On December 7, 2020, on the anniversary of Iran’s National Students Day, anti-regime activities were organized in various cities. Despite the Iranian regime’s intensified repressive measures, members of the Iranian Resistance Units and the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK Iran) continued to campaign for regime change in Iran and honored the memory of Dr. Mohammad Maleki, a prominent Iranian academic, and the first chancellor of Tehran University after the 1979 anti-monarchical revolution. Dr. Maleki who was a vocal opponent of the Iranian regime, passed away on December 2, 2020, after being imprisoned and harassed for four decades.
On National Students Day, resistance groups and supporters of the MEK Iran wrote slogans and posted banners in several cities across Iran. By placing signs and writing slogans in various cities, they underlined the message of the resistance leadership, which is the pursuit of freedom and democracy in Iran and the overthrow of the religious dictatorship. In addition to Tehran, these activities took place in the cities of Qazvin, Ahvaz, Mashhad, Isfahan, Ilam, Kashan, Esfarayen, Behbahan, Khorramabad, Bandar Abbas, Urmia, and Tabriz.
In various cities, the Resistance Units spread anti-regime slogans and installed posters of Iranian Resistance leader MassoudRajavi and President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) Maryam Rajavi.
In the center of Tehran, a huge poster of MassoudRajavi was installed with the slogan: “Rebellious youth will write Iran’s destiny.”
“Imprisoned students must be freed. As MassoudRajavi said, we should rise and take back our rights from the mullahs,” another slogan read while commemorating the National Students day in Iran.
These activities show the braveness and courage of the MEK supporters inside the country. The regime punishes any support for the MEK with imprisonment, torture, and possibly execution. In recent years, the regime has mobilized all its propaganda machine to prevent the youths from joining the MEK.
In fact, just last month, in an interview with the state television, Iranian regime intelligence minister Mahmoud Alavi acknowledged that the Ministry of Intelligence and Security (MOIS) is behind a long list of TV series and films created to defame the Mujahedin-e-Khalq. This is the latest confession by a top Iranian official pertaining that the regime spends huge sums on its demonization campaign against the MEK. It also betrays the regime’s fear of the growing influence of the MEK inside the country.
Movies and TV series are just a small part of the regime’s propaganda efforts against MEK Iran. The regime has created a network of publications, websites, and books that regularly rehash the regime’s lies against the Iranian opposition and try to push the narrative that the MEK is worse than the mullahs’ regime. These materials are widely publicized in state TV and state-run newspapers and websites. The regime is also deeply involved in an international campaign against MEK Iran, mainly through its ties to foreign media outlets and reporters.