reach homes in the area. Locals are attempting to flood-proof their homes without any assistance from regime authorities.

 

In Susangerd, Khuzestan, a flood dam protecting the village of East Hufel collapsed, endangering local residents.

Water levels in Dezful, Khuzestan Province, are rising, and a provincial authority has reported that flood conditions have reached dams in this city as well.

Isfahan Province

In Isfahan, Isfahan Province, the Zayandeh River has risen to the tip of the city’s bridges. Reports indicate that water is heading toward the city.

Chaharmahal and Bakhtiari Province

 

Early Tuesday morning floodwaters blocked a road between the city of Andika to Shahr-e Kord. A number of paths in the area were also blocked by floodwaters, according to local officials.

Lorestan Province

In Khorramabad, Lorestan Province, flooding continues. All roads leading to the city of Mamulan are blocked due to rising levels in the Kashkan River. The city is without drinking water as of Tuesday.

Bushehr Province

 

Landslides have been reported on the Ahrom-Kalame road in Bushehr Province. Iran’s nuclear power plant is located in Bushehr.

Khorasan Province

 

The Traffic Police Deputy of Southern Khorasan Province reported that the Eshq Abad road to Bardaskan near the city of Tabas is now closed “due to rising water levels.”

Zanjan Province

 

In the city of Zanjan, commuters were required to stop their vehicles because of the threat of flooding. Afshar, Zanjan Province, has already been hit by flash flooding.

Golestan Province

Golestan Province was one of the first areas hit by the floods in Iran, and citizens are outraged at the regime’s failure to provide emergency aid. Revolutionary Guards forces attempting to enter the flood zone were met with outrage, as residents refused them entry into their homes.

Reports also indicate that authorities have refused to allow a team of physicians to enter Khaje Nafas to provide medical care.

According to reports, a boat capsized in Gomishan, Golestan Province, causing twenty passengers to drown to death. Locals were able to save five or six of the boat’s passengers. The MEK expressed condolences to the victims’ families.

Kurdistan Province

In Kurdistan, five dams have flooded, and several more are on high-alert. Water levels in the province’s areas continue to rise, and warnings should be issued to people living near potential flood zones.

MEK supporters are mobilizing on the ground in Iran to provide relief for flood victims and their families.

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NCRI Releases Statement on Regime’s Mismanagement of Flood Response

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The Iranian regime’s mismanagement of the Flood response has made the floods more devastating than it should have been

On Monday, March 25th, the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) issued a statement addressing the regime’s catastrophic mismanagement in response to the devastating floods which have ravaged 25 out of 31 provinces in Iran.

The NCRI statement addresses the regime’s failure to provide emergency relief to flood survivors, its attempts to hide the true number of victims, and the regime’s role in worsening the effects of the floods. These acts of mismanagement and incompetence by authorities have caused anger in the already grief-stricken nation.

According to reports from MEK sources inside Iran, people affected by the floods are still waiting for relief, but the Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) and other suppressive forces have been deployed to prevent protests instead of being sent to rescue and provide relief to flood victims.

 

The Deputy Commander of the State Security Forces, IRGC General Ayoub Soleimani, made the regime’s priorities clear when he gave a statement on Monday. “Ensuring security is our most important task in the devastated areas,” he said. “The deployment of fixed and mobile patrols, with the collaboration of Basij [paramilitary force] and IRGC, as well as the installation of checkpoints in many places, are measures that must be taken with all the necessary means to prevent crimes and possible damage.”

Massive Flooding

Torrential rain and strong winds led to massive flooding in Iran’s southern and western provinces on Monday. Parts of the city of Shiraz were flooded, including the Ghoran Gate and the Vakil Bazaar. Regime officials claim that 17 people were killed in the floods, but the actual number is likely to be much higher, and casualties continue to rise.

The residents of Shiraz are angry at the provincial government for their failure to heed weather warnings and take actions to evacuate the area and ban vehicle from the Ghoran Gate. Hundreds of vehicles were washed away by the floodwaters.

Residents are also angry at the regime for allowing the construction of roads and buildings by the IRGC and other bodies over the past few years in the area. This unregulated construction has obstructed the drainage system that had protected the city from flooding for hundreds of years.

