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Assadollah Assadi, Iranian diplomat and the mastermind of the Paris terror plot

Attempted Terror Attack on Free Iran Convention Ordered by Khamenei, Rouhani

Assadollah Assadi, Iranian diplomat and the mastermind of the Paris terror plot

Assadollah Assadi, the Iranian regime diplomat and the mastermind behind the terror plot to bomb Free Iran gathering.

On Wednesday, July 11th, the German Federal Prosecutor announced that its judiciary had ordered the arrest of Assadollah Assadi, an Iranian regime diplomat, on charges of espionage and conspiracy to commit murder. Assadi was previously arrested on July 1st on a European warrant by German authorities near the city of Aschaffenburg on suspicion of aiding terrorists.

 

According to the statement, Assadi commissioned a terrorist attack on the Free Iran gathering in France on June 30th. He assigned a couple in Antwerp in March 2018 to carry out the attack and gave them 500 grams of the explosive TATP in Luxemburg in late June.

 

The statement noted that Assadi was a member of Iran’s Ministry of Intelligence and Security (MOIS), whose primary tasks “include the intensive observation and combating of opposition groups inside and outside of Iran.” The German Prosecutor’s statement added that its judiciary warrant would not hinder the request from Belgium for Assadi’s extradition.

 

The couple who was arrested in Belgium for attempting to carry out the attack was previously described by Belgian authorities as members of a regime sleeper cell that had been under the direction of Assadi for years (De Standaard- July 4th). A Belgian judicial spokesman was quoted as saying, “Practically all employees of Iranian embassies are part of the Iranian Secret Service.” (NBCnews.com- July 6th).

Reliable sources inside the regime say that the regime’s Supreme Leader, President, Foreign and Intelligence Ministers, Secretary of the Supreme National Security Council, the Revolutionary Guards, the Quds Force, the IRGC’s Intelligence Organization, and the Deputy for Political-Security Affairs at Khamenei’s office planned the attack months ago. The MOIS was tasked with carrying out the operation, with Assadi heading up the terrorist planning in his role as MOIS station chief in Austria.

 

Assadi’s chief responsibility as a regime diplomat in Vienna, working under the guise of Third Counselor, was espionage and conspiracy against the MEK. He has used his diplomatic status to travel to a number of European countries to achieve this goal.

 

The regime is seeking to have Assadi extradited to Austria and ultimately to Iran in order to evade responsibility for his actions. The regime has attempted to deny the plot entirely as well, with Iranian regime Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif describing the investigation as a false flag plot. The regime’s flimsy denial, paired with its desperate attempts to extradite Assadi show that it is gravely concerned about the situation.

 

Assadi has been stripped of his diplomatic immunity.

 

The Iranian Resistance movement, including the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) and the MEK, have called for the closure of the regime’s embassies and representative offices, and the expulsion of terrorist diplomats and the MOIS and Quds Force agents, in accordance with

the decision of the Council of Europe on April 29, 1997, which stipulated that the mullahs’ mercenaries and intelligence and security agents should be expelled from European Union Member States and not allowed to enter EU Member States.(#ExpelIranDiplomatTerrorists)

Mayor Rudy Giuliani, former mayor of New York City and an advisor to U.S. President Donald Trump, issued a statement on this highly sensitive subject.

“This accentuates the growing sense that the regime that is the biggest sponsor of terrorism in the world is increasingly weakened by constant large demonstrations in over 140 cities. It is also becoming apparent that Madam Maryam Rajavi and the NCRI pose a realistic alternative to this homicidal regime.”

 

 

 

 

 

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Iran's high officials behind Paris Terror Plot

New Report Shows Rouhani and Khamenei Approved Paris Terror Attack Plans

Iran's high officials behind Paris Terror Plot

New Report Shows Rouhani and Khamenei Approved Paris Terror Attack Plans

In a report published in the Washington Times on Thursday, July 12th, the Iranian opposition coalition, the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), revealed, that senior members of the Iranian regime approved the planned Iranian terror attack on the Free Iran Rally in Paris. The group’s intelligence sources within Iran allege that President Hassan Rouhani and Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei were involved in the plots organization.

