Iran Freedom rally in pictures: Maryam Rajavi, NCRI President-elect

NCRI - The annual Iran Freedom rally in Paris on June 13, 2015 was the largest international pro-democracy gathering for Iran. Iranians and their international supporters declared their support for Iranian opposition leader Maryam Rajavi’s 10-point plan for a future free Iran and reiterated that in order to defeat Islamic fundamentalism there needs to be regime change in Iran. More than 600 international political dignitaries, including 120 lawmakers from 60 countries, attended in support of the political platform of Iran’s Parliament in exile, the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI). They also demanded international protection for members of Iran’s main opposition group, the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI or Mujahedin-e Khalq, MEK), in Camp Liberty, Iraq. Here are highlights of the event in the Villepinte convention center in pictures.

US Congressional Record publishes Maryam Rajavi’s remarks in Iran Freedom rally

 Iranian opposition leader Mrs. Maryam Rajavi at the annual Iran Freedom rally held in Paris on June 13, 2015

NCRI - The U.S. Congressional Record has published the text of the speech by Iranian opposition leader Mrs. Maryam Rajavi at the annual Iran Freedom rally held in Paris on June 13.

Rep. Robert Pittenger, a Republican member of the House of Representatives from North Carolina who also addressed the Iran Freedom rally in person, submitted the text of Mrs. Maryam Rajavi's remarks to the US Congress on Thursday.

"The velayat-e faqih regime has reached the end of the line," Mrs. Maryam Rajavi said. "The only way to end the violations of human rights in Iran, the nuclear impasse, the crises in the region, and the confrontation with ISIS and terrorism, is to topple the Caliph of regression and terrorism in Iran."

Iran state TV broadcasts its fear of the PMOI (MEK)

NCRI – Following the largest-ever Iran Freedom gathering organized by the Iranian opposition in Paris on June 13, 2015, Iranian state media have constantly broadcast and published reports about the event. The common themes of the state media reports has been to offer a demonizing image of the main Iranian opposition group, the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK), and to discourage Iranians from supporting it. Regardless of the clerical regime’s spin in trying to dissuade the population in particular the youth to join the opposition, the impact of the organized resistance and is message is rather evident. In doing so, the regime is also showing its fear of the PMOI’s role in fomenting anti-regime sentiments among the people. Below are parts of the state media coverage in recent days.
Note: The regime’s state media use the derogatory term ‘Hypocrites’ to describe the PMOI (MEK).

Leading Spanish lawmaker supports Iran’s democratic opposition

Text of speech by Pedro Agramunt, President of the EPP group in the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, in a major gathering of the Iranian Resistance held in Paris on 13 June 2015.

I'm very pleased to see you all once again and I hope that this year we will witness your final victory.

As a President of the EPP group in the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, I have invited Madam Maryam Rajavi twice to address our political group because I believe in their wonderful leader.

Finnish politician: Regime change needed in Iran

Kimmo Sasi, MP from Finland, speaking at the annual Iran Freedom rally in Villepinte on June 13, 2015

NCRI - A leading finish politician has rallied in support of the call for ‘regime change’ in Iran so that human rights and democracy can take over.

“Today, Iranian people are suffering because there is a cruel dictatorship in Tehran,” Kimmo Sasi told the huge annual Iran Freedom rally in Paris on June 13.

Mr. Sasi also highlighted Iran’s economic crisis.

“The leadership uses the people's money to fulfill wrongful purposes. There is no freedom of expression in the country, young people are executed, and women do not have the appropriate role in Iranian politics.”

Gen. Casey: Iran regime fomenting conflict in Middle East

The Iranian regime uses terror to accomplish its political and ideological objectives and is fomenting instability and conflict throughout the Middle East, US General George Casey, a former commander of the Coalition forces in Iraq, has said.

Speaking in a major gathering of the Iranian Resistance on June 13 in Paris, Gen. Casey highlighted the Iranian regime’s destabilizing role in the region.

Ranjana Kumari: Sufferings of Iranian women must end

Text of speech by Dr. Ranjana Kumari, Director and co-Founder of India's Centre for Social Research and President and Founder of Women Power Connect at the gathering of Iranian Resistance in Villepinte, north of Paris on June 13, 2015:

Madam Rajavi, global leaders and dear people of Iran. I am here from India and I bring you greetings from Indian people especially from Indian women. I would like to take this opportunity to welcome all of you especially the global world leaders who are here and thank all of you from across the globe who are supporting the struggle, the fight, and the desire of people of Iran to get democracy in their country, to get freedom and to get liberty. I'm extremely pleased to be sharing this platform with you all and express my solidarity for women who have been working tirelessly for equality and democracy.

Gen. Chuck Wald: Iran should not have nuclear weapons

West needs to tell Iran that will not have a nuclear weapon and there isn’t other option, former Deputy Commander U.S. European Command has said.

Rt. General Chuck Wald told a major gathering of Iranians supporting regime change in their country: “we need to tell Iran you will not have a nuclear weapon. Period. There isn’t any alternative, there isn’t any other option.”

Church Times: 100,000 activists call for overthrow of Iran’s regime

This week’s edition of the Church Times, published on Friday, carried a report from the annual Iran Freedom rally in support of Iranian opposition leader Mrs. Maryam Rajavi’s 10-point platform for a democratic, pluralist and non-nuclear Iran.

The article quoted Mrs. Rajavi as telling Western leaders: "If you do not want a nuclear-armed fundamentalist regime, stop appeasing it. Do not bargain over the human rights of the Iranian people, and recognise their organised resistance which is striving for freedom."

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Iran Freedom Rally 2015 - a glimpse