Analysis by PMOI/MEK
Iran, November 10, 2018 - As the Iranian regime’s finds itself increasingly hard pressed to contain the waves of protests that are erupting across the country, its officials are voicing their fears of how the MEK and its network of activists are playing a key role in preventing the regime from re-establishing its tyrannical control in cities and streets. And while different factions within the regime might quarrel over their share of political and economic power, they agree on one thing: The MEK is the main threat to their religious dictatorship.
Hassan Abbasi, a senior member of the Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) and one of the staunch theorists of the Iranian regime from the so-called hardliner faction, recently interviewed with a state-run online TV station, in which he warned against the outlook of the nationwide uprisings.
“The problem is, in the next few years, our currency will become so worthless that people will pour into the streets because of the hardships to their livelihoods,” Abbasi said. “Clashes will ensue, people will distance themselves from the government and confront the government. The government will confront the people. A few people will be killed, and then the people will rise in revenge.”
Abbasi warned that as the tensions between the people and the regime rise, the MEK will become more prominent in shaping the protests. While he tried to enrobe the entire argument in conspiracy theories, he admitted that the people have some very real demands that the regime has not been able to respond to. “The people are protesting for their rights, their rights to water, their rights to the security of their financial assets, their unpaid wages,” Abbasi said.
Fears are not limited to the hardliners or principalist factions of the regime. In an interview with the same TV station, Mohammad Reza Khatami, another regime theorist and the brother of the so-called “reformist” former president Mohammad Khatami, warned against the collapse of the regime and confessed to the widespread dissatisfaction with the regime.
“Possibly the majority of the people have grievances and criticism,” Khatami said. “Ordinary people might say that we are fed up with this system and we want another system. But how? With whom?”
Khatami then revealed the true source of his fear and said that any kind of regime change will inevitably involve the MEK. “Why am I opposed to regime change? We want the MEK to come and change our regime? Under the current circumstance, I see a very dark future,” Khatami lamented.
In the same interview, Khatami admitted that the occupation of the U.S. Embassy in Tehran after the 1979 revolution was a ploy to paint the regime as anti-imperialist and play on the public sentiment to garner support for the outdated thoughts of the mullahs and undermine the influence of revolutionary forces such as the MEK.
Every day, the fear of the Iranian regime from the Iranian people and MEK manifests itself in new ways. It’s no wonder that the regime is frantically trying to stage terrorist attacks against MEK members abroad and sets heavy punishments for anyone who supports them inside the country. But despite the regime’s efforts, protests continue to expand inside the country and Iranian resistance units are becoming increasingly organized and coordinated in their activities to support the uprisings and foiling the mullahs’ attempts at keeping their regime on life support.