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Iran: MEK Plays Crucial Role in Current Uprising

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Iran Protests continue and IRGC’s top commanders admit the role of MEK

For more than ten days, the people of Iran have been participating in one of the country’s most widespread protests in recent history. The current uprising started just after the regime announced that fuel prices would be sharply increased.

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Poster of Maryam Rajavi hung by MEK resistance unit

MEK Resistance Units’ Activities Expand in Iran

Poster of Maryam Rajavi hung by MEK resistance unit

While the Iranian regime stays engulfed in a series of fatal crises, MEK‘s resistance unites mount their activities across the country.

Detailing some activities of the MEK’s units, the Secretariat of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) released a statement on November 7, 2019.

The statement reads: ” During the first week of November 2019, despite suppressive measures by the clerical regime, the Resistance Units hung and posted large banners carrying pictures of Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, the President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), and Mr. Massoud Rajavi, as well as banners containing their messages in expressways and public locations in Tehran (including in Saveh and Tehran Pars expressways) and in a number of cities, including Mashhad (Khorassan Razavi), Sa’di Township (West Azerbaijan), Ardakan (Yazd), Shorkhrood (Mazandaran), Rasht and Fumanat (Gilan), as well as Golestan, Qom and Hamedan provinces.”

Referring to the resistance units that joined together in a number of cities holding placards, the statement highlights the writings on the placards as: ““With Maryam Rajavi, we can and we must build a new Iran”, “With the expansion and combining Resistance Units we will form units of the Liberation Army,” “Resistance Units are the catalyst in perpetuating the uprisings and guaranteeing their victory,” “Expand Resistance Units in schools,” “Turn every school into a Resistance Unit,” “Rise to continue the uprisings and free Iran from the occupation of the mullahs,” “Freedom is the greatest lesson for Iranian youths,” We can and we must turn every school into a Resistance Unit,” “Expand Resistance Units in Schools,” “Freedom and victory are in your hands,” “With Maryam Rajavi we will take back Iran,” and “Resistance Units, the catalyst to continue the uprisings.”

Below are some of the images of MEK resistance units’ activities.

Tehran – Saveh Expressway

“With Maryam Rajavi we will take back Iran”

Tehran – Tehran Pars Expressway

“We can and we must build a new Iran”

Tehran – Maryam Rajavi:

“Freedom is the greatest lesson for Iran’s youths” 

Tehran – Maryam Rajavi

“Freedom and victory are in your hands”

Hamedan – Maryam Rajavi

“Make every school a center of Resistance”

 

Mazandaran Province, northern Iran

Maryam Rajavi: “Expand the Resistance units in schools”

Ardakan, Yazd Province, central Iran

Massoud Rajavi: “We will create a liberation army thru expanding and combining Resistance Units” 

Sa’di township – East Azerbaijan Province (northwest)

Massoud Rajavi: “We will create liberation army units thru expanding and combining Resistance Units” 

Mashhad – Khorassan Razavi Province, northeast

Massoud Rajavi: “Resistance Units help the uprisings to continue”

Fumanat –  Gilan Province, northern Iran

Mrs. Rajavi’s pictures 

Gilan Province, northern Iran 

Maryam Rajavi: “Freedom is the greatest lesson for Iran’s youths”  

Gilan Province, northern Iran 

Maryam Rajavi: “Freedom is the greatest lesson for Iran’s youths”  

Tehran

Maryam Rajavi: “Rise up to continue the uprisings and to free Iran from the mullahs’ occupation”

Qom, central Iran

Maryam Rajavi: “We can and we must turn every school into a center of Resistance”

Tehran

“Maryam Rajavi: “Turn every school into a center of Resistance”

Maryam Rajavi:

“Freedom is the greatest lesson for Iran’s youths”  

Rasht – Gilan Province, northern Iran

Maryam Rajavi: “freedom is the greatest lesson for Iran’s youths”

Golestan Province – Northern Iran

Maryam Rajavi: “Rise up to continue the uprisings and to free Iran from the mullahs’ occupation”

Hail to Rajavi, down with despotism

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Activities of MEK's resistance units2

MEK’s activities in Iran: Posting posters of Massoud Rajavi and Maryam Rajavi in Tehran, Mashhad, Kerman, and Ilam.

