Iranian communities’ international conference in 20 cities commemorates 30th anniversary of 1988 massacre
Lending support to the uprisings for the overthrow of the Iranian regime and to the democratic alternative, the National Council of Resistance of Iran
Iranians commemorated the 30,000 political prisoners massacred in 1988 in Iran, in an online conference simultaneously held in 20 major cities and capitals of Europe and North America. The participants declared support for the Iranian people’s uprising to overthrow the regime and for the National Council of Resistance of Iran as the regime’s democratic alternative.
Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, the President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran; former U.S. Congressman Patrick Kennedy; European elected representatives, as well as a number of political and religious dignitaries and jurists participated in these gatherings. Representatives of nearly 250 Iranian associations participating in this conference made speeches, explaining about their activities, expressing the demands of Iranian communities around the world, declaring support for the Iranian Resistance and solidarity with the Iranian people’s uprising for the Iranian regime’s overthrow and establishment of freedom and democracy.
Maryam Rajavi payed tribute to the 30,000 political prisoners massacred in 110 cities. She pointed to the exceptional impact of the sacrifices made by those heroes, and of their steadfastness and courage on the battle that is going on these days in cities across Iran.
“The resistance units are following in the footsteps of those men and women who said no to the regime in the 1988 massacre,” Mrs. Rajavi said. “Today, the mullahs’ main predicament is to confront the democratic alternative. They hopelessly try to postpone the development which would ultimately lead Iran towards freedom. But this is an unlikely dream. The Iranian people’s unremitting upheavals have left no opportunity for the realization of such a fantasy.
Mrs. Rajavi continued, “The uprisings are rooted in our people’s eager quest for freedom, democracy and equality. The participation in this conference of representatives of the Iranian communities residing in Europe and Canada is a vivid example of this reality.
The organization of Iranian communities defending freedom and democracy for Iran and their political, diplomatic and social leverage in various countries, are part of the wherewithal of the democratic alternative and part of the Iranian people’s assets for Iran’s freedom, something that is heartwarming and a cause of happiness for the people of Iran and particularly the protesters
The NCRI’s President-elect urged the UN Security Council to do the preparations for the prosecution of the regime’s leaders, those in charge of the 1988 massacre and the officials responsible for four decades of crimes against humanity. She reiterated that the clerical regime’s spies and mercenaries must be expelled from western countries and all relations must be terminated with the regime which takes advantage of diplomatic resources to promote state-sponsored terrorism, and its embassies must be shut down.
Mrs. Rajavi added, “The time has come for the world community to stand by the people of Iran in their uprising against the religious fascist regime ruling Iran and recognize their determination to achieve regime change and freedom.”
Patrick Kennedy extended his salutes to the resistance units inside Iran and said the Iranian uprising today was rooted in the sacrifices of the heroes of 1988. He said the Iranian people have rejected the shah’s dictatorship and the mullahs’ theocracy, and seek a free republic. Patrick Kennedy called for the expulsion of all agents of the Iranian regime in Europe and the U.S. who are operating under various pretexts. He reiterated his support for the Iranian people’s resistance under the leadership of Mrs. Maryam Rajavi.
Representatives of the Iranian communities declared support for the Iranian people’s uprisings to overthrow the mullahs’ regime, for the PMOI’s unparalleled role in the continued progress of the uprisings, and for the democratic alternative, the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI). They also condemned the Iranian regime’s terrorist schemes and its misinformation campaigns against the PMOI to prepare the grounds for terrorist operations. They urged European governments to adopt a decisive policy against the regime’s activities.
Seventeen representatives spoke to the global conference on behalf of the Iranian communities in Europe and North America. Excerpts from the speeches made by Iranian community representatives follow:
Hamid Mo’aser declared the support of the Union of Iranian Communities in Germany for the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) and the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI), for the sacrifices they have made, for their organization, for adhering to their pledge to overthrow the regime, for their active engagement in the uprisings, and most importantly for the proven competence of their leadership over 40 tortuous years.
