Reporting by PMOI/MEK
Iran, September 20, 2020—Despite recent arrests of families and supporters of the Iranian opposition People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) in cities checkered across the country, Iranian Resistance Units, the internal network of the MEK, continued to expand its activities across Iran.
In recent days the Units organized various anti-regime activities across Iran protesting the regime’s repression and hailing Navid Afkari, the executed 27-year-old wrestling champion, as a national hero.
Resistance Units members also took to graffiti and spread anti-regime slogans in cities such as Tehran, Isfahan, Shiraz, Mashhad, Shahr-e Quds, Sardasht, Bandar Anzali, Ardabil, Behbahan, Arak, Torbat Jam, Sanandaj, Gorgan, Kermanshah, Bushehr, Rasht, Hamadan, Lahijan, Khorramabad, Ahvaz, and Sabzevar.
Their slogans read:
“The people of Iran and their brave youth will not remain silent following the cowardly execution of this courageous son of Shiraz,” referring to Navid Afkari’s hometown.
“The execution of Navid Afkari will only add fuel to the flames of the Iranian people’s uprising”
“Down with Khamenei!”
“The Supreme Leader’s end is near”
“Political prisoners must be freed!”
“We will overthrow the regime despite their executions”
“The gallows are a medal of honor for Navid Afkari”
“We will avenge Navid’s execution”
“We will continue Navid’s path”
“Navid lives in us and we will rise up against the regime”
“The only solution to prevent executions of more youth like Navid is to revolt and protest”
“The only path to freedom is to revolt and protest; Down with Khamenei, hail to Rajavi!”
These activities, portraying the readiness of the Iranian society for change and organized capability of the MEK inside Iran, are inspirational for millions of Iranians living under the mullahs’ crackdown.
Since 2018, Iran has faced five nationwide uprisings seeking to overthrow the mullahs’ regime. According to many regime officials, including Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, the MEK and its Resistance Units are a key element of continued social protests.
Iranians outraged following Navid Afkari’s execution
In recent days, following the execution of Navid Afkari and more death sentences issued for other political prisoners, Iranian youth have been targeting the regime’s suppressive centers and judiciary offices in various cities.
On Saturday, September 19, the Province Judiciary office in Isfahan was torched by defiant youths. Also, in previous days, images of Khamenei and judiciary chief Ebrahim Raisi were torched in the cities of Shar-e Ray, Eslamshahr (Tehran), Rasht and Isfahan. Raisi is known for his role in the 1988 massacre of over 30,000 political prisoners, comprising of mostly MEK members and supporters. This horrific crime against humanity has been described as the largest massacre and genocide after World War II.
990629-September 19, 2020-Rebellious Youth Trget Isfahan Province 3Rd District Of Judiciary Office After The Execution Of Iranian Champion Navid Afkari
September 16, 2020-Rebellious Youth Torch Posters Of Ali Khamenei
Simultaneously two IRGC Basij bases were targeted by the brave and rebellious youths in the cities of Ivanaki (Semnan) and Sanandaj. The Basij are the most hated suppressive paramilitary force inside Iran and a subsidiary of the terrorist-designated Revolutionary Guards (IRGC). Its main role is to preserve the mullahs’ rule through the crackdown of protests and demonstrations, such as the November 2019 nationwide uprising.
990627-September 17, 2020-Rebellious Youth Torch Irgc Basij Base Entrance
Also in Ivanaki, a center focused on promoting the mullahs’ fundamentalism was targeted by defiant youths. These widely hated sites are used by the regime to promote propaganda and boost suppressive measures against the population.