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Haft-Tappeh's workers protest continues

MEK Network: The Haft Tappeh Protest Reaches Its 19th Consecutive Day

Haft-Tappeh's workers protest continues

The Haft-Tappeh worker’s protest, demanding the release of detained workers continued on its 19th day-November 24

The brave protestors at Haft Tappeh continued their strike for the 19th consecutive day. The sugar factory workers braved the rain to protest unpaid wages and the forced privatization of the company.

Ismael Bakhshi imprisoned worker of Haft-Tappeh Sugarcane factory

The Worker’s representative in Haft-Tappeh Sugarcane factory, who is in custody for demanding the worker’s unpaid wages-November 2018

The workers took their protest to the Shush governor’s office to call on the regime authorities to release the detained workers’ representative, Ismael Bakhshi.

The workers came together in chants of “the jailed worker must be released”, as many carried black umbrellas for protection against the elements.

The oldest sugar factory in Iran

Haft Tappeh has been an iconic building for Iran’s sugar industry. It is the oldest sugar factory in the country, having been in operation for more than five decades.

However, in recent years the workers’ working conditions have deteriorated dramatically. In 2015, the factory was part of a forced privatization project which saw ownership transferred to its new owners.

Since then, the workers have reported unpaid wages, the reduction of its permanent workforce, and reduced rights and pensions.

“The families of some workers have to buy bread on credit because of unpaid salaries and if this situation continues, even bakeries will refuse to sell their bread to workers on credit”, said Jafar Azimzadeh, a trade unionist.

Like many of Iran’s key industries, the privatization efforts have merely served to make the managers richer and the workers poorer.

Under such appalling financial and working conditions, many of the workforces are resorting to extreme measures. In one high-profile case in February, Ali Naghdi, a worker at the Haft Tappeh factory, was found dead in a canal. It is believed he committed suicide due to his escalating debts and unpaid wages.

The mass detention of workers

The regime marched against the protestors on the 14th day of strikes and arrested 19 protestors and their supporters. Among those arrested was Sepideh Ghelian, an activist and journalist who was protesting with the workers of Haft Tappeh.

In the days following the arrests, the regime released the majority of those arrested. Only Ghelian, Bakhshi, and three other workers’ representatives remain in custody. It is unclear on what grounds the regime is holding them on. A lawyer representing the four labor representatives told sources that he did not know what charges they were facing.

He said, “I still don’t know [details] of the security charges that the court announced”.

This is not the first time the Haft Tappeh workers have gone on strike. In August, the workforce walked out over unpaid wages. The regime’s response then was similar to now. Five workers were arrested on charges of “disrupting order”.

The Iranian opposition has pledged its support to the brave factory workers. The People’s Mujahedin Organisation of Iran (MEK) has expressed its solidarity with the brave men and women. The president-elect of the Iranian opposition, Maryam Rajavi took to Twitter to offer words of support for the brave workers and encourage international human rights groups, trade unions, and NGO’s to lend their support.

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Three Iranians are Publicly Executed in Shiraz

Public hanging in Iran

A scene of a public hanging in Iran.

On Wednesday, November 21st, as the morning sun beat down on the beige buildings, three blindfolded men were led into the middle of a public square. Around them, masked men readied several nooses. Another masked man shouted their charges through a megaphone.

The three prisoners, the masked man exclaimed to the small group gathered in attendance, were accused of “moharebeh” or “fighting with God”. The charge is increasingly being used by the clerical regime in Iran to arbitrary try its political opponents.

In December, a court upheld the death penalty for Swedish resident, Ahmadreza Djalali over the same accusations. Several arrested during the December and January protests have also been charged with the same “moharebeh” umbrella charge.

The three men in Shiraz are forced aboard trucks, carefully positioned so the flatbeds lie underneath the pre-arranged nooses, on their flanks are three further masked men. Escape is not an option.

In a brutal act of suppression and violence, the three men were hanged in the sunlit square, in full view of the Iranian public.

A Regime in Crisis

The events that took place on Wednesday in Shiraz are not an isolated incident. Across Iran, unlawful public hangings like these are becoming increasingly common. Between January and June this year, the clerical regime executed 176 Iranian citizens.

The increasing use of the death penalty, including in cases against minor offenders who committed their crimes under the age of 18, is a sign of the increasing peril the regime finds itself in.

