Tuesday, June 20, 2017
According to Mohammad Mohaddesssin, chairman of the NCRI’s foreign affairs committee and a veteran PMOI (MEK) official:
“From the start of the revolution we tried to have the regime reform. While Khomeini and other groups claimed that Iran’s main enemy after revolution was the US, we said the main threat and enemy to freedom is not the West; rather it is from religious fundamentalist forces in Iran who are gradually curbing all liberties. We tried to back liberal elements in the regime to weaken the hard-liners. Many of our sympathizers were arrested or killed during this period.
“June 20, 1981 marked the end of the regime’s toleration and any possible potential for reforms, and it has not changed since. The last reformist elements were eliminated from within the regime were purged at that stage. Since that day any Iranian or foreigner who has sought to find reformist elements in this regime has been searching for a mirage. We said this from the onset. The velayat-e-faqih regime is incapable of reform. If it were to halt the persecutions, tortures and executions for even one day and announce to the Iranian people that they would face no repercussions for their actions on that day, undoubtedly the people would topple the regime on that very day.”
This passage from the book ‘Democracy Betrayed’, published by the NCRI’s Foreign Affairs Committee offers a more in-depth understanding of the events leading to the beginning of the Resistance:
“Immediately after Khomeini seized power, a fundamental dispute surfaced between the Mojahedin [PMOI/MEK] and the clerical regime. Massoud Rajavi publicly named freedom as the Iranian people’s principal demand in the revolution which had toppled the shah. His remarks launched a nationwide campaign by the Mojahedin [PMOI/MEK] to defend democracy. From the outset, the regime organized hoodlums – the forerunners of the hezbollah – to heckle and harass Mojahedin [PMOI/MEK] supporters, and disrupt peaceful political activities. Not a day went by without attacks somewhere in the country on their gatherings and those of other current Council members, such as the National Democratic Front.
In January 1980, Khomeini issued a fatwa, vetoing Massoud Rajavi’s candidacy for the presidency. The French daily, Le Monde, [on March 29, 1980] wrote:
… According to diverse estimates, had Imam Khomeini not vetoed his candidacy in the presidential election last January, Mr. Rajavi, would have gotten several million votes. He was, moreover, assured of the support of the religious and ethnic minorities – whose rights to equality and autonomy he defended – and a good part of the female vote, who seek emancipation, and the young, who totally reject the “reactionary clergy”… The Mojahedin [PMOI/MEK] have not ceased denouncing, documenting and issuing calls about “the irregularities, pressures, fraud and violence” surrounding the first round of elections. 2,500 of their supporters were wounded, 50 of them gravely, by armed bands of “Hezbollah” in the course of the election campaign… Observers appointed by the Mojahedin [PMOI/MEK] who protested the election fraud were expelled from the premises, beaten, and sometimes arrested…
Another round of attacks on Mojahedin [PMOI/MEK] offices and gatherings followed, in which many of their supporters were killed or injured. In June 1980, Le Monde wrote:
… The objective of the popular gathering on Thursday afternoon, called by the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran [PMOI/MEK], was to protest against attacks on their supporters and activists in the past few days…
Tens of thousands of the party’s sympathizers had lined up at the entrance gates an hour before the gathering [at Amjadieh Stadium] when groups of Hezbollah began loudly protesting against the PMOI (MEK)… chanting, “There is only one party, the Party of God, and only one Leader, Imam Khomeini.”
The Hezbollah claims no precise political organization. They are notorious among the public as the shock troops… and serve as the tool of the extreme right faction of the Islamic Republic Party, directed by [Mohammad] Beheshti… The Hezbollah tried to prevent the gathering from taking place… They attacked the entrances to the stadium… The police and Revolutionary Guards for once observed strict neutrality. They did not turn their forces on the attackers, but they did protect them from the PMOI (MEK) 10 to 20 times more numerous… Things as they stand, the choice, according to observers, is between conciliation and civil war. [June 14, 1980]
Lines Are Drawn
“Our enemy is neither in the United States, nor the Soviet Union, nor Kurdistan, but right here, right under our nose, in Tehran.”
With these words, in late June 1980 Khomeini drew the lines. “Death to the Mojahedin [PMOI/MEK]” became the regime’s motto and Hezbollah stepped up its attacks on the organization’s centers, all legal. Two weeks prior, on June 12, 1980, in the famous speech, “What’s to be done?” at Tehran’s Amjadieh stadium, Massoud Rajavi had exhorted the crowd of 200,000 gathered in and out of the stadium, to “defend freedoms… freedom of speech, associations and gatherings.” The nonviolent resistance of thousands of Mojahedin [PMOI/MEK] supporters effectively frustrated the Pasdaran effort to disrupt the meeting with tear gas and live ammunition. Their assault left one dead, hundreds wounded and thousands beaten up, arousing the public’s sympathy for the Mojahedin [PMOI/MEK] and disdain for the regime’s crime. Even Khomeini’s son, Ahmad, condemned the Revolutionary Guards’ action as “treachery to Islam.” The Police Chief, Deputy Interior Minister and a number of Majlis deputies condemned the attack. A flood of letters and telegrams of condemnation from different political organizations, various sectors of society, and members of the business community were reprinted in the media, greatly alarming Khomeini. He had to make a choice: Either back down, or step up the political onslaught on the Mojahedin [PMOI/MEK]. A week later, the Mojahedin [PMOI/MEK] revealed a tape recording of a speech by Hassan Ayat, one of the leaders of the ruling party, in which he revealed the details of the plots. Khomeini hedged no longer, and on June 25, 1980, pointed his finger at enemy number one. The Mojahedin [PMOI/MEK], he said, “are worse than infidels.”
Even the organization’s health clinics soon came under attack. There were more deaths and injuries, and thousands of arrests. Responding to a letter of complaint by Mojahedin [PMOI/MEK] supporters in August 1980, when the organization still engaged in public activities, Mullah Allameh, head of the revolutionary court of Bam, in southern Iran, wrote: “According to the decree of Imam Khomeini, the Mojahedin [PMOI/MEK] of Iran are infidels and worse than blasphemers… They have no right to life.”
