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Maryam Rajavi's banner in Tehran

MEK Activities Across Iran

Maryam Rajavi's banner in Tehran

Tehran- resistance units of the MEK install banner of Maryam Rajavi at Damavand road

Based on the sources of the Mujahedin-e Khalq (PMOI/MEK) and the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), during the period of 19 to 24 October 2019 in a campaign coinciding with the anniversary of the election of Mrs. Rajavi by the NCRI, the MEK resistance units accelerated their activities.

Enjoying a vast popular support, the defiant youth, supporters of the MEK, torched the symbols of the regime’s leadership, Khomeini, the founder of the religious dictatorship, and Ali Khamenei, the supreme leader, across Iran including, Mashhad (northeast), Shiraz (south), Zahedan (southeast), Kermanshah, Khorramabad and Boroujerd (west), Kashan (south-central), and Behbahan, and Gachsaran (southwest).

Based on a statement released by the Secretariat of the National Council of Resistance of Iran on October 25, 2019:

During the same period, large placards and banners carrying Mrs. Maryam Rajavi’s picture were posted in different parts of Tehran, like Abbas Abad, Arya Shahr, Nivaran, and Modarres Expressways, Tehran Pars, Kurdistan and Kaveh Expressways, and elsewhere. The same was done in public places in many other Iranian cities.

MEK’s activities dramatically promote hope for change in Iran amongst the young generation as well as women, the hope for establishing a free, democratic Iran. The MEK resistance units are the source of inspiration in the society inside Iran and among the Iranian community abroad. Posting posters of Massoud Rajavi, leader of the Iranian Resistance, and Maryam Rajavi, by the supporters of the MEK, indicates the popular support for the MEK’s objectives and the ten-point plan of Mrs. Maryam Rajavi for a democratic, secular, and pluralistic Iran.

Below are some images of the MEK’s resistance units torching the Iranian regime’s symbols.

Torching a banner of Ali Khameni in Tehran by a MEK resistance unit1

Torching a banner of Ali Khamenei in Tehran by a MEK resistance unit

Setting fire on the sign of Basij, the suppressive paramilitary force affiliated to the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) in North-West city of Mashhad 2

Setting fire on the sign of Basij, the suppressive paramilitary force affiliated to the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) in North-West city of Mashhad

Torching the sign of a regime's suppressive center in Kashan by a MEK resistance unit3

Torching the sign of a regime’s suppressive center in Kashan by a MEK resistance unit

A MEK resistance unit sets fire to the sign of a suppressive force in the Southern city of Behbahan 4

A MEK resistance unit sets fire to the sign of a suppressive force in the Southern city of Behbahan

Posting large placards and banners carrying Mrs. Rajavi’s picture by the MEK resistance units

Hanging a large banner carrying Mrs. Maryam Rajavi's picture, by a MEK resistance unit, Niavaran Highway, Tehran5

Hanging a large banner carrying Mrs. Maryam Rajavi’s picture, by a MEK resistance unit, Niavaran Highway, Tehran

A large placard carrying Maryam Rajavi's picture was hung over a bridge in Kaveh highway in Tehran by a MEK resistance unit6

A large placard carrying Maryam Rajavi’s picture was hung over a bridge in Kaveh highway in Tehran by a MEK resistance unit

A large placard carrying Maryam Rajavi's picture was hung over a bridge in Abbasabad, Tehran by a MEK resistance unit

A large placard carrying Maryam Rajavi’s picture was hung over a bridge in Abbasabad, Tehran by a MEK resistance unit

A large placard carrying Maryam Rajavi's picture was hung over a bridge in Kurdistan highway, Tehran, by a MEK resistance unit

A large placard carrying Maryam Rajavi’s picture was hung over a bridge in Kurdistan highway, Tehran, by a MEK resistance unit

A large placard carrying Maryam Rajavi's picture posted in Modares Highway, Tehran by a MEK resistance unit

A large placard carrying Maryam Rajavi’s picture posted in Modares Highway, Tehran by a MEK resistance unit

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Dramatic Acceleration of MEK's Units Activities

Dramatic Acceleration of MEK’s Units Activities

Dramatic Acceleration of MEK's Units Activities

In the beginning of the school year, the resistance unit’s activities increased in many cities in Iran.

Since the beginning of October, Iran witnessed a remarkable expansion of the MEK resistance unit’s activities, including setting fire to the billboards of the Iranian regime’s leaders. Despite the suppressive measures by the security forces in Iran, the defiant youth accelerate their protests against the regime. During this period of time, the MEK resistance units torched the billboards of Khomeini and Khamenei and also the signs of the Basij (the regime’s paramilitary suppressive forces affiliated to the IRGC) centers in Tehran, Shiraz, Khoy, Bandarabbass, Maku, Lahijan, Orumiyeh, Kermanshah, Zahedan, and Khoramabad.