Alongside the surge in executions, has been a surge in anti-regime protests. Most recently, the brave workers at Haft Tappeh sugar factory took to the streets over the regime’s forced privatization of the company. Similar, the workers at Ahvaz Steel also went on strike in protest over the regime’s oppression and mismanagement.

The Iranian regime has always responded to civil unrest with violence and repression. The People’s Mujahedin Organisation of Iran (MEK), Iran’s largest and most popular political opposition group, was on the receiving end of this violence and oppression every time it threatened the regime’s future in power.

The most violent of all these responses took place in 1988 when the regime executed more than 30,000 MEK members in regime custody.

International Condemnation

In response to the Iranian regime’s widespread use of violence and executions to ensure its future survival, international NGOs and human rights groups have lined up to condemn the mullahs and their Supreme Leader Khamenei.

U.N. Censures Iranian Regime for Human Rights Abuses for 65th Time

The MEK, the Iranian resistance, the High Commissioner for Human Rights, the Special Rapporteur on human rights in Iran, and the rapporteur on arbitrary executions have all spoken out against the regime’s arbitrary application of the death penalty.

They have called for the immediate cessation of this medieval and inhumane form of punishment.

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Protestors Gather in Copenhagen to Call for a Firm Response to Iranian Aggression

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Demonstrators gather in Copenhagen to protest EU’s inaction in the face of the Iranian regime’s terrorist attempts in Europe.

On Friday, November 23rd, members of the Iranian diaspora, supporters of the Iranian resistance and allies and sympathizers to the People’s Mujahedin Organisation of Iran (MEK) gathered in Copenhagen to call for a stern response to Iranian aggression.

A Terrorist Machine

The protest was prompted after 2018 saw a surge in Iranian aggression across Europe. In early 2018, during the Persian New Year celebrations, Albanian authorities foiled a plot to attack the MEK members living in exile.

Then, in late June, another plot was foiled. An Iranian diplomat working at the Iranian embassy in Austria provided a Belgian-Iranian couple with an explosive device, along with detailed instructions of where to detonate the car bomb. Its target was the MEK’s annual Grand Gathering event, where more than 100,000 supporters of the Iranian opposition had gathered in Paris.

Following an investigation by French authorities and the MEK, it was concluded that senior members of the regime leadership had been personally involved in the planning and execution of the foiled Paris attack.

Iranian Embassies: A Tumour in the Heart of Europe

The regime’s nefarious and dangerous plots were not restricted to European soil. Shortly after the unraveling of the Paris attack, the United States government detained two regime agents on espionage charges.

The men had been gathering intelligence against the MEK in the US. It is likely that the pair were involved in reconnaissance work ahead of a planned terror attack on the MEK.

Europeans are Calling for Action

At the protest in Denmark, protestors braved the Scandinavian cold and held placards reading, “we want regime change in Iran!” Others carried images of the MEK’s leader, president-elect Maryam Rajavi.

The protests mirrored many of those seen across Iran in recent months. The most recent of which has seen the workers at Haft Tappeh sugarcane factory go on strike and call for the toppling of Rouhani and Khamenei’s evil regime.

The protestors also urged the EU and Western governments to coordinate a coherent and united response to Iranian terrorism. The protestors called on the EU to include the Iranian regime in its terrorist blacklist.

This sentiment has been echoed by many prominent European politicians in recent weeks. On Monday, 150 members of the European Parliament (MEPs) signed a document calling for the expulsion of regime intelligence agents from embassies on European soil.

Former Italian Foreign Minister, Giulio Terzi, has also publicly advocated a policy of maximum pressure on the Iranian regime.

Those Responsible Must Be Held to Account

Among the pleas of the protestors in Copenhagen was the need for all those accused of state-sponsored terrorism to face trial in Europe.

Assadollah Assadi, the regime diplomat who orchestrated the Paris plot, was extradited to Belgium to face trial. However, his defense lawyers argued the move was illegal. They suggested that his diplomatic status, granted to him under the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations, meant he could not stand trial for his crimes.

The people of Europe evidently understand the need for a coordinated and firm response. Without it, it is their lives the European heads of state are putting at risk. Should the Iranian regime succeed in executing a terror attack in the heart of Europe, the casualties will be numerous, with many European citizens caught up in the collateral damage of the regime’s war with the MEK.

