Iran Focus

London, 22 Jan - The leader of the Iranian Resistance forces, Maryam Rajavi, met with a group of French politicians, supporters of the Iranian Resistance, and French citizens on Sunday, January 21 to discuss the protests in Iran and what it means.

In her address to the meeting, Rajavi described the ongoing anti-regime protests as a “breeze of freedom” which promised hope for regime change in Iran but they were, as always, being held down by the Regime.

by Pooya Stone

The recent widespread protests in Iran destabilised the Regime’s shaky grasp on power and no matter what the leading mullahs claim publically, this uprising is far from over and the Regime leaders should be very scared.

Iran Focus

London, 12 Jan - Back in 2009, when the Iranian people protested the rigged election in the streets of Tehran, the US did nothing. As a result, many protesters were imprisoned and killed.

Now, the Iranian people have taken to the streets again- albeit it all across the country this time- and it is time for the US (and the world) to act, but what should they do?

Iran Focus

London, 20 Jan - Paris Friday, January 19, 2018: A conference was held, entitled, “Change in Iran with 1000 Ashrafs (1000 centre of rebellions through Iran)”, featuring the President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, Mr. Newt Gingrich, former Speaker of the US House of Representatives, and Senator Robert Torricelli, also a group of representatives of Iranian communities in Europe spoke of their personal experience while in Iran.

Below is the excerpt of the statement issued by NCRI secretariat on Friday 19, January 2018:

Iran Focus

London, 12 Jan - On Wednesday, just ahead of a meeting between several European leaders and Iranian leaders in Brussels, people took to the streets to protest. The meeting, to be held the next day is with regards to the Iran nuclear deal.

Representing Iran was foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif. The meeting comes just a day before the United States President Donald Trump was due to make a decision about reimposing oil sanctions that were lifted as one of the terms of the nuclear deal.

Iran Focus

London, 19 Jan - The current protests in Iran may have been suppressed by the Regime, but that won’t last.

The problems that caused the protests remain and it won’t be long before the people take to the streets again, particularly the Iranian youth who are especially angry about the lack of freedom their people experience.

Ahmad Majidyar, a South Asia and Middle East expert for the Washington-based Middle East Institute, said: “Young Iranians hold higher expectations, have greater access to information and exposure to the outside world, and aspire to more freedoms and opportunities."

Iran Focus

London, 11 Jan - Today in Brussels, a delegation of EU foreign ministers and the EU’s foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini met with their counterpart in the Iranian Regime, Javad Zarif, to discuss the future of the 2015 nuclear deal.

This meeting, which was called over the Regime’s fears that Donald Trump would soon pull the US out of the seven-nation agreement, coincided with the beginning of the third week of widespread anti-regime protests in Iran that have been met with severe human rights abuses by the ruling mullahs in clear violation of international human rights accords.

Iran Focus

London, 18 Jan - At the beginning of 2018, Citing Iran's "state television", AFP reported that while making a clear allusion to the Mujahedin-e Khalq (MEK), Rouhani told President Macron, "We criticize the fact that a group has a base in France and acts against the Iranian people and encourages violence. We expect the French government to act against this terrorist group ".

These remarks reflected above all the anxiety of the mullahs' regime in the face of the expansion of the uprising against the religious dictatorship and the growing popularity of the Mujahedin-e Khalq (MEK).and the Iranian Resistance. Rouhani accused the MEK of violence, while the European Union, its member countries, as well as the United States, strongly criticized the Iranian regime for the repression of demonstrations, killing and seriously injuring many people and President Macron has expressed concern on the death of the protestors. To date, dozens of unarmed protesters have been killed by Revolutionary Guards and thousands more arrested.

Iran Focus

London, 16 Jan - The Iranian people have once again taken to the streets of Iran to protest against the malign Regime. It’s the biggest protest since 2009 and possibly even since the start of the Regime itself.

The people are protesting over corruption at every level of government, widespread economic problems, and many other things besides. Simply, they want an end to the Regime.

Many promised that the 2015 Iran nuclear deal would improve the Iranian economy by removing sanctions and releasing frozen funds. However, the lifting of sanctions and the release of assets couldn’t do much to help the economy when the Iranian Regime was content to funnel the money into their own pockets or use it to fund malign projects abroad.

Iran Focus

London, 10 Jan - The US House of Representatives overwhelming voted in favour of a resolution, on Tuesday, supporting the Iranian people's right to freedom of expression in the widespread protests and condemning the Regime’s violent crackdown.

