The significance of the Free Iran 2020 gathering
Every year on July 2nd the Iranian supporters of (NCRI) and the (PMOI / MEK Iran) organizes its “Free Iran” gathering, which attracts tens of thousands of Iranians and supporters from around the world. This includes many other people who hold key positions in many areas such as human rights, religion, town mayors, and parliamentarians.
Normally the event is held in Paris but last year it took place in Ashraf-3 in Albania. This is the home for 3,000 members of Iran’s main opposition movement the People’s Mujahidin Organization of Iran (PMOI / MEK Iran).
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— NCRI-FAC (@iran_policy) July 2, 2020
Ashraf-3 has been designed and built in such a way that it offers meaning to the difficult land we live in. As stated by the Washington Times on July 24th, 2019 it was built on hope and symbolizes the new beginning of a new, free and civilized Iran that can be re-energized through the people themselves.
Last year’s event focused on a 10-point plan
International dignitaries from 47 nations attended last year’s event and came to support the ten-point plan of Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, the president-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI). At the same time, they were given a tour of the huge exhibition hall in Ashraf-3. This was constructed to pay tribute to the hundreds of thousands of heroes who had lost their lives for the cause of freedom and democracy in Iran.
Key speakers included the following:
Among speakers at last year’s event at Ashraf-3 were well know names such as
- Joseph Lieberman, a former senator, and the 2000 Democratic vice-presidential candidate,
- Rudolph W. Giuliani, former New York City Mayor, and a legal adviser to President Donald Trump; Louis Freeh, Former Director of the FBI.
- John Baird, 10th Minister of Foreign Affairs of Canada.
- Baroness Verma, Former British Energy & Climate Change Minister, and Minister for International Development.
- Bernard Kouchner, former French Foreign Minister, and Co-founder of Doctors Without Borders;
- Michèle Alliot-Marie, Former French Foreign, Defense, and Interior Minister.
- Sali Berisha, Former President and Prime Minister of Albania.
- Pandeli Majko, the State Minister for Diaspora, Former Prime Minister of Albania.
Rudy Giuliani said it was not just the case of getting rid of the current regime, but the key move was to replace not with another similar leader but one from (PMOI / MEK Iran) the only alternative to the present political force,
The core of this year’s event will be based on the events that were advocating regime change such as the free Iran movement.
The society’s cry for change
In November 2019, the regime suddenly increased the cost of gasoline which was the last straw for Iranian people which triggered protests in 200 cities. The economic protests were so intense that they were quick to turn into a national uprising whose demands were overthrowing the regime for good. The response from the regime was brutal and more than 1.500 protesters lost their lives.
This aggressive action did not deter the Iranian people and they were out in force again following the alleged regime’s military downing of a civilian aircraft that killed everyone on board
Iran amidst an economic crisis
The Majlis Research Center highlighted the growing increase in poverty which has led to a widening gap between rich and poor. The cause of this is based on mismanaging economics which has resulted in the inability of the country to meet the minimum standards of living.
COVID-19 outbreak enhances losses to the regime
Not only have there been economic mistakes, but the result of these has been compounded by COVID-19, which has taken 65,200 Iranians. The regime could have done a lot more to minimize the spread, such as quarantining complete cities and disallowing the return to work.
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— People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) (@Mojahedineng) July 4, 2020
The regime’s position in the world today is a state that is dependent upon its own power to maintain its position. This means also that it has taken people as hostages and inflicted physical harm on many.
Examples of terrorist acts are:
- the cruise missile and drone attacks targeting Saudi Arabian oil facilities on September 14, 2019;
- attacks on oil tankers in the Persian Gulf;
- the downing of an American drone;
- continued breach of its obligations under the 2015 nuclear deal.
It is not only the people of Iran who are protesting, but Lebanon and Syria are too and they are demanding the ousting of the regime because it is trying to force its views on their nations and is a threat to world peace as well.
Mrs. Rajavi has said: “The overthrow of the clerical regime remains to be the unyielding demand of the Iranian people, and the uprisings in November 2019 and January 2020 represented the people’s burning commitment to implement it.’’
She also said, “The leaders of this regime must face justice in international courts for the killing of 120,000 majorities of them were members or supporters MEK, including the 1988 massacre of 30,000 political prisoners majority of them were members or supporters of (PMOI / MEK Iran), and the killing of over 1,500 Iranian protesters majority of them were supporters of MEK in November 2019.”
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