The report from the NCRI and the People’s Mujahedin Organisation of Iran (MEK), said the attack was approved by every level of Iranian power, including Ali Khamenei, Regime’s Supreme Leader’s office, regime’s Foreign Ministry, and the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC).

A Foiled Terror Attack

The attack was foiled when Belgian authorities stopped an Iranian couple traveling in a car packed with explosives. The couple was traveling to Paris where the NCRI and the MEK were holding their annual Free Iran Rally.

The two had received the explosives and instructions from Assadolah Assadi, an Iranian diplomat posted at the Iranian embassy in Vienna. German authorities later arrested Assadi.

In the NCRI and MEK’s report, it was revealed that Assadi’s real job title is the Ministry of Intelligence station chief in Vienna. His role was to spy on MEK activities, and he traveled extensively across Europe in this capacity.

Iran’s Network of Espionage

The attack has drawn attention to the Iranian regime’s use of embassies abroad to coordinate a network of espionage and terror. In a press release from the US Department of State on Tuesday, July 10th, a Senior State Department Official urged nations with Iranian embassies on their soil to examine embassy operations to “ensure their countries’ own security”.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo also offered words of caution to the international community. He said Iran frequently uses its embassies abroad as terrorist centers. He told the UK’s Sky News that the US has frequently “seen this malign behavior in Europe”.

A Senior State Department representative speaking on the sidelines of the NATO conference in Brussels also disclosed discussion points that were raised on a recent visit to Saudi Arabia. “We discussed how Iran uses embassies as cover to plot terrorist attacks”, he said.

The Fate of Assadi

The MEK and NCRI are calling for Assadolah Assadi to face charges in Belgium for his involvement in the plot. However, the regime has fiercely rejected any notion of the diplomat facing charges. It wants the German authorities to extradite Assadi to Austria, where he will receive diplomatic immunity.

MEK spokesman, Shahin Gobadi, explained the Iranian opposition’s decision to campaign for Assadi’s extradition to Belgium. “In Belgium, it is more probable that Assadi will face justice and has to answer all sorts of questions and does not have any diplomatic immunity,” he said.

The fate of Assadi remains to be determined. As does the future of Europe’s Iran policy. Meetings have continued this week on the fringes of the NATO summit, and the topic of Iran has been on the table in many of these meetings.

The governments of Europe continue to grapple with how best to approach the Iranian regime following the withdrawal of the US from the nuclear deal. However, an equally pressing matter should be the issue of how best to dismantle the Iranian regime’s network of spies operating with impunity in the heart of Europe.

If Assadi escapes trial, it will send a dangerous message to Iran’s intelligence officers operating within embassies across Europe. Europe’s future security depends on how it responds to this crisis.

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Senior US State Department Official: the United States is Urging All Nations to Carefully Examine Diplomats in Iranian Embassies

State Department official news briefing on the recent terror case in Europe that involved Iranian regime diplomat.

U.S. State Department official, confirms there was no “false flag” on the terror case involving the Iranian regime’s diplomat in Austria.

In a press release from the US Department of State on Tuesday, July 10th, a Senior State Department official urged all nations to examine diplomats in Iranian embassies to “ensure their countries’ own security”.

The warning was issued after the arrest of an Iranian regime diplomat working in their Austrian embassy. Asdollah Assadi allegedly provided an Iranian couple with Belgian citizenship with 500 grams of explosives with the instructions to target the Iranian opposition’s Grand Gathering in Paris.

The unnamed Senior State Department Official offered words of caution to the international community. The official said, “we urge all nations to be vigilant about Iran using embassies as diplomatic cover to plot terrorist attacks”.

The official dismissed Iranian regime’s claims and emphasized: “We do not believe Iran’s ludicrous claim that this is a false flag.”

Javad Zarif, Iranian regime’s Foreign Minister had dismissed any role in the foiled terror plot, and had called the arrest of Regime’s diplomat “a sinister false flag ploy.”

Ongoing Investigations

The interviewed official added that the US is “working very closely with the Belgians and the Austrians and the Germans to get to the bottom of this plot to conduct a bomb attack in Paris”.