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MEK resistance units expand their activities throughout Iran. (file photo)

On the anniversary of appointing Mrs. Maryam Rajavi as the President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), MEK’s resistance units expand their activities in Iran.

Bellow find a quick look at these activities.

Ilam:

Eastern province of Ilam, resistance units of the MEK hanged two banners of Massoud Rajavi and Maryam Rajavi near Jaghasabz Park. One banner reads: ” Stand up for toppling Velayat-e Faqih’s regime” and the other reads: “Down with Khamenei, Hail to Rajavi”

Tehran:

Members of the MEK’s resistance units in Tehran, the Capital, hanged a banner of Maryam Rajavi in Niavaran Highway. These words appeared on the banner:

Maryam Rajavi: “We can and we must overthrow the Velayat-e Faqih’s regime”

A banner of Maryam Rajavi with the same words was also hung over a bridge in Damavand Highway by another MEK resistance unit in Tehran.

Mashhad:

In Mashhad, a resistance unit of MEK posted a banner of Massoud Rajavi in Honarestan St. The banner reads: “Down with Velayat-e Faqih, Long live Rajavi”

Kerman

Resistance units of MEK hanged a banner of Maryam Rajavi. The banner reads: “Stand up for overthrowing the Velayat-e Faqih regime ”

MEK also reported that resistance units in Isfahan wrote resistance’s slogans on the street walls in this city, such as: “Iran Rajavi, Rajavi Iran”. In the city of Bandar Abbass MEK’s resistance units wrote: ” Democracy, Freedom, with Maryam Rajavi”.

In the city of Qazvin, MEK’s resistance units wrote on the walls: “Down with Khamenei.”

In the Southern city of Hendijan, MEK resistance units destroyed the symbols of the religious fascism ruling Iran.

The multiplication of MEK’s resistance units’ activities spread panic throw the Iranian regime and its officials, so that, they crossed the regime’s red-line, talking about the Mujahedin-e Khalq (PMOI/MEK) in public. Talking about MEK in State-run TV channels and media is not surprising anymore.

The resistance units of MEK play a crucial role in mobilizing and inspiring people against tyranny in Iran. Torching the symbols of the Iranian regime in public is witnessed more than ever before. Along with protests and gatherings against the regime across the country on a daily basis, activities of resistance units are shaking the dictatorial regime ruling Iran.

The mullahs hopelessly try to prevent a popular uprising and thwart the expansion of resistance units by using internal suppression and external sponsorship of terrorism. They seek to contain the deep-seated anger within the society at their disastrous and inhuman rule. However, their measures are in vain and we are witnessing the expansion of both public protests and activities of the MEK’s resistance units.

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MEK supporters rally in different countries

MEK Supporters Rally in Europe, North America in Protest of Regime Crackdown

MEK supporters rally in different countries

World wrestling champion Moslem Skandar Filabi, chairman of the National Council of Resistance of Iran’s Sports Committee speaks at a rally in Canada, condemning the new wave of repression against the opposition- May 2019

On Wednesday, MEK supporters in Canada, Norway, Austria, Sweden, and the Netherlands held demonstrations in protest of the Iranian regime’s suppression of its own people and its support for terrorism abroad.

Demonstrations in Canada

Protesters in Toronto honored the day of the execution of MEK founders by the Shah’s monarchy in 1972. Moslem Eskandar Filabi, chair of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) Sports Commission gave a speech in commemoration of the MEK founders and their sacrifice. He also thanked the MEK members who have worked since then to bring democracy to Iran.

MEK protesters at the Ottawa demonstration called on the Canadian government to follow the United States’ lead and designate the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) as a terrorist organization. They also challenged the Canadian government to go further and designate the regime’s Ministry of Intelligence and Security (MOIS) as a terrorist organization as well. The Iranian protesters at the rally declared the desire of the Iranian people to overthrow the clerical regime and replace it with a free democracy.

