Member of European Parliament
Co-Chairman of the Iran Inter parliamentary Group "Friends of a Free Iran"
Brussels, June 30, 2005
On the initiative of Friends of a Free Iran, an inter parliamentary group in the European Parliament, a meeting, entitled "Iranian elections, Implications for Iran and the European Union," was held at the European Parliament. Several Euro-MPs and their aides attended the meeting. Mr. Paulo Casaca, Co-Chair of the Group and head of the EP delegation to NATO, chaired the meeting.
True to form, prior to the elections, Ahmadinejad had boasted: "We did not have the revolution to have democracy." "The wave of our Islamic revolution will reach the whole world soon," he said after the election.
Commentary by Mohammad Mohaddessin
Foreign Affairs Committee Chair
"Western governments have some soul-searching to do after the clear failure of years of appeasement. They must ask themselves the question what has happened so that now we have extremists in control of all the levers of power," Rajavi said in a telephone interview from her headquarters outside Paris.
After finishing high school, Ahmadinejad went to Elm-o Sanaat University in 1975 to study engineering. Soon the whirlwind of Islamic revolution led by Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini swept him from the classroom to the mosque and he joined a generation of firebrand Islamic fundamentalists dedicated to the cause of an Islamic world revolution,
In 1979, he became the representative of Elm-o Sanaat students in the Office for Strengthening of Unity Between Universities and Theological Seminaries, which later became known as the OSU.
France-based Maryam Rajavi, self-styled president-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), said the elections had been rigged and widely boycotted.
Supporters of the National Council of Resistance of Iran held a rally outside Downing Street today to protest against the "sham" presidential elections in Iran.
“A crowd of about 500 people gathered in Huntington Beach, Los Angeles, on Sunday, May 22, to demand that the United States support the Iranian opposition and remove its most powerful armed group, the People's Mojahedin, from the government's list of terrorist organizations,” reported Los Angeles Times, May 23.