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2,000 repressive groups in northern Iran to confront social unrest

The Iranian regime is known for its crackdown on women and youth
The Iranian regime is known for its crackdown on women and youth

Analysis by PMOI/MEK


Iran, June 6, 2019 - The mullahs’ regime ruling Iran is intensifying its crackdown measures in Gilan Province, northern Iran, in order to confront social unrest. 2,000 groups have been established across the province to issue “verbal and physical” warnings to the locals.

“The Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) in Gilan Province, alongside the Basij and other forces, will be involved in measures aimed at “Promotion of virtue and prevention of vice,” said senior IRGC member Mohammad Abdullah-poor on Tuesday at a gathering of IRGC, Basij and other oppressive forces. “The issue of ‘chastity and hijab’ (attire rules) are no ordinary matters. In fact, they are considered political and security dossiers for the country… The enemy is focusing on encouraging our people into a Western lifestyle.”

The commander of the IRGC branch in Gilan Province claimed “bad hijab” or mal-veiling warnings have been issued in more than 28,000 cases across the province. He also said the IRGC Basij have dispatched “around 22,000 people in Gilan’s neighborhoods” in their weekly patrols.

These remarks shed further light on the scope of crackdown imposed on the Iranian people by the mullahs’ regime. This also indicates how the ruling regime is deeply concerned with daily protests evolving into a new nationwide uprising across the country.




The year 2018 began in Iran with a nationwide uprising that lasted more than two weeks and encompassed all 31 provinces of Iran, spreading to more than 142 cities.

This uprising was a turning point in the 40-year struggle against the tyrannical rule of the mullahs in Iran. The clerical regime tried to prevent the spread of popular uprisings through suppression.




But now, a year after the great uprising of the people of Iran, we are witnessing its continuation all across the country. Popular protests have spread to all segments of Iranian society. The extension of the uprisings is a testament to the fact that the regime is not capable of solving the slightest problems of Iran's society. To extend its rule, the regime relies on suppression, killing, and execution.

This turning point showed that the regime has become much weaker and that there is no return to the conditions before the uprising; the regime cannot eliminate the factors that led to the uprising, as people chanted: “Hardliners, reformists, the game is over," and as the policy of appeasement proved to be a failed approach.

The dire economic conditions caused by the corruption of the ruling mullahs have plunged the lives of the majority of the Iranians under the line of poverty and prodded them towards protests.

The continuation of the popular protests and uprising in 2018

In addition to January 2018 uprising, Iran has witnessed four other series of uprisings:

1. The popular uprising in Kazerun in May 2018,

2. The popular uprising of Tehran in June 2018,

3. The popular uprising in Khuzestan in June and July of 2018

4. And the popular uprising of Karaj, Isfahan, Shiraz, Mashhad and other cities in August 2018.

The number of protests and uprisings in Iran in 2018 has doubled in comparison with the year 2017 and is encompassing all segments of the society: students, teachers, truckers, workers, farmers, defrauded customers of financial institutes affiliated with the regime and etc. These protests and uprisings will eventually overthrow the regime.


The activities of the Resistance Units have been a determining factor in the continuation of the protests and uprisings.

The resistance units rise from society and have a history of struggle behind them. So they cannot be eliminated and destroyed.

In 2018, the Resistance Units have been active across the country. Their activities include leading and supporting popular protests and uprisings and setting fire to the icons of suppression such as banners of regime founder Ruhollah Khomeini and regime supreme leader Ali Khamenei, as well as the headquarters of the suppressive forces of the regime.

These activities have broken the atmosphere of fear that the regime has tried to establish and has encouraged the people to continue their uprisings.

The regime admits to the role of Iranian opposition group People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) and Resistance Units in organizing, forming and continuing the resistance inside Iran

In his speech in January, Khamenei referred to the uprisings and said: “These were organized events. A triangle was active in this: the US and Zionists (planned it), a wealthy Persian Gulf country, and the (PMOI/MEK) that was ready from months before."

Fars news agency, affiliated with IRGC, wrote on August 5, 2018: “During the unrest of January 2018, Mojahedin seized the opportunities and recognized the capacities. Through Resistance Units, they ordered the operations to begin. These units consisted of two to five members of Mojahedin."

“The MEK and its levers, meaning the ‘Resistance Units’, armed with the slogan of ‘wait for the day that we take up arms’ are inspiring the young generation," said Zare’ee an IRGC commander on July 27, 2018.

The advisor of the regime’s armed forces’ cyberwar base said: “90% of the current strikes and the calls for it is the work of MEK. They have infiltrated all strata; the truckers and the bazaar merchants. They are guiding them." (Fars news agency- August 1, 2018)

In political analysis, the state-run Baharestaneh website wrote on August 28, 2018: “Today, MEK has infiltrated all associations: the truckers, bazaar merchants, defrauded customers of financial institutes, teachers, workers,…They work as leaders. They have organized Resistance Units which can both multiply and replace leaders in the scene."

Ghaboos Nameh database, affiliated with the regime, wrote on September 19, 2018: “The enemy uses your negligence and organizes the youths. As they put it, they form 'Resistance Units.'"

Gholam-Hossein Mohseni Ezhe’ee, a spokesperson for the regime's judiciary, said: “These days some people chant against the judiciary, government and the officials. Be careful! God forbid and beware of the presence of a MEK member among the crowd. The people will follow their lead."

Tabeen tactical think tank affiliated with the regime, December 30, 2018: “We must act seriously to confront the MEK. Their activities have seriously increased in recent months."