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London Rally Gains Widespread Media Attention

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The Free Iran rally in LONDON, where over 3000 supporters of MEK gathered to show solidarity with the Iranian uprisings-July 27, 2019

The London Free Iran Rally last Saturday attracted media attention from news outlets throughout the world. More than 3,000 MEK supporters turned out to ask the international community to recognize the Iranian people’s right to overthrow the clerical regime and to end the policy of appeasement that has emboldened the mullahs to take increasingly hostile and aggressive actions both at home and abroad.

The following are excerpts from reports about the event:

Elaph Website

“British speakers called on their government to change its current policies of appeasement vis-à-vis Iran and adopt a firm stance, and recognize the Iranian people’s democratic demands. They also called for an initiative to force the Iranian regime to provide democracy; respect human rights; end all executions; stop all warmongering activities, exportation of terrorism and Islamic fundamentalism; and halt its nuclear program.”

Sunday Express

“On July 27, some 3,000 Iranians living in the UK demonstrated on the streets of central London, demanding comprehensive sanctions against the mullahs’ regime.

 

“Along with deteriorating international relations, the regime in Iran is accused of severe human rights violations and barbaric treatment—especially of prisoners, such as that of Britain’s own Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe.

 

Matthew James Offord the Member of Parliament for Hendon, addressing some 3000 MEK supporters at Free Iran rally in London, July 27, 2019

“Matthew Offord, MP for Hendon in north London, demanded action be taken now.

 

He told the chanting crowds: “The decision by world powers to decouple human rights and terrorism from the nuclear deal was a mistake and a missed opportunity.

 

“‘I believe the UK Government must now act to proscribe the IRGC and the Ministry of Intelligence as terrorist organizations in their entirety in response to Teheran’s aggression.’

 

“Thousands of people descended on Trafalgar Square, many of whom were exiles who were forced to flee from their homes under the brutal and oppressive regime.

 

“NCRI’s president-elect Maryam Rajavi called on Britain and Europe to stop “paying ransom to the mullahs” in a speech projected onto a screen at Trafalgar Square.

 

“‘Do not help them decrease the sanctions. Stand up to them. Place the Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) and the mullahs’ Gestapo [Ministry of Intelligence and Security (MOIS)], Khamenei’s office and [Iranian regime President] Hassan Rouhani on the terror list.

 

“‘I specifically urge the new UK government to support human rights, namely the suppressed human rights of the people of Iran.

 

“‘I urge them to take action to send an international fact-finding mission to Iran to visit the regime’s prisons and the political prisoners particularly, the women.’”

Okkaz Daily of Saudi Arabia

“Demonstrators in downtown London rallied against the mullahs’ regime in Iran, calling on the United Kingdom to designate the IRGC, the MOIS and the office of Iranian regime Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei as terrorist entities.”

Al Arabiya

“Titled ‘Supporting the Iranian people’s protests,’ the demonstration was held following a series of rallies and gatherings by Iranian dissidents during the past few weeks covering the capitals of various countries, including the United States and Western Europe.

Arab News

“Thousands of exiled Iranian dissidents rallied in Trafalgar Square in London on Saturday to demand regime change in Tehran, urging new UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson to get behind their campaign.

Struan Stevenson, the coordinator of the Campaign for Iran Change, said: ‘We want regime change, we want to get rid of this evil regime. We’re here underneath the statue of Admiral Nelson. What would Nelson make of a British ship being seized by pirates? He would be turning in his grave.

 

“‘So our message today to Boris Johnson is to be tough on this regime as they are spreading terrorism and war across the Middle East and the world.’”

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Maryam Rajavi to London Rally: “Iran Will Be Free”

Maryam Rajavi addressing MEK supporters during free Iran rally

Maryam Rajavi, the President-elect of the Iranian opposition, addresses more than 3000 supporters of MEK in London, via video, during the Free Iran Rally in London-July 27, 2019

More than 3,000 MEK supporters gathered in London on Saturday, July 27th to rally in support of a free and democratic Iran. The London Free Iran Rally was the final event in a series of activities that were held this summer by the MEK and NCRI in world capitals in order to urge the international community to cut financial ties with the Iranian regime and to recognize the right of the Iranian people to overthrow the clerical regime.

Mrs. Maryam Rajavi delivered a video address to the attendees at the rally, in which she urged the U.K. to end the policy of appeasement and to support human rights in Iran. Her speech is excerpted below.

Mrs. Rajavi’s Address

“Your demonstration today in London marks the peak of a series of Free Iran rallies taken place over the past one-and-a-half months in Brussels; Washington, D.C.; Berlin; and Stockholm.

It is also an extension of the Iranian Resistance’s five-day annual gathering, two weeks ago, at Ashraf 3,” Mrs. Rajavi said to the assembled crowd.

Demonization Campaign

“The clerical regime has again unleashed another barrage of fake and misleading news against the Iranian Resistance through a fake Twitter account presumably belonging to a French Consul General,” she said, referring to the cyber scandal that was uncovered last week. “The Foreign Ministry of France issued an official statement denying the news, and Twitter also shut down the regime’s fake account,” she continued.

“The mullahs’ regime has reiterated time and again that they do not have a red line and they tolerate anything against the regime, even for Khamenei. However, just as it was the case during the massacre of political prisoners in 1988, the most forbidden name and the red line is the name of the PMOI [MEK],” Mrs. Rajavi emphasized.

“This is the identity, path, and tradition which terrifies the religious dictatorship even inside the regime’s jails and torture chambers. Khomeini issued a fatwa ordering the massacre of anyone who remained loyal to the name and ideals of the MEK. But the victims cried out Massoud Rajavi’s name even at the gallows,” she said.

 

“Hossein Ali Montazeri, Khomeini’s heir at the time, said the MEK cannot be eliminated through killing, but will further spread,” Mrs. Rajavi added.

Ready to Pay the Price

“Today, we see that the MEK is spread in Iran by the expansion of resistance units and 1,000 Ashrafs. The message of the people of Iran and supporters of Ashraf is the same everywhere: freedom and a free Iran. The mullahs must go. Regime change and regime change” said Mrs. Rajavi. “And we do not get tired of repeating and insisting on these calls. We will cry out and repeat them again and again until the day they are realized. And of course, they would be certainly realized with your support,” she added.

 

“Why and for what reason?” she asked. “As Massoud Rajavi the historical leader of MEK said, ‘Because of remaining loyal to our pledges and making the endless sacrifice in Iran’s history.’ A glance over the list of execution victims, particularly the list of the victims of the 1988 massacre, reveals the truth of this statement. Our people, our Resistance and the Mojahedin of Ashraf, have proven that they are prepared and ready to pay the price of freedom.”

The Policy of Appeasement

Mrs. Rajavi noted the contrast between the MEK’s fight for freedom and the actions of those who have sought to appease the mullahs. “Our Resistance has proven that peace and freedom can only be earned through fighting the mullahs’ religious dictatorship. This is in diametric opposition to the proponents of appeasement who defend the regime under the guise of peace.”

She stressed that the prerequisite to peace in the Middle East is the overthrow of the Iranian regime and went on to detail the many ways that the policy of appeasement has failed.

“Really, are the mullahs and IRGC’s attacks on shipping in the Persian Gulf, jeopardizing regional and international security, in any way related to the policy of appeasement, the clampdown on the MEK, and overlooking the violations of human rights in Iran in the nuclear deal? Didn’t concessions to the mullahs from the account of the Iranian people and Resistance further embolden the mullahs? Mrs. Rajavi asked.