The State Department official said that it is still unclear whether the intended target of the terror plot was the MEK and its supporters, or the visiting American delegation. The unnamed senior State Department Official would not speculate on the attack’s intended target.

The Regime’s Dark History of European Activities

The most recent foiled terror attack was the latest act of aggression of a long campaign of state-sponsored terrorism in Europe. The US Government first placed Iran on a list of terrorist sponsors in 1984. “Iran was starting these hijackings on commercial airliners, bombings, assassinations”, the State Department Official Explained.

The official was referring to a string of high-profile hijackings in the 1980s and the abduction and murder of several US and European citizens.

The latest planned attack demonstrates the risk the Iranian regime poses to global security. “All nations need to exercise vigilance to protect themselves against the Iranian [regime] threat”, the official warned, adding, “we will continue to work with… our European allies… to address the entire range of Iran’s malign threats.”

Meetings will continue this week during the NATO summit, both in a formal and informal capacity. Iran will be on the agenda as the US and Europe attempt to bridge the gap between their respective Iranian policies.

“There’s no shortage of work to be done”, the State Department Official mused. The road ahead for US-European Iran policy will be thorny. But in the interests of international security, the first course of action on Iran should be ending the nefarious activities of Iran’s embassies abroad.

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Water shortage in Khorramshahr

MEK Network-Continued Water Shortages Lead to More Protests in Iran

Water shortage in Khorramshahr

Protest in Khorramshahr over the unprecedented water shortage in the city due to regime mismanagement.

The water in Khorramshahr is salty and mixed with sewage. Worse, there’s not enough of it to go around. At the beginning of this summer, the people of Khorramshahr took to the streets to protest this critical situation, and they continued to do so for several days until the regime claimed it was taking action to solve the water issues in Abadan and Khorramshahr. Ten people were arrested, 25 were charged with “calling people to sedition” and “abusing popular demands,” the regime pronounced the problem solved and moved on.

The problems were not solved, and the problems in Khuzestan Province could not be easily fixed. For one thing, the problems in Khuzestan Province are not new. The IRGC and other agencies of the regime have been stealing water from the province for over 30 years.

Second, the problem is not limited to Khuzestan. Water shortages are occurring in areas across Iran, with similar protests taking place regularly. There is no easy or temporary fix to the water crisis in Iran.

Protests erupt in Borazjan

The worsening water crisis in Iran has most recently spread to Borazjan, in southern Iran, where thousands protested on Saturday after a severe water shortage left residents without water for days. The protesters said the regime’s response was “chaotic,” “inefficient,” and “incompetent,” and assembled in the city square, demanding that the Governor come out and address the issue. According to the MEK network inside Iran, protesters chanted, “Either the Governor steps in, or we are going to raise Hell!”

Mohammad Baqir Sa’adat, a regime MP, publicly admitted that the regime had failed in its handling of the crisis. In a statement to the city’s website, he said, “People’s anger is justified. They are even entitled to insult the authorities.”

Sa’adat explained that the water shortage, which caused the water to be cut off for ten days during severe heat, was due to the illegal use of thirty high-power pumps in the neighboring city of Kazeroon being used to irrigate regime-affiliated orchards late at night. Though an official verdict has been issued for the pumps to be dismantled, the governor of Kazeroon has yet to comply with the ruling.

A Nationwide Crisis

Water shortages have occurred, and continue to occur across Iran with alarming frequency, with large protests by farmers in Isfahan early this year over a lack of access to water for agriculture, as well as protests against unsafe drinking water in cities across Iran. In some regions of the Khorasan and Yazd provinces, villages have no access to drinking water. Sistan Baluchistan, Boushehr, Kermanshah, and other provinces also face serious water shortages.

Stolen Water

Iran hasn’t always had this problem. Where is the water going? The short answer is that it is being stolen by the regime.

The water of Zayanderud is being directed to industrial units belonging to the Revolutionary Guards. It would appear that this water is being used for the regime’s nuclear sites.

Iran’s drinking water supplies are being sold to neighboring countries, such as Iraq and Kuwait. The people of Iran are left in need.

