By Staff Writer
A coalition of bipartisan congress members has joined Iranian Americans to express support for Iranian protesters, and highlight the Iranian regime’s malign role around the world at a Congressional event.
At the event, timed to coincide with the anniversary of the nationwide anti-regime protests of December 2017, the congresspeople announced a bipartisan congressional initiative to support the protesters and their dream of a free Iran.
Tom McClintock (R-CA) said: “As the journey of the mullahs has become more extreme, the international resistance to them has become more resolute. We’ve seen this in the liberation of the MEK freedom fighters trapped in Iraq. [We’ve also] seen it with the 105 of my colleagues, here in the House of Representatives who co-sponsored my bill, House Resolution 1034 that we affirmed our committed support of the Iranian people’s desire for a democratic, secular, and non-nuclear republic of Iran.”
Judy Chu (D-CA) said that she was “proud” to co-sponsor the resolution condemning Iran’s state-sponsored terrorism and expressing support for the Iranian people who are fighting for a “free, democratic, and secular future”.
The representatives were keen to point out that the recent midterm and a significant shift in power would not stop the US from fighting for the Iranian people.Sheila Jackson-Lee (D-TX) said: “The change of Congress will not stop us from fighting for victory, a new majority is in power [in the House], please know that democracy will not be far from our heart, our mind and our lips.”Steve Cohen (D-TN), a co-chair of the Congressional Iran Human Rights and Democracy Caucus, advised that he would continue to condemn the Iranian regime for human rights abuses and support for terrorism.
Rep. Mike Coffman (R-CO) said: “It’s so important for the United States to not lose its focus [on the Iranian regime].”
Aside from the bill, many of the congresspeople used their time to address that the Iranian Regime was terrified of the protests that could soon see them ousted from power.
Soona Samsami, the representative in the United States for Iran’s Parliament-in-exile, the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), highlighted the organized nature of the protests, thanks to the Resistance, which has allowed them to fight harder against the Regime.
Ted Poe (R-TX) addressed the Iranian Americans in the audience, applauding them for making a difference to the Iranian people and “keeping [the mullahs] awake at night.
While probable incoming chair of the House Foreign Affairs Committee Eliot Engel (D-NY) explained that he stood “in solidarity with the people of Iran” and asked the Iranian Regime what they were “afraid” of by letting that Iranian people decide their own fate.
While the Iranian Resistance was also celebrated for its role in all this, with Brad Sherman (D-CA) commending Iranian opposition leader Maryam Rajavi for her advocacy for the rights of women and minorities.
Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA) told the Resistance: “The love of liberty burns in your heart. All the way from the time of Camp Ashraf where innocent people, unarmed people were being slaughtered by the mullah regime…and yes, right now…all freedom loving people, in supporting those people who are now in the streets in Iran demanding that the mullahs leave.”