Everyday, we see and hear new photos or videos on the daily life of defectors of the Mujahedin Khalq Organization (MKO/ MEK/ PMOI/ Cult of Rajavi). It may be their gathering on the occasion of Persian new year’s traditions like Sizdahbedar (also known as Nature’s Day is an Iranian festival held annually on the thirteenth day of Spring) or in the birthday party for the son of Sarfaraz Rahimi and his Albanian wife Arisa, Ermolindo. It may also be the news on Malek BeitMashal who has bought his first personal car.
What prevented Malek from buying a car in all those years of membership in the MEK? What prevented members of the MEK from enjoying a picnic in the nature just like what every Iranian enjoys at least once a year on the Thirteenth day of Spring, Sizdahbedar?
Political struggle –what the MEK leaders claim for—does not mean neglecting life. Instead, the love for life leads to the love for people, nation and country. Thus, rejecting individuality and sexuality – as the MEK leaders believe in and boast of—is never a necessity for political struggle. There are a large number of political activists and freedom fighters like Nelson Mandela, Che Guevera who dedicated their life to fight for their people but they never ignored their love for nature, family, spouse and children — their love for life.
This is the criteria that excludes the MEK from political fighters and includes it in the list of destructive cults. Life is forbidden in the Cult of Rajavi. This destructive cult deprives its victims from their individual, spiritual, social, academic and sexual life. The MEK leaders consider life as an obstacle against their alleged struggle. They call their so-called strategy as “neglecting individuality and sexuality”!
A few of current members of the MEK are likely to be mentally barred in the Cult of Rajavi. They have not realized that the group’s so-called struggle has borne no fruit but it has fortified the rule of Massoud and Maryam Rajavi over the cult. However, evidences indicate that there are a number of MEK members who have maintained joie de vie in their hearts; they know that life is going on outside the bars of the cult and they are waiting for an opportunity to leave the group, just like hundreds of defectors who left the group during the past few years.
That is why members of ASILA (Association for the Support of Iranians Living in Albania) as defectors of the Cult of Rajavi try to use every occasion to demonstrate signs of their normal life outside the MEK. The videos of their parties, gatherings and picnics seem honest, simple and friendly in contrast with the well-funded luxurious propaganda shows run by the MEK in Camp Ashraf 3. Just compare the robot-like faces of MEK members waving flags and praising Maryam Rajavi with the cheerful faces of the guests in the birthday party of the four-year-old Ermolindo in their small cozy apartment.
By Mazda Parsi