The negligence by officials has been so egregious that regime Member of Parliament Kouroch Karampour declared that those responsible for mismanaging the flood response must be brought to justice.

Dozens of people have been killed or injured in the provinces of Fars, Lorestan, Khushistan, Sistan-Baluchestan, Isfahan, Bushehr, Ilam, Kermanshah, and Golestan.

The city of Sarpol-Zohab, which was rocked by an earthquake last year, was further devastated when floodwaters washed away their tents and prefab constructions.

The Karoun River has flooded the city of Ahvaz, creating a dire situation for residents there. In Lorestan, the Poleh-Dokthtar River has flooded the city.

Statement from Maryam Rajavi

Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran, expressed her condolences to those affected by the deadly flooding and called upon the youth of Iran to protest the authorities’ mismanagement of the flood response and to demand that the regime make the IRGC’s resources and equipment available to the people so that they may prevent disasters, specifically at the Karaj dam, in Tehran and in the city of Karaj.

Mrs. Rajavi also stated that the regime and its Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) have worsened the effects of the flood through their destruction of the environment. She further emphasized that the mullahs have plundered the wealth of the Iranian people on warmongering, terrorism, nuclear projects, and other projects of repression. This greed and corruption has ruined Iran’s infrastructure and robbed the Iranian people of their ability to defend themselves from natural disasters.

The MEK joins Mrs. Rajavi in expressing condolences for those affected by the floods.

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Khamenei’s “Hopeful” Nowruz Speech Paints Dismal Portrait of Iran

Ali Khamenei, regime's supreme leader

Ali Khamenei, the supreme leader of the Iranian regime.

Regime Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei in his recent speech published in his website, on the occasion of Nowruz, the Iranian New Year, in which he tried to portray the spectacular failures of the past year in a positive light and to deflect blame for the growing economic and political crises within the country on rival factions within his own government and unnamed “enemies.”

Despite his justifications and blame-passing, though, Khamenei was unable to deny that the past twelve months have been difficult for both the Iranian people and the regime. Once again, the Supreme Leader attempted to give a message of hope and inadvertently reaffirmed that the regime is close to collapse.

Growing Resistance

Khamenei mentioned the growing protest movement in the country, led by the MEK and the Iranian Resistance, when he said, “We surpassed a very adventurous year. Our enemies had plans for the Iranian people.” Khamenei often refers to the MEK as “the enemy” and has expressed his fear that the organization could overthrow the regime on a number of occasions.

 

Khamenei falsely claimed to have the support of the people, saying, “The people… showed a strong response in the political and economic perspectives.” He also said that the regime was popular with the people, noting that the regime had celebrated the 40th anniversary of the Islamic Revolution at a rally on February 11th. He failed to point out that the rally was widely boycotted by the Iranian people.

Economic Crisis

The regime Supreme Leader referred to the economic crisis that has left 80% of the Iranian people living below the poverty line as an “issue.”  He said, “Economically, we have many issues. The lowering value of the national currency is an important matter. So is the people’s purchasing power. The problems facing our factories, unemployment, and in some cases, some of our factories closing down. These are issues,”

Khamenei, who has allowed Iran to sink further into economic crisis, said that he had a simple solution to all of the country’s problems. “I have studied these issues and listened to the experts. The key to all these issues is developing our national production.”

He elaborated on his plan, which is an extension of the same failed plan he tried last year. “We named last year, 1397, as the year of Supporting Iranian Products,’” he said. “I can’t say this motto was completely implemented. However, I can say that this slogan was acknowledged at a wide scale.” According to Khamenei, 1398 will be the year of “Production Growth.”

“If production is launched as it should, it can solve both our poor living standards and provide what we are in need of from foreigners, including countries that are our enemies. It can also resolve our unemployment and national currency issues to a significant extent,” he added.

Khamenei’s words illustrate the current state of the regime. The only piece of good news the Supreme Leader could share was that the regime had made it through a year of protests and economic upheaval without collapsing. Khamenei’s half-baked plan for economic recovery was a rehash of last year’s half-baked plan, which failed so completely that workers across the country have been forced to strike after working for months without wages. It is a New Day in Iran, and the mullahs are stuck in the past.

