CHICAGO: Resistance activists in Iran have disrupted parts of the country’s security apparatus, senior officials tell Arab News, as the country prepares to mark the anniversary of Ayatollah Ruhollah’s death Khomeini, the founder of one of the most repressive states in the world.
Regime opponents took control of security systems in several cities, including camera networks and servers, and used them to send text messages to more than 585,000 phones across the country, calling for a “change regime” and claiming that “a frustrated nation is fed up with destructive state policies.
Ali Safavi, a member of the foreign affairs committee of the Paris-based National Council of Resistance of Iran, told Arab News: “Supporting more than 5,000 security cameras and hundreds of their servers, which are exclusively installed to identify and detain those who take part in the uprisings, is the latest in a series of similar offensive measures that resistance units affiliated with Iran’s main opposition, the Mujahedin-e Khalq in Iran, have taken since late January.
“These bold operations undermine the regime’s efforts to project an aura of invincibility and omnipresence everywhere. More importantly, they encourage Iranians to the existence of an organized opposition movement that can easily penetrate and damage the regime’s most secretive and tightly controlled agencies, and encourage them to challenge and resist the ruling theocracy. .
Safavi said the security systems monitor Khomeini’s tomb, government offices and different important places in Tehran, and are used for surveillance by the offices of Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi, the Ministry of Intelligence and Security, Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps and State Security Forces Command.
More than 150 sites belonging to Tehran’s largest municipalities were also seized, and slogans such as “Hail to Rajavi, death to Khamenei” were circulated, along with photos of Iranian resistance leaders.
Also seized were 168 computer servers controlled by Iranian security departments and cameras used to monitor the daily lives of Iranian citizens.
The MEK and the NCRI accuse Raisi, who became president last year, of being responsible for the massacre of more than 30,000 political prisoners in 1988. With the support of 25 Nobel laureates, the resistance urged the general secretary of the UN, Antonio Guterres, to lead a Commission of Inquiry into the massacre.
The NCRI has the support of hundreds of members of the US Senate and House of Representatives, and has boasted that the resistance in Iran has engaged in continuous disruption and damage to the oppressive regime.
Ayatollah Khomeini took control of Iran in February 1979, weeks after the country’s leader, Shah Reza Pahlavi, fled the country in the face of nationwide protests. Khomeini then declared himself leader for life, creating a new religious dictatorship. His followers stormed the United States Embassy on November 4, 1979 and took 52 Americans hostage, imprisoning them for 444 days.
Khomeini died on June 3, 1989, and was succeeded by Khamenei, who oversaw a regime that executed more than 10,000 dissidents, assassinated hundreds of opponents in more than 40 countries and killed thousands of other citizens during protests. .