And of course, as seen in the protests in Borazjan, those who are affiliated with the regime may use water as they please, in defiance of the law, even as residents of an entire city go without water for well over a week. There are two sets of rules: one for the regime and its associates and one for the people it oppresses.

The Solution

The solution to Iran’s water problem is to end the mismanagement of the country’s water resources. The regime plunders Iran’s precious water for its endless nuclear pursuits and its financial interests, and the people of Iran never see any benefit. The people see water shortages and violent suppression of any dissent to the regime’s corruption and incompetence.

The regime is incapable of reform. The only solution is regime change. The people have begun to rise up and demand a new leadership, one which values freedom and democracy, one with a plan for stability and prosperity for Iran.

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Iran protests in Borazjan over water shortages.

Iran Protests over water shortage spread to Borazjan

Iran protests in Borazjan over water shortages.

Iran Protests in Borazjan, over the water shortage and the mismanagement of the water supply be the regime.

Borazjan, in Iran’s southern province of Bushehr, is known as the land of palm trees and sunshine. The warm dry climate provides the perfect conditions for growing dates with a rich, full flavor. But under the tyrannical rule of the clerical regime, the same climate that yielded the city’s high-quality dates is exacerbating a water shortage caused by the mullahs’ mismanagement of natural resources.

The city’s residents took to the streets on July 3rd to protest the water scarcity and dire economic circumstances faced by the local population. On July 7th, the demonstration was still in full swing. The brave residents gathered in the city’s Hospital Square, chanting slogans such as “death to the dictator” and “we don’t want an incompetent government”.

On Friday, July 6th, the protestors disrupted the regime’s Friday prayer ceremony and continued well into the night. By Saturday, July 7th, the protest had entered its fourth consecutive day and is showing no signs of abating.

A water shortage caused by gross mismanagement

Shahin Pakrooh, a deputy of the regime’s state-run water and wastewater engineering company, estimated that 334 of Iran’s cities are facing water shortages. Of those 334, 107 of them are reaching a critical level.

The Iran Meteorological Organisation estimates that around 97% of the country is experiencing drought, with the Energy Ministry calling the current drought the harshest in more than 50 years. The People’s Mujahedin Organisation of Iran (MEK) called the water crisis one of Iran’s six “super-challenges” Iran faces.

Although the year has been one of the driest on record, the situation has been vastly exacerbated by the regime’s water mismanagement. The regime has systematically manipulated the natural flow of Iran’s water sources for its own financial gain. Excessive dam construction has caused lakes, rivers, and wetlands to dry up.

The mullahs’ water mismanagement has destroyed the livelihoods of those living in rural communities. A 2017 UN report warned that agricultural livelihoods are “no longer sufficient”. Many Iranians are being forced out of their homes in pursuit of economic security, abandoning their communities, and heading to the cities without shelter, work, or money.

Tensions are rising

The residents of Borazjan are the latest to protest the situation. Last week, demonstrations were also held in Khorramshahr and Khuzestan, and in April 2018, the farmers of Isfahan staged protests at the water shortage which ravaged their crops and destroyed their livelihoods.

Pakrooh added that the situation in some cities could worsen before it gets better. Isfahan, Kerman, Fars, Khorasan, and Sistan-Baluchestan provinces will face a more severe shortage before the end of summer, according to Tasnim, the state-run IRGC news station.

Repression and empty promises

Instead of offering meaningful solutions to the water crisis devastating Iran, the regime has provided nothing but violence and empty promises. In Borazjan, the regime’s promises aimed at quelling the protests were greeted by choruses of, “it’s a lie! It’s a lie!”.

In Isfahan, the response was more aggressive. According to the MEK, the regime raided protestor’s homes in the middle of the night, arresting large numbers of protestors in an attempt to prevent the protests from spreading.

Borazjan’s brave residents are speaking for the whole population of Iran. Their chants of “we don’t want an incompetent government” resonate with Iranians from all over the country who are tired of struggling to water their crops and provide drinking water for their families.

On 5th day of the water shortage, the demonstrators continued their protests till after midnight. The furious demonstrators chanted:

‘Our enemy is right here. They’re lying when they say it’s America.’
‘Leave Syria alone. Think of us instead.’

