By Daniel Mahdavi
Protests in Sweden: solidarity with victims of the coronavirus outbreak in Iran
Iranians, supporters of the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI, Mujahedin-e Khalq or MEK) and the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) held simultaneous protests in different cities in Sweden on Saturday, expressing their solidarity with the victims of the coronavirus outbreak in Iran; and condemning regime’s inaction and cover-up.
These protests were held on March 8, 2020, in Stockholm, Gothenburg and Malmö. The MEK and NCRI supporters while condemning regime’s criminal cover-up of the coronavirus outbreak in Iran, which has claimed lives of over 2,600 people, expressed their solidity with the victims and their families. Regime’s inaction and cover-up has expedited the spread of the COVID-19.
The participants of these rallies in Sweden declared that regime’s supreme leader, Ali Khamenei’s downplaying the crisis and his cover-up has turned Iran to the epicenter of this disease, as well as increasing number of the victims of the coronavirus outbreak in Iran.
While exposing regime’s criminal cover-up the MEK and NCRI supporters chanted slogans such as: “Khamenei you are the virus, inauspicious mullah,” and “down Khamenei and [regime’s president Hassan] Rouhani.”
The participants of these protests in Sweden urged the World Health Organization (WHO) and the entire international community to take immediate action to help victims of the coronavirus outbreak in Iran and prevent the spread of this deadly virus across Iran and to other countries. They also called for the immediate release of all prisoners, particularly political prisoners who face imminent threat as the coronavirus spreads across Iranian prisons.
Despite the efforts made by dedicated physicians and nurses, the shortage of medications, disinfectants and masks has caused the victims of the coronavirus outbreak to be poorly treated in hospitals and eventually losing their lives. Dozens of those dedicated physicians and nurses have lost their lives. Meanwhile, the regime’s top officials are receiving special treatment, and mask are being stockpiled by the Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) or being sold on the black market.
Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, NCRI’s president-elect hailed those honorable and committed physicians and nurses and extended her condolences to their families and the Iranian medical community. Mrs. Rajavi said that these dedicated men and women are the source of honor and pride for a nation that has refused to surrender to the mullahs’ inhuman regime in the past 40 years and has insisted on its national pride and human values while challenging the religious dictatorship ruling Iran.