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Iran COVID-19 Crisis: Over 52,400 Death. a Result of Regime’s Criminal Policies

Iran, Ahvaz, coronavirus outbreak – June 2020

The People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI, Mujahedin-e Khalq or MEK) announced on Tuesday that the COVID-19 pandemic in Iran has so far claimed the lives of 52,400 people. The Iranian regime is the only party to be blamed for this tragedy.  

The National Council of the Resistance of Iran (NCRI) presented documents obtained by the MEK, from the regime’s National Emergency Organization, which confirm the virus was transmitted directly from China to Iran in early January. Yet, the mullahs’ regime refused to announce this. The regime’s cover-up caused a rapid spread of COVID-19 inside Iran and turned Iran into an epicenter of this disease.  

In an interview with the Al-Iraqiya TV on March 30, Dr. Adham Esmail, the WHO representative in Iraq, said: “Iran spread this contagious disease to 17 countries. Iran is the cause of this contagious disease in 17 countries.”  

The regime refused to announce the existence of this deadly virus in Iran to have a larger turnout at its sham parliamentary elections. An election, which was anyhow massively boycotted. The regime’s interior minister, Abdolreza Rahmani Fazli, admitted on February 23: “Some people recommended that we postpone the election. Regarding Qom, they insisted we postpone the election in the city. As the official responsible for the election, I did not accept any of these (recommendations).”   

Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) Mahan Air did not stop its flights from or to China. As the NCRI revealed at that time, “Owing to its strategic relations with China, however, not only did the regime refuse to cancel flights to China but also a large number of Chinese citizens traveled to Iran following the outbreak in their own country. Despite the regime’s subsequent announcement that flights to China would be canceled, Mahan Air has continued its travels to and from China. The hundreds of Chinese students involved in religious studies in the city of Qom, in fact, encourage the continuation of these flights.”  

After numerous revelations by the Iranian Resistance and mounting international pressure, the mullahs’ regime was forced to admit to the coronavirus outbreak. Since then, the regime started the second phase of its criminal policy: downplaying the crisis.  

The regime’s president, Hassan Rouhani was the frontrunner in lying and deception. Once, he claimed the virus will be over by the end of February. Two days after the NCRI’s Security and Counterterrorism Committee’s revelation on March 28, Hassan Rouhani, in a startling retreat said: “The disease may have been introduced as early as the third week of January 2020 in Iran, but we found out about it in the third week of February. It took us a while to know. All over the world it was like this. It took some time to realize they were facing the disease.” 

The regime’s supreme leader, Ali Khamenei, even went as far as to foolishly speak about “bio terrorism.”  

The regime’s foreign minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, and apologists made some futile efforts to depict the international sanctions as the reason for the high COVID-19 mortality rate.  

The regime was forced to issue a national quarantining order, closing businesses and religious sites but quickly forced people back to work and reopened religious sites. First and foremost, since the regime didn’t financially help people and more were losing their jobs, mullahs feared this would spark an explosion of anger in the restive Iranian society. In addition, the regime needed people to work so that it could loot them as before. The regime needed to reopen religious sites such as holy shrines and mosques to profit from them by misusing people’s religious sentiments and taking their endowments, and particularly use mosques as centers of oppression and mobilization of its repressive forces across the country. In a nutshell, the regime prioritized its economic interests and security over people’s lives.   

To send people back to work, the regime’s officials blatantly lie. Rouhani was the first to talk about “white zones,” a bogus claim which was shortly after rejected by other regime officials.  

Using the herd immunity policy, the regime refuses to use its vast financial resources such as those in the Astan-e Quds Razavi and other institutions under Khamenei or the IRGC’s control. Instead, the mullahs are sending people into a killing zone.  

Majid Harirchi, the regime’s Deputy Health Minister, on Monday said: Iran suffered 66 deaths per day during the 1980s Iran-Iraq war while there have been 107 and 113 coronavirus deaths in the past two days. There are no provinces where we are not concerned about the COVID-19 trend. The only green city we have is Abu Musa. During the past few days, we have once again witnessed daily deaths in triple digits. These are considered high numbers for COVID-19 fatalities. Government agencies may decide to reimpose quarantine measures and it is then that many innocent people will be suffering from economic setbacks due to such restrictions.”  

The truth is the regime is unable and unwilling to control the COVID-19 crisis in Iran. Despite Harirchi’s blatant claim and shedding of crocodile tears for “innocent people,everyone knows the regime is capable of using its financial resources to help the people while maintaining quarantine measures.  

From the first days of the outbreak, the Iranian Resistance has emphasized that the assets of huge financial foundations like the Execution of Imam Khomeini’s Order (EIKO), Astan Quds Razavi and other huge foundations possessed by Khamenei should be made available to the public to fight the coronavirus.  

The state-run Jomhurie Eslami daily in its editorial of April 11 wrote: “These financial powers include the Execution of Imam Khomeini’s Order, Mostazafan Foundation of Islamic Revolution and Astan Quds Razavi. The vast financial and facilities these centers possess, if used to help the damaged society sectors by the coronavirus, will resolve these sectors’ problems rapidly and completely.” 

The monthly salary of IRGC mercenaries in Syria, according to information released by the Representative Office of the National Council of Resistance of Iran in the US in July 2016, averages about $1,000 a month. Meanwhile, according to the regime’s statistics, in a completely optimistic study, if we assume that the average salary of each nurse is 3 million tomans, it will be equal to $160 per month. (At the current exchange rate of 18,630 tomans per U.S. dollar) 

As the NCRI’s president-elect Mrs. Maryam Rajavi said: “The increasing trend of the coronavirus nationwide as the direct result of the clerical regime’s criminal and inhuman policies. Khamenei and Rouhani are the first among officials responsible for our compatriots losing their lives on such a vast scale.” 

Therefore, as Mrs. Rajavi has reiterated: “Today, regime change in Iran is indispensable not only to freedom and democracy in Iran but also to the health of each and every individual in Iran and to the protection of their houses, cities and villages against natural disasters.”