In a meeting with Maryam Rajavi, leader of the Mujahedin-e Khalq (MEK), on Friday, October 6th , Mike Pompeo, former US Secretary of State said that Ashraf 3 is home to thousands of MEK members who have built “a modern community” in the Balkan state in the past few years. Referring to a destructive cult as a modern community indicates the extent of deviation of the MEK’s paid supporters.
Maryam Rajavi’s muti-million lobby campaigns have been acting successfully to buy the support of US warmongers. In his flattering speech on behalf of the MEK, Pompeo also described the MEK as “those who seek freedom and democracy in Iran”. It seems that the Rajavi’s dollars for Pompeo’s speaking fee and for his first-class flight and visit to Paris have been hefty enough to close his eyes to the bizarre world he saw at Ashraf 3 last year.
On May 16, 2022, Mike Pompeo and his wife, visited Ashraf 3, the headquarters of the MEK in Manez, Albania. The military-like, uniform worn, gender segregated members — female members with forced hijab– could not ring the bells for the US former official to beware that the MEK is not a normal community, let alone “a modern community”.
The MEK is a “modern slavery” in which the rule of Massoud Rajavi’s cult of personality dominates. Members of Ashraf 3 are treated as slaves who are deprived from their most basic rights in the heart of modern democratic Europe.
Modern slavery often occurs in isolated locations where victims enjoy the least level of communication with the outside world. This is what Pompeo witness at Ashraf 3 but chose to ignore.
MEK members have been taken as hostages since they were recruited or deceived to or kidnapped to join the group. They have not been allowed to contact their family and friends from the very day they entered the Cult of Rajavi.
They are kept in the barred, guarded area near a remote village in north of Tirana, highly restricted to communicate with locals. They do not own identity papers. They lack language skills. They can hardly ever leave the group. They are literally modern slaves who have to fight for their own freedom, not freedom of Iran.
By Mazda Parsi