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Struan Stevenson speaking at a seminar on situation of human rights in Iran after the recent uprisings.

Stevenson Calls on EU to End Policy of Appeasement

Struan Stevenson speaking at a seminar on situation of human rights in Iran after the recent uprisings.

Struan Stevenson, addressing a symposium at the European headquarter of the United Nations, on the situation of human rights in Iran after the uprising in last December-March 2018

On July 5th, Struan Stevenson, Coordinator of the Campaign for Iran Change and former senior Member of European Parliament, published an article in UPI arguing that the European Union should not continue with the Obama administration’s policy of appeasement.

In his article, Mr. Stevenson compared the current political situation in Iran with a volcanic eruption. The civil unrest and protests, he said, are tremors that warn of a massive eruption that will “sweep the corrupt, fascist mullah regime from power.”

Stevenson wrote of the massive public uprising that began in December of last year and spread to 142 cities and all 31 Iranian provinces. The uprising, which continues today, has swept up Iran’s 80 million citizens, half of whom are under the age of 30. Stevenson says that the people have made it clear through their widespread and continued protests that they are tired of fundamentalist rule and are ready for regime change.

 

Stevenson wrote that the people have demonstrated their desire for regime change through their chants of, “Death to Khamenei!” “Death to Rouhani!” “Death to the dictator!” No Gaza, no Lebanon, my life for Iran!” “Death to Hezbollah, leave Syria alone, think about us instead!” “Death to the Islamic Republic!” and “Shame on you, mullahs!”

 

Stevenson wrote that the regime responded to the uprising in its usual manner, by sending the Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) to suppress the people. The IRGC shot dozens of protesters in the streets and arrested another 8,000. 14 of those have since been tortured to death in prison, according to Stevenson. The regime’s crackdown has not served its purpose. The people have only become more committed to overthrowing the mullahs’ regime, and public hatred for the regime has deepened in response to the brutal crackdown.

 

Stevenson gave an example of the mullahs’ approach to justice with the recent case of Mohammad Salas, a 51-year-old Sufi bus driver, who was hanged by the regime on June 18th. Salas was arrested on February 19th at 2:30 PM  outside of a police station, which was the site of a peaceful protest by thousands of members of the Gonabadi dervish community in Iran. The regime responded to the protest by first using a water cannon and then firing live ammunition at the protesters.

According to Stevenson and multiple other accounts, in the evening hours, the protest became more violent and a bus veered into a group of police officers, killing three of the officers. The regime, desperate for a scapegoat, accused Salas of the crime, even though he had been arrested hours before the incident occurred. He was brutally tortured, with his fingers, ribs, and teeth broken, and he was taken to a hospital unconscious. After he regained consciousness, he was forced under duress to sign a confession, which he later retracted.

Stevenson wrote that Salas was executed by a crane by the regime despite protests of his innocence and a massive campaign by Amnesty International. After his execution, Salas’s body was taken hundreds of miles from Tehran and buried in a secret grave, preventing his family from having his body examined for signs of torture. According to Amnesty International, this was a case of vengeance, not justice.

In his paper, Stevenson called for the EU to condemn this brutality by the Iranian regime and to adopt effective measures to compel the regime to release those imprisoned for taking part in the uprising and to end the arbitrary use of torture and the death penalty. Stevenson pointed out that Iran is responsible for half of the world’s executions and that many of those involve political prisoners and those who oppose the mullahs’ regime.

Stevenson wrote that it is shameful that the EU should place more importance on trade and commerce than human rights. The people of Iran expect Europe to support them and to be on their side. Human rights and women’s rights cannot be ignored. The Obama administration’s policy of appeasement cannot be blindly followed by the EU any longer. According to Stevenson, it is dead in the water.

Stevenson wrote that the Iranian regime cannot survive. The Iranian people will no longer allow the regime to plunder their nation’s wealth and turn Iran into a pariah. The uprising that is currently taking place has shown a new force of Iranians who are willing to give their lives for the cause of freedom and equality. Stevenson believes that the people of Iran are now capable of overthrowing the corrupt theocracy.

