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  • Masoud Dalvand 12:06 pm on 11 Feb 2018 Permalink | Reply
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    Maryam Rajavi: From 1979 Revolution to the Uprising in 2018- For freedom, in the name of freedom, towards freedom 

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    Saturday, February 10, 2018, on the anniversary of the anti-monarchic revolution on February 11, 1979, and in the wake of the Iranian people’s uprising, December 28, 2017 – mid-January 2018, Maryam Rajavi addressed a meeting entitled, “Iran Uprising, Iranian Youths for Regime Change.”

    Maryam Rajavi: From 1979 Revolution to the Uprising in 2018- For freedom, in the name of freedom, towards freedom

    She said in her remarks:

    Fellow compatriots, young protesters,
    On the anniversary of the 1979 Revolution, I salute the people and youths who overthrew the Shah’s dictatorship and the youths who have risen up today to overthrow the mullahs’ dictatorship.

    The 1979 Revolution was for freedom and democracy in Iran but Khomeini hijacked its leadership and drenched it in blood. So, I salute the brave souls who have risen up today to liberate that revolution from the clutches of the mullahs’ religious dictatorship. They are determined to save the hijacked revolution of Iran even if it is from the wolf’s mouth.

    Let us commemorate the vanguard women and men whose sacrifice and vision created that glorious revolution. Thousands of salutes to Mohammad Hanifnejad, Saeed Mohsen, Ali-Asghar Badizadegan, Massoud Ahmadzadeh, Amir Parviz Pooyan and Bijan Jazani.

    The Shah’s monarchic dictatorship and his colonialist supporters staged a coup d’etat against our historic leader, Dr. Mohammad Mossadeq. The Shah’s dictatorship cracked down on liberation movements and slaughtered them. Group after group of the Mojahedin and Fedayeean were executed or sent to jail.

    I remember 1970s when the prisons of the Shah’s regime were full of political prisoners. Their families gathered several days a week outside prisons in various cities to visit their children and relatives. And I was among them. I went to visit my brother, Mahmoud. Political prisoners were under torture by the Shah’s secret police, SAVAK. This infuriated the public more and more every day. The society was under repression and people yearned freedom. With the Fedayeean and Mojahedin pioneering, the atmosphere of fear and terror was shattered and the wall of repression collapsed. In those days, universities were the hub of anti-shah movement. The protests and strikes increased by the day. Ultimately, under the pressure of public uprisings and demonstrations, the monarchic dictatorship was forced to release the last group of political prisoners. The last group was freed on January 20, 1979. Massoud Rajavi was accompanied by Moussa Khiabani, Ashraf Rajavi, and a number of other Mojahedin and Fedayeean.

    Nobody forgets that moment when Massoud appeared in the balcony of Qasr Prison and told the people: It was you and your uprising that has set us free.

    Again, I can remember that three days after his freedom, that was on January 24, 1979, Massoud Rajavi went to Tehran University. In his speech, he countered Khomeini and instead of defending the so-called Islamic Revolution which bore the aura of a dictatorship under the name of Islam, he clearly defended the Iranian people’s democratic revolution. This was the first time that we and our people were hearing the term, “democratic revolution.” In those days, it took a lot of courage to speak of a “democratic revolution,” because in those days, 40 years ago, there were some superstitions about seeing Khomeini’s image in the moon.
    In that very first speech, Massoud was explicit again, when he said, “The revolution has just begun. I have not come here to admire the spontaneous trend of events. I have not come to admire what is already there and just admire it. Let us take a moment and think about what there needs to be, namely freedom…”

    And again, it was there when he said, “Brothers and sisters, the Mojahedin did not sacrifice their lives to gain wealth or to reach high positions.” He emphasized that the sanctity of the word “freedom” ought to be preserved.

    On the dawn of freedom, Massoud said, “Is it possible to kill the sun? Is it possible to keep the wind from blowing or the rain from pouring? Is it possible to prevent tulips from growing? And is it possible to keep a nation enchained for good? No. One can never keep a nation forever in chains.”

