By Atousa Pilger
A gathering at Ashraf-3, home to Iran’s mains opposition movement the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK), honored and marked the 40th-day commemoration of more than 1,500 killed during November 2019 Nationwide Protests.
Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, the President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) said in her remarks that “these martyrs were empty-handed and defenseless in the face of the vicious and ruthless enemy.”
Maryam Rajavi emphasized that the November 2019 Nationwide Protests “dealt a major, devastating, and irreparable blow to the regime in its entirety. Angry protesters confronted the regime’s suppressive forces by destroying the mullahs’ centers of repression and plunder… It showed the path to, and the prospects of, the victory of the uprisings and the liberation of Iran.”
“The protests was the scene of a showdown between protesters, young people and resistance units on the one hand, and on the other hand the regime in its entirety, including its suppressive forces and its political apparatus. The Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) took over control and command for suppressing protests. All suppressive forces acted under the direct command of the IRGC. Yet, they failed to bring the situation under their control. At 6:45 a.m. on Sunday, November 17, the mullahs’ supreme leader Ali Khamenei hurried to the scene to personally issue the order for an all-out suppression of the uprising…. The regime deployed armored personnel carriers, tanks, and helicopters in some cities,” added NCRI’s President-elect.
Mrs. Rajavi noted that “the uprising shattered the IRGC’s hollow invincibility. People realized their own power and strength, terrifying the other side. Now, it is the regime that is permanently overwhelmed by fear. The regime has admitted that resistance units have been working ceaselessly for the past two years, and have influenced the direction of the uprising. Indeed, the activities of the resistance units since January 2018 exacted great sacrifices to keep the flames of the uprising alight.”
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Mrs. Rajavi emphasized that “the massacre of 1,500 youth intensifies the Iranian nation’s rage and strengthens the Iranian people’s resolve for freedom. The bloody November uprising also dashed certain myths and illusions about the regime. It showed that no one in Iran has pinned any hope on change from within the regime. The only solution is the overthrow of the regime in its entirety, and this will definitely happen.”
She called on the U.N Security Council to declare regime’s leaders such as Khamenei, Rouhani, Ali Shamkhani, secretary for the Supreme Security Council, and Hossein Salami, the IRGC’s commander, as perpetrators of crimes against humanity so that they face justice.
Mrs. Rajavi reiterated that:
– The United Nations must immediately dispatch fact-finding missions to Iran to investigate the situation of those killed, wounded and imprisoned.
– The world must support the legitimacy of the resistance waged by Iran’s rebellious youths against the ruthless Revolutionary Guards.
– The struggle of the people of Iran to overthrow this regime must be recognized. This is the same right stipulated in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, in the French Revolution, and in America’s Declaration of Independence.
– Maryam Rajavi concluded that solidarity and cooperation are the essential elements for sustaining the uprising. It is a patriotic duty to support the families of martyrs, attend to the wounded, and assist the resistance units in any form and to any extent possible.