“Social Earthquake” on the Way for Iranian Regime

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Laila Jazayeri

Director, Association of Anglo-Iranian Women in the UK

The humanitarian catastrophe of the recent earthquake in Kermanshah province of western Iran is indeed shocking. Over 1,000 lost their lives, thousands were injured, and hundreds of thousands became homeless. Several cities and nearly 80% of all villages in Kermanshah province have been destroyed. The officials in Kermanshah stated the scale of damages caused by the earthquake is equal to 11 years budget for this province.

The Iranian regime ignored the basic demands of the people in the quake-stricken areas from day one. In countries after earthquakes the army is deployed to assist and bring aids to people. In Iran, the regime’s priority was to send the notorious Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) to the area to stop social unrests in case people’s anger turned into riots. Twenty-four hours after the earthquake, they declared the rescue operation was over!

The inaction by the regime meant desperate people had to dig through the rubbles with their bare hands to remove debris in a frantic search for survivors. Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, President-elect of the Iranian Resistance called on the nation to show their solidarity by rushing to the aid of the earthquake victims. People were helping each other and providing food and drink to the victims.

Now more than two weeks after the earthquake, families with children are still under 15 degrees below zero temperature and have not received any help from the government. People are hungry, cold and homeless. Due to lack of shelter and minimum relief efforts, many have been frozen to death including children.

Iran is one of the top countries in the world for having earthquakes whether in frequency, intensity and the number of casualties. This means the government must invest in preventive actions for the safety of buildings and good quality of constructions. Instead, the negligence and lack of safety in the constructions of the buildings make the whole country non-resistance to earthquakes. While Iran is one of the richest countries in the world, poor structural practices run not only in construction of buildings and houses but also in major places like schools and hospitals. In some countries like Japan that is also prone to earthquake, we never see the same number of death and destructions that continue to occur in Iran. Plus, the Iranian regime is neither willing nor capable of dealing with the aftermath of earthquakes. This only reveals the inhuman and incompetence nature of the ruling theocracy in Iran. These are the main reasons for the extreme number of casualties of earthquakes in Iran.

In her speech on 21 November, Mrs Maryam Rajavi stated “Even those rescued from under the rubbles, either die due to the absence of care, or are abandoned without receiving any relief. According to the regime’s officials, the Iranian Red Crescent runs 26 relief centres in 19 Asian, African and Latin American countries. The mullahs spend tens of billions of dollars every year for the mercenary Hezbollah of Lebanon, for the war in Syria, and for buttressing the Assad dictatorship. At the same time, the whole country and the entire society are unsafe vis-à-vis environmental disasters and vulnerable to the plunder of fraudulent credit institutes.”

The number one priority of the Iranian regime is its own survival. The regime is busy suppressing and executing people inside while pouring billions of pounds to support terrorism outside Iranian boarders. Instead of helping victims of the devastating earthquake, the Mullahs are focusing on training and despatching terrorists including using proxies from Afghanistan, Iraq, and Pakistan to fight in Syria to slaughter Syrian people to keep Assad in power. The regime is so desperate that it has resorted to appalling measures such as brainwashing and sending children as young as 13 to Syria:


The religious fascism ruling Iran holds the highest record of executions in the world per capita. Who can forget the massacre of the summer of 1988, where over 30,000 political prisoners were executed in less than 3 months. Amongst them, there were pregnant women, children and the elderly. On the other hand, this regime is also the main barrier for peace and stability in the region and it has become the global threat.

The recent earthquake and the inactions by the regime has angered the whole country. People are fed up and want real change. The regime is in its weakest position at present. The explosive socio-economic situation inside the country, the growing international isolation of the regime with the IRGC being designated as a terrorist entity by the US administration and the strong and available organised Resistance movement, the regime change in Iran now within reach more than ever. The ultimate solution to end the sufferings of Iranian people as well as to end the crisis and wars in the region is through overthrowing of the totality of this regime through the Iranian people and their organised Resistance movement led by Maryam Rajavi. https://www.maryam-rajavi.com/en

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