    These are the unforgettable days and moments of that revolution. And of course, it is also a true description of the story of the people of Iran, today.
    By executing the Mojahedin and Fedayeen, the Shah had prepared the best circumstances for Khomeini to hijack the leadership of the revolution. So, he diverted its path towards fundamentalism and tyranny.

    The next year, Khomeini had the Velayat-e Faqih Constitution approved. In this way, he established the rule of the mullahs instead of the people. A few years later, he established the absolute rule of the Velayat-e Faqih, or the absolute, unconditional authority of the mullahs. While our people had never asked for such an ominous regime in their uprisings.

    Khomeini executed most of the activists of the 1978-1979 uprisings. The youths and teenagers who created the 1979 Revolution were executed in 1980s and in the 1988 massacre. The young souls massacred in 1988, were mostly those who had led the 1979 Revolution to victory. Khomeini was the enemy of the Iranian people’s aspirations and their revolution. He was the enemy of Mossadeq and the Constitutional Revolution. He was a descendent of Sheikh Fadhlollah and mullah Kashani and his accomplice in the 1953 coup. Khomeini and Khamenei’s record could be summarized in five words: Slaughter, plunder, destruction, export of fundamentalism and terrorism under the name of revolution, and misogyny which is the most prominent feature of the regime. The entire history of Velayat-e Faqih is summarized in these five words.
    The people of Iran have never been content with this regime; they have never succumbed to it, and they have never given up their dream of freedom and popular sovereignty.

    Where can we see this endurance and resistance? In the Iranian people’s historic “NO” to the religious dictatorship. In the Mojahedin (PMOI), the National Liberation Army (NLA), and their perseverance against regional and international conspiracies. In the democratic alternative, i.e. the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), in the countless number of uprisings throughout Iran, and in the profound awareness in the Iranian society.

    This awareness can be particularly seen in the popularity of the notion of equality among Iranian youths. This is the Iranian society’s most important achievement in resisting against a misogynous regime. In any scenario, Iran’s future will be founded on the equality of women and men.

    The Iranian society’s awareness could be seen in its public embrace of the principle of separation of religion and state. This principle was adopted along with a specific plan by the National Council of Resistance of Iran in 1985.

    This deep social awareness can be seen in the failure of fundamentalism. You can see that the slogan chanted in Iran uprisings was “death to the principle of Velayat-e Faqih.”
    And finally, the most important symbol of Iranian society’s awareness and maturity appears in the endurance of a democratic alternative, namely, the National Council of Resistance, and more specifically in the element of leadership that has shown the way and direction for the uprising.

    The uprising which started on December 28, 2017, is a manifestation of all the above values. So the big news is that the religious fundamentalism which was born in 1979 in Iran, died in the 2018 uprisings.

    Young protesters seeking regime change,
    Brave young women and men of Iran,
    You started the overthrow of the mullahs in your uprisings in late December and early January. This was an auspicious beginning. Khamenei and his Revolutionary Guard Corps had blocked all the roads on you, but your determination was able to overcome them.

    Therefore, you should have faith in the continuation of the uprisings. This movement has been made of your sufferings and the sacrifices of your comrades. This movement has been made of the bleeding hearts of tens of millions of Iranians. This movement is not going to stop because the circumstances that created it, still persist. Just as you, the courageous youths of Iran, are going to continue it with your presence in every scene.

    Dear friends,
    Three essential elements were involved in creating the uprising. The same three elements provide the potential for the extension of the protests:
    First, an accumulated and explosive discontent; second, a general change in the international atmosphere against the regime and formation of a regional coalition against the regime’s fundamentalist meddling and warmongering; and the third significant factor is the presence of the People’s Mojahedin and the Iranian Resistance and their leading role.
    Let me explain the three elements a bit more:

    First of all, the society is replete with fury and hatred against this regime. The wall of fear has suffered cracks. And the arrests of at least 8,000 people have not undermined the popular resolve in continuing the uprising.

    The Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) and the Bassij have been demoralized. Everything is prepared for the uprisings to extend and expand; look at the incessant strikes and protests by workers and other toiling sectors. Look at the student protests. Indeed, what is the message of these growing protests? These cries are getting louder every day. The cries for freedom, the cries for rising up and the cries that say I seek the regime’s overthrow.