Tehran - Bassij base

Tehran – Bassij base

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Khoy - Khomeini and Khamenei billboard

Khoy -torched the billboards of Khomeini and Khamenei

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Maku-Khamenei’s poster

Torch the billboard of Bassij base in Maku

The resistance units of the MEK hung the posters of Massoud Rajavi, Leader of the Iranian Resistance, and Maryam Rajavi, the President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), in many cities across the country.

Simultaneously, resistance against the religious dictatorial regime ruling Iran expanded in Tehran, Shiraz, Arak, Haft Tapeh, and Lordegan; all supported by the Iranian people particularly college and high-school students.

Following the beginning of the school year, protests by the students resumed in many colleges and universities in Iran.

At the University of Tehran, and Art & Architect College in Mazandaran students held a protest gathering on 22 October 2019. Students of the Science & Industry University in Tehran protested against food poisoning of students on the university campus.

MEK as the main opposition in Iran through its activities both on the ground and in social media has had the most tangible impact on the Iranian people. Many protests and protest actions and gatherings are inspired and led by the MEK. Iranian people consider the MEK as the only hope for a better future. They find the ten-point plan of Mrs. Maryam Rajavi as a platform for a free Iran.

The MEK is the most organized movement in Iran’s recent history. In June 1981, just two and a half years after the 1979 revolution, the MEK managed a demonstration in Tehran in which 500,000 people participated. Now, the resistance units of the MEK, are active in almost all of Iran’s 31 provinces.

Dr. Maria Ryan, CEO of Cottage Hospital, said at an international conference in Ashraf3:

“You’re really organized. And that’s important for people to see because as we move the regime out in Iran, it’s going to take a lot of work to put up a government and stand it up. And this is how I feel your strength is coming through — you’re thinking about the future, you’re organizing and you’re disciplined. I’m very impressed by this.”

 

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Lordegan demonstrated against the mullahs’ regime

LORDEGAN: A Deep Wound

Lordegan demonstrated against the mullahs’ regime

LORDEGAN: Protestors set ablaze the Governorate and Khamenei’s representative office, IRGC commander blames the MEK for being at the origin

What happened in Lordegan, southern Iran was not an isolated incident. It was one in many such cases occurring in Iran every day.

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

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


The protesters were chanting, “Down with the dictator,” “have no fear, we are all together,” “neither Gaza, nor Lebanon, I give my life for Iran,” and “incompetent official, resign, resign.”

The mullahs’ regime dispatched swarms of Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) to stop the protesters. But they were no match for the angry mob.

On October 2, Khamenei told the Revolutionary Guards commanders,

“Continuing the strategic depth is sometimes more imperative than the most important issues facing the country. Some people do not recognize this. Some pay attention and chant neither, Gaza, nor Lebanon to the benefit of the enemy.”

Women played a prominent role in the protests which began on October 2. The protesters broke the windows of the local health department and blocked the road to the village on October 3rd.

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

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

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

Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, the President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), hailed the arisen people and youth in Lordegan.

“With their chants of death to the dictator and attacking the office of the representative of the Iranian regime’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, they targeted the clerical establishment as the main cause of all the atrocities perpetrated against the Iranian people,” Mrs. Rajavi said, adding, “This corrupt and criminal regime has squandered Iran’s national wealth by pursuing nuclear and missile projects and engaging in foreign warmongering, which has destroyed all aspects of life for the people of Iran, including health and well-being.”

Mrs. Rajavi urged all the youth, especially in Chaharmahal-Bakhtiari Province and the neighboring areas to support the protesters and the victims of the inhumane policies of the mullahs’ regime.

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Iran Sees MEK Protests on Anniversary of 1981 Uprising

MEK supporters arrested by Iranian regime repressive forces during demonstration

MEK members and supporters arrested violently by IRGC and Basiji thugs during a widespread demonstration in major cities on September 27, 1981.

The Iranian Regime is at the center of recent tensions in the Middle East, following its attack on Saudi oil facilities and recent anti-regime demonstrations by its own citizens.

Similar to the anti-regime protests in September 27, 1981, where defiant youths torched large posters of regime founder and then-Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khomeini, this round of protests over the period September 22-29 featured protesters setting fire to images of current Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, as well as a number of Revolutionary Guard and Bassij bases in different cities across Iran.