 

“How did the proscription of the MEK, disarming the Liberation Army, and bombardments of their basecamps in those years, with U.K.’s assistance, change the balance of power on the ground and in whose interest? Did they benefit peace and security or working against them? Indeed, has the clerical regime given up on its hostage-taking of European and American citizens and nationals?” she continued.

 

“Why has the regime increased the level of uranium enrichment and why has it added to the range of its ballistic missiles? Which regime benefits and for what purpose from the demonization of the MEK and the Iranian Resistance? Indeed, what happened to the moderate and reformed mullahs you encouraged and advocated for four decades? she went on.

 

“Didn’t the people of Iran put an end to the political theatrics of fundamentalists vs. reformists by their uprisings?” Mrs. Rajavi added.

 

“Yes, the policy of giving maneuvering room to the mullahs has been and continues to be totally disappointing and a disaster, and it will continue to be so. This policy is not only against the people of Iran but against regional and global peace and security,” Mrs. Rajavi stressed.

 

“The Iranian Resistance has paid the heaviest price and has always reiterated that the mullahs understand no language except the language of force and firmness.”

No More Concessions

“We urge Britain, Europe, and all governments to halt giving concessions to the mullahs. Do not help them decrease the sanctions. Stand up to them. Place the Revolutionary Guard Corps [IRGC] and the mullahs’ Gestapo [MOIS], Khamenei’s office and Hassan Rouhani on the terror list,” Mrs. Rajavi said.

“We urge you to set aside the policy of overlooking the main force in Iranian society and history. Instead of complicity and shaking hands with the religious fascism, stand on the side of the people of Iran for regime change,” she continued.

 

“I specifically urge the new UK government to support human rights, namely the suppressed human rights of the people of Iran. I urge them to take action to send an international fact-finding mission to Iran to visit the regime’s prisons and the political prisoners particularly, the women.

Baroness Boothroyd, the former speaker of the House of Commons, once said that the massacre of political prisoners in Iran, which took place after Khomeini was forced to accept the ceasefire in the [Iran-Iraq] war, has been the greatest crime against humanity since the Second World War. She said this crime remains unaccounted for but there will come a day when we would witness the truth get rectified,” said Mrs. Rajavi.

“The ruling regime is surrounded by an impatient nation confident that her liberation will not be realized unless the mullahs are overthrown. The clerical regime has no more strength or resources and is struggling in a quagmire which will lead to its overthrow.

The era of religious fascism is coming to an end; Iran will be free. We will take back our most beautiful homeland by the resistance units and the Army of Freedom,” she concluded.

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World Politicians Express Support for Regime Change in Iran During MEK Rally

Duress, Albania 13/07/2019 – The annual Free Iran Conference for the first time at Ashraf 3, the headquarters of the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (Mujahedin-e Khalq, MEK or PMOI) on July 13, 2019, near Duress in Albania. Politicians from across the globe are attending this conference. Paris 1 Mayor, Mr. Legaret announced that Paris’s 1st District has officially declared Ashraf 3 as its sister city

On July 13, 2019, on the largest conference during the 5-day Free Iran rally in Ashraf 3, representatives from many European and North American countries, expressed their support for the Iranian opposition, the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (MEK / PMOI)‘s struggle to free Iran. Excerpts from some of the speeches from prominent politicians and dignitaries from around the world follow:

Michèle Alliot-Marie

Former Foreign, Defense, Interior and Justice Minister of France

“I thank you for representing a vision, a direction that unites all Iranians and many people in the world,” said Alliot-Marie. “Iran is behind all the crises in the Middle East. Iran destabilizes the whole region. Iran finances terrorists and supports them with weapons,” said Ms. Alliot-Marie.

“When we talk about Iran we don’t talk about the Iranian people. I refer to the regime that destabilizes the region. The Iranian people aren’t like that,” she emphasized. “We should not be illusional, we have cultural and political differences, but we have values that are common, and we should fight for them,” she added.

Stephen Harper

Former Canadian Prime Minister

“The need for change in Iran is greater than ever before and the need of the work of this organization for change in Iran is also greater than ever before,” said Harper.

The former Prime Minister emphasized the importance of a firm policy toward the Iranian regime. “The only realistic policy towards Iran is firmness, and post-sanctions do what my government did in Canada: close down the regime’s embassies around the world,” he said.

“What is the argument against firmness?” asked the former Prime Minister. “They say the world has no choice. Appeasement or war. This is not true. Appeasement is accepting the war that the regime is already waging against its neighbor through proxies,” he added.

“The right response is not to surrender, but to stand with the Iranian people and against this regime,” Harper continued.

“Your ten-point plan is the future, future Iran and the world needs. Do not give up hope and do not relent in your efforts in any way,” Harper concluded.

Dr. Bernard Kouchner

Former Foreign Minister of France

Dr. Kouchner said that the world should not confuse the Iranian regime with the Iranian people and enumerated Mrs. Rajavi’s Ten-Point Plan for Iran’s Democratic Future.

 

“I don’t think anyone is against this policy,” he said, referring to Mrs. Rajavi’s plan. “I agree with Mr. Giuliani. We believe the people of Iran do support the [Iranian regime]. Mr. Giuliani was right. The mullahs are murderers. They are the origin of all terrorist attacks,” he said.

“We are ready to relieve this people from this awful religious system. We are not against religion. But we are against using religion to kill people,” he said. “Religion is also the liberation of the people. Madam Maryam Rajavi, you are persistent and a fantastic model for the women of the world…We are completely with you to support such a fantastic program,” he concluded.

Pandeli Majko

Former Albanian Prime Minister

The former Albanian Prime Minister became visibly emotional as he compared his country’s past of sheltering Jews with providing sanctuary to the MEK. “In World War II, German Nazis required Albania to transfer its gold to the bank in Berlin and give up a list of its Jewish citizens. The Albanian answer was short: ‘Gold yes, Jews no!’” said Majko.

“Lately in Albania, politicians have been in tough arguments with each other, but there is no debate about your stay here in Albania. You are in our hearts,” he added.

“If the Iranian regime wants to touch you, they must know that we said to the Nazi invaders, ‘Gold yes, Jews no.’ The ambassador of Iran has been kicked out of Tirana. So, don’t push us,” he warned. “‘’Gold yes, Mojahedin no!’ I hope to come soon to see you in Tehran,” he concluded.

Fatmir Mediu

Chairman of the Albanian Republican Party

“We have to think about the next steps, but all of us agree that the time for a change in Iran is long overdue. The American government has stood up for change in Iran, and we wish that Europe also stands up for liberty and freedom for the people of Iran as God-given rights,” said Mediu.

“Last year the Albanian government expelled the Iranian ambassador because they planned to attack us when we gathered with Mayor Rudy Giuliani to discuss iran,” Mediu said in reference to the terrorist plot against last year’s Free Iran Rally.

“Madam Rajavi, your ten-point plan is for sure the future of Iran. Here in Albania we have our political differences, but we are united in your cause to support you for a free Iran,” said Mediu. “We’d rather be remembered by history as people who fought with you for the freedom of the Iranian people than people who stood by and watched,” he concluded.

Judge Ted Poe

Former U.S. Congressman

Judge Poe referenced the false terrorist designation of the MEK in his speech. “It was a mistake for the U.S. to put the MEK on the terrorist list in the first place. But at the end, a federal judge ordered the State Department to delist the MEK,” he said. “How ironic is this that the MEK is not on the terrorist list now but the IRGC and the Iranian government is on the U.S. terrorist list,” he added.

“There is nothing more powerful than a woman who has made up her mind. And that woman is Madame Rajavi and she has made up her mind for freedom for all of you,” Poe said.

“Yesterday, Governor Tom Ridge said that we are all given certain rights by God. There is a right mentioned in the Declaration of Independence. Governments are instituted among people to secure their God given rights. And if governments don’t do that, the people have the right to abolish that government, like the mullahs in Iran,” Poe continued.

