Virtual Rally

Iranian Opposition Proceeds With Virtual Rally Against the Odds

Virtual Rally

The Annual Gathering of (NCRI) and (PMOI / MEK Iran) via virtual conference from 30,000 locations within Iran and 100 countries globally.

Despite the foiled bomb attack two years ago in France at a rally organized by the Iranian exiled opposition group, the then Paris-based National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), and the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI / MEK Iran), and the people of Iran, it has gone ahead with this year’s annual event via the internet instead of at its former Paris venue.

This was partly due to the COVID-19 global pandemic. However, it is expected to link up with 30,000 locations within Iran and 100 countries globally.

 

Key points about the NCRI

  • It is determined to maintain its stand against the Iranian regime.
  • The NCRI is pursuing an end to Shi’ite Muslim theocratic rule in Iran. It has in recent years been instrumental in exposing Iran’s clandestine nuclear program.
  • There is evidence that it has a big following in Iran which is shown by the number of people who attend its events. It also has growing support in the U.S. and on the opening day of this year’s rally, there were several well known U.S. dignitaries’ who spoke via Zoom, including U.S. President Donald Trump’s lawyer, Rudy Giuliani.

  • The group’s leader, Maryam Rajavi, said that the movement aims to overthrow the present Iranian regime and bring back Iranian’s rights.

It was only two days ago that those found responsible for the attempted bomb attack on the rally event in 2018 have now been told that they will be tried in Belgium.

History of the NCRI

Initially, members of the NCRI joined the 1979 Islamic revolution but did not maintain allegiance to the installed clerical regime. When they had a base in Iraq in the early 1980s, NCRI fighters clashed with American forces in the 2003 Iraq war. However, today they condemn the use of violence and are no longer listed as a terrorist organization by the U.S. or the E.U.

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