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Iran: Regime concerns grow, crackdown continues and officials talk of MEK role

The November 2019 uprising
The November 2019 uprising

Analysis by PMOI/MEK

Iran, November 24, 2019—Despite a desperate effort to show their regime is in control of the status quo, the mullahs’ senior officials in Iran simply cannot cloak their concerns about the road ahead. The latest uprising spreading to at least 165 cities has made the end of the mullahs’ rule all the more closer. One after another, Iranian regime officials are voicing alarm over the unprecedented scope of this nationwide uprising.

In a piece published on Saturday, November 23, IRNA, the regime’s official news agency, cited the mullahs’ security experts in an interesting reflection of Tehran’s growing unease. “The city of Shiraz, alongside Tehran, Isfahan, Tabriz and Ahvaz were home to the most unrest related to the (MEK),” calm was restored “with the effort put in by our security and police forces” and “by arresting the main leaders of the current associated with the MEK… The massive amount of damages imposed on banks, gas stations and city infrastructure, the large number of clashes reported in various sites, and the planning to cripple the city of Shiraz by blocking vital roads and closing off Shiraz from the outside was very dangerous and far more expansive than other cities across the country.”



Ali Fadavi, deputy chief of the regime’s Revolutionary Guards (IRGC), inadvertently made it clear that the IRGC was involved in the crackdown against the uprising from day one. “On the first day, 28 provinces were dealing with such issues… for example, as I spoke with IRGC commanders in a variety of cities, in some cases the protests reminded some people of Operation Karbala-4… we were truly at war for 48 hours,” he said. The mullahs’ regime suffered 40,000 deaths in Operation Karbala-4 back in 1986 during the Iran-Iraq War.

Brigadier General Salar Abnush, head of the IRGC Basij paramilitary operations, added another interesting perspective. “There was a strange type of coordination established and they were merely waiting for a spark to destroy the entire country… the internet was shut down with delay. However, [the shutdown] did help disrupt the complex coordination and organized structure of these groups… this sedition was a new form of sedition entirely… as an individual on scene I believe only God saved us,” he said.

According to the regime’s state-run media, Alireza Adiani, the political-ideological head of the regime’s state police, described the latest uprising as “more complicated then the events witnessed in 1999, 2009 and December 2017/January 2018.” These protests engulfed “165 cities in 25 provinces in one day alone” resulting in “insecurity spread across 900 sites throughout the country.”



Rasul Falahati, representative of Iranian regime Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei in Gilan Province, northern Iran, and the Friday prayer imam in the city of Rasht, described the protesting youth as “the children of those executed PMOI/MEK members and supporters” and the “children of PMOI/MEK members in exile.”

Falahati is signaling the very movement providing a major threat for the mullah’s rule, referring to the over 120,000 MEK members executed and killed by mullahs’ regime, especially during the 1980s and the summer 1988 massacre when over 30,000 MEK members and supporters were sent to the gallows in a matter of a few months. This Khamenei is also mentioning exiled MEK members now continuing their struggle against the murderous mullahs’ regime, mainly stationed at Ashraf-3 near Tirana, the capital of Albania.

In their own words, senior Iranian regime officials are vividly expressing their major concerns about the powder keg circumstances inside Iran and the very movement constantly fueling this fire.