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"Rise and overthrow the mullahs’ regime": Iranian Resistance Units

Supporters of the MEK install a huge banner of Maryam Rajavi in center of Tehran – December 23, 2020.
Supporters of the MEK install a huge banner of Maryam Rajavi in center of Tehran – December 23, 2020.

Reporting by PMOI/MEK

Iran, December 26, 2020—During 2020, as Iran continued to grapple with the coronavirus outbreak, the struggle for freedom continued across the country.

In recent days, as the Resistance Units, the network of the Iranian opposition movement inside Iran, continued to campaign for regime change, despite an atmosphere of repression. The Resistance Units are a network of activists affiliated with the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK), Iran’s longest-standing opposition movement.

In Tehran, the Iranian Resistance Units installed a huge poster of Maryam Rajavi, the President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), on a lamp post in a crowded street. In Mashhad, images of the Iranian Resistance leader Massoud Rajavi was spread across the cities while echoing the slogan, “Rise and overthrow the mullahs’ regime.”

These is a very brave acts given the mullahs’ regime considers support for the MEK as “enmity against god,” which is punishable by execution.

In other parts of Tehran, Mashhad, and Dorud, the Resistance Units took to graffiti and installed handwritten slogans targeting the regime’s supreme leader Ali Khamenei. The walls of the city were marked with slogans such as “Down with the principle of the Supreme Leader’s rule, hail to freedom,” and “Down with Khamenei, Viva Rajavi.”

The MEK’s network inside Iran has grown extensively in the last few years. The Resistance Units played an important role in leading and organizing major protests in 2018 and 2019. Their activities aim to break the atmosphere of repression and in recent years the creation of Resistance Units is a sign of readiness of Iran’s society for changing the regime.

Simultaneously, in various cities, bases of the Revolutionary Guard (IRGC) were targeted. In Kish, Hamadan, and Neyshabur, the rebellious and defiant youths torched three IRGC Basij bases as the main centers of suppression. The Basij are the most hated suppressive paramilitary force inside Iran. 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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Also, in Borujerd and Zahedan, the brave youths set fire to two regime centers for promoting fundamentalist propaganda and boost suppressive measures against the population.

In Karaj, the youths set fire to a judiciary branch in response to suppressive measures taken against political prisoners. In recent months, following the execution of 27-year-old wrestling champion, Navid Afkari and more death sentences issued for other political prisoners, Iranian youth have been frequently targeting the regime’s suppressive centers and judiciary offices in various cities.

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