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Iranian Resistance Units Lead the Ongoing Protests

Fundamental changes in Iranian society arose from a wide variety of causes such as dictatorship, corruption, inflation, Incompetence of the authorities, and the dissatisfaction of the people. Protests and strikes by the population challenge the authorities in all walks of life. The society refuses obedience to the order of theocratic rule. As the protests grow the resistance units are gradually formed and make known the anger of the people.  In the beginning, they are small groups but they expand very fast.

After the nationwide uprisings in Dec 2017, protests and strikes expanded in Iran. According to social media reports, the Mujahedin-e Khalq (PMOI/MEK), had a significant role in creating “resistance units” that lead, organize and sustain protests.  The people slowly started to get organized, both locally and on a larger scale. During the past year hardly a single day has passed without anti government protests. 2018 was a very important year because the uprising continued and resistance units expanded, despite the regime trying everything they could to stop it.

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Tehran’s fear of activities led by Iranian Resistance Units,  echoes in the official regime’s newspaper . Shohadaye Iran, a state-run news website.   On Jan. 11, 2019 the paper ran an article titled “[PMOI/MEK] writes graffiti in Behesht-e Zahra,” in which it betrayed the Iranian regime’s fear of the activities led by groups of organized activists supporting the PMOI/MEK. “Writing slogans [on walls and floors] by [PMOI/MEK] is not an uncommon sight,” Shohada writes. “However, the fact that the writing hasn’t been erased after several days might indicate that [officials] have become weak in preserving the values of the Islamic Revolution.”

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This state-run website describes the activities of the resistance units as such: “In the past several days, when families of those killed in the Iran-Iraq war visit the graves, they report that [PMOI/MEK] have written slogans near the location of the graves of war victims and they are unsatisfied that officials are not tending to the situation.”

The Shohahda website continues, “After receiving calls from some of the families of war fatalities, a reporter from Shohada visited the cemetery. Pictures obtained from the scene show that [PMOI/MEK] and opponents of the regime have extended their influence to this region.”

Shohada urged regime officials to remove the traces of the slogans and graffiti written by the supporter of PMOI/MEK.

As long as the one-year-old protest movement remains active, the regime will be in an unusually vulnerable state.

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This situation demands international attention, particularly in the form of economic sanctions and diplomatic isolation aimed at limiting the regime’s ability to project force beyond its borders and to crack down on dissent inside them. Just as important is the fact that the ongoing efforts of PMOI resistance units and other Iranian activists represent a virtually unparalleled opportunity for foreign adversaries of the Regime.

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