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MEK-Iran: Fire Festival Becomes Act of Rebellion as Protesters Clash with Suppressive Forces

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Fire Festival in Iran, turns in to a protest against the regime in entire Iran

On Tuesday, March 29th, people in cities across Iran, especially the youth, used the celebration of Chaharshanbe Suri (Fire Festival) as an opportunity to protest the mullahs’ oppressive regime. The protests took place despite the regime’s efforts to prevent celebrations of the national holiday.

 

Last year’s Fire Festival followed the December 2017 uprisings that spread to 142 cities in every province over a two-week period. The massive nationwide protests brought thousands of Iranians from all sectors of society into the streets to demand the overthrow of the clerical regime and sparked a protest movement that continues to this day.

Chaharshanbe Suri came on the heels of this massive uprising, and the MEK and Iranian Resistance organized celebrations of the event in cities and towns around the country as an act of rebellion. The regime, which was already shaken to its core by the uprisings and growing Iranian Resistance, reacted to the Fire Festival celebrations with suppressive actions.

Fatwa against Chaharshanbe Suri

This year the regime expressed its fear of protests by stepping up its attempts to prevent celebrations of Chaharshanbe Suri. Regime Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei issued a fatwa against the Fire Festival, saying that “Chaharshanbe Suri has no religious basis and it leads to damage or corruption or propagation of false beliefs, not permitted.” Members of the regime’s judiciary warned people in several cities that “those in violation” would be dealt with severely.

Protests and Clashes with Suppressive Forces

Despite these threats, youth in a number of cities, including Tehran, Mashad, Karaj, Masjed Soleiman, Khorramabad, Semnan, Ilam, and Mahshahr protested on Tuesday, burning pictures and effigies of Khamenei and Khomeini and chanting, “Death to Khamenei, death to the principle of Velayat-e-faqih, death to the dictator, with you, Dictator, we would fight fire with fire!

 

In other cities, people attacked official centers with sound grenades and fireworks. In the city of

Divandareh, youth clashed with repressive forces, who fired guns into the air to disperse protesters.

Attempts at Suppression

In Isfahan and several other cities, security forces unsuccessfully attempted to stop people from celebrating Chaharshanbe Suri, but their attacks were not enough to stop the Fire Festival.

 

The clerical regime slowed the Internet in some areas and cut off access to the Internet completely in others in attempts to prevent protesters from sharing photographs and videos of the protests on social media. These efforts were not entirely successful.

Background

Chaharshanbe Suri is an Iranian tradition that predates the Islamic regime. The Fire Festival takes place on the last Tuesday before Nowruz, the Persian New Year, and includes a number of traditions, including jumping over a bonfire. The holiday has long been a target of the mullahs’ ire because of its association with pre-Islamic tradition, but it is deeply ingrained in Iranian culture and particularly popular among the nation’s youth. Attempts to suppress public celebrations of Chaharshanbe Suri have proved to be fruitless, and over the past two years, the holiday has become a symbol of the growing Resistance Movement.

The MEK’s Social Headquarters issued a communique on March 1, 2019, inviting the youth of Iran and the Resistance Units to burn pictures and effigies of Khamenei, Khomeini, and other symbols of the regime in every street and corner during celebrations of Chaharshanbe Suri.

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Daily Strikes and Protests Continue to Be Reported across Iran

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Iran Protests in various cities across Iran

Protests and strikes continue on a daily basis in cities across Iran, with people from all sectors of society taking to the streets in protest of the regime’s corruption and mismanagement of the country’s economy, as well as the mullahs’ oppression of the Iranian people.

The following protests were reported by the MEK network inside Iran over the past few days.

Protests Reported on Thursday

A large group of contract employees currently working in the 9th oil refinery in the South Pars gas field in southern Iran protested the delay of their paychecks and pensions. The protesters are demanding that their paychecks be delivered by the beginning of the Iranian New Year on March 21st “so we can go home without feeling ashamed,” according to one of the workers.

In Sanandaj, western Iran, another group of contract workers employed by the city’s municipality rallied outside of the town hall to protest the delay of their paychecks.

Protests Reported on Wednesday

Slaughterhouse workers in Nahavand, western Iran, launched a strike on Wednesday to protest not receiving their wages for four months. The striking workers rallied outside of the governor’s office in Nahavand to demand their unpaid wages.