    We hail all those who have risen up, particularly our sister and brother workers. In 1979, the honorable oil workers of Iran brought the Shah’s regime to its knees with their major strike. Today, too, the cries of workers resonate across the country. They are an important part of the uprising and the movement for the overthrow of the regime in Iran. Our salutes to the workers and toilers of Iran.

    The protests of our compatriots who have been cheated by fraudulent financial firms also continue. They protest against the mullahs’ unbounded corruption and thieving. A couple of days ago, Khamenei said, “Corruption is like the seven-headed dragon in the myths.” Yes, the clerical regime’s corruption is a seven-headed dragon. But the dragon’s main head is in the house of Khamenei.

    Dear friends, 
    The second element contributing to the continuation of the uprisings is the change in international politics.
    Khamenei had always and particularly in the past 16 years benefitted the most, from the US policy. If the previous US administrations had not repeatedly opened the doors on Khamenei and the clerical regime, if they had not remained silent, the Iranian regime could not make such destructive interventions in Iraq and Syria. It could not receive concessions through disarmament, encirclement and bombardment of the PMOI and the NLA.

    Today, however, Khamenei has lost the backing it received through US appeasement.
    So, contrary to the past, the Iranian people’s resolve for rising up and attacking the regime will no longer face any foreign barrier.
    And the third element is the active presence of the PMOI and Iranian Resistance. Fortunately, their leading role provided a new direction for the movement. This is the significant factor that shows the way, directs and protects from diversion. This is the element that leads, guides and ensures that the uprising carries on. This element demonstrated itself in the recent uprisings in the role played by 1000 bastions of rebellion and 1000 Ashraf’s.

    The more these bastions of rebellion are multiplied, the more power your uprising will have. Indeed, what are the conditions for the formation and expansion of such bastions?

    One of the conditions is the popular discontent and potential for rebellion accumulated in every Iranian city and village; another is the lasting memory of martyrs and victims of the regime’s massacres.
    Tuyserkan was the scene of one of the most intense clashes during the uprising. Do you know what is special about this city? It is the place where a number of Mojahedin prisoners were hanged in the streets before the public’s eyes in 1988. Today, that city has turned into a hub of protests.

    As the Iranian Resistance Leader Massoud Rajavi said in one of his messages to the protesters, “We are stronger than death, executions and massacres. Whenever we are reaped, we grow again with even more crops. We rise up and continue our struggle to uproot the foundations of the enemy which is the principle of the Velayat-e Faqih.”

    My daughters and sons across Iran,
    There is another thing I would like to remind each and every one of you. And that is your responsibility. You should consider the continuation and expansion of the uprising as your own responsibility. Two years ago, in the annual gathering of the Iranian Resistance, I said, “To achieve a free and just republic, we do not expect any miracles to happen. Nor do we expect any coincidental or chance occurrences in our favor. Our entire asset is the Iranian nation and its vanguard children. And this is indeed the greatest power in the world. So, we must expect everything to be achieved with our own hands and through our own determination. This is why we must establish 1,000 Ashrafs.”

    And today, what I want to tell you, courageous youths, is that when you organize, you will have a significant impact. Many of you have had an active role in multiplying one, two, three, 100 and 1000 Ashrafs. These bastions are capable of creating the uprising and are the best help to the protesters. You can build more bastions and organize the uprising.

    You can set up these bastions and these councils of resistance in every high school, university, factory, office and neighborhood.
    Likewise, you can give assistance to the families of prisoners and martyrs of the uprising as local groups or individually. You can pass on your experiences in the uprising and its guidelines to everyone.
    The uprising, and its continuation and expansion, place numerous duties and responsibilities on the shoulders of every single one of you. Surely, each of you can undertake part of these duties.

    Women, youths, workers, toilers and deprived masses,
    You have an enormous, explosive potential against the religious dictatorship. Your role at the forefront cannot be replaced by anyone. You should get involved with full force to expand and carry on the uprisings, overthrow this regime and establish freedom.

    I would also like to stress that you should not heed talks about IRGC being powerful. They are powerful only when there are no protests and no uprising. Their power is realized when everyone surrenders. But when every one of you undertakes a role in the advancement of the uprising, they become crippled.

