MEK Iran: American Leaders Support
Republicans and Democrats shared a virtual stage and a common message of support for the Iranian Resistance at a conference on Saturday, rare given the events of January 6, which have left Capitol Hill more divided than ever.
Over 1,000 dignitaries and lawmakers
The packed event drew over 1,000 dignitaries and lawmakers from around the world; US guests included allies of former President Donald Trump-like Mike Pompeo, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, and Senator Ted Cruz, as well as others, have seen as close to Speaker Nancy Pelosi like New York’s Hakeem Jeffries and California’s Judy Chu.
The sham presidential election in Iran
The recent presidential election in Iran, which was blasted as a fraud by speakers, was also a hot issue, with opposition supporters celebrating poor turnout, which they claimed was due to a boycott.
Mr Pompeo continued, “Our administration’s policies were there for the Iranian people at every turn,” adding that the current Iranian leadership was “largely unchangeable by US policies.”
Condemnation of Iran’s dictatorship
Senators Cory Booker and Maggie Hassan, among the Democrats who spoke on Saturday, mostly centred their condemnation of Iran’s dictatorship, offering little insight into what to expect in terms of Iran-US relations under the Biden administration.
In her remarks, Ms Hassan added, “The regime in Tehran must be held accountable for treating women as second-class citizens” and for mistreating and murdering, its opponents.
We want to see Iran’s culture, economy, and society thrive
Mr Booker continued, “We want to see Iran’s culture, economy, and society thrive, free of oppressive leaders, working constructively on shared problems, and peacefully engaging with its neighbours and the rest of the world.” “If given the opportunity, Iran and its people have so much to offer.”
Former Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, former UK House of Commons Speaker John Bercow, and activist Martin Luther King III, son of the assassinated civil rights leader, were among those who attended the politically star-studded event on Saturday.
Maryam Rajavi, the president-elect of The NCRI
Maryam Rajavi, the president-elect of The National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), and co-leader of the People’s Mujahedin of Iran (PMOI / MEK Iran), an opposition organisation regarded to be the country’s largest, was at the centre of Saturday’s gathering.
The latter group has a tumultuous history with the United States and the West in general and was designated as a terrorist organisation by the United States until a legal campaign led to the Obama administration’s removal of the label.
Ms Rajavi’s emotional speech
Ms Rajavi’s emotional speech at Saturday’s rally concentrated on the alleged sins of Iran’s “president-elect”, Ebrahim Raisi, while she and others claimed that Iran’s government is at its weakest in years.
“Yes, the mullahs’ religious fascism chose [Ebrahim Raisi], the 1988 massacre‘s henchman, to solidify their rule and close ranks, to preserve their power, and to prevent their inevitable overthrow in the face of looming uprisings,” she stated.
Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Menendez
Many others at the event, including Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Menendez, joined her condemnation of Mr Raisi.
Mr Menendez described Mr Raisi as “a hard-line crony of the supreme leader who is subject to US human rights sanctions,” adding that he was “a man who Amnesty International’s Secretary General Agnes Callamard recently said must be investigated for crimes against humanity.”