News : Iranian opposition
- Published: Thursday, 05 December 2019
Since November 15, Iran is besieged by a nationwide uprising which could result in regime change. With that in mind, we decided to look back at a speech made by Maryam Rajavi, leader of the Iranian opposition, back in July, where she declared that the people would take back Iran.
At the end of our last piece, we promised to look at the units of rebellion that are leading the uprising.
As Maryam Rajavi pointed out, these resistance units played a major part in the December 2017-January 2018 uprising and have since spread their operations across Iran. Given the consistent repression, their organization is a testament to their commitment to the cause.
Maryam Rajavi said: “The units of rebellion are the answer to a regime that is incapable of reform and will not fall on its own weight. Rather, it can and must be overthrown through the struggle of the Mojahedin, the units of rebellion and the people of Iran.”
She explained how the regime, terrified of the Resistance stepped up its “anti-vice” patrols to arrest Resistance members. Intelligence Minister Mahmoud Alavi even bragged about arresting 116 Resistance teams earlier this year, issuing death sentences and lengthy prison terms.
Maryam Rajavi said: “But the enemy can neither succeed in breaking the morale of resistance forces in prisons nor is it able to thwart the resistance movement and the units of rebellion in cities. Yes, every young man or woman yearning for freedom and justice is a potential or de facto rebel… May this time, too, the people of Iran conquer Tehran with their units of rebellion and the great Army of Freedom, liberating the entire country from the mullahs’ occupation.”
Maryam Rajavi explained that there are two sides fighting off against each other in the battle for Iran. In one corner is a deadlocked regime, and on the other is a nation and its Resistance fighting for freedom. Which will win? The one gave support to the international community.
She then began to address that there is a real alternative to the mullahs, which is capable of “establishing a democratic and pluralist republic based on the separation of religion and state, gender equality, the autonomy of Iran’s ethnic groups, and a non-nuclear Iran”.
This is the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), which has concrete plans and programs for freeing Iran. It can replace the regime and ensure a peaceful transition of power to the Iranian people’s elected representatives because the NCRI has acted as the defacto parliament-in-exile for decades now.
Maryam Rajavi said: “Yes, the day is not far when Iran, the Land of Lion and Sun, will embrace freedom. We are determined to create a new future, a new plan devoid of tyranny, reactionary thought, duplicity, and discrimination. A new design for a free and prosperous Iran.
So, we will sing in unison as we march toward victory: we will take back Iran and we will build a new homeland. Yes, indeed, we will take back Iran.”