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Iran: MEK Resistance Units call for election boycott

Activities of the MEK’s internal network in Tehran, Mashhad, Kermanshah, and Isfahan – April 4, 2021
Activities of the MEK’s internal network in Tehran, Mashhad, Kermanshah, and Isfahan – April 4, 2021

Reporting by PMOI/MEK

Iran, April 7, 2021—Anti-regime activities and campaigns against the regime’s sham presidential elections in June continued in recent days across Iran.

The network of the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) inside the country, known as the Resistance Units, organized a vast campaign calling for the boycott of the upcoming sham elections.

In various cities, huge handwritten posters were installed with the slogan, “No to the election of the mullahs, no to mullahs’ rule, yes to a democratic republic.”

In major cities such as Tehran, Kermanshah, Mashhad, and Isfahan, posters of Maryam Rajavi, the President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), and the Iranian Resistance leader Massoud Rajavi were installed while echoing the slogans, “An all-out boycott of the sham election is the Iranian people’s rejection of the mullahs’ dictatorship, our vote is for a democratic republic,” The Iranian people’s nationwide boycott of this election is the flip side of popular uprisings,” and “For the Iranian people, the mullahs’ sham election has no legitimacy.”

Additionally, in Kerman, Rasht, Sonqor, Karaj, Khorramabad, Ardabil, and Lahijan, the Resistance Units took to graffiti spreading anti-regime slogans that targeted the regime’s supreme leader Ali Khamenei. “Our vote is to overthrow the mullahs’ regime,” their posters read in part.

Also, several members of the Resistance Units sent video messages in which they called for the election boycott. “In the new year, we will overcome and overthrow the mullahs. I invite all my compatriots to boycott the sham elections. My vote is to overthrow the mullahs’ regime and yes to a democratic republic,” said a young man from Tehran.

A young woman from Ardabil said in her message: “I’m from Ardabil. It is time to overthrow Khamenei and his corrupt regime.”

These messages show the readiness and the desire of the Iranian society for regime change, that despite the deadly coronavirus pandemic and regime’s suppression, the people of Iran have not lost their hope for a better future.

“This year we shall overcome and overthrow Khamenei. We hope to see dear Maryam Rajavi in Iran very soon,” said a teenager from Lahijan, a northern city of Iran.

Similarly, in various other places, the Resistance Units spread the slogan, “Khamenei must go,” and “We hope for a democratic republic.”

These activities have increased the regime's concerns about the growing influence of the MEK among youths.

Recently the regime has arrested many family members and supporters of the MEK and intensified pressure on MEK prisoners. The regime is extremely terrified of potential protests at the cusp of its presidential elections and is also concerned of nationwide boycott of the elections. During his Nowruz address, Khamenei voiced these concerns and called for more stringent controls on social media platforms to prevent organization of protests during the elections season.