Mohammad Yazdi, head of the regime’s Judiciary, referred to Khomeini’s order to massacre the Mojahedin [PMOI/MEK] and their supporters, issued months before it became public, as follows:
The Imam’s hand-written judicial order condemned the Mojahedin [PMOI/MEK] – the totality of the organization and its infrastructure, and not individuals – so that there would be no hesitation in terming the activities by these individuals as waging war on God and corruption on Earth [and carrying out their execution orders].
Referring to the events of 1979-81, the [US] State Department acknowledges these facts in its December 1984 report:
The Mujahedin [PMOI/MEK] have never accepted the Khomeini regime as an adequate Islamic government. When Khomeini took power, the Mujahedin [PMOI/MEK] called for continued revolution, but said they would work for change within the legal framework of the new regime. The Mujahedin publications emphasized their unique role as an urban guerrilla force that promised to enter candidates for the highest offices under the new political system. The Mojahedin [PMOI/MEK] also entered avidly into the national debate on the structure of the new Islamic regime. The Mujahedin [PMOI/MEK] unsuccessfully sought a freely elected constituent assembly to draft a constitution.
The Mujahedin [PMOI/MEK] similarly made an attempt at political participation when Mujahedin [PMOI/MEK] leader Masoud Rajavi ran for the presidency in January 1980. Rajavi was forced to withdraw when Ayatollah Khomeini ruled that only candidates who had supported the constitution in the December referendum – which the Mojahedin [PMOI/MEK] had boycotted- were eligible. Rajavi’s withdrawal statement emphasized the group’s efforts to conform to election regulations and reiterated the Mojahedin [PMOI/MEK]’s intention to advance its political aims within the new legal system.
In March and May 1980, Rajavi and several other Mujahedin [PMOI/MEK] ran in Tehran for the Islamic Assembly (Majlis). Moussa Khiabani, Rajavi’s deputy, ran in Tabriz, and others ran in the north, where the group was strong. The Mujahedin [PMOI/MEK] attempted to demonstrate their broadened appeal by running on their ticket several moderate political figures…
Between the two election rounds, the Mujahedin [PMOI/MEK] announced that its members would disarm to prove that they were not initiating the clashes with the fundamentalists that had become endemic during the campaign. The fundamentalists responded by once again banning Mujahedin representatives from the university campuses. The group’s allegations that vote tallies had been altered to deny Rajavi and Khiabani victories, were ignored.
Rajavi then began to hint that the Mujahedin [PMOI/MEK] were considering active opposition to the Khomeini regime. In the early summer of 1980 the Mujahedin [PMOI/MEK] staged several rallies in Tehran drawing up to 150,000 people to hear Rajavi promise to carry on the opposition to fundamentalist domination.
On June 25 Khomeini responded by a major statement against the Mujahedin [PMOI/MEK], claiming their activities would derail the revolution and bring back “US dominance.”
For a year after Khomeini’s remarks, the Mojahedin [PMOI/MEK] continued to work for democracy through peaceful political means. This era ended on June 20, 1981, when heavily armed Guards turned a peaceful demonstration called in Tehran by the Mojahedin into a blood bath.
Thousands of Iranian women gave their lives for freedom
June 20 marks the beginning of the Iranian people's resistance for freedom and democracy in 1981. Iran’s women pioneer their people's movement against the mullahs' religious dictatorship.
So, let us commemorate on this anniversary the tens of thousands of women who watered the sapling of freedom with their blood and persisted on their democratic demands since the beginning of the mullahs' rule in Iran. They chose to honorably resist at any cost but not succumb to the dictator and turned into shining stars who lit the dark night of their nation.
A letter by Sholeh Pakravan
June 20, 1981, was a turning point in the history of the struggle of the people of Iran in their quest for freedom
Today, we are remembering political prisoners, both those who were killed in the past decades and those who are presently in prison.
Back on June 20, 1981, I was a teenager.
It was the day they opened fire on our people's demonstration.
Afterwards, only the names of young boys and girls who had been executed were announced in the newspapers.
The day turned into a turning point in the history of our people's quest for freedom...
Those days I didn't understand anything.
I didn't know the meaning of getting arrested and executed.
Arrest and execution were just two words for me and I didn't comprehend the extent of suffering hidden in just those two words.
Thursday, June 8, 2017
Iran’s Supreme Leader Unwittingly Admits the Real Threat to his Regime
In recent days, authorities in the Islamic Republic of Iran declared an end to the uprising encompassing upwards of 130 towns and cities over the course of roughly two weeks. The Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps announced it had dispersed the most significant gatherings, despite ongoing reports of protests and civil disobedience suggesting that the popular sentiment has not been as easy to suppress as Tehran would have us believe.
That sentiment began with outrage over economic hardships and wealth disparities between the regime and the people, then quickly transformed to explicit calls for the ouster of President Hassan Rouhani and Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, and for the wholesale dismantling of the system of clerical rule. Some onlookers were shocked by the much bolder slogans of this uprising, as compared with the 2009 Green Movement.
The regime’s authorities are still struggling to pin down their narratives. Predictably, they blame the unrest on everything except their own incompetence and disregard for the interests of the Iranian public.
The Supreme Leader bluntly identified the leading Iranian opposition group - the Mujahedin-e Khalq (MEK) - as a main contributing factor. “They were prepared months ago. The media of the MEK admitted to this; they said, recently, that they were in contact with Americans some months ago, to carry out U.S.’ orders: to organize riots, meet with this or that person, find individuals inside the country to help them fan out to the people. And that it was they who initiated this,” admitted Khamenei, while at the same time, doing his best to conceal the MEK’s popular appeal by describing it as part of a “triangle of enemies” that had planned, financed, and carried out the latest uprising.
He identified “Americans and Zionists” as the masterminds behind protesters’ call for regime change. Arab adversaries supposedly put up the cash, while the MEK acted as foot soldiers.
Opportunity knocks, but will we open the door?
By Tom Seymour | Jan 12, 2018
It happened before. The Iranian people rose up in 2009 and had the United States and other western powers supported their efforts, perhaps the Iranian people might have overthrown the tyrannical government of the mullahs.
But the Obama administration did nothing. And so the Iranian government, after killing and jailing protestors, many of whom remain in prison, lapsed back into its old ways of ruling with an iron grip.