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Maryam Rajavi, the leader of Iran opposition, speaking at Free Iran Rally in Paris- June 2018

Maryam Rajavi’s Alternative to War and Appeasement

Maryam Rajavi, the leader of Iran opposition, speaking at Free Iran Rally in Paris- June 2018

The President-elect of the Iranian opposition, Maryam Rajavi, speaking to a large crowd of over 100,000 supporters in Villepinte, Paris- June 2018

The West has long held that the only solutions to managing the Iranian regime are either to appease the mullahs or go to war. Since the 1979 Revolution, the prevailing strategy has been appeasement, and Western countries have gone to great lengths to feign ignorance of the regime’s acts of brutality at home and outside of its borders in order to prevent war, which has been deemed the less desirable option for a number of reasons.

Maryam Rajavi, President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) has proposed a third option, which would end the reign of terror in Iran and restore democracy in Iran. This option has gained the support of the Iranian people and the Resistance Movement, led by the MEK.

Mrs. Rajavi has made it clear that the regime is “a medieval theocracy that lacks the capacity to reform” and that it is pointless to negotiate with the mullahs. The absolute clerical rule is enshrined in the constitution and precludes the possibility of democracy in any form. As long as the mullahs are in power, their rule will be absolute.

In regard to appeasement, Mrs. Rajavi said: “Let there be no doubt: European policies such as critical dialogue, constructive engagement, and human rights dialogue will not change anything as far as the regime is concerned. Appeasement is not the way to contain or change the regime. Nor is the path to avoid another war. Appeasement only emboldens the mullahs.”

However, a war would be disastrous for the Iranian people. It would endanger the lives of citizens and could create a power vacuum that would undermine the Iranian Resistance. In this situation, it would be easy for a corrupt group to seize control of the government.

Mrs. Rajavi proposed a third option, saying, “The equation of “either a military invasion or appeasement” is an exercise in political deception. A third option is within reach. The Iranian people and their organized resistance have the capacity and ability to bring about change.”

The people of Iran have shown their willingness to rise up against the mullahs over the past year. Since the uprisings began last December, people of all walks of life have taken to the streets to protest the regime, despite brutal acts of suppression.

Maryam Rajavi said: ”The presence of protests in society reflects the Iranian people yearning for regime change. The presence of an organized resistance with 120,000 martyrs and more than half-a-million prisoners is indicative of the depth and the intensity of society’s rejection of the regime.”

The MEK has organized most of these protests and has the power to overthrow the regime and restore democracy to Iran. The mullahs see the MEK as a threat to their very existence and have taken extreme measures to attack MEK members abroad and to suppress the uprisings at all costs.

Maryam Rajavi said: “Why in all their international interactions, the mullahs demand the exertion of pressure on the resistance movement? Are all of these not indicative of the mullahs’ paranoia over the third option?”

Mrs. Rajavi explained that the NCRI represents the majority of the Iranian people and is the only viable democratic alternative to the mullahs’ rule. The NCRI offers the only real solution for the peaceful transfer of power after the fall of the regime. The NCRI is committed to setting up free elections for a constituent assembly within six months of regime change and handing over the affairs to the people’s elected representatives. Mrs. Rajavi has a ten-point plan for restoring democracy in Iran that has been endorsed by a broad coalition of international leaders.

Maryam Rajavi said: “We want to rebuild Iran, which the mullahs have ruined, through the people’s participation, the return of our experts and friendship with the rest of the world. We seek neither the West’s money nor weapons. We want them to remain neutral between the Iranian resistance on one hand and the ruling regime on the other.”

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Political Prisoner's letter of support to the Iran protesters in Ahvaz and Shush

Political Prisoners Write Letter of Support for Striking Workers in Ahvez and Shush

Political Prisoner's letter of support to the Iran protesters in Ahvaz and Shush

The political prisoners held in Gohardasht prison, write an open letter in support of the protests in Ahvaz and Shush (SouthWest Iran)

On Wednesday, the workers of the Haft Tappeh Sugar Factory entered the 17th consecutive day of strikes, and the Ahvez Steel Factory workers entered their 12th consecutive day of strikes. The striking workers have drawn widespread domestic and international support as the protests have gained momentum.

In a show of support, political prisoners in Gohardasht prison wrote an open letter declaring their solidarity with the striking workers who are protesting for their rights.

