Iran: Regime Hearing Footsteps Of Next Uprising – OpEd


A day after the Iranian regime’s election charade, the former head of the Security Commission of the Majlis (parliament), Heshmatollah Falahatpisheh, said, “The result of the elections is a failure, not a victory.”

On March 4, the state-run Farhikhtegan newspaper made three points on the failure of the elections:

– The lowest electoral turnout in the history of the Islamic Republic signifies a crisis of legitimacy.

– The society is in the most dissatisfied political, economic, and cultural conditions.

– The cases of the 2019 and 2022 uprisings have never been resolved politically.

The three highlighted points are the same issues that regime supreme leader Ali Khamenei has focused on in recent months, and he repeatedly emphasized them only two months before the elections.

Falahatpisheh added, “Throughout the history of the revolution, not all executive and political capacities have been used to this extent. From pleas and requests to threats, the national media has been employed to urge people to participate in the ballot box.”

On February 28, Khamenei said, “If the elections are held weakly, the entire regime will suffer, and everyone will be affected. If we can show the world that the nation is present in important and decisive arenas of the country, we will save and advance the system.”

The term “saving the system” means preventing the next wave of protests and uprisings. This is because those concerned about the regime have continuously warned and expressed fear about it.

On January 1, the official IRNA News Agency quoted a regime expert as saying the following on rivalries between different regime factions: “We are in the same boat and people do not trust the entire regime, and we are part of it. For the dissatisfied and critical people on the streets, there is no differentiation between you and us. To them we are all guilty with no exception.”

In an interview with state-run Didar news website, on January 24, Journalist Ahmed Zeidabadi said, “If this situation does not change, the regime is facing a very dangerous situation, and alarm bells have been ringing for a long time.” In the same program, another government expert issued a warning, saying, “Society can no longer tolerate it. Society will not back down with imposing coercion, threats, imprisonment, and executions.”

These elections, which faced tremendous opposition from the people of Iran, were a resounding rejection of the legitimacy of the ruling regime in Iran. The resolute people of Iran are not only demonstrating their determination but also their uprising, whose footsteps are now being heard, heralding the downfall of religious fascism.

Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, the elected President of the National Council Resistance of Iran (NCRI), by referring to the determination and will of the Iranian people in boycotting the regime’s elections, said, “No doubt, Khamenei and the Velayat-e Faqih regime will come out of this theatrics, much weaker and more fragile than ever, which will expedite their overthrow. The Iranian people’s decisive ‘No’ is indicative of burgeoning uprisings, the echoes of which have already resonated across the nation, heralding the impending downfall of the clerical regime.”

Mahmoud Hakamian

Mahmoud Hakamian writes for The People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI), also known as Mujahedin-e-Khalgh (MEK)

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