Reporting by PMOI/MEK
From Tuesday September 1, to Friday September 4, the Resistance Units organized, which are the network of MEK inside Iran, held various activities across Iran hailing MEK’s 56 years of struggle for freedom against two dictatorships of the monarchy of the Shah and Khomeini’s theocracy.
They installed banners, handwritten posters, and took to graffiti with the slogans of the Iranian Resistance Leader Massoud Rajavi and Maryam Rajavi, the president-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), the coalition of Iranian opposition forces to which the PMOI/MEK belongs.
Throughout their activities, the Resistance Units also condemned the recently issued death sentences against arrested protesters, including Navid Afkari, a 27-year old wrestling champion of Iran who has been sentenced to death for taking part in the August 2018 protests in Fars province. Their slogans read: “No to execution, political prisoners must be freed,” and “The regime cannot maintain its rule by executing sports champions.”
The members of the Resistance Units also paid tribute to 1,500 martyrs of the November 2019 nationwide uprising who were killed by the Revolutionary Guard (IRCG) forces, by placing flowers alongside their pictures and renewing their pledge to continue their path.
In the same period, defiant Iranian youths bravely targeted the regime’s suppressive centers, portraying the explosive state of Iran’s society. In Behshahr an IRGC Basij base was torched by the rebellious youths. The Basij are the most hated suppressive paramilitary force inside Iran and a subsidiary of the terrorist designated IRGC. Its main role is to preserve the mullahs’ regime through the crackdown of protests and demonstrations, such as the November 2019 nationwide uprising.
Rebellious Youth Set Fire To An Irgc Basij Base
55 years of struggle and sacrifice for freedom
The MEK was founded on September 6, 1965, by three Iranian intellectuals, Mohammad Hanifnejad, Saeid Mohsen and Ali Asghar Badizadegan. The MEK has since become the principal and longest-standing Iranian opposition movement.
After Shah arrested and executed the founders of the MEK, Massoud Rajavi, one of the few remaining senior members of the MEK, who was spared from the death sentence thanks to the efforts of his brother Kazem, became the leader of the fledgling organization.
After the 1979 revolution, when Ruhollah Khomeini seized power in Iran, the MEK constantly warned against the abuses of the new regime, including the repression of women, minorities and all opposition forces. As the main defender of freedoms, the MEK quickly built up an expanding base of support in the Iranian population, especially among young people and intellectuals. In less than two years, MEK became the largest political movement in Iran.
On June 20, 1981, Khomeini ordered the IRGC, his personal army, to open fire on the unarmed and peaceful protests organized by the MEK. Afterwards, Khomeini banned of all opposition forces, and his regime executed and murdered some 120,000 people, most of whom were affiliated with the MEK.
In the last 40 years the MEK was the main movement fighting mullahs’ theocratic dictatorship. Iran new generations get inspired by MEK’s ideals and democratic views and this growing support for the MEK is symbolized today in the Iranian Resistance Units.