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Free Iran Grand Gathering in Paris: “Onward With the Iranian Resistance, Regime Change Within Reach”

Hundreds of senior former officials, lawmakers, and prominent personalities from 5 Continents attend.

The grand gathering of Iranians and supporters of the Iranian Resistance was held in Paris on Saturday, July 1st, in which hundreds of senior former officials, lawmakers, and prominent personalities from more than 50 countries in five continents participated.

• Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran, was the keynote speaker. She emphasized that the only way to liberate the Iranian people from religious tyranny and to establish peace and tranquility in the region is to overthrow the velayat-e faqih (absolute clerical rule) . She underscored that the overthrow of this regime is indispensable, feasible, and within reach, and that a democratic alternative and an organized resistance exists to topple it. Mrs. Rajavi added that this democratic alternative is working to establish freedom and democracy in Iran; it will bring harmony to various ethnic groups; will end discord and divide between Shiites and Sunnis and eliminate tensions between Iran and its neighbors.” width=”660″ height=”370″ frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen=”allowfullscreen”>

• Thousands of PMOI members residing in Albania joined the Grand Gathering via satellite.

Dozens of political figures addressed the event:

Gilbert Mitterrand, head of the France Libertés Foundation, welcomed the participants: “Your broad presence here is like a referendum against the clerical regime and it shows the ability of this resistance to a democratic change in Iran. I also have to convey to the organizers of this gathering, the message of gratitude of the French President Francois Hollande (2012-2017). He has said that he will continue to pay attention to the human rights situation in Iran, due to the invitation you have made to participate in this gathering.”” width=”660″ height=”370″ frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen=”allowfullscreen”>

Rudy Giuliani, former Mayor of New York: “Finally, I can say, and I can probably say this with a good deal of authority, that the government of the United States supports you, we are behind you, we agree with your values. … The regime is evil and it must go. Free Iran. … We have an alternative, and that alternative is you. It is a democratic alternative. It is a force for change. It is well organized. It has popular support. And it has a vast network of supporters.”

Grand Gathering of Iranians for #FreeIran 1st July 2017/ Newt Gingrich EX-US Presidential candidate

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Prince Turki Bin Faisal Al-Saud from Saudi Arabia: “This gathering is a place of assembly for all Iranians who left Iran due the oppression of the Velayat-e Faqih regime. Along with the representatives of many countries in the world who have suffered from the terrorism of this regime, the regime that is the biggest sponsor of terrorism. The Velayat-e Faqih regime needs to export crisis to survive, but the first victims of Khomeini and his followers are the Iranian people. Your efforts to confront this regime is legitimate and your struggle is for the liberation of the Iranian people with all its spectrum from Arabs, Kurds, Baluch, Azeri and Fars from the oppression of the Velayat-e Faqih.”

Grand Gathering of Iranians for #FreeIran 1st July 2017/-/Nasr Al-Hariri from the Syria

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Judge Ted Poe, Member of the US Congress: “There were countless attacks at Camp Ashraf and Camp Liberty. The IRGC was behind all of these attacks. And I have introduced legislation in the House of Representatives to designate the IRGC as a terrorist entity. And we will get that done, I can assure you. He added: about thirty years ago Khomeini, murdered 30,000 people because they were political dissidents. They wanted a regime change. It’s time to have a day of reckoning for those people that were murdered.”” width=”660″ height=”370″ frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen=”allowfullscreen”>

Sir David Amess, Member of the British Parliament: “The Iranian regime has been severely weakened; Mullahs are internally and externally very isolated. In Iran, the society is in an explosive state. People are crying out in the streets for change. The country’s official opposition, the Iranian resistance, is expanding its activities inside the country. Internationally it has emerged as the only democratic alternative to the theocratic regime. Today we do not want to talk about condemnation of the mullah’s crimes, we want to talk about regime change, which is at long last within our grasp. We want to talk about a future Iran with Maryam Rajavi’s ten point plan, which gives freedom and human rights to all the people of Iran.”

Maryam Rajavi paying tribute to the Resistance’s martyrs at the FreeIran Gathering

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• In addition to dozens of speakers from more than 50 countries (the list of speakers is attached), a several U.S. senators and Congressmen, including Robert Menendez, senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, Ed Royce, Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, , leader of, Lord Carlyle and Lord Clarke from the UK, and Senator Gianluca Castaldi of Italy, a large number of European Parliament lawmakers, including Vice-President Ryszard Czarnecki, as well as personalities from other countries expressed their solidarity by sending video messages to the annual gathering of the Iranian Resistance .

• On the eve of the gathering, 29 prominent American former officials declared their solidarity with the goals of the gathering: “Under the leadership of Maryam Rajavi, a Muslim woman standing for gender equality, which is an antidote to Islamic fundamentalism and extremism, it [MEK] is working every day to bring about a tolerant, non-nuclear Iranian republic based on separation of religion and state, that will uphold the rights of all. The National Council of Resistance of Iran, pursuing its long journey that began more than a half-century ago, has the vision, leadership and courage to lead the way to the creation of a new Iran. The obligation to stand up to this corrupt and illegitimate regime and say “no more” rests with the Iranian people alone, but the international community must meet its responsibility by condemning the Mullahs’ oppression and embracing the Iranian people’s aspirations for a free and prosperous Iran accepted and respected around the world. Today, we join with the Iranian people and colleagues from many other countries in pledging our support to this great cause.”

• In addition, MPs from different countries issued statements of support, including:

– Statement by 265 members of European Parliament in condemning human rights abuses in Iran and calling for the designation of the IRGC as a terrorist entity;

– Statement by more than 300 lawmakers from the Houses of Commons and Lords in the UK and 100 British Bishops, condemning the massacre of political prisoners in Iran in 1988 and in support of comprehensive sanctions against the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC);

– A statement by 320 Italian parliamentarians, condemning human rights violations and the massacre of political prisoners in 1988 and underscoring the need to bring the perpetrators of these crimes to justice;

– A statement by more than 100 Polish parliamentarians, condemning human rights violations and the wave of executions in Iran and on the need to prosecute its perpetrators;

– A statement by the majority in the Parliament of Malta and a large number of lawmakers in the Romanian Parliament;

– A statement by a number of Nobel laureates in support of the goals of Free Iran gathering;

Secretariat of the National Council of Resistance of Iran

July 10, 2017