Last week, yet more anti-regime activists plastered signs across Iran, bearing the slogans ‘Down with Khamenei’, ‘Long live freedom and Democracy’ and ‘Freedom with Maryam Rajavi‘, in reference to the leader of the People’s Mujahedin of Iran (PMOI/MEK), an organization trying to overthrow the mullahs. These people are protesting in spite of Iran’s brutal suppression of dissent and freedom of speech; they have been driven to the edge.

The 1981 demonstrations, also led by MEK members, featured crowds of young people in central Tehran chanting “Death to Khomeini” for the first time since the mullahs stole power from the people in the 1979 revolution to overthrow the Shah, who is also despised by most Iranians.

Khomeini’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) opened fire on the crowd and killed hundreds, before arresting many more. The detainees were executed later that day, without a fair trial.

The Iranian Revolution began in 1978, when at least five protestors, but more likely 70, were killed by security forces in the city of Qom. The ruling Shah then used increasing violence against the Iranian people, which resulted in the ‘Black Friday’ killing of 100 protestors by security officials on September 8, 1978. At this point, many leaders of the MEK were also executed.

Since that time, Iran’s relationship with the West has been a strained one and right now, tensions are probably the highest they’ve even been after Iran was accused by the US, France, the UK, and Germany of destroying two oil plants in Saudi Arabia

At the same time, Saudi Arabia’s minister of state for foreign affairs said that all options, including a military response, are on the table.

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Mrs. Ramesh Sepehrrad, from OIAC

Ramesh Sepehrrad; In a free Iran only the ballot box determines the legitimacy of the future government

Mrs. Ramesh Sepehrrad, from OIAC

Dr. Ramesh Sepehrrad, from OIAC delivering a speech to the New York Conference discussing the future of Iran-September 24, 2019

In a conference discussing the future of Iran, the representative of the Organization of Iranian-American Communities (OIAC) outlined the organization’s vision for the future of Iran.

Dr. Ramesh Sepehrrad, from OIAC, delivered a speech that was warmly receipted by the audience. Below please find an excerpt of her speech:

“It is my privilege and honor to speak to you on behalf of the Organization of Iranian- American Community who for more than twenty-five years has been primarily focusing on echoing the voice of the Iranian people as their struggle for human rights and democracy in our native land Iran.

Over the last century Iran has seen two brutal dictatorships, under the Pahlavi’s monarchy which in collaboration with the mullahs worked against the democratic and nationalistic government of Dr. Mosaddeq and now dealing with the misogynist regime since 1979, the religious fascist of mullahs who are incapable of reform or even engaging in a meaningful way with the Iranian people or for the rest of the world for that matter.

When it comes to this regime because this regime believes in the system of Velayat-e Faqih, this regime is committed and remains committed to the system of Velayat-e Faqih, and that means an absolute power that is only for non-elected male clerics, according to the regime’s constitution.

What has to be very clear is that the Iranian people’s rejection of both monarchy and mullahcracy is based on historic lessons from their struggle for freedom and democracy over the last several decades. This is not a partisan preference; it is simply the reality of Iran’s recent history. The 1979 revolution is Iran’s historic rejection of monarchy. While the mullahs have high jacked the revolution, the waves of the popular uprising in rejection of the mullahs during the 1980s, 1990s and most notably the 2009 and 2018 are the ongoing rejection of this regime in its entirety.

People of Iran, are not making any distinction between so-called reformers and hardliners, so why should we? This red line has been drawn by the blood and sacrifices of more than 120,000 martyrs for freedom in order to move Iran away from despotism of the past and religious tyranny of present. Therefore, it is our red-line too and crossing of this red-line under whatever pretext, is unacceptable, because it is undermining the true democracy movement in Iran.

The international community has not yet recognized the depth and extent of the ongoing crimes against the people of Iran, especially, the 1988 massacre of political prisoners. In our view, just as the Mayor (Giuliani) said Khamenei, Rouhani, Zarif, Qasem Soleimani, Ebrahim Raisi after four decades of execution and oppression, war, terrorism, subversion, mayhem by the terrorist IRGC and Ministry of Intelligence are all international criminals and must stand trial in the international tribunals and courts.