Things have changed since then. The current American president has voiced his support of the Iranian protestors and their plight. But the change remains one-sided. Democrats, with the surprising exception of Bernie Sanders, have not stepped up to the plate. In fact, former National Security Advisor Susan Rice recently admonished President Trump for tweeting his support for the downtrodden people of Iran. Rice suggested that the best thing the president could do was to remain silent.
That’s the same Susan Rice who went on a nationally televised lying spree immediately following the savage and deadly attack on the embassy in Benghazi, Syria. Looking the American people squarely in the eye, Rice blamed the carnage on a video that was supposed to have insulted Islam, the “religion of peace.” Rice has never apologized for her part in the lie/cover-up.
But our current president is not like the timid Obama. He and his administration stand with the demonstrators in Iran and, hopefully, will stay the course by instituting measures to assist and support the freedom-seeking protestors.
Iran, while controlled by stone-age barbarians, is not a country of simple goat herders as some might believe. The people there are intelligent, educated, motivated and self-assured. Besides that they love and want freedom. And they can no longer tolerate their government dictating their every move.
MARYAM RAJAVI: REGIME CHANGE IS WITHIN REACH AND IRANIAN PEOPLE ARE CAPABLE OF REALIZING IT
Message to the US Senate conference-The new U.S. policy on Iran: The Way Forward -December 7, 2017
General Jones, Speaker Gingrich, Ambassador Bloomfield,
Ladies and Gentlemen,
It is a great pleasure to have the opportunity to address your conference. Please allow me to raise an important question.
Is there a solution for the ongoing crisis in the Middle East, or we have to accept the status quo as a reality and let the forces of darkness decide everything?
My answer to this question is: Yes, there is a solution.
I’d like to briefly share my views:
First, it is important to identify the core problem. Of course, there are a number of challenges, and all of them are real. These challenges could be tackled only after the core problem is solved. I cannot stress enough on the importance of the first step which is identifying the core problem.
Second, we need a realistic assessment of the situation. Dictators appear more powerful than what they really are. In 1979, Iran was called “an island of stability” under the Shah. And today, the mullahs’ regime is far weaker than the Shah’s regime when it was overthrown.
Third, identifying the key players and in this case, the forces for change.
Fourth, being prepared to pay the price to solve the problem.
Glancing at the past 3 to 4 decades, it would not be difficult to identify the core problem. There is not a single crisis in the region where the mullahs’ regime is not involved. From Lebanon to Yemen, in Syria and in Iraq, even in the Middle East peace which is a much older problem, the Iranian regime’s destructive role is undeniable.
Focusing on the activities of Iran’s ruling dictatorship does not require military intervention. The regime’s lobby in Washington and Europe attempts to falsely portray firmness and siding with the Iranian people for change, as war mongering. On the contrary, their approach and ignoring the problem would be a recipe for disaster, as it has been in the past.
I believe focusing on the core problem, requires the following steps:
1. Holding the dictatorship accountable for its crimes against the Iranian people and in the region, including taking steps to bring to justice the perpetrators of the massacre of 30,000 political prisoners, those who stayed loyal to Iran’s freedom and were massacred in just a few months on Khomeini’s fatwa.
2. Taking practical steps to drive the IRGC and its proxies out of Syria and Iraq and other countries in the region. The mullahs’ meddling in the region is vital to their survival. Therefore, forcing the regime to end its meddling is a major setback to the dictatorship. Khamenei and other regime officials have repeatedly declared that if we do not fight in Iraq and Syria, we will have to fight in Tehran, Isfahan and other Iranian cities.
It is time for practical steps.
3. Those benefiting from trade with the Iranian regime are not the people of Iran but the IRGC. Therefore, comprehensive sanctions, including sanctions on its banking system, must be imposed on the regime. As I said before, the past policies on making concessions to the religious fascism have been disastrous. The peoples of Iran and the region have paid a heavy price for it.
The most destructive aspects of this policy were a deal over the Iranian Resistance, the terrorist designation of the MEK, breaching US commitments to the MEK members in Ashraf and Liberty, and inaction vis-à-vis their murder.
To end the disastrous past policies, it is essential to recognize the National Council of Resistance of Iran as the only democratic alternative to the religious terrorist dictatorship in Iran. This alternative believes in a free and democratic Iran, gender equality, separation of religion and state and a non-nuclear Iran. Such recognition would send a message of firmness to the mullahs and a message of solidarity to the people of Iran.
Regime change is within reach and the people of Iran are capable of realizing it.
Thank you for giving me the opportunity to share my views with you and best wishes for a successful conference.
Consequences of U.S. Policy Change Towards Iran Regime
“After sixty years, for the first time, U.S. policy was not in support of the ruling regime in Iran, but against it.” Dr. Sanabargh Zahedi, Chair of the Judicial Committee of the National Council of Resistance of Iran, stated in an interview with Orient TV and continued, “I think the most important issue in this recent statement by the U.S. Treasury is focusing on the Revolutionary Guards. You know that the IRGC is the main supporter of the Velayat-e faqih regime,” Dr. Zahedi said.
To read the text of the interview click here
INU - When confronted with the question of whether the Trump administrations backs regime change in Iran, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Washington would work with Iranian opposition groups to reach “peaceful transition of that government.”
The most organized and renowned Iranian opposition group is none other than the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) with the People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) being the core member of this coalition.
The MEK enjoys vast support both inside Iran and abroad, especially an unmatched network of activists who dare to show their support for NCRI President Maryam Rajavi and her movement at whatever opportunity.
Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) echoed Tillerson’s view, saying “it’s time the Iranian people had a free and open society and a functioning democracy,” effectively a call for regime change.
Just months ago Senator McCain paid a visit to Albania where most MEK members are currently stationed after a long ordeal in Iraq. The MEK was the target of numerous attacks by Iran-backed proxy groups and even the government of former Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki prior to their departure of this country in 2016.
On July 1, a major convention was held in Paris where hundreds of political dignitaries from across the globe explicitly called for regime change in Iran and supporting the NCRI and MEK.
The MEK’s vast popular base was proven as over 100,000 members of the Iranian Diaspora rushed to Paris to express their support for Maryam Rajavi, the MEK and a free and democratic Iran.