The prisoners wrote: “The glorious resistance and persistence of the hardworking workers of Haft Tapeh sugar mill and Ahvaz steel factory is the echo of enraged shouts of the workers and oppressed people who are fed up from the plundering and tyranny of a regime that is engulfed in corruption and thievery.”

The Haft Tapeh factory workers and Ahvez steel workers are both striking in protest of unpaid wages and poor working conditions. Unfortunately, this situation is not unique. Similar protests are taking place across Iran and have been for months. The MEK and its resistance units are working to organize and lead workers’ protests across all trades and professions.

Haft Tapeh is the largest sugar cane factory in Iran. Thousands of workers depend on the factory as their main source of income. In 2015, the factory was privatized in a controversial deal, and now the company is close to bankruptcy. Many workers have not been paid in months, and the new owners are discussing plans to reduce the workforce. Factory workers blame the problems at Haft Tappeh on local national government officials’ misman and dishonesty.

The political prisoners continued in their letter: “The people [of Iran] who have been witness to the plundering of their possessions and labor on a daily basis, and whose wealth and assets are being spent on warmongering and suppressing their protests are now fully aware of who the real enemy is.”

The Iranian regime has attempted to blame the economic crisis facing the country on U.S. sanctions. The nationwide uprisings began last December, though, long before U.S. sanctions were re-imposed, and protesters have been clear from the beginning that Iran’s problems lie with the ruling regime and its warmongering and corruption. The anti-regime protests have repeatedly called attention to the billions of dollars spent on wars in Iraq, Syria, and Lebanon. Meanwhile, the Iranian people carry banners at home proclaiming, “Workers of Haft Tappeh are hungry!”

The letter concluded with a call for other communities in Iran to join the striking workers. The prisoners wrote: “While stressing our support for the noble workers of Haft Tapeh and Ahvaz Steel, we the political prisoners of Gohardasht hail their commitment and call on all other suppressed communities to unite with them. We believe that the only solution against the tyranny is uprisings and protests. The national unity of all walks of life and suppressed communities will eventually defeat the tyrants.”

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Former US Ambassador to the UN Calls for a UN Response to Iranian Human Rights Abuses and Terrorism

Ambassador Ken Blackwell Speaking at Nowrouz ceremony in Washington D.C

Former U.S, Ambassador to the U.N, Mr. Ken Blackwell speaking at a conference in support of the Iranian opposition (NCRI), on the occasion of the Iranian New Year in Washington D.C-March 2018

On November 20th, 2018, Townhall published a piece from Kenneth Blackwell, the former US ambassador to the UN. In his piece, Blackwell called for an international response to Iranian aggression.

Blackwell began his article by drawing attention to the UN General Assembly’s resolution on November 15th which denounced the Iranian regime for its systematic widespread human rights abuses. The resolution means that the General Assembly will vote on a censure next month.

The “summer of blood”

The Iranian regime’s human rights abuses have been well-documented. The mullahs and their Supreme Leader Khamenei launched a vicious campaign to eliminate the regime’s political opposition.

First on their list of political opponents was the People’s Mujahedin Organisation of Iran (MEK) and its members. This cumulated in the “summer of blood” of 1988. In just one summer, a period of fewer than five months, the regime and its death squad systematically executed more than 30,000 MEK members in regime custody.

Today, the regime continues to run roughshod over the human rights of the Iranian population. Politically motivated arrests are common- and the conditions many prisoners are subject to in prison, which include routine torture sessions and beatings from guards, has prompted many prisoners to go on hunger strike in protest.

Executions are also commonplace in Iran, including in cases where the alleged perpetrator committed their crime as a minor, under the age of 18. Between January and June 2018, the regime executed 176 executions. Among them were prisoners held on drug charges, politically motivated charges, and juvenile offenders.

Blackwell went on to condemn the regime’s harsh treatment of protestors. He cited the regime’s arrests of truck drivers, teachers, merchants, students and nurses as particularly concerning examples where citizens found themselves imprisoned for exercising their right to protest.

A Terrorist Machine

In addition to the regime’s campaign of repression and violent suppression at home, the Iranian regime has launched an international terror campaign. In 2018, the MEK reported that the regime leadership was involved in the planning and execution of terrorist plots in Albania, France, and the US.

