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The Failure of Iran’s Domestic Vaccine Is the Reason Behind the Rising COVID-19 Death Toll

With health experts predicting that a sixth wave of Covid-19 infections is imminent, the rising death toll due to the pandemic begs the question to just how effective the Iranian regime’s domestic vaccine is.

On October 17, the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) has revealed that over 458,700 people have died as a result of contracting the Covid-19 virus. The same day, engineered statistics from the regime put the death toll at 125,000, in an attempt to minimize just how serious the pandemic in Iran is. So far, the total number of people currently infected with the coronavirus is fast approaching six million.

The National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) said, “The current situation is due to the regime’s inhumane policies and practices, with the regime’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei directly leading this inhumane Covid-19 policy and actions.”

In January of this year, Khamenei made the decision to ban imports of Covid-19 vaccines from Western countries, preferring instead to produce and endorse domestic alternatives. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), these domestically-produced vaccines have been proven to be less effective than the reputable foreign vaccines, and there has been a lack of proper testing done on them. This therefore explains the failure rate of Iran’s vaccines in protecting Iranians against the virus, as well as the emergence of severe side effects across the country.

In an article published in the Hamdeli daily on Wednesday, health expert Mohammad Reza Mahboubfar acknowledged that in response to the reports of severe side effects, the COVIran Barakat vaccine has stopped being administered, and the entire production project has been dismantled due to the Iranian people lacking trust in its efficacy.

The NCRI said, “That efficacy had been in question since the earliest stages of the project in question, yet with the regime still enforcing Khamenei’s ban on foreign imports, the decision was nonetheless made to fast-track production of 50 million doses within the first half of 2021.”

In actuality, the regime was unable to produce as many vaccines as they expected, and had to resort, on at least one occasion, to loosen the import ban enforcement to make up for their shortcomings. The only reason why the regime pushed for the domestic vaccine is because the Barakat vaccine was produced by the Barakat Pharmaceuticals Holding Company, an affiliation of the Execution of Imam Khomeini’s Order (EIKO) which is under the control of the regime’s Supreme Leader, Ali Khamenei.

As the Barakat vaccine has been deemed ineffective, Iranian citizens are desperately in need of the access to imported foreign vaccines, and until this is established, the already low vaccination rates in Iran will only get worse, and spark further infection waves.

The regime previously claimed that US sanctions were to blame for the ban of vaccine imports from abroad. Even prior to Khamenei announcing the first ban on imports, the US Treasury Department had already provided Iran with licenses to purchase vaccines from any country.

The NCRI said, “Such statements underscore the fact that if not for its regime’s policies, Iran could have responded much more quickly and effectively to the public health crisis. And judging by the numbers furnished by the MEK, doing so could have most likely saved tens of thousands of lives since the start of this year.”

Iran coronavirus outbreak death toll interactive map:

Stockholm, October 19, 2021: At the Same Time the Trial of the Executioner Hamid Noury, Iranians, MEK Supporters Staged a Rally in Front of the Court

Stockholm Rally by Freedom-loving Iranians, MEK Supporters, Seeking Justice for 1988 Massacre Martyrs — October 19, 2021
Stockholm Rally by Freedom-loving Iranians, MEK Supporters, Seeking Justice for 1988 Massacre Martyrs — October 19, 2021

Stockholm, October 19, 2021: At the same time the trial of the executioner Hamid Noury, Iranians, supporters of the People’s Mojahedin of Iran Organization (PMOI/MEK) staged a rally in front of the court.

Freedom-loving Iranians are seeking justice for martyrs of the 1988 massacre. More than 30,000 political prisoners mainly were members and supporters of the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) executed in the summer of 1988 in prisons across Iran.
This genocide was based on a criminal fatwa from Khomeini.

During Tuesday’s rally, Iranians, the MEK supporters called to prosecution of Iran’s regime officials involved in the 1988 massacre, especially supreme leader Ali Khamenei and regimes’ new president mass murderer Ebrahim Raisi.