“Don’t fear the mullahs,” urged Poe. “Don’t let them deprive you of sleep at night. It is important that the mullahs fear you and you keep them awake at night. You speak for the voices that have been silenced by the murders that have taken place against them. They cry out for justice. Justice demands that the people of Iran rule their own country. The illegitimate regime of the mullahs is through.”

“When you have a snake, you must cut off the head of the snake… I’m here to tell you that the lion with the sword [the emblem of the Persian flag] will cut off the head of the serpent in Tehran,” he emphasized.

“Somethings are worth living and dying for and I don’t see anything more worth to live and if necessary die for, than the cause of freedom in Iran,” Poe concluded.

Dana Rohrabacher

Former U.S. Congressman

“The most powerful force in the world are those people who believe in freedom and are ready to sacrifice their lives for freedom. I’m saying this to the dictators in Tehran: Your days are numbered and the people here will carry the cause of freedom to Tehran,” Rohrabacher said.

“You are the most powerful force on the planet,” Rohrabacher said to the MEK members at the conference. “You will prevail. As long as we have courageous people like you we don’t need to send American boots to the region.”

“I know you will win and I will be with you when we go to Tehran and declare free elections,” he added.

Lance Goodan

U.S. Congressman

“The first thing I learned about Iran is that the most respected individual among the Iranian community is Madame Maryam Rajavi,” said Goodan.

 

“I encourage the young people across Iran to get together to fight and spread the message. Young people are the future of Iran,” he concluded.

Matthew Offord

British MP

“I am proud to be part of a successful cross party effort to secure your resettlement here in Albania,” said Offord. “Your movement with Madame Maryam Rajavi is at the forefront of the cause of freedom of Iran and you are a beacon of hope.”.

“My colleagues and I urge our government to increase the number of people on its sanctions list for human rights violations in Iran. We urge our government to proscribe the IRGC as a terrorist group, and we support the US sanctions on the regime’s Supreme Leader and urge the government to expand this to other regime officials,” Offord stated.

 

“I support Madame Rajavi’s ten-point plan that provides a clear alternative to the current Iranian regime,” Offord affirmed. “I call upon the UK government to recognize Madame Rajavi’s ten-point plan,” Offord added.

Baroness Sandip Verma

U.K. House of Lords

“There is no one stronger than a woman fighting for her children and land. Brave women in Iran are challenging the regime in every possible way. Many have been imprisoned and tortured in Iran. The prominence of women in the resistance is reflective of the role of women in Iran. It is time for the world to stand up and support the work of the NCRI,” said Baroness Verma.

“The regime in Iran considers women activists as enemies of the state,” continued Verma. “My sister, Maryam Rajavi, a Muslim woman, makes the Resistance a unique example in the Middle East. We hope to celebrate Madame Rajavi’s success, your success, our success in Iran soon,” she concluded.

Bob Blackman

British MP

“I welcome the designation of the IRGC as a terrorist organization and the U.S. decision to sanction the Iranian regime’s Supreme Leader,” said Blackman.

“I hope that the UK will join our American allies in this effort soon,” he added. “The mullahs only understand the language of firmness. The international community must make it clear that we in the free world stand with the Iranian people and their resistance, NCRI, to bring democracy and freedom in Iran.”

Tom Ridge

Former U.S. Homeland Security Secretary and Governor

“You can imprison a man or a woman but you can’t kill an idea. You can exile a man or a woman but you can’t kill an idea,” said Secretary Ridge.

“I say to each one of you: we pay tribute to your relentless pursuit for justice and freedom in your homeland which has a rich history of culture and has contributed much to the rest of the world,” Ridge said to the MEK members in attendance.

“You fight for all who cherish freedom and democracy around the world,” he added.

“There are probably millions in the world whose prayers are with you in your cause. Sometimes in your lives you have to pursue causes bigger than yourself. 120,000 men and women of the MEK have died embracing a cause bigger than themselves. You are embracing a cause bigger than yourself, and you will prevail,” Ridge emphasized.

“Your courage and sacrifice will be responsible for the freedom and democracy of generations; the same privileges that we take for granted in our countries,” he concluded.

Sid Ahmed Ghozali

Former Algerian Prime Minister

Former Prime Minister praised the Albanian government for their support of the MEK. “Albanians have shown that they are not big for their size but for the size of the ideas that they defend. When you defend democracy and freedom you become great people,” he said.

“The Ashrafis have shown that the Iranian Resistance will survive under pressure,” said Ghozali. “The Islamic Republic of Iran is a cruel and bloody religious dictatorship which wants to dominate the Arab-Islamic world,” he concluded.

Louis Freeh

Former FBI Director

“We will see amazing change and we will see it quickly. We have to get ready for is the prosecution and conviction of the thousands of criminals who have murdered, assassinated and killed, not by accident, but by a designed plan to mass murder a group of people,” stressed former Director Freeh.

“I see your museum here in Ashraf 3 as an evidence room that has photographs and digital records of the Iranian regime’s crimes. All the evidence that exists and that can’t be erased,” said Freeh.

“Apply your skills and start preparing for criminal prosecutions by an international criminal court. What will terrify terrorists more than anything is the prospect that they will be arrested and prosecuted under the rule of law,” advised the former FBI Director.

“I think of Ashraf 3 as temporary quarters. It’s Ashraf 4 that we would want to visit – that’s in Iran,” he concluded.

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MEK Supporters Hold Large Free Iran Rally in London

MEK supporters rally in London-July 2019

Thousands of the Supporters of MEK, rallied in London on Saturday, July 27, to express their solidarity with Iran uprisings and to show support for the Iranian resistance (MEK).

Iranians demonstrating in support of regime change in Iran by the Iranian people and their organized resistance coalition NCRI – July 27, 2019 – London, United Kingdom

On Saturday, a large crowd of Iranians rallied in London to show their unprecedented support for the main Iranian opposition coalition National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) and the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK), as the cornerstone member of this movement. The event is the latest in a series of demonstrations held in different cities across the globe, including Brussels, Washington. D.C., Berlin and Stockholm.

The London gathering also comes just two weeks after a five-day event at Ashraf 3, the new PMOI/MEK headquarters in Albania, where hundreds of dignitaries from over 50 countries gathered to voice their support for Iranian protesters and the objective of overthrowing the mullahs’ regime.

 

British MP Dr. Matthew Offord

 

British MP Dr. Matthew Offord at the London rally of Iranians in support of regime change in Iran by the Iranian people – London – July 27, 2019

“It was an honor for me to lead a British delegation to Free Iran event in Ashraf 3, Albania. It was an opportunity to meet the people of Ashraf and hear their experiences and their hopes for the future,” said British MP Dr. Matthew Offord.

 

“We were convinced during our visit that Madam Rajavi represents an opportunity for the future of Iran. She seeks peace in the region. Recent events in the Persian Gulf show Iran is engaged in state piracy,” he continued in reference to Iranian opposition NCRI President Maryam Rajavi.

 

“Today our response should be firm, held on the principle that the Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) and the regime of Iran should be held to account to their atrocities. These organizations should be proscribed in their entirety under the terrorism act,” Dr. Offord continued.

 

“We should say we want to see regime change in Iran, led by Madam Rajavi, to achieve a better Iran and a better world order,” this British MP emphasized.

 

“We should recognize that the greatest asset for us is the bond of friendship between the people of Iran, the NCRI and the world. The people of Iran are ready to stand up for change,” Dr. Offord concluded.