IRAN'S FEAR OF REGIME CHANGE BY IRANIAN PEOPLE AND THEIR RESISTANCE (PMOI/MEK)
Lethal international, economic and social crises that has plunged the Iranian regime into the dilemma it is currently facing on one hand, and the expanding support for the Iranian opposition MEK that can realize regime change in Iran on the other, have all injected utter fear amongst Tehran’s mullahs.
US policymakers are coming closer to the necessary solution of regime change to confront Tehran as the leading sponsor of terrorism and human rights violator, as a regime that oppresses its own people and threatens neighboring nations.
However, this regime change is different from previous examples through military action and foreign war. In Iran, considering the existence of an organized opposition with deep social roots and a social base inside Iran, symbolized in the MEK, is able to realize this objective of toppling the mullahs’ regime.
Iran Regime's Long-Standing Campaign to Destroy the PMOI (MEK)
their rule, one organization has been the target of decades of efforts to suppress and undermine their voice in support of a free Iran. They are the People’s Mujahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK).When Ali Larijni, the Iranian regime House Speaker, said after the MEK was removed from the U.S. list of terrorist groups, “Now it’s you (the United States) who are sponsor of terrorism and even mother of terrorism, yet you accuse the Iranian regime of sponsoring terrorism. Your accusations are shameful…Today, the Americans removed the MEK from their list of terrorist groups.” His remarks came during a speech on June 23.
The interview with Mohammad Mohaddessin, Chairman of the NCRI Foreign
Iran's triangle of fear
By Shahriar Kia
There is a Persian proverb saying those fearing the dark scream to overcome their fears. Iran, considering its domestic and foreign dilemmas, resembles that very individual who is afraid of the dark and is screaming to overcome its fears.
On Wednesday, June 7, Iran was attacked by terrorists in a twin assault that ISIS claimed responsibility for, targeting the parliament and the tomb of the regime's founder. In contrast to others victimized by terrorism, Tehran actually welcomed this attack and portrays itself as the victim.
Bereaved mothers challenge truth of regime’s claims on Daesh
In the wake of the attacks on June 7 in Tehran where the mullahs’ parliament and the mausoleum of Khomeini, the regime’s founder, were ostensibly attacked by Daesh, the Mothers of Laleh Park issued a statement on June 11, 2017, and challenged the regime’s officials over the truth of their claims about the incidents and the fact that they had been carried out by Daesh (ISIS).
In their statement, they wrote, “We want to know how is it that judiciary and security officials can arrest and interrogate our best young children every day under the pretext of protection of security, but they are not able to curb and contain such an operation that takes place in bright day light and in center of the city?
What happens in Iran after the ISIS attacks? Americanthinker, June 14, 2017- In many ways, the Iranian regime is different from other classic dictatorships. But who would have thought that in mourning Tehran's terrorist attacks last week, a first for ISIS in Iran, which left 13 dead and some forty others injured, the mullahs' supreme leader, Ali Khamenei, would set a new high in absurdity? Read more
By: Heshmat Alavi -Forbes, JUN 9, 2017
In this regard, some of the regime’s sources while reporting the incidents, tried to justify the massacre of political prisoners in 1988, which has led to increasing social outrage and international condemnation over the past year following the revelation of an audio tape by Mr. Hossein Ali Montazeri.
ISIS attack on its godfather in Tehran at Khomeini’s tomb and mullahs’ parliament Cause for Khamenei’s joy at escape from impasse, regional and international isolation
ISIS practices clearly benefit clerical regime
Following the initiative launching a broad international coalition of Arab and Islamic countries and the United States against the clerical regime’s warmongering and terrorism, ISIS carried out unexpected attacks in Tehran against its own godfather, at Khomeini’s tomb and the regime’s parliament. It is noteworthy that ISIS has never acted against the regime in past years.
The Iranian regime’s President Hassan Rouhani claimed that “the incident was not unexpected” and Khamenei downplayed “these firework displays” as insignificant and ineffective.
The terrorist rivalry between the claimants of a Sunni Caliphate and the so-called Shiite Caliphate dubbed the velayat-e faqih in Iran, even if not tailor-made or staged, is the source of jubilation and elation for mullahs’ Caliph Khamenei.
The NCRI ’s President-elect recalled: “The Iranian Resistance has always maintained that the Iranian people and Resistance have the responsibility to overthrow the religious, dictatorship ruling Iran and to dismantle all institutions and symbols of suppression and repression. We, therefore, call for an end to the policy of appeasing the mullahs’ regime and recognizing the just resistance of the Iranian people.”
- The IRGC must be designated as a terrorist entity.
- The IRGC and paramilitary proxies of the Khamenei caliphate must be removed from Syria, Iraq, and Yemen.
- The Organization of Islamic Cooperation must expel the mullahs’ regime and recognize the Iranian Resistance for ending religious fascism.
After 38 years of brutal suppression, executions and incarceration, the people of Iran will not be satisfied by anything less than freedom, democracy, and popular sovereignty.
Secretariat of the National Council of Resistance of Iran
June 7, 2017
Monday, June 5, 2017
Maryam Rajavi, met Mayor Rudy Giuliani on Friday, June 30, at the NCRI headquarters in Auvers-sur-Oise, northwest of Paris.
Mayor Giuliani pointed to the Iranian regime’s malign activities in the region, stressing that the mullahs are the source instability and crisis in the region, and have kept their grip on power in the past 38 years through widespread repression and blatant disregard for human rights at home and the export of extremism and terrorism abroad.
The former New York City Mayor emphasized that the Iranian regime has been the most active state sponsor of terrorism and Islamic extremism in the past three decades, and that Hassan Rouhani has been a key player in pursuing the regime’s ominous objectives, including in the proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction. He said despite all the concessions unduly provided to the Tehran, the clerical regime is at a complete impasse and is extremely vulnerable in view of the economic crisis, domestic isolation and a growing power struggle.
There is a growing consensus in the United States that the West’s policy of appeasing the Iranian regime has been a total failure, Mayor Giuliani said. He added that the imperative of formulating a firm policy on Iran, namely standing with the Iranian people and the resistance to bring about change, is becoming more pervasive.