    From here, I call on every one who has been employed by the suppressive forces and particularly the Revolutionary Guard Corps and Bassij, to defy these criminal forces and refuse the shame of serving them. Poverty and destitution are a thousand times better than receiving the wages and salaries paid by murderers and torturers. Separate your ranks from those of executioners who killed the deprived youths of Izeh, Doroud and Arak.

    I am also addressing the personnel of the Army and the State Security Force. You should refuse every form of cooperation with the criminal IRGC. Do not let the mullahs take advantage of you in spilling the blood of Iran’s children.

    And finally, I would like to tell you, the courageous youths of Iran, to remember that young people in your age have repeatedly shaken the rule of dictators in the past several decades. Mehdi Rezaii was only 20 years old when he put the Shah on trial in a military court. Fatemeh Mesbah, Daryoush Salahshour, Massoud Shakiba Nejad and Homeira Eshraq terrified the regime time and again in 1981. And in recent years, Saba Haftbaradarn, Assiyeh Rakhshani, Faezeh Rajabi, Nastaran Azimi, Hanif Imami, Siavosh Nezam, Saeed Akhavan, Rahman Mannani, and other heroes and heroines who fueled the flames of perseverance in Ashraf against Khamenei and his mercenaries. Every one of them proved this brilliant message that, “one can and must.”

    By your uprisings, your generation has also become a de facto symbol of this very message. You showed that we can and must rise up under the most repressive conditions. You proved that we can and must set up bastions of rebellion. And surely, you will prove again that we can and must overthrow the clerical regime and establish freedom and popular sovereignty in our homeland.

    Now, I would like to have a few words with the youth who are present here.
    You have important duties with regards to the uprising that erupted in our country. Certainly, if you were in Iran and wherever you lived, you would have been among the forces of the uprising. So, what is important is that everyone sees him/herself responsible, regardless of where they are. It is enough to be concerned about the uprising and the protesters. Then you can see that there are so many things you can do. And you can have a serious share in supporting and advancing this uprising. Yes, all of you can and must.

    Fellow compatriots,
    The recent uprising proved that the Iranian people will not be satisfied by anything less than the overthrow of the clerical regime and establishment of freedom. Participation of women and youths at the forefront of the protests guarantees their continuation.

    Iranian women have been subjected to systematic suppression and humiliation for 39 years. The compulsory veil and all forms of intolerable oppression and harassment imposed on Iranian women give them the strongest motivation in their struggle to bring down the mullahs’ regime. They have never surrendered to the various forms of repression, the mandatory veil and other forms of coercion.

    Since the beginning of Khomeini’s rule, the PMOI women rose up to oppose the compulsory veil and actively participated in the protest demonstrations of their sisters in Tehran.
    I would like to emphasize on the demands I mentioned two weeks ago in meetings at the Council of Europe, namely the immediate release of all prisoners of the uprising, freedom of speech and assembly, abolition of women’s suppression and the compulsory veil, right now.

    We have always said this and I repeat: no to compulsory religion, no to religious compulsion, no to the compulsory veil and no to compulsory government. The time has come to put an end to these coercions.

    Iran’s people and protestors are determined to establish a republic based on freedom and democracy.
    They are determined to overthrow the mullahs’ religious tyranny.
    They have decided to do away with the Velayat-e Faqih Constitution and replace it with a Constitution based on freedom, equality and democracy.

    They have decided to topple the Revolutionary Guard Corps and the Bassij. They want to invest in the country’s education, health, sports, social welfare, jobs and economy instead of investing in nuclear programs and other weapons of mass destruction.

    This is our road map and the first step in this road is the overthrow of the clerical regime in its entirety.
    This is our road map in the name of freedom, for freedom and towards freedom.
    The dawn of freedom for Iran and all Iranians is imminent.

    Hail to the protesters and the protests of the people of Iran
    Hail to the martyrs
    And God bless you all

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    • bluemoone 12:06 am on 12 Feb 2018 Permalink

      Your documenting of this monumentally iconic event will be the truth in history books. I hope our not-so-distant future finds us tyrant-free, but if it doesn’t, your words will be the truth that incinerates their lies.

