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(Video) Iran: This is a Test for the International Community to Stand with the Iranian People or the Genocidal Regime

(PMOI / MEK Iran) and (NCRI): Maryam Rajavi: This is a litmus test of whether the international community will engage and deal with this genocidal regime or stand with the Iranian people.

July 12, 2021 - Maryam Rajavi: Raisi must be prosecuted for genocide and crimes against humanity during the 1988 massacre and the massacres before and after that.

(PMOI / MEK Iran) and (NCRI): Maryam Rajavi: Raisi must be prosecuted for genocide and crimes against humanity during the 1988 massacre and the massacres before and after that.

July 12, 2021 - 3rd Day of the Free Iran World Summit; Global Support for the Iranian People’s Uprising & the Democratic Alternative.

(PMOI / MEK Iran) and (NCRI): 3rd Day of the Free Iran World Summit; Global Support for the Iranian People’s Uprising & the Democratic Alternative.

July 12, 2021 - Before addressing the Summit, Mrs. Rajavi visited the Khavaran Memorial, which was built in Ashraf 3, Albania, to honor the memory of the 30,000 martyred political prisoners during the summer of 1988 massacre, and paid tribute to those mar

(PMOI / MEK Iran)&(NCRI): Before addressing the Summit, Mrs. Rajavi visited the Khavaran Memorial, which was built in Ashraf 3, Albania, to honor the memory of the 30,000 martyred political prisoners during the summer of 1988 massacre, and paid tribute to those martyrs.

July 13, 2021 - It is here that we remember the great Mojahed, the late author Hamid Assadian, who throughout these three decades tried to expose the executioners and to keep alive the memory of the victims.

(PMOI / MEK Iran) and (NCRI): It is here that we remember the great Mojahed, the late author Hamid Assadian, who throughout these three decades tried to expose the executioners and to keep alive the memory of the victims.

July 12, 2021 - These martyrs were executed based on Khomeini's fatwa and by Raisi and other ruling criminals because they refused to repent and remained steadfast in their beliefs and commitment to freedom.

(PMOI / MEK Iran) and (NCRI): These martyrs were executed based on Khomeini’s fatwa and by Raisi and other ruling criminals because they refused to repent and remained steadfast in their beliefs and commitment to freedom.

July 13, 2021 - They try to defame the very PMOI, 90% of whose martyrs chose to be hanged for fidelity to the political and ideological policies of the PMOI.

(PMOI / MEK Iran) and (NCRI): They try to defame the very PMOI, 90% of whose martyrs chose to be hanged for fidelity to the political and ideological policies of the PMOI.

July 13, 2021 - But neither concealing the crime, nor hiding the graves of the martyrs, nor distorting the identities of the martyrs will be able to hinder or stop the call-for-justice movement.

(PMOI / MEK Iran) and (NCRI): But neither concealing the crime, nor hiding the graves of the martyrs, nor distorting the identities of the martyrs will be able to hinder or stop the call-for-justice movement.

Maryam Rajavi: Raisi must be prosecuted for genocide and crimes against humanity during the 1988 massacre and the massacres before and after that.

On behalf of the Iranian Resistance, Mrs. Rajavi vowed that the Iranian Resistance would continue its resistance until it succeeds in taking back Iran from the grip of the murderous ruling regime.”
— NCRI

PARIS, FRANCE, July 13, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ — Speech by Maryam Rajavi the President-elect of The National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), at the World Summit for a Free IranThe extracted text of Maryam Rajavi’s Speech appears below:

Dear friends,

In this summit, which simultaneously commemorates the victims of the 1988 massacre, the presence of great and esteemed friends of the Iranian Resistance is a source of support for our people, especially for the victims’ families.

At a time when their cries of innocence were silenced by the label of terrorism, you and the voice of your conscience broke the deafening silence.

You are pioneers of a brilliant policy on the Iranian issue, which points to the right side of history.

You are the ones who repeatedly said that seeking out moderates in this savage regime is a mirage and an illusion. And now that Khamenei has made a mass murderer his president, everyone is acknowledging that you were right. Yes, you spoke the truth. In time, the validity of your positions on the People’s Mojahedin, the Iranian Resistance, and the democratic alternative will be proven. I applaud and praise all of you.

The regime represents only 1.5% of people

Dear friends,

When it comes to the Iranian people’s relationship with the regime, the appointment of Ebrahim Raisi, the henchman of the 1988 massacre, to the presidency of the mullahs’ religious dictatorship is a reflection of the era of its overthrow.

In terms of history, a regime that has laid its foundations in a sea of blood of the People’s Mojahedin has personified the ultimate product of its 42-year history in a murderous henchman.

And in political terms, it is the end for illusions of moderation within the regime. It marks the failure of Western governments’ policy of complacency toward religious fascism.

Now, they have handed over the executive branch to a mass murderer, the judiciary to a professional assassin, and the legislative branch to a club wielder who has openly declared: “I am one of the club wielders, and I am proud to have wielded the stick against Massoud Rajavi (the Leader of the Iranian Resistance) since 1979.”

Truly, he is the embodiment of obscenity and wickedness.
Indeed, if the religious dictatorship was not on the verge of demise, why would it need to put a band of cannibals in charge of the system?

At the end of the election charade (in June), based on the reports from more than 1,200 of its journalists and reporters in 400 cities of Iran and more than 3,500 video clips, the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) announced that the turnout was less than 10%.

But today, I will deliberately examine the results announced by the mullahs’ Ministry of Interior:

In Shiraz, which Massoud Rajavi has called the capital of the 2019 uprising, some 70 percent of voters refused to vote.
In Tehran, with 9 million residents, 80% of voters did not participate.

In Tehran Province, which includes the rebellious cities of Shahriyar, Qal’eh Hassan Khan, and Islamshahr, 70% refused to vote.

The City Council elections were even more disastrous. In some metropolitans, void ballots came in first.
The voter turnout in Tehran was 14% and in Tabriz, only 1.5%. Yes, this regime represents only 1.5 percent of the population.

The whole story is that the objective conditions for the regime’s overthrow are in place.
As far as the Iranian people are concerned, they are, as always, redoubling their resolve to overthrow the religious dictatorship in the face of the regime’s new repressive and aggressive posture.

Dealing with murderer Raisi is the international community’s litmus test

As far as the international community is concerned, this is a test of whether it will engage and deal with this genocidal regime or whether it will stand with the Iranian people.

We say to the world community, especially to Western governments, that Mullah Raisi is a criminal guilty of genocide and crimes against humanity in 1988.

He is guilty because as one of the regime’s highest Judiciary officials during the last 40 years, he played a decisive role in the execution and murder of the Iranian people’s children.

He is guilty because he is one of the leaders of a regime that killed 1,500 youths during the November 2019 uprising, a figure that researchers say is actually three times higher.

Raisi is guilty because even today he defends all his past crimes and insists on continuing them.
As Amnesty International’s Secretary-General said, “That Ebrahim Raisi has risen to the presidency instead of being investigated for the crimes against humanity of murder, enforced disappearance, and torture is a grim reminder that impunity reigns supreme in Iran.”

On behalf of the Iranian people and their Resistance, I emphasize that the United Nations and the international community should recognize the 1988 massacre in Iran as genocide and a crime against humanity.

