Villepinte Paris, Saturday, 23 June 2012 – More than one hundred thousand supporters of the Iranian resistance gathered today in Villepinte,
The cheering and screaming crowd continued for hours calling for a ‘democratic change’ in Iran and expressed support for residents of Camps Ashraf and Liberty – were 3400 Iranian dissidents live. Iranian heroes who we believe are vanguards of our struggle against religious fascism in Iran.
Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, the president-elect of the Iranian resistance was greeted by cheering audience. We see her as the symbol of our movement for a FREE IRAN.
Also, at the rally, several hundred politicians and personalities from United States, Europe and Middle Eastern countries made their presence noticeable. Some of the personalities made short speeches in support of a regime change in Iran and expressed their support for the wishes of the large crowd of Iranians gathered at the rally.
For years advocates of the Iranian regime and those in support of what is called the appeasement policy toward Iranian regime in the U.S. State Department, have been trying to sideline the existing and ever-growing Iranian resistance, led by the Iranian Mujahedin-e Khalq or MEK (PMOI), by depicting the organization to be a small cult with no support among Iranians and as the Iranian mullahs refer to it as a “group-let”; one that has no significance in developments in Iran and the region. But the Saturday’s rally in Paris showed otherwise.
”The State Department called me and said, ‘You should not get involved with the PMOI (MEK) because they are a small cult organization of no more than 2,000 people,’” said Governor Ed Rendell from U.S. to the applauding crowd at the rally. “There are 2,000 people in the first four rows here tonight,” he ridiculed such statements.
Another VIP guest was filming the crowd with his own blackberry, the event’s press liaison said we can give you footage and clips of this gathering after the event if you want it for your official website, he said NO. I have to film it myself to show state officials who keep telling my staff that they are doctoring up the images and videos to show the crowd bigger than what it is.
They persist that PMOI, MEK the Iranian opposition and Mrs. Maryam Rajavi do not have any support among Iranians. They are a closed, violent group with deceptive tactics! If I showed them my own clips filmed with my own mobile phone, there is no excuse. I can prove what I saw here.
The MEK and the greater Iranian resistance as a whole, with their President, Maryam Rajavi, today, represent, not a small dissident group, but an international movement, known globally for its stance against Islamic fundamentalism, terrorism and undemocratic values promoting a ten point plan for a FREE IRAN.
I believe the President Maryam Rajavi provides a serious alternative to unthinkable solutions in dealing with Iran such as war or having to put up with the nuclear armed mullahs’ regime. This alternative solution undoubtedly involves the Iranian people and their democratic resistance in exile.
Governor Bill Richardson told the rally. “Iran, is thumbing its nose at the international community because Iran wants to build nuclear weapons,” he warned referring to the unending and fruitless negotiations with Iran regarding its nuclear weapons development. “So the time has come for all of us to recognize that these negotiations have not worked.”
Governor Bill Richardson added, “First of all, the MEK needs to be delisted,” referring to a Washington court ruling back in May that gives the U.S. State Department four months to make a decision on keeping the organization on its terror list or remove it. Secondly, America’s leadership in the world and the UN should demand that the MEK members in Camp Ashraf and Liberty must be supported every single way.”
In his speech, Michael Mukasey, a former judge and Attorney General of the United States pointed to the large number of Iranian supporters attending the rally and said it makes “a joke out of the claim that this is a small splinter organization. Some small splinter!”
The rally was definitely a show of muscle by the MEK and the Iranian resistance. It shows that Iranian people are determined and united in one voice to bring about a democratic change in their country and cannot be sidelined or ignored.
“One hundred thousand of you came here today because you believe in democracy, freedom and change,” said Phillip Crawley, former State Department spokesman adding, “I am here to tell you that we hear you in the United States. And even more importantly, the regime in Tehran hears you as well, which is why they fear you as they do.”
After all it was a great week-end. Please visit the website to view some of the clips I have collected to show what went on.
The final word, I need your help.
Since my last e-mail, some of my friends showed interest and did a variety of things to spread the word and educate others about Iran and its resistance using internet tools. They wrote me and shared their experiences for me to tell others.
If you could help in a smallest minute way, please do not hesitate to send me an e-mail letting me know. I will explain some of the successful little steps we could take to make the world know what is happening in Iran.
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