Iranian opposition group claims widespread support

Posted Jun 22, 2015 by Brian Booker
As nuclear negotiations in Iran approach the June 30 deadline, the Iranian government is finding itself under the ever increasing scrutiny of critics and opposition groups.
Gohardasht prison in Iran.
Gohardasht prison in Iran.
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The National Council of Resistance of Iran now claims that it is receiving widespread support from people within Iran, including from prisoners. The NCRI is a parliament in exile consisting of numerous Iranian dissident groups, with the principle member being the Mojahedin-e-Khalq.
Both the NCRI and MEK are considered terrorist organizations by the Iranian government, both due to alleged terrorist-style attacks, including the 1981 bombing of headquarters of the Islamic Republic Party (IRP) and the groups' continued work to overthrow the Iranian government. The MEK has never claimed responsibility for the bombing.
Due to the groups' anti-government stance, members of the MEK and NCRI can be jailed simply for their allegiance to the groups. While the MEK was one of the principle groups in the 1979 revolution, the group was heavily persecuted by Iran's nascent clerical regime. It is estimated that as many as 120,000 members of the MEK were executed in the years immediately following the revolution.
Many members of the MEK who survived the initial purges fled to Iraq, Europe, and elsewhere, trying to escape the brutality of Iran's still ruling clerical regime. Still, some supporters were unable to flee Iran.
Iran still regularly arrests and executes people with alleged ties to the MEK, even though the group renounced all violence in 2001 and disarmed in 2003, when the United States invaded Iraq. The MEK was also delisted from the State Departments foreign terrorist organization (FTO) list in 2012.