I call on the UN Security Council to take action to hold the leaders of the mullahs’ regime, especially Ali Khamenei, Raisi, and Ejeii, accountable for committing genocide and crimes against humanity. The United Nations must not allow Raisi to participate in the next session of the General Assembly. This would be an unforgivable insult to the people of all countries who send their representatives to the United Nations.

We will fulfill these demands at all costs. It was this Resistance that one day forced Khomeini to drink the poison chalice of ceasefire in the Iran-Iraq war. It was this Resistance that one day caught Ali Khamenei by exposing the regime’s nuclear program. And it will be this Resistance that will one day pour the poison chalice of human rights down the throat of this religious dictatorship. This will certainly become reality.

The question is adhering to or renouncing one’s positions

Dear friends,

The 1988 massacre was one of the darkest moments in Iran’s contemporary history. In the words of Baroness Boothroyd, the former speaker of the UK House of Lords, it is the greatest crime against humanity since the Second World War, which has gone unpunished.

At this point, let’s go back 33 years. Let us imagine the scene of questions and answers, each of which determined the fate and life of a prisoner.

In small rooms in the prisons of Evin, Gohardasht, Mashhad, Isfahan, Shiraz, Tabriz, Ahvaz, and dozens of other cities, prisoners were condemned to death without having committed any crime.

On the one side sat the mullahs and the executioners of the death commissions. One of the most savage and cruel figures among these demons was Ebrahim Raisi.

On the other side is a lone prisoner in the dock. He/she has not committed any crimes. In the eyes of the prosecutors, however, the prisoner represents the “crime” of a movement. The prisoner has no lawyer but must defend the rights of an oppressed nation. There are no witnesses to this unfair trial. He/she is the only witness.

Most astonishingly, the questions are not about the commission of any crime, but inquire about which side of history is the prisoner on?

Here are the questions:

Are you prepared to denounce the PMOI and its leadership?
Are you willing to join the armed forces of the Islamic Republic and fight against the PMOI?
Are you willing to provide information on former comrades… and “co-operate” with intelligence officials?
Are you willing to participate in firing squads?
Are you willing to hang a monafeq (a pejorative epithet for members and supporters of the PMOI)?
Are you prepared to express “repentance” about your political opinions and activities?
Are you prepared to declare loyalty to the Islamic Republic (through written and/or televised “confessions”)?
Are you willing to walk through an active minefield to assist the army of the Islamic Republic?
I quoted these appalling questions, which were posed to the victims of the 1988 massacre, from Amnesty International’s investigative report. (1)

The subject of these questions was not spurious allegations like participation in prison revolts or misconduct during captivity. The subject of these questions was not even the prisoners’ connection with the PMOI’s military operation (in July 1988).

Khomeini had already determined the core issue in two successive religious decrees.
His decree specifically concerns the PMOI. The decree says that “those who persist in their allegiance to the PMOI in prisons across the country are at war with God and are sentenced to death.”

At the time, Khomeini’s Chief Justice asked him whether this sentence applied to those PMOI members who had been sentenced to death and who refused to change their position, or whether it also applies to those PMOI members who were merely serving their prison term but still adhered to their beliefs.

Khomeini’s clear and concise answer was: “Anyone, at any stage, is sentenced to death if he maintains his positions as a hypocrite (i.e. People’s Mojahedin).”
The distillation of the two decrees of Khomeini and the short version of the questions in these show trials are: Do you stand by your position as a People’s Mojahedin?

The Mojahedin answered yes to this question and accepted to be executed.
On the 30th anniversary of the 1988 massacre, Amnesty International wrote in its report: “Across the country, the victims were primarily supporters of the PMOI, both men and women. In Tehran province, hundreds of men affiliated with leftist opposition groups were also executed.”

Amnesty International added: “In Kurdistan and West Azerbaijan provinces, the waves of enforced disappearances and extrajudicial killings also targeted hundreds of prisoners affiliated with the Kurdish opposition groups Komala and the Kurdish Democratic Party of Iran (KDPI).”

Thus, the massacre of the Mojahedin-e Khalq was carried out throughout the country. At the same time, the regime’s murderous machinery re-arrested many former prisoners or persons suspected of supporting the PMOI and sent them to execution chambers.

All of them faced the same question that determined their fate: Do you maintain your positions on the PMOI?
Since that day and until today, this question has not ceased to confront us. It is the question of our time. It is the question of being faithful to one’s positions or not. But the PMOI, as the Quran says, did not abandon its position.
We have answered yes to this question and we will answer yes again and again. We will never abandon the resistance to free the Iranian people and to overthrow the regime.

A persevering generation for Iran’s liberation

My dear compatriots,

In the summer of 1988, after the mass murderer Raisi and his accomplices sentenced them to death, the PMOI heroes walked through the corridors leading to the execution chamber while shouting “Down with Khomeini! Long live freedom! Long live Massoud Rajavi!”

This is freedom’s blood-drenched anthem and the song of perseverance of a generation determined to write a new destiny for the Iranian people and history.

One of these heroines was the U.S.-educated Zohreh Ain-ol-Yaqine, then head of Isfahan Teachers’ Association. She wrote in a letter from Evin Prison, “I thought about everything that has happened so far and went through everything in my mind. I think that everyone sings a song during his/her lifetime and dies. But what remains, in the end, is a pure and untainted form of humanity that lives on.”

Another one of these heroes was Rahim Rajli. He wrote in his will, “I love life with all its beauties; I love everything that blooms (…) I do not wish to die. But for the sake of life, I embrace the crimson death with open arms. And if I have the honor of falling as a martyr on this path, send my greetings to Massoud [Rajavi], and tell him that Rahim kept his promise and he has become a Rajavi.”

This is the blood-drenched commitment of all generations of the PMOI, as Maryam Golzadeh-Ghafouri wrote: “As long as there is even a single Mojahed, he/she will not let the revolution be stopped. The People’s Mojahedin will sacrifice everything he/she has in order to free Iran and the Iranian people from captivity.”

Massoud Rajavi’s Campaign for Justice

Dear friends,

The massacre of the People’s Mojahedin had another important aspect, which comprised of a vast effort to cover up this crime. But from the very first weeks after the start of the massacre, Massoud Rajavi issued a wave of statements, revelations, and calls for justice in Iran and abroad.

As early as August and September 1988, in multiple letters and telegrams to the UN Secretary-General, he made numerous revelations about the massacre. Among other things, he revealed the contents of Khomeini’s two main religious decrees. On August 25, 1988, he wrote to the UN Secretary-General that Khomeini had issued a decree in his own handwriting ordering the execution of PMOI political prisoners.

In December of the same year, in an interview with Voice of Mojahed Radio, Massoud Rajavi explained that “On two occasions, Khomeini personally issued the executive orders to the head of the Judiciary Moussavi-Ardebili, stressing, among other things, that in the case of the Mojahedin (…) anyone who insists on his/her positions (…) is sentenced to death and must be executed immediately.”(2) This was twelve years before Ayatollah Montazeri (Khomeini’s ousted heir apparent) published the text of this decree in his book.

