Anti-regime activists in Iran take credit for torching of Soleimani statue

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Activists against the Iranian regime celebrating the torching of a statue of former Quds chief Qassem Soleimani, who was taken out in a U.S. strike two years in the past, with activists claiming it confirmed their elevated capacity to fireplace again on the regime.

The Iranian ISNA news agency carried an announcement by officers who stated the brand new statue, in Shahrekord, was set on fireplace “in a brazen act.” The statue had reportedly been unveiled simply hours earlier, in line with the Times of Israel.

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Soleimani, the pinnacle of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Quds Forces, was killed by a Jan. 3 U.S. strike in Baghdad, days after Iranian-backed militia supporters stormed the U.S. embassy in Iraq. 

The Mujahedin-e-Khalq (MEK) which opposes the regime and has referred to as for a democratic, secular substitute, stated the statue’s burning is “a reflection of the Iranian people’s disdain for his direct role in the crackdown on uprisings in Iran, in propping up the murderous Bashar Al-Assad regime in Syria, and in guiding, financing, and training Iran regime’s terrorist proxy militias in the region.”

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Revolutionary Guard Gen. Qassem Soleimani, heart, attends a gathering in Tehran, Iran, in September 2016. (Office of the Iranian Supreme Leader through AP, File)

“The daring action also points to the increasing capabilities of the Resistance Units in their campaign to break down the wall of repression, emboldening the population to step up their resistance against the regime because they recognize that the mullahs’ show of force is hollow and that despite mobilizing their security and intelligence apparatuses they cannot stymie the growing presence and activities of the MEK activists in different cities across the nation,” Shahin Gobadi, the press spokesman for the MEK in Paris, stated in an announcement.

Iranian authorities have been outraged on the killing of Soleimani, and have sought to current him as a martyr. 

New hardliner President Ebrahim Raisi marked the anniversary by fuming at former President Donald Trump and former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

“If Trump and Pompeo are not tried in a fair court for the criminal act of assassinating General Soleimani, Muslims will take our martyr’s revenge,” Raisi stated in a speech on Monday, in line with Reuters.

“The aggressor, murderer and main culprit — the then president of the United States — must be tried and judged under the (Islamic) law of retribution, and God’s ruling must be carried out against him,” he stated.

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