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Regime Leaders Powerless as Iranian People Turn to MEK and Social Media for News

Regime officials have recently expressed increasing concern about the MEK’s use of the Internet and social media to report accurate news of events within Iran and to expose the regime’s corruption and incompetence.

Reporting during the Floods

These fears have intensified in the wake of the destructive floods that caused severe damage across the country. Recently, the head of the FATA (the regime’s police division that handles Internet censorship) in Isfahan complained about the MEK’s reporting during the floods. He was most upset that the MEK had exposed the regime’s role in worsening the severity of the floods and the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corp’s (IRGC) incompetent response to the disaster.

He said, “Most of the news on the recent floods were published by the PMOI/MEK on the internet. The cyber war is the front line of today’s wars… Most of the news about the recent floods were published on social media by this group…”

Public confidence in state-run media has plummeted since the rise of social media has made it possible for Iranians to access information other than regime propaganda. During the floods last month, official regime reports downplayed the severity of the disaster even as people in 25 out of 31 provinces saw significant damage from the floods. Officials gave false numbers of casualties and damages and made claims of recovery efforts that had not taken place. People turned to social media for truthful reporting of the floods. The regime’s judiciary responded to the public’s loss of confidence by threatening those who published information about the floods. A number of Internet activists were subsequently arrested.

An “Overt and Covert Role”

The regime’s Ministry of Intelligence and Security is taking measures to address the MEK’s growing influence in shaping the flow of information going in and out of Iran. The MOIS announced that it held an event in Mashhad to evaluate the “overt and covert role” of the MEK in social media platforms.

“Gathering Information”

 

Regime leaders, who for years claimed that the MEK had little influence within Iran, are now openly expressing their fears about the MEK’s ability to expose the regime’s corrupt and illegal acts through their powerful connections within the country and their growing online presence.

Regime Expresses Fear that MEK Will Overthrow Regime through Online Activism

Former IRGC member and current regime faction head Kan’ani Moghadam expressed his concerns about the MEK’s ability to uncover regime plots.

“They have infiltrated our apparatus inside the country, becoming very capable in gathering information,” he said. “The PMOI/MEK is monitoring all of our activities.”

“Spreading Disappointing News”

On Sunday, a member of Majlis (the regime’s parliament) voiced his concern that the MEK is effectively countering state propaganda and changing public opinion about the regime. The regime relies on propaganda to prevent widespread rebellion, so this is troubling news for those in power.

“Around 15 percent of the [Iranian regime dissidents] and the PMOI/MEK inside the country are active on social media,” he said. “They are spreading disappointing news about the Revolution and the state to influence public opinion.”

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Teachers Assaulted by Regime Forces during Peaceful Protest in Tehran

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Teachers’ Day Protests across Iran asking for their colleagues that had been imprisoned during previous demonstrations to be released.

On Thursday, Iranian teachers in Tehran taking part in a peaceful protest in recognition of Teachers’ Day were attacked by security forces. The teachers had gathered outside of the Ministry of Education building in response to a nationwide call to protest from teachers unions.

The protesting teachers and educational support workers carried handmade signs reading: “Imprisoned teachers must be freed.”

“Imprisoned workers must be freed.”

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

Teachers’ Day demonstrations took place in dozens of Iranian cities on Thursday, as Iran’s teachers used the annual holiday to renew their demands for better pay, benefits, and working conditions; to call for free, quality education for every child; and to once again demand the release of their jailed colleagues.

Nationwide Protests

Protests took place in the cities of Isfahan, Divandareh, Tabriz, Mallard, Karaj, Hamedan, Kermanshah, Sanandaj, Qazvin, Marivan, Urmia, Yazd, Homayounshahr, Sari, Khorrmabad, Mahabad, Mashhad, Torbat-e Heydarieh, Kurdistan, Ardebil, and Javanroud, according to MEK sources inside Iran. Teachers in a number of cities are believed to have joined the protests after the MEK prepared the initial list. Teachers in these cities gathered outside of their local Ministry of Education buildings to protest.