In my view, what Massoud (Rajavi) has done goes far beyond the relentless campaign of the last four decades. By safeguarding the very values and principles cherished by the victims of the massacre through seeking justice for them, he has defended their dignity and honor to the greatest possible extent. This call-for-justice campaign will continue until achieving victory for the cause of these martyrs, namely, the liberation of the Iranian people.

It is very noteworthy that in the April 1989 letter dismissing Mr. Montazeri, which was about 700 words long, Khomeini referred to the PMOI nine times, accusing Mr. Montazeri of assisting the Mojahedin in their attempts to find out the number of execution victims through him. More importantly, he said that after him, Ayatollah Montazeri would hand over the country to the liberals and through them to the PMOI. And because of this, he explains, Montazeri lost the competence and legitimacy to lead the regime in the future.

As attested to by the events of the past 33 years, the revelations about the 1988 massacre are the outcome of a relentless campaign seeking justice. The Iranian people’s Resistance, the families of martyrs, political prisoners, torture victims, and thousands of survivors of the 1988 massacre who are based in Ashraf-3, are the ones responsible for this campaign…

We have said and we continue to say yes to the great question of our time. We will overthrow the clerical regime by relying on the Iranian people and the great Army of Freedom.

Glory to the martyrs!
Long live the Iranian people!

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3rd Day of the Free Iran World Summit; Global Support for the Iranian People’s Uprising & the Democratic Alternative

Maryam Rajavi: This is a litmus test of whether the international community will engage and deal with this genocidal regime or stand with the Iranian people.

July 12, 2021 - Maryam Rajavi: Raisi must be prosecuted for genocide and crimes against humanity during the 1988 massacre and the massacres before and after that.

Maryam Rajavi: Raisi must be prosecuted for genocide and crimes against humanity during the 1988 massacre and the massacres before and after that.

July 12, 2021 - 3rd Day of the Free Iran World Summit; Global Support for the Iranian People’s Uprising & the Democratic Alternative.

3rd Day of the Free Iran World Summit; Global Support for the Iranian People’s Uprising & the Democratic Alternative.

July 12, 2021 - Before addressing the Summit, Mrs. Rajavi visited the Khavaran Memorial, which was built in Ashraf 3, Albania, to honor the memory of the 30,000 martyred political prisoners during the summer of 1988 massacre, and paid tribute to those mar

Before addressing the Summit, Mrs. Rajavi visited the Khavaran Memorial, which was built in Ashraf 3, Albania, to honor the memory of the 30,000 martyred political prisoners during the summer of 1988 massacre, and paid tribute to those martyrs.

July 12, 2021 - These martyrs were executed based on Khomeini's fatwa and by Raisi and other ruling criminals because they refused to repent and remained steadfast in their beliefs and commitment to freedom.

These martyrs were executed based on Khomeini’s fatwa and by Raisi and other ruling criminals because they refused to repent and remained steadfast in their beliefs and commitment to freedom.

July 12, 2021 - Many of them were buried in mass graves in Khavaran Cemetery (southeast Tehran). On behalf of the Iranian Resistance, Mrs. Rajavi vowed that the Iranian Resistance would continue its resistance until it succeeds in taking back Iran from th

Many of them were buried in mass graves in Khavaran Cemetery (southeast Tehran). On behalf of the Iranian Resistance, Mrs. Rajavi vowed that the Iranian Resistance would continue its resistance until it succeeds in taking back Iran from the grip of the mu

July 12, 2021 - Prominent European figures such as Italian Prime Minister Matteo Rentzi (2014-2016), MEP and Belgian Prime Minister Guy Verhofstadt (1999 – 2009), Enda Kenny, Irish Prime Minister (2011 - 2017), Carlo Cottarelli, Italian economist and form

Italian Prime Minister Matteo Rentzi (2014-2016), Belgian Prime Minister Guy Verhofstadt (1999 – 2009), Enda Kenny, Irish Prime Minister (2011 – 2017), Carlo Cottarelli, Italian Prime Minister (2018), Frederic Reinfeldt, Swedish Prime Minister (2006 to 2014) Petre Roman

July 12, 2021 - Speeches by John Bolton, Joseph Lieberman, Rudy Giuliani, , Louis Freeh, Michael Mukasey, Gens. Conway and Keane.

Speeches by John Bolton, Joseph Lieberman, Rudy Giuliani, , Louis Freeh, Michael Mukasey, Gens. Conway and Keane.

Installing Raisi as president dashes the myth of moderation within the regime. It marks the failure of Western governments’ policy of complacency.

Maryam Rajavi: This is a litmus test of whether the international community will engage and deal with this genocidal regime or stand with the Iranian people.”
— NCRI

PARIS, FRANCE, July 12, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ — The third day of the Free Iran World Summit 2021, the Democratic Alternative of the March to Victory, was focused on the Iranian people’s call for justice for the victims of the 1988 massacre of more than 30,000 political prisoners, 90% of whom were members and supporters of the Mujahedin-e Khalq (MEK/PMOI).Prominent European figures such as Italian Prime Minister Matteo Rentzi (2014-2016), MEP and Belgian Prime Minister Guy Verhofstadt (1999 – 2009), Enda Kenny, Irish Prime Minister (2011 – 2017), Carlo Cottarelli, Italian economist and former director of the International Monetary Fund, Italy’s designated Prime Minister (2018), Frederic Reinfeldt, Swedish Prime Minister (2006 to 2014), Petre Roman, Romanian Prime Minister (1989-1991).

Prominent supporters of the Iranian Resistance: Mayor Rudy Giuliani, John Bolton, Senator Joseph Lieberman, Senator Robert Torricelli, Judge Michael Mukasey, Dir. Louis Freeh, Ambassador Robert Joseph, Ambassador Marc Ginsberg, Ambassador Lincloln Bloomfield Jr., Frances Townsend, former U.S. Homeland Security Advisor, Theresa Payton, former White House Chief Information Officer.

Dozens of European and Canadian Ministers, including from Canada, John Baird, Foreign Minister (2015), Tony Clement, Minister of Industry (2011), Wayne Easter, Minister of Agriculture (2006), Judy Screw, Minister of Citizenship and Immigration (2005); From France, Rama Yade, Minister of Human Rights (2007-2009), Corinne Lepage, former Minister of the Environment; From Scandinavia, Timo Soini Deputy Prime Minister of Finland (2017) and Minister of Foreign Affairs (2019); from the Baltic States; Audronius Ažubalis, Lithuanian Foreign Minister (2012); Eduard Kukan, Slovak Foreign Minister (2006).

From Ireland, Tom Kitt, Secretary of State (2008), Lucinda Creighton, Minister of State for European Affairs; Lord Henry Bellingham, Under Secretary of State at the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office; Alexander Wonder, MEP, former Minister for Defense of the Czech Republic (2012), from Poland, Michał Kamiński, Secretary for Media Relations in Chancellery of the President (2007), Ryszard Kalisz, Minister of Interior and Administration (2005).

From Albania, Triton Shehu, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Albania(1997), Klajda Gjusha, Minister of European Integration (2017), Mimi Kodheli, Minister of Defense (2017); Also Senior U.S. military commanders including, General James Conway, General Jack Keane, General Charles Wald; James Woolsey, former CIA director (1995), and prominent political figures, such as Adrianus Melkert, former UNAMI representative in Iraq, Garry Kasparov, Russian chess grandmaster, Gilbert Mitterrand, President of the France Libertes Foundation, will be addressing the Summit.

