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Iranian Regime Security Forces Use Lethal Pellets Against Isfahan Protesters

Mullahs' regime security forces shot on the Isfahan protesters — November 26, 29, 2021
Mullahs’ regime security forces shot on the Isfahan protesters — November 26, 29, 2021

During Friday’s demonstrations(November 26, 2021) in Isfahan, security forces directly fired teargas and pellet guns at protesting farmers.

Every bullet sprays a mass of steel pellets directly at the target. The steel pellets were shot at faces, heads, and torsos.
Hundreds were injured. Several have permanently lost eyesight. Dozens are still hospitalized in prisons.

Such weapons are considered lethal and unconventional in many countries. Isfahan’s farmers are calling for fair access to water for months.

Read more: https://english.mojahedin.org/article/iran-isfahans-protests-are-a-prelude-to-what-is-to-come/

Demonstrations by Freedom-loving Iranians, MEK Supporters in Solidarity With the Isfahan Uprising in Washington, D.C., Gothenburg and Bucharest

Iranian resistance supporters, in the US, gathered across from the White House to stand with farmers and Isfahan people on their demands. The only solution is only regime changes in Iran — November 28, 2021
Iranian resistance supporters, in the US, gathered across from the White House to stand with farmers and Isfahan people on their demands. The only solution is only regime changes in Iran — November 28, 2021

The Need to Prosecute Khamenei and Raisi for Genocide and Crimes Against Humanity

November 28, 2021: Freedom-loving Iranians, Supporters of the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) gathered in different cities around the world to express their strong support to Isfahan uprising and Chaharmahal and Bakhtiari protests.

The global demonstrations took place in the United States, Washington, DC, Sweden, Gothenburg and Romania, Bucharest.

Iranians, MEK supporters in the US said, “Iranian Americans of Virginia and Maryland gathered across from the White House to stand with Farmers and Isfahan people on their demands.”

Iranian resistance supporters in the US said, “Across from the White House, we stand with farmers and protestors demands. The regime is mishandling the water to be used for IRGC owned factories.”
“Our farmers left without water to farm. US must pay attention to the violent clashes in Iran.” “And today, Iranian Americans are outside the White House, echoing their voice.”

Freedom-loving Iranians in Washington, DC added, “The only solution is only regime changes in Iran.”

Iranians, MEK supporters in the US, Sweden and Romania, called to prosecute the mullahs’ regime leaders, especially supreme leader Ali Khamenei and mass murderer Ebrahim Raisi for crimes against humanity.

United States, Washington, DC— November 28, 2021
United States, Washington, DC— November 28, 2021
Sweden, Gothenburg — November 28, 2021
Sweden, Gothenburg — November 28, 2021
 Romania, Bucharest— November 28, 2021
Romania, Bucharest— November 28, 2021

Nepotism Runs Rife Within the Iranian Regime

Nepotism appointments are part of the institutionalized corruption in the integrity of the Iranian regime.
Nepotism appointments are part of the institutionalized corruption in the integrity of the Iranian regime.

In many countries around the world, high levels of education and expertise in a particular field is usually key to gaining employment in top jobs in society. In Iran, however, regime authorities have resorted to hiring their relatives in governmental positions, regardless of their knowledge and expertise.

Iran News Wire said, “In fact, nepotism in Iran is not a new phenomenon and has been a common practice right from the beginning of the Islamic Republic’s reign. In the Iranian political fabric and formation, family members of ruling elites always play important roles and are considered above and beyond.”

Among Iran’s former presidents, nepotism has been rife over the years. Hashemi Rafsanjani, Mohammad Khatami and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad all recruited and appointed their brothers to top roles within their respective administrations.

Even middle-ranking officials at provincial levels have followed the same trend in hiring close relatives to take over governmental roles. For example, the governor of Sistan and Baluchistan Province appointed his nephew as the governor for the province’s capital city, Zahedan.