The 415-2 vote comes after almost two weeks on anti-regime protests in which at least 50 people have been killed and 3,700 imprisoned and potentially facing the death penalty.

Republican Representative Ed Royce, Chair of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, said: "With the passage of this resolution, we state that America stands with the Iranian people."

Iran Focus

London, 15 Jan - The people of Iran have been protesting and participating in anti-government demonstrations for several weeks now. The main reason behind this is because of the economic crisis the country is experiencing. The people are bearing the brunt of a huge rise in prices and a very worrying economic future; all while watching the nation’s wealth be plundered on conflicts abroad.

Rouhani’s government, during the recent budget, cut back on subsidies at the lower end of the economy scale and this has hit middle and lower-class Iranians. This had had a huge economic impact on food and fuel.

Iran Focus

London, 10 Jan - The US Defense Secretary James Mattis has stated that the White House does not have any issues with the Iranian people, only with the Regime.

He also stated that the people of Iran clearly also have issues with the Regime, citing the widespread protests that broke out in the final days of 2017 as proof.

He said: "I think it's very important that we stand up and say that we understand the Iranian people. Our beef, if we have one, is not with the Iranian people. It is specifically the same regime that the Iranian people, clearly, are fed up with as well."

Iran Focus

London, 15 Jan - No matter what the Iranian Regime would have you believe, the protests in Iran are not over and they are not being organised by foreign governments.

Human rights activist Heshmat Alavi wrote on Track Persia: “[This] is a struggle between the Iranian people literally fed up with this regime and a dictatorship weakened from domestic unrest, internal rifts and international pressures.”

Of course, the weak Iranian Regime is quick to blame others—specifically the Iranian opposition People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) - because it can’t deal with the current protests, which are totally different from those seen before.

by Jubin Katiraie

As the protests in Iran began, some compared them to those that occurred in 2009. However, these protests differ in in their message. The cause for the 2009 protests was a rift within the regime. Now, the people are demanding an end to the regime. On the streets this week slogans against velayat-e faqih (absolute clerical rule) and against the regime’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, as well as President, Hassan Rouhani were heard.

In her article for the Wall Street Journal, Maryam Rajavi, president-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran, an Iranian opposition coalition based in Paris, writes that, “This dispels the myth, still harbored by some governments, that Iranians distinguish between moderates and hard-liners in Tehran. It also undercuts flawed arguments depicting a stable regime.”

Iran Focus

London, 13 Jan - Iran has recently been rocked by demonstrations that began over frustration about crushing poverty and widespread unemployment, but quickly changed to calls for the expulsion of the regime.

While smaller-scale protests, with more limited demands, had occurred almost continuously over the previous year, the strength of the protests came as a surprise. However, the regime’s response was shocking.

The National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) released figures on the human cost of the first nine days, this past Friday. Drawing on information provided by the network of the Mujahedin-e Khalq (MEK), the NCRI’s leading constituent group, they determined that at least 50 people had been killed and another 3,000 arrested. Public acknowledgement of some of the killings and the arrests have Iranian authorities admitting to 500 arrests in Tehran alone.

Iran Focus

London, 9 Jan - The Iranian Regime is terrorizing its own people and too many countries are content to keep it going.

When the United Nations Security Council held an emergency session last week to discuss the protests against the Iranian regime, they failed to take action against the Iranian theocracy and instead focused on the irrelevant Iranian nuclear deal. They turned a blind eye to the cries of the Iranian people and for what reason?

Iran Focus

London, 12 Jan - The current Iranian protests are notable for two main reasons: geographic scope and range of grievances. Unlike previous protests, these are mainly populated by the working class, taking place in almost every city and town in Iran, without a singular cause.

In fact, here are just a few of their complaints:

Iran Focus

London, 9 Jan - The Iranian Regime is resorting to violent crackdowns through its suppressive militias over the recent protests that have taken the country by storm, but this will not stop the people of Iran from demanding their freedom, according to one political scientist.

Iranian expert Dr. Majid Rafizadeh wrote an op-ed for Arab News entitled “Iran is permanently on the verge of a revolution” in which he explained that these crackdowns- that have so far killed at least 50 people and imprisoned 1000- will fail to suppress the Iranian people’s desire for revolution.

The Regime has not only deployed its Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) and volunteer militia organization Basij to fire on unarmed protesters, arrest peaceful demonstrators, and kill many, but they have also cut off the protesters access to the internet- by slowing down speeds and blocking certain apps- to prevent them communicating with each other and the outside world.


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