Reporting by PMOI/MEK
Iran, July 28, 2020—Eleven years ago, on July 28 and 29, 2009, Iraqi Forces under the command of the Iran-back Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki brutally attacked the unarmed and defenseless residents of Camp Ashraf, where members of Iranian opposition People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) resided. The Iraqi forces murdered 11 Camp Ashraf residents and abducted 36 MEK members. The Iraqi government released the hostages after a widespread international campaign and a 72-day hunger strike by the hostages themselves, hundreds of MEK members in Ashraf, and Iranians across the world.
“Video footage showed Iraqi security forces deliberately driving military vehicles into crowds of protesting camp residents. The security forces also used live ammunition, apparently killing at least nine camp residents, and detained 36 others who they tortured,” said Amnesty International in its 2010 Iraq Report regarding human rights situation in Iraq.
This event was the Iranian regime’s reaction to nationwide uprisings in Iran that followed the sham presidential elections. Finding itself vulnerable in face of growing nationwide unrest, the regime tried to eliminate its main opposition movement in Camp Ashraf, which was the beacon of hope and inspiration for thousands of youths in streets of Tehran and other cities demanding freedom.
In recent days, the MEK Resistance Units, a network of opposition activists and supporters inside Iran, commemorated the martyrs of July 28, 2009 attack on Camp Ashraf. The members of the Resistance Units installed posters in various cities. “Commemorating the martyrs of the July 2009 massacre in Ashraf” and “We will continue your path,” some of the posters read.
These activities are taking place while the regime repressive security forces, and Basij militias are on high alert in Tehran, as well as other cities including Tehran, Tabriz, Ardabil, Mashhad, Ahvaz, Kermanshah, Abadan, Babol, Karaj, Asaluyeh, Kerman, Rasht, Yasuj, Behbahan, Qom, Damghan, Lahijan, Hamadan, Khalkhal, Arak, and Urmia.
In their activities, the MEK Resistance Units also reiterated their commitment to regime change in Iran. Some of their slogans included the following:
“Our commitment is to re-establish people’s lost rights”
“Our vote is for the overthrow of the mullahs’ regime, down with Khamenei”
“The mullahs must go”
“Khamenei’s end is near”
“Hail to Massoud Rajavi and the National Liberation Army”
“Down with Khamenei, damn Khomeini, hail to Rajavi"
At the same time, the rebellious youth of Iran targeted the suppressive centers of the regime in Tehran, Tabriz, Isfahan, Karaj, Zahedan, Mamulan, Gorgan, Astaneh-ye Ashrafiyeh, Ghaemshahr, Babolsar, Javanrud, Dezful, and Dorud.
A Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) Basij base in Karaj and an IRGC banner in Astaneh-ye Ashrafiyeh was torched by the rebellious youths. Basij is the most hated suppressive paramilitary force and a subsidiary of the terrorist designated IRGC that is used to crack down on protests and demonstrations such as the November nationwide uprising.
In Mamulan, the office of the prayer imam of Khamenei was set on fire by the brave youths. The Friday prayer Imams are the main instruments of the regime to spread propaganda.
Banners of Qassem Soleimani, the now-dead commander of the terrorist IRGC Quds Force and the mastermind of the mullahs’ extraterritorial terrorist attacks, were torched in Isfahan, Ghaemshahr, Babolsar, Javanrud and Dezful.
Soleimani played a key role in the killing of the members of the MEK in camps Ashraf and Liberty in Iraq, including the July 2009 deadly attack. Under the command of Qassem Soleimani, the criminal proxy forces of the Iranian regime in Iraq also staged numerous rocket attacks against MEK members in Camp Liberty, near the Baghdad Airport, killing dozens and wounding hundreds of others.
In other cities such as Tabriz, Zahedan, Gorgan, and Dorud banners and posters of regime’s founder Ruhollah Khomeini and Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei were torched by the defiant youths as a sign that the Iranian people do not want this regime and these acts show Iranian people’s desire for the overthrowing the ruthless mullahs’ regime.
July 27, 2020-Rebellious youth target the officeof Ali Khamenei's representative