The People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) and its internal units have stepped up their calls for an election boycott through anti-regime slogans that have been posted on walls across the country and posted on social media with the hashtag #BoycottIranShamElections, which was shared over 121,000 times in just a few hours. One of these slogans is “We’ve heard so many lies that we won’t vote anymore.”
One of those activists spoke to Times Radio recently and said that no one she knows will vote.
She said: “All of the candidates are for us the same and in the last 42 years the elections have never been about an expression of a popular choice but a selection by the supreme leader.”
The election boycott is supported by the opposition leader Maryam Rajavi, who reiterated the call on May 25, telling people to protest the whittling down of the candidates, saying that there’s no excuse to appease the regime.
The Iranian opposition wrote: “The reality is that the regime is in survival mode and is caught between a rock and a hard place, Khamenei had no choice, but to close ranks and purge the rival faction. The regime will become more vulnerable in the face of the looming nationwide uprising waiting in the wings. And when that happens, it will be far more intense and widespread than in previous years. In a nutshell, for Khamenei, this is a battle of survival.”