Reporting by PMOI/MEK
Iran, April 20, 2021—The Iranian Opposition network inside Iran continued its vast campaign calling for the boycott of the regime’s sham presidential elections of June 2021.
In various cities, walls were marked with writings rejecting the elections. “No to the sham elections,” “My vote is for regime change,” and “Down with [regime supreme leader Ali] Khamenei,” were some of the slogans the Resistance Units graffitied on the walls.
The Resistance Units, the network of the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK), organized these anti-regime activities in Tehran, Shiraz, Isfahan, Tabriz, Varamin, Nishabur, Gachsaran, Kerman, Kashan, Sabzevar, Kermanshah, Borujerd, Karaj, Shahsavar, Maku, Ahvaz, Ilam, and Dezful.
In recent weeks, the boycott of the elections has turned into a widespread social movement in Iran. During various social protests in recent weeks, protesters in various cities have been chanting, “We’ve heard so many lies that we won’t vote anymore.”
The activities of the Iranian Opposition network across the country help to break the atmosphere of fear and repression the mullahs have imposed and back and encourage the outraged people who demand regime change.
In recent days, the regime’s state-run media and several officials also acknowledged the dissatisfaction of the Iranian society and warned of a very low turnout in the upcoming elections.
“The atmosphere of the elections is very cold in the country and according to the statistics, no more than 25 percent will participate and this is a very worrying issue,” said former member of the Majlis (Parliament) Mahmoud Sadeghi on April 18. “We are witnessing widespread dissatisfaction and despair in the society,” Sadeghi added.
In such powder keg circumstances of Iran’s society, the MEK’s Resistance Units are advancing a brave campaign on daily basis against the regime’s investments for its most important political event.
They are risking their lives to spread anti-regime slogans. On April 19, in Isfahan, the Resistance Units wrote anti-regime slogans on the walls of a Revolutionary Guard (IRGC) Basij base. These bases were the regime’s main instruments to suppress protesters during the major anti-regime protests in November 2019, where 1500 innocent people were gunned down in the streets by the security forces.
In Tehran, Varamin, Shiraz, Nishabur, and Isfahan, the Resistance Units installed huge posters of the Iranian Resistance leader Massoud Rajavi and the President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) Maryam Rajavi with the slogans, “A strong no to the religious dictatorship, yes to a democratic republic,” “Our vote is regime change and boycott of the sham elections,” “No to the mullahs’ rule, no to religious tyranny, no to repression, no to looting, and yes to freedom and a democratic republic,” and “The election boycott is a response to the killing of 1500 protesters in November 2019.”
This is while supporting the MEK is punished with heavy prison sentences and execution. But despite risks of arrests the members of the Resistance Units bravely took to graffiti with the slogan, “Democracy and freedom with Maryam Rajavi.”
Also, In Mashhad, in a brave initiative, the Resistance Units put the slogan “My vote is for regime change, yes to a democratic republic,” on small pieces of paper on car windows.
While installing a huge banner reading, “My vote is regime change,” a young man from Ilam said in his video message, “My vote is overthrowing of the mullahs’ corrupt regime. Down with the dictator and hail to Massoud Rajavi and Maryam Rajavi. As an Iranian, I warn Khamenei that our country is not for sale. We will overthrow you. Hail to the MEK, and a free Iran. My vote is for regime change.”
In other video messages from across Iran, many people held placards reading: “My vote is for regime change, yes to a democratic republic,” and “Boycotting the sham election is a patriotic duty.”
As one of the slogans of the Resistance Units clearly indicated, “The Iranian Resistance has proudly boycotted all the regime’s illegitimate elections.” The regime’s upcoming presidential elections are nothing but a sham political game in which the regime tries to gain legitimacy. Therefore, especially after five major anti-regime uprisings since 2018, the Iranian people clearly expressed their desire for the overthrowing of the mullahs’ regime and the establishment of freedom and democracy.