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Iran: Regime insiders voicing grave concerns over the “enemy”

Senior officials in Iran are deeply worried about further protests and a future uprising
Senior officials in Iran are deeply worried about further protests and a future uprising

Analysis by PMOI/MEK


March 25, 2019Around two months ago, Ali Khamenei, the mullahs’ supreme leader in Iran, voiced grave concerns over the “enemy’s” efforts to deliver a severe blow to his apparatus, adding there may be plots to overthrow the regime in 2019. Nowadays, senior regime insiders are constantly expressing similar concerns, especially in Friday prayer sessions throughout the country. This development was very evident this last Friday, marking the first Friday prayer session of the new Iranian calendar year after Nowruz.

Ali Akbar Ghoreishi, the Friday prayer imam of Urmia, northwest Iran, used the term “50 incidents” in reference to what he described with escalating concerns as measures seeking to overthrow the mullahs’ regime during the past 40 years. Friday prayer imams in each city, town and village are considered Khamenei’s personal representatives and literally having command over all local affairs.

In the town of Bardaskan, northeast Iran, the local Friday prayer imam alerted all of the regime’s forces, especially the anti-riot units, to “stand firm against the enemy; do not be afraid of the enemy and do not lose hope in the face of the enemy.”

Reza Nouri in Bojnurd, northeast Iran, referred to the “toppling measures” taken by the Iranian opposition group People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) and called upon the regime’s forces to stand firm. He also described the PMOI/MEK as “brakes” before the regime’s advances.

Mousavi-fard in Khorramshahr, southwest Iran, described the various methods available to “deliver blows” to the mullahs’ regime and the “enemy’s war room” that seeks to “inflict setbacks” while “unfortunately our administrative apparatus is completely off-guard.”

Regime officials are especially concerned about the internet and the anti-regime criteria posted on various websites, and especially social media platforms.

Mir-Ahmadreza Hajati, the Friday prayer imam of Ahvaz, southwest Iran, expressed his growing concerns in this regard, saying the enemy “is on the verge of attacking the state,” “deceiving the youth” and recruiting them away from the regime and towards their objectives.

In Mashhad, northeast Iran, Ahmad Alamalhoda, referred to cultural dilemmas riddling the regime with crises.

“The roots are found on the internet and social media platforms,” in which these outlets are severely criticizing the mullahs’ repulsive culture and “the young generation, our innocent children, families” are being directed towards our enemies, describing these developments as the “gravest catastrophe.”

The activity of the “enemy” on the internet has become utterly important and concerning for the regime. Prior to this, Khamenei himself met with members of the Assembly of Experts and made startling remarks. “Another issue is to maintain our redlines with the enemy to remain immune from their attacks… When our redlines are not defined properly, the enemy can infiltrate our ranks, they can deceive us and they can gain control over the internet.”

Khamenei refused to specifically name the enemy. Prior to him, however, Abasali Moghisi, the Friday prayer imam of Nahavand in western Iran, specifically voiced concern about this enemy and its activities on the internet.

“Today, the weapon that can destroy [the regime] is the keyboard and the internet, which are now at the control of PMOI/MEK members… If [Khamenei] says today’s priority is to focus on the internet it means we must be careful,” he said.

During the course of 2018, the mullahs ruling Iran were constantly reminded of people’s protests and uprisings, parallel to the ongoing activities witnessed from PMOI/MEK Resistance Units across the country. Friday prayer imams are voicing grave concerns about plots of the “enemy” resulting in the regime’s overthrow in this new year.



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