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    • Masoud Dalvand 9:07 pm on 12 Feb 2018 Permalink

      Thanks Danielle, you’re right, Definitely in the evolution of society, reactionary forces will be eliminated. The evolutionary chariot in our era will be guided by leading and knowledgeable women until a definitive victory is achieved. Good luck my friend.

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  • Masoud Dalvand 7:50 am on 31 Jul 2017 Permalink | Reply
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    MEK’s popularity among Iranian youth, regime’s nightmare 

    Free Iran Rally in Paris 1 July 2017

    By: Jubin Katiraie

    For many associated with the Iranian lobby and appeasers of the clerical regime in Tehran, the best way to prop up the regime is to discredit any alternative options presented to the international community. In addition, the lobby and appeasers continue to stress that regime change will lead to war. As an example, they point to the struggles of the Iraq government since the removal of Saddam by the U.S. and its allies.

    However, history teaches us that any regime’s existence is limited when it begins with a violent upheaval. The current Iranian regime was born out of a revolution to end the rule of the Shah, but that revolution’s goal was to create a secular, pluralistic, and democratic Iran. However, the mullahs hijacked the revolution, creating a theocracy and suppressing any alternative political voices, including the MEK/PMOI.

    Instead, to consolidate their power, the Iranian regime has relied on the typical tools of oppression, including the creation of a paramilitary and judiciary system that touches every section of Iranian society. The regime, using its lobby and appeasers, have been quick in attacking any publication or personalities that dare to speak up about the quest of the Iranian people to achieve their original dream of a democratic Iran.

    Anyone who dares to talk about “regime change” is targeted for repressive measures. The MEK/PMOI have been high on the regime’s list, since the MEK/PMOI are the most dedicated and organized opposition with extensive routes and support at home, with the ability to materialize regime change.

    The people’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) has been the subject of propaganda campaigns by the Iranian Ministry of Intelligence and Security (MOIS) at home and by regime lobbies and appeasers throughout the international community. This campaign is focused on discrediting the MEK/PMOI, by saying there is no democratic alternative to the Iranian regime and that regime change will result in war and increased instability within the region.

    But why is the MEK/PMOI being targeted so directly? The MEK/PMOI is the oldest, largest, and most popular resistance movement within Iran. They form the core of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), which is a coalition of opposition groups from all sectors of Iran. The PMOI/MEK was founded in September 1965 by three Iranian engineers who wanted to replace the Shah’s dictatorship with a democracy.

    It is this continued support of democracy that has kept the MEK/PMOI so popular among Iranians. The MEK/PMOI believes that Islam is inherently tolerant and democratic, and fully compatible with the values of modern-day civilization. This vision is the cure to the current spread of extremism, which can be traced back to Iran and its mullahs. Yet, during the time of upheaval after the revolution, the MEK/PMOI leaders witnessed Ayatollah Khomeini’s hijacking of the revolution to create his theocracy.

    Khomeini’s response to the efforts of the MEK/PMOI to stop the rise of this theocracy was brutal repression throughout the 1980s, including the massacre of some 30,000 political prisoners who were primarily members or supporters of the MEK/PMOI. Despite the escalation of attacks by the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) throughout the years, the MEK/PMOI has never stopped promoting a pro-democracy vision of Iran. These actions demonstrated that the regime would only hold power by using brutality and repression to keep the Iranian people under their control.

    Despite this, the MEK/PMOI has continued to receive support and demonstrations held throughout Iran show that the Iranian people are not cowed by the regime, but still believe in a free Iran.

    In the recent 2017 election, hundreds of video clips and photos of banners and placards hanging from pathways and auto routes on billboards, were published on Telegram and YouTube channels, showcasing the vast magnitude of the activities of those who support the MEK/PMOI. The slogan, “My vote is regime change”, echoed throughout the country.

    The regime’s election was therefore quickly ended in the first round to avoid further opportunities for protest. Yet, internally, the regime is suffering from deep divisions about how to ensure its survival, as the domestic unrest continues to grow.

