By Mahmoud Hakamian
For almost 54 years, the People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI) also known as Mujahedin-e Khalq (MEK) are fighting to achieve freedom and democracy for Iran.
As many WWII veterans were awarded medals for bravery and sacrifice, MEK members also deserve the Medal of Honor for their tireless struggle against the worst dictatorship in Iran’s contemporary history. MEK members have dedicated their lives for their people to bring down the mullahs' regime. 120,000 MEK members and supporters have lost their lives in the fight against the religious fascism ruling Iran. MEK has stood by its principals for a free Iran, and with its organized members inside and outside Iran, it is the largest and the most important opposition group against the regime.
After the 1979 revolution against Shah, the Iranian regime’s founder Ruhollah Khomeini seized power in Iran. But not before long, Khomeini began murdering MEK members when he found out that MEK would not bow to his sharia law and insists on a democratic system based on free elections. Khomeini killed 54 MEK members through his militias and gangs during the first two years after 1979 revolution. But the MEK committed its members to continue lawful political activities.
On June 20, 1981, Khomeini completed his plan for suppressing the society. PMOI/MEK called for a vast peaceful demonstration across many cities in Iran to protest against the regime's brutality and lack of respect for freedom and basic rights. Over 500,000 people rallied in the capital Tehran, but Khomeini did not tolerate the peaceful demonstration undermining his dictatorship, and ordered Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) to open fire on the peaceful demonstrators. The IRGC also arrested anyone they could, hundreds of whom were executed in prison on the same day. The society was also shocked by pictures of young MEK members in the newspaper who were executed without even being identified. The regime was asking if anyone could recognize them and verify their name.
Khomeini blocked any freedom seeking political activities in the society, and since that day, IRGC agents hunted down MEK members and their supporters.
Throughout the years, MEK members fled persecution in Iran and continued their struggle abroad, but the regime could not tolerate MEK activities abroad and conducted many terror plot against PMOI/MEK in Europe.
In a foiled plan, the Iranian regime charged a bridge in Paris with explosives to assassinate Iranian resistance leader Massoud Rajavi.
In Geneva, Tehran’s terrorists killed Massoud Rajavi’s brother Kazem, who was active in the UN and had a pivotal role in the international condemnation of the Iranian regime for its human rights violations.
In Turkey, the regime’s terrorists assassinated the two members of Iranian resistance, Zahra Rajabi and Mohammad Moradi, who had gone to Turkey to help political refugees.
One of the most brutal acts of Khomeini's regime against PMOI/MEK was the 1988 massacre. At the time, Khomeini ordered the execution of MEK political prisoners. As a result, in the summer of 1988, 30,000 MEK political prisoners were executed in this genocide in Iran’s prisons in a short period of time. The regime’s authorities buried the bodies of martyrs in mass graves, and the whereabouts of many of them is still unknown.
After the invasion of Iraq in 2003, Tehran’s proxies in the Iraqi government conducted numerous attacks against MEK members in Camp Ashraf. These attacks resulted in 50 deaths and thousands of wounded. Tehran's puppets also tortured MEK members in Ashraf by installing more than 300 loudspeakers around the camp and blaring profanity and threats 24/7. The campaign of psychological torture lasted for more than two years.
In 2012, MEK members were forcibly transferred from their 26-year home Camp Ashraf to Camp Liberty in Baghdad. Tehran’s terrorist proxies conducted five rounds of missile attacks against MEK members in Camp Liberty, even though the camp was under the supervision of the UN, and MEK members were promised safety and security in the camp. Over 50 MEK members lost their lives in the heavy missile barrages.
In parallel, Iranian regime proxies in the Iraqi government imposed inhumane pressures on MEK members in Iraq. They imposed a brutal medical and logistic blockade on Camp Ashraf and subsequently on Camp Liberty.
In March 2018, the regime's Ministry of Intelligence and Security (MOIS) and Iran’s embassy in Albania were planning to carry out a car-bomb attack against PMOI/MEK members in Tirana at their Nowruz celebration. But Albanian security services succeeded to discover and foil the regime’s terror plot. One year later, Albania expelled two Iranian diplomats from its soil, including the regime's ambassador and Mostafa Rudaki, a well-known intelligence agent.
On July 1, 2018, German security agencies arrested a senior diplomat credited in the Iranian embassy in Vienna for plotting a bomb attack against the grand gathering of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) in Paris. He had personally delivered an explosive device to a terrorist couple to bomb the gathering.
But, the Iranian regime’s terrorist activities against MEK members haven’t been limited to the soil of Mideast, Asia, and Europe. They even extended their murderous operations against the Iranian opposition (MEK) to American soil. On August 9, 2018, US security services arrested two MOIS agents for espionage and planning attacks against MEK members and supporters in the US.
Psychological war has a high value for the Iranian regime, sometimes much higher than the actual war, execution and torture of the MEK members.
The Iranian regime continues its demonizing campaign against the MEK through its thousands of fake Twitter accounts and hundreds of websites.
The regime uses its network of journalists and spends millions of dollars to publish articles, full of lies, fabrications and forged documents, and interviews, to paint a dark picture of the MEK.
The regime has also published thousands of books, articles and various television series, demonizing the MEK, in order to prevent the new generation of Iranian youth to know and approach the MEK and prevent the MEK social base from growing. Yet hundreds of the young supporters of the MEK, or members of its resistance units are in jail.
Recently, the regime’s minister of intelligence, Mahmoud Alavi, claimed that his ministry has “dealt with over 180 teams of the MEK”.
Now given the facts mentioned above, we could understand why Iran’s regime is seeking to eliminate the MEK.
Since the regime came to power in 1979, it has been seeking to establish a theocracy, and the only Muslim group who stood up against this regime and defended the right of the Iranian people was the MEK; therefore the MEK network grew rapidly in two years after revolution. The regime answered the MEK's popularity with brutal crackdown.
The MEK enjoys not only the support of Iranians inside country but also the support of many European and American personalities and lawmakers.
The Iranian regime knows that the MEK is the only organization that is capable to lead the Iranian society and has the legitimacy to replace the regime. Therefore, the regime in last 40 years has done everything to eliminate the MEK.
Yet the MEK leadership, Mr. Massoud Rajavi, and the NCRI President-elect, Mrs. Maryam rajavi, have perfectly led the resistance and foiled all the regime’s plots.