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Thousands of MEK Supporters Gather in Stockholm for Free Iran Rally

Free Iran rally -Stockholm

MEK supporters rally in Stockholm, in solidarity with Iran uprisings- July 20, 2019

More than five thousand MEK supporters gathered in Stockholm, Sweden on Saturday for the most recent in a series of Free Iran rallies taking place in world capitals this summer. Rally attendees and numerous European dignitaries and politicians called for the international community to recognize the Iranian people’s right to overthrow the clerical dictatorship and to recognize the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) as the democratic alternative to the mullahs’ regime. They also called on the international community to end the policy of appeasement that has emboldened the regime to take increasingly aggressive actions.

The following are some of the highlights from the rally’s speakers:

Rama Yade Former French Human Rights Minister

“The demonstrations in Iran show what the Iranian people want: democracy, not dictatorship; freedom, not terror. We have to listen to those screams,” Ms. Yade said.

“This regime has triggered a nuclear arms race and is posing a threat of fundamentalism. You can’t negotiate with this regime. At a time where the world seeks a solution to Iran, we must think of an alternative. I think it is the PMOI [MEK]. The Iranian Resistance has identified this threat long ago. Its members have paid the price,” she added.

Mrs. Maryam Rajavi-President-elect, National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI)

Mrs. Rajavi delivered a video message to the rally.

“The time has come for putting an end to the appeasement of the religious fascism in Iran. There are no more excuses for overlooking the enemy of the people of Iran,” she said.

“The myth of moderation of this regime, illusions about any likely reforms in it, and constructive and critical dialogue with it, no longer deceive anyone. The Iranian Resistance has paid the heaviest price to prove that such claims are but hollow,” Mrs. Rajavi added.

“I urge the governments of Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Finland to pressure the Iranian regime to open its prisons to visits by an international fact-finding mission,” she said, emphasizing the regime’s human rights violations toward political prisoners.

“Nordic countries, all of Europe, and the world must recognize the right of the people of Iran for resistance to overthrow the clerical regime and establish democracy and popular sovereignty,” she stressed.

Kimmo Sasi-Former Minister of Foreign Trade of Finland

“The people of Iran are suffering. That’s why there are huge demonstrations in the country. The people want to change the government. It’s very important that there’s a ten-point plan for democracy and freedom in Iran, by Madam Maryam Rajavi. The Swedish Foreign Minister should show solidarity with Mrs. Rajavi,” said Mr. Sasi.

“There’s only one solution for Iran. It is regime change. We are gathered here today to say that the people of Iran are the force of change,” he concluded.

Lucio Malan – Italian Senator

“We must support Mrs. Maryam Rajavi. I call on European authorities: Stop appeasing the mullahs’ regime in Iran, a regime that kills the people of Iran, destabilizes the Middle East with its terrorism and also threatens the world,” said Senator Malan.

“I call upon the European Commission Chief to listen to Mrs. Rajavi, to 40 million Iranian women who are tired of this regime that hates the women of this country. There must be a new EU policy. Expel the agents of this regime from Europe and support those who want to change this regime,” he said.

Magnus Oscarsson- Member of Swedish Parliament

“We want to tell the people inside Iran that they’re not alone in their fight against repression. The Swedish government must do more to support them,” said Mr. Oscarsson.

Edvard Julius Solnes

Former Icelandic Minister of Environment

“The appeasement policy has failed. Western governments are happy to have signed the nuclear agreement with the mullahs, and they are willing to push other issues such as human rights violations under the carpet if it makes money for them,” said Solnes.

“It is time for European countries to change their policy toward Iran,” he concluded.

Gerry Horkan

Irish Senator

“The EU must end the impunity the regime has enjoyed in the past decades. It can do this by recognizing the 1988 massacre as a crime against humanity and bring its perpetrators to justice. Next, it must designate the IRGC and MOIS as terrorist entities. It is necessary to push back against the regime both at home and across the world,” said Senator Horkan.

“The people of Iran will shape the future of Iran. You are here to give voice to their legitimate demands,” The EU must abandon its appeasement policy and adopt a firm policy toward Iran,” he added.

