By Iran Probe Staff
Thursday, 22 March 2018
The Iranian New Year celebration was held in Tirana on March 20 at a MEK’s hall in Albania.
Rudy Giuliani, former Mayor of New York and advisor to the US President on Cyber Security; Pandeli Majko, Senior Minister of State and former Prime Minister of Albania; Elona Gjebrea, secretary of the parliamentary Foreign Affairs Committee; and Fatmir Mediu, leader of the Republican Party of Albania and former Minister of Defense were guests of this gathering.
Congratulating all Iranians inside and outside the country, Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, President of the Iranian Resistance speaking at the gathering said that last year, it ended with the uprising; and the next year can and should be turned to a year full of uprisings, and this is an uprising until victory.
Maryam Rajavi said that the people of Iran never accepted this regime, for this reason, the uprising has repeatedly occurred, But the difference between the recent uprising and the past ones is that the solution to overthrow the regime is made clear and also slogan "Death to Khamenei" became a general slogan.
She identified the solution as the insurgent centers in the recent protest movement, which the regime did not have a solution to, and added that the situation will never go back to the time before the uprising started.
Mrs. Rajavi called, "Khamenei's overt confession" to "central role of the Mojahedin" in organizing the uprising in order to mobilize its forces to confront the uprising, and emphasized that the time to keep the atrocious Iranian regime alive has come to an end.
While welcoming the position of the European countries on the war mongering threats of the Iranian regime in the region and its missile program after years of delay, as a positive step, Mrs. Rajavi emphasized that bigger steps to be taken are the expulsion of the Iranian regime from the middle east, putting an end to its missile projects and enrichment of uranium and cutting off its access to the World Banking System.
Of course, all these steps are necessary, but a comprehensive struggle against this regime, a definitive confrontation with this regime, and a futuristic confrontation with this regime, is entirely summarized in this statement: stand alongside of the people and resistance of Iran, she said. Rajavi asked for recognition recognize the struggle of the Iranian people to overthrow the regime and the democratic alternative of this regime
“The people of Iran demand immediate action, immediate change, immediate overthrow, and immediate freedom. They demand bread, jobs, and housing. They demand the immediate abolition of all government coercions, including the compulsory hijab,” she reiterated.
Mrs. Rajavi introduced Rudy Giuliani to the large MEKcrowd attending the ceremony, as the great friend of the Iranian resistance and offered him a medallion on behalf of the Iranian resistance.
Mr. Giuliani said, “The first thing I did when my plane landed was to come and visit you.”
In his address to the Nowruz gathering, Mayor Giuliani wished the Iranian people and the Iranian resistance a happy New Year. He described the members of the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran as true heroes who have been struggling against the clerical regime for decades, in particular withstanding all the sufferings and plots in Camps Ashraf and Liberty in Iraq for 14 years. He underscored his support for the resistance of the Iranian people to establish democracy and human rights and praised the role of Mrs. Rajavi in leading the Iranian resistance movement. He said “Next year we will witness major changes regarding Iran. The corrupt regime of the ayatollahs is on the verge of collapse. The US policy, unlike the policy of the previous administration that was trying to appease the mullahs, is to hold them accountable for its crimes inside and outside of Iran and also to support the legitimate demand of the Iranian people for regime change and establishing democracy and human rights.”
Mr. Giuliani added: “One of the biggest lies that the clerical regime disseminated over the years is that the MEK lacks popular support inside Iran. We had many reasons to repudiate this claim. The massive support of Iranian exiles from this organization and its annual gathering with more 100,000 people taking part, left no room for these lies. But the MEK played such a crucial role in the recent protests that even the regime’s leader described them as the main internal element for the unrest inside the country and the regime’s president in a phone call with the French president described them as the source of unrest inside Iran and in vain asked him to restrict the MEk in France. These and similar cases indicate the massive and growing social base of the MEk inside the country.”