Iran News Wire said, “Not many months ago, Iran’s legislative and judicial branches were run by two brothers, Ali Larijani and Sadeq Larijani. Their third brother, Javad Larijani, is the chief of Iran’s Human Rights Council. Their fourth brother, Bagher Larijani, used to be the deputy health minister.”

It appears that the majority of senior officials within the regime have at least one close family member who also occupies a top position within the Iranian government, and this trend doesn’t seem to be ending any time soon.

Recently, the mayor of Tehran Alireza Zakani appointed the role of his special advisor to his son-in-law, Hossein Heidari. When protests in the press and on state television news reports caught the attention of the public with a mix of jokes and sarcasm, Zakani claimed that Heidari was supposed to work for free. However, as public anger and criticism ensued, he was forced to fire Heidari from the position.

Iran News Wire said, “The fact is that cases of corruption and looting of the Iranian people’s resources, as well as nepotism and comradeship in government positions, are common. They are not limited to one administration and have become a common denominator of all administrations.”

Where the regime is concerned, nepotism and corruption are very much institutionalized. With a penchant for the brutal suppression of the Iranian people, regime officials, as well as the leaders, are desperate to hold onto power in the crumbling regime at all costs.

While the state of the economy in Iran lies in ruin, and the Iranian people are becoming poorer day by day, regime officials would rather argue amongst themselves as they jostle for larger shares of power instead of finding solutions to fix Iran’s socio-economic problems.

Iran News Wire said, “The top officials are focused on ensuring that key posts in the government are filled with people they know and trust to push forward with the same ideologies. As a result, family members and close friends are often preferred to people who hold genuine qualifications for the roles.”

Trial of the Executioner Hamid Noury in Stockholm, Rally by Iranians, MEK Supporters in Sweden and Gathering in Ashraf 3 – November 29, 2021

Coinciding to the trial, freedom-loving Iranians, supporters of the MEK, gathered in front of the Stockholm courthouse. Also, in Ashraf 3, MEK members held a rally calling for justice to be served. — November 29, 2021
Coinciding to the trial, freedom-loving Iranians, supporters of the MEK, gathered in front of the Stockholm courthouse. Also, in Ashraf 3, MEK members held a rally calling for justice to be served. — November 29, 2021

November, 29, 2021: The 45th session of the trial of Hamid Noury, one of the executioners of the 1988 massacre, took place in the Stockholm court.
The court hearing in Stockholm on Monday, November 29, dedicated to fourth session of the interrogation of the executioner Noury by the prosecutor, the plaintiffs’ lawyers and the judge.

Coinciding to the trial, freedom-loving Iranians, supporters of the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK), demonstrated in front of the Stockholm district court.

Freedom-loving Iranians, supporters of the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran(PMOI/MEK), chanted, “We are seeking justice for the 1988 massacre, and at every moment we stand in solidarity with the uprising of the Iranian people.” in front of a Stockholm courthouse.

Journalists were also present at today’s rally of supporters of the Iranian resistance in front of the Stockholm court.

Iranians and supporters of the MEK call for the prosecution and accountability of Iranian regime leaders, especially Ali Khamenei and mass murderer Ebrahim Raisi, regime’s judiciary chief Gholamhossein Mohseni Ejei and all officials involved in the summer 1988 massacre.

Also, members of the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK), held a gathering in Ashraf 3, Albania, calling for justice to be served.

Rallies by Freedom-loving Iranians, Supporters of the Iranian Resistance to Support Isfahan Uprising in Berlin, Ottawa, Vancouver and Oslo

November 27, 2021: Freedom-loving Iranians, Supporters of the People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) gathered in different cities around the world to express their strong support to Isfahan uprising.
Iranian resistance supporters rallies took place in Germany, Berlin, Canada, Ottawa, Toronto and Vancouver, Norway, Oslo — November 27, 2021

November 27, 2021: Freedom-loving Iranians, Supporters of the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) gathered in different cities around the world to express their strong support to Isfahan uprising.