Demonstration in Norway

NCRI representative Parvis Khazaei gave a speech at the demonstration in Oslo. Protesters at the rally called on the Norwegian government to blacklist the IRGC and MOIS and to issue sanctions against the Iranian regime.

Demonstration in Vienna

MEK supporters in Vienna held a rally in solidarity with the MEK’s growing network of Resistance Units in Iran and their fight to bring democracy to the country. The protesters held signs that read, “Uprising with Resistance Units.” They chanted, “[Iranian regime President Hassan] Rouhani is a terrorist!”

Demonstration in The Netherlands

MEK supporters in The Netherlands held a demonstration in Amsterdam in protest of the cruel and suppressive actions taken by the IRGC against the Iranian people. The protesters held signs describing the IRGC’s forty-year-history of torture, suppression, executions, and malign activities at home and abroad.

Demonstration in Switzerland

MEK Supporters in Genevee held a rally outside of the United Nations European Headquarters. One protester held a sign that read, “Effective sanctions targeting the mullahs’ regime is needed to stop the regime’s support for terrorism.”

The protesters chanted, “Plundering, crimes, Down with the mullahs’ regime!”

Demonstrations in Sweden

MEK members in Stockholm held a rally in support of NCRI President Mrs. Maryam Rajavi. The demonstrators reaffirmed their commitment to fighting for regime change in Iran.

MEK supporters in Gothenburg recognized the anniversary of the execution of MEK founders. They held signs saluting the MEK’s Resistance Units.

MEK supporters in Malmö focused on the Iranian regime’s human rights violations at their rally. One protester held a sign that read, “Teachers don’t belong in prison.”

 

The sign was in reference to the imprisonment of teacher activists by the Iranian regime. Teachers in Iran held numerous strikes and protests in 2018, including three nationwide strikes. The teachers were protesting substandard pay and benefits, a poor work environment, the inability to form labor unions, and the regime’s refusal to address their concerns. Because of the regime’s anti-labor laws banning trade unions and its aggressive crackdown on political dissent, a number of the teachers responsible for organizing the strikes and protests were arrested. Many of them are now serving long prison sentences.

 

 

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In memory of 30000 fallen heroes, massacred in 1988

MEK Affiliates Sentenced to Death, Imprisonment for Anti-regime Activism

In memory of 30000 fallen heroes, massacred in 1988

A monument made in memory of 30,000 political prisoners, who were brutally executed in summer of 1988, mainly supporters of the MEK

On Sunday, Tehran’s Revolutionary Court handed down prison sentences to four men affiliated with the MEK. One of these men was condemned to death after the completion of his sentence.

Judge Mohammad Moghiseh, head of Branch 28 of the Revolutionary Court in Tehran, sentenced Abdullah Ghasempour, 34, to death and an eight-year prison term on charges of “waging war on God,” “assembly and collusion,” and “membership in the MEK.” Moghiseh is known for his cruelty in cracking down on any voice of opposition against the regime.

Ghasempour was accused of setting fire to a Basij base, filming his actions, and sending the footage to MEK for media distribution.

Abdullah’s brother, 32-year-old  Mohammad Hossein Ghasempour, 30-year-old Alireza Habibian, and 34-year-old Akbar Dalir were each given five-and-a-half-year prison sentences for “assembly and collusion.” They are currently being held in Ward Four of Tehran’s notorious Evin Prison.

The four men were arrested on May 21, 2018, and transferred to Evin Prison, where they were held for almost a year before standing trial.

The Basij Force is a paramilitary guard that is an affiliate with the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC), which was recently designated a Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO) by the United States. The Basiji and the IRGC are responsible for a large number of repressive actions and human rights violations in Iran.

Recent Arrests of MEK Affiliates

On May 17th, the National Council of Resistance of Iran released the names of eleven activists who had been arrested over the past month for supporting the MEK.