Stevenson concluded his paper by praising the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) and the MEK, the primary members of the democratic resistance movement in Iran. The NCRI and MEK, led by Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, have called for an end to the corrupt regime and a new era of freedom and democracy in Iran. The NCRI and MEK seek to restore peace, freedom, human rights, and women’s rights, and they seek to end the practice of torture and the death penalty. They seek an end to Iran’s nuclear program and foreign meddling.

Mr. Stevenson wrote that Iran is on the edge of a volcanic eruption of change. The people of Iran are ready for that change.

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Belgium prosecutors confirmation on the role of regime diplomat in terrorist attack against Iranian dissidents.

The Iranian regime scrambles to distance itself from the foiled terror attack in Europe

The grand gathering of Iran opposition-June 30, 2018

Over a 100,000 supporters of MEK, gathered in Villepinte-Paris, to voice support for Iran’s main opposition, and a free Iran- June 30, 2018

On Monday, July 2nd, Belgian authorities confirmed they arrested a husband and wife of Iranian origin in connection with a plot to bomb the Free Iran rally held in France. The People’s Mujahedin Organisation of Iran (MEK) and the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), two Iranian opposition groups in exile, held their annual gathering in Villepinte, Paris, with critics of the Iranian regime attending from all corners of the world.

As well as the couple in Belgium, German authorities arrested an Iranian diplomat, named as Assadollah Assadi, at the Austrian Embassy in connection with the plot. A fourth person was arrested in France. The French authorities are in the process of extraditing the suspect to Belgium.

It is reported that the diplomat provided the couple, Amir S. and Nasimeh N., with 500g of triacetone triperoxide (TATP) and a mechanism to ignite the homemade explosive. Belgian authorities found the bomb in a “small toiletry bag”.

The regime rushed to conceal its involvement

The timing of the plot was unfortunate for the Iranian regime. President Hassan Rouhani embarked on a European visit, beginning in Switzerland on July 3rd, in an attempt to court European governments and persuade them to salvage the Iran nuclear deal.

As major European law enforcement agencies, the VSSE, the Antwerp Federal Judicial Police, DOVO, the French DGSI, and German Judicial authorities, are unraveling the full scope of the plot, Rouhani may find his charm offensive undermined.

Unsurprisingly, the regime immediately began to distance itself from the attacks. The regime’s Foreign Minister stated that the plot was a deliberate attempt to undermine Iran’s relationship with European Nations. A spokesperson for the ministry strived to deflect accusations by laying the blame on the MEK. He alleged the couple were members of the MEK.

The French government dismissed the regime’s denial. It will proceed with the extradition of the suspect in French custody. However, a French diplomat confirmed that a full investigation was in process.

Former New York Mayor, Rudolph Giuliani, was also unconvinced by Tehran’s explanation. In a statement, he called the Iranian regime, “the biggest sponsor of terrorism in the world”. The motive for the attack was clear. He said, “Nothing could be worse for these misogynists [the mullahs] than a movement seen as replacing them headed by a heroic woman.” Giuliani was referring to Maryam Rajavi, the President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI)

The regime’s European network of spies

The Iranian Foreign Ministry’s stance would be more believable if this was the first time Iranian state agents had been arrested for operating in Europe. But it is not.

As recently as January, German police raided 10 apartments in search of Iranian “state spies”. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo also accused the regime’s Quds Forces of carrying out “covert assassinations in the heart of Europe”, in May.

A campaign of deceit

In the wake of the foiled attack, the Iranian regime has intensified its campaign of vilification aimed at the MEK. The Iranian state-run media and their proxies abroad have repeatedly pedaled the notion that the plot was orchestrated by the MEK to undermine the regime’s relations with Europe.

Some outlets have asserted that the 500g of TATP found in the possession of the Belgian couple was not intended to kill, only to create a “sound bomb” and generate a media storm.

The perpetrators behind these falsehoods are familiar faces. Darius Bazargan, who broke the “news” that the plot was a “MEK inside job” is the producer of a recent MSNBC segment which was lambasted for spreading misinformation about the MEK place of residence in exile in Albania.

Similarly, the Guardian journalist Saeed Kamali Dehghan – an infamous regime advocate – regurgitated the regime’s narrative, pointing the finger at the MEK.

