The vicious repression of the huge protests that swept Iran last November (2019) is part of the policy of Velayat-e-Faqih or the religious rule by the mullahs over the state. The IRGC is the main means by which this rule of law is enforced against anyone who dares to criticize or protest. Velayat-e-Faqih was established after the fall of the Shah in 1979 and the takeover by Ruhollah Khomeini and his bunch of religious fanatics.
— People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) (@Mojahedineng) June 7, 2020
Mullah’s regime judge Ahmad Sajjadi discussed the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI / MEK) role in the 2019 Uprisings in an interview with state television on Thursday, June 4, 2020, Sajjadi revealed the regime’s fear of the MEK and their power to lead another uprising and suggested that the mullahs will follow in regime founder Ruhollah Khomeini’s footsteps in trying to eliminate the (PMOI / MEK Iran).
The fact that protests continue to erupt and reach the size that took place in November 2019 is a signal that Iranian people have had enough of this regime and are willing to get rid of it.
Women’s pivotal role in leading the uprising; 6th day of #IranProtests
The state media have published articles about the organized protests and women’s pivotal role in leading the uprising.https://t.co/I6XWW524MR
— Women's Committee NCRI (@womenncri) November 20, 2019
Women’s Role in the November 2019 Protests
Even the state-run media have sat up and took notice of the important role women are taking in the protests against the regime. It’s no surprise they are doing so as they are doubly oppressed in Iran. Some of the comments that Iranian media made during and after the November 2019 protests are as follows:
- “In many places, especially on the outskirts of Tehran, women appear in their 30s and 35s have a special role to play in leading the unrest.” (Fars News Agency).
- “Special work was defined for women. They played a key role both in attacking the “sisters’ mobilization centers”. “But the style of employing women was similar to the MEK‘s women’s maneuvers.” (IRGC’s Javan newspaper).
"This summit echoes calls for the clerical regime’s overthrow, which were heard during successive uprisings from December 2017 and January 2018 to November 2019 and January 2020." .@iran_policy @Maryam_Rajavi #FreeIran2020 #sponsored https://t.co/sF7JnVw4Ps
— The Washington Times (@WashTimes) August 29, 2020
On the eve of International Women’s Day, I offer my congratulation on this day, which marks women’s struggle, sacrifice, and suffering to build a world free from exploitation, oppression, and violence.
This year, International Women’s Day has taken on more meaning with the heroism of the arisen women in Iran and the blood of women killed in the protests in November.
On behalf of the Iranian people and Resistance, and in the name of my martyred and captive sisters, I declare 2020 International Women’s Day as the Day of Women Martyred in the Iran Uprising in November 2019.
The regime has acknowledged that the protests were not spontaneous: they were organized
Again, the state-run media, mouthpieces of the regime, have acknowledged that the protests taking place across Iran last November and since are not random events but are due to organization by the Iranian opposition on the ground. Comments made in the media included the following:
- “The rioters were an organized group,” said of the protests. “They were doing the same thing all over the country.” (Saffar Harandi).
- “The role of the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI / MEK), in the recent events in the country was very significant. In a way that caused widespread destruction with management and influence in some cities.” (Mohammad Taghi Shahcheraghi, the commander of the Qom IRGC).
- “Over the past two years, the MEK has been training and directing various groups and circles in the protests,” (Naqvi Hosseini, the Majlis’s Security Commission spokesperson at the time).
The #Iranian regime has denied the significance of the role of the #PMOI #MEK #Iran dismissing the opposition #NCRI as having a small following and being rejected by the people. https://t.co/070OTmrHPh #IRGCTerrorWithoutBorders #coronavirus #MullahCovidHolocaust @USAdarFarsi pic.twitter.com/F1aSX6lK80
— MEK Iran (Mujahedin-e Khalq) (@MEK_Iran) June 9, 2020
The scale of the November 2019 protests
The widespread scale of the November protests last year caught the regime and its agents of oppression by surprise. The evidence for this comes from some of the comments at the time made by key officials and military personnel:
- “This (demonstration) was while on the first day, 28 provinces and 100 neighborhoods and cities were involved in this issue. I talked to the IRGC commanders in some cities, and at times reminded me of Karbala IV. We fought for 48 hours.” (Ali Fadavi).
- “These events were unique in their kind during the forty years of the Islamic Revolution.” (Yadollah Jawani).
- “The November 2009 protests were a full-scale war that covered the whole country at once. Only God saved us.” (Salar Abnoosh, Basij commander).
- “Strange hostilities that we witnessed with this intensity and concentration not in 1999, not in 2009, and basically in no other sensitive and insensitive moment! Really, what tribe were we really facing these days?! When and where were they trained?! From which holes did they penetrate?! “And how did they emerge from the floor of our streets in new clothes?” (Javan newspaper)
The scale of the repression meted out by the IRGC during the November protests was as unprecedented as the protests themselves, the largest protests in post-revolution history. The massacre of some 1,500 people and the mass arrests left ordinary Iranians in no doubt about the character of this regime. Reuters confirmed in a special report on December 23, 2019, about the deadly crackdown on November nationwide protests in Iran the death toll of 1500 that was announced by the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI / MEK Iran) on December 15, 2019.
The Velayat-e Faqih, or religious dictatorship, was revealed for what it was: a rotten and evil policy designed solely to prop up the increasingly shaky dictatorship of the mullahs.
Special Representative for Iran Brian Hook: “The @Reuters report on the massacre ordered by @khamenei_ir underscores the urgency for the international community to punish the perpetrators and isolate the regime for the murder of 1,500 Iranian citizens.” https://t.co/TpUncLjDcv
— Department of State (@StateDept) December 23, 2019
“Death to the oppressor, whether Shah or leader”
This slogan was commonly heard at the 2019 protests and continues to be used today when activists speak out on the streets. It is the recognition that the Iranian people demand a change in government and want neither a return to the corrupt Shah nor control by the theocracy.
It is not just the Basij barracks that have been targeted, the bases of the hated oppressors of the Iranian people. The offices and houses of the regime’s duplicitous “Friday Prayer Imams” have also been attacked. Protesters are aware that the version of Islam espoused by these charlatans is the one that is used to make people miserable and subservient to the regime.
As protests have been increasing in frequency, it has become clear that the regime of Velayat-e-Faqih is on its last legs and has no relevance left to ordinary Iranians. It will soon be removed and replaced by a democratic and secular alternative.