Iranians in U.S. to join June 13 opposition rally in Paris
Thousands of Iranians will unite in Paris next week to announce that their country's future is not a nuclear theocracy, but a secular and progressive democracy, a U.S. Iranian community organization has declared.
Babak Dadvand, president of the Organization of Iranian American Communities, said of the June 13 gathering in Paris: "Given the lack of free speech in Iran, and the climate of fear and repression, it is impossible for common Iranians to express their desires and aspirations and their disillusionment with the regime.
"Our communities will serve as a lifeline to the Iranian people and their true aspirations for democratic change.
"The timing of this convention is significant as it comes in the wake of what could be a turning point for the Middle East. The talks surrounding Iran’s nuclear program, as well as the situation in Syria, have garnered much interest, but little in the way of practical change.
"As the region’s conflicts become more volatile, policy makers will seek a true long term solution – one that does not involve currying favor with mullahs in Iran and a butcher in Syria. There is a simple solution to this problem: embrace the democratic, secular opposition, and support Iranians who want true change in Iran."
He also said that he believed that any nuclear deal with the West would fall apart, because Iran only pursues talks to create a 'calm environment' for illicit nuclear advancement.
Mr Dadvand issued his support for Iranian Resistance leader Maryam Rajavi's ten-point plan for the future of Iran, including the abolition of the death penalty, the end of torture and imprisonment of political prisoners and the recognition of equal rights for women, as well as ethnic and religious minorities.
He added: "It is time for policy-makers to bring a new party to the negotiation table, one that can offer a true long term solution to the problems posed by the theocratic regime in Iran. The June 13 gathering in Paris will demonstrate our capacity to organize our communities, and echo the true aspirations of the people of Iran, who continue to suffer under the repression of this regime."