Rajavi appreciated Mr. Giuliani’s endeavors in the campaign that led to the safe transfer of members of the Iranian resistance from Iraq to other countries, including Albania. She elaborated on the expanding and continuing activities of the Iranian resistance, particularly in Iran, especially during the shame elections and afterwards.
Mr. Giuliani expressed his support for Maryam Rajavi’s efforts to establish democracy and human rights in Iran, noting that the Iranian Resistance is a viable alternative to the medieval regime ruling Iran.
Massive Campaign of Youths and Supporters of PMOI and Iranian Resistance Throughout Iran in Support of the Resistance Grand Gathering in Paris
As we approach the grand gathering of Resistance in Paris, widespread activities by PMOI/MEK supporters and Iranian Resistance, such as writing slogans, installing photographs and posters, distributing leaflets and brochures in support of the gathering, are conducted in various districts of Tehran and major cities such as Mashhad, Isfahan, Shiraz, Karaj, Tabriz, Ahwaz and dozens of cities like Urmia, Qom, Gorgan, Hamedan, Sari, Kerman, Sanandaj, Arak, Shahrekord, Yazd , Qazvin Bushehr, Zahedan, Bandar Abbas, Khorramabad, Ilam, Babolsar, Amol, Ghaemshahr, Kashan, Neyshabur, Sabzeva, Golpayegan, Babol, Yasouj, Masjed Soleiman, Iranshahr, Mahallat, Darab, Rey, Behshahr, Genaveh, Lar, Behbahan, Rafsanjan, Saveh, Marand, Dezful, Daghaz, Islam City, Hadi, Torbat Heydariyeh, Neyshabour, Maku ... Photographs of the Iranian Resistance Leader, Mr. Massoud Rajavi, and President-elect of the Iranian Resistance, Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, as well as Mrs. Rajavi's 10-point plan for the future of Iran have been widely installed and distributed in the campaign.
Political Prisoners From All Over Iran Call Iranians to Participate in the Grand Gathering in Paris
NCRI - While taking grave risks, political prisoners from all over the country, in various messages declared their solidarity with the grand gathering of Iranians in Paris on the first of July, calling on the Iranian diaspora to take part in it.
A group of political prisoners of Gohardasht, Evin, and Tehran Central Prisons, in a letter, announced their support to the grand gathering of the Iranian Resistance
The following is their statement:
"A small Iran in Paris -Villepinte"
Mr. Ali Moezzi, one of the political prisoners of 80's wrote from Great Tehran prison, “The Iranian people’s historic demands to reach a free and democratic Iran will not be forgone. Demands such as a pluralist society with fundamental freedoms, separation of church and state, the rights of ethnic and religious minorities, gender equality …
Political prisoners and Balouch prisoners in the central prison of Zahedan, including a number of Sunni clerics, wrote in solidarity with the Paris gathering, " From all activists inside the country and abroad who have always made your efforts and stood with us, the voiceless prisoners behind bars, we are seriously requesting to take part in this rally as the defenders of our rights, and be our voice to the world …
Ebrahim Firoozi, a Christian political prisoner, send his message from Gohardasht prison:" The gathering of fellow citizens in France is a sign of the flaming spirit of liberation.......
The political prisoner, Arjang Davoodi, wrote from exile in the central prison of Zabol: "In the current battle against oppression and injustice, it can be argued firmly that the National Council of Resistance and the PMOI, with the dedication of thousands of martyrs and prisoners, can be the precursor of the just struggle of Iranians ...
Political prisoner Mehdi Farahi Shandiz sent a message from Qazvin Prison: "After the decisive transfer of the PMOI members and combatants of NLA to Albania and after the fake election that put Khamenei and the his whole regime in a dead end, it was proved that the choice of our nation is to get rid of religious despotism and fascism, and separation of religion from the state and Iran without compulsion, discrimination, censorship, repression, torture and execution ....
Nevertheless, the gathering of Iranian Resistance is a striking lightening in the sky of inactivity, despair, and stagnancy. Our hopes, wishes, and alternatives do not only encourage the decent Iranians outside and Inside of Iran but they also arouse the clear consciences of the Middle East, Europe, and the U.S. as well as the miserable people. Moreover, what could be more promising for an imprisoned and deprived person than witnessing those whose hearts beat for Iran and its aspiration?
ByDonya Jam -
On July 1st thousands of Iranians will gather in Paris to support the movement to obtain freedom and democracy for their homeland. The convention is organized each year by the Iranian opposition movement (PMOI/MEK). Iranian youth especially look forward to this event as it’s a time to come together and support human rights.
Too often we hear about the arrests, ill-treatment, and executions of Iran’s youth population.
Reports indicate 10 inmates were executed merely a few days after the 2017 Iranian elections, including 30-year-old Abdulkarim Shahnavazi. Reports also emerged that 24-year-old Diyako Hashemi was killed under torture by Iranian intelligence agents. Two men in their 30s were sentenced to have their fingers amputated and 90 children were also arrested in Sepidan, central Iran. The Iranian regime has a history of raiding gatherings and parties, and imprisoning the attendees, which has heightened during the past few years.
Political prisoner Ms. Atena Daemi was recently on hunger strike for 54 days protesting against the arrest of her sisters. Political prisoner Arash Sadeghi was previously on hunger strike for 71 days protesting against the imprisonment of his wife, Golrokh Iraee.
- See more at: http://newsblaze.com/world/middle-east/youth-supporters-of-mek-responsibility-to-attend-iranian-opposition-convention_81579/#sthash.muyzYntg.dpuf
Mr. James Bezan, the Canadian MP, stated that he would support the grand assembly of the Iranian Resistance. In a letter dated June 2017.
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Message of Support From Italian Senator,Senator Paolo Corsini and Giampiero Leo vice president of the Human Rights Committee of Piedmont province to Iranian Opposition Grand Gathering
Regime Change in Iran Appears Increasingly Attainable Mr. Petri Sarvamaa, the European Parliament's representative from Finland, in a message, announced his support for the grand gathering of Iranian resistance in June 2017.
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Mr. Jozo Rados, European Parliament member and the former Croatian Defense Minister, announced his support, in a message for the Grand Gathering of the Iranian Resistance in June 2017.