All of us gathered here agree that the Iranian regime is the enemy of not just the Iranian people but also the rest of the world. We agree that this regime must go. We also agree that it is up to Iranian people and their organized opposition movement, who shall and will bring this regime down in its entirety. We have also gathered here to emphasize the path forward for free Iran. OIAC stands for a non-nuclear, democratic, secular, Republic of Iran based on the following key principals:

  • In a free Iran, only the ballot box determines the legitimacy of the future government.
  • Freedom of speech, expression, association, and religion for all Iranians, and equal rights for all ethnic groups in the framework of Iran’s territorial integrity is a must in a free Iran. As my Baluchi sister said: we won’t let this regime colonize us any longer, we won’t let them divide us based on ethnic lines, we are all standing for the territorial integrity of Iran. We are Iranians first and we want this regime down together and if anyone has any doubt that we cannot do this, I will invite them to look to the Mujahedin-e Khalq (MEK), where the Baluchis, the Kurds, the Turks, and the Fars, all of them, all the Iranian ethnic groups, have come together under one banner, the Mujahedin-e Khalq (MEK), fighting against this regime. We have done it before and Iran will do it again. Iran will do it again because the National Council of Resistance of Iran and the platform that it has, represents the diversity of Iran. This is our strengths. We will not let them colonize our ethnic groups.
  • In a free Iran, complete gender equality in all political, social, cultural, and economic spheres women of our native land are on the forefront to overthrow this misogynist regime; and we stand with them wholeheartedly.


In a free Iran, women will have all their rights to choose their clothing, and any exploitation of women on whatever pretext will be rejected.

In a free Iran, we would have a commitment to the universal declaration of human rights and all international covenants.

In a free Iran, the death penalty will be abolished; no more political prisoners, no more prisoners of conscience, and they will be released after the downfall of this regime.

The path to progress and prosperity in a free Iran is based on the followings:

  • Justice and equal opportunity for employment and occupation are imperative for all Iranians in a free market economy. Cronyism, nepotism, corruption or the mafia-style of government shall not be acceptable.
  • The rights of workers, farmers, nurses, employees, teachers, educators, retired people will be upheld and respected.
  • The diaspora, this is all of us, will have a duty of reversing the brain drain and support the rebuilding of Iran based on progressive labor laws and rights. Forced child labor must be abolished.
  • The future of Iran’s youth will be in high-quality education so that Iran can develop the next generation of workforce and scholars to thrive and contribute to the modern world. Iranian scientific community shall focus on humane advancement of technology, knowledge, innovation, and infrastructure for improving the lives of Iranian people.
  • No more weapons of mass destruction; we stand for a non-nuclear Iran.
  • Iranian scientific community shall also focus on reversing the environmental crises, water shortage, unnatural floods, earthquakes, through utilizing best practices in order to reverse the damage done under this criminal regime.
  • Iran shall live in peace and coexistence and cooperation and mutual respect with its neighbors and the international community. No more regional meddling and no more support for terrorist or the extremist groups.

So at this point, I’ll ask all delegates to think a moment, and envision an Iran based on these principals, and the path to recovery, an Iran that is worthy of our heritage, our history and the sacrifices made to date. Together, we must refrain from divisiveness. We need to aim all of our energies and efforts to change this regime first.

In 2002 the head of the National Council of Resistance of Iran, Massoud Rajavi announced the NCRI’s plan for promoting the national solidarity front to encompass all Iranians and political entities who reject the monarchy and the system of Velayat-e Faqih and our campaigning for a democratic independent and secular republic to come together. This call was faced with overwhelming misinformation and disinformation campaign by regime cronies and MOIS agents.

For too long, the Iranian regime’s lobbyists and apologists have worked to divide us by propagating falsehood and smear campaigns, lies and propaganda. This must stop. We must put an end to the disinformation campaign and the echo chamber against the MEK and the NCRI. We will end this.

This regime-change movement inside Iran is growing stronger day by day, because of the MEK’s resistance units and their ongoing efforts that are expanding to organize the public. We can do the same in exile, this means we need to be entirely focused on the threat of the Iranian regime and the need to overthrow this regime with all the factions within this regime. We need not be distracted by the regime’s ongoing propaganda as we push for further isolation of the regime, to provide support for regime change by Iranians. We must demonstrate political maturity and commitment to these principals and be fully committed to them, which can guarantee an enduring and effective unity against this regime. I’m hopeful that we will get there in solidarity which did not begin today, it has been going on for the last 40 years because of the National Council of Resistance of Iran.”

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No to Ruhani – Thousands of Iranians Reject the Mullahs’ President’s Presence in the UN

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The Iranian diaspora in the US gathered in front of the UN, protesting against the presence of Ruhani, President of the Iranian regime, Sep 24, 2019

Along with the UN General Assembly in New York, thousands of Iranians staged a demonstration across the street from the UN headquarters to protest the presence of Hassan Ruhani, the president of the mullahs’ regime.

Participants condemned the policy of fueling regional wars and terrorism. They stressed that this regime must be decisively dealt with and Ruhani be excluded from the United Nations Headquarters.

