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Anti-regime activists in Iran take credit for burning Soleimani statue

Activists opposing the Iranian regime celebrating the burning of a statue of former Quds leader Qassem Soleimani, which was removed in a US strike two years ago, with activists saying this has shown their increased ability to retaliate against the regime.

Iran’s ISNA news agency released a statement from officials who said the new statue in Shahrekord was set on fire “in a brazen act.” The statue was reportedly unveiled hours earlier, according to The Times of Israel.

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Soleimani, the leader of Quds forces of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, was killed in a U.S. strike on January 3 in Baghdad, days after supporters of the Iranian-backed militia stormed the US Embassy in Iraq.

The Mujahedin-e-Khalq (MEK) who oppose the regime and called for a democratic and secular replacement, said the burning of the statue is “a reflection of the contempt of the Iranian people for their direct role in the repression uprisings in Iran, supporting the murderous Bashar Al-Assad regime in Syria, and guiding, funding and training the Iranian regime’s proxy terrorist militias in the region. ”

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Revolutionary Guard General Qassem Soleimani, center, attends a meeting in Tehran, Iran, in September 2016 (Office of the Supreme Leader of Iran via AP, File)

“The bold action also underlines the growing capacities of the resistance units in their campaign to break down the wall of repression, encouraging the population to step up their resistance against the regime because it recognizes that the mullahs’ show of force is hollow and that despite the mobilization of their security and intelligence apparatuses, they cannot thwart the growing presence and activities of MEK militants in different cities of the country, ”said Shahin Gobadi, PMOI spokesperson at Paris, in a press release.

Iranian authorities were outraged by Soleimani’s murder and sought to portray him as a martyr.

New hard-line president Ebrahim Raisi marked the anniversary by ranting against former President Donald Trump and former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

“If Trump and Pompeo are not tried by a fair court for the assassination of General Soleimani, Muslims will take revenge on our martyr,” Raisi said in a speech Monday, according to Reuters.

“The aggressor, the murderer and the main culprit – the then President of the United States – must be tried and tried under the (Islamic) law of retribution, and God’s decision must be carried out against him,” did he declare.

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