These rallies took place in Germany, Berlin, Canada, Ottawa, Toronto and Vancouver, Norway, Oslo.

Iranians, MEK supporters called to prosecute the mullahs’ regime leaders, especially supreme leader Ali Khamenei and mass murderer Ebrahim Raisi for crimes against humanity.

Iranian Regime Terrorists Appeals Awaiting Verdict

Three accomplices of Assadollah Asadi, a terrorist diplomat of the Iranian regime, who have been convicted of bombing an Iranian resistance gathering in 2018, are awaiting the decision of the Court of Appeals in Antwerp.
Three accomplices of Assadollah Asadi, a terrorist diplomat of the Iranian regime, who have been convicted of bombing an Iranian resistance gathering in 2018, are awaiting the decision of the Court of Appeals in Antwerp.

In an attempt to escape accountability for the plot to bomb the Iranian Resistance rally in France in 2018, three of the four co-conspirators set out to appeal their convictions last week at a court in Belgium.

Iranian/Belgian Dual Citizenship holders Amir Saadouni, Nasimeh Naami and Mehrdad Arefani were each sentenced to between 15 and 20 years in prison for their roles in the plot to detonate a deadly triacetone triperoxide (TATP) bomb at the rally.

Colonel (Retired) Wes Martin wrote on the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) website, “Their defenses are basically built around claims of not knowing what they were carrying when passing through the Belgian security checkpoint on their way into France.”

However, their claims are far from the truth. They were working for the Iranian regime’s Ministry of Intelligence and Security (MOIS) and were provided a package including all of the bomb components by the mastermind of the plot. They were also instructed where to take it, how to put the components together, and how to covertly transfer it to the detonation location.

While the three men are awaiting the outcome of their appeals, they are also challenging the decision to revoke the European portion of their dual citizenship as they fear being sent back to Iran. Especially as the regime is known to not deal too kindly with former agents who failed their missions.

The fourth co-conspirator of the bomb plot, who is in fact the mastermind behind the failed terrorist operation, is Assadollah Assadi. He chose not to appeal his conviction, instead hoping that his former diplomatic status as the third-ranking member and security chief of the Iranian Embassy in Austria would save him from facing the consequences of his actions. He was the one who transported the explosives from Tehran within his diplomatic pouch to bypass security checks, and then once in Europe he delivered the device to his agents and issued their orders.

Wes Martin wrote, “As subsequent investigations would reveal, Assadi traveled all over the continent linking up and coordinating with multiple sleeper cells. Assadi’s own failure to practice effective information-operations procedures, including operations security and electronic communications security, created red flags for Europe’s law enforcement and antiterrorism communities.”

Saadouni, Naami and Arefani were stopped by Belgian police as they attempted to cross in to France, while Assadi was apprehended by German police as he attempted to get back to the safety of the embassy in Austria.

Upon searching Assadi’s vehicle, German authorities discovered a green notebook which exposed the extent of the regime’s terrorist network in Europe, detailing meeting locations, agents working within the network, and the amount of money they had been paid for missions.

Mr. Martin wrote, “For not appealing his conviction and sentence, Assadi could claim loyalty to Tehran. This claim would include not wanting to bring more attention to the MOIS and Islamic Republican Guard Corps (IRGC) who likely manufactured to TATP explosive device that Assadi brought back from Tehran. The reality is likely less noble.”

The Belgian court is likely to quash the appeals and remain firm with the sentences that the four men were given earlier this year. The capture of this particular terrorist cell has confirmed that European law enforcement agencies are more than capable of dealing with terrorism. The next step would be to take down the entire network across Europe, but without the cooperation from all Western governments, this will be tough.

There is enough critical information in Assadi’s notebook for government heads to identify and deport sleeper agents across Europe back to Iran, and now is the time for them to also declare the MOIS as a terrorist organization.