Iranian Embassies: A Tumour in the Heart of Europe

The most severe of these attacks was the regime’s attempt to detonate a car bomb at the annual gathering of the MEK and its supporters in Paris. An Iranian diplomat named Assadollah Assadi provided a Belgian-Iranian couple with explosive material to attack the gathering, where delegations of high-profile politicians gathered from around the world, including former mayor of New York, Rudy Giuliani.

The Demonization Campaign

Blackwell also condemned the regime’s systematic and deliberate demonization campaign against the MEK. Blackwell writes, “in lockstep with its terrorist plots, the regime has also stepped up its demonization campaign and vilification campaigns”.

Twitter closed 770 regime-affiliated accounts in September for deliberately attempting to manipulate public opinion against the MEK abroad. Many of the accounts posed as foreign journalists or American citizens in an attempt to appear more legitimate, however, they spewed regime-created propaganda attacking the MEK with lies and falsehoods.

Blackwell continues, “data released by Twitter shows that anti-MEK tweets by the regime’s intelligence agents in 2018 jumped to a total that was six times higher than the previous six years combined.”

He also pointed at the regime of employing “pseudo-journalists”, like Arron Merat who recently wrote a hit piece on the MEK for the Guardian. These are regime-affiliated agents who work as journalists for foreign media outlets, spreading lies and misinformation to further the regime’s interests.

The Committee of Anglo-Iranian Lawyers Issue a Statement on the Guardian’s MEK Hit Piece

Despite the Regime’s Best Efforts, the MEK Grows Stronger

Despite these underhanded methods, Blackwell writes, “the movement’s [the Iranian opposition] organizational prowess is growing”. He describes the MEK’s resistance units of young men and women who coordinate protests across Iran and mobilize the Iranian population.

“Iran’s people are demanding democratic freedoms and an end to the extremism, corruption, and mismanagement that has devastated their living conditions”, Blackwell writes. “The international community cannot remain nonaligned. It is time to side with the Iranian people in their quest for democracy and a brighter future.”

Blackwell concludes by stating that the regime’s human rights abuses must be referred to the UN Security Council for urgent action because it “would be the clearest sign yet that the international community supports the Iranian people’s right to resist a tyrannical regime that systematically violates their human rights.”

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Protesters demand their money back from the IRGC related credit company.

MEK Network- Iran: Looted Credit Institution Customers Protest

Protesters demand their money back from the IRGC related credit company.

The looted people by government-owned institutions have taken it to the streets again. The Caspian credit firm looted customers hold a picket line demanding their money back.

Clients of the Caspian Credit Institution protested once again on Monday and demanded the return of their savings. The protesters gathered in front of the office of the judiciary in Rasht, northern Iran and chanted, “Caspian committed theft with the government’s support!” and “The money you hold is everything we have!”

Protesters at the rally said they were there because the government-backed institution destroyed their lives. They blamed government officials for lying to them for two years and for making promises they could not keep. The MEK network shared videos on social media of the protest.

The Caspian Credit Institution, which is affiliated with the IRGC, is recognized and authorized as a financial institution by the Central Bank of Iran. Thousands of Iranians deposited their savings into the Caspian Credit Institution, only to lose all of their investments when the institution filed for bankruptcy last year.

Meanwhile in Mashhad, customers of another financial institution—Badr Toos—protested the looting of their savings. Badr Toos also has ties to the IRGC. The protesters in Mashhad demanded the return of their deposits.

Caspian and Badr Toos are among several credit institutions with ties to the regime that have looted the savings accounts of Iranian citizens. This looting has been catastrophic for Iran’s middle-class, but regime officials and people affiliated with them have profited from the theft.

Protests by looted credit institution customers have become common in Iran over the past year. Protesters demonstrate despite the threat of violence by suppressive forces. As the Resistance Movement has grown, the Iranian people have become more willing to protest in spite of the regime’s brutality and repressive measures.

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The European Union Agrees to Consider the Imposition of Sanctions Against the Regime

The European Union will impose sanctions on Iran for terrorism

The European Union agrees to impose sanctions on the Iranian regime in response to the recent terrorist activities in Denmark’s soil- November 19.

On Monday, November 19th, the Foreign Ministers of the European Union decided that the EU would consider imposing sanctions on the Iranian regime. The move comes just weeks after an Iranian agent was arrested on Danish soil for orchestrating a plot to assassinate a political opponent of the Iranian regime in Denmark, and several months after a high-profile terror plot was foiled before it could wreak havoc in Paris.

