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Iran: Opposition network marks first anniversary of November 2019 protests

The activities of the MEK Resistance Units across the country marking the first anniversary of the November 2019 major protests.
The activities of the MEK Resistance Units across the country marking the first anniversary of the November 2019 major protests.

Reporting by PMOI/MEK

Iran, November 21, 2020—The Iranian opposition network inside Iran marked the first anniversary of Iran’s November 2019 anti-regime protests. The Iranian Resistance Units, a network of activists affiliated with the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) organized a widespread campaign across the country commemorating 1,500 innocent victims who lost their lives to the brutality of the Iranian regime’s security forces, pledging to continue the struggle for a free and democratic Iran.

 

On Nov. 15, 2019, Iranian demonstrators took to the streets to protest a threefold gasoline price hike. The protests swiftly turned into anti-regime demonstrations and swept through nearly 200 cities across Iran before being quelled by a brutal regime crackdown.

 

In various cities, Resistance Units members installed images and posters of the 1,500 martyrs on walls and distributed handwritten slogans, handouts with slogans quoting Iranian Resistance leader Massoud Rajavi and President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) Maryam Rajavi.

 

The MEK supporters and members of the Resistance Units also took to graffiti with anti-regime slogans in cities such as Tehran, Mashhad, Neyshabur, Karaj, Rasht, Varamin, Hamedan, Urmia, Sanandaj, and Khorramabad. Their slogans read in part:

 

“We can and we must overthrow the dictator”

“November 15 is a national and lasting day in Iran's history”

“Establish resistance units in all cities”

“The IRGC must be disbanded”

“Down with Khamenei”

“Down with Khamenei, Hail to Rajavi”

“Down with dictators, be it the Shah or the Supreme Leader”

 

 

A year after the massive protests, the regime has intensified repressive measures and dispatched security forces across Iran, especially in Tehran, to prevent any possible uprising. Therefore, the activities of the Resistance Units are very brave during these circumstances. The sentence of being a member or supporter of the MEK is long-term prison or execution.

 

However, in the current powder-keg situation of Iran, the activities of the MEK Resistance Units play a key role in countering the regime’s suppressive measures and giving hope to millions of oppressed people inside Iran who yearn for freedom.

 

Also, on the first anniversary of the November protests, the brave and rebellious youth targeted the regime’s suppressive centers in various cities who are the main institutions responsible for the crackdown on protesters and dissidents. The youth targeted five Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) Basij bases in Isfahan, Mashhad, Hormozgan, and Khorramabad.

 

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’ rule through repressive measures against protests and demonstrations. The Basij played a prominent role in quelling the November 2019 protests and are part of the regime’s new plan to increase repressive measures on the anniversary of the uprising.

 

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The defiant youth also targeted the headquarters of the Khomeini Aid Committee in Isfahan, notoriously renowned for looting the assets of the Iranian people.

 

Also, a Prosecutor’s office in Marvdasht county (Fars province) was targeted. Following the executions of Mostafa Salehi, an Iranian worker arrested during the January 2018 uprising, and Navid Afkari, Iranian wrestler champion also arrested for protests in 2018, Iran’s brave youth have been targeting many courts in various cities in response to these executions.

 

Also, in Sabzevar (Razavi Khorasan province) and Izeh (Khuzestan province), the rebellious youth torched the posters and images of regime founder Ruhollah Khomeini, current supreme leader Ali Khamenei and Qassem Soleimani, the Iranian regime’s terror mastermind.

 

These acts portray the desire of the Iranian people and readiness of the society to overthrow the clerical regime after 41 years of repression.

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