In her address, Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, the President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), referring to the reasons for Khamenei installing Ebrahim Raisi, the murderer of the MEK and the henchman of the 1988 massacre, said that in political terms, his ascension dashed the myth of moderation within the regime. It marked the failure of Western governments’ policy of complacency toward religious fascism.

Now, they have handed over the executive branch to a mass murderer, the judiciary to a professional executioner, and the legislative branch to a club wielder who has openly declared: “I am one of the club wielders, and I am proud to have wielded the stick against Massoud Rajavi (the Leader of the Iranian Resistance) since 1979.” Truly, he is the embodiment of obscenity and wickedness. Indeed, if the religious dictatorship was not on the verge of demise, why would it need to put the squad of cannibals at the helm?

Emphasizing that more than 90% of the Iranian people boycotted the election masquerade, Mrs. Rajavi said that even statistics full of fraud by the regime acknowledge that 80% of the people in Tehran, 70% in Shiraz, and 58% in the whole country boycotted the sham election. The City Council elections were even more disastrous. In some cities, void ballots came in first.

The voter turnout in Tabriz was only 1.5%. Yes, this regime represents only 1.5 percent of the population. The whole story is that the objective conditions for the regime’s overthrow are in place. As far as the Iranian people are concerned, they are, as always, redoubling their resolve to overthrow the religious dictatorship in the face of the regime’s new repressive and aggressive posture.

Mrs. Rajavi added: As far as the international community is concerned, this is the litmus test of whether it will engage and deal with this genocidal regime or stand with the Iranian people. The United Nations must not allow Raisi to attend the next session of the General Assembly. Raisi is a criminal guilty of genocide and crimes against humanity in 1988.

He is guilty because, as one of the regime’s highest Judiciary officials during the last 40 years, he played a key role in the execution and murder of the Iranian people’s children.

He is guilty because he is one of the leaders of a regime that killed 1,500 youths during the November 2019 uprising, which researchers say is three times higher.

As Amnesty International’s Secretary-General said, “That Ebrahim Raisi has risen to the presidency instead of being investigated for the crimes against humanity of murder, enforced disappearance, and torture is a grim reminder that impunity reigns supreme in Iran.”

Mrs. Rajavi noted: It was this Resistance that one day forced Khomeini to drink the poison chalice of ceasefire in the Iran-Iraq war. It was this Resistance that one day caught Ali Khamenei by exposing the regime’s nuclear program. And it will be this Resistance that will one day pour the poison chalice of human rights down the throat of this religious dictatorship. This will undoubtedly become a reality.

Before addressing the Summit, Mrs. Rajavi visited the Khavaran Memorial, which was built in Ashraf 3, Albania, to honor the memory of the 30,000 martyred political prisoners during the summer of 1988 massacre, and paid tribute to those martyrs.

These martyrs were executed based on Khomeini’s fatwa and by Raisi and other ruling criminals because they refused to repent and remained steadfast in their beliefs and commitment to freedom. Many of them were buried in mass graves in Khavaran Cemetery (southeast Tehran). On behalf of the Iranian Resistance, Mrs. Rajavi vowed that the Iranian Resistance would continue its resistance until it succeeds in taking back Iran from the grip of the murderous ruling regime.

Secretariat of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI)
July 12, 2021

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World leaders and the bloody hands of Ebrahim Raisi, Iranian regime’s new president

3rd Day of the Free Iran World Summit; Global Support for the Iranian People’s Uprising & the Democratic Alternative

(Video) Second Day of the Free Iran World Summit 2021

Maryam Rajavi: Khamenei is developing nuclear weapons to guarantee the regime’s survival. The only way to prevent it is to reinstitute the six UN resolutions

Maryam Rajavi: Khamenei’s objective for installing Raisi is to confront popular uprisings and to gain the latitude he needs for the nuclear and missile programs, as well as for regional warmongering”
— NCRI

PARIS, FRANCE, July 11, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ — The three-day Free Iran World Summit-2021 continued on its second day with the participation of 15 European, Canadian, and Australian parliamentary delegations, five former Arab officials, and eight Arab parliamentary delegations. In total, 70 dignitaries gave speeches.The gathering featured Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, the President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), and thousands of members of the Mujahedin-e Khalq (MEK) in Ashraf 3, linking together virtually tens of thousands of locations around the world, including gatherings of Iranians and supporters of the Iranian Resistance in 105 countries.

Second Day of the Free Iran World Summit 2021

Parliamentary delegations attending the online Summit included representatives from Britain, France, Albania, the European Parliament, Germany, Italy, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland, Switzerland, Ireland, Belgium, Portugal, the Netherlands, Canada, Australia, Jordan, Palestine, Bahrain, Kuwait, Lebanon, Yemen, Sudan, Tunisia, Morocco, Mauritania, Afghanistan, and Azerbaijan.

The gathering featured Sid Ahmad Ghozali, former Algerian Prime Minister, John Perry, former Irish Minister of State for Small Business, Kimo Sassi, former Finnish Minister of European Affairs, Edvard Sólnes, Iceland’s Minister of Environment, Uffe Elbæk, Danish Cultural Minister, Alain Vivien, former French Minister of State for European Affairs.

Azzam al-Ahmad, representative of the Palestinian Liberation Organization, Ashraf Rifi, Lebanon’s Justice Minister, Ahmad Fatfat, Lebanese Interior Minister (2006), Saleh ِAl-Qallab, Former Jordanian Minister, Hatam al-Asr Ali, Sudan’s Minister of Commerce.

Rita Süssmuth, former Speaker of the German Parliament, Alejo Vidal Quadras, former Vice President of the European Parliament (2014), Antonio López-Istúriz White, MEP and Secretary-General of European People’s Party, and Zamaswazi Dlamini-Mandela, Human Rights Advocate and Grand Daughter of Nelson Mandela.

The delegations stressed the solidarity of the peoples of their respective countries with the Iranian Resistance for freedom and people’s sovereignty. They also expressed support for Mrs. Rajavi’s 10 Point Plan for the future of Iran, which calls for a democratic, peaceful, and non-nuclear republic based on separation of church and state and peaceful co-existence with its neighbors.

In her address, referring to the election farce, Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, the President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), said, “Installing Ebrahim Raisi, the mass murderer of the 1988 massacre as president, and consolidating power within the regime is a combative and repressive configuration as fortification against the uprisings. It affords Khamenei the latitude and leeway he needs for the nuclear and missile programs.

Raisi is the most obedient and submissive functionary precisely because he is the most brutal one. Raisi has no maneuvering room to distance himself from Khamenei. His hands are soaked with the blood of 30,000 political prisoners in Iran in the summer of 1988, more than 90 percent of whom were People’s Mojahedin of Iran (PMOI/MEK). Of course, this is in addition to the thousands of executions he has ordered before and after that, during these 40 years.

Khamenei linked his and his regime’s fate to the nuclear program. Since 1991, the nuclear revelations of the Iranian Resistance have been more effective than all governments and international institutions in preventing the regime from acquiring the atomic bomb.