Sir David Amess Proud and Tireless Friend of the Iranian Resistance

Sir David Amess

Sir David Amess, the British Member of Parliament representing Southend West, died on Friday, October 15, 2021, after a knife attack at a meeting with constituents. The attacker was taken into custody the same day, and the incident is now being investigated as a possible terrorist attack. A precise motive has yet to be revealed, but the nature of the attack recalls attention to the fact that Amess spent much of his career pushing for assertive foreign policy in response to terrorist activity and terrorist sponsorship, particularly that which is associated with the Iranian regime.

“Today, the Iranian Resistance lost an exceptional friend and the British people lost a great human being,” said Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, the President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran, in a statement on Friday. She added that Amess was “a most commendable example of defense of freedom, democracy, and civil society.”

Amess was a regular presence at NCRI-organized events, including international gatherings of expatriates and political supporters in Paris, up until 2018. He was also co-chair of the British Parliamentary Committee for Iran Freedom since its inception in the mid-2000s.

The BPCFI remembered Amess’ role in a statement, saying that “during his time in the parliament, he frequently raised the many serious threats from the regime in Tehran at parliamentary conferences, debates, and in Early Days Motions advocating for a firm policy on Iran focused on human rights and holding the regime to account for its violations of those rights and terrorism.”

In the weeks prior to his death, Amess contributed to a large-scale campaign aimed at bringing greater attention to a 33-year-old massacre of political prisoners and holding the current Iranian regime president accountable for his role in the killings. His last article published at Townhall addressed the possibility of Ebrahim Raisi attending an international climate change conference in Glasgow, and it argued that he could be arrested for crimes against humanity if he set foot on British soil.

“Such a figure has no business standing among other heads of state at an international conference in the West,” Amess wrote after explaining that Raisi had overseen the mass execution of approximately 30,000 political prisoners in the summer of 1988, as a member of the “death commission” in Tehran. Amess also noted that another, lower-level participant in the massacre, Hamid Noury, had gone on trial in Sweden in August, and that it should therefore be easy to apply the same principle of “universal jurisdiction” to Raisi.

The MP’s simultaneous commitments to exposing Iran’s crimes and countering false allegations about the MEK made Amess a hated figure among the Iranian leadership. This was reflected in Iranian state media’s handling of the topic of his death, which was almost celebratory. The Islamic Republic News Agency condemned Amess for having “never apologized for his positions” toward the regime and for having “continued supporting the MEK until the end.”

Considering the source, Amess would have surely welcomed this language as further proof that his efforts on behalf of the Iranian Resistance had presented Tehran with a serious threat, and that he would be remembered as having stood on the right side of history where Iranian affairs are concerned.

Mrs. Rajavi affirmed this legacy in Friday’s statement, which concluded by saying of Mr. Amess: “His memory will live on for the Iranian people and Resistance. We are proud that he rushed to aid our people’s fight against religious fascism in the darkest period of Iran’s history.”

Amess himself expressed a similar sentiment on September 6, a little over a month before he died: “One of the proudest things I have ever done in my political career is to support the National Council of Resistance of Iran, which calls for the Iranian regime to be replaced with a safer and more democratic government,” he said.

That sense of pride was reportedly reinforced following the NCRI’s international gathering, the last one to take place in Paris to date. Immediately following that event, it was reported that a team of Iranian operatives led by a high-ranking diplomat then stationed in Vienna had attempted to infiltrate the gathering with explosives. Had the terror plot not been thwarted, it would have likely killed hundreds, if not thousands of innocent people, including Western policymakers.

On September 15, in a virtual press conference introducing his book, Eyes and Ears: A Survivor’s Guide to Westminster, to fellow supporters of the NCRI, Amess referenced the 2018 terror plot as a sign that the Iranian regime is afraid of losing its grip on power in the face of an organized opposition group with Western backing. “The fact that they thought we were all worth blowing up means that the strategy of our dear friends is working,” he said.

