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Iran: MEK opposition, protests and U.S. foreign policy vis-à-vis Tehran’s mullahs

Ali Safavi from the NCRI
Ali Safavi from the NCRI



Aug 29, 2018 - The Iranian regime is facing an escalation of crises across the board, both inside the country and from abroad. Following the Dec/Jan uprising, protests have continued in many different cities, as witnessed again on Tuesday in Tehran, Ahvaz and Rasht.

In an interview with One America Network, Ali Safavi, a member of the Iranian opposition coalition, the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), sheds light on the opposition movement’s role inside the country ongoing protests throughout Iran and the foreign policy the Trump administration can take in regards to Tehran’s mullahs.

“Obviously, the protests that you see now are the continuation of the major nationwide uprisings that erupted back in December and January in 142 cities. The main reason is the fact that the Iranian regime has been unable to address the many demands of the Iranian people. The economy is on the verge of bankruptcy,” Safavi explained.

The Iranian people are now seeking regime change and the mullahs are fearful of this very savvy nation. Over 44 million people in Iran are active on the popular messaging app, Telegram, and becoming more informed about news from throughout the country and across the globe. This is breaking the barriers imposed by the mullahs’ regime and allowing dissidents to coordinate their anti-regime protests.

Iranian protesters are also very angry over the mullahs’ foreign policy of providing over $100 billion propping the Assad regime in Syria, hundreds of millions of dollars each year to fund the terrorist Lebanese Hezbollah group, financial and military assistance to sectarian Shiite militias in Iraq, Safavi explained, adding the importance of Washington vocally supporting the ongoing protests in Iran.

“To the extent that the [Trump] administration pursues a firm and decisive policy against the mullahs of Iran, I think that sends an encouraging signal to the people of Iran. If the Iranian people see on the international level there is support for their aspiration and that there is an attempt to deny the Iranian regime the means with which it suppresses its own people and foments chaos through the Middle East, they would be encouraged and they would be emboldened,” Safavi added.

The PMOI/MEK network inside Iran has been actively establishing “Resistance Units” and heavily focused on organizing these protests. Young men and women are leading the demonstrations against the regime, and literally connect the variety of opposition pockets together in the struggle against the mullahs.

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