The Western countries’ interactions with the mullahs’ regime have fed a vicious cycle of deception and appeasement. That is to say, while the regime has been hiding its nuclear program by deceiving the world, the international community has been trying to stop or curb this project by granting concessions or by showing complacency. ‌

But the regime used the nuclear deal to revitalize and expand its atomic program. The result is that Khamenei is building a bomb and will not stop. Any agreement he signs to reduce these activities, and any promise he makes, are pure lies. Let’s not forget that in the last 20 years, the regime has not announced any of its nuclear sites, or any of its secret activities related to the nuclear program, unless it had already been disclosed by the Iranian Resistance or other sources.

Therefore, on behalf of the Iranian people and their Resistance, I declare that any agreement that does not completely close down the regime’s bomb-making, enrichment, and nuclear facilities, any agreement that does not oblige the clerical regime to withdraw the Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) from Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Afghanistan, and Lebanon is unacceptable.

Because peace and tranquility in the Middle East and the world will again be taken hostage and sacrificed. Any agreement that does not oblige the mullahs to stop torturing and executing Iranians bears no legitimacy. Anything less, in any wrapping, is tantamount to caving into the mullahs’ nuclear catastrophe. The mullahs only understand the language of firmness and strength.

To prevent them from acquiring the atomic bomb, the six UN Security Council resolutions must be implemented again, the regime’s enrichment must be stopped completely, nuclear sites must be closed, anywhere-anytime inspections must be launched, and the regime’s missile program must be brought to a halt. The UN Security Council must apply Chapter 7 of the UN Charter to the mullahs’ regime in Iran.

Khamenei has concluded from the fall of the Iraqi and Libyan governments that access to an atomic bomb would guarantee his regime’s survival. But when uprisings like the one in November 2019 erupt, the centrifuges at Natanz or Fordow will not save Khamenei regardless of their quantity or quality.

The Iranian people’s uprisings and the magnificent Army of Freedom will overthrow the mullahs’ religious fascism, whether it is nuclear-armed or not.

Secretariat of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI)
July 11, 2021

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(Video) Free Iran 2021: Iranian Expatriate Summit and the Prospect of Change In Iran

(Video) Free Iran 2021: Iranian Expatriate Summit and the Prospect of Change In Iran

This sentiment is sure to find a new outlet at the Free Iran World Summit, and the entire international community would be well advised to pay close attention.

November 2019 crackdown emerged in response to a nationwide uprising that encompassed nearly 200 localities and featured chants of “death to the dictator” and other explicit calls for regime change.”
— NCRI

PARIS, FRANCE, July 7, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ — On Saturday, the Organizers of the Free Iran World Summit 2021 will begin hosting its annual international gathering. Past such events have featured a wide range of Iranian expatriate activists, as well as American and European lawmakers and foreign policy experts representing diverse political affiliations.The event will be taking place less than a month after the vast majority of eligible Iranian voters participated in a boycott of the country’s presidential election. That effort had been aggressively promoted by the Resistance Units for more than two months beforehand, with public demonstrations, graffiti, and posters all specifically portraying it as a means to “vote for regime change.”

Tehran is naturally wary of acknowledging the widespread embrace of that message, though regime authorities did acknowledge that voter turnout for the June 18 election was the lowest for any presidential election in the 42-year history of the Iranian regime. The NCRI, however, has credibly accused the regime of inflating statistics and staging scenes at polling places to suggest that nearly half of the population visited polling places to express support for the ruling system.

Independent and dissident journalists collected thousands of video clips from polling places in hundreds of cities that suggested otherwise. The NCRI cited 1,200 such journalists in order to conclude that fewer than one in ten eligible voters cast ballots last month. Even among those who did, some of the ballots in question appear to have been deliberately rendered invalid, suggesting that they were intended as protest votes.

Such information speaks to the vast scale of public support for the electoral boycott, and that in turn suggests a similar level of support for the MEK, the NCRI, and their platform of regime change leading to a truly democratic system based on equal protection under the law and separation of religion from the state.

Those principles are detailed in the 10-point plan written by Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, the President-elect of The National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI). The plan is presented to the international community anew at each summertime gathering of expatriate activists, and it has been duly embraced by some Western policymakers as underpinning a natural alliance between their governments and the Iranian Resistance.

In the wake of this weekend’s summit, activating that alliance will be at once more important and more practical than ever before. On the one hand, the architects of the electoral boycott are sure to face greater reprisals from regime authorities now that the sham election has concluded a process of power-consolidation involving some of the most hardline affiliates of the regime’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei. If the international community does not make assertive moves to prevent it, the new leadership is certain to oversee human rights violations that rival anything else from recent years.

This is really saying something, when one considers that as recently as November 2019, regime authorities killed at least 1,500 peaceful activists in a matter of days. But that death toll is indicative of the practical aspect of potential Western support for the Iranian Resistance. That is to say, such support would dramatically amplify the challenge already posed to the regime by a domestic protest movement that threw Tehran into a state of absolute panic less than two years ago.

The November 2019 crackdown emerged in response to a nationwide uprising that encompassed nearly 200 localities and featured chants of “death to the dictator” and other explicit calls for regime change. That message had previously been popularized by a similar uprising in January 2018, and it continued to find expression after the fact in more localized protests and in the boycott not only of the June 2021 presidential election but also of the February 2020 parliamentary election.

In light of the earlier boycott and in anticipation of the next one, NCRI Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Mohammad Mohaddessin said in a press conference in May that wide-ranging avoidance of the ballot boxes would ultimately set the stage for further nationwide uprisings which would be “far more intense and widespread than in recent years.”

Signs of a pending uprising began to emerge the very day after the June 18 election, with workers in the petrochemical industry going on strike and staging protests which made it clear that they put no faith in President-elect Ebrahim Raisi’s promises of reduced corruption and economic revitalization. Additional protests have since erupted across different sectors of the economy and among the civilian population in general, and growing numbers of them are adopting the slogan “down with the Khamenei” to make it clear that they see regime change as the only solution to any of the country’s major problems.

This sentiment is sure to find a new outlet at the Free Iran World Summit, and the entire international community would be well advised to pay close attention. By listening to the messages coming from Iran itself, Western policymakers should develop a strong sense of what they can accomplish by supporting the right side in the emerging conflict between the regime and its people.

Meanwhile, by listening to the NCRI’s detailed accounts of past crimes, especially those perpetrated by Raisi, the “henchman” of a 1988 massacre of political prisoners many of the victims were either members or supporters of the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK), those same policymakers should come to understand just how important it is to take action in defense of the Iranian people before the new presidency even begins.

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(Video) Free Iran 2021: Another Uprising Looming Following Sham Elections

(Video) Free Iran 2021: Another Uprising Looming Following Sham Elections

Tens of thousands of Iranians will echo the message of the nationwide boycott of the regime’s election during the three-day Free Iran World Summit on July 10.