Ceremony in Tribute to the Late Sir David Amess, British MP, and a Great Friend of the Iranian Resistance. Ashraf -3

Paying Homage to the Great Friend of the Iranian Resistance- Sir David Amess -Ashraf 3

Maryam Rajavi: David Amess Was a Great Advocate of Freedom and Human Rights

Paying Homage to the Great Friend of the Iranian Resistance- Sir David Amess -Ashraf 3
Paying Homage to the Great Friend of the Iranian Resistance- Sir David Amess -Ashraf 3

An elaborate and moving ceremony at Ashraf-3, Albania, home to thousands of members of the main Iranian opposition group, PMOI, was held to pay tribute to British MP, Sir David Amess, who was brutally murdered on Friday, October 15, 2021.

Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, attended the ceremony, laid wreath in homage to Sir David and addressed the following message:

I was so deeply saddened to learn about the criminal murder of Sir David Amess, a great and beloved friend of the Iranian Resistance for after three decades.
All of us in the Iranian Resistance and the people of Iran have lost an exceptional friend.
The British people and the world have lost a great advocate for freedom and human rights.
I would like to express my deepest condolences to Sir David’s family, especially to his wife Julia, to the members of the British Parliamentary Committee for Iran Freedom, to his friends, colleagues and to the people of Britain.
But, we have not gathered here to simply mourn Sir David’s demise. We are also here to celebrate his life and achievements. I firmly believe that he has now joined all those who gave their lives for human rights democracy and justice for which he was a tireless champion.
Indeed, he was the enemy of dictatorships especially mullah’s dictatorship. Therefore, after three decades of support for the Iranian People’s Resistance he is now among martyrs for freedom. Much can be said about Sir David’s character, his kindness, compassion, big heart, moral integrity, principles and values.
What struck me the most, during the many meetings with him, was his constant smile and his commitment for human values.
In victory or defeat, in good times and bad, he would always smile and tell everyone around him to persevere. Our Resistance movement owes a huge debt of gratitude to Sir David. He was active in many fronts:
 In 2007, he joined 34 of his parliamentary colleagues in the successful legal challenge to the politically motivated terrorism tag on the PMOI, which had been done at the behest of the Iranian regime;
 His relentless efforts to ensure the safety and security of Iran’s combatants of freedom, PMOI members, in camps Ashraf and Liberty in Iraq;
 And his campaign to ensure their safe relocation to European countries, including Albania, beginning in 2012.
He came to Ashraf 3 as soon as he could to pay a visit to PMOI members; indeed, they love him and miss him a lot.
His legacy and his memory will forever remain in Iran‘s history. And all of us look forward to the day when, in a freed and liberated Iran, we can pay him tribute worthy of his efforts in support of freedom.
Sir David’s brutal murder is a wake-up call to the world about the dangers of fundamentalism, extremism, and terrorism.
Once again, I express my sincere condolences to his family, all the honorable members of the parliament and the British people.

Iranians, MEK Supporters Rally in Front of Stockholm Court, Commemorating Sir David Amess — October 18, 2021

During a rally in front of the Stockholm court, Iranians, MEK supporters commemorated the memory of the British MP, Sir David Amess.
During a rally in front of the Stockholm court, Iranians, MEK supporters commemorated the memory of the British MP, Sir David Amess.

Monday, October 18, 2021: Freedom-loving Iranians, supporters of the People’s Mojahedin of Iran Organization (PMOI/MEK), gathered in front of the Stockholm district court during the 30th session of trial of the executioner Hamid Noury.

At the same time, MEK supporters commemorated the memory of the British MP, Sir David Amess.

On Friday, October 15, Sir David Amess was assassinated in his constituency in the UK in a brutal and terrorist crime. He was a great friend and defender of the Iranian resistance and a great advocate of freedom, democracy, and human rights.

During this rally, Iranians, the MEK supporters called on the international community to prosecution of Iran’s regime officials involved in the 1988 massacre, especially supreme leader Ali Khamenei and regimes’ new president mass murderer Ebrahim Raisi.

Oil Workers in Iran Continue Their Strikes as the Iranian Regime Fail to Fulfil Their Demands

Contract oil workers continue to strike against the inhumane conditions they are forced to face while working in Iran’s most profitable industry, with workers and employees from 107 different companies demanding for their rights to be recognized by the Iranian regime.
Iranian Oil Workers to Strike for Their Rights

Contract oil workers continue to strike against the inhumane conditions they are forced to face while working in Iran’s most profitable industry, with workers and employees from 107 different companies demanding for their rights to be recognized by the Iranian regime.

