Reporting by PMOI/MEK
Iran, January 14, 2021—Simaye Azadi (INTV), the satellite television channel of the Iranian Resistance held a four-day telethon which started on Friday, January 8, and continued until Tuesday, in which Iranians across the world showed their support for the cause of freedom in Iran.
This was the 25th telethon for the INTV, in which Iranian across Iran and all around the world lent their financial and full support for the struggle of the main Iranian opposition movement, the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK).
Many of the program’s callers were from inside Iran, with they risk arrest for expressing support for the Iranian opposition. In the past, the regime has condemned financial support for the MEK as enmity against God and punished it with executions. On June 1, 2014, the regime executed MEK supporter Gholamreza Khosravi for providing financial support to INTV.
Contributors and callers from inside Iran appreciated MEK’s restless work and its revelation of the regime’s inhuman crimes, especially with regard to the coronavirus crisis, which has become worse because of the regime’s cover-up the death toll and its refusal to provide vaccines. The callers described INTV as the voice of Iran’s uprising, the Resistance Units, and the martyrs of Iran’s struggle for freedom. They said the Iranian Resistance’s television is the “reflection of the voice of Iranians living under repression”, “a candle in the dark,” and “a light that brings hope and enthusiasm to hearts and homes.”
Also, despite many risks, the number of calls from inside Iran was incomparable with previous telethons. The calls were made from all across the country, from Tehran, Arak, Ardabil, Urmia, Isfahan, Anzali, Abadan, Ahvaz, Izeh, Ilam, Borazjan, Behbehan, Birjand, Bushehr, Bumehen, Tabriz, Torbatejam, Tangestan, Toyserkan, Khorramshahr, Khorramabad, Daliran, Dezfoul, Damavand, Rasht, Robat Karim, Zanjan, Sari, Salmas, Semnan, Sanandaj, Shahr-e Kord, Shahriar, Shiraz, Shirvan, Fereydoun Shahr, Qazvin, Qom, Quchan, Kazeroun, Karaj, Kerman, Kermanshah, Gachsaran, Lahijan, Lordegan, Lamerd, Mashhad, Noshahr, Neishabur, Varamin, Hamadan, Yasuj, and Hashtgerd. In addition, many people sent recorded and written support messages.
Also, the Iranian Resistance Units, the network of the MEK inside Iran, organized a simultaneous campaign supporting the INTV telethon. In cities checkered across Iran, the Resistance Units installed banners, handwritten slogans, and messages in support of the INTV that read the “INTV is the voice of Iran protests, of freedom-loving people of Iran living under mullahs’ repression, and a hope for victory in darkness.”
Many callers, bravely identified themselves as members of the Resistance Units despite the risk of being arrested. They praised the MEK’s 41 years struggle against the mullahs and hailed the martyrs fallen for freedom, especially the 30,000 Iranian political prisoners executed in 1988, and pledged to continue their path.
Behnam from Damavand emotionally said “You, the MEK, are our only hope. People are dying in here. We are living in pain. We will rise up and destroy the mullahs.” Farhad from Karaj, while he could barely speak due to a serious respiratory problem said, “With the hope for victory, and hail to the MEK, I will support you monthly.”
During the third day of 25th telethon for INTV, people across Iran mourned and paid tribute to the brave Iranian Resistance pilot Colonel Behzad Mo’ezzi, who passed away on Sunday, January 11, from leukemia in a hospital in Paris. Mo’ezzi flew the Iranian Resistance leader Massoud Rajavi from the first fighter Air Force Base in Tehran to Paris in 1981, at a time when the regime was hunting the resistance leader. Mo’ezzi had said on several occasions that he considered his flight with Massoud Rajavi as the most important flight of his life. Iranians praised his relentless dedication and struggle against the Shah and mullahs’ regimes, and hailed his heroism, loyalty, and great service.
All the callers and contributors had a common message: The people of Iran are ready for change. The 25th telethon for the Iranian opposition TV channel was not just a fundraising campaign—it was a national march and cry for freedom and democracy in Iran.