Municipal workers in Towheed, Ilam Province, held a protest to demand payment of their wages, which they have not received for the past six months. The workers held a sign that read, “We the Towheed municipality employees have not received our paychecks for the past six months. Please see to our requests. We can no longer raise our heads before our families.”
Nurses at the Medical University in Babol, northern Iran, demonstrated outside of the university dean’s office in protest of not receiving responses to their earlier demands.

In Kashan, central Iran, nurses at Beheshti Hospital launched a strike and protest over the hospital’s discriminatory policies and failure to pay their overtime wages or pensions for the past eleven months.

In Shush, southwest Iran, a group of retired factory workers from the Haft Tappeh sugar company rallied outside of the company’s door to demand their unpaid pensions.

A group of looted clients of the Padideh Credit Firm rallied outside of the prosecutor’s office in Mashhad, northeast Iran, to demand the return of their stolen savings.

Protests Reported on Tuesday

Looted clients of the Caspian Credit Union rallied outside of the regime’s judiciary in Tehran to demand the return of their stolen savings.

The Caspian Credit Union, which is closely linked to the Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) is the largest of several state-backed credit firms that looted billions of dollars from Iranians in an elaborate government-sanctioned Ponzi scheme.
A group of municipality workers in Ahvaz, southwest Iran, rallied outside of the main entrance of the town hall to protest the six-month delay of their paychecks.

In Asaluyeh, southern Iran, employees of phase 12 in the South Pars gas field projects continued their strike. The workers are protesting their employer’s failure to pay their wages for the past two months and their pensions for the past two years.

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Escalating Protests Show the Escalation of the Resistance Movement in Iran

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The students at Khaje Nasiredeen University protesting the ruling regime and campus officials’ neglect of their human rights-March 2019

On Tuesday, March 12, reports emerged from MEK sources inside Iran of another series of protests breaking out across the country. Unpaid salaries have mobilized large swathes of the Iranian population. This time, it was clients of the Caspian credit firm, a company closely affiliated with the regime’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC), that were demanding their money.

An Unpaid Population

Since the beginning of 2019, railway workers, teachers, bus drivers, and taxi drivers have all taken to the streets over unpaid salaries and poor working conditions. Years of economic mismanagement, corruption, and embezzlement have left Iranian institutions hollow. Regime officials have plundered workers’ savings, leaving many Iranians struggling to survive in the midst of an economic crisis.

On Tuesday, the clients of Caspian gathered outside the offices of the Judiciary in Tehran to demand reimbursement for their stolen savings. They were the victims of what amounted to a government-run Ponzi scheme.

A Movement Building

On the same day that Caspian investors demanded their money in Tehran, in Southern Iran workers at the South Pars gas field projects were holding a strike of their own. The workers had begun their strike the preceding morning following two months of unpaid wages. There were pensioners among the workers that complained their pension had not been paid out for two years.

Elsewhere, in Tehran, students attending the Khaje Nasiredeen University protesting the ruling regime and campus officials’ neglect of their human rights. They released a statement that read, “we the students of Khaje Nasiredeen University announce today that enough is enough and [the] neglect must come to an end. The students’ basic rights must be respected and we demand all our rights be acknowledged.” Similar protests have taken place at Razi University in Kermanshah and the Science University in Mazandaran, sources from MEK report.

The students and investors are part of a wider resistance movement building in Iran. Everywhere across the country, workers, students, pensioners, ethnic minorities, and human rights activists are calling for regime change. Iranians have had enough of the persistent mismanagement of Iranian finances.

They are tired of the mullahs using the savings of hardworking Iranians to fund foreign wars and terror groups. They are tired of being kept in abstract poverty while the mullahs enjoy a lifestyle of opulence. They are tired of seeing their funds funneled to Hezbollah in Lebanon, Assad’s regime in Syria and the Houthis in Yemen, etc.

Iranian voices will not be silenced anymore. They are making their voices heard.

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OIAC Free Iran March in Washington D.C.

Maryam Rajavi Speaks at Demonstration in Washington, D.C.

OIAC Free Iran March in Washington D.C.

The Iranian-American communities in the U.S. OIAC, March in Washington D.C. in solidarity with Iran Protests, calling for regime change in Iran. The protesters also lend their support to the main democratic opposition led by Maryam Rajavi, the president-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI).

