Reporting by PMOI/MEK
Iran, December 28, 2019—Representatives of Iranian regime Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei took to the podiums on Friday, December 27, voicing grave concerns over the consequences of the November uprising crackdown. Many also sounded alarm bells over the influence and impact of the Iranian opposition People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) during the recent developments.
“… the [MEK] has influence among the country’s senior administrative officials. The [MEK] will not give up on us and we must be very careful to not be surrounded. Today, one of the most important impacts of the sedition is that they want to disappoint the people and have them lose hope in the state. We either have to go join the arrogant currents to make ends meet—however, if you want to be in war with the world, the status quo will continue. This is the debate as we speak,” said Hassan Aghamiri in Mashhad, northeast Iran.
Other Khamenei representatives were voicing grave concerns over more regime forces and officials repenting due to the recent uprising.
“They say they saw a particular person in the [protests] the other day. Then they say he was with [the regime] just the day before! What happened that they joined the [protesters]? Now we are facing such dilemmas… they were deputies, ministers, director generals… and now they are in prison. There are reports that a particular person has problems… and now they are behind bars. They are not gone. They are just looking for another opportunity,” said Kazem Sedighi, the Friday prayer imam and Khamenei’s representative in Tehran.
“December 30 marks the end of the 2009 sedition, not all the seditions. We have to be aware,” said Hossein Shariatmadari, editor-in-chief of Keyhan daily, known as Khamenei’s mouthpiece. “Whenever you see people distancing away from the state’s main policies, I’m not saying you should accuse them. The least we should do is that we should be very careful about them. The circumstances are very similar to the 2009 sedition,” he added.
“The 2009 sedition was unfortunately political in nature and political figures at the time were deceived,” said Reza Hassanzadeh Kuki, Khamenei’s representative in a city of northwest Iran. “In 2019, they inflicted more than 200 trillion rials (around $1.51 billion) in damages to the government in just two days. They intended to continue their measures. If they were successful and continued for another four days, there would be nothing left of the country.”