‘Those who live in Albania’…, this is an expression which has becoming a habitual phrase by the Iranian regime’s official media about the members of the Iranian opposition the Mojahedin-e Khalq (MEK/PMOI) who are now living in Albania. By this way, the Iranian regime is complaining about the MEK’s influence in Iran, especially among the youth by the social media and the internet, fearing the guidance of the youth by them.
“We are now dealing with two viruses, one is the coronavirus, and one is the ‘Tirana virus’, which is the capital of Albania, and there are 1,500 hypocrites (MEK) in camps who have set up halls for them, and they go there every day and sit at the computer and start a psychological and an internet war against the Islamic Republic.” (Akbar Torkan, April 6, 2020)
The teller of this short sentence died on May 16, 2021, and left it as a reminder to point out the fact that the only antithesis of the regime is the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran or the MEK.
These days, wherever video clips, music videos, photos, infographics, audio, or text with the theme of overthrow are shared among users on social networks when the regime’s cyber army follow the user who has shared an item, people finally make the conclusion that these messages are from ‘Albania’ and ‘Those who live in Albania’ have produced it.
They are the ones who ‘echo every sound and make a mountain out of a molehill.’ And they are constantly allocating data traffic on social media and subconsciously influencing the judgments and opinions of people inside the country.
It seems that these days unlike in the past, speaking about the MEK is becoming an ordinary act.
Iraj Haririchi, deputy director-general of the regime’s health ministry, claims that ‘many of the tweets against the Iranian coronavirus vaccine are of Albanian origin.’ (Tasnim, June 9, 2021)
And now the MEK is blamed by the regime usually because of its attempts to reveal the sham election of the Iranian government.
“The (Mojahedin) can be considered the steadfast foot of all elections held after the revolution in the Islamic Republic of Iran! Of course, not in a democratic guise, but in plans to disrupt the ballot box and destroy the election. The content produced by (them) in Albania, including photos, cartoons, clips and notes, all focus on the same issue, which is basically that the ballot box in the Islamic Republic has not achieved any results and the elections in Iran have not and will not affect the life and future of the people.” (Booltan News, May 30, 2021)
Then this state-run daily is accusing the MEK that they also launched a poll, but of a kind in which overthrow is prominent.
“The difference of these polls with the content published by (Mojahedin) is that (this organization) along with stating such results also provides a version of the overthrow of the Iranian government.” (Booltan News, May 30, 2021)
The state-run daily Fars showed its fear about the effects of the MEK on the youths and wrote: “About 1,500 people in Albania create about 60 suspicions every day in order to create despair in society, which is difficult for many, especially young people, to identify them.” (Mehr News Agency, June 10, 2021)
So, it turns out that the subject of ‘Albanians’ is far more than just a few people who have some ‘equipped halls’ and several computers. There are many others who have such and much more such equipment, the difference is that the MEK is a danger for the Iranian regime. Because they call for the overthrow of this regime. They are dangerous because they influence young people.