MEK Iran: European Governments Must Hold Regime Accountable to Ensure International Peace
The Iranian resistance, the National Council of Resistance of Iran’s (NCRI), and the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI / MEK Iran) has long struggled to expose the Iranian regime’s repeated human rights violations and oppressive actions within Iran, seeking justice for the mullah’s crimes. Outside of Iran the threat of the regime looms just as large as the mullahs are determined to destroy any possible obstacle to their theocratic order. To protect the world from the international risk the regime poses, European nations must not meet their acts of terrorism with more appeasement.
https://t.co/fDw1tKXyUQ: On June 30, 2018, a sophisticated bomb should have exploded during a meeting of the #NCRI a coalition of movements opposed to the authorities in Tehran. The attack plan had been foiled by extremists. #MEK #Iran https://t.co/Vihck8lA6j
— MEK Iran (Mujahedin-e Khalq) (@MEK_Iran) October 10, 2020
In June 2018 the regime’s terrorist plot to bomb an Iranian opposition rally near Paris was thwarted. The annual rally was organized by the democratic opposition to the regime, the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), a coalition of resistance supporters, including the Peoples Mujahedin of Iran (PMOI / MEK Iran).
The target of the attack was the President-elect of the NCRI, Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, however, there were numerous parliamentarians and high-profile political figures in attendance. The rally is attended by over 100,000 participants each year and so a bombing could have caused serious devastation.
Le Monde writes of a bomb made with acetone peroxide that was controlled remotely. The Bomb targeted to explode on June 30, 2018 in Villepinte – #Paris
The blast wave could have spread 20 meters and claimed many lives #ExpelIranDiplomatTerroristshttps://t.co/z0gkNpd2QB
— Iran Freedom (@4FreedominIran) October 12, 2020
The Iranian diplomat, Assadollah Assadi, who is the third counselor of Iran’s embassy in Vienna, was arrested, alongside two other Iranian nationals for coordinating the terrorist attack. Assadi met with Amir Saadouni and Nasimeh Naami in Luxembourg, where Assadi provided them with the powerful explosive TATP, as well as a detonator. Assadi had also traveled from Iran to Austria with the explosives hidden in his luggage, further risking the lives of innocent passengers onboard the flight.
On 27 November Assadi and his fellow terrorist agents will stand trial in Belgium, where he was charged for his crimes in October 2018. The evidence involved in the case points to state terrorism and it is hoped he will face prosecution to this degree. The plan to bomb the 2018 resistance rally was approved by all levels of the regime, from Tehran’s Supreme Security Council, headed by President Rouhani, to the ultimate approval by the Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei. The decision to carry out this terrorist plot is one of cold calculation for the regime to demonstrate power in Europe and create an atmosphere of terror across the globe.
The Iranian regime’s extensive two-year efforts to help its arrested diplomat in Belgium have so far proven futile, and the first public trial for Assadi will soon be convened. #Iran #ExpelIranDiplomatTerrorists pic.twitter.com/Us5O1adofF
— Maryam Rajavi (@Maryam_Rajavi) July 14, 2020
The regime has a history of using acts of terrorism in order to gain control when they feel threatened. The NCRI and resistance movement (PMOI / MEK Iran) is gaining support as the most serious uprisings against the regime are decades that have been taking place in Iran. The regime uses acts of terrorism in an attempt to neutralize the opposition and anyone who supports them. Assadi has even threatened Belgian authorities that Tehran will carry out retaliation attacks if he is found guilty.
Europe must respond to the regime’s threats with a serious approach. European governments should adopt a firm stance and close Iran’s embassies, as well as dispelling Iranian diplomats from European countries. Assadi, and those involved in the Paris terrorist plot, must be held accountable for their crimes to ensure that the regime cannot act with impunity and are not emboldened to plot future attacks.