    Dr. Rafizadeh, a leading Iranian-American political scientist, president of the International American Council on the Middle East, and best-selling author in an opinion piece in Huffington post publishing 8 video clips of MEK activities inside Iran, wrote: “The activists of the network of the Iranian opposition movement, the National Council of Resistance of Iran and its group the Mujahedin-e Khalq (MEK), inside Iran have been engaged in an extensive campaign nationwide, calling on Iranians to boycott the elections. Finally, from my perspective, it is critical to point out that Iranian leaders fear the soft power of oppositional groups more than the military and hard power of foreign governments. That is why Iranian leaders and media outlets normally react forcefully and anxiously to activities by the opposition such as the recent critical move, where Senator John McCain (R-AZ), Chair of the Senate Armed Services Committee, recently met with Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, the President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) in Tirana, Albania. Iran’s oppositional groups can be a very powerful tool to counterbalance the Islamic Republic.”

    This support has not gone unnoticed by the regime, whose leadership has continued to try to clamp down on the MEK/PMOI by blocking access to the internet and monitoring social media posts and clips. They have also tried to block the MEK/PMOI Telegram website and associated channels, only to be rejected each time.

    In addition to using blunt force on people, the regime invests heavily in the massive propaganda effort it mobilizes through state-controlled media and via its lobbies and paid agents abroad, in order to discourage more support for the MEK, which is the main drive for regime change in Iran. The extent of the anti MEK propaganda has increased particularly after the July 1, 2017 gathering in Paris, which had a clear message, “Regime change in Iran is within reach.” Some 100,000 Iranian diaspora and supporters of MEK gave energy to it.

    This is why it serves the regime’s purposes to continually dangle the threat of war over the heads of its people. It also helps the Iran lobby’s PR efforts to cast Iran like some poor, defenseless nation under threat by the big bad U.S. and its allies, such as Saudi Arabia or the Iranian resistance movement, the MEK/PMOI.

    Trita Parsi, the head of the National Iranian American Council and staunch advocate for the Iranian regime, appeared on Bloomberg to beat the war drum again, as well as attacking the Trump administration for not living up to the Iran nuclear deal, even though Secretary of State Rex Tillerson announced the renewal of the compliance certification for another 90 days.

    But the Trump administration also is asserting that Iranian regime’s development of ballistic missiles; support of terrorism and militancy; complicity in atrocities by the government of Syrian dictator, Bashar Assad; cyberattacks on the U.S.; and other actions “severely undermine the intent” of the nuclear accord and support additional sanctions as a response to these actions.

    The real threat to the Iranian regime though lies not within sanctions, but in the simple acts of defiance that the Iranian people undertake themselves such as the hanging of banners on Tehran’s overpasses bearing the image of MEK/PMOI leader Mrs. Maryam Rajavi; an act punishable by death if the perpetrators were caught.

    The regime is also threatened by every protest over low wages or unsafe working conditions. In many ways large and small, the process of regime change can happen slowly, methodically, and inexorably.

    Mrs. Rajavi, in a recent speech at the annual gathering of the Iranian resistance movement and supporters of MEK/PMOI, opined that the movement did not require outside assistance from governments, such as the U.S., to succeed. It only needed the recognition by such governments to be empowered to bring about peaceful regime change and give birth to a democratic Iran.

    More about the People’s Mojahdin Organization of Iran (PMOI/ MEK)

    The People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (Also known as MEK, or Mujahedin-e-Khalq / Mujahedeen-e-Khalq), was founded on September 6, 1965, by Mohammad Hanifnejad, Saeed Mohsen, and Ali-Asghar Badizadgan. All engineers, they had earlier been members of the Freedom Movement (also known as the Liberation Movement), created by Medhi Bazargan in May 1961.1

    The MEK’s quest culminated in a true interpretation of Islam, which is inherently tolerant and democratic, and fully compatible with the values of modern-day civilization. It took six years for the MEK to formulate its view of Islam and develop a strategy to replace Iran’s dictatorial monarchy with a democratic government.

    MEK’s interpretation of Islam

    The theocratic mullah regime in Iran believe interpreting Islam is their exclusive domain. The MEK reject this view and the cleric’s reactionary vision of Islam. The MEK’s comprehensive interpretation of Islam proved to be more persuasive and appealing to the Iranian youth.