Mr. Mo’aser underscored that the European Union’s 18-Million-Euro aid to the Iranian regime will embolden it in further suppression of the people of Iran and in pursuing further terrorist activities in the Middle East.
A former political prisoner, Hamid Mo’aser is president of the Union of Iranian Communities in Germany which is made up of 70 Iranian associations. Before leaving Iran, he served as deputy director of the Environmental Organization in West Azerbaijan Province.
Hossein Yaghoubi, director of the Convergence Center for Iranian Immigrants in Stuttgart and senior mechanical engineer in German companies, refuted the claim about the PMOI’s lack of popular support in Iran, and said, “These claimants know well that the PMOI has deep roots in Iranian society. Otherwise, they were not embraced deep in the hearts of the people of Iran and Iranian youths for 53 years, and would not have been able to offer 120,000 martyrs for the country’s freedom.”
Naghmeh Rajabi, spokeswoman of the Iranian communities in Britain, said, “The mullahs’ regime is desperate in the face of the Iranian Resistance and the uprisings. This is why it needs more than ever before to deal a blow to the only democratic alternative. Misinformation campaigns, and gleaning information particularly about the PMOI members in Ashraf 3 (in Albania) by recruiting individuals such as Daryoush Bazargan, are intended to prepare for terrorist operations against the Iranian Resistance.”
Azadeh Alamian, a spokeswoman for the Iranian communities in France, said, “The Iranian communities in France and Luxembourg urge the governments of Europe and the United States to try the clerical regime’s terrorist diplomat and other spies and mercenaries who have been arrested, shut down the Iranian regime’s embassies, and expel the regime’s terrorist diplomats from their soil.”
Mahmoud Nobari, a spokesman for the Iranian communities in Belgium, said, “The Iranian communities in Belgium urge Germany to immediately hand over the terrorist Assadollah Assadi to the Belgian government and judiciary for prosecution and discovery of details of the clerical regime’s other operations and networks in Europe.”
Ismail Mohaddes, a graduate of Civil Engineering and spokesman for the Iranian communities in Italy, said, “If today the Iranian people’s uprising and their organized Resistance are shaking the weak pillars of the mullahs’ regime and affecting international policy, it is because of a competent leadership. The leader of the Resistance, Massoud Rajavi, speaks explicitly and clearly with distinct words. He revives hope in people by clearly showing them the path to a bright future.”
Soheila Dashti, a graduate of social networks, is the spokeswoman for the Iranian communities in southern Sweden. Speaking from Gothenburg, Ms. Dashti welcomed the measures adopted by Facebook, Twitter, Google and other social media companies in closing fraudulent accounts related to the Iranian regime and demanded that such actions be continued. She also urged these companies to provide technical facilities to the Iranian people so that they could convey their voice to the world.
Behrouz Omid, a dentist and spokesman for the Iranian communities in Norway, said, “The Iranian communities urge Norway to abandon its trade with the Iranian regime, support the Iranian uprisings, including by my fellow brave compatriots in Khuzestan, and close down the embassy of the cruel Iranian regime in Oslo”
Manouchehr Forouzandeh, Computer Engineer and spokesman of the Iranian communities in Denmark, said, “Communicating with the people of Iran is possible through communicating with their 40-year-old Resistance movement and the alternative to the regime led by Mrs. Rajavi whose plan of action and platform symbolize the desires of the Iranian people.”
A number of families of the victims of the 1988 massacre, former political prisoners including Farideh Goodarzi in Germany whose brother was executed in the 1988 massacre, Farzaneh Majidi in U.K. who has lost five members of her family in the 1988 massacre; Nassrollah Marandi in Sweden; and Ahmad Hassani in Canada whose brother was among the victims of the 1988 massacre, spoke to the conference as witnesses. They urged the international community to prosecute the perpetrators of the 1988 massacre.
Iranian Communities in Europe
August 25, 2018