The first round of strikes began in July 2020 for a month and half, during which time workers promised to resume their strikes in March 2021 if their demands were not fulfilled by regime officials. This second round has become more widespread than the first, likely due to the regime’s lack of action to improve the conditions of the contract workers, with the strikes gaining wide media coverage worldwide.

The National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) said, “The new wave of strikes extended throughout Iran. Tens of thousands of workers held protests in 114 cities. Now, over 40% of workers still continue their strike, and 60% have returned to work.”

The Associated Press (AP) reported back in June that, “Footage has spread across social media showing construction workers at 60 oil and petrochemical installations, largely in the country’s oil-rich south, walking off their jobs in protest.”

President-elect of the NCRI, Maryam Rajavi spoke out in regards to the workers strike and said, “Repression and expulsion will intensify the workers and laborers anger against the anti-labor and inhuman regime, and adds to the public’s resolve to overthrow the regime and establish freedom and justice.”

The demands of the contract workers are to make sure that they are paid decent wages, given official contracts to protect their job security, and that they are given adequate rest between shifts. The 10-20 campaign that many workers have been lobbying for is to demand 10 days of rest breaks for every 20 days of work, owing to the fact that many workers live far from their place of work and wish to spend quality time with their loved ones.

In regards to the calls for better wages, the NCRI quoted one of the demands saying, “The salary of a worker should not be less than 12 million Tomans, which considering the ever-rising inflation rate is at the edge of the official poverty level already.”

Calls for better conditions in the temporary lodgings for workers is also a priority. Dormitories housing up to 100 workers lack heating and cooling equipment, and there are barely enough facilities to cater for all of the men. The large number of men are forced to share 3 bathrooms between them, and lack enough space in which to sleep. Many dormitories also lack dining facilities, leaving many workers forced to go without food.

The managers of Iran’s Oil Company were appointed by the regime, and these are the people responsible for depriving the workers of their most basic rights. Despite the calls and strikes from workers for the government to step in and improve their situation, regime officials are shirking responsibility, announcing that the workers should be dealing with their managers and contracting companies instead.

The NCRI said, “The Iranian regime has tried on many occasions to intimidate or bribe workers to prevent them from continuing their strikes. It has so far been able to force 60% of workers to return to their works. These workers face the same circumstances and are under pressure from their employers, while many are threatened to be fired.”

As the regime’s exports of oil are already under international sanctions, the threat of the oil worker’s strikes worsening the regime’s already reduced revenue is a worry for the mullahs’, who rely on the revenues to fund their illicit activities abroad.

Poverty-Stricken Iranians Forced to Sell Their Organs to Make Ends Meet

While the majority of Iranians live below the poverty line and even sell their hearts due to extreme poverty, corrupt mullahs have a luxurious life for themselves.
While the majority of Iranians live below the poverty line and even sell their hearts due to extreme poverty, corrupt mullahs have a luxurious life for themselves.

As October 17 marked the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, many countries around the world are taking steps to help the vulnerable people in their societies in order to reach this goal. On the other hand, the levels of poverty are so severe in Iran that its citizens are selling their body parts and vital organs to cover expenses and provide much needed money for their families.

Last year, the story of a 29-year-old father who wanted to sell his heart went viral on social media. The man had advertised the sale of his heart for one billion tomans (about $367,000), so that he could ensure that his family would be supported financially for the future.

The National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) said, “Selling body parts is not new in Iran. Walls across the country are covered with advertisements of people offering their organs, even vital ones such as bone marrow, heart, and cornea.”

The Iranian Resistance outlined in a report published in 2019 that both men and women resort to selling their organs as a last resort. Those wishing to sell their kidney are generally between 22 and 34 years of age, but some older people have also offered their organs on the black-market also.

While the Iranian regime continue to waste Iran’s resources to fund their malign activities, more and more Iranian people are falling deeper into poverty on a daily basis.