    MEK’s founders and new members studied the various schools of thought, the Iranian history and those of other countries, enabling them to analyze other philosophies and ideologies with considerable knowledge and to present their own ideology, based on Islam, as the answer to Iran’s problems.

    MEK’s leadership’s arrest during the 70s.

    The Shah’s notorious secret police, SAVAK, arrested all MEK leaders and most of its member’s in1971. On May 1972, the founders of the MEK, Mohammad Hanifnejad , Saeed Mohsen and Ali Asghar Badizadegan, along with two members of the MEK leadership, Mahmoud Askarizadeh and Rasoul Meshkinfam, were put before death squads and were executed after long months of imprisonment and torture. They were the true vanguards, who stood against the dictatorial regime of Shah. However, they are also recognized for their opposition to what is today known as Islamic fundamentalism.

    The death sentence of Massoud Rajavi, a member of MEK’s central committee, was commuted to life imprisonment as a result of an international campaign by his Geneva based brother, Dr. Kazem Rajavi (assassinated in April 1990 in Geneva by mullahs’ agents) and the personal intervention of the French President Georges Pompidou and Francois Mitterrand. He was the only survivor of the MEK original leadership.

    Massoud Rajavi’s critical role in characterizing religious extremism

    From 1975 to 1979, while incarcerated in different prisons, Massoud Rajavi led the MEK’s struggle while constantly under torture for his leading position.

    Massoud Rajavi stressed the need to continue the struggle against the shah’s dictatorship. At the same time, he characterized religious fanaticism as the primary internal threat to the popular opposition, and warned against the emergence and growth of religious fanaticism and autocracy. He also played a crucial role when some splinter used the vacuum in the MEK leadership who were all executed or imprisoned at the time, to claim a change of ideology and policy. Massoud Rajavi as the MEK leader condemn these individual’s misuse of MEK’s name while continuing to stress the struggle against dictatorship. His efforts while still in prison forced these individuals to no longer operating under the name of MEK and adopting a different name for their group. These positions remained the MEK’s manifesto until the overthrow of the shah’s regime.

    Release of Political Prisoners on the last days of the Shah

    A month before the 1979 revolution in Iran, the Shah was forced to flee Iran, never to return. All democratic opposition leaders had by then either been executed by the Shah’s SAVAK or imprisoned, and could exert little influence on the trend of events. Khomeini and his network of mullahs across the country, who had by and large been spared the wrath of SAVAK, were the only force that remained unharmed and could take advantage of the political vacuum. In France, Khomeini received maximum exposure to the world media. With the aid of his clerical followers, he hijacked a revolution that began with calls for democracy and freedom and diverted it towards his fundamentalist goals. Through an exceptional combination of historical events, Shiite clerics assumed power in Iran.

    Khomeini’s gradual crackdown on MEK in fear of their popular support

    In internal discourses, Rajavi the remaining leader of the MEK, argued that Khomeini represented the reactionary sector of society and preached religious fascism. Later, in the early days after the 1979 revolution, the mullahs, specifically Rafsanjani, pointed to these statements in inciting the hezbollahi club-wielders to attack the MEK.

    Following the revolution, the MEK became Iran’s largest organized political party. It had hundreds of thousands of members who operated from MEK offices all over the country. MEK publication, ‘Mojahed’ was circulated in 500,000 copies.

    Khomeini set up an Assembly of Experts comprised of sixty of his closest mullahs and loyalists to ratify the principle of velayat-e faqih (absolute supremacy of clerical rule) as a pillar of the Constitution. The MEK launched a nationwide campaign in opposition to this move, which enjoyed enormous popular support. Subsequently, the MEK refused to approve the new constitution based on the concept of velayat-e faqih, while stressing its observance of the law of the country to deny the mullahs any excuse for further suppression of MEK supporters who were regularly targeted by the regime’s official and unofficial thugs.

    Khomeini sanctioned the occupation of the United States embassy in 1979 in order to create an anti-American frenzy, which facilitated the holding of a referendum to approve his Constitution, which the MEK rejected.

