The report, which was outright rejected by Iran, was soon cited by US Special Representative for Iran, Brian Hook, who urged action against the Islamic Republic.
It was also retweeted and dramatized feverishly by sources close to the MKO itself.
On Wednesday, Baeidinejad pointed to one of the MKO-sympathetic tweets in a post, saying the group had, by supporting the Reuters report, “identified itself as the only influential force managing and spearheading organized protests and street fights in Iran.”
۷- عجیب نیست که بلافاصله بعد از انتشار خبر رویترز که مورد اشاره برایان هوک قرار گرفت،سازمان منافقین(MEK)با حمایت از همین خبر رویترز مبنی بر کشته شدن ۱۵۰۰ نفر در حوادث اخیر،خود را بعنوان تنها نیروی موثر در ایران در مدیریت و هدایت تظاهرات و درگیریهای خیابانی سازمان یافته معرفی کرد. https://t.co/xqYV5i4l7x— Hamid Baeidinejad (@baeidinejad) December 24, 2019
In mid-November, a seriesof protests broke out in several Iranian cities against a government decision to increase fuel prices. The initially peaceful gatherings, however, descended into violence as riotous elements — many of them armed — infiltrated the protests, perpetrating acts vandalism against public and private property and randomly opening fire at everyone on the scene.
Authorities have reported fatalities among both civilians and security forces, but are yet to release an official figure on the number of casualties.
Reuters’ report surfaced over a week after the MKO’s ringleader posted a tweet, producing exactly the same figure as the alleged fatality count.