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Iran News in Brief – July 1, 2023

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Dozens of Legislative Bodies Across the World Support the Free Iran Campaign

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In the Free Iran 2023 campaign, more than 3,600 parliamentarians from 61 legislative bodies in 40 countries in Europe, North America, Arabic countries, and Australia have expressed their support for the Iranian people’s uprising and their desire to establish a democratic republic. They also voiced their support for the Ten-Point Plan of Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, the president-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), and called for a firm policy against Iran’s regime, which includes the blacklisting of the Revolutionary Guards and holding regime leaders accountable for their crimes against humanity.

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French Court Revokes Police Ban on Key Rally of Iranian Dissident Group in ‘Major Blow’ to Islamic Regime

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In a last-minute ruling on Friday, a French court ruled to allow for the annual Free Iran summit and rally to take place in Paris. The upcoming event, headed by the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) — which calls for the overthrow of Iran’s clerical leadership — is expecting tens of thousands of supporters and Iranian expatriates from across Europe. The move comes after France initially chose to ban the demonstration over terror fears, according to a letter sent to the organizers and reported by Reuters. At the time of the banning earlier this month, the NCRI expressed outrage over what it termed a “disgraceful act against democracy,” while accusing France of “succumbing” to Iranian pressure.

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Free Iran Conference Gathers in Paris After Five-Year Absence

just-the-news-logoThe Free Iran Conference returned Friday to Paris after a five-year absence, powered by a dramatic court victory and a steady stream of U.S., Canadian, and European officials endorsing the National Council of Resistance of Iran as the main democratic alternative to the ruling mullahs in Tehran. The centerpiece of the conference was set to be an outdoor demonstration at Paris’s Place de Vauban. But that event, expected to attract tens of thousands of supporters, protestors, and onlookers, was cast in doubt when French authorities blocked its permit based on security concerns that came to light as unrelated riots left parts of the French capital in flames.

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Paris Court Reverses French Police Ban on Iranian Opposition Rally

PARIS, June 30 (Reuters) – A Paris court on Friday reversed a decision by the French capital’s police to ban an upcoming Iranian opposition rally over the risk of an attack, saying it interfered with the basic freedom to protest.

The ruling by the Paris administrative tribunal comes as police are fully stretched amid the worst riots seen across cities in France since 2005 sparked by the fatal police shooting of a teenager.

The Paris-based National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), political arm of the People’s Mujahideen Organisation of Iran (PMOI), has held frequent rallies in the French capital over the years. They have attracted thousands of followers and are often attended by high profile former U.S., European and Arab officials critical of the Islamic Republic.

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Condolences for the Passing of Professor Raymond Tanter a Great Friend of the Iranian Resistance

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It was with profound sorrow and a heart weighted with grief that I learned of the passing of a stalwart friend of the Iranian Resistance, Professor Raymond Tanter. His unwavering dedication to our cause has been an enduring pillar in our struggle. As a seasoned government official with a depth of political experience, Professor Tanter was acutely cognizant of the ruthless character of the Iranian regime.
An eminent author, Professor Tanter bequeathed a valuable literary legacy that highlighted the resilience of the Iranian Resistance and the inherent dangers posed by the Iranian regime. His insightful books and incisive writings will forever be inscribed in the annals of the Iranian people’s ceaseless pursuit of liberty. In times of turmoil and trial, Professor Tanter stood by us as a steadfast ally.

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