    MEK’s endeavors to participate in the political process avoiding an unwanted conflict with government repressive forces

    The MEK actively participated in the political process, fielding candidates for the parliamentary and presidential elections. The MEK also entered avidly into the national debate on the structure of the new Islamic regime, though was unsuccessful in seeking an elected constituent assembly to draft a constitution.

    The MEK similarly made an attempt at political participation when [then] Massoud Rajavi ran for the presidency in January 1980. MEK’s leader was forced to withdraw when Khomeini ruled that only candidates who had supported the constitution in the December referendum — which the MEK had boycotted- were eligible. Rajavi’s withdrawal statement emphasized the MEK’s efforts to conform to election regulations and reiterated the MEK’s intention to advance its political aims within the new legal system”. (Unclassified report on the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran(PMOI/ MEK) by the Department of State to the United States House of Representatives, December 1984.)

    However, the MEK soon found itself in a direct struggle against the forces of the regime’s Supreme leader. The MEK’s differences with Khomeini dated back to the 1970s, and stem from its opposition to what is known today as Islamic extremism. Angry at the position taken by the MEK against his regime and worried about the MEK’s growing popularity, Khomeini ordered a brutal crackdown against the MEK and its supporters. Between 1979 and 1981, some 70 MEK members and sympathizers were killed and several thousand more were imprisoned by the Iranian regime.

    June 20, 1981- Khomeini’s order to open fire on peaceful demonstration of half-a-million supporters of MEK

    The turning point came on 20th June 1981, when the MEK called a demonstration to protest at the regime’s crackdown, and to call for political freedom which half-a-million supporters participated at. Khomeini ordered the Revolutionary Guards to open fire on the swelling crowd, fearing that without absolute repression the democratic opposition (MEK) would force him to engage in serious reforms — an anathema as far as he was concerned; he ordered the mass and summary executions of those arrested.

    Since then, MEK activists have been the prime victims of human rights violations in Iran. Over 120,000 of its members and supporters have been executed by the Iranian regime, 30,000 of which, were executed in a few months in the summer of 1988, on a direct fatwa by Khomeini, which stated any prisoners who remain loyal to the MEK must be executed.

    Having been denied its fundamental rights and having come under extensive attack at the time that millions of its members, supporters and sympathizers had no protection against the brutal onslaught of the Iranian regime, the MEK had no choice but to resist against the mullahs’ reign of terror.

    “Towards the end of 1981, many of the members of the MEK and supporters went into exile. Their principal refuge was in France. But in 1986, after negotiations between the French and the Iranian authorities, the French government effectively treated them as undesirable aliens, and the leadership of the MEK with several thousand followers relocated to Iraq.” (Judgment of the Proscribed Organizations Appeal Commission, November 30, 2007.)

    MEK Today

    The MEK today is the oldest and largest anti-fundamentalist Muslim group in the Middle East. It has been active for more than a half century, battling two dictatorships and a wide range of issues. The MEK supports:

    • Universal suffrage as the sole criterion for legitimacy

    • Pluralistic system of governance

    • Respect for individual freedoms

    • Ban on the death penalty

    • Separation of religion and state

    • Full gender equality

    • Equal participation of women in political leadership. MEK is actually led by its central committee consist of 1000 women.

    • Modern judicial system that emphasizes the principle of innocence, a right to a defense, and due process

    • Free markets

    • Relations with all countries in the world

    • Commitment to a non-nuclear Iran

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

    Source: http://irannewsupdate.com/blog/4038-mek-pmoi-s-popularity-among-iranian-youth-regime-s-nightmare-contrary-to-iran-lobby-claims-regime-change-does-not-end-in-war.html

    Originally published at iranarabspring.wordpress.com on July 30, 2017.

     
    • nathalierobisco 8:28 am on 31 Jul 2017 Permalink

      Thanks for your post. Very interesting: in Western countries, people are not fully aware of the Revolution of 1979 and is consequences.

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    • Masoud Dalvand 10:05 am on 31 Jul 2017 Permalink

      Thank you dear Nathalie for your comment, yes indeed, your support is valuable for me, you are a great friend and supporter for me, thanks again and good luck my friend.

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