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Iran News in Brief – July 2, 2023

Gov. Gary Locke, former U.S. Secretary of Commerce and Governer of Washington State, gave a speech in support of the Iranian people's uprising to overthrow the mullahs' regime in Iran, standing with Mrs. Rajavi, the NCRI, and the MEK for a free Iran.



Iranian Dissidents Hold Major Rally in France Calling for Regime Change in Tehran


Thousands of supporters of the world’s biggest exiled Iranian dissident group rallied in France over the weekend, calling for the overthrow of Iran‘s theocratic regime at an event that drew support from high-level international figures such as former Vice President Mike Pence.

“[The] Iranian regime has never been weaker than it is today,” Mr. Pence, a 2024 presidential hopeful, told a conference that occurred in coordination with the rally, which was orchestrated by the National Council of Resistance of Iran and its associate group, the exiled People’s Mujahedin of Iran (MEK).

“No oppressive regime can last forever,” said Mr. Pence, whose remarks dovetailed with those of other prominent Western figures, including former British Prime Minister Liz Truss, former Canadian Premier Stephen Harper, former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Guy Verhofstadt, a Belgian ex-prime minister and prominent member of the European Parliament.

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Iran’s Democratic Future at a Crossroads

townhall-logoWaves of large-scale social protest erupted across Iran in September 2022, reverberating across the nation for months. The countrywide unrest was hardly a fleeting rebellion. It was a resounding testament to the democratic aspirations of the Iranian people and a sign that the regime’s democratic forces are well equipped to topple the 44-year-old dictatorship. Since then, the ayatollah’s desperate efforts to maintain power – most recently by lashing out at Iranian dissidents in France and Albania – continue to grab headlines. But U.S. and European authorities must not lose sight of the Iranian people’s thirst for a Free Iran. Iranians yearn for a society that rejects suppressive acts, embraces civil liberties, and champions inclusive governance. They seek equality and hunger for positive relations with the world.

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Major ‘Free Iran’ Summit Sees World Leaders Gather to Support Iranian Uprising: ‘Beginning of a Revolution for Freedom’

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On Saturday, hundreds of officials and dignitaries from across the world gathered on the outskirts of Paris to attend the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI)’s Free Iran 2023 World Summit and voice support for the organization’s efforts in support of a free Iran. itled “Onward to a Democratic Republic,” the convention, which took place at the NCRI headquarters in Auvers-sur-Oise, north of Paris, featured an array of prominent figures, legislators, former world leaders, and government officials from the US, Europe, and the Middle East.

Speakers included NCRI President-elect Maryam Rajavi, former US Vice President Mike Pence, British ex-Prime Minister Liz Truss, former US national security advisors John Bolton and General James Jones, former U.S. Senator Joseph Lieberman, President Donald Trump’s secretary of state Mike Pompeo, former NATO Commander General Wesley Clark, former Canadian premier Stephen Harper, and Republican Congressman Lance Gooden from Texas, among over 500 other high-profile personalities.

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Pence Joins Iranian Resistance in Paris, Calls for ‘Secular, Democratic, Non-nuclear’ Tehran

just-the-news-logoFormer Vice President Mike Pence, now a candidate for president in 2024, is embracing anew a top Iranian resistance group while calling for regime change to usher in a “secular, democratic, non-nuclear” government in Tehran. Pence was among the global luminaries Saturday to speak at the 20th Free Iran Summit, telling supporters of Iranian dissidents gathered in Paris they had the support of Americans. Thousands marched peacefully through Paris streets in support of The People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran, or MEK even as much of the rest of the French capital burned amid violent riots triggered by a police shooting.

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Maryam Rajavi: A Pivotal Moment for the Iranian Revolution

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NCRI President-elect Maryam Rajavi’s speech at the Free Iran Global Summit 2023: Fellow compatriots! Men and women, who have come from around the world to participate in this rally. Today, you are witnesses to the victory of justice for the Iranian Resistance and, at the same time, herald the decisive defeat of religious fascism in Iran and the victory of freedom in Iran, a FREE IRAN!

Dear compatriots, I am speaking to you from the former home of the Iranian Resistance, where Massoud [Rajavi] arrived amidst the intense heat of the summer in 1981. My salutes to all of you! To the disenchanted people in the towns and villages of Iran who are listening to my voice.

