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Watch | Iranian state TV hacked, chant ‘Death to Khamenei’ flashed for several seconds, World News

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Watch |  Iranian state TV hacked, chant ‘Death to Khamenei’ flashed for several seconds, World News

Several Iranian state television channels were allegedly hijacked by exiled dissident groups which allegedly showed graphic images calling for the death of the country’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Khamenei.

For several seconds on Thursday, viewers across the country saw the image of Khamenei crossed out with red lines appear on the screen as a man shouted: “Hail to Rajavi, death to Khamenei”.

Massoud Rajavi is the founder of the exiled Iranian political-militant group People’s Mojahedin (MEK).

Rajavi and his wife Maryam Rajavi lead the group’s political wing, the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) in Paris.

Later, a speech by Rajavi briefly plays over the footage, where he was heard to say, “Today we still honor the moment when we declared the reactionaries dead. We stuck to it.

Massoud Rajavi has not been seen publicly for nearly two decades and is presumed dead. Maryam Rajavi now leads the MEK.

Iranian state television authorities acknowledged the incident as a “hack” and said they would investigate the intrusion.

They said the attack may have been carried out with the help of foreigners.

However, the MEK group distanced itself from the incident.

Speaking to the Associated Press news agency, Shahin Gobadi, a Paris-based MEK spokesperson, said: “We, like you, have just been made aware of the issue.”

“It appears to have been done by MEK supporters and resistance units within the regime’s radio and television stations,” he said, without directly claiming responsibility.

He provided no evidence to support his claim, AP reported.

Widely considered a cult, the MEK has previously been designated a terrorist organization by the United States and the United Kingdom,

The MEK began as a Marxist group opposing the rule of Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi. He claimed and was suspected of involvement in a series of attacks on US officials in Iran in the 1970s, which the group now denies.

He supported the 1979 Islamic revolution, but soon fell out with Khomeini and turned against the mullahs’ regime. He carried out a series of assassinations and bombings targeting the young Islamic Republic.

Since its exile from Iran in the early 1980s, the MEK has been committed to overthrowing the Islamic republic.

The MEK then fled to Iraq and supported dictator Saddam Hussein during his bloody eight-year war against Iran in the 1980s. This saw much opposition to the group in Iran.

Although largely based in Albania, the group to this day claims to operate a network inside Iran.

(With agency contributions)