 

Iranian opposition President Maryam Rajavi

 

Iranian opposition President Maryam Rajavi delivering a video speech to the London rally of Iranians in support of regime change in Iran by the Iranian people – London – July 27, 2019

“The message of the people of Iran and supporters of Ashraf is the same everywhere: freedom and a free Iran. The mullahs must go. Regime change and regime change… And we do not get tired of repeating and insisting on these calls. We will cry out and repeat them again and again until the day they are realized,” NCRI President Maryam Rajavi said in her speech.

 

“Our Resistance has proven that peace and freedom can only be earned through fighting the mullahs’ religious dictatorship. This is in diametric opposition to the proponents of appeasement who defend the regime under the guise of peace,” she added.

 

Criticizing the proponents of the appeasement policy toward the mullahs, Mrs. Rajavi said, “These gentlemen’s hollow calls for peace are tantamount to safeguarding the regime against the Iranian people’s desire and against human rights.”

 

Members of the Iranian community in Europe attending the London rally of Iranians in support of regime change in Iran by the Iranian people – London – July 27, 2019

 

“We urge Britain, Europe and all governments to halt giving concessions to the mullahs. Do not help them decrease the sanctions. Stand up to them. Place the IRGC and the mullahs’ Gestapo (Ministry of Intelligence and Security – MOIS), [Iranian regime Supreme Leader Ali] Khamenei’s office and [President] Hassan Rouhani on the terror list,” the NCRI President highlighted.

 

“We urge you to set aside the policy of overlooking the main force in Iranian society and history. Instead of complicity and shaking hands with the religious fascism, stand on the side of the people of Iran for regime change,” she continued.

 

“I specifically urge the new UK government to support human rights, namely the suppressed human rights of the people of Iran. I urge them to take action to send an international fact-finding mission to Iran to visit the regime’s prisons and the political prisoners particularly, the women,” Mrs. Rajavi stressed.

 

“The era of religious fascism is coming to an end; Iran will be free. We will take back our most beautiful homeland by the resistance units and the Army of Freedom,” the NCRI President concluded.

 

Former MEP Struan Stevenson

Former MEP Struan Stevenson at the London rally of Iranians in support of regime change in Iran by the Iranian people – London – July 27, 2019

“In the past few weeks, tens of thousands of supporters of NCRI supporters have gathered in Brussels, Washington, Berlin, Tirana, Stockholm and here,” said former MEP Struan Stevenson.

 

“After suffering many attacks in Ashraf and Liberty, MEK has risen from its ashes in Ashraf 3, Albania,” he continued.

 

“We have shown the world in the past few weeks the strength of our movement. The Guardian should be ashamed of the rubbish they publish. It’s a disgrace that newspapers like the Guardian still follow the appeasement policy with the mullahs. Why don’t they support the Iranian people who want human rights, women’s rights, justice, peace?” asked Mr. Stevenson.

 

“These newspapers claim the choice is between war and appeasement. We do not see war, we see courage, resilience. We must show our support for the people of Iran and the Iranian resistance,” the former MEP emphasized.

 

“My message to Boris Johnson and his government. Please respect the PMOI and its charismatic leader Mrs. Rajavi. Please respect their struggle for regime change. We don’t need intervention. We must just support the people and the resistance,” Mr. Stevenson highlighted in a message to the new UK government.

 

Members of the Iranian community in Europe attending the London rally of Iranians in support of regime change in Iran by the Iranian people – London – July 27, 2019

 

“This criminal regime has added international piracy to its long list of transgressions. It has become a universal pariah. It is supporting terrorism while its 80 million citizen struggle in poverty. It executes dissidents and hangs people in public. It has executed more than 3,500 people under the so-called ‘moderate’ Hassan Rouhani,” he added.

 

“We stand shoulder to shoulder with the resistance and with the MEK,” Mr. Stevenson concluded.

 

Irish Senator Catherine Noone, Deputy Leader of Irish Senate

Irish Senator Catherine Noone, Deputy Leader of Irish Senate, at the London rally of Iranians in support of regime change in Iran by the Iranian people – London – July 27, 2019

“Iran still holds the highest number of executions per capita. The regime deprives women of their basic rights and punishes them for mal-veiling and wearing colorful clothes,” said Irish Senator Catherine Noone.

 

“Mrs. Rajavi has made many sacrifices for a better future for all Iranians, particularly the women of Iran… The people of Iran have had enough of this dictatorship. They’re chanting down with dictator. Women play a prominent role in protests, inspired for the NCRI,” she added.

 

“Iran needs regime change, and it needs to happen soon,” Senator Noone concluded.

 

Former MEP Jim Higgins

 

Former MEP Jim Higgins at the London rally of Iranians in support of regime change in Iran by the Iranian people – London – July 27, 2019

 

“A country that hangs its own citizens is barbaric. A company that suppresses its own people is a tyranny that must be removed,” said former MEP Jim Higgins.

 

“We rejoice in the fact that Ashraf 3 in Albania is such a success. The mullahs know the clock is ticking and their days are numbered,” he added.

 

“40 years ago, the Shah left Iran. A vacuum was created. It should have been the dawn of freedom and democracy. But we’re here today because that 1979 dream turned into a nightmare. We’re here to make sure that dream is realized,” Mr. Higgins continued.

 

“We pledge our support to do anything possible to make that dream come true. We’re here to send a strong message to the regime: your days are numbered. Hand over to a real democracy. Hand over to a real president, to Mrs. Rajavi,” the former MEP concluded.

 

Irish Senator Gerry Horkan

Irish Senator Gerry Horkan at the London rally of Iranians in support of regime change in Iran by the Iranian people – London – July 27, 2019

 

“The strong attendance of thousands of Iranians and politicians in these events debunked claims by some media that Mrs. Rajavi and NCRI have no support,” said Irish Senator Gerry Horkan.

 

“The 1988 massacre of over 30,000 political prisoners is evidence of the regime’s fear toward the MEK and the resistance movement. The regime has been waging assault on the rights of the Iranian people for over 40 years, and has destroyed their economy through its corruption,” he added.

 

“We urge the EU and the UK government to designate the IRGC as a terrorist organization as the main tool for the regime to export terrorism. We must alter the policies of our government to recognize the rights of the Iranian people,” the Irish Senator highlighted.

 

Dowlat Nowruzi, NCRI Representative in the UK

Dowlat Nowruzi, NCRI Representative in the UK, at the London rally of Iranians in support of regime change in Iran by the Iranian people – London – July 27, 2019

 

“We are here to convey the four decades of suffering of the Iranian people. We are here to convey the main aspiration of the Iranian people, demanding justice, demanding freedom, demanding regime change and demanding support for Mrs. Rajavi,” said Dowlat Nowruzi, NCRI Representative in the UK.

 

“Decisiveness is the only solution to dealing with this regime. Our resistance movement has paid the highest price for the rights of the Iranian people,” she added.

 

“Enough is enough! The mullahs must go. They do not represent the Iranian people. We want regime change now,” Ms. Nowruzi continued.

 

“The main message of protesters across Iran is ‘hardliners, reformists, the game is over.’ Massoud Rajavi called for solidarity for the millions of people in Iran and the hundreds of thousands who poured onto the streets for their rights. The people of Iran deserve the violators of human rights who are occupying the top to bottom of this regime to face justice,” the NCRI Representative in the UK emphasized.

 

“It is time for the UK government to realize that they must lead in Europe for a policy toward Iran. As Ashraf 3 proved to the world community, this movement is committed in its entirety it is dedicated to freedom in Iran. They proved they can build the future of Iran,” she continued.

 

“The recent terror attempts of the regime are all indications that the world community must be united with the NCRI for a policy of regime change in Iran,” Ms. Nowruzi concluded.