 

Teachers and educational support workers in Kermanshah chanted, “Majlis [the regime’s parliament] and the government do not care about the teachers.”

 

Teachers in Hamadan held handmade 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.”

Teachers in Mallard carried posters and placards which read: “Free education is the right of every child.”

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

Unanswered Demands

Iranian teachers have protested dozens of times over the past year in response to substandard pay and working conditions and lack of freedom to advocate for themselves and their students. Iran’s teachers launched nationwide strikes in October 2018, November 2018, and March 2019. The regime refuses to address their concerns and arrested many of the organizers of the strikes.

 

The teachers have made a list of their unmet demands, which include:

 

  • better wages;
  • free education for every child;
  • respect for the rights of minorities;
  • the cancellation of several government plans that push Iranian education workers further into poverty;
  • an end to temporary contracts.

 

Thursday’s attack comes a day after 35 protesters were arrested by Iranian security forces while participating in a peaceful demonstration in honor of International Labour Day.

Maryam Rajavi’s Response

 

Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) saluted the protesting teachers for standing up against the repressive regime and its forces. She tweeted:

 

“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 called on international human rights groups and teachers’ unions to take action to secure the release of imprisoned teachers in Iran, tweeting:

“I call on #Iran people, especially students, to support teachers and their rightful demands. International human rights orgs & teachers unions worldwide should condemn clerical rgm & take urgent action to freed detained and imprisoned teachers”.

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Regime Arrests 28 People for Reporting News about Floods

Ahvaz under flood

Khuzestan has been under flooding, since last week, while reports indicate that no aid has been provided by the regime and they have been sending security forces to suppress any voice of protest.

According to regime officials, a total of 28 people have been arrested for reporting news about the recent deadly floods that have devastated Iran.

Arrests in Khuzestan Province

 

24 Internet activists were arrested in Khuzestan Province for their role in publishing news of the floods in the province, according to the head of provincial cyber police, Shahin Hassanvand. Khuzestan was one of the provinces hit hardest by the disaster, and regime officials have withheld vital information about casualties and damage to the region. The news that has been provided has been patently false.

 

A report aired on the state-run ISNA news agency claimed that the activists were arrested for disturbing “public opinion by spreading news and rumors on the floods.”

 

Hassanvand described the process through which the police hunted down the publishers. “Due to the publication of rumors and fake news on the internet which has led to insecurity in the community’s psychological climate, experts of the police forces monitored social platforms and identified 24 internet users who published deviating news and rumors about the flood and disturbed public opinion.” He also noted that the publishers have been referred to the regime’s Judiciary for prosecution.

Arrests in Tehran

The previous week, four people were arrested in Tehran for “spreading rumors” about the regime’s incompetence in its response to the flood, according to the Capital city’s Chief of Police.

A Threat to Security

The Iranian regime has done everything in its power to prevent its people from seeing the full extent of the destruction from the floods and witnessing the colossal failure of the regime’s response in its aftermath. This has proved to be impossible. At least 25 out of Iran’s 31 provinces sustained heavy damage due to the floods, and survivors of the disaster shared videos and pictures on social media of the flood. Public confidence in official reports about the flood eroded quickly as anger mounted over the regime’s failure to provide emergency aid.

 

In late March, as floods raged across the country, regime Attorney General Jafar Montazeri announced that publishing “fake” news (information contrary to official regime reports) about the floods was a violation of national security and that those found in violation would be dealt with for “disrupting the security of the country.”

Human rights groups report that another 11 relief workers were arrested in Khuzestan by the Revolutionary Guards (IRGC). Another 22 rescue workers were arrested in Khuzestan by MOIS agents. The regime has banned all non state-sanctioned aid to flood victims.