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NCRI - Following two recent terrorists attacks in the United Kingdom, people are on edge and other countries in Europe are nervous. There has been a huge outpouring of solidarity, but it must be remembered that the people of Britain and the rest of Europe must be vigilant. Wrote Antonio Stango is President of the Italian League of Human Rights in ‘ Vocaleurope’ on June 16, 2017, the following are excerpts from this article.
Thankfully, most of Western society is receptive to counterterrorism efforts but there are still those who fight out against them.
Unfortunately there is a part of society that has demonised Muslims because of attacks carried out by extremists. It must be remembered by these people that the moderate Muslims are the people that are able to help the most in stopping vulnerable ones from turning to fundamentalism. They are the ones that can prove to the vulnerable people that modern Islam is in fact compatible with modern democracy.
NCRI - Otto Bernhardt, President of the German Solidarity Committee for a Free Iran and member of the Konrad-Adenauer Foundation Board of Directors, sent a message of support for the upcoming Iranian opposition grand gathering scheduled for July 1st. He referred to the increasing number of executions under Hassan Rouhani’s presidency and emphasized, “There is a democratic opposition facing this regime.”
The National Council of Resistance of Iran has a clear agenda to realize human rights and credible democratic values… Iranians from across the globe will once again gather in Paris on July 1st. This is Iran’s true opposition, he said.
NCRI - Lord Carlyle and Lord Clark, two prominent members of the British House of Lords, sent messages of support for the upcoming Iranian opposition National Council of Resistance of Iran grand gathering in Paris scheduled for July 1st.
This is a very important gathering… and I will join in line and with the aim of establishing a new government in Iran that I hope will be governed by responsible individuals, such as Mrs. Rajavi, , said Lord Carlyle.
For years I have supported your movement and Mrs. Rajavi in your objectives to making Iran a free country. The recent elections in Iran have inflicted major wounds in this regime, he added.
NCRI - Senator Luigi Compagna, a member of the Italian Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued a message expressing his support for an upcoming major Iranian grand gathering in Paris.
“We will be taking part in this major rally to express our support for those who struggle for freedom in Iran… This rally, is in support of people who are united for democracy,” he said.
An Aticle by Shahriar Kia
The current plan for sanctions against Iran leaves the regime between a proverbial rock and hard place, since its choices are comply or die.
Petri Sarvamaa MEP From Finland Supports Free Iran Gathering
Free Iran Rally & the Role of the People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran (MEK)
By Jubin Katiraie
A major gathering is being held at the Villepinte Exhibition Center outside of Paris, France. The gathering is focused on Iran policy and at the center of the case is the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran. The People’s Mojahedin is also known by its Persian name, Mojahedin-e Khalq or MEK and it is the main constituent group in the National Council of Resistance of Iran, the leading coalition advocating for the cause of regime change driven by the Iranian people and their expatriate allies.
The Free Iran rally has been growing every year. The 2017 gathering is expected to keep pace with the previous few years, with upwards of 100,000 supporters of the MEK traveling to France from throughout the world. Naturally, the participants will mostly represent Iranian expatriate communities, but each year’s event also draws hundreds of politicians and foreign policy experts who recognize the global value of the MEK and the 10-point plan that NCRI President Maryam Rajavi has laid out for the future of Iran.
Trump is right to focus on Iran's support of terrorism
By:Ivan Sascha Sheehan
Despite the criticism directed at the Trump White House, the administration is to be commended for important changes in U.S. policy toward Iran since taking office.
The Trump administration has made great strides in shifting from the conciliatory gestures of the Obama years to a much firmer stance that acknowledges American intolerance for violent extremism, human rights violations and the support of terrorism. Leading administration figures have repeatedly taken to the airwaves to broadcast this message and carried it with them on official trips abroad. Today the messaging is resonating with officials from both parties and in elite policy circles.
Senate targets Iran in sweeping measures
By: Keyvan Salami
Despite its nature of acting mostly in a polarized manner, the US Senate witnessed Republicans and Democrats joining force to pass a bill of sweeping sanctions inflicting strong punishments against Iran involving a long slate of financial penalties.
The overwhelming 98-2 vote for the “The Countering Iran’s Destabilizing Activities Act of 2017” came on Thursday June 15, sending a clearly strong message to Tehran signaling the bipartisan alliance on taking measures against the mullahs’ belligerence inside and abroad. Iran’s ballistic missile program, support for terrorist groups and human rights violations are in the crosshairs of this sanctions package.
This bipartisan vote will be demanding major action from the Trump administration, especially after lawmakers in a recent hearing called on Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to designate Iran’s Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) as a foreign terrorist organization.
Saturday, June 3, 2017
Secretariat of the National Council of Resistance of Iran June 3, 2017
In her remarks to this gathering, Maryam Rajavi said:
Ramadan is the month of bonding of hearts, friendship, solidarity and peace.
Unfortunately, however, in the present circumstances, there is no blame on us if we shed tears for the dissociation and agony among our countries and nations, for Syria, Iraq and Yemen and other countries where our Muslim sisters and brothers are living in exasperating conditions.
For this reason and with your permission I would like to call on all Muslim nations to unite in solidarity. This is a call based on a solid foundation acceptable to most Muslims.
Ideologically, this foundation is to deny religious compulsion and compulsory religion. Or in the words of the Quran: La Ikraha feddin (There is no compulsion in religion).
Politically, it is to stand up to the religious tyranny ruling Iran, who is the common enemy of all the countries in the Middle East.
In our times, religious compulsion and compulsory religion began with Khomeini seizing power. It has become a tool for pushing back opponents and for imposing a despotic rule.
On this basis, we say that the dispute is not between Shiites and Sunnis, nor between Christians and Muslims. Indeed, there is no war among civilizations. The main confrontation is between despotism and fundamentalism on the one hand and democracy and freedom on the other.
Rejection of all forms of compulsion in religion also opens the way for the principle of separation of religion and state and leaves no room for tyranny and religious discrimination under the name of God.
Yes, we can unite on a fundamental principle which makes up the sinew of Islam and that is the rejection of religious compulsion, namely the principle of La Ikraha Feddin.
The spirit of Islam abhors all forms of compulsion, coercion and forcible prohibition, ranging from imposing the compulsory veil to the forced observation of fasting and prayers by flogging and terror, to preventing the construction of Sunni mosques, and especially imposing the rule of a government under the name of God and Islam.
