By Staff Writer, Iran Probe
Monday, 3 July 2017
On Saturday, July 1st, the huge annual gathering of the Iranian Resistance was held in Paris. In addition to Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, many bipartisan political dignitaries from the U.S. and other countries including France, U.K., Germany, Canada, Jordan, Syria and Albania delivered speeches.
She urged the international community to recognize the NCRI as representatives of the Iranian people, and to stand with the Iranian people’s call for regime change.
The main message from politicians and high-profile speakers was that time has reached for a regime change in Iran and the need for the international community to support the Iranian Resistance to make the change.
Mrs. Rajavi emphasized on three fundamental truths for making the change in Iran. First, the imperative of overthrowing the ruling religious dictatorship. Second, the regime’s overthrow is within reach. And third, a democratic alternative and an organized resistance exists, which is capable of toppling the theocracy in Iran.
Mrs. Rajavi welcomed the statements made at the Arab, Islamic, American Summit in Riyadh against the Iranian regime’s terrorist and destabilizing activities and she said we emphasize that the ultimate solution to the crisis in the region and confronting groups like ISIS, is the overthrow of the Iranian regime by the Iranian people and Resistance. To this end, she urged the international community to recognize the NCRI as representatives of the Iranian people, designating the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) as a terrorist organization and to bring Khamenei and other leaders of the regime before justice for their war crimes in the region and flagrant violations of human rights, particularly the 1988 massacre of political prisoners in Iran and for.
Other speakersalso emphasize on the need for a regime change in Iran. Former New York Mayor, Rudy Giuliani said, I am happiest to be here because finally, I can say and I can probably say this with the good that the government of the United States supports you and is behind you.
Former U.S. Ambassador to the U.N., John Bolton said, “I had said for over 10 years since coming to these events that the declared policy of the United States of America should be the overthrow of the mullahs regime in Tehran the behavior and the objectives of the regime are not going to change and therefore the only solution is to change the regime itself and that's why before 2019 we here will celebrate in Tehran. Former US presidential candidate and speaker of the House of Congress, Newt Gingrich said, “I come today to bring you a very simple message Iran must be free, the dictatorship must be destroyed”
Senator Liberman said: “since 1979 the capital of Islamist extremism and terrorism has been in Tehran under this extremist regime and that is why it's got to go …..”
Turki Faisal, former Saudi ambassador in the United States and United Kingdom who arouse ire of the Iranian regime more than anybody else said. “Your effort in challenging this regime is legitimate and your resistance for the liberation of the Iranian people of all ethnicities, including Arabs, Kurds, Baluchis, Turks and Fars of the mullahs’ evil, as Mrs. Rajavi said, is a legitimate struggle. Tehran is the godfather of international Islamic fundamentalism. If we achieve a regime change in Iran, fundamentalist Islam will slide off the international agenda.”
Aware of the consequences of the MEK event in Paris, the Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif visited France just before the event asking the authorities to ban the event, however, he failed.
In another vain attempt to prevent the gathering from taking place, Iranian official media propagated fake news that the Resistance has canceled the gathering due to security issues. However, it was held successfully.