Iran - Qom, May 17, 2017. Youths pour into streets of Qom calling for the boycott of sham election and chant: Raisi is the mass murderer of 1988 massacre of political prisoners in Iran.
Press release - 18 May 2017
On the eve of the Iranian presidential “elections”, 156 members of the European Parliament issued a joint statement (attached) and declared: “The elections in Iran are not free and fair. Opposition is banned. All candidates have to declare their heartfelt belief to the concept of supreme clerical rule. An unelected body named the ‘Guardian Council’, whose members are appointed by supreme leader Ayatollah Khamenei, disqualifies most of the candidates.”
NCRI - We only enjoy the senior officials’ approval if we refuse to express the labor community’s problems, said the head of the so-called High Council of Iran Laborers.
“Senior officials refuse to hear the problems of the workers community,” said Mohammad Yarahmadi in a press conference on Wednesday, May 17, according to the semi-official Tasnim news agency.
NCRI - Maryam Rajavi, President of the National Council of Resistance of Iran, described Iran’s presidential election scheduled for May 19th as “sham”, CNN Arabic reported Wednesday, May 17th.
Rajavi accused the Revolutionary Guards of allocating half a million votes of its members, along with hundreds of thousands of votes belonging to its secret elements, to the candidate of their choosing, CNN Arabic added.
As the Iranian regime's sham election draws near and it faces overwhelming crises, the officials of the regime are expressing their fear of the call for regime change and the election boycott campaign underway by freedom-loving youths and supporters of the Iranian Resistance. Slogans such as "No to the executioner, no to the demagogue; My vote regime change; long live the National Liberation Army" and "Our vote regime change; Our choice is Maryam Rajavi" and a popular desire for a boycott of the poll have become widespread, forcing officials and state media to acknowledge them.
NCRI - Hassan Rouhani, Iran regime’s incumbent president lashed at his main rival’s, (Raisi) election campaign in a gathering with his supporters in Tehran on Tuesday, May 16th, in the city of Zanjan, northwestern Iran, according to state-run media.
“Don’t go to the villages lying to people. Don’t bus participants to your rallies. Don’t serve delicious lunches in military bases. The world isn’t these three or four days. What happened to morals and honesty?” Rouhani said.
NCRI - The Prominent politician and former United States Senator from Connecticut, Joseph Lieberman, believes that a brief comparison of what is happening in the Iranian election with America and France indicates a true Iranian election would not be held. He indicated that the results are initially a decision that regime will make. Lieberman has served as a U.S. senator and vice presidential candidate.
NCRI - Intense factional feuding during the Iranian regime’s sham election campaign has led to the spokesperson for the judiciary announcing that a number of people had been detained for “stealing certain documents” at the request of one of “the campaign headquarters”.
NCRI - $23 billion in smuggled goods enter Iran each year
Estimating the total value of smuggled goods remains a challenging calculation due to its illegal and secretive nature, according to a report wired by the semi-official Fars news agency.
NCRI - Iran’s state-run Resalat daily in its Tuesday edition on May 16th described questioning the mullahs’ crimes against the Iranian opposition People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) as a red line and a grave political sin.
“A grave sin in the election is crossing the Islamic establishment’s red lines, meaning the same red lines the enemies of the Iranian people in the past 38 years have dreamed of.