The ongoing strikes and protests are sending this message to the regime and the international community that Iranian people do not want this regime and demand regime change.”
— NCRI

PARIS, FRANCE, July 3, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ — In May, the National Council of Resistance of Iran (Iran) held a press conference intended to bring international attention to the unique circumstances surrounding the Iranian regime’s presidential election. In the conference, NCRI Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Mohammad Mohaddessin highlighted a growing electoral boycott movement and predicted that its success would be an especially clear sign of a “looming nationwide uprising waiting in the wings,” the outbreak of which would be “far more intense and widespread” than even the November 2019 uprising that encompassed nearly 200 Iranian cities and towns.On June 18, the first part of the NCRI’s prediction came true when even the regime’s authorities recorded historically low voter turnout. The very next day was marked by new protests which underscored the population’s certainty that a change of presidential administration would do nothing to address any of the crises plaguing the economy, public health, and so on. That sentiment had previously been expressed through numerous protests in the run-up to the election, each featuring slogans that endorsed the electoral boycott movement that was being promoted by the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK).

For two months in advance of the election, “Resistance Units” affiliated with the MEK staged public demonstrations and posted text and images in public spaces promoting the electoral boycott as a means of “voting for regime change.” Meanwhile, blue-collar worker, pensioners, and middle-class investors all staged their own protests and declared their intentions never to engage in the political process again for as long as it is run by the same tyrannical, theocratic system. “We have seen no justice,” many of those protesters explained, adding, “We will not vote anymore.”

For countless protesters, this message was certainly intended to deny political legitimacy to the regime’s next president, Ebrahim Raisi. The current judiciary chief’s election on June 18 was never in doubt, thanks to the tight control over political proceedings wielded by unelected authorities including Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei. Early on, Khamenei made it clear that Raisi was his choice to take over the presidency after the conclusion of Hassan Rouhani’s second term. As a result, the Guardian Council, a 12-member body empowered to vet legislation and candidates to high office, excluded virtually all other high-profile figures from the race for the presidency, thereby making the voting process even more of a mere formality than usual.

The Iranian regime has attempted to preserve a modicum of legitimacy for the latest election and for the regime itself by claiming that nearly fifty percent of eligible voters cast ballots in spite of the push for a mass boycott. But the MEK and the NCRI have rejected that claim, citing the testimony of 1,200 journalists from 400 localities as evidence that the actual rate of voter participation was less than ten percent. Thousands of video clips from June 18 show polling places that were empty or nearly empty and these images have only been contradicted by state media outlets that broadcast staged scenes of crowded activity at a polling place used by many government officials.

The NCRI would echo the message of the nationwide boycott of the regime’s election between July 10 and 12 when it holds its Free Iran World Summit. The event represents a revised approach to the annual gathering of Iranian expatriates and political supporters that was held in person near Paris prior to 2019, and at the MEK’s compound in Albania during the final summer before the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic.

The Free Iran World Summit will presumably reiterate the message delivered to the international community by Mr. Mohaddessin in May, while also pointing to ongoing developments inside Iran as further evidence that his prediction is on the verge of being fulfilled.

Among the protests that broke out immediately following Raisi’s election, many have continued to grow and expand in the ensuing days, including labor strikes that now comprise thousands of workers in 60 companies representing the nation’s oil and petrochemical industries alone. On Saturday, Mrs. Rajavi issued a statement to the Iranian activist community, making particular reference to the youth and urging them to “support the striking workers” and reassert “the Iranian people’s general will to overthrow the anti-labor clerical regime.”

These strikes are in line with the major Iran protests that spread across Iran in 2018 and 2019. These strikes and protests are sending this message to the regime and the international community that Iranian people do not want this regime.

This was the core message that ultimately set the stage for the follow-up nationwide uprising in November 2019, as well as the mass boycott of the electoral process not just during the 2021 presidential election farce but also during the previous year’s parliamentary election. Each of these developments also served to reinforce the Iranian regime’s anxiety over the continuous challenges it is facing from an organized Resistance movement.

During the initial uprising in 2018, the regime’s Supreme Leader Khamenei acknowledged – begrudgingly and for the first time in decades – that the MEK enjoyed powerful social influence and was capable of organizing mass demonstrations in favor of a change of government in Tehran.

With unrest currently ramping up among Iranian laborers and activists, it is highly likely that circumstances will be downright explosive and that the next nationwide uprising will be “looming” closer, in accordance with the NCRI’s prior prediction. If that is indeed the case, then various Western powers and non-governmental organizations will soon face the opportunity to help a beleaguered population to throw off the clerical dictatorship that has been depriving them of basic freedoms for more than 40 years. Furthermore, with that regime now being represented on the world stage by Raisi, a well-known human rights violator, it should be easy for those same powers to agree on a strategy of economic sanctions and diplomatic isolation in order to simultaneously hold him accountable for past crimes while signaling to the Iranian people that they have support in their fight against tyranny.

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Iran reveals COVID-19 data for July 3

Iran reveals COVID-19 data for July 3

BAKU, Azerbaijan, July 3

By Elnur Baghishov – Trend:

As many as 8,341 people have been infected with the coronavirus (COVID-19) in the past 24 hours in Iran, this was announced by the Ministry of Health and Medical Education of Iran, Trend reports.

In addition, 111 people have died from the coronavirus over the past day.

At the same time, the condition of 3,207 people remains critical.

So far, more than 23.8 million tests have been conducted in Iran for the diagnosis of coronavirus.

A total of 6.32 million people have been vaccinated in Iran so far. About 4.45 million people were vaccinated on the first stage, and 1.87 million people were vaccinated on the second stage.

Iran continues to monitor the coronavirus situation in the country. According to recent reports from Iranian officials, over 3.24 million people have been infected, and 84,627 people have already died.

Meanwhile, over 2.91 million people have reportedly recovered from the disease.

The country continues to apply strict measures to contain further spread. Reportedly, the disease was brought to Iran by a businessman from Iran’s Qom city, who went on a business trip to China, despite official warnings. The man died later from the disease.

The Islamic Republic only announced its first infections and deaths from the coronavirus on Feb. 19.

The outbreak in the Chinese city of Wuhan – which is an international transport hub – began at a fish market in late December 2019.

The World Health Organization (WHO) on March 11 declared COVID-19 a pandemic. Some sources claim the coronavirus outbreak started as early as November 2019.

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(Video) Free Iran 2021: Topics at Iranian Expatriate Summit to Include Catastrophic Coronavirus Response

Free Iran gathering Paris 2018.

July 2, 2021 - The National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), and the People’s Mujahedin of Iran (PMOI / MEK Iran), reported that the coronavirus death toll in 547 cities surpasses 320,800.

The National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), and the People’s Mujahedin of Iran (PMOI / MEK Iran), reported that the coronavirus death toll in 547 cities surpasses 320,800.

July 2, 2021 - With the strategy of mass casualties, Khamenei intends to erect a barrier against the looming popular uprising, Mrs. Rajavi said. Otherwise, he could have limited the dimensions of the catastrophe by allocating part of the one trillion doll

With the strategy of mass casualties, Khamenei intends to erect a barrier against the looming popular uprising, Mrs. Rajavi said. Otherwise, he could have limited the dimensions of the catastrophe by allocating part of the one trillion dollars stolen.

July 2, 2021 - The predictable result of this situation is that, of the less than six percent of Iranians who have received a vaccine, the overwhelming majority are wealthy and well-connected individuals, including regime officials.