 

British MP Roger Godsiff

British MP Roger Godsiff at the London rally of Iranians in support of regime change in Iran by the Iranian people – London – July 27, 2019

 

“The UK must recognize the rights of the Iranian people for regime change and support the NCRI and Mrs. Rajavi’s ten-point plan for the future of Iran,” said British MP Roger Godsiff.

 

“The main barrier to democratic change in Iran is the IRGC. I welcome the decision of the U.S. government to designate the IRGC as a terrorist organization and to place sanctions on the office of the supreme leader. I hope our government in the UK takes similar steps,” he continued.

 

“This brutal regime only understands the language of firmness. The international community must make clear to the regime and its officials that we in the free world stand with the people of Iran and their resistance movement to bring about democracy and human rights in Iran,” Mr. Godsiff added.

 

“We fully support the NCRI and we look forward to the day where we can be Iran and celebrate a free and democratic Iran,” the British MP concluded.

 

Former MEP Paolo Casaca

 

Former MEP Paolo Casaca at the London rally of Iranians in support of regime change in Iran by the Iranian people – London – July 27, 2019

 

“Tomorrow, we will remember the 10th anniversary of the first massacre in Ashraf. It was followed by another massacre in 2011 and again in September 2013, as well as massacres in Camp Liberty. I pay homage to all these heroes who fell in these massacres and those who have been disabled for life,” said former MEP Paolo Casaca.

 

“We will think about them. But we must also think about the present and about ways to confront this regime which is a monster to its people and its neighbors. We must think about ways to confront the sea of lies being thrown at the Iranian opposition. We have seen ludicrous lies and fabricated accounts in newspapers here in England,” he added.

 

“The mullahs want to steal the past of the Iranian people to prevent them from obtaining the future. The past of the Iranian people, Cyrus the Great, Sattar Khan, Mossadegh, and of course Massoud Rajavi, they are your heritage, and you are going to make an Iran that is absolutely in line with its past glories, after putting the mullahs away and putting behind this dark era of your history… The future is yours,” Mr. Casaca concluded.

 

Former British MP Brian Binley

Former British MP Brian Binley at the London rally of Iranians in support of regime change in Iran by the Iranian people – London – July 27, 2019

 

“The regime has moved to arrest hundreds of PMOI supporters and their families in Iran because the popular protests are undermining the regime’s power. The regime is showing with its own actions that we should support the NCRI and Madam Rajavi if we want to counter the regime’s malign activities. They represent a true and viable alternative to the current regime,” said former British MP Brian Binley.

 

“The attacks we’ve witnessed in the past months prove the regime sees the NCRI as its main threat. The regime is warning about the growing support for the Iranain resistance,” he added.

 

“Boris Johnson needs to change the policy that was pursued by previous governments that were frightened to oppose the regime, a regime that is not supported by the people. We need change in the British government,” Mr. Binley concluded.

 

Denise Lester, Member of The Law Society of England and Wales

Denise Lester, Member of The Law Society of England and Wales, at the London rally of Iranians in support of regime change in Iran by the Iranian people – London – July 27, 2019

 

“The Law Society has called for the release of Iranian lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh after defending women who took part in protests. Lawyers must be able to perform their judicial functions without hindrance and harassment,” said Denise Lester, Member of The Law Society of England and Wales.

 

“We support you in the cause for human rights, women’s rights and democracy in Iran,” she concluded.

 

Roger Lyons, former president of the UK Trade Unions Congress

Roger Lyons, former president of the UK Trade Unions Congress, at the London rally of Iranians in support of regime change in Iran by the Iranian people – London – July 27, 2019

 

“In Ashraf 3, we saw impressive constructions. But it is only temporary, until it goes back in Tehran,” said Roger Lyons, former president of the UK Trade Unions Congress.

 

“We’re here because the mullahs are falling apart. They tried a terror plot against the Paris conference last year. Then they tried to blow us up in Albania, and their ambassador was expelled.

 

Lyons referred to the bankrupt state of the Iraniain economy and the abysmal human rights conditions, including the imprisonment of British national Nazanin Zaghari.

 

I also wish to state a remark to Jeremy Corbyn. We aren’t happy with the support he has given to the mullahs. We aren’t happy that he has been paid by PressTV to spread propaganda for the Iranian regime. You should support the Iranian resistance, not the mullahs.

 

Resistance in Iran is growing under the leadership of NCRI and Mrs. Rajavi. The mullahs are falling out.

 

Iraqi jurist Dr. Mohamed al-Sheikhli

Iraqi jurist Dr. Mohammad al-Sheikhli at the London rally of Iranians in support of regime change in Iran by the Iranian people – London – July 27, 2019

 

“The PMOI represents the dreams of the Iranian people. We must remember the victims of the mullahs’ regime and the blood that was shed for freedom,” said Iraqi jurist Dr. Mohamed al-Sheikhli.

 

“Let us remember the role of the champions, the Ashraf residents before the government of former Iraqi prime minister Nouri al-Maliki and agents of the Iranian regime. The mullahs are violating international law. They’re a serious threat to global security. The actions of the mullahs in and around the Strait of Hormuz proves this regime does not respect and adhere to international laws. It supports death squads in Iraq, Syria, Lebanon and Yemen. The mullahs’ regime evades sanctions by controlling the Iraqi people’s money and stealing the country’s oil resources,” he added.

 

“This is part of the regime’s expansion plans in the Middle East region. The regime is also planting terrorists and death squads in the EU through its embassies. The EU and UK must take urgent action and shut down these embassies to preserve the security of their citizens,” Dr. al-Sheikhli continued.

 

“The crimes of the bloody regime should not be forgotten. The international community must form an international tribunal against the regime for its crimes against the Iranian people, the Iraqi, Lebanese and Syrian people,” the prominent Iraqi jurist emphasized.

 

“This regime seeks to obtain nuclear weapons. The international community must take responsibility to confront this criminal regime. They need to tighten sanctions in all forms against this regime. The international community is fully aware that the true alternative to this regime is the leadership of Maryam Rajavi and the PMOI. They are the true hope for the Iranian people and the people of ME,” Dr. al-Sheikhli concluded.

 

Iranian community delegation

Members of the Iranian community in the UK attending the London rally of Iranians in support of regime change in Iran by the Iranian people – London – July 27, 2019

 

Comments by members of the Iraniain community in the UK:

 

“We are a generation who have never seen our homes, whose parents were tortured and executed by the mullahs, whose aunts and uncles were massacred in Ashraf and Liberty, whose brothers and sisters are being beaten in Tehran’s streets and attacked by the mullahs thugs. The Iranian regime has failed in suppressing us.”

 

“With heroes in Ashraf 3, how can we not have courage? How can we not be hopeful? How can we not be strong with the leadership of Maryam Rajavi? We will continue to carry the flag of 120,000 martyrs. Free Iran is the true desire of the Iranian people. We call on Boris Johson to stand on the right side of history and support the Iranian people. Recognize the NCRI and Maryam Rajavi as the true alternative that can bring freedom and democracy to Iran.”

 

Members of the Iranian community in the UK attending the London rally of Iranians in support of regime change in Iran by the Iranian people – London – July 27, 2019

 

“The people are rising across Iran. They have one clear message: The mullahs’ regime must go. This regime has only brought pain and hardship for the Iranian people and their neighbors. We show our support for the youth in Iran. You are strong and steadfast and you are an inspiration to us all.”

 

“We stand here to say in one united voice that we want regime change. The Iranian people have the right to decide their own future. Boris Johnson has a duty to stand with the Iranin people.  Appeasement has only resulted in hostage-taking and terrorism by the regime. We demand the IRGC and the entirety of the mullahs’ regime to be put on the list of terrorist organizations.”

