In 1979, the mullahs, led by Ruhollah Khomeini, took Iran and its people hostage following a grassroots, people-led movement to depose the monarchy, where many lost their lives. They would be spinning in their graves if they knew that another dictatorship had sprung up in its place and that the people were under equally cruel conditions because of the regime’s corrupt policies.

The mullahs know that they are hated by the people. That’s why they are so insistent on suppressing the people because they know that any let-up would see them thrown from power. What they don’t seem to realize is that this pressure is also going to convince the Iranian people to overthrow the regime.

In addition to terrorizing the Iranian people, the regime has conducted many such acts around the world, including taking over the US embassy in Tehran, bombing a Jewish community center in Argentina, and attempting to bomb an Iranian Resistance rally in France.

Many current or recent regime officials were involved in the 1979 US hostage crisis, including:

  • Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei
  • former deputy president Massoumeh Ebtekar
  • political advisor to the president Hamid Abutalebi
  • former IRGC commander-in-chief Mohammad Ali Jafari
  • former Defense Minister Hossein Dehghan
  • state media outlet IRIB chief Ezzatollah Zarghami

This is still in the regime’s DNA today, with the mullahs trying to get money and concessions by kidnapping. (Several dual nationals are lingering in Iranian jails today for no other reason than the regime wants to get favorable treatment from their home countries).

IRGC commander Hassan Abbasi bragged about receiving  $1.7 billion from the U.S. to hand over hostage Jason Rezaian, while in another case, the regime blackmailed France into paying a $1 million ransom and expelling Iranian Resistance leader Massoud Rajavi from the country, according to Lebanese terrorist Anis Nakkash.

The latest incident also involves France, with Franco-Iranian academic Fariba Adelkhah being arrested in Iran with the hopes that this would convince France to release diplomat terrorist Assadollah Assadi who tried to bomb the 2018 Free Iran gathering. This was a strange decision because Assadi was never actually held in France—he was arrested in Germany and transferred to Belgium, where the trial is taking place.

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Iranian opposition leader Maryam Rajavi urged the international community to take practical measures to confront the regime’s terrorism, warmongering, and human rights abuses, as well as support the Iranian people in their struggle for a free Iran.