John Perry-Former Irish Minister of State for Small Business

“I had the honor of visiting Ashraf 3. We met the residents. We spoke to PMOI [MEK] members. We listened to your inspiring leader, Mrs. Maryam Rajavi. With the dedication of the residents of Ashraf 3 and the leadership of Madam Rajavi, I have no doubt that you will achieve freedom and democracy for your people,” said Perry.

Mahnaz Salimian

NCRI Secretariat

“We are here to send a strong message to all those who are still dreaming of appeasing the Iranian regime and are thinking of constructive dialogue with this regime. The first and last word of the MEK’s Resistance Units and the youth of Iran is the downfall of this regime,” said Ms. Salimian.

 

“The regime must be expelled from the international community,” she added.

Parviz Khazaii –NCRI representative in Nordic countries

“We the people of Iran have the right to resist, to have a resistance base such as Ashraf 3, and to have leadership like Iranian Resistance leader Massoud Rajavi and NCRI President Maryam Rajavi, just as Europeans had great resistance leaders,” said Mr. Khazaii.

“This regime is the number one enemy of humanity. Today, the Iranian people are at the forefront of the fight for humanity, because fundamentalism is going to expand culturally and militarily in the Middle East. It is threatening the stability and security of the world; it is threatening our democracies,” he added.

Mohammad Ali Tohidi-Chair of the NCRI Defense and Strategic Research Committee

“The blood of our martyrs and the suffering of our prisoners will ensure our victory. We call on European government to stand with the Iranian people and to stop their appeasement policy and to expel the agents of the Iranian regime from their countries,” Mr. Tohidi emphasized.

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MEK to Hold Next Free Iran Rally this Saturday in Stockholm

Stockholm Free Iran rally

Free Iran rally in Stockholm. July 20, 2019

Thousands of MEK supporters and members of the Iranian diaspora from around the world will gather in Stockholm, Sweden this Saturday, July 20th, for the next in a series of Free Iran rallies being held this summer. The Stockholm rally is intended to show solidarity with the Iranian people’s uprisings and their stated desire for regime change at the rally and march. Rally goers also will call on the European leaders to adopt firm policies toward the Iranian regime, including sanctions on regime Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei and regime President Hassan Rouhani, and the expulsion of regime agents from European countries. Finally, rally attendees are asking that the international community recognize the right of the Iranian people to overthrow their oppressors and to specifically recognize the MEK and the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) as the viable democratic alternative to the mullahs’ clerical regime.

A number of prominent Swedish dignitaries and politicians will be among the speakers at Saturday’s rally.

End the Policy of Appeasement

The MEK believes that the longstanding policy of appeasement toward the mullahs has emboldened the regime and led to its nuclear and ballistic weapons programs, its warmongering in the Middle East, its terrorist plots against the MEK in Europe and the U.S., and its recent aggression in the Strait of Hormuz. The regime has also committed gross human rights violations against its own people for the past four decades without fear of repercussions.

 

By remaining silent in the face of the regime’s malign activities and continuing to take no action against the Iranian regime and its affiliates, the MEK believes that the international community is complicit in preserving this criminal dictatorship. The Free Iran rallies are meant to draw attention to the regime’s misdeeds and encourage the international community to stand up to the mullahs and let them know that their actions have consequences.

 

Supporters of the MEK in Stockholm are in favor of NCRI President-elect Maryam Rajavi’s Ten-point Plan for Iran’s Democratic Future, which guarantees free and democratic elections, gender equality, separation of mosque and state, and a non-nuclear Iran.

The Free Iran Series

The Stockholm Free Iran Rally is the penultimate event in a series of rallies, marches, and conferences held this summer by the MEK and NCRI. The NCRI holds an annual Free Iran gathering each summer, but support for the Iranian Resistance has grown so dramatically in the past year that five rallies and a five-day conference were scheduled for this summer. Previous rallies in Brussels; Washington, D.C.; and Berlin drew thousands of supporters and attracted dozens of highly-respected politicians, human rights activists, lawyers, and dignitaries. Another rally is scheduled for July 27th in London, which is expected to draw thousands of more supporters.

The annual Free Iran Conference was held last week at Ashraf 3, the MEK’s newly-built headquarters in Albania. The five-day event attracted hundreds of dignitaries from all over the world and featured speeches, an exhibition, testimony from survivors of the 1988 Massacre, panel discussions, and a keynote address from Mrs. Maryam Rajavi.

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