Maryam Rajavi deliver speech to the rally against Ruhani

Maryam Rajavi delivers a speech to the rally against Ruhani at the UN headquarters,  Sep 24, 2019

 

 

 

The National Council of Resistance of Iran’s President-elect Maryam Rajavi sent a video message to the Iranians gathered in front of the UN headquarters in New York. She affirmed in her message:

“Your gathering is a NO to the continued power of a handful of occupiers and criminals in Iran and YES to the overthrow of this regime by the Iranian people and the Iranian resistance.

You represent the voice of protest and resistance of the Iranian people.

The centers of revolt and the resistance councils, whose courageous activities throughout Iran have kept the flames of the uprising and protest on the rise. After the Iranian regime targeted Saudi Arabia’s oil installations with missiles and drones from inside Iran a few days ago, the real question before the international community is no longer the party that launched the attack. It is necessary to adopt a firm and comprehensive policy towards this regime. Ruhani, the so-called moderate president of this authoritarian regime, has tacitly stated his support for this provocative act. Khamenei’s representative in Mashhad also confirmed the link to the attack by the mullahs, saying that Ansar Allah in Yemen and all the armed militias of the regime in Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, and Palestine all represent the Iranian regime. Khamenei himself, after the attack on Saudi Arabia, stipulated that any negotiations at any level with the United States should be conducted with the latter’s repentance. So what is the rhetoric of those who promote the policy of appeasing the ruling killers in Iran? The UN Security Council must declare the Iranian regime a threat to world peace and security. We call on all States to participate in the establishment of an international front against religious fascism. The international community must recognize the right of the Iranian people to overthrow the religious fascism and to achieve freedom.”

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Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani said in his speech:

“The Iranian resistance can govern Iran in an unprecedented way from the regime of terrorism to a democratic and free system under the leadership of Maryam Rajavi, a system that ends the death penalty and restores respect for women’s rights! Look what Mrs. Rajavi has done. The transition from a dictatorship to democracy will lead within six months. Mrs. Rajavi is a great woman.”

“The attacks of the Iranian regime are continuing. Our policies will not change the behavior of the regime. It is regime change that can end the bloodshed in the Middle East,” Giuliani added.

Mayor Giuliani delivers a speech for the protesters against the Iranian regime’s President at the UN Sep 24, 2019

 

In her speech, Sona Samsami, representative of the National Council of Resistance of Iran in the United States, called on the member states of the United Nations to impose comprehensive sanctions on the regime for gross violations of human rights and the continuation of the nuclear and missile program and creating chaos in the Middle East. In their slogans and banners, the demonstrators stressed that Iran’s seats in the United Nations should be given to the just resistance of the Iranian people and the democratic alternative of the National Council of Resistance, and the right of the Iranian people to resist and topple the inhuman dictatorship of the mullahs be formally recognized.

Former US Senator Joseph Lieberman said to demonstrators:

“You are appealing for a free Iran. I want to tell you today that there is a force that the Iranian regime is more afraid of than any foreign military attack. It is the power of the Iranian people, the Iranian resistance and the MEK. Any military attack against the regime will damage the regime and the Quds force, but it will not lead to the fall of the regime. The overthrow will take place by the hands of the people and by the hands of the Iranian resistance.”

Former US Senator Robert Torricelli said in his speech: “We are united as a global entity and we will change the regime and bring freedom to the Iranians.”The Syrian opposition coalition participated in the demonstration, to support the Iranian resistance and to stand by a free and non-nuclear Iran in peace with its neighbors.

The demonstrators declared their full support and solidarity with the protests and the centers of revolt in Iran in their quest to overthrow the regime and achieve freedom and the establishment of a system of government representing the people in Iran.

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Iran: School Opening Stoke Uprising

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Archive photo: Angry students hold protest against the suppression in University

Beginning the school year on 23rd Sep has always been the source of fear for the Iranian regime, giving a brilliant opportunity to the defiant youth to stoke the uprising in the country.

In a message to the students on the occasion of the new Iranian academic year, Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), urged the students to rise up and liberate their homeland from the Mullahs’ occupation.

Pointing out that there were over 1,000 cases of teachers’ strikes and protests in 156 Iranian cities last year, she said that the number of student protests in universities also exceeded 180 cases across the country. The People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI, Mujahedin-e Khalq/ MEK) has played a key role in fomenting and directing the protests via its ‘Resistance Units’.

Mrs. Rajavi stressed that:

“Today, the mullahs have clamped down on and enchained every school and university by the numerous criminals who represent [the regime’s Supreme Leader Ali] Khamenei, and by multitudes of agencies, including the security departments and the paramilitary Bassij organizations in all schools and universities, and in government offices”

“Iranian students, teachers, and professors are rising up to build a free Iran for tomorrow, to establish a society based on freedom, democracy, equality, and separation of religion and state, and to set up a democratic educational regime,” she added.

