| 04.03,18. 09:40 PM |
Who are the
People’s Mojahedin of Iran
The People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI), was founded 53 years ago in 1965during the
dictatorship of Shah’s monarchy with the aim of establishing freedom and
democracy in Iran. The PMOI founders and many of its leaders were executed
during the Shah’s dictatorship. Other leaders were released from prisons by people
during the last weeks of the anti-monarchy revolution in 1979.
After the fall of the Shah in February 1979, a cleric
named Khomeini stole the people's revolution for freedom, and established his
extremist government based on medieval laws using the name of Islam.
People throughout the country, in particular the university
students and intelligentsia upset with the new repressive and backward regime
joined the PMOI. Hundreds of thousands participated in the PMOI peaceful
meetings and demonstrations. The Iranian regime worried about such rising
popular support for the PMOI, started to repress, arrest, torture and finally
execute the PMOI members in large numbers. Up to now, more than 100 thousand
PMOI members and supporters have been executed for the sole crime of being
As the result of the brutal crackdown, large number of
PMOI members went into exile in different countries of the world. A significant number also went to Camp Ashraf in Iraq,
Iran Western neighbor, to continue their struggle for democracy and freedom in
After murdering thousands of innocent people in Iran, in
particular the massacre of more than 30 thousand PMOI political prisoners in
the summer of 1988, Khomeini died in June 1989. Another cleric called Ali
Khamenei replaced him as leader of the Islamic Republic of Iran. He soon proved
to be as ruthless as his predecessor.
In 2009, Khamenei through prime minster al-Maliki of Iraq
who was affiliated to the Iranian regime carried out several attacks against
the residents of Ashraf and killed more than 140 Ashraf residents in Iraq. The brutal
killings greatly concerned the international community namely the European and
American governments. Eventually, in a joint international humanitarian action,
members of the PMOI in Iraq were transferred to other countries, especially in
Europe. Albanian successive Democratic and then Socialist governments from 2013
to September 2016 also accepted the largest group of Ashraf residents.
PMOI is the principle member of the coalition of the
National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), a coalition of Iranian
democratic groups and personalities. Mrs. Maryam Rajavi is the president elect
of the NCRI based in Paris. Her 10-point plan for a free Iran has been welcomed
internationally. The 10-point plan includes: free elections, separation of
religion and state, gender equality, equal rights for religious and ethnic
minorities, abolishing death penalty, peaceful coexistence with other
countries, international and regional peace and cooperation, as well as respect
for the United Nations Charter.
Every year a hundredthousand Iranians living
in different countries around the world come to Paris to participate in the
annual gathering of the PMOI to show their solidarity where Many international
personalities including dignitaries from Albania have also taken part.
Despite all the efforts of the Iranian regime during the
past four decades to destroy the PMOI and therefore to kill the movement for
freedom in Iran, on the 28th December 2017 a nationwide uprising
started in Iran that shocked the world. The uprising is continuing in the form
of public demonstrations, protest actions and strikes despite a widespread
suppression and crackdown.
On 9 January 2018 Ali Khamenei, the regime’s Supreme
Leader also said regarding the uprising: The PMOI had been ready since months
ago to organize people inside the country for the uprising.
The level of intensity of the uprising proved that due to
four decades of continuous PMOI struggle inside Iran, the dictator regime in
Iran has entered its final phase of existence, and is nearing its overthrow.