Reporting by PMOI/MEK
Iran, November 5, 2019—As the Iranian regime suffers setbacks on its nefarious policies in the Middle East and is faced with intensifying protests and uprisings in Iraq and Lebanon, various officials are expressing their fear of the current situation and the grim prospects the situation bears for their regime.
Among remarks made by Iranian officials, one common theme that recurs is their fear of the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK), the main opposition that has had a significant role in exposing the regime terrorism in the Middle East region and its crimes against the Iranian people. The MEK has been calling for regime change in Iran for four decades, and the mullahs ruling Iran consider the MEK as their nemesis.
Rahim Safavi, former commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC), said, “Isn’t it obvious who is supporting the MEK? Isn’t it the U.S. and some European countries? The U.S. removed the [MEK] form the terror list and designated the IRGC as a terrorist organization.”
In April, the U.S. State Department designated the IRGC as a terrorist entity. The IRGC has had a prominent role in spreading terrorism and fundamentalism in the Middle East region and is the main implement for the regime’s intervention and meddling in neighboring countries. In recent weeks, the IRGC has been deeply involved in murdering protesters in Iraq.
Gholamhossein Gheybparvar, the deputy commander of the IRGC, said, “Which regime is empowering the [MEK]? The [MEK] have killed thousands of our loved ones. Do we need any other reason to say why we won’t compromise with the U.S.?”
Gheybparvar’s comments come on the heels of remarks by Iranian regime supreme leader Ali Khamenei, who admitted that his regime is in a weak state and any negotiations with the U.S. will lead to its collapse.
Gheybparvar also commented on the role of the MEK in widespread protests in Iran on various occasions. “Have we forgotten the 1999 sedition in the university?” Gheybparvar said, referring to massive student protests that shook the regime. “Who came to the streets and claimed they want to stand against the Islamic revolution? Ten years later, they planned the 2009 sedition and the created martyrs like Neda Agha Soltan and they deceived many.” In 2009 widespread demonstrations erupted in Iran after rigged presidential elections.
“Who is it that is currently commuting across Iraq and Lebanon?” Gheybparvar said.
Gheybparvar’s comments are significant because the regime is currently wary of the explosive state of the Iranian society as protests continue in various cities over economic grievances and the suppression of freedoms. Iranian officials are afraid that the continuation of protests in Iraq, Iran’s western neighbor, will reignite uprisings in Iran. Iranian officials, including Khamenei, have repeatedly warned that losing their grip in countries in Iraq and Syria will result in a backlash in Iran.