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Newt Gingrich: Iranian opposition gathering represents a great opportunity for democracies

The largest gathering of Iranian Resistance supporters who gathered this week in Paris represent a “dramatically better future” for Iran, a former Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives said in a video message sent to the gathering.

“You represent a great opportunity for America and other democracies to reach out to work with people who want to have an open, peaceful, free Iran,” Newt Gingrich said in his message.

The Iranian expatriates gathered in Villpinte, near Paris, on Saturday to call for the overthrow of the Iranian regime and the establishment of a free, secular, non-nuclear Iran.

A summary of the Resistance's annual Iran Freedom rally in Paris

21: 59 (GMT+1) : Mohammad Hosseini (Kak Baba Sheikh), Secretary-General of the Organization of Iranian Kurdistan Struggle (Khebat), addresses the audience and declares his group’s support for the struggle of the PMOI and NCRI to bring about regime change in Iran.

Adrianus Melkert, former Special Representative of the UN Secretary General for Iraq, points to the human rights situation of the Iranian Resistance members in Camp Liberty. "I want to reiterate my commitment to continue to knock on closed doors as long as it takes, and encourage the international community to stop looking the other way. Despite all of our efforts, injustice continues to prevail. The international community has not been able, and simply has not dared, to force a breakthrough, in the five years of siege around [Camp] Liberty. ... Bringing a close to the siege of Liberty is more than ever urgently needed. ... Let me reiterate the immediate steps needed: US and EU member states accept quotas to accept asylum to, and pledge funds for, the resettlement of Camp Liberty residents; To have the UNHCR engage the government of Iraq on the status of Camp Liberty as a refugee camp under international law; and to encourage the government of Iraq to put in place an impartial committee to oversee the implementation of the Memorandum of Understanding."

Iranians commemorate 50th anniversary of PMOI’s formation

NCRI – This year’s annual rally in Paris for democracy in Iran has a special difference. It comes on the eve of the 50th anniversary of the founding of Iran’s principle democratic opposition group, the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK).

Iranians in the huge gathering on Saturday celebrated the 50th year of life for the pivotal force in the coalition National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI).

A group of young Iranians at the rally went on the stage and each read out short histories of the PMOI’s 50-year struggle against the dictatorships of the Shah and the mullahs, and each one symbolical summed up by saying “the PMOI is in me”.

Significance of June in the calendar of the Iranian Resistance

The month of June is of particular significance for the Iranian Resistance, marking many of the historical days in the Resistance’s calendar.

On June 20, 1981, the Iranian Resistance to unseat the fundamentalist mullahs from power formally began after Khomeini ordered a bloodbath on a peaceful half-a-million-strong rally in Tehran by the proponents of democracy. Prior to this day, since the outset of the 1979 Islamic revolution, the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) used every avenue of political freedom to advance democratic values and promote a tolerant, democratic interpretation of Islam. Within a month after the June 20 clampdown and the brutal reign of terror and public executions that followed, Mr. Massoud Rajavi formed the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) in Tehran.

Joseph Lieberman: Iran being ‘held captive by fanatical extremists’

The Iranian regime is a 'great country being held captive by a fanatical group of extremists', former US Senator Joseph Lieberman will tell a rally of the Iranian Resistance in Paris.

He also urged the United States to work closely with the Resistance to topple the regime in Tehran, and praised NCRI chief Maryam Rajavi as an 'extraordinary leader'.

He says in a video message: "You have tremendous support from people inside Iran and outside. And hopefully you will have increasing support from the governments in the world including the United States because you are in every sense our friends, our partners for freedom and peace.

Maryam Rajavi: Iran regime “cannot and should not be trusted”

 Maryam Rajavi in an interview with Fox News on 12 June 2015

In an interview with Fox News the President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran said the current regime in Iran ‘cannot and should not be trusted’ and is calling on the U.S. and world powers to recognize Tehran’s intentions in advance of a deadline on the interim nuclear framework agreement.

"Nuclear negotiations should compel the Mullahs' regime to abandon its nuclear weapons program. This is the desire of the Iranian people who oppose this program. The Mullahs need the bomb for their own survival," warns Maryam Rajavi.

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