Shahriar Kia “Riyadh Daily”

The senior board of Iran’s so-called Assembly of Experts recently expressed grave concerns regarding the consequences of Iran’s latest uprising.

In this session assembly chief, Ahmad Jannati and spokesman Ahmad Khatami referred to three important crises facing the regime in regards to these protests.

1. The legitimacy of the people’s demands

2. The impasse Iran’s regime is facing in continuing its crackdown campaign

3. Failure and inability to control the internet

The truth is this uprising is an unexpected earthquake, and of course with a clear objective launched by the Iranian people against the entirety of the mullahs’ regime. Their obvious goal is the all-out overthrowing of this regime.


Mehdi Abrishamchi, Chairman of the Peace Commission in the Iranian opposition coalition, the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), provided some understanding in this regard in a recent interview with the INTV satellite network, broadcasted in Farsi in Iran and across the globe.

This uprising took the ruling regime and many foreign analysts by surprise. At a time when the Iranian Resistance has time and again during the past year emphasized how Iran’s atmosphere is ready for significant developments and a major uprising. Step by step NCRI statements and speeches delivered by NCRI President Maryam Rajavi very specifically explained how conditions for overthrowing this regime are ripe and at hand,” Abrishamchi said.

“We have once again come together to convey to the world the voice of the suffering people of Iran; to say that the Iranian people and Resistance are prepared to overthrow the mullahs’ religious dictatorship and replace it with a government based on freedom, equality, and democracy,” Rajavi said in a Paris conference on December 16.

Attacking a large number of state centers, including more than 60 Friday prayer imam offices, known as representatives of Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei and the leading centers of crackdown & plundering in each city, clearly shows that the Iranian people have come to understand as long as this regime is in power no solution will be presented for Iran’s economic and social matters and expecting reform is nothing but a mirage.

Although the first element igniting this uprising was social unrest of the comprehensive cruelty imposed by the ruling regime, not even one of the protesters attacked property belonging to the people, including their homes or their stores. This reflects how organized the protesters are and the high level of the Iranian people’s understanding.

Another significant characteristic of this uprising is the widespread participation of Iran’s younger generation, showing unprecedented bravery in the face of the regime’s repressive forces.

This goes parallel to the women’s defining role, seen in many videos uploaded by protesters on the internet. Women in many scenes were able to pave the path for continuing dissent.


The Iranian women’s experience in resisting this regime is clearly viewed in the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) and the special role in leading the Iranian people’s freedom movement. This factor provides the propulsion needed in Iran’s society to further stand against the regime’s oppressive units and chant, “Death to Khamenei.”

The third significant characteristic of the Iranian people’s uprising is the uprooting of the “reformist/principalists” mirage launched by the regime’s senior figures.

“Reformists, principalists, end of story,” was chanted by the Iranian people. This should not be considered as a mere spontaneous event. In fact, it shows that prior to these demonstrations the Iranian people know there is no longer any hope in this regime and solution only lies in overthrowing its entire entity.

During the past 36 years the factor preventing this religious and fundamentalist dictatorship, known as the ”velayat-e faqih,” to establish a vast extremist empire inside Iran and throughout the Middle East, and endanger peace and stability across the globe, is the presence of an active alternative paying the heavy price of this initiative. The NCRI and PMOI/MEK are the entities behind this ongoing effort.

The MEK, enjoying deep roots in Iran’s history and vast domestic and international support, has been able to alert the world regarding Tehran’s clandestine nuclear program and terrorist plots abroad. The MEK has not allowed Iran’s mullahs become a nuclear power and take the entire Middle East under their control.

The Iranian people’s uprising currently enjoys the upper hand of being backed by an organized alternative with a specific ten-point-plan presented by Maryam Rajavi for Iran’s future. This initiative is supported by a large number of dignitaries from all over the world.

“I urge the Council of Europe, the European Union and its member states, and the United Nations to stand beside the people of Iran and not the mullahs’ theocratic regime. The regime must understand that it has to pay a high price for opening fire on demonstrators and killing them under torture,” Rajavi underscored at a recent European Council meeting.

owever, the clerical regime, despite its vicious nature, is unable to return the status quo to conditions prior to December 28th when these protests sparked. The Iranian people will continue their uprising until the overthrow of the religious dictatorship, and establish democracy in their country.