Ali Khamenei warned students to avoid “desperation and passivity,” an implicit acknowledgment that his regime is rapidly losing control of universities.
PARIS, FRANCE, April 30, 2022 /EINPresswire.com/ — In a meeting with a handpicked group of loyalist students on April 26, the regime’s supreme leader Ali Khamenei implicitly admitted his fear of Iran’s explosive society, particularly among the youth.
In a lengthy speech in which he spoke about the years following the 1979 revolution, Khamenei attempted to portray the mullahs’ regime as a state striving for scientific growth and advancement.
But he also admitted that his regime has always been challenged by the centers of education and science.
“From the beginning there were two opposing views, one being the ‘revolutionary view led by Khomeini’ and the other being the ‘backward and anti-revolutionary’ view,” Khamenei said, referring to the confrontations between the loyalists of the regime and the dissident groups at universities.
Khamenei warned that the opposition movements are still present in the universities and are “supported within the country”.
He warned students to avoid “desperation and passivity,” an implicit acknowledgment that his regime is rapidly losing control of the universities.
Earlier, Hassan Firouzabadi, former chief of staff of the regime’s armed forces, reiterated the Iranian opposition People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK)had expanded its presence throughout Iran after the 1979 revolution, including in the country’s universities.
“They even won the support of a percentage of religious schools,” he added.
In the spring of 2020, Khamenei himself said that “in the early days of the revolution we had youth being absorbed by eclectic groups (meaning MEK)” and warned senior regime officials “to be on the alert about aiding the enemy in recruiting the youth of society.”
Khamenei is right about that. It has been 43 years since the regime’s clashes with Iran’s colleges and universities on the first day the mullahs took power.
From 1979 to early 1980, then-regime Supreme Leader Ruhollah Khomeini expanded his control of society by cracking down and promoting his antiquated mentality.
However, he was never able to take full control of Iran’s colleges and universities.
“The university threat is more dangerous than cluster bombs,” he once said, expressing his absolute hatred for Iran’s colleges, universities and campuses. Colleges and universities in Iran have always been the epicenter of progressive perspectives and initiatives, particularly in an area where the PMOI/MEK enjoyed widespread support.
Their meetings at various universities, particularly the courses given by Iranian resistance leader Massoud Rajavi, prevented Khomeini’s outmoded thinking from spreading through the country’s colleges and universities.
In the spring of 1980, the French daily Le Monde reported: “Mr. Rajavi has strong popular support for his educative speeches” and “his political rallies in the capital and other cities across the country draw crowds of 100,000, 200,000 and at times 300,000 people.”
It was precisely for this reason that Khomeini launched the so-called “Cultural Revolution” in 1980 and began his regime’s massive crackdown on Iran’s colleges and universities.
Additionally, Khomeini assigned almost half of the college/university classrooms to it Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) Members of the paramilitary Basij enforce complete and permanent control of colleges and universities.
At the same time, the country’s college students continued to be cracked down and even executed.
According to reports from the Iranian Resistance, 40 percent of the 120,000 people who have been murdered or executed by the mullahs’ regime over the past 43 years have been dissident students and members of the Iranian education sector.
While Khamenei boasted that the regime honors science and elite education, on Monday, April 25, the regime’s judiciary sentenced two award-winning elite students, Ali Younesi and Amir-Hossein Moradi, to 16 years in prison.
The mullahs’ Ministry of Intelligence and Security (MOIS) has held them in custody since April 10, 2020.
At the same time, the regime is stepping up repression of university students. Under the pretense of enforcing the hijab and dress code, security forces were dispatched to monitor and control students.
The measures have led to mass protests by students.
Forty-three years after this ongoing conflict between the Iranian people and the mullahs, Khamenei’s April 26 speech shows his fear of the universities. who have failed in their war against Iranian colleges and universities and society at large.
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Forty-three years after this ongoing conflict between the Iranian people and the mullahs, Khamenei’s April 26 speech shows his fear of the universities.