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Iran: MEK Resistance Units continue to push for elections boycott

MEK Resistance Units call for elections boycott across Iran - May 2021
MEK Resistance Units call for elections boycott across Iran - May 2021

Reporting by PMOI/MEK

Iran, May 8, 2021—During the last week, the Iranian Opposition network continued its vast campaign across the country against mullahs’ sham elections. The internal network of the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK), known as the Resistance Units, held anti-regime activities in more than 60 areas in 23 cities across Iran.

They took to graffiti and spread anti-regime slogans in Tehran, Shiraz, Isfahan, Mashhad, Tabriz, Kermanshah, Ahvaz, Qom, Ilam, Rasht, Behbahan, Meshkin Shahr, Astane Ashrafiyeh, Zahedan, Sabzevar, Qazvin, Sanandaj, Kerman, Chaboksar, Bojnourd, Ghaemshahr, Fariman, and Shushtar.

Their slogans targeted regime’s upcoming sham presidential elections in June. Their slogans read, “No to the mullahs’ rule, no to religious tyranny, no to repression, no to looting, and yes to freedom and a democratic republic,” “Our vote is regime change, yes to a democratic republic,” and “Democracy and freedom with Maryam Rajavi.”

These activities were welcomed by the public and “boycott of mullahs’ elections” has already turned into a widespread social movement.

In recent weeks, many segments of the Iranian society have declared their lack of interest in voting through weekly protests. On May 1, workers took to the streets in more than 20 cities and cast their early vote on the regime’s upcoming presidential elections with the slogans: “We will not vote, we’ve heard too many lies,” and Every worker must boycott the elections.”

The Resistance Units also posted banners and placards and in public places calling for a nationwide boycott of the mullahs’ sham Presidential elections. Many slogans on the placards and graffiti are inspired by messages of Maryam Rajavi, the President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), and Iranian Resistance leader Massoud Rajavi.

Despite the huge risks involved with carrying out anti-regime activities, the Resistance Units have not been deterred in their mission to keep the flame of resistance alive. In the month of April alone, the Resistance Units organized anti-regime activities in more than 250 areas in all Iran’s provinces.

The continued efforts of the MEK Resistance Units shows the enormous potential within the Iranian society for change and believe in the MEK. In the last two and half years, the MEK Resistance Units have played a major role in organizing and leading the five nationwide protests in Iran, including the November 2019 uprising that spread to more than 190 cities. Many regime officials have acknowledged to the role of MEK Resistance Units.

On November 17, 2019, two days after the nationwide protests over the sudden increase in gasoline prices began, Khamenei referred to the MEK as a “wicked and criminal collective” who are “constantly encouraging and inviting people on social networks and elsewhere to conduct these evil acts.”

A few days later, on November 24, Ali Shamkhani, Secretary for the Supreme National Security Council, said: “I believe 34 MEK members have been arrested so far. A vast network of individuals, operating not under the MEK’s name, but pursuing their line and modus operandi were also identified.”