The President-elect of NCRI saluted the “courageous high school and university students” saying:

“Iranian students, teachers, and professors are rising up to build a free Iran for tomorrow, to establish a society based on freedom, democracy, equality, and separation of religion and state, and to set up a democratic educational regime.”

With the anniversary of the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran’s (PMOI/MEK) foundation and schools and universities opening day, courageous students call for uprisings and protests against the religious dictatorial regime ruling Iran, as the enemy of the Iranian people.

According to the Secretariat of the National Council of Resistance of Iran, on

September 21, 2019, they posted pictures of Resistance’s leadership in various cities across the country, including Tehran (the capital), Karaj (west of Tehran), Ahwaz and Khoramshahr (southwest), Amool (north), Arak (central), Kermanshah (west), Orumiyeh (northwest), Mashhad (northeast) and Shiraz (south).

Banner of Maryam Rajavi hanging over a bridge in Iran

Banner of Maryam Rajavi hanging over a bridge in Iran, Tehran-Damavand Highway

Statements posted on the posters included the following:

-Tehran: Each college and school is a center for defiance against dictatorship and hotbed for promoting freedom

-Kermanshah: University and school students, as well as teachers and professors, call for the removal of Velaat-Faqeh (clerical supremacy). Mullahs’ regime is against knowledge and freedom.

-Shiraz: Turn each university campus and school ground into a place of defiance and protest.

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British Praliament

British MPs condemn Iran’s  IRGC and MOIS in Early Day Motion

British Praliament

MPs at the United Kingdom Parliament raise attention about the IRGC

Cross-party MPs at the United Kingdom Parliament have used an Early Day Motion to raise attention about the Iranian regime’s Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) and their role in the suppression of the Iranian people.

EDM 2333 strongly condemns the IRGC’s role in oppressing the Iranian people, particularly during anti-government protests, and describes the IRGC as a serious threat to the security, freedom, and welfare of the Iranian people, as well as the peace and stability in the Middle East and the world at large.

The British MPs emphasized that the IRGC and the mullahs’ Ministry of Intelligence and Security (MOIS) are destructive and terrorist actors, citing a long history of their deadly operations, export of terrorism, murder of foreign nationals, and assassination of Iranian dissidents, particularly members of the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI, Mujahedin-e Khalq or MEK) and the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI).

One case they cited to demonstrate this was the foiled bomb plot against the NCRI’s annual “Free Iran” grand gathering in Paris on June 2018, where 100,000 gathered to support the 10-point plan of NCRI President-elect Maryam Rajavi to bring freedom to Iran.

The British MPs called on their government to blacklist the IRGC and the MOIS as a foreign terrorist organization, something they say is in the best interests of the Iranian people, the UK, and the international community.

Bob Blackman, the primary sponsor of EDM 2333 and a major supporter of the MEK and NCRI, said in a statement: “The IRGC and MOIS stand at the center of regime’s domestic crackdown and efforts to create an international crisis with increased aggression in the region and terrorism in Europe as the popular protests across Iran that began last year are undermining the theocracy’s survival.”

Sir David Amess, co-chair of the British Committee for Iran Freedom (BCFIF), said: “The EDM, which many of my cross-party colleagues in the House of Commons and I supported, backs the call by NCRI President-elect Mrs. Maryam Rajavi for the designation of IRGC and MOIS as terrorist entities and calls on the Government to proscribe these repressive organs as foreign terrorist organizations in their entirety.”

It is time for the British government and the European Union to listen to these MPs and the Iranian people and take a firm policy against the Regime by imposing sanctions on the IRGC and MOIS, especially given the role of these groups in taking hostage British citizen Nazanin Zaghari-Radcliffe and seizing a British oil tanker in international waters. It is right that they support the Iranian people’s uprising and their organized Resistance.

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Maryam Rajavi entering a conference hall in Ashraf 3 during the 5-day Free Iran rally-July 2019

Newsweek,”Iran’s opposition Groups are Preparing for the Regime’s Collapse. Is Anyone Ready?” is False and Propaganda

The Front Page photo on the hit piece by Newsweek Propaganda article titled: “Iran’s Opposition Groups are Preparing for the Regime’s Collapse. Is Anyone Ready?
The article is aimed at demonizing the MEK, the principal opposition to Iran’s dictatorship. Published in August 2019.