The lack of action by western politicians, who seem content with the cloak of diplomacy, has led the Iranian regime to perceive this as a weakness that they are determined to exploit to undermine international peace.

Colonel Martin wrote, “As long as these three terrorists are held accountable for their actions, the ruling extremists in Iran will be forced to understand there are some western government agencies not willing to ignore the rule of law.”

Colonel Wes Martin served as the first senior anti-terrorism officer for all coalition forces in Iraq. 

MEK Resistance Units: Iranian People Will Bring Ali Khamenei to Justice

Iran: MEK Resistance Units Activities Across the Country — November 2021
Iran: MEK Resistance Units Activities Across the Country — November 2021

November 23, 2021—On the second anniversary of the November 2019 protests, Resistance Units across Iran continued to commemorate the nationwide uprising and pledge to continue the path of more than 1,500 martyrs who laid down their lives for freedom in Iran.

Resistance Units are a network of activists who support the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK). Thorough their activities, the Resistance Units play an important role in countering the environment of suppression caused by the regime’s security forces.

Throughout the week, Iranian Resistance Units in different cities posted messages of Maryam Rajavi, the president-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), and Massoud Rajavi, the leader of the Iranian Resistance, honoring the memory of murdered protesters and pledging to continue the struggle for regime change and freedom.

Tehran— “Iranian youths! Join the PMOI/MEK Resistance Units
Tehran— “From 1988 massacre to the Nov. 2019 uprising, the Nov. uprising is continuing”
Tehran— “Hail to martyrs of the Nov. 2019 uprising. Mullahs! We hate you. Let go of the country. We have nothing but poverty, misery, disease, earthquake, floods that you brought to this country. Get out of the country. Get lost.”
Tehran— “We are seeking justice from 1988 massacre to the Nov. 2019 uprising”
Tehran— “We honor the memory of the Nov. 2019 uprising martyrs.”
Tehran— “We are seeking justice from 1988 massacre to the Nov. 2019 uprising”
Shahriar— “1,500 protesters were killed during the Nov. 2019 uprising”
Karaj— “We are seeking justice from 1988 massacre to the Nov. 2019 uprising”
Karaj— “1,500 protesters were killed during the Nov. 2019 uprising”
Mashhad— “from 1988 massacre to the Nov. 2019 uprising, uprising will continue. Down with Khamenei and Raisi”
Mashhad— “The Nov. 2019 uprising continues”
Mashhad— “The overthrow of the regime is certain”
Mashhad— “We can, and we must free our occupied nation through rebellion and uprising”
Mashhad— “In the name of the Nov. 2019 uprising martyrs. Uprisings will continue. Khamenei! We will bring you to justice”
Mashhad— “We must rise to take back our legitimate rights through unity”
Mashhad— “We must rise to take back our legitimate rights through unity
Arak— “We honor the second anniversary of the Nov. 2019 uprising martyrs, and we will continue their path. We neither forgive nor forget the crime. We demand justice for the victims. Viva Rajavi.”
Isfahan— “We are seeking justice from 1988 massacre to the Nov. 2019 uprising”
Ahvaz— “Hail to the martyrs of the Nov. 2019 uprising”
Neyshabur— “Your [Iranian people] uprising is the perseverance of a nation that will not live in disgrace”
Neyshabur— “Honor the memory of the Nov. 2019 uprising martyrs.”
Neyshabur— “We are ready to sacrifice our lives for freedom”
Gilan— “Down with Khamenei, Raisi, and damn Khomeini. Hail to the Nov. 2019 uprising martyrs. Uprising continues. We are ready to overthrow the mullahs.”
Zahedan— “the Nov. 2019 uprising continues. Hail to martyrs of the uprising. Down with Khamenei, viva freedom, down with the dictator.”
Tehran— “Down with Khamenei, we will make another Nov. uprising”
Ahvaz— Amol— “Down with Khamenei”
Amol— “Down with the rule of mullahs”

Iran: Hundreds Injured, Arrested in Isfahan Protests

Hundreds Injured, Arrested in Isfahan Protests
Hundreds Injured, Arrested in Isfahan Protests

Iranian security forces have injured more than 100 protesters during protests in Isfahan on Friday, November 26, 2021. At least 300 others were arrested, according to MEK sources.