On Friday, March 8th, thousands of Iranian-Americans held a demonstration in Washington, D.C. in honor of International Women’s Day. The demonstration was organized by the Organization of Iranian American Communities (OIAC) in order to call attention to the Iranian regime’s treatment of women and to ask the United States to recognize the right of the Iranian people to overthrow the oppressive theocratic regime.

Demonstrators at the rally carried banners reading, “Recognize the Right of the Iranian People to Overthrow the Iranian Dictatorship” and “Victory is Certain, Iran Will Be Free.” Others carried signs saying, “Iranian People Want Regime Change,” held large posters featuring images of Iranian Resistance leaders Massoud and Maryam Rajavi, and waved Persian flags.

Speakers included Maryam Rajavi, President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), U.S. Congressman Brad Sherman (D.), and former Reagan Cabinet member Linda Chavez.

Maryam Rajavi’s Speech

Mrs. Rajavi’s speech at the event was focused on inspiring the women of the world to support Iranian women in their fight to overthrow the mullahs’ misogynistic regime.

She lauded the young women of Iran who have stepped up to take leadership roles in the MEK’s ever-expanding Resistance Units. She went on to quote MEK leader Massoud Rajavi, saying, “As the Iranian Resistance’s leader Massoud Rajavi has said, the Resistance Units are ‘the tip of the spear and guiding light for the uprisings. They are the critical component in continuing and guaranteeing advancement and victory. The historic destiny of the Iranian people in their battle for liberation will be decided with the resistance units and rebel cities.’”

Mrs. Rajavi added, “Yes, change in Iran without being organized is impossible. Change in Iran without sacrifice is impossible.”

Rajavi noted that social and economic issues have “grown to catastrophic proportions” under the mullahs’ rule. She described the rampant poverty, water shortages, inflation, unemployment, environmental destruction, and lack of access to health care.

“So long as the clerical regime is in power, none of these ills will be resolved,” she said. “The ruling mullahs will become ever more dependent on their devastating policies, namely the suppression of Iranian society, warmongering and destructive meddling in the region, money laundering, terrorism in Europe and the United States, and plundering the assets of the people of Iran.”

She added, “The velayat-e faqih regime will continue all these policies until the day of its overthrow.”

Mrs. Rajavi emphasizes that Iran is at a turning point in its history. She said, “The regime now faces one of the most difficult periods of its rule. The continued uprisings have destabilized the ruling structure. And there is no going back. Change in Iran is within reach more than any other time.”

Rajavi went on to speak about the democratic alternative for the future of Iran offered by the NCRI and the MEK. She stressed, “There is a democratic and competent alternative, the National Council of Resistance of Iran. A Resistance deeply rooted in Iran which is capable of overthrowing the regime and managing affairs during the transition so that the Iranian people can choose their true representatives through free and fair elections.”

Finally, Mrs. Rajavi emphasizes the obligation of the United States and the rest of the world to recognize the will of the Iranian people to overthrow their oppressors. “The international community is duty-bound to respect the struggle of the Iranian people to overthrow the clerical regime. This is essential for global peace and security,” she said.

Rajavi added, “It is time for the State Department to designate the Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) and the infamous Ministry of Intelligence as Foreign Terrorist Organizations (FTO). Doing so would be a positive message to the Iranian people, and a decisive message against the clerical regime.”

Reaction of Demonstrators to Mrs. Rajavi’s Plan

According to the Washington Times’ coverage of the event, many of the demonstrators who were interviewed were hopeful that Mrs. Rajavi’s ten-point plan for Iran’s future will prove to be successful.

 

“The fact that this whole event is led by a woman is just really exciting to see,” said a student at the event who was interviewed by the Times. “Gender equality I think is something that every country strives for these days.”

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3rd day of protest by teachers across Iran

Iran’s Defiant Teachers Will not Be Silenced

3rd day of protest by teachers across Iran

Nationwide protests by teachers across Iran- MEK sources report strikes in more than 110 cities across Iran over low payments and repressive measures against teachers

On Sunday, March 3rd, Iranian teachers mobilized for their latest round of protests and sit-ins. Teachers from across Iran staged demonstrations over the regime’s inaction to address their basic demands. Reports from MEK sources inside Iran indicate that teachers from Tehran, Isfahan, Mashhad, Shiraz, Karaj, Qazvin, Yazd, Kermanshah, and Saqqez, among others, protested unpaid wages and regime economic mismanagement.