This summer’s highly-visible protests and rallies by the Iranian Opposition drew increased attention to the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI / MEK) and the imminent collapse of the mullahs’ regime. The rallies were overwhelmingly successful in achieving their aims and received widespread support from international leaders across the political spectrum, it was therefore anticipated that both the supporters of the policy of appeasement and those who have fallen prey to the regime’s anti-MEK propaganda will give lip-service to the Iranlobby and/or Iran’s notorious Ministry of Intelligence and Security (MOIS) .

Former MEP: “The Key Task of MOIS Is to Identify and Eliminate Opponents of The Regime, The MEK”

In their August 29th edition, Newsweek published an article entitled “Iran’s Opposition Groups are Preparing for the Regime’s Collapse. Is Anyone Ready?” The article noted that “something is different now” and that the prospect of the “collapse of the Tehran regime has raised the question of what kind of Iranian government might come next.” This is an excellent question, but Newsweek missed the mark in answering it, claiming that the mullahs’ regime should be preserved and appeased.

 

MEK demonstration in 1981 in Iran

500000 Iranian, supporters of MEK, took to street participating in a peaceful rally against suppression imposed by the Iranian regime on Jun 20, 1981, in Iran

The regime is indeed faltering and close to collapse, and the article correctly states that the MEK “is the oldest, best organized and best known of several Iranian opposition movements.” The author falls victim to regime propaganda on a number of counts, though, doubting the MEK’s base of popular support and using a number of discredited and unnamed sources to support an anti-MEK stance that largely arises from political opposition to current U.S. policy towards Iran.

 

It is important to note that inside Iran, it is deadly to speak in support of the MEK. The regime has murdered more than 120,000 MEK members and supporters since 1981, and those who continue to support the MEK do so at great personal risk. Despite this, regime leaders and state media express daily concerns about their fear of the MEK’s growing influence in the country. The measure of the MEK’s popular base of support can best be measured by the words of those who fear it.

Mr. Broder was invited to the Ashraf-3, the MEK’s headquarters in Albania, to speak to members and ask questions before writing his article, but he declined. Dozens of other journalists have accepted this offer and painted a different picture of the MEK.

If Mr. Broder had visited Ashraf-3, he might have learned the following facts, which were incorrectly stated in his article and rebutted by the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI):

Regime Scientists Were Not Murdered

The MEK did not murder Iranian regime, nuclear scientists. In a September 28, 2012 background briefing, two senior State Department officials officially stated, “The United States Government has not claimed that the MEK was involved in the assassination of scientists in Iran.”

MEK Was Not Delisted as Act of Charity

Newsweek contradicted its own reporting on the blacklisting of the MEK. In September 2002, Newsweek reported that the terrorist listing was an act of political goodwill by the Clinton administration. The magazine printed a 1997 quote from Martin Indyk, the Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs, which said, “[There] was White House interest in opening up a dialogue with the Iranian government. At the time, President Khatami had recently been elected and was seen as a moderate. Top Administration officials saw cracking down on the [MEK], which the Iranians had made clear they saw as a menace, as one way to do so,”

The MEK’s delisting was not an act of charity, as claimed in the article. Secretary Clinton was forced to remove the MEK from the FTO list after being ordered to do so by the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, the nation’s second highest court. The unanimous ruling found no evidence that the MEK was involved in terrorism. 100 members of Congress from both sides of the aisle also urged the State Department to delist the MEK.

Court Rulings

MEK Was Not Involved in Embassy Takeover

The assertion that the MEK “support[ed] the takeover of the U.S. embassy” and broke “with Khomeini over his decision to release the American hostages” is patently false. The hostage crisis was an attempt by Khomeini to create anti-American sentiment in Iran in order to ensure the passage of the newly-drafted constitution, which was based on the principle of absolute clerical rule. The MEK strongly opposed the new constitution, and Khomeini sought to marginalize any opposition to his rule. On the sixth anniversary of the takeover, then-Chief Justice Abdol Karim Moussavi Ardabili admitted the motivation for the crime in a Friday Prayer sermon: “[The embassy takeover] brought about the fall of the Provisional Government, the isolation of the liberals and the confusion of left-wing groups and the Monafeqin (the MEK) and exposed their real faces. As Imam Khomeini said, this revolutionary move was greater than the first revolution.”

1988 Massacre Was Not Linked to War

The Iranian regime began executing MEK members and supporters after a peaceful demonstration in Tehran on June 20, 1981, during which the Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) opened fire on the crowd of 500,000 protesters, killing thousands on the spot. The 30,000 political prisoners in Iran who were executed during the 1988 Massacre were not associated with the MEK’s incursion into western Iran, as has been explicitly stated by Amnesty International and the late Ayatollah Hossein-Ali Montazeri, Khomeini’s would-be successor, who was deposed for his opposition to the executions. The regime has long used the war as a justification for the massacre of 30,000 of its own citizens, including teenagers, pregnant women, and the elderly.