The NCRI said, “The poverty line in Iran varies from 10 to 15 million tomans. Meanwhile, the salary base of the Iranian workers and employees is around four million tomans.”

The state-run Donyay-e Eghtesad media outlet said on October 4 that between 2012 and 2019, 4 million people have fell into poverty, with the rise of the poverty line increasing from 6.4% to more than 12%.

Despite the Iranian regime being responsible for the rising inflation rates and the dire economic situation in Iran, regime officials have tried to blame the skyrocketing prices on the increase of salaries this year. Whilst there was a 39% increase in peoples’ salaries, this amount barely covers 37% of the living costs of Iranians, leaving workers barely able to make ends meet until the end of the month.

The NCRI said, “The International Day for the Eradication of Poverty on October 17 was signed in 1987 when a hundred thousand people gathered at the Trocadéro in Paris to honor the victims of extreme poverty, violence, and hunger.”

The purpose of the day of observance is to acknowledged that poverty is a violation of human rights and urge countries around the world to come together and ensure that these rights are respected where their own citizens are concerned. Since 1987, many governments have used the day to continue with their commitments to eradicate poverty and provide help and support for those in need.

The regime, however, have yet to take any steps to assist Iranians in their struggles. People are committing suicide as they see no other way out, or they are forced to scrounge for food in garbage bins, or sell their body parts to raise much needed funds to support themselves and their families.

As the level of poverty deepens in Iran, the more society’s restiveness is increased. In the past two years, major uprisings have taken place and with the current crises, another one may be on the horizon.

The NCRI said, “There are ongoing protests in Iran by people from all walks of life. Thus, the people’s hatred toward the regime increases parallel to poverty in Iran, and it’s upon the global community to preserve the status quo or help to change it.”

MEK Resistance Units in Iran: Democracy and Freedom With Maryam Rajavi

MEK Resistance Units Activities Across Iran - October 2021
MEK Resistance Units Activities Across Iran — October 2021

October 14, 2021—In recent days, the network of the Iranian opposition inside Iran (MEK Resistance Units) carried out its anti-regime activities across the country.

The internal network of the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK), known as the Resistance Units, has organized a vast campaign in recent days against the mullahs’ dictatorship ruling Iran.

MEK units graffiti read:
Tehran— Poster of the Iranian Resistance leader, Massoud Rajavi
Tehran— “The youth can play a pivotal role by getting united”
Semnan— Poster of the Iranian Resistance leader, Massoud Rajavi
Mashhad— “It is time to rise up across Iran”
Ahvaz— Distributing messages of the Iranian Resistance leader, Massoud Rajavi
Tehran— “Democracy and freedom with Maryam Rajavi
Tehran— “A democratic republic with Maryam Rajavi”
Tehran— “Justice and freedom with Maryam Rajavi”
Tehran— “Down with Khamenei, hail to Rajavi, democracy & freedom with Maryam Rajavi”
Tehran— “A free Iran with Maryam Rajavi”
Tehran— “Down with Khamenei, hail to Rajavi”
Karaj— “Democracy and freedom with Maryam Rajavi
Malard— “Democracy and freedom with Maryam Rajavi”
Kazerun— “Without a doubt the mullahs will be overthrown, we will have a sovereign state with Maryam Rajavi”
Mashhad— “Democracy and freedom with Maryam Rajavi”
Mashhad— “Down with Khamenei, damn Khomeini,” & “We can, and we must overthrow the mullahs’ regime.”

Corinne Lepage’s Remarks to the Free Iran World Summit 2021–July 12, 2021

Corinne Lepage, French Minister of the Environment (1995-1997), addressed at the 2nd Day of The Free Iran World Summit on July 12, 2021.

I wish to support your journey to bless your people with the power to choose, the freedom to choose leaders, destiny, job, religion, partners, etc. I see in Iran that activists and freedom fighters are persecuted.

The presidency of Raisi only makes the situation worse. We must be alarmed by this situation and the crimes committed by this person.

I would like to say to the Iranian people that I am beside you and wish that western states are more courageous when they talk about Iran.

We want to share values that need to be defended. Authoritarian regimes that deny rights cannot be supported.