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Iran: People celebrate anniversary of Qassem Soleimani’s death, torch his posters

Images of terrorist Quds Force commander Qassem Soleimani burned across Iran.
Images of terrorist Quds Force commander Qassem Soleimani burned across Iran.

Reporting by PMOI/MEK

Iran, January 5, 2021—In recent days, Iranian people have been torching images of Qassem Soleimani, the former commander of the terrorist Quds Force, on the first anniversary of his death, showing the failure of regime’s propaganda campaign in portraying the terror master as a national hero.

Jan 4, 2021—Rebellious youth torch IRGC Basij signs

In Tehran, Mashhad, Sabzevar, Nishabur, Hamadan, Noshahr, Lahijan, Doroud, Bandar Abbas and Nour the rebellious and defiant youths torched images and posters of regime’s supreme leader Ali Khamenei and Soleimani.

 

Soleimani was killed on January 3, 2020, in a U.S. drone raid while he was on a secret trip in Iraq. Since his death, the regime has gone to great lengths to portray him as a national figure. But the Iranian people have been constantly tearing down and burning his image along those of other regime figures and leaders. During major demonstrations following the regime acknowledging its military forces had downed the Ukraine International Airlines flight PS752, protesters burned posters of Soleimani and chanted “Soleimani is a murderer, just like his leader.”

Jan 2, 2021-Rebellious youth torch banners of Qassem Soleimani

Also, the brave youths set fire to four Revolutionary Guard (IRGC) Basij suppressive bases in these areas. These acts reflect the public hatred toward the Basij, the much-hated paramilitary force of the regime.

Jan 3, 2021-Rebellious youth set fire to images of Qassem Soleiman

The main role of the Basij is to preserve the mullahs’ rule at any cost, through repressive measures against protests and demonstrations. The Basij played a prominent role in quelling the November 2019 protests, in which security forces killed over 1,500 protesters in the span of a few days.

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These acts continued during the whole 2020 and expressed people’s rejection of the entire clerical regime ruling Iran.

 

Simultaneously, in other areas in Tehran, Isfahan, Ahvaz, Rasht, Qazvin, Kerman, Ilam, and Hormozgan, supporters of the Iranian opposition the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) organized courageous activities echoing Iranian people’s desire for regime change.

 

In Tehran, the MEK’s network, known as the Iranian Resistance Units, installed a huge poster of the Iranian Resistance leader Massoud Rajavi. “Massoud Rajavi is our leader,” the poster reads.

Similar actions were carried out in Isfahan by installing images and posters of Maryam Rajavi, the President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) in center of the city while echoing slogans such as “The revolt of the November 2019 uprising will continue until the end of the mullahs’ rule,” and “Rise up to overthrow the regime of the supreme leader.”

In other cities, the Resistance Units took to graffiti spreading anti-regime slogans targeting Khamenei and the IRGC that read “Down with Khamenei, hail to Rajavi,” and the “IRGC must be disbanded.”

 

While for the regime, 2020 was a year of irreparable blows, the Iranian Resistance managed to expand its network, organize, and reorganize its supporters, despite the presence of an atmosphere of repression.

 

People’s outrage toward regime’s grows on daily basis, and the regime is unable to handle the situation. 2021 is sure to have many more unpleasant surprises for the mullahs.