Each orchestrated act of self-immolation – in which two Mojahedin members died – had been filmed in detail by the National Council of Resistance of Iran. Three years later, the crowd at the meeting in the British parliament watched the video film of these burning people and cheered and chanted in celebration of what normal people would find a horrifying act of violence.
following Maryam Rajavi’s arrest in France, a number of Mojahedin’s sympathizers, reported 20, committed self-immolations in streets of Paris and other Western cities to obtain her liberation. Commonly believed, these acts of self-burning were organizationally preset acts of dissent dictated to the members who practiced them.
Maryam Rajavi’s arrest and its aftermath gave the states and the public opinion the opportunity to see behind the pseudo-democratic face of Mojahedin. Accused of terrorist activities, association with a terrorist organization and financing terrorist operations, the French Police raided the office of MKO at Auvers-sur-Oise and arrested 164 suspected Mojahedin cadres as well as Maryam Rajavi.