Denmark Foreign Minister’s tweet after the arrest of the Iranian regime’s terrorist

A Firm Stance is Needed

In recent weeks, many in Europe have been calling for a much firmer response to Iranian aggression. Protestors gathered in Brussels to call on members of the European Parliament (MEPs) to introduce sanctions against the regime and close embassies on European soil with known terror links.

Protestors Gather in Brussels to Call for a Strong Response to Regime Aggression

There is also an emerging consensus for strong action among MEPs themselves. 150 MEPs signed a statement last week calling for the expulsion of Iranian diplomats suspected of espionage and terrorist activities from European embassies.

Denmark’s Foreign Minister’s remarks after the EU session on Monday, November 19, 2018: 

Translation: Very happy with full EU support for Denmark in Iran-case. Strong conclusion from @federicamog. decided to launch a new phase in the work that Denmark’s diplomats are now throwing into. The objective remains sanctions #dkpol

The Former Italian Foreign Minister Giulio Terzi also expressed the need for unity and strength in the face of increased regime aggression.

The Iranian Resistance Has Long Called for a Stronger European Stance

The Iranian resistance and political organization, including the People’s Mujahedin Organisation of Iran (MEK), has been urging the European Parliament and individual governments to coordinate a united response to regime aggression.

150 MEPs Sign Statement Calling for Expulsion of Regime Intelligence Agents from E.U.

The leader of the Iranian opposition, president-elect Maryam Rajavi has suggested the regime’s inclusion on the European Union’s terrorist blacklist. Its entry would show the regime that Europe will not tolerate its terrorist activities within its borders. It would also show regime agents and diplomats that if they engage in terrorist activities, they will be held accountable and feel the full weight of European law.

The Largest Terrorist Regime in the World

The Iranian regime, with its Qods Forces, Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), and Ministry of Intelligence (MOIS) make up the largest state-sponsored terrorist machine in the world.

The recent foiled terror attacks in France and Albania were ordered by senior members of the Iranian regime, including Hassan Rouhani and the Supreme Leader Khamenei.

Additionally, regime embassies and consulates have provided fronts for which espionage and terror activities occur undetected. In the foiled attack in Paris, an Iranian diplomat from the regime’s embassy in Austria named Assadollah Assadi provided a Belgian-Iranian couple with the explosive material to be used in the attack.

This demonstrates that the regime and its diplomats are not merely passive observers but play an active, and even critical, role in the planning and execution of terrorist attacks across the globe.

The regime cannot get away with this. The very existence of a regime embassy on European soil represents a danger and a threat to local European citizens. Diplomats and embassies with known links to terrorism must be expelled and closed. Europe must deal with the Iranian threat head on through tough sanctions and decisive diplomatic action. Without it, every citizen in Europe is at risk.

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MEK Network:The Striking Workers at Haft Tappeh Continue Their Protest Against Regime Mismanagement

Demonstration in the city of Shush

The protesters in the city of Shush join the Haft-Tappeh workers demanding the release of fellow protesting workers

The workers at the Haft Tappeh sugar mill have maintained their display of resistance against the Iranian regime’s repressive policies. The workers went on strike two weeks ago over unpaid wages and the imminent privatization of the company and are still refusing to return to work. The workers then invoked the ire of the regime and have endured a slew of threats and oppressive policies, reports from the MEK network indicate.

Haft Tappeh: A Story of Mismanagement

The Iranian regime’s destructive and poorly-executed policies caused the demise of the Haft Tappeh mill. What was once the largest sugar cane factory in Iran is now on the verge of becoming little more than a tool to line the mullahs’ pockets.

The company is on the verge of a privatization process that would see the regime assume total control of the company’s assets. It follows a similar pattern of embezzlement and corruption that is spreading across Iran’s major companies and industries.

A Reluctance to Engage

Instead of collaborating and working with the striking workers to bring a swift end to the protests, the regime refused to acknowledge or address the problem.

Regime officials have ignored the protest’s existence, despite the country’s workers’ syndicates, trade unions, and working groups coming out to pledge their support for the workers of Haft Tappeh.

Teachers, students, truck drivers, and merchants have expressed their support for the striking sugar mill workers. The leader of the Iranian opposition, president-elect Maryam Rajavi has issued a statement expressing her deep support of the heroic protests.