Growing Protests

 

Residents of flood-stricken areas have greeted regime officials and IRGC forces who have attempted to visit with angry protests. The regime has responded to these protests with suppressive actions.

 

According to reports from MEK sources inside Iran and videos shared on social media, the regime sent security forces to suppress dissent in Khuzestan in response to protests in the Eyn-e Do and Shelang Abad regions in Ahvaz. Other reports indicate that troops from the Fatemiyoun Division, which is comprised of Afghan nationals, were dispatched to Poldokhtar, which was destroyed in the floods.

90 Flood Deaths in One Western Iranian City, According to Internal Police Report

During the floods, Iranians in some areas were stranded on rooftops for days waiting for a rescue that never came. Entire villages were left without food or drinking water. People in Shiraz were left to pull bodies out of the flooded streets. During the final wave of flooding, the regime called for evacuations, but it didn’t tell people where or how to evacuate.

 

Finally, the Iranian government is sending troops to the areas that were destroyed by floods. The regime clearly has the resources to send people and equipment quickly when it feels it is necessary. But even now, with the country in ruins, the mullahs aren’t providing aid. The troops haven’t arrived with boats and supplies. They have come with tanks and guns. And the people are angry.

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Ahvaz Locals Take to the Streets to Protest Government’s Inaction

Ahvaz protests Iranian regime's inaction with respect to the flash flood.

Locals in Ahvaz, capital of Khuzestan province, take it to the street to protest the inaction and lack of aid from the government institutes despite the devastating situation of the flood-hit areas.

Angry locals in Ahvaz took to the streets on Friday to demonstrate the regime’s lack of action following widespread flooding.

Videos published through MEK network shows protestors gathered in Eyn-e Do, western Ahvaz. Protestors chanted, “they wanted to dishonor us, but we will not be dishonored.” The regime opened dams which allowed floodwaters to wash over their farmland, homes, and businesses. The local population had limited resources and were unable to make flood barriers to protect their assets and livelihoods.

The protestors demanded that the regime redirect the water into Hawizeh Marshes to alleviate the flooding. The regime is refusing to do so to protect its oil interests in the area.

The social and cultural deputy of the repressive Revolutionary Guards (IRGC), Mohamad Rezi Naghdi, was visiting Ahvaz and became the object of the protestors’ ire. They chanted: “Get lost, Ahvaz will remain free,” and, “Khuzestan has been swept away by water while officials sleep.”

Locals Feel Like They Have been Abandoned by the Government

Locals have had to rely on community-led projects for assistance. The state-run media outlets falsely reported that the regime has provided assistance to local communities. However, this has not been the case.

The regime has not used the many boats, helicopters, warehouses, shelters and other resources at its disposal to help the victims. Instead, it has used its Basij forces and IRGC to stifle protests and political dissent.

The regime has not even acknowledged the more than 200 Iranians that have lost their lives in the flooding. They remain ardent that the death count is far lower. If the regime will not even acknowledge the full extent of the damage, then it will not make the necessary arrangements to help with the cleanup, rescue, and housing of all the flood’s victims.

The Iranian opposition, the People’s Mujahedin Organisation of Iran (MEK), also revealed that the regime’s mismanagement was responsible for exacerbating the flood damage. This was echoed by the country’s Inspection Organization. Naser Saraj, the organization’s head asserted that “mistakes and man-made elements” has contributed to the damage and loss of life.

The regime failed to adequately dredge the draining system left Ahvaz and other towns and cities vulnerable to flooding. This, coupled with unmitigated construction in areas prone to flooding, led to swathes of Ahvaz and Khuzestan province being submerged in the muddy floodwaters.

The regime must be held responsible, both for its incompetence, and its inadequate response to the flooding.

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Bungled Flood Response Lead to Cause Massive Protests

Flooding in Ahvaz

Photo credit to Iran News Wire-The locals in Ahvaz, rushing to block the flash flooding from damaging their farms, as the government seems not to care about them.