A String of Protests from Educators

Iran’s educators have protested on a number of occasions over the last 14 months. Government corruption, economic decline, and unpaid wages have left Iran’s teachers struggling to make a living and support themselves and their families.

The teachers have repeatedly demanded higher wages, economic reform to ease their financial hardship, free education for all, and equal rights for Iranian ethnic and religious minorities. Retired teachers have also joined the cause and asked for an increase in the funds allocated to the country’s education sector.

However, the regime has been steadfast in its refusal to even acknowledge the teachers’ demands. It has responded by arresting prominent teachers’ rights activists and threatened those attending protests.

Teachers have remained defiant and have turned out in vast numbers to protest the regime on several occasions. In December, teachers were attacked and arrested during a peaceful protest. On November, 12 were detained and held in regime custody for over their involvement in protests. They also staged strikes in October, and May last year. Each time, Iran’s brave teachers continued and sustained their protests in the face of regime threats, arrests, and violent baton and pepper spray attacks.

The Regime Cannot Stifle the Voice of Justice

Iran’s teachers, like other segments of the workforce, have shown that they will not back down in the face of violence. They will not have their voices silenced and stand idle while their peers and colleagues are arrested and subject to extreme violence.

The protests are part of a wider movement across Iranian society. Led by the People’s Mujahedin Organisation of Iran (MEK), Iranian people are rising up against their oppressors in unprecedented numbers and frequency. MEK resistance units orchestrate protests on an almost daily basis across Iran’s towns and cities, challenging the regime’s violence and oppression wherever it occurs.

On Monday, the MEK issued a statement in solidarity with Iran’s protesting teachers. The principal Iranian opposition called on international trade unions and educators to pledge their support to their peers across Iran and provide assistance to the protestors in any way they can.

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A Day of Protests: Teachers, Railway Workers and Bus Drivers Strike

Iran Protest in various cities across Iran

Nationwide teachers’ protests in more than 30 cities started on March 3, 2019 over unpaid wages and difficult working conditions

The week began in Iran with yet more civil unrest and disobedience.  Reports from MEK sources inside Iran say, protestors in Tehran, West Azerbaijan, Zanjan, Khuzestan, Mazandaran, Kurdistan, Kermanshah, Isfahan, Yazd, and East Azerbaijan, among other regions, staged sit-in protests on Monday.

Teachers across the provinces refused to work and demanded the payment of unpaid salaries. They are the latest demographic across the country to mount strikes and sit-ins related to unpaid wages. In late 2018, the workers at Haft Tappeh mounted a similar strike over unpaid wages. The workers had gone months without receiving their salaries, putting them under extreme financial duress.

A Day of Strikes

The teachers of Iran were not the only workers on strike on Monday. On the same day, railways workers in Neyshabur and Andimeshk also went on strike over unpaid wages. They also complained that they had not received the New Year’s bonuses they were promised last year. In Tehran, bus drivers also gathered outside the Ministry of Cooperatives over the same issue.

In one day, three workforces from across the country mounted strikes over unpaid wages. Nothing illustrates the cracks in the Iranian economy better than the unpaid wages racking Iran’s industries. The mullahs’ systematic looting of Iranian finances and institutions have left the economy crippled and key industries creaking under the financial strain.

Repression and Anger

Instead of embarking on reform, the regime prefers to quell protests and force its people into submission. In the case of Haft Tappeh, workers were arrested and threatened with execution unless they returned to work. Iran’s truck drivers suffered a similar fate when they embarked on nationwide strikes in 2018.

The nation’s teachers, bus drivers and railway workers are under no illusion. They will know that in staging sit-ins and protests they risk not only their freedom but their lives. However, for these brave men and women, the situation demands protest. They cannot continue working in these appalling conditions, unsure of when the next paycheck will come, if ever, and struggling to put food on the table for their families.

Because of this, the Iranian resistance movement, including the People’s Mujahedin Organisation of Iran (MEK) has called on teachers and trade unions across the globe to pledge their support to Iran’s protesting workforce.

Staff Writer

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