 

Ms. Rajavi took to Twitter to offer words of encouragement to the protestors on behalf of the MEK. She said, “hail to Shush, the city of revolt and protest, risen up with the protests of sugarcane workers and the solidarity and strike of the bazaar merchants and youths”.

She also sent a message to inspire Iran’s public and youth into supporting the Haft Tappeh workers. “I call on youths to support the uprising in Shush and the strike of workers of Haft Tappeh”, she Tweeted.

International Support

The brave workers of Haft Tappeh have also garnered support from the international community. As the news of the workers protest spread across the globe, the Iranian diaspora and international workers groups send words of encouragement and solidarity with the workers of Haft Tappeh.

As the workers at Haft Tappeh are showing, the only way to confront the Iranian regime and its systematic abuse and corruption of Iran’s industries is through sustained protests. The Iranian people must show their determination and resolve to throw off the shackles of the regime and let the Iranian economy flourish under a democratic Iran.

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Iranians protest against Iranian regime's terrorism in Europe and demand action from EU Ministers

Protestors Gather in Brussels to Call for a Strong Response to Regime Aggression

Iranians protest against Iranian regime's terrorism in Europe and demand action from EU Ministers

The Iranian diaspora protest near the European Parliament in Brussels, demanding rough measures against the Iranian regime’s terrorist activities in European soil.

On Monday, November 19th, members of the Iranian diaspora, supporters of the MEK, Iran’s principal opposition organization, gathered in Brussels to call for firm action following the Iranian regime’s string of foiled terror plots on European soil. The protests took place in front of the headquarters of the European Union as the Council of Ministers met inside.

A Surge in Iranian Terror Output

2018 has seen a marked increase in the Iranian regime’s terror operations. Since January, there have been several attacks planned in Albania, Denmark, France, and the US, the most severe of which saw an attack involving a car laden with explosives due to attack the People’s Mujahedin Organisation of Iran’s (MEK’s) annual Grand Gathering event in Paris. Fortunately, the plot was thwarted in the late stages by European authorities.

Protestors in Brussels recognize that these attacks pose a significant threat to members of the Iranian opposition, the MEK living abroad. They also constitute a significant danger for citizens of Europe.

Many of the regime’s terror attacks have involved explosive devices planted in public places. These types of attacks kill indiscriminately and wreak extensive destruction on the local populations as well as the intended targets of the regime’s attacks; the MEK.

A Corrupt Regime

The exiled Iranians that gathered in Brussels also expressed their solidarity with the workers within Iran calling for an end to corruption. Recent strikes in Iran featured teachers, sugar cane factory workers, steel workers, truck drivers, and merchants. They all protested appalling working conditions and epidemic corruption among the Iranian leadership that is crippling the nation’s industries.

Where to go from here?

To end the Iranian regime’s terror activities abroad, the EU must first cripple its espionage network.

Thanks to a report from the MEK and the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), the world is now aware of the nefarious role Iranian embassies and diplomats play in this espionage network.

In the case of the foiled attack in Paris, a diplomat working at the regime’s Austrian embassy was the mastermind behind the planned car bomb attack. Assadollah Assadi was arrested by German authorities traveling back to Austria after he provided a Belgian-Iranian couple with the necessary explosive material for use in the attack.

As a result, 150 members of the European Parliament (MEPs) signed a statement calling for the immediate expulsion of all regime intelligence agents from the EU.

Addressing the protestors in Brussels today, Hamad Reza Taaheerzadeh spoke of the need to expel Iran’s terrorist diplomats from the embassy enclaves across Europe.

Counter-Terrorism and Middle East Specialist, Claude Moniquet, also addressed the crowds. He told protestors that the Iranian opposition now has a unique chance to “condemn the Iranian regime and put the light on the true nature of this regime and [its] criminal behavior”.

There are currently several Iranians in detention in Belgium, including Assadollah Assadi, awaiting trial over their involvement in the planned terror attacks.

EU Sanctions are Necessary

The protestors called for Europe to follow the US’s lead and introduce strict sanctions against the Iranian regime.

They argued that only by adding the regime’s Ministry of Intelligence and Security (MOIS) to the EU’s terrorist blacklist and reintroducing strict sanctions against its leadership can Europe bring an end to the Iranian regime’s campaign of terror.

Their comments are echoed by leading EU politicians, including the Former Italian Foreign Minister, Giulio Terzi, who believes a policy of maximum pressure towards Iran is the only solution.

Staff Writer

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