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Pence Calls on Biden to ‘Cease and Desist’ Nuclear Negotiations with Iran


Former Vice President Pence called on the Biden administration to immediately “cease and desist” negotiations with Tehran over Iran’s nuclear program. Pence addressed Iranian opposition leaders Saturday at the Free Iran World Summit 2023 in riot-torn Paris, France, where he argued that President Biden has appeased the “tyrannical regime” in Iran. Speaking to an enthusiastic crowd of Iranian ex-patriots, the 2024 GOP hopeful denounced pursuit of a nuclear deal with Iran amid reports that the Biden administration has an “interim” agreement on the table — which the administration has denied.

“Today, as an ordinary American citizen, I call upon the Biden administration, and leaders of all freedom-loving nations, to stand with the people of Iran, to stand up for the cause of freedom and justice and to cease and desist all nuclear negotiations with Tehran immediately,” Pence said.

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Iran Influencing Canadian Bureaucrats, Candice Bergen Warns

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Agents of the Iranian regime are putting “immense pressure” on Canadian civil servants, and often succeeding at influencing them, according to former interim Conservative leader Candice Bergen. Bergen, who recently stepped down as member of parliament in Portage—Lisgar, told a group of Iranian dissidents that “so-called Iranian diplomats” have cultivated relationships with Canadian bureaucrats.

Bergen was speaking on a disinformation panel at the National Council of Resistance of Iran’s Free Iran conference in Paris.

Other members of the Canadian delegation include former Conservative prime minister Stephen Harper, former Conservative cabinet ministers John Baird and Tony Clement, retired Liberal MP Wayne Easter and sitting Liberal MP Judy Sgro.

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Free Iran World Summit 2023, Onward to a Democratic Republic

Distinguished politicians join NCRI President-elect Maryam Rajavi in support of the Iranian people's uprising for a democratic, secular, non-nuclear republic government in Iran

Paris, July 1, 2023 – Distinguished international leaders and lawmakers are currently convening at the Headquarters of the National Council of Resistance of Iran in Auvers-sur-Oise. Concurrently, a large gathering of Iranians and supporters of the Iranian Resistance is taking place in Paris, as they unite to demonstrate their unwavering support for the NCRI’s strategic plan for regime change in Iran, aiming to establish freedom and democracy in the country.

The Iran World Summit, along with the Free Iran Rally 2023, will showcase prominent speakers who will address key topics such as the ongoing uprising in Iran, the threats posed by the existing regime, the viable alternative, and the imperative of adopting the right policies to foster a prosperous future for Iran.

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Free Iran 2023, The Iranian People’s Uprising for a Democratic Republic

On the opening day of the Iranian Resistance's series of annual gatherings, distinguished experts from transatlantic discuss a firm stance against the terrorist dictatorship in Iran in support of the ongoing revolution for a democratic, secular, non-nuclear republic government.

Distinguished politicians and national security experts from both sides of the Atlantic are converging at a significant conference in Paris on June 30. The event centers around the pressing issue of the popular uprising in Iran and the need for an alternative and effective Western policy vis-à-vis the regime. Set against a backdrop of nationwide uprisings that have disrupted the power dynamics between the Iranian people and the state, these demonstrations have provided valuable insights into the aspirations of the majority of Iranians. Consequently, the international community now has a better understanding of their desires. However, in response to this perceived threat to its survival, the clerical regime has embarked on a complex and multifaceted disinformation campaign. This campaign aims to create the illusion of successfully crushing dissent both domestically and abroad.

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Free Iran 2023, Europe’s Role and International Community

In a European initiative, members of various parliaments expressed their support for a democratic, secular, non-nuclear republic of Iran and Iranian Resistance NCRI President-elect Maryam Rajavi's 10-point plan for the future of Iran.

A conference was held on June 30 in Paris, focusing on the Iranian People’s Uprising for a Democratic Republic. Distinguished speakers from various European parliaments gathered to discuss this important topic. The event, organized by Friends of a Free Iran in several European nations, provided a platform for panelists who collectively represented millions of European constituents. They shared their perspectives on how to support the Iranian people in their quest for regime change and the realization of their aspirations for freedom and democracy.

The conference attracted the participation of Members of Parliament (MPs) from a wide range of countries including the United Kingdom, Italy, the Republic of Ireland, Romania, Slovakia, San Marino, Lithuania, Portugal, Ukraine, Kosovo, Belgium, Moldova, Malta, Estonia, and Iceland.

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