 

“Victory is ours. The future is ours.”

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Washington Times Releases Special Edition on Free Iran Conference at Ashraf 3

The cover photo for the Special Edition of the Washington Times on the Recent 5-day conference at MEK’s head quarter in Ashraf3- Albania.

The Washington Times released a special edition on Thursday detailing the MEK’s Free Iran Conference at Ashraf 3 in Albania. The five-day event showcased the newly-constructed MEK headquarters and attracted more than 350 high-ranking political figures, human rights activists, and other dignitaries from 47 countries to speak in support of the MEK, the Iranian people and their fight to overthrow the clerical regime.

The featured article in the Washington Times special edition, entitled “MEK will fight Iran regime from new Ashraf-3 base in Albania,” explained the history of the MEK and the significance of Ashraf 3 in the Iranian Resistance’s struggle against the mullahs.

 

Construction on Ashraf 3, according to the Washington Times piece, began 20 months ago on a piece of Albanian farmland. It is now home to more than 3,000 MEK members. The compound is the size of a small city and includes parks, a hospital, conference halls, shopping centers, restaurants, swimming pools, and a luxury hotel. Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani commented on the speed at which the city had been constructed in his speech to conference attendees, saying, “If we tried to do this in New York, it would take 15 years and launch 14 corruption investigations.”

The MEK relocated to Albania after repeated attacks on its previous homes at Camp Ashraf and Liberty in Iraq. Former Albanian Prime Minister Pandeli Majko explained why his country provided refuge to the group in his speech at the conference. “In 1943, the Nazis conquered Albania and had two main demands when an Albanian delegation went to Berlin,” Mr. Majko said. “They wanted our gold transferred to Berlin, and they wanted a list of all the Jews in Albania. Our answer was simple: the gold, yes; the Jews, no. Protecting those in need is part of our identity,” he said.

 

Mohammad Mohaddessin, Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee for the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), noted the significance of having so many world leaders attend the conference at Ashraf 3. “We look at the fact that so many leaders came to our home so far from where they live as a testament to the international support that exists for MEK and the faith they have in what we want to accomplish,” he said.

The Washington Times article wrote that the primary goal of the MEK is regime change but that “its formal aim is to step into the void that a collapsed Iranian government would leave only long enough to hold free elections and establish a secular state.” Mrs. Maryam Rajavi would serve as President-elect until elections were held within the first six months after the overthrow of the regime.

 

The dozens of speakers were united in their praise of Ashraf 3 and their support for regime change. The Washington Times published excerpts of many of the speeches from the event. A few of the most notable quotes are included below:

Maryam Rajavi

President-elect, NCRI

“We will take back Iran and we will build a new homeland.”

Joseph Lieberman

Former U.S. Senator

“The battle to liberate Iran from the radical religious dictators who control it today is a battle that not only has great significance for the people of Iran but for the cause of freedom throughout the world.”

Rama Yade

Former French Secretary of State for Human Rights

“But it’s you, with your hands, your courage, your hopes, that built this place. Also, by the sacrifice of 120,000 of yours… What you did here in less than two years, you can do in Iran in one day.”

 

Tom Ridge

First U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security

[S]ometimes in your life you have the opportunity to pursue and embrace causes bigger than yourself. Some 120,000 men and women have died seeking and promoting and embracing a cause bigger than themselves. There will be an open, pluralistic, non-nuclear, democratic Iran, and you — you, your courage, your sacrifice — will be responsible for future generations to enjoy the liberty and freedoms.

 

Sid Ahmed Ghozali

Former Algerian Prime Minister

“What the history will remember is that you are a resistance against repression but also that Ashraf 3 represents a new culture; they are symbols for development and progress. My dream is to see a free Iran and only then, we may have the first democratic government in the Islamic world.”

Louis Freeh

Former Director of the FBI

“One of the things I just wanted to say is listening to the testimony yesterday and viewing the room next door (Martyrs Exhibition), one of the things we have to prepare for is the prosecution and conviction of the thousands of criminals who have murdered, assassinated, killed, not by accident, not by coincidence, but a designed plan to murder, mass murder a group of people.”

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French Ministry of Foreign Affairs Responds to Identity Theft of Diplomat by Regime Agent

Statement from the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, confirming that the French diplomat’s identity has been subject to misuse.Maryam Rajavi, the President-elect of the Iranian opposition, rejected the lies by IRGC, News Agency regarding an illusionary visit to Israel and considered “it a show of regime’s desperation and need for fake news against the Iranian resistance.”

The French Ministry of Foreign Affairs released an official statement this week in response to the recent scandal over a series of tweets that were sent from a fake account controlled by the regime’s Ministry of Intelligence and Security (MOIS) and Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC).

The statement declared, “The head of the French consulate in Jerusalem is the target of an identity theft act on Twitter. The French consulate wants Internet users to be alert.”

 

Roots of the Scandal

The scandal arose after the five-day Free Iran Conference at Ashraf 3 in Albania this month. The event drew worldwide media attention and effectively countered forty years of regime propaganda against the MEK. In addition, this summer’s Free Iran rallies in world capitals have attracted thousands of supporters and challenged the regime’s narrative that the MEK does not have the support of the Iranian people.

The mullahs were enraged by these events and tried to launch a new disinformation campaign. On July 23rd, the IRGC news agency reported that Pierre Cochard,” a French diplomat resident in Israel,” tweeted that Mrs. Maryam Rajavi was traveling to Israel with the purpose of “meeting with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the head of the Mossad spy agency.” The report also falsely stated: “The trip, carried out with the help of Giuliani and in coordination with Israel’s ambassador to Albania Boaz Rodkin, has direct ties with the MEK and the Israeli intelligence agency (Mossad).”

Oddly enough, the Iran lobby and the advocates of the Iranian regime tried using the fake news as a new item to use to demonize the MEK. The social media was filled with posts trying to make use of the disinformation. Here are a few that were debunked by other journalists or users exposing the propaganda and the mal-intentions behind it.

Fake Tweets

The tweets referred to in the false news report were posted on July 17th by a person claiming to be a French consul general in Jerusalem. The details of the non-existent trip were described in five tweets. In his first tweet, however, he wrote, “I received the news from a former colleague who I worked with him in Tehran.” This was a fairly obvious hint that the “French diplomat” was in actuality an MOIS agent.

 

Twitter shut down “Pierre Cochard’s” account within a matter of hours, after which they discovered that the MOIS has controlled the Twitter handle since 2013.

Statement from the French Consulate

The French Ministry of Foreign Affairs issued an official statement from the French consulate in Jerusalem entitled “The fake Twitter account on behalf of the French Consulate in Jerusalem.” It read, in part: “The Consul General of France in Jerusalem, Mr. Pierre Cochard, has been subjected to identity theft on the social network Twitter.”

“Mr. Pierre Cochard only communicates on Twitter, as well as other social networks, through the official accounts of the Consulate General of France in Jerusalem.”

Statement from the NCRI

The Security and Counter-Terrorism Committee of the National Council of Resistance of Iran issued its own statement on Wednesday in response to the scandal.

The statement said: “The lies of the Revolutionary Guards’ news agency about an illusionary travel by Mrs. Rajavi show the regime’s desperation and its severe need for the fake intelligence and fake news against the Iranian Resistance.”

It emphasized once again that the mullahs must be evicted from the Internet and social networks. The IRGC and the mullahs’ intelligence use the Internet to disseminate lies, propaganda, and disinformation, and to set the stage for terrorist activities.

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March for regime change in Iran by Iranians, the second in series of demonstrations by supporters of MEK on June 21, 2019

What Have the Free Iran Events Accomplished?

