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Opposition supporters call for election boycott inside Iran

MEK supporters activities
MEK supporters activities

Reporting by PMOI/MEK

Iran, April 11, 2021—The campaign against the mullahs’ regime's sham presidential elections is spreading throughout Iran. In various cities across the country, people spread slogans such as “Boycotting the election sham is a patriotic duty,” “No to the sham elections,” and “Our vote is the overthrow of the mullahs’ regime, yes to a democratic republic.”

These activities were organized by the network of the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) inside Iran, the Resistance Units.

In recent days, the Resistance Units organized anti-regime activities in Tehran, Isfahan, Shiraz, Tabriz, Mashhad, Abadan, Yazd, Ahvaz, Karaj, Bandar Anzali, Khorramabad, Nishabur, Bukan, Kerman, Langroud, Zanjan, Bijar, Qazvin, and Saveh calling for the boycott of the upcoming sham elections.

In Tehran, Isfahan, Zanjan, Tabriz, Nishabur, Mashhad, and Saveh, the Resistance Units installed posters of Maryam Rajavi, the President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), and the Iranian Resistance leader Massoud Rajavi  while echoing the slogans, “Boycotting the election sham is a patriotic duty,” and “Democracy and freedom with Maryam Rajavi.”

Additionally, in other cities such as Bandar Anzali, Khorramabad, and Ahvaz, the Resistance Units took to graffiti spreading anti-regime slogans that targeted the regime’s supreme leader Ali Khamenei. “Our vote is for the overthrow of the mullahs’ regime, yes to a democratic republic,” “Iranians will not vote, no to selling off the country,” and “Down with Khamenei” their posters read in part.

The boycott of mullahs’ sham elections is not only the call of the Iranian opposition but the desire of the majority of Iranians. In recent days, various regime officials acknowledged that their first concern is the election turnout.

On March 21, Khamenei clearly expressed his fear for the election boycott, saying, “The enemy is saying that the elections have been “engineered,” “Your votes are of no consequence in improving the circumstances,” and “why would you tire yourselves participating in the elections?”

“But the nation should look at elections as a symbol of national unity, not as a symbol of division, discord, and polarity,” Khamenei added.

The presidential elections are approaching while the regime is confronted with deep internal and international crises and needs to gain legitimacy to maintain power. But due to harsh social, economic, and political situations, many Iranians are determined to boycott the elections.

Last week while protesting the regime’s corrupt economic policies, retirees, and pensioners in more than 24 cities checkered across Iran chanted, “We will not vote anymore, we’ve seen no justice.”

Also, during “Connection Hour,” a program run on the opposition television network INTV, various people called from across Iran to express their support for the campaign of the elections boycott.

“The regime has always tried to create the impression of national unity during the elections while the mullahs have destroyed everything in our country,” said Kourosh from Kurdistan. “Yes, we will participate, not in the elections, but to overthrow Khamenei.”

Many callers in the program called for an all-out boycott of the elections. Bahman from Varamin said, “I have never voted in all these years. Because the regime only seeks to maintain its power. I call on all my compatriots to just review the regime’s record of 42 years repression, we will gain nothing from this election.”