Reporting by PMOI/MEK
Iran, May 20, 2021—As the Iranian regime prepares for its sham presidential election, the network of the Iranian opposition continued its campaign across the country calling for the boycott of this masquerade that only serves to justify the tyrannical rule of the mullahs.
The network of the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK), known as the Resistance Units spread anti-regime slogans in Tehran, Isfahan, Mashhad, Tabriz, Ahvaz, Karaj, Kermanshah, Saveh, Nishabur, Gachsaran, Esfarayen, Qom, Nikshahr, Astane Ashrafiyeh, Sabzevar, Anzali, Chalus, Zahedan, and Khorramabad. “Our vote is regime change and boycott of the mullahs’ sham elections,” read their slogans.
These slogans were spread on various city walls and public places and were widely welcomed by the public. The Resistance Units also installed 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,” “Down with Khamenei, hail to Rajavi” and “Iranian people’s vote is regime change.”
This is while the regime punishes any support for the MEK with heavy sentences.
These brave activities are happening as the regime is in the process of registering the candidates for the presidential race. Security forces are dispatched across cities, especially in Tehran, to confront any anti-regime activities. The regime needs elections to gain legitimacy while the Iranian people are determined for an all-out boycott.
It is worth noting that all candidates must be approved by the Guardian Council, whose members are selected by the regime’s supreme leader Ali Khamenei, an unelected official that has final say on all matters of state. Earlier this week, the state-run media Shafaqna news agency reported that election turnout is forecasted at around 40 percent. This percentage was also confirmed by the daily Amran on May 16. “There are many whispers (among people) about not participating in the elections,” the daily Arman wrote. This is while the regime’s media have a history of twisting facts in favor of the regime, which means the real forecast for turnout is much lower.
All candidates have been actively involved in all regime’s crimes in the last 42 years, and in the eyes of the people, any election under the mullahs’ rule has no legitimacy.
One of the candidates is the current Judiciary Chief Ebrahim Raisi, best known for his direct role in the 1988 massacre, in which over 30,000 political prisoners were executed in a matter of weeks. Raisi was a key member of the notorious “Death Commissions,” a trio of regime officials who summoned political prisoners and sealed their fate in trials that lasted no more than a few minutes.
In such circumstances that the regime tries to impose an atmosphere of fear and repression, activities of the Resistance Units are a boost of hope and aim to break the mullahs’ repression.
The Resistance Units bravely organize anti-regime activities on the daily basis checkered across Iran.