 

March for regime change in Iran by Iranians, the second in series of demonstrations by supporters of MEK on June 21, 2019

Free Iran rally in Washington D.C. held on June 21, 2019- Over 10,000 supporters of MEK rallied in the streets of Washington D.C. and ended up their rally in front of the White House.
The rally was in solidarity with the Iranian people’s uprising and to voice the Iranian people’s quest for regime change by Iranians in Iran.

This summer the MEK and the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) held a series of Free Iran events in world capitals in solidarity with the people’s anti-regime protests in Iran and their stated desire to overthrow the clerical dictatorship currently in power.

Washington Times Publishes Special Report on D.C. Free Iran Rally

Rallies in Brussels; Washington, D.C.; Berlin; and Stockholm drew thousands of demonstrators and attracted news coverage from numerous media outlets around the world. The five-day Free Iran Conference at Ashraf 3, the MEK’s newly-constructed headquarters in Albania, was also widely covered by international press outlets and received attention from the regime’s state-run media as well. The final rally this Saturday in London is expected to attract thousands of attendees.

Thousands of MEK Supporters Gather in Stockholm for Free Iran Rally

The goals of this summer’s events extend beyond condemning the Iranian regime and asking the international community to end its financial support of the mullahs. The regime is on its last leg and will fall due to its own corruption and mismanagement even without outside pressure. Depriving the mullahs of support limits its ability to spread terror and bloodshed until its inevitable downfall.

Free Iran Rally in Berlin Receives International Press Coverage

Regime change is on the horizon, and the world wants to know what the alternative will look like. This is what this summer’s Free Iran events accomplished. By giving the international community a glimpse of the MEK and the NCRI, the world had the opportunity to see what Iran will look like once the mullahs have been overthrown.

Showed Ashraf 3 to the World

The choice to host the Free Iran Conference at Ashraf 3 was strategic and bold. The regime has spread propaganda that the MEK is a cult and has portrayed Ashraf 3 as a place that is closed off and secretive. The MEK disproved this conspiracy theory by throwing open its gates for 350 prominent politicians, human rights activists, lawmakers, and dignitaries from around the world and live-streaming the event to the world.

Maryam Rajavi to Free Iran Rally at Ashraf 3: “We Will Take Back Iran!”

Proved that the MEK Can Rebuild Iran

The mullahs have sown fear that Iran would be devastated by regime change and would be unable to rebuild the country. Ashraf 3 disproved this notion by its very existence. Built on Albanian farmland, Ashraf 3 did not exist 20 months ago. MEK refugees from Camp Liberty in Iraq were relocated to the property after repeated Missile attacks ordered by the Iranian government and built the entire compound from the ground up in 16 months using their own donations. The MEK has shown that it is capable of building a city from nothing in less time than others would require to construct a single building.

Demonstrated Support for the MEK

The mullahs have deployed their propaganda machine to claim that the MEK is a fringe group that has little support within Iran, but Iranian youth who have recently fled the country spoke at Free Iran rallies this summer about the MEK and talked about their reasons for leaving the country and why they joined the MEK while they were in Iran. The regime’s state-run media acknowledges the role the MEK has played in the widespread protests that have engulfed Iran since December 2017.

Showcased the Alternative

Finally, the mullahs claim that any replacement to their rule would be just as bad for the international community as the current regime. This summer, the world heard from hundreds of speakers who praised Mrs. Maryam Rajavi’s Ten-point Plan for Iran’s Democratic Future. They heard the NCRI’s platform and their commitment to religious freedom, to gender equality, to human rights, and to a non-nuclear Iran. They saw a future that they could believe in, and a Resistance that deserves the world’s support.

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MEK's Free Iran rally in London-July 27, 2019

MEK Supporters to Hold Free Iran Rally in London on Saturday

 

MEK's Free Iran rally in London-July 27, 2019

The firth Free Iran rally by supporters of MEK will be held in London, Trafalgar square on Saturday the 27th of July 2019

MEK supporters will gather in London on Saturday, July 27th, to show solidarity with the Iranian people’s anti-regime uprisings and to ask the international community to recognize the right of the people of Iran to overthrow their oppressors. They are further calling for the United Kingdom to recognize the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) and its President-elect, Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, as the viable democratic alternative to the regime, and they are asking that the U.K. end its support of the mullahs’ regime by imposing sanctions on Iran and by cutting all financial ties with the Iranian regime.

 

The rally will be attended by MEK and NCRI supporters and members of the Anglo-Iranians communities and will include speeches by a cross-party delegation of Members of British Parliament, prominent human rights activists, and well-known figures from the U.K.

Previous Rallies

The London rally is the final event in a series of Free Iran rallies that have been held this summer in world capitals. Previous rallies in Brussels; Washington, D.C.; Berlin; and Stockholm drew tens of thousands of attendees and attracted hundreds of prominent politicians, human rights activists, lawmakers, and dignitaries. The annual Free Iran Conference was held at Ashraf-3, the MEK’s newly-constructed headquarters in Albania earlier this month. The five-day conference featured panel discussions, hundreds of distinguished speakers from around the world, testimony from survivors of the 1988 Massacre, and an exhibition of the history of the MEK’s struggle under the Iranian regime.

Rising Tensions

This year’s Free Iran events are taking place during a period of unprecedented tensions between the Iranian regime and the international community. In the past several weeks, the regime has increased its acts of aggression with a series of attacks in the Strait of Hormuz. Ships, tankers, and a drone have all been targeted by the Iranian regime.

 

Inside the country, the Iranian regime has cracked down on political dissent and increased the number of executions. Conditions inside Iranian prisons have deteriorated beyond their already substandard state, forcing many political prisoners to go on hunger strikes in an attempt to secure basic rights.

Attendees at the Free Iran Rally in London want the U.K. government to acknowledge the current state of affairs and end the policy of appeasement toward the Iranian regime that has emboldened the mullahs to act without consequences. MEK supporters at the rally will ask the U.K. to take concrete steps to pressure the Iranian regime to end its human rights abuses, stop its nuclear and ballistic missile programs, and end its warmongering and exportation of terrorism.

The London Free Iran Rally will start at Trafalgar Square and will conclude with a march. In addition to speeches, Saturday’s event will also include street exhibitions and theater performances condemning the Iranian regime for its human rights violations and malign activities. The rally is expected to draw thousands of attendees.

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Regime Calls for Unity to Counter Fear of The Uprisings

Ali Khamenei, the top mullah responsible for the crimes against humanity in Iran

Ali Khamenei, expressing concern about the infighting among regime fractions in light of the growing protests against the regime.

Regime authorities are once again stressing the importance of unity between opposing factions as the clerical regime teeters dangerously close to being overthrown. Regime Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, President Hassan Rouhani, and officials of all levels have emphasized that regime leaders must put aside their differences, at least publicly, in order to weather the “current dangers” facing the clerical dictatorship.

 

The “current dangers” are of course the regime’s growing fear of the people’s uprisings particularly with the role the MEK, has been playing in mobilizing the, which pose a threat to the mullahs’ continued claim to power. Officials call for unity time and time again, but they have repeatedly failed to address the fundamental problem facing Iran: the Iranian people are unified against the mullahs, and no amount of solidarity amongst officials can change their desire for regime change.

Increasing Rifts

Khamenei appoints Friday prayer Imams to act as his mouthpieces to the public. He recently met with Friday prayer Imams to discuss messaging in Friday prayers and voiced his concern about criticizing officials and regime institutions in Friday prayer sermons.

“We shouldn’t raise an issue immediately in Friday prayers when we see it in governmental, judicial, or other institutions,” he said, emphasizing that this “would increase the rifts and differences and agitate the population.”