In the aftermath of a series of devastating floods that ravaged more than 27 provinces in Iran, thousands of survivors say that they have been abandoned by the regime. While the Tasnim news agency and other state-run media outlets continue to report that the Revolutionary Guards (IRGC), Basij Forces, and other regime agencies are providing assistance to flood victims, reports from local residents and dozens of videos shared on social media tell a different story.

Flood Victims in Khuzestan Left without Shelter

The southwestern province of Khuzestan sustained heavy damage from the floods, leaving numerous people homeless and entire towns destroyed. In one video shared on social media, a man broke down sobbing, saying that he had still not received a tent one week after losing his home.

“How much cruelty?! I have been surrounded by water for seven days. They can’t come here and give me a tent?! My sister is sleeping under a tree. Didn’t we participate in the [Iran-Iraq] war to defend our country,” he asked.

“Who should I ask (for help)? Whomever I ask, they say it’s not my responsibility. I asked the IRGC, the army, and the Governor. Who should I ask then?! You give me an address to go wherever you say. Maybe I should kill myself. Why am I even alive?!” he cried.

Other videos show people in Khuzestan making their own flood barriers bags filled with rice and sand.

Pictures show young men sleeping on their homemade barriers to protect them at night.

Women Assist Lorestan Flood Victims

A video from Lorestan Province shows Iranian Arab women making bread for flood victims in the western province.

 

Lorestan Province was among the hardest-hit by the recent floods, and many villages are still inaccessible by roads. Residents in these areas have still not received badly-needed assistance from the regime, so Iranian youth are walking for hours through mountainous terrain to deliver supplies to their countrymen.

Waiting for an Opportunity

The failure of the regime to provide assistance to its people after the deadly floods have led to growing anger among the population. A number of regime officials and state-run media outlets and journalists have expressed concern that this anger could lead to a revolt.

Former regime intelligence official and political strategist Saied Hajarian worried that the regime’s failure to provide flood assistance could lead to distrust in the government.

“We have to take note that the crisis of distrust will lead to a crisis of discredit to the extent that people will prefer neutral foreign arbitrators to their Iranian counterparts,” he said.

In an April 9th interview published on the Fararu website, “reformist” journalist Abbas Abdi warned that the people were already angry with the regime and that the floods would cause additional protests.

“The people are waiting for an opportunity to vent out [their frustration] and what better opportunity than floods and similar incidents,” he added.

The Shoaar Sal website, which is affiliated with the regime, acknowledged that the regime has been negligent in addressing the floods in Lorestan Province, warning that the “people’s increased distrust will have horrifying effects in the future.”

Lack of Public Trust

The Ebtekar daily newspaper, which is closely tied to regime President Hassan Rouhani, wrote that the Iranian people no longer trust state-run media, turning instead to social media for flood-related news. The MEK uses its network inside Iran to share information on social media and the Internet as a whole. This has been invaluable in countering the mullahs’ propaganda and giving the Iranian people the power to access accurate news.

It admitted, “We continue to witness the public’s lack of trust in official media against social networks. The internet and reports on social media are more trusted by the people than official media.”

The regime has consistently underreported the extent of the damages and fatalities caused by catastrophic floods. Official reports claim that 70 people died in more than 20 days of flooding in 25 provinces.

Local reports and eyewitness accounts contradict that number. Several hundred men, women, and children are believed to have died in the floods, mostly in the cities of Shiraz and Poldokhtar.

The regime’s Attorney General attempted to suppress accurate reporting on the floods and the government’s response to them by threatening publishers of “fake news” on the floods, saying that anyone found publishing information contradicting official reports would be dealt with for “disrupting the security of the country.”

According to Tehran’s Chief of Police, four people were arrested in the nation’s capital for “spreading rumors” about the regime’s botched response to the floods.

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

 

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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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Fire festival in Iran

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

Fire festival in Iran

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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