The predictable result of this situation is that, of the less than six percent of Iranians who have received a vaccine, the overwhelming majority are wealthy and well-connected individuals, including regime officials.

July 2, 2021 - Photos of some of the Martyrs of the November 2019 Iran protests, which MEK's network inside Iran has collected.

Photos of some of the Martyrs of the November 2019 Iran protests, which MEK’s network inside Iran has collected.

July 2, 2021 - (NCRI) and (PMOI / MEK Iran): Women Leaders in the November 2019 Uprisings.

(NCRI) and (PMOI / MEK Iran): Women Leaders in the November 2019 Uprisings.

July 2, 2021 - Fallen for Freedom in November 2019 Uprising Across Iran.

Fallen for Freedom in November 2019 Uprising Across Iran.

June 26, 2021 - Expatriates Planning Rally To Follow up on Boycott of Iran’s Presidential Election.

Expatriates Planning Rally To Follow up on Boycott of Iran’s Presidential Election.

Soon after vaccines became available to international markets, Khamenei banned their import from the United States or the United Kingdom.

The Free Iran World Summit, with reference to currently ongoing protests and labor strikes, and the June 18 boycott of the election that handed the presidency to Ebrahim Raisi a mass murderer.”
— NCRI

PARIS, FRANCE, July 2, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ — On July 10, the Iranian expatriates will begin their three-day “Free Iran World Summit,” an online event that will connect Iranian expatriate communities and political supporters of the pro-democracy coalition in numerous countries throughout the world.Speeches by Iranian activists will naturally present details of the political situation in Iran and the renewed growth of unrest in the wake of the June 18 appointment of notorious human rights violator Ebrahim Raisi as the country’s next president. But many of the same speakers can be expected to touch upon other issues that remain unresolved after months or years, including issues related to Iran’s Covid-19 outbreaks.

Even Iranian regime officials are now anticipating a “fifth wave” as part of the global coronavirus pandemic. Whereas many of the surrounding countries of the region have vaccinated significant portions of their populations, the Iranian regime has delivered shots to less than six percent of Iranians, and the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), has unequivocally described this situation as the product of both incompetence and malice on the part of regime authorities.

The coalition of democratic opposition has also emphasized that despite Tehran’s acknowledgment of the potential for future outbreaks, the regime has dramatically downplayed the severity of the crisis it helped create.

The latest reports from Iran’s Health Ministry suggest that the overall death toll from Covid-19 infections is around 84,000. But according to the NCRI, the true death toll is over 320,000, nearly four times higher than the official estimate. Over the course of the pandemic, official statistics and independent reporting have seen even wider discrepancies, with long stretches during which the Health Ministry was apparently reporting around one-sixth as many fatalities as had actually occurred. But in terms of percentages, the largest discrepancies came at the earliest stages of the pandemic, when people were only just beginning to die but the regime refused to acknowledge that anyone in the country had even become sick.

Iranian regime’s outgoing President Hassan Rouhani was quick to deny that this had been the situation once the severity of the crisis had become obvious. In a speech, he declared that the regime “did not delay one day” in informing the people of community spread, making that announcement just ahead of the country’s February 2020 parliamentary election. Almost immediately, though, this claim was disproven by the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK), which obtained documents from the National Emergency Organization showing that the first suspected cases of coronavirus infection had been recorded as early as December 2019.

The regime’s denial of these early cases set the stage for a crisis that would spiral out of control, and it clearly demonstrated the self-serving nature of the regime itself. Had public concern been stoked or lockdowns put into place at that early stage, authorities might have lost opportunities to facilitate large-scale participation in public celebrations and parades on the occasion of the regime’s 40th anniversary, as well as in the election which Tehran envisioned as a means of demonstrating vital political legitimacy in the wake of two massive nationwide uprisings.

In fact, it seems likely that the only reason Rouhani and other officials even acknowledged the pandemic when they did was because it had become clear by then that a MEK-led boycott of the parliamentary election was going to prove successful, depressing election turnout to the lowest levels in the history of the Iranian regime. Sudden warnings about the novel coronavirus allowed the regime to blame the low turnout on public vigilance – an ironic strategy in light of the fact that many of the same authorities would later blame the people’s supposed lack of vigilance for the third and fourth waves of infection.

In reality, those waves had more to do with the regime’s refusal to impose serious restrictions on movement and social activity in the middle of a year that the regime’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei declared should be dedicated to boosting economic production. That twisted priority also guaranteed that authorities would not release financial resources to support the general population during the crisis, even though Khamenei and the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps each control hundreds of billions of dollars through so-called religious foundations, front-companies, and other sources.

What’s more, the IRGC and other government-linked institutions have been keen to capitalize on potential solutions to the crisis in order to make even more money. Soon after vaccines became available to international markets, Khamenei banned their import from the United States or the United Kingdom, effectively canceling pre-arranged philanthropic donations and leaving the Iranian people to rely on less effective and less thoroughly tested vaccines from Iran-friendly countries like Russia, as well domestic vaccines that had not gone into production at the time. Their distribution was entrusted to supposedly private entities, most of which were IRGC front companies, and although Tehran had assured the people that vaccinations would be free, doses soon began appearing on the black market with extortionate price tags.

The predictable result of this situation is that, of the less than six percent of Iranians who have received a vaccine, the overwhelming majority are wealthy and well-connected individuals, including regime officials. Such selective protection clearly justifies the Iranian people’s pre-existing outrage over the regime’s self-serving behaviors – outrage that had been expressed on a vast scale in November 2019.

That uprising was the second of its kind, having been preceded by nationwide protests in January 2018 and countless loosely connected local demonstrations throughout the subsequent year. All of this unrest featured slogans such as “death to the dictator,” which evoked clear public demand for regime change and scared the regime leader into acknowledging that the MEK had played a leading role in organizing the nationwide activism.

Since then, Khamenei and others have continually warned one another about the prospect of more MEK-led unrest. These warnings prompted an extraordinary crackdown on the second uprising, which killed approximately 1,500 people and sent more than 12,000 to jail where they faced systematic torture over a period of months. During that period, Iranian jails and prisons became hotbeds of coronavirus infection, and the resulting impact on political prisoners helped push the NCRI toward the conclusion that regime authorities were deliberately allowing the pandemic to go virtually unchecked in Iran because it reduced the risk of large-scale demonstrations.

Indeed, such unrest remained largely absent throughout 2020, but began to return earlier this year with incidents that Mrs. Maryam Rajavi highlighted as evidence that “the flame of the uprisings has risen from the ashes of the coronavirus.” That message is sure to reiterate at the Free Iran World Summit, with reference to currently ongoing protests and labor strikes, and the June 18 boycott of the election that handed the presidency to Ebrahim Raisi, the man who, as judiciary chief, spearheaded the crackdown on the November 2019 uprising.

These details should demonstrate to Western powers that there is practical value in supporting the Iranian Resistance. The underlying context, meanwhile, will reinforce the moral value of working against a tyrannical regime that is willing to focus on enriching itself while a deadly virus spreads unimpeded among the civilian population.