HRW Report Was Not Reliable

The author of the 14-year-old Human Rights Watch Report was paid by an Iranian regime lobbying group operating out of Washington, D.C. Retired Brigadier General David Phillips (then an active Colonel), the commander of the U.S. 89th MP Brigade that protected the MEK’s Camp Ashraf in 2004-2005, wrote a letter to HRW Executive Director Kenneth Roth in response to the report, stating:

“I believe that your recent report was based on unsubstantiated information from individuals without firsthand knowledge or for reasons of person gain. I have spoken to large groups of MEK/PMOI members and have also had one on one private conversations with individual members. At no time did any member, ranging from young male and females to the very senior leadership, ever report any of the type of conduct outlined in your recent report.”

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MEK-Iran: Is the Iranian regime able to retreat?

Protest in Iran 2018

Archive photo: Iranian protests against the then economic situation in January 2018 turned to nationwide protests calling for overthrowing the Iranian regime

The recent European initiative to explore options for enticing the Iranian regime back into full compliance with the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) and to facilitate a possible US-Iran rapprochement, has provoked many questions. Does the Iranian regime have the capacity to act like a normal state, something the US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has asked? And, what are the associated challenges that the mullahs face? This is the central question confronting the mullahs’ supreme leader Ali Khamenei because it is tied to the regime’s survival.

The current state of the Iranian regime

The current state of the regime is completely different than in 2015 when the JCPOA was signed between Tehran and the P5+1. This is because, first, the clerical regime is encircled by existential internal and external crises, and its strategic reserves are rapidly depleting. As these crises compound, the situation becomes increasingly more irreversible and fatal. Second, the policy of appeasement has failed, despite the shocking concessions doled out to the regime by the western powers. And third, the current US administration’s position toward the regime stands in stark contrast relative to its predecessor.

At a cabinet meeting on Tuesday, the mullahs’ president Hassan Rouhani dismissed a proposal presented by Europeans to save the 2015 nuclear deal and said the regime “will announce the third step, which is of incredible significance and will accelerate the activities of Iran’s Atomic Energy Organization.” This was in reference to a plan proposed by French President Emmanuel Macron, that aimed at providing a $15 billion line of credit to Tehran in return for the mullahs’ acceptance to refrain from adopting additional measures that violate the nuclear deal.

The regime’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi said with respect to the so-called ‘third step’ that “it will be stronger than the first and second steps. … If we do not witness the necessary will from the European parties to return to their JCPOA commitments, we will take our third step.”

Regime officials know full well that when they implement further JCPOA violations, their circumstances will become much more precarious. However, they do not have many other options. Their remarks reveal their intentions to carry out nuclear blackmail with the aim of continuing their nuclear ambitions seeing this their only way out of the deepening internal crisis.

Iran-US relations

There is no concrete evidence of a forthcoming thaw in US-Iran relations. This week, the US blacklisted what it called an “oil for terror” shipping network directed by the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC). The US Treasury Department said in a statement on September 4, 2019: “The Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) took action against a large shipping network that is directed by and financially supports the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps-Qods Force (IRGC-QF) and its terrorist proxy Hizballah.”

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said: “Iran continues to take provocative actions to destabilize the region and the world. Treasury’s action against this sprawling petroleum network makes it explicitly clear that those purchasing Iranian oil are directly supporting Iran’s militant and terrorist arm, the IRGC-Qods Force. … Our actions over the last two weeks should serve as a strong warning to anyone considering facilitating the Qods Force’s oil sales that there will be swift consequences.”

In truth, the Iranian regime desperately needs a deal. However, it is too fragile and unstable to endure its consequences. Owing to ongoing domestic protests and dire economic conditions, the regime is at the weakest point in its history, putting Khamenei at a significant impasse. Any conceivable retreat would encourage more popular demands and social protests, something that terrifies the unpopular and illegitimate clerical rulers the most.

Khamenei’s fears

Khamenei has repeatedly said that neither the US nor the regime seeks war. The only major source of panic for the Iranian regime is the homegrown opposition, the Mujahedin-e Khalq (MEK), as well as the formidable political coalition of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), which acts as the most viable democratic alternative to the theocracy. With the MEK’s capabilities to lead and organize national protests (as Khamenei himself publicly warned in January 2018) that is why over the past four decades, the top priority for the regime’s security policy has been to annihilate the MEK.

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