The regime can use its mouthpieces all it wants; it is not having the desired effect. The narrative is falling on deaf ears. Representatives from France and the US have shown they will not permit the puppet masters in Tehran to play them.

The case has drawn attention to Iran’s European spy network. A network that major European nations will be keen to eradicate. With any luck, this will be the wakeup call Europe needs. To remove Rouhani’s tentacles, you must cut off the head. Regime change is the only way to end Iran’s terrorist financing and destabilizing efforts abroad.

The first step towards prising Iran out of the mullahs’ grip is to endorse American sanctions. Without sanctions, the regime will remain free to spread its networks across Europe, and next time, the plot may not be foiled in time.

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Truck driver's strike on its 5th day.

MEK Network: The Truck Driver Protest Movement Swells as it Enters its Fourth Day

Truck driver's strike on its 5th day.

The nationwide truck drivers strike enters its fifth day.

The truck driver protests escalated on their fourth day to include 177 cities, spread across 29 of the country’s provinces. The protests began on Tuesday, the 22nd of May when drivers in 70 of Iran’s cities turned off their engines in protest. By Friday the 25th of May, the demonstration had swelled as truck drivers, minicab drivers, and taxi drivers from other cities around the country joined the protests in earnest.

The protestors have been explicit in their demands. They want their wages to increase, retirement after 25-years of work, lower tariffs, and no competition from drivers working for the State Security Force.

Rising tariffs and freight charges have been a significant economic burden for Iran’s truck drivers. Iran’s economy is in turmoil and arbitrary charges from regime officials at terminals are strangling the logistics and shipping industry.

The Regime’s Efforts to Circumvent the Protests

As the protests swelled to 177 cities, the clerical regime tried to diminish the impact of the strike by using tankers owned by the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC). However, their plans failed when protestors in several cities successfully blocked the tanker’s movements.

The regime also used threats in an attempt to break the strike. Workers from the National Oil Products Distribution Company in the province of Isfahan were told they would lose their jobs if they joined the strike. The drivers ignored the warnings and proceeded to join the strike.

Conflict erupted between fuel tank drivers and the regime’s agents. In Isfahan clashes occurred between the two sides, exacerbated by the regime’s threats against those involved in the strike.

The intimidation tactics are an indicator that the strikes have caused the regime concern. There are even signs of concessions. Tasnim, the state-run news agency, quoted Dariush Armani of Iran’s Road Maintenance and Transportation Organization. He said it was “reasonable” for the drivers to demand a pay increase, as the costs associated with transportation rose.

Iran Stands Behind the Strikers

Early in the protest, Maryam Rajavi, leader of the Iranian opposition, extended her support to the country’s brave truck drivers. The leader of the People’s Mujahedin Organisation of Iran (PMOI/MEK) gave the drivers her blessing and urged the people of Iran to stand with them in their struggle against the regime.

The National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) also saluted the drivers, praising their resolve in the face of adversity and urging the Iranian public to support the protestors.

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Ahvazi Protesters Still Detained

Ahvazi Protesters Still Detained

Ahvazi Protesters Still Detained

Ahvazi protesters who were arrested during their uprisings in March, 2018, are still detained without trial

On Friday, May 18th, NCRI-Iran.org reported on the plight of protesters in Ahvaz. Hundreds of Ahvazi Arabs are still in detention a month after mass arrests in Khuzestan province in Iran. The protesters are being held without trial, and their future is uncertain.

 

Protests broke out in Ahvaz last month after a television program on state-controlled media led ethnic Arabs to believe they would be expelled from the region. People protested the program with weeklong demonstrations and rallies in Ahvaz and across Khuzestan province. The regime responded to these protests with mass arrests. Human rights activists estimated the number of people arrested at 500, though no official numbers have been released. The regime’s Ahvaz MP did confirm that arrests were made, but he estimated that only 150 were detained. Many of the families of detainees have gathered in front of the prison where their children are held and in front of government offices to protest their detention without trial.

 

Protests have continued to take place since the uprising that began at the end of last year, despite the regime’s attempt to suppress dissent. The MEK had a large role in organizing the uprising, and the people responded with a cry for regime change. Despite mass arrests, protests continue to occur across Iran.

