By Frederic Naizot
Le Parisien, January 8 – There was optimism in the air last night in the Auvers-sur-Oise’s town hall. Maryam Rajavi, President of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), expressed her wishes for 2007, “a year of freedom, democracy and peace in the world, especially in the Middle East”, in a favourable context.
Almost 500 people – members of the Iranian community, and particularly a large number of residents and officials of the region – gathered there in the evening to have a party where victory was often at the center of the speeches.
Citing favourable decisions to the Iranian Resistance, Maryam Rajavi stressed the European Court of Justice’s ruling which cancelled the terrorist label of the People’s Mojahedin on December 12. As members of the National Council of Resistance, they will soon disappear from the blacklist and be able again to have access to their assets. “These victories are yours, you who stood fast to unfair accusations against the resistance”, the President stated.
Another victory was celebrated last night; the resolution voted by the UN Security Council on the Iranian nuclear file. “This is the first step to prevent the mullahs from obtaining the atomic bomb.” To fight against “Islamic fundamentalism whose heart beats in Tehran,” the President who spoke in French, stated: “We must not give any concession or compromise. We have to support a democratic change in Iran. This will save the region and the world from the danger of war.”
Yet there is still trouble in the hearts of the Iranians; the judicial investigation conducted by the anti-terrorist judge Jean-Louis BruguiÃÂ¨re in Paris. On June 17, 2003, some 1,200 police agents were mobilized to arrest 165 activists in Auvers and in six other towns of the Val d’Oise province, as well as in Conflans Ste Honorine, in the Yvelines.
Among them was Maryam Rajavi. Seventeen opponents are still indicted today for criminal conspiracy with a terrorist group, although they recently had their probation reduced.
Yesterday, Maryam Rajavi called on the French justice, “The time has come for France to close the June 17 file, which is totally baseless.”