Thousands of MEK Supporters to Rally in Brussels at Free Iran Gathering
Thousands of MEK supporters and members of the Iranian diaspora will gather in Brussels on June 15th to voice their support for the Iranian Resistance and their solidarity with the people of Iran who seek to establish freedom and democracy in Iran. Attendees at the rally will also express their opposition to the Iranian regime’s repression of its citizens, its nuclear and missile program, and its warmongering and exportation of terrorism. Finally, the Iranian communities will urge the international community to recognize the right of the Iranian people to freedom and democracy and to recognize the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) as the viable democratic alternative to the religious dictatorship currently in power.
A number of prominent European dignitaries, including former ministers of foreign affairs, parliamentarians, and human rights activists, will participate in the gathering. The demonstrators and speakers are calling for an end of Europe’s policy of appeasement toward the mullahs.
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The Brussels rally will be the first in a series of major demonstrations in the United States and Europe. The Iranian Communities holds their Free Iran gathering every summer, which is attended by over 100,000 Iranian Opposition supporters, as well as dozens of high-ranking dignitaries and politicians from all over the world. This summer, the Iranian communities will hold several Free Iran rallies over the course of a few weeks in cities including Washington D.C., Berlin, Stockholm, and London.
Economic, Political, and Social Instability
The Free Iran gatherings are taking place during a period of increasing crisis and unrest in Iran. The ever-worsening economy and growing isolation from the international community have left the Iranian regime struggling to hold onto power.
The United States ended its long-standing policy of appeasement last year with a series of tough policy changes. The resumption of U.S. oil sanctions weakened Iranian regime’s already crumbling economy, and the sanctions have since tightened. Earlier this year, the U.S. Treasury designated the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) as a terrorist organization, cutting off funding to the regime’s proxies, such as Hezbollah and reducing the mullahs’ malign influence in the Middle East.
The firm stance taken by the U.S. has already yielded results. One of the goals of the Free Iran gatherings is to urge European countries to adopt similar policies toward the Iranian regime. The demonstrators will ask that Europe blacklist both the IRGC and the Ministry of Intelligence and Security (MOIS) for their roles in terrorist activities abroad.
The regime has so far been unable to suppress the continuing anti-regime protests and strikes that have swept across the country in response to the increasing economic and political instability facing the country, so it has embarked on a brutal crackdown of its citizens.
In March, regime Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei appointed Ebrahim Raisi as Judiciary Chief. In 1988, Raisi sat on Tehran’s Death Committee, where he was personally responsible for sending thousands of MEK members to their executions in the 1988 Massacre of 30,000 political prisoners. Death Committee members were then appointed to other key roles in the regime, including prosecutor of Tehran. Khamenei also changed the leadership of the IRGC, choosing some of the cruelest commanders for the top positions in the terrorist organization.
The regime has paired these appointments with a massive increase in arrests and a crackdown on individual freedoms. Despite these suppressive actions, the people of Iran continue to take to the streets to demand the end of the regime’s corruption and mismanagement of the country’s wealth and resources. The mullahs’ crackdowns have only succeeded in making the Iranian people more determined to protest.
The Democratic Alternative
The NCRI is the largest Iranian Opposition group, and it is the only viable democratic alternative to the theocratic regime. Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, President-elect of the NCRI, has a Ten-Point Plan for Iran’s democratic future that would allow for a peaceful transition to democracy after the fall of the religious dictatorship.
Dates and Locations
- Date: Saturday, June 15, 2019
- Time: 15:00 h
- Location: Schumann Square, opposite the Headquarters of the European Union
- June 21, 2019,
- July 6, 2019,
- July 27, 2019
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MEK supporters and members of the Iranian diaspora are using #FreeIran and #IStandWithMaryamRajavi to raise awareness of the upcoming rallies and to show their support for the Iranian people and their struggle for freedom.