 

According to the NCRI report, among those arrested during the protests was Reza, a young taxi driver who did not take part in the protests. Reza described his arrest:

 

“I was just back from Friday market and wanted to change my car’s oil. I left the car in an auto repair shop and then went to buy the oil when I noticed people gathering on the street. Security forces were chasing a number of young people who were just passing by while I was just watching. Suddenly I felt pressure and a heavy blow that caused me to fall down to the ground. I was then circled by security forces who were beating me and forced me into a police van, without allowing me to say a word.”

 

Reza said he was shocked and could not resist.
“I was blindfolded and taken aboard a bus. The bus didn’t move for about an hour, waiting to be filled with other detainees.”

 

Reza was taken to an unknown detention center with 200 other people, where they were held in appalling conditions until the next day. He said that there was no room to sit down and the center had a foul smell.

 

The following day, he and the other detainees were transferred to Ahvaz Shayban Prison, where they were given inadequate food. More detainees arrived daily. Reza was not a part of the protest and is not politically active. Despite this, [he] was repeatedly interrogated in the prison while being beaten each time, uselessly telling them that [he] was mistakenly arrested.”

 

The taxi driver was finally released on a 110-million-toman bail after 22 days and taken home by his family.

 

Those who dared to seek answers about the detainees were arrested as well. Saeed Fakhernasab, the former head and deputy head of Shadegan and Ahvaz district one education departments and prominent Ahvazi civil rights activist, was arrested after meeting with members of the regime’s Assembly of Experts, MPs, and high-ranking officials of the regime in an attempt to have the Ahvaz protesters released. He was finally released on a 500-million-toman bail after he had to be hospitalized. He remains on bail until his sentencing.

 

An Ahvazi civil rights activist familiar with the protesters’ situation said that that arrested fall into three groups: people who took part in the protests, people arrested at home or at work, and activists arrested after the protests. He added, “We’ve been informed that random arrests have taken place to a great extent.”

 

The activist went on to say that many of those arrested, like the taxi driver,  had not participated in the protests. Some of the detainees were arrested by high-ranking officials hoping to settle scores with activists.

Staff Writer

 

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Maryam Rajavi, the President-elect o the Iranian opposition, visits MEK’s new residence in Albania

The PMOI/MEK today is the oldest and largest anti-fundamentalist Muslim group in the Middle East.  It has been active for nearly a half-century, battling two dictatorships and a wide range of issues.  More than 120,000 members and supporters, because of their commitment to democracy and freedom, have been executed by the mullahs’ regime. The organization supports:

    • Universal suffrage as the sole criterion for legitimacy
    • A pluralistic system of governance
    • Respect for individual freedoms
    • A ban on the death penalty
    • Separation of religion and state
    • Full gender equality
    • Equal participation of women in political leadership
    • A modern judicial system that emphasizes the principle of innocence, a right to a defense, and due process
    • Free markets
    • Relations with all countries in the world
    • Commitment to a non-nuclear Iran

The PMOI/MEK remains a strong and cohesive organization, with a broad reach both worldwide and deep within Iran.  It is the leading voice for democracy in Iran, supported by its interpretation of Islam that discredits the fundamentalist mullahs’ regime.

 

 

 

The National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI)

On July 21, 1981, Massoud Rajavi announced the formation of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), while he was still in Tehran and called on all democratic forces to join the coalition.  The announcement was precipitated by a vote in the Iranian parliament that declared the democratically-elected President Bani-Sadr incompetent.  Khomeini soon thereafter removed him from office.

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Distinguished officials and leaders, public figures attending Free Iran Rally to show support for the Democratic Alternative, the NCRI, against the religious dictatorship ruling Iran- June 30, 2018

The NCRI is an inclusive and pluralistic parliament-in-exile that has more than 500 members, including representatives of ethnic and religious minorities, including Kurds, Baluchis, Armenians, Jews, and Zoroastrians.  Members of the NCRI support the establishment of a secular democratic republic of Iran, based on the separation of religion and government. 

The PMOI is one of five major members of the NCRI.  It is the largest and most popular resistance organization in Iran.

 

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