NCRI Releases Statement Calling for Release of Political Prisoners

This followed an announcement from regime Intelligence Minister Mahmoud Alavi saying that 116 teams associated with the MEK had been arrested over the past year and a subsequent statement from the Director General of the Intelligence Ministry in East Azerbaijan Province announcing that there had been 110 arrests and encounters with the MEK in his province in 2018.

The actual number of arrests is much higher, as these numbers do not account for arrests by the regime’s other repressive organs, such as the IRGC, IRGC intelligence, local law enforcement, and prosecutors.

On April 23rd, the MEK released a list of activists that have been detained for affiliation to the MEK. The following are the names and known information of the detainees:

  • Farshad Etemadifar, 24, Gachsaran, June 2018;
  • Omid Javid Nasab, 20, Gachsaran, June 2018;
  • Farshad, 21, Gachsaran, June 2018;
  • Farshid Baharan, 21, Yasouj, Khordad 2018;
  • Mehrzad Baharan, 27, Yasouj, June 2018;
  • Amir Ramin Fard, 38, Tabriz, June 2018
  • Shahyad Ghanavati, 32, Ahvaz, September 2018;
  • Afshin Barzegar Jamshidi, 29, September 2018;
  • Majid Mahmoudian, 37, Tabriz, September 2018;
  • Mohammad Reza Hasan Maleki, 33, Semnan, October 2018;
  • Zarir Hadipour, 56, Kohdasht, October 2018;
  • Farhang Khorshidi, 41, Kohdasht, October 2018;
  • Alireza Barzegar, 40, Karaj, October 2018;
  • Pouriya Vahidian, Tehran, November 2018;
  • Manoochehr Farhadi, 50, Isfahan, February 2019;
  • Seyyed Mehdi Vafaie, 35, Tehran, February 2019;
  • Hossein Noori Derakhshan, 36, Tehran, February 2019;
  • Hamid Kashani, Ghaemshahr, February 2019;
  • Vahid Bani Ameriyan, 26, Tehran, March 2019;
  • Pooya Ghobadi, 26, Tehran, March 2019;
  • Sina Zahiri, 36, Tehran, March 2019;
  • Mohsen Farid, 44, Tehran, March 2019;
  • Parsa Sedighi Hamedani, 24, with her sister, Urmia, 22, March 2019;
  • Ebrahim Khalil Sedighi Hamedani, 60, Urmia, March 2019;
  • Afshin Shahsavari, 27, Tehran, March 2019;
  • Abbas Shahbazi, 41, Ahvaz, March 2019;
  • Najah Anvar Hamidi, 60, Ahvaz, March 2019; and
  • Najah Anvar Hamidi, 60, Ahvaz, March 2019.

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Zarif and Alavi during Tehran's security conference

Tsarism Op-Ed Challenges the Regime’s Claim of “116 Resistance Units” Arrested

Zarif and Alavi during Tehran's security conference

Regime’s Foreign Minister Javad Zarif and regime’s Intelligence Minister Mahmoud Alavi, during a security conference in Iran. A close relationship between the two Ministries both inside and outside Iran

Tsarism, a news and analysis site, published an op-ed on the Iranian intelligence minister’s claim that the regime has arrested and “dealt with” 116 resistance units. The announcement came after the US State Department announced the inclusion of the regime’s Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) on its terror blacklist.

The regime has been rallying around its IRGC in recent weeks, with regime officials turning up to a parliamentary session wearing IRGC uniforms in a gesture of solidarity. It has also attempted to downplay the listing, asserting that the foreign terror organization (FTO) listing would not impact the group.

Dealing with 116 MEK Resistance Units

In an attempt to boost the morale of the IRGC and other repressive units, the Iranian Intelligence Minister Mahmoud Alavi announced during Friday prayers last week that the regime had arrested and “dealt with” 166 resistance units as part of “national security efforts”.

He said: “Over the past year, we have confronted 116 [resistance] units affiliated with the Mujahedin-e Khalq organization [the People’s Mojahedin Organisation of Iran (MEK / PMOI)].” He claimed that this crackdown had come from the regime’s Supreme Leader Khamenei himself.