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Joe Biden warns Iran will ‘never’ get nuclear weapon after US base strike reports

Joe Biden warns Iran will ‘never’ get nuclear weapon after US base strike reports

The US President sent a clear warning against Iran as tensions in the Middle East flared up. He made the remarks during a meeting with Israeli President Reuven Rivlin in the White House.

The 46th President said: “What I can say to you Iran will never get a nuclear weapon on my watch as they say.”

He also told the Israeli president the US had an “ironclad” responsibility toward Israel’s defence.

Mr Biden added: “We’re committed to – unwavering commitment to your self defence.

“It’s real. It’s something that I often say: If there weren’t an Israel we’d have to invent one.”

On Sunday, Mr Biden ordered a round of airstrikes against Iran-backed militia in response to strikes by the militia on US facilities in Iraq.

The US military addressed the airstrikes in a statement.

It confirmed that “operational and weapons storage facilities” at two locations in Syria and one location in Iraq were targeted.”

It is the second time Mr Biden has responded to Iran-backed militia since taking office at the beginning of the year.

In February, strikes were ordered on a location in Syria in retaliation to rocket attacks from Iraq.

A statement from The Pentagon pointed out that the response showed “President Biden has been clear that he will act to protect US personnel”, and that taking “necessary, appropriate, and deliberate action” is “designed to limit the risk of escalation”.

It is not known whether there were fatalities or if anyone had been injured.

John Kirby, Pentagon press secretary, said: “At President Biden’s direction, US military forces earlier this evening conducted defensive precision airstrikes against facilities used by Iran-backed militia groups in the Iraq-Syria border region.

“The targets were selected because these facilities are utilized by Iran-backed militias that are engaged in unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) attacks against US personnel and facilities in Iraq.”

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Iran Navy: Inside the Iranian warship fleet – full arsenal exposed

Iran Navy: Inside the Iranian warship fleet - full arsenal exposed

The heaviest ship in the Iranian Navy sank on Wednesday after catching fire in the Gulf of Oman. All crew were safely evacuated according to Iran’s semi-official news agencies. The cause of the blaze, which began at about 2.25am local time has yet to be announced, however, many are speculating it might be the latest in a series of attacks on ships owned by archenemies Iran and Israel. Iranian Fars news agency reported: “All efforts to save the vessel were unsuccessful and it sank.”

What other ships does the Iran Navy have in its arsenal?

The Islamic Republic of Iran Navy has the following vessels:

  • Six subsurface combatant ships
  • 31 surface combatant ships
  • 24 amphibious ships
  • 27 auxiliary ships – including the sunken IRIS Kharg.

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Surface combatants ships

Surface combatants are a subset of naval warships which are designed to engage in combat on the surface of the water, with their own weapons.

There are three ships in the Alvand class, the IRIS Alvand, IRIS Alborz and IRSI Sabalan, weighing 1,400 tons.

The Moudge class also has three ships – the IRIS Jamaran, IRIS Damavand and IRIS Sahand, all weighing 1,500 tons.

Two ships weighing 900 tons belong to the Bayandor class: IRIS Bayandor and IRIS Naghdi.

There is just one 539-ton ship belonging to the Hamzeh class – the IRIS Hamzeh, commissioned in 1986.

The Kaman class has a large fleet of 10 ships: IRIS Kaman, IRIS Xoubin, IRIS Khadang, IRIS Falakhon, IRIS Shamshir, IRIS Gorz, IRIS Gardouneh, IRIS Khanjar, IRIS Neyzeh and IRIS Tabarzin.

All of the ships weigh 234 tons and they are fast attack crafts originally from France.

The fast attack crafts in the Sina class include the IRIS Paykan, IRIS Joshan, IRIS Derafsh, IRIS Separ and IRIS Zereh, all weighing 275 tons.

There are three 85-ton ships as part of the Kaivan class, the IRIS Kaivan, IRIS Tiran and IRIS Mahan – all of which are patrol crafts.

There are three other patrol craft vessels, the IRIS Parvin, IRIS Bahram and IRIS Nahid, weighing 105 tons.

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Amphibious ships

There are 24 vessels belonging to the amphibious ship category.

These crafts are employed to land and support ground forces, such as marines, on enemy territory during an amphibious assault, which is an offensive military operation where naval ships project ground and air power onto a hostile or hostile shore at a designated landing beach.

The Hengam class has four ships, the IRIS Hengam, IRIS Larak, IRIS Tonb and IRIS Lavan all weighing 2,581 tons full-load.

There are six ships belonging to the Karbala Class, two with unknown names, in addition to the Fouque, Qeshm, Hormoz and Farour.

There are eight ships in the SR.N6 and six ships in the BH.7 classes respectively, weighing 10 tons and 55 tons full-load respectively.

Auxiliary ships

An auxiliary ship is a naval ship designed to operate in support of combatant ships and other naval operations.

The IRINS Makran is an expeditionary sea base vessel which has been commissioned in 2021.

The Kangan class includes four tanker ships all weighing 12,193 tons full-load: IRIS Kangan, IRIS Taheri, IRIS Shahid Marjni and IRIS Amir.

There are two ships in the Bandar Abbas class, the IRIS Bandar Abbas and IRIS Bushehr, each weighing 4,748 tons full-load.

The IRIS Kharg was the heaviest ship in the Iran Navy, weighing 33,544 tons full-load.

Seven ships are included in the Delvar class, all weighing 1,300 tons: the Deylam, Delvar, Sirjan, Charak, Chiroo, Souru and the Dayer ships.

A large class of ships is the Hendijan class which includes 12 tender ships.

The ships are the Macham, Khoramshahr, Hendijan, Sirik, Konarak, Gavatar, Moqam, Bahregan, Kalat, Ganaveh, Rostami and Nayband – all weighing in at 420 tons full-load.

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Iran is planning an oil export boost once US lifts sanctions

Iran is planning an oil export boost once US lifts sanctions

Iran is preparing to boost production and exports of crude oil as talks on the nuclear deal with the United States continue to progress, government officials said, as quoted by Bloomberg.

According to the report, Iran could return to a production level of 4 million bpd in as little as three months. What’s more, it could add to that figure millions of barrels of crude currently in storage, the report said.

At the moment, the National Iranian Oil Company is preparing fields for greater production, even though a deal is not certain at all. Even if signed, it will take a while for all hurdles the Trump administration placed on the way to Iranian oil to international markets to be removed.

“Our return may be a gradual process rather than swift and sudden — it can’t happen overnight,” former NIOC official and Iran OPEC envoy Mohammad Ali Khatibi told Bloomberg in an interview. That’s not only because of US sanctions but because of the damage to crude oil demand resulting from the coronavirus pandemic.
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Even when the sanctions are lifted, some buyers may be reluctant to do business with Tehran, Khatibi also said, as quoted by Bloomberg. However, oil production will almost certainly grow, according to analysts.

No matter how the negotiations end, and no matter what happens to the Iranian oil industry after the end of the talks, Iran’s oil minister won’t be there to see it as he said he will be retiring later this year after the term of President Hassan Rouhani ends.

“If they offer me the presidency I won’t accept it, let alone the ministry,” Bijan Zanganeh told media, as quoted by Bloomberg. “I will retire, I won’t take another official post. But politics is life, you can’t separate yourself from it entirely.”

This article was originally published on Oilprice.com

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