Massoud Rajavi was a major influence in the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI) modern interpretation of Islam, as a result of his involvement early on, with discussions on religion, history, and revolutionary theory. Rajavi joined the PMOI in 1967, and later became a member of the Central Committee.
From 1975 – 1979, Massoud Rajavi led the Mojahedin’s resistance against the secret police, domestic security and intelligence service established by Iran’s Mohammad Reza Shah (SAVAK), while incarcerated in different prisons. Rajavi stressed the need to continue in the fight against the Shah’s dictatorship and warned against the emergence and growth of religious backwardness and despotism symbolized by Khomeini. Massoud Rajavi defended the rights of the people of Iranian Kurdistan in a speech that pressed the need to eliminate dual oppression. Rajavi called for a democratic revolution, demanding safeguards for democratic freedoms.
Massoud Rajavi announced the formation of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), on July 29, 1981, as the democratic alternative to the religious, terrorist dictatorship. Over 200 members of the United States Congress demonstrated their support of the NCRI by signing a statement on July 8, 1992, which stated:
“…the time has come for the free world to form a common front against fundamentalism with those fighting for peace and democracy against the Iranian regime. In announcing a specific program and determining responsible policies vis-a-vis recent international developments, the National Council of Resistance, led by Mr. Massoud Rajavi, has demonstrated that it is determined and able to contribute to peace and stability in this sensitive region….”
Since the formation of the NCRI, Massoud Rajavi has concentrated his efforts to the Council. His management of NCRI’s affairs has earned him the trust of the NCR’s members. In 1993, Massoud Rajavi’s wife, Maryam Rajavi, was elected by the NCRI as the future President of Iran.
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