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Why the Resistance Units’ Massive Operation Causes a Lot of Stir in the Regime?

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Security cameras installed at the mausoleum of the regime’s first supreme leader, Ruhollah Khomeini, were taken down.

The Iranian Resistance Units, a network affiliated with the Mujahedin-e Khalq (MEK/PMOI), launched several well-planned and simultaneous operations in Tehran on the eve of the death anniversary of the regime’s founder Ruhollah Khomeini.

The Resistance Units reportedly took down 5,138 Closed Circuit Cameras (CCTVs) at various tightly controlled sites, including Khomeini’s tomb Behesht-e Zahra cemetery, and Tehran Municipality IT Center.

These attacks caused a lot of stir in the regime, cracking its fragile power posturing on the eve of Khomeini’s death.

On Thursday, Tasnim News Agency, an outlet linked to the Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) Quds Force, quoted Public Relations of Municipal ICT Organization as saying, “Deliberate disruption in the internal page of the Tehran Municipality put this system out of reach for colleagues for a few minutes by publishing an insulting image.”

In a communication on Thursday, the office of Tehran’s mayor, IRGC Brigadier General Alireza Zakani, acknowledged the successful offensive by the Resistance Units and alerted the security staff. “Following the hacking of the Tehran’s Municipality Network by sworn enemies of the holy Islamic Republic, it is recommended to colleagues to be urgently on 100% alert and order the latter to all those responsible for IT systems and to make all servers unavailable, if necessary,” the directive reads.

“Deliberate disruption in the internal systems of Tehran’s municipality, including the publishing of an insulting image, put this system out of reach for staff members for a few minutes,” Javan daily, affiliated with IRGC, acknowledged on Thursday.

“A few minutes ago, the Tehran Municipal website and the ‘My Tehran’ system and all subsequent sources were made unavailable. Some urban outlets have said that the incident was hacking. Tehran mayor’s office has not elaborated yet,” the state-run Sharq daily acknowledged on Thursday, joining the list of state media outlets expressing fear of the MEK’s increasing prowess.

Hours after the Resistance Units’ operation, some regime officials rushed to the scene and desperately tried to minimize the attack to save their face and boost the morale of the regime’s demoralized forces.

“What happened yesterday was among the simplest methods of hacking. Due to the wide range of services provided by the municipality, this complex faces many attacks daily,” Hadi Mahzarnia, Head of Tehran Municipality ICT Center, boasted on Friday, as quoted by the state-run Mashreqnews.

Meanwhile, the Iranian opposition broadcast videos showing the Tehran Municipality IT Center and how it was in chaos for 24 hours, confirming that the Resistance Units had controlled the surveillance system for 24 hours.

Moreover, the frightful reactions of the regime officials, including Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, on June 3 alone debunks blatant remarks by Mahzarnia and his ilk.

“Today’s the enemy has high hopes to strike major blows to [the regime] using popular protests. They hope to use the internet or through psychological warfare and other deviltries to influence people to revolt against the Islamic Republic,” Khamenei said on Friday, as reported by state media.

Khamenei acknowledged his regime’s deadlock by claiming that “prevent [the enemy] from implying the system is in a deadlock. No, we will not reach a dead-end!”

“Imam [Khomeini] worried about the fate of the system. He said if the system fails, it will not return. He was terrified of the [enemy] breaching the [ruling] system and always said: ‘I really fear that the enemy infiltrates society and topples [the regime],” cleric Nasser Rafi joined Khamenei Friday in expressing fear, as quoted by official IRNA News Agency.

A Khamenei confidant, Rafi also displayed his utter fear of the MEK. “I fear the MEK. The damages MEK caused in our system has been more than the infidels [regime’s western adversaries],” he said.

Moreover, following Thursday’s operations, the regime mobilized tens of thousands of repressive forces across Iran, mainly in Tehran, and handpicked participants in Khomeini’s death anniversary event held at his tomb.

Protests continue across Iran. While economic and social woes kickstart these demonstrations, in a matter of few hours, people chant against regime officials, primarily Khamenei and his madcap sidekick, the murderer-turned-president Ebrahim Raisi.

Whether the tragic collapse of the Metropol Tower in southwest Iran or increasing food prices, once protests erupt in one part of the country, they generate a wave of solidarity across Iran with people calling out regime officials and their devastating policies.

These protests are the broadest display of a volatile society. At the height of four decades of mass murders, Khamenei has appointed Raisi, aka the hanging judge, as president to step up the crackdown and intimidate society.  The Resistance Unit’s operations, like the ones on Thursday, act as a sledgehammer that breaks this atmospheric oppression. And the regime knows that once this happens, it would crumble rapidly.

“Once people become disappointed with the Islamic Republic, there will be an explosion. When it happens, no one could save us and prevent it,” Rafi warned regime officials.