 

Massih Mohajeri, a mullah close to Rouhani’s faction and the editor-in-chief of the Islamic Republic newspaper, claimed that Friday prayer Imams are doing the very thing Khamenei warned against. While admitting the hatred and illegitimacy even within the ranks of the regime supporters, he blamed the problem on poorly-qualified Imams in an article in the newspaper he edits.

“The reason why participants of Friday prayers are decreasing over the past recent years is that there has been negligence in the necessary qualities for choosing Friday prayer imams,” he explained.

“There are Friday prayer imams who lack the necessary qualities and don’t have the ability to attract the people and unite them,” he continued. “In recent decades, a large amount of money and energy have been spent on building prayer sites in different cities. However, there hasn’t been much spent to significantly improve the quality of Friday prayer imams. The result is that we have praying sites but no worshippers and the number of individuals who participate in Friday prayers all over the country is a fraction of the population that actually prays. More importantly, the number of young people present is very small. This means that the Friday prayer imams lack connection to the current generation,” he added.

No Difference between Factions

In a July 13th interview, Mohebbian, a conservative Iranian regime strategist, admitted what the MEK has said for years: “Due to the disappointment about the management of [Iranian] political movements, the population has concluded that one political movement is like the other and there is no difference,” Mohebbian said.

“The internal and external difficulties of the conservative movement is serious as is that of the moderates. The most important problem of conservatives is their weakness in political marketing for their opinions among the population. Eventually, the people will move beyond both [factions],” he added. A very clear admission of the fear the entire corrupt and repressive regime has from the people’s uprising.

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Witnesses to the 1988 Massacre Tell Their Stories on Day Five of the Free Iran Conference

List and particulars of 1988 massacre in Iran

List of thousands of PMOI / MEK martyrs executed during the 1988 massacre of political prisoners in Iran- A photo of the exhibition at Ashraf3, during the 5-day conference in solidarity with the Iranian resistance- July 2019

The final day of the Free Iran Conference was dedicated to seeking justice for the 30,000 victims of the 1988 Massacre (mainly MEK supporters) and their families. A number of dignitaries gave speeches on Monday, but the most memorable words came from survivors of the massacre. Their words are summarized below.

Kobra Jokar – Former Political Prisoner

“I spent six years in prison. The Revolutionary Guards arrested me while I was pregnant. I was taken to Evin Prison and the torture chambers. I was transferred to Ward 209. In the cell, I saw four torturers torture my husband in front of me. They also tortured me in front of him,” said Ms. Jokar.

“A few days later, they executed my husband with 75 others. The torturer said his intention was for him to never see his child. When I gave birth to my child, they took me to a hospital and quickly brought me back to prison even though I was very ill. I personally knew 50 MEK pregnant women who were executed, including Masumeh, the sister of Mrs. Maryam Rajavi,” she said.

“In prison, they would not give milk and food for the kids, and my cell mates would provide their sugar rations to me to give something to my baby. There was no doctor or medication for the children. In the public ward, there were only 15 minutes of warm water every other day, which we had to use to give the children a bath. Many of these children had lost their parents,” Ms. Jokar continued.

 

“The torturers even interrogated the children. They strapped a six-year-old girl to a chair in a dark room and said they would leave her there if she did not reveal the names of her mother’s friends,” she said.

“I managed to escape prison in 1986. All of those ladies who shared the cell with me were executed in the 1988 massacre,” Ms. Jokar said.

“The roots of our hopes and faith in our leaders helped us overcome the dark times in prison and to fight for freedom,” she concluded. Ms. Jokar remained stoic throughout her testimony but many in the room were visibly moved by her words.

 Hengameh Haj-Hassan

“I was a nurse in Tehran. In 1981, I was arrested and imprisoned in Evin Prison and Gohardasht Prison along with many of my colleagues. We were charged with helping the people who were injured by the IRGC,” said Ms. Haj-Hassan.

“In prison, we were subjected to severe tortures. Insomnia, packed cells, sleeping in coffins were what we had to endure,” she said.

“I was in a cage for seven months. These were small partitions where you could only squat. You couldn’t move, you couldn’t even cough or sneeze. If we moved, we were tortured. Our eyes were blindfolded. My eyesight has been degraded and my back was injured. I was operated on five times and yet I still have not recovered,” Ms. Haj-Hassan continued.

“When we came out of the cages, our friends didn’t recognize us. Inside the cage, we had to be prepared for any torture at any moment. The torturers used any excuse to torture us,” she emphasized.

“The torturer told us that we would die here. We were only given three minutes per day to go to the bathroom. We couldn’t even brush our teeth. The food they gave us was scarce and very dirty. At night, when we were allowed to sleep, they would turn on loudspeakers and play the regime’s mourning songs,” she added.

“The torturers sought to break our will and force us to turn our backs on our struggle. I decided that I would tell the enemy the name of the Mojahed. My friend Shekar was arrested with me, and she was executed in 1988 after suffering torture and the cage,” she stressed.

“I decided to prepare myself for hard days. I scheduled all my moments every day. My program was I started to remember all the songs and the contents of the Mojahedin books and the martyrs’ biographies that I already had read and started to repeat them. I had a physical exercise program. We weren’t allowed to move, but I exercised in my mind. I nursed patients in my mind,” she explained.

“At night, when we couldn’t sleep due to the loudspeakers, I trained myself to shut down those noises and take myself to pleasant places in my memories,” she added.

“The hardest times were the feeling of loneliness. I thought of God, and I thought of my leader, Massoud Rajavi. I spoke to him, and this way, I didn’t feel alone anymore,” Ms. Hassan continued.

“The torturers thought they would break our will through torture. However, they only made us stronger, as we understood that this proved what we were doing was right,” she emphasized.

“In prison, we considered ourselves PMOI representatives, and we deemed it our responsibility to defend their values. When I came out of prison, the first thing I did was to re-join my organization. This is a path that will continue until the end,” Ms. Haj-Hassan concluded. Her speech drew chants and applause from the audience.

Homa Jaberi

“I was in the regime’s prisons for five years and I witnessed many tortures. I was arrested in 1981 because I had participated in a peaceful MEK protest and spent many years in Gohardasht (Rajai Shahr) and Evin prisons. When the regime wasn’t able to break the will of the MEK woman through torture, they created a compound called the ‘residential units,’” said Ms. Jaberi.

“This was a secret compound. I was there for 40 days. From the first day, I was tortured brutally with whips and physically beaten. They took all of us to a room, blindfolded us, and told us that they would kill us until that night. They tortured us for hours until midnight,” she stated.

“My hands were swollen from the whiplashes. My face and body were bruised. The regime’s torturer said, ‘This is your hell. No one will hear you here. You will all die here.’ They kept us awake for many days and didn’t let us sleep,” she continued.

“Some of my friends were kept in this place for six months. We weren’t even allowed to scream under torture. Every command was given with whip lashes. For instance, if they wanted to tell us that we could sleep, they would do so by whipping us,” she added.

“After 40 days, I was taken to Evin Prison. Some of my friends had lost their mental balance. Some of the prisoners would not even speak of the tortures they had suffered. They said that the torturers made them make animal noises and insult themselves. Some had been raped,” Ms. Jaberi explained.

“I have faith that with the leadership of Massoud and Maryam Rajavi, we will free Iran. It was this faith that helped me overcome the tough conditions of the prison,” she concluded to cheers and chants from the audience.

A video clip about the 1988 Massacre was shown to the conference attendees. MEK members held up photographs of loved ones who were martyred in the massacre. Some held more than one photograph. Mrs. Rajavi wiped tears from her eyes during the presentation.

 

Staff writer

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