The Iranian regime’s animosity to peace and tranquility in the Middle East has been steady for the past three decades because export of terrorism and fundamentalism are indispensable to the regime’s strategy for survival.
Now that the international community concurs on the origin of terrorism and fundamentalism in the region, namely the Velayat-e Faqih regime in Tehran, I would like to propose a three-pronged initiative on behalf of the Iranian people and Resistance. And I urge all countries in the region to support it.
First, the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) must be officially declared as a terrorist entity. The IRGC and all of its proxy militias must be evicted from countries in the region.
Second, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) must expel the Iranian regime from this organization and grant the seat of Iran to the Iranian people’s Resistance.
Third, they should recognize the Iranian people’s struggle to bring down the clerical regime and establish freedom and democracy.
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Prominent Algerian Author Speaks at Iranian Resistance's Solidarity Conference in Paris
NCRI - On Saturday, June 3, a gathering was held in Paris to mark the holy month of Ramadan, with Iranian opposition leader Maryam Rajavi and a large number of political and religious dignitaries taking part from various Islamic countries and institutions.
The participants all condemned Iran’s meddling in regional neighbors, its fundamentalist and terrorism under the banner of Islam, and describing these measures, especially those by of the Revolutionary Guards and Iranian regime in killing the Syrian people as the main element behind the Middle East’s crises.
Algerian writer Anwar Malek, former head of the Arab Society in Syria, in his speech said Islam is a tolerant religion, a religion of co-existence, a religion of peace, kindness, not terrorism, not fundamentalism, sectarianism and racism.
Fmr. Algerian PM Speaking at Paris Gathering Seeking Iran Regime's Eviction From Middle East
“I am proud to take part in this meeting on behalf of the Solidarity Committee In Defense of Ashraf Residents. Now that our brothers are in Albania, does this mean this is the end of this committee’s work? No. Naturally, our main priority was to save their lives, and relocate them from the prison they were in. However, our brothers have become the symbols of a just cause, and as Mrs. Rajavi has said time and again, after allocating years of defending the movement and delisting it from the terrorist lists, now is the time to go on the offensive,” said former Algerian prime minister Sid Ahmed Ghozali.
Heitham Maleh, Chairman of the Syrian National Coalition Legal Committee, delivered a speech in this meeting.
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French MP Dominique Lefevre at Major Islamic Gathering Held by Iranian Opposition
French MP Dominique Lefevre delivered a speech at a recent gathering held in Paris with Iranian opposition leader Maryam Rajavi taking part and delivering a speech
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Former Jordanian MP's Speech at a Large Islamic-Arabic Meeting of Iranian Resistance
we are all familiar with the role the Mullahs’ regime is playing, both independently and in collaboration with ISIS, to destroy the region. This dirty role has torn the region apart and spread destruction, murder, and displacement all over it.”
“So, we need to step up our efforts in order to stand against the Iranian regime’s sponsoring of evil all over the world”, said Al-Haj, adding “ what needs to be considered is that we all stand by true representatives of Iranian people, namely Iran National Council of Resistance and the PMOI. So, greetings to their prisoners held in Iran’s prisons, and, prior to that, greetings to their martyrs. Their movement has offered 120 thousand martyrs for freedom and human rights, demanding that Iranian people’s rights and dignity be realized.”
#Iran #solidarity #WithSyrianRevolution at D #NCRI office, inD presence of Syrian Opposition officials11June 2016
Thursday, June 1, 2017
Part 41 of Behesht-e-Zahra: Broken Graves of Political Opponents
Part 41 of Behesht-e-Zahra cemetery is among the most famous burial places where a large number of critics and opponents of the Islamic Republic of Iran, especially the executed prisoners, have been buried. This place has been subjected to destruction and disrespect throughout the years after the revolution. Recently some news of the possibility of further destruction of this part has been published in the media.
According to the report of Human Rights Activists News Agency in Iran (HRANA), you would not see any explanations about the people buried in the graves. Perhaps the most eloquent explanation is the “Broken Tombstones” of part 41.
IRAN REGIME DESTROYS THE GRAVES OF THE MARTYRS OF PMOI/MEK KILLED IN THE 1988 MASSACRE
By Jazeh Miller
While hundreds of international figures and lawyers have called for a trial of the regime's leaders and the perpetrators of the massacre of members and sympathizers of PMOI/MEK in 1988, the Iran regime is trying to destroy the graves of MEK martyrs killed in this crime.
According to the reports from various parts of Iran, the regime has been eliminating the signs of this MEK genocide in several cities including Ahvaz (southwestern Iran), Mashhad (northeast), Isfahan (center of Iran), Tabriz and Ardabil (northwestern), etc. They seek to destroy the mass graves of MEK members so that the families could not pay tribute to their loved ones the way they have been doing for years in various ways such as cementing the graves or removing the garbage and so on.
The Iranian regime also destroyed the mass graves of MEK martyrs in Vadi-e Rahmat Cemetery of Tabriz under the pretext of carrying out construction projects. Moreover, the supporters of the MEK distributed the pictures and videos of grave destruction on the internet on June 23 2018. The news of such crime has been also posted in forms of pictures on Vadi-e Rahmat Cemetery Telegram Channel on September 11, 2017.
As the Iran regime admitted, the construction project includes a total area of 4500 square meters. The procedures consist of excavating operations, rolling, leveling and fitting, pouring concrete, building walls, gridding, installing light pylons. Three companies and the Supervision of Tabriz Civil Engineering Department launched this project and the Cemetery Organization of Tabriz Municipality is the employer.
As the satellite TV of the Iranian resistance, ‘Simay Azadi’ Channel released photos and videos on the destruction of graves, the Iranian regime also destroyed a MEK mass grave in Sowme'eh Sara, Gilan Province. One of the supporters of the MEK who visited this location, reports:
"I went to the cemetery in which the MEK martyrs of the massacre of 1988 are buried. I took photos of the graves of townspeople but I could not find the graves of MEK martyrs. Nevertheless, I saw a mechanical excavator behind the cemetery amidst the tall trees where the MEK martyrs are buried. As the people said, this excavator is operating to make roads."
