From the first issue of "Survivor's report", association of defending MKO victims ...
Thirty-odd years ago in Tehran, five graduate students gathered
together to determine a way for independence, freedom and democracy to be brought to Iran, ruled then by the late Mohammad Reza Shah. The five young men founded the People's Mojahedin Organisation of Iran (PMOI) or Mojahedin-e Khalq (MEK). The organization was founded on a mixture of Marxist and Islamic fundamentals and belief in armed struggle was at its core.
The founders could not have anticipated that their organization could survive over the next four decades, only to become one of the most notorious armed cults in the history of the Middle East. The same organization which was established to place the rights of people at the top of any agenda, is now labeled a terrorist organisation by the US,UK, European Union, and many other democratic nations across the globe, and in addition is the subject of frequent concern to human rights organizations such as Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch and others who have issued several statements, expressing their deep concern about the maltreatment of members, misuse of children and in particular the treatment of those people who question the actions of Mr and Mrs Rajavi, the leadership of the cult. That concern is in addition to the thousands upon thousands of severe injuries and deaths caused by the blind terror operations carried out by the MKO in Iran, or its military operations against
the Kurdish and Shiite uprisings and resistance against Saddam Hussein in Iraq. Massoud Rajavi, one of the few survivors of the imprisoned leading members of the MKO, was freed during the 1979 revolution in Iran. It did not take long for him to turn against the same revolutionaries who he and his colleagues had helped in toppling the Shah and establishing the Islamic Republic of Iran. After an unsuccessful coup attempt in 1981, he was the first
to run away from Iran, leaving behind masses of unorganised and desperate militia to be arrested and executed by the revolutionary guards. The deaths of all other leading members then opened the way for Rajavi to take complete control of the organisation and appoint himself its sole leader.
Although he did not have success in his attempt to seize power in Iran, Rajavi certainly successfully engineered an internal coup by which he changed this armed revolutionary organisation into a
mercenary armed cult. With the obedient cult members in place, Rajavi was ready to serve anybody who was, or is, willing to pay the cash. It took very little time for Rajavi’s outfit to become “Saddam’s Private Army”. Serving under the orders of the Intelligence Services of Saddam for two decades, Rajavi had scores of women and children killed, provided intelligence against Iran, cooperated in hiding WMDs, and more... Once coalition forces toppled Saddam’s
regime in 2003, all that remained from a popular mass movement was Rajavi and fewer than 4000 unlawful combatants, (as the USA describes such people).
The combatants were stopped, disarmed and put under investigation.
Rajavi typically ran away again, and is still in hiding. His new, third wife, who divorced her husband (also a high ranking member of the cult) on Rajavi’s order so that she could marry him and become co-leader, was discovered hiding in the suburbs of Paris. Maryam Rajavi was arrested by the French police on terrorism charges.
Last year has not been a good year for Massoud and Maryam Rajavi. Although the Rajavis are self-appointed and unaccountable cult leaders who have the power to order any member to carry out
suicide bombings and or self-immolations anywhere in the world, they have now lost their main benefactor Saddam Hussein and evidence of their crimes against humanity and war crimes are piling up with eye opening acceleration. As if this were not enough, their benefactorhad filmed all their meetings and discussions in which they were ordered to perform terrorist killings in Iraq and Iran for which Saddam would pay the costs in dollars and dinars. They were to sell illegal oil in the black market and provide intelligence to Iraq concerning western countries and Saddam would provide them with tanks, military bases and training for terrorist acts and future suicide bombings. The films surfaced after Iraq’s Intelligence Services’ buildings were looted during the fall of Baghdad. Now that Rajavi has chosen to stay in hiding and his co-leader and wife Maryam Rajavi is currently facing prosecution on terrorism charges in Europe, the cult’s propaganda machine has closed all its normal outlets and dares not even mention these issues. In contrast, its internal Farsi newspapers and media are working overtime churning
out misinformation to keep the cult’s members and supporters in the dark.
Externally, rather than portray itself as reformed organisation, or organisations, the Mojahedin is trying to somehow replicate itself with a new name and identity in the west. The nature of the cult meanwhile remains unchanged, based on the same military and fanatical ideology invented by Rajavi. The personnel, slogans, heads and bases also remain the same. During the past year their hideouts in the UK, Germany, Canada, Italy, USA, Australia and most notably France, have been raided by police. Documents and other evidence were seized. The justification for these raids has been to prevent the cult from transferring its terrorist HQ from Iraq to
Europe. It is clear that neither Europe nor America want the cult in their countries, and nor has any other nation shown any willingness to accept them.
The Mojahedin however continues to ignore this reality. Rajavi has put his cult on the market and is looking for a new buyer.
Facts about the National Council of Resistance of Iran
The Mojahedin-e Khalq founded in 1965 is currently led by Massoud Rajavi and his wife Maryam Rajavi. Massoud Rajavi cofounded the National Council of Resistance of Iran in Paris in 1981 with former president Abol Hassan Bani Sadr. Both fled Iran
when Rajavi’s failed power coup provoked the severe repression in which thousands were imprisoned and killed.
• The NCRI can be described as a council of various groups, organisations and individuals
who believe in ‘regime change’ by means of armed struggle in order to
bring democracy to Iran.
• The The NCRI is variously described as the political wing of the Mojahedin-e Khalq.
• The Chairman of the NCRI for twenty-three years has been Massoud Rajavi.
• Before 1993 most independent members of the NCRI had rejected Massoud
Rajavi’s undemocratic methods and had left. Rajavi then expanded the 12 member
NCRI to over 550 members by co-opting his own Mojahedin members as
individual NCRI members.
• Currently, over 95% of NCRI members are from the Mojahedin and are ideologically
and unquestioningly obedient to Massoud Rajavi’s leadership.
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