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Monday, 24 June 2024
The democratic revolution in Iran
Saeed Abed

As we commemorate the anniversary of the anti-monarchy revolution, it is worth noting that a recent uprising has been ongoing for over five months now.

The 1979 revolution was marred by the absence of authentic leaders, many of whom were either imprisoned or killed, and eventually came under the control of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini.

The longstanding animosity between the Shah, the Sheikh, and several nationalists, patriotic, and progressive factions, as well as marginalized ethnic groups, underscores their inherent solidarity against dictatorship.

Presently, our nation is in the throes of a new democratic revolution, with our people fighting for a democratic republic that is devoid of violence, oppression, and dependence.

It is crucial to recognize the realities of the world and strive to promote both regional and global peace by responding to the demands of the Iranian people.

By remaining steadfast in our determination to attain freedom, democracy, equality, and active female participation in political leadership, as well as the flourishing of young talent, we can pave the way towards a thriving and advanced Iran.

Understanding the attributes and essence of an alternative that can avert the hijacking of this democratic revolution is crucial.

It appears that the end of Iran's atypical Islamic regime is within sight, and the international community has the ability to help the people of Iran reclaim their country and reintegrate into the global community.

It is critical to delineate the characteristics of a democratic alternative government that are in harmony with Iran's historical, political, and social realities and ensure that the upcoming regime bears no similarity to the mullahs' tyranny.

The five primary features of this alternative government are as follows: an organized and structured framework, support from both the domestic and international communities, capable leadership and a well-defined plan of action, pluralism, and the rejection of all types of dictatorship.

The National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), a coalition of opposition groups and individuals, with the Mujahedin-e Khalq Organization (MEK) as its primary pillar, is the sole entity capable of fulfilling these requirements.

The NCRI and MEK have been educating political figures, parliamentarians, former government officials, and allied groups for decades about the realities in Iran and have put forth their ten-point plan for a new, peaceful, democratic, and prosperous Iran.

Despite regime oppression and retaliation, the NCRI and MEK have demonstrated their capability to organize significant events and social initiatives. They possess a large number of supporters within Iran and have been inspiring Iranians to pursue change.

The MEK, the principal organization within the NCRI, has a notable network and resistance units within Iran, and it has been leading the current uprising.

It is not feasible to establish a viable alternative to the current regime overnight. However, the NCRI has developed deep roots through its fight against the ruling religious tyranny and has resisted religious fascism, developed a structure and organization, and devised a plan for resistance. Despite facing severe persecution, imprisonment, and executions, the NCRI has remained true to its values, particularly its rejection of all forms of dictatorship.

The NCRI has been targeted by an extensive psychological war and demonization campaign carried out by the regime worldwide. Over a thousand books, movies, and TV series have been produced to malign the NCRI and its alternative. Meanwhile, the ruling regime is finding it challenging to keep its allies in check and is losing its grip on both rhetoric and action.

The NCRI has a history marked by critical moments and high-stakes battles, but its unwavering commitment to democratic and freedom-loving values has saved the Iranian people from a worse fate. Had it not been for the NCRI's resistance, the oppressive regime could have maintained its domination for centuries. The NCRI, along with its courageous supporters, both men and women, are standing up to prevent such an outcome.

The NCRI's proposed alternative presents a promising opportunity for a brighter future for Iran. The Iranian people's sacrifices in their fight for freedom, democracy, and human rights have been significant, and their struggles must not go in vain. It is crucial for the global community to support the aspirations of the Iranian people and join them in their quest for a better future. The international community should collaborate to facilitate a peaceful transfer of power in Iran that upholds the rights and dignity of all Iranians.

The NCRI's ten-point plan offers a comprehensive solution for Iran's political, social, and cultural challenges. It envisions a new Iran based on secularism, democracy, human rights, and the rule of law, which would promote unity and stability in the region. The NCRI's long-standing battle against the ruling regime has proven its capabilities and competencies in preserving the culture of struggle and liberty. The Iranian people now have a viable alternative that can pave the way towards a prosperous and free Iran.

The Iranian resistance’s alternative is now in a position to advance. The proven capabilities and competencies of the NCRI during its battle against the mullahs' regime, as well as its success in preserving the culture of struggle and liberty, means the people and the revolution have their solution in this alternative.

The NCRI's ten-point plan calls for a democratic and secular republic, with free and fair elections, gender equality, and a market economy. This plan includes a commitment to human rights, including freedom of speech, assembly, and religion, as well as a commitment to non-nuclear Iran, and a foreign policy based on peaceful coexistence and cooperation with other countries. The time has come for the world to recognize the NCRI as the legitimate representative of the Iranian people and to work together towards a peaceful transition of power in Iran. 

The NCRI alternative will lead to peace, stability, unity, and territorial integrity of the country, and establish the fundamental rights and liberties of the Iranian people. Such unity and its promise can already be seen in the slogans chanted by the Iranian people, including "From Zahedan to Tehran, I sacrifice my life for Iran" or "From Kurdistan to Tehran, I sacrifice my life for Iran."

Indeed, the slogans chanted by the Iranian people show that they aspire to a united and free Iran, and that the NCRI's alternative has the potential to unite Iranians from all walks of life. The NCRI's ten-point plan is designed to address the country's most pressing problems, including poverty, corruption, and human rights abuses, and to promote democracy, gender equality, and religious freedom. The plan also seeks to establish a market economy, protect the environment, and promote Iran's cultural heritage. By addressing these issues and promoting a shared vision for the future, the NCRI's alternative has the potential to unite Iranians and promote peace and stability in the region.

The murder of hundreds of women, men, and children across Iran, and the arrests of 30,000 of others, have sealed the downfall of the religious fascist regime. It will never be the same, and it will not survive.

While it is difficult to predict the future of the regime, it is clear that the Iranian people continue to demand change. 

the NCRI is the catalyst for the movement that will usher Iran into a new paradigm of freedom in a matter of time not far ahead.

The situation in Iran is certainly complex, and the path to a democratic and secular Iran is not guaranteed to be easy. However, the NCRI and its supporters have demonstrated resilience and determination in the face of oppression and persecution. The international community can play a crucial role in supporting the Iranian people’s rights for self-defense in their struggle for freedom and human rights, and in recognizing the NCRI as a viable alternative to the current regime. It is important for the West to understand the historic significance of the Iranian revolution and to alleviate the massive pain and hardship they suffered from the Shah or the Mullahs.

Saeed Abed Member of the NCRI Foreign Affairs Committee, Expert on Iran, and the Middle East.


By: Saeed Abed