The 5-day conference at Ashraf 3 was a bi-partisan event, attended by people from all spots on the political spectrum, who shared the common goal of condemning the Regime and supporting the MEK. Yet, the article claimed that the compound was a “fenced-off, secretive site” and described the MEK as “a shadowy outfit with little support inside Iran” and “cult-like”, phrases that could have been taken straight from the Iranian Military of Intelligence (MOIS) propaganda booklet.
The MEK, which Walker labelled “a Marxist-Islamist group” despite their commitment towards free markets, is standing up to a dictatorship that threatens the world, just as resistance units in Europe did during WW2. They should be praised for standing up to fascism.
This is far from the first time The Guardian has printed a piece that contained anti-MEK propaganda. In November 2018, they printed a disgusting piece by well-known regime stooge Arron Reza Merat and refused to retract it or publish responses to it.
Struan Stevenson, the Coordinator of the Campaign for Iran Change (CIC), wrote: “Why a newspaper like the Guardian should pay lip-service to such absurd and disgraceful fabrications, propagated by a pariah regime that is widely recognised as a sponsor of international terror, is beyond comprehension. Indeed, the recent arrest of Iranian agents in Europe and America, including an Iranian diplomat, who were planning assassinations and terror attacks on members of the Iranian opposition, are evidence of this regime’s malign intentions.”
The Iranian Regime should be an international pariah for its mistreatment of the Iranian people, the export of terrorism, and pursuit of nuclear weapons, but far too many countries continue to be lenient towards them, mainly because of the wrong opinion that there is no alternative.
Stevenson wrote: “This is a regime that tortures, rapes, sodomizes and executes political prisoners. A regime that flogs, immolates, amputates limbs, gouges out eyes and hangs people in public. A regime that has executed more than 3,500 people, including women and children, since the so-called ‘moderate’ Hassan Rouhani became president. A dictatorship that governs through corruption, bribery, blackmail, extortion and fear, that has arrested and imprisoned over ten thousand peaceful protesters during the on-going uprising that has raged across Iran for the past 18 months, where many of those arrested have been tortured to death or have simply ‘disappeared’.”
He went on further to discuss the 1988 massacre of 30,000 political prisoners in Iran, their capture of foreign nationals to use as hostages, and their seizure of a British tanker; begging the question: how can the Guardia defend this?