An Underestimation

Following the announcement, the National Council of Resistance of Iran(NCRI), the umbrella organization of the People’s Mojahedin Organisation of Iran (MEK), claimed that Alavi’s estimate was an underrepresentation of the true figure. It asserted that the number of arrests was far higher than those Alavi claimed, suggesting that he may have omitted units and MEK members arrested by the IRGC’s Intelligence and Information Protection branches.

The President-elect of the Iranian opposition, Maryam Rajavi called on the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights to arrange for an international delegation to visit the arrested activists currently detained in Iranian regime prisons. Alongside her calls, the MEK and NCRI published a list of prisoners currently in regime custody.

The Iranian opposition and the MEK have long called on the international community to scrutinize the Iranian regime’s arbitrary arrests and torture against political dissidents. Following the nationwide uprisings that broke out at the end of 2017 and early days of 2018, 14 prisoners died in regime custody. Many died during torturous interrogations.

More Determined Than Ever

Despite the daily persecution and constant threat of arrest, MEK resistance units are more committed than ever to confronting the regime and challenging its reign of tyranny and violence. On April 18, resistance units set fire to IRGC bases across Iran.

The op-ed assessed that “the resistance units are one of the most important parts of the Iranian people’s revolution, and they are playing their historical role in various methods.”

It concluded: “By organizing and leading the Iranian uprising in an effective manner, resistance units are injecting hope and new life into society.”

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Mahmoud Alavi

Regime Intelligence Minister Cites MEK Arrests in Attempt to Boost Flagging Morale, Prompting Call to Release Political Prisoners

Mahmoud Alavi

Mahmoud Alavi, the Iranian regime’s Minister of Intelligence aside Hassan Rouhani the president of the dictatorship ruling Iran

On April 19th, Mullah Mahmoud Alavi, the regime’s Minister of Intelligence, made an appearance at Friday prayers in Tehran in which he attempted to raise morale of the country’s military forces in light of the recent designation of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) as a Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO) by the United States. The designation carries significant economic and political consequences for a regime that is already facing crises from all sides.

Arrests of MEK Members

Alavi focused his remarks on the regime’s suppression of the MEK during the last year in the Iranian calendar (March 21, 2018 to March 20, 2019), saying that during this time “116 teams related to the PMOI [MEK] have been dealt with.” He confusingly referred to these suppressive acts as “intelligence epic” and said that the ministry’s actions were due to “major national security reviews in light of Khamenei’s breakthrough guidelines.”

Alavi insisted that these achievements were carried out through Khamenei’s tailoring and said that the details of the suppressive acts should be shared with the public through “national media.” The regime’s state-run media have become widely distrusted by the Iranian people, who view the mullahs’ news agencies as propaganda. It is common for protesters to chant, “Our shame, our shame, our radio, and TV!” Regime leaders have expressed frustration at their inability to stop people from turning to the Internet and social media for unfiltered news.

The Minister of Intelligence has not officially released the true number of MEK members arrested during the last Iranian calendar year. He intentionally omitted arrests made by the regime’s other suppressive agencies, such as the

IRC Intelligence Organization, IRGC Intelligence Protection Organization, State Security Forces (SSF) and the Prosecutor’s Office.

 

Alavi’s choice to focus on the MEK is in keeping with the regime’s strategy of placing the blame for the FTO designation or IRGC on the resistance organization.

Maryam Rajavi’s Statement

After Alavi’s Remarks on Friday, Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), released a statement calling for the immediate release of MEK political prisoners in Oran. She called on the Secretary-General of the United Nations, the High Commissioner and the Human Rights Council of the United Nations, and international human rights organizations to form delegations to visit the regime’s prisons and meet with the prisoners and to take immediate action to secure their release. She emphasized that the prisoners are subject to torture and execution. Mrs. Rajavi further demanded that the regime publish the names of all of those who have been arrested and honor their rights in accordance with the international conventions it has adopted.

The Iranian regime is notorious for its mistreatment of political prisoners. Dissidents are routinely tortured while in custody, sometimes to the point of death. During the uprisings of December 2017/January 2018, at least 14 people died after being tortured while in custody.

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