He added," The cemetery of MEK martyrs is exactly located behind these tall trees, as the supporters of the MEK released pictures of this area. They are currently destroying the cemetery." While a Justice Seeking movement is formed to try the perpetrators of the 1988 massacre of MEK and non MEK affiliates, the Iranian regime intends to eliminate the signs of such brutal crime.
Amnesty International: Stop Iran From Destruction of Mass Grave of 1988 Iran Massacre
NCRI - Amnesty International launched a campaign on Monday calling on the authorities of the Iranian regime to “urgently stop the destruction of a mass grave in the southern city of Ahvaz”.
At least “a dozen political prisoners killed during a wave of mass extrajudicial executions in August and September 1988 are buried” in the mass grave.
A footage obtained by Amnesty International “shows the site is gradually being buried beneath piles of construction waste” after a construction near the area began earlier this year.
The 1988 massacre gave rise to the phenomenon of mass graves. Every day hundreds
of people in Evin and more in Gohardasht and other prisons in Tehran and in prisons
all over Iran were being executed.
The regime’s agents did not have the time to bury them one by one, so the only way was to bury them in mass graves. This method had been used occasionally in Tehran and other cities since 1981, but in 1988 it became a systematic procedure in the major cities.
A witness recalls: “The scale of the massacre was so vast that bodies of the executed were carried away on trucks to mass graves. I was able to see the truck from between metal window shades covered with a canvas sheet in order to hide the mess.”
Iran is bulldozing the mass grave from the mullahs' 1988 massacre
By Hassan Mahmoudi
Since its foundation, by Ayatollah Rouhollah Khomeini, the regime of Iran has succeeded in maintaining its absolute power through the massive use of torture and executions of its citizens. They are now trying to cover up their crimes.
The ugly reality is that thousands of Iranians were sent to the gallows and torture chambers for absurd and preposterous charges of “enmity against God” or “spying for external powers.” In the 1980s, thousands of educated youth of Iran, who had been sympathetic to the opposition groups, were executed by the mullahs. In summer of 1988 alone, based on the decree of Khomeini, 30,000 political prisoners, most of whom were members or supporters of the Mujahedin (PMOI or MeK), were executed.
Four decades of savage suppression by the mullahs has frustrated Iran's people who now look for any opportunity to show their abhorrence for the government. Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, President Hassan Rouhani and other Iranian officials are, more than ever, frightened of another mass uprising. According to the report from the National Council of Resistance in Iran (NCRI), Amnesty International has launched a campaign on Monday calling on the authorities of the Iranian regime to “urgently stop the destruction of a mass grave in the southern city of Ahvaz.”
IRAN, 17 July 2017-- In an interview with an Iranian regime funded television station, Ali Fallahian, the former Iranian intelligence minister and one of the perpetrators involved in the AMIA bombing that killed 85 people on July 18, 1994 in Buenos Aires, Argentina, revealed the mindset behind the mass execution of more than 30,000 political prisoners in Iran during the summer of 1988.
Iran Regime's Official "Proud" of Role in 1988 Massacre
Earlier this month, a senior judicial official in the Iranian regime has publicly tried to justify the state’s execution of tens of thousands of political prisoners during the eighties.
In an interview with a state news agency affiliated with the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC), the official - Judge Ali Razini, the head of Branch 41 of the Supreme Court – said that the execution of prisoners in 1988 in what has been named the 1988 massacre was “fair” and “lawful”.
Judge Razini is the head of Branch 41 of the Supreme Court.
During the 1988 massacre, the so called “Death Committee” ordered the execution of political prisoners, many of whom were members or supporters of the PMOI, the banned opposition group. The prisoners’ fate was decided based on their loyalty to the Islamic Republic.
Aerial photo shows that the graves of martyrs have been vandalized and purred concrete over
PMOI martyrs’ graves vandalized in northwest Iran
During the past few days the mullahs’ regime in the city of Tabriz, northwest Iran, has begun a campaign of vandalizing graves of members of the People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) executed back in the 1980s, especially those massacred during the summer of 1988. These now destroyed graves were in the Rahmat Valley Cemetery. To this point the graves of 75 martyrs, including Akbar Choopani and Soraya Abolfat’hi, who was executed while pregnant, have been vandalized
xposing the Crimes of Desecrating MEK Martyrs' Graves in Tabriz
Following the disclosure of a plan to desecrate the graves of MEK martyrs massacred by the Iranian regime in Ahwaz and Mashhad, the clerical regime also resorted to the same crime in the city of Tabriz, northwestern Iran.
According to MEK supporters, on June 22, 2017, the clerical regime in Wadi Rahmat in Tabriz, where the martyrs of the unknown MEK slain massacred in 1988 are buried, the regime began to raze and demolish the graves of the martyrs using construction machinery.
MEK reporters say that six people were involved in this heinous crime at the site. They removed the stones on the graves and threw them away and then poured 10 centimeters of concrete onto the graves.
In an attempt to cloak its crimes during the 1988 massacre of thousands of political prisoners across the country, Iranian authorities in Mashhad (northeast Iran) have used heavy machinery to cover the graveyard of these victims in a known cemetery, according to reports from PMOI/MEK supporters sent on June 1st.
reports, the clerical regime has planned to demolish and destroy a mass grave in Southwestern city of Ahvaz, which is the burial place of the martyrs of the 1988 massacre of political prisoners. This location, was detected according to people’s reports and martyrs’ families and was revealed by the Iranian Resistance Satellite TV.
Amnesty International:Iran Desecrating mass grave site would destroy crucial forensic evidence
In other report Amnesty International on 1 June 2017 mentioned:
The desecration of a mass grave site in Ahvaz, southern Iran that contains the remains of at least 44 people who were extrajudicially executed would destroy vital forensic evidence and scupper opportunities for justice for the mass prisoner killings that took place across the country in 1988, said Amnesty International and Justice for Iran.
Photo and video evidence obtained by the NGO Justice for Iran and reviewed by Amnesty International shows bulldozers working on a construction project directly alongside the mass grave site at Ahvaz, as well as piles of dirt and construction debris surrounding the grave. Although the Iranian authorities have made no official announcements about Ahvaz, families learned through a construction worker that the plan is to ultimately raze the concrete block marking the grave site and build over the area.
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