The United States government has failed to live up to its promise of protecting members of the main Iranian opposition group in Iraq, former U.S. Democratic Party chairman Howard Dean has said.
Dean, a former Governor of Vermont and Presidential candidate, spoke at the Iran Freedom rally in Paris.
Iranians and their international supporters on Saturday held the largest rally in support of democratic change in Iran.
The US administration ought to support the Iranian Resistance to bring about regime change in Iran, former White House policy advisor Frances Townsend said on Saturday.
Frances Townsend, former Homeland Security Advisor to President George W. Bush, was addressing the huge Iran Freedom rally organized each year in Paris.
“Supporting the Iranian Resistance is the missing part of the US administration policy," she said, urging the White House to open dialogue with the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI).
Full text of Speech by Mrs Maryam Rajavi, the President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran In grand gathering of the Iranian Resistance in Paris on 13 June 2015:
In the name of God,
In the name of Iran,
In the name of Freedom,
In the name of 120,000 shining stars, the blazing flames of honor and dignity who defied the religious tyranny, and
In the name of all the unsung heroes and heroines who made the ultimate sacrifice so that others could live free; so that in the darkest hour of her history, Iran shines with stars, stands proud and cries out: “Down with the velayat-e faqih regime!”
Members of the US Congress on Saturday rallied behind the cause of democracy in Iran through support for the organized Resistance.
Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, Chairman of the House Subcommittee on Europe, Eurasia and Emerging Threats, and Rep. Robert Pittenger of the House Committee on Financial Services attended a huge annual Iran Freedom rally in Paris, while other senior Congressional lawmakers sent video messages of support.
"I see a day coming when thugs riding motorcycles will not beat peaceful people up in streets in order to silent them in Iran. I see a day when no longer will women asking for their rights be thrown in the jail, beaten and raped and murdered. I see a day when elections will be held in Iran, and the mullahs won’t be choosing the candidates,” said Rep. Rohrabacher. “We will not back away from your cause.”
At a huge Iran Freedom rally in Paris on Saturday, hundreds of political dignitaries, among them dozens of bipartisan figures from the United States, joined in supporting the Iranian Resistance’s goal of regime change in Iran. In a keynote speech, Iranian Resistance President-elect Maryam Rajavi declared that regime change is the “only solution” to the crises in the Middle East that are created or exacerbated by the Iranian regime’s fundamentalist policies.
The largest gathering of the Iranian Resistance was held In Paris on Saturday with over 600 legislators and distinguished political figures from various political affiliations and prominent jurists attending the event.
In a rousing speech, Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, president-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), paid tribute to the sacrifices the Iranian people have made throughout three decades of tyranny in their home country, set out the necessary terms of a nuclear accord with Tehran and called on the international community to back regime change.
Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani has called for the Iranian mullahs to be put on trial for crimes against humanity.
During his speech to the Iran Freedom rally in Paris, Mr Giuliani, a Republican candidate in the 2008 presidential elections, added he was “embarrassed” by the fact that his country had “broken its promise to people now in a concentration camp called Liberty”.
In a rousing address, he said: “The ayatollah must go. He and Rouhani and Ahmadinejad and all of the rest of them should be put on trial for crimes against humanity for the thousands and hundreds of thousands of people they have killed, and it is about time we stop ignoring it.”
The largest gathering of Iranian Resistance supporters who gathered this week in Paris represent a “dramatically better future” for Iran, a former Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives said in a video message sent to the gathering.
“You represent a great opportunity for America and other democracies to reach out to work with people who want to have an open, peaceful, free Iran,” Newt Gingrich said in his message.
The Iranian expatriates gathered in Villpinte, near Paris, on Saturday to call for the overthrow of the Iranian regime and the establishment of a free, secular, non-nuclear Iran.
21: 59 (GMT+1) : Mohammad Hosseini (Kak Baba Sheikh), Secretary-General of the Organization of Iranian Kurdistan Struggle (Khebat), addresses the audience and declares his group’s support for the struggle of the PMOI and NCRI to bring about regime change in Iran.
Adrianus Melkert, former Special Representative of the UN Secretary General for Iraq, points to the human rights situation of the Iranian Resistance members in Camp Liberty. "I want to reiterate my commitment to continue to knock on closed doors as long as it takes, and encourage the international community to stop looking the other way. Despite all of our efforts, injustice continues to prevail. The international community has not been able, and simply has not dared, to force a breakthrough, in the five years of siege around [Camp] Liberty. ... Bringing a close to the siege of Liberty is more than ever urgently needed. ... Let me reiterate the immediate steps needed: US and EU member states accept quotas to accept asylum to, and pledge funds for, the resettlement of Camp Liberty residents; To have the UNHCR engage the government of Iraq on the status of Camp Liberty as a refugee camp under international law; and to encourage the government of Iraq to put in place an impartial committee to oversee the implementation of the Memorandum of Understanding."
NCRI – This year’s annual rally in Paris for democracy in Iran has a special difference. It comes on the eve of the 50th anniversary of the founding of Iran’s principle democratic opposition group, the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK).
Iranians in the huge gathering on Saturday celebrated the 50th year of life for the pivotal force in the coalition National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI).
A group of young Iranians at the rally went on the stage and each read out short histories of the PMOI’s 50-year struggle against the dictatorships of the Shah and the mullahs, and each one symbolical summed up by saying “the PMOI is in me”.