Video clips show the repressive forces opening fire on the demonstrators near the Khajoo Bridge in Isfahan. Many of the wounded have been shot in the face and eyes. However, clashes between the people of Isfahan and the repressive forces continued until late into the night in different parts of the city.

Demonstrators gathered in different locations and chanted “Death to Khamenei and death to the dictator.” The sound of gunfire could be heard in different parts of the city.

NCRI president-elect Maryam Rajavi calls on people to support the arrested protesters. Rajavi also calls on UN and int’l human rights organizations to intervene and help secure protesters’ release
Farmers of Isfahan have been protesting state mismanagement of water sources for months.

On Friday, November 26, anti-riot forces and IRGC units attacked the protesters at Zayandeh Rud river.
Protesters, whose pleas for access to water have gone unanswered, resisted the repressive forces.

UK Prime Minister and British Officials Attend Funeral of Sir David Amess

Funeral of Sir David Amess at Westminster Cathedral
Funeral of Sir David Amess at Westminster Cathedral

The funeral of Sir David Amess, the late Chair of the British Parliamentary Committee for Iran Freedom(BCFIF), took place on Tuesday, November 23, 2021, in the presence of the United Kingdom’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson along with the Home Secretary, Parliament Speaker, and Sir Amess family. In addition, approximately 450 political figures and members of parliament attended this funeral.

The celebrant was Cardinal Vincent Nichols, the highest-ranking Catholic leader in London.

According to The Sun, Pope Francis, the world’s Catholic leader, sent a message of sincere condolences to the Sir Amess family. The pope called for the guests to resolve to “combat evil with good” and “build a society forever greater justice.”

“He showed what you can achieve as an MP to change lives of people up and down the country, and he will be much, much missed,” Boris Johnson paid tribute to Sir Amess.

Former Conservative Prime Ministers David Cameron, Theresa May, and John Major sat beside Mr. Johnson, Home Secretary Priti Patel, and Speaker Lindsay Hoyle in the front row.

A delegation from the Representative Office of the National Council of Resistance of Iran(NCRI) in England attended the funeral of Sir David Amess at Westminster Cathedral to commemorate this great supporter of the Iranian Resistance.

Iran: People Who Have Risen for Water and Freedom Will Support Isfahan Protests

MEK Resistance Units Activities in Support of Isfahan Uprising — November 2021
MEK Resistance Units Activities in Support of Isfahan Uprising — November 2021

November 23, 2021PMOI/MEK Resistance Units support protesters in Isfahan who are demonstrating against the Iranian regime due to water shortages and the regime policies.

The Iranian regime mismanagement in watershed field has dried out one of the largest rivers in Isfahan, central Iran.

Tehran— “People across the country support the protesters who stand for water and freedom”
Tehran— “People across the country support the protesters who stand for water and freedom”
Najafabad— “Isfahan and Shahr-e Kord are not alone”
Karaj— “Isfahan and Shahr-e Kord are not alone. It is time to rise”
Shahriar— “The people across the country who have risen for water and freedom will support Isfahan and Shahr-e Kord”
Alborz— “We the Resistance Units support the message of Massoud Rajavi who said ‘Now it’s time to rise for water in Isfahan like Khuzestan. Access to water is an undeniable right.’ We support protesters in Isfahan.”
Arak— “Hail to Isfahan protesters. Water is farmers’ undeniable right, and we will take it. Hail to freedom. I’m ready to sacrifice my life for Iran.”
Tabriz— “Isfahan and Shahr-e Kord are not alone”.