Iranians in New York voice their support for regime change in Iran

2018 Iran Uprising Summit, The Path to Freedom – the Alternative
2018 Iran Uprising Summit, The Path to Freedom – the Alternative
While world leaders prepare to address the annual UN General Assembly, a large crowd of Iranian-Americans gathered in a New York venue to voice their support for continued protests in Iran and to call on the international community to support the Iranian people and their resistance movement in the cause for regime change in Iran.

A large crowd of Iranian-Americans gathered in a New York

A large crowd of Iranian-Americans gathered in a New York

Titled “2018 Iran Uprising Summit: The Path to Freedom – the Alternative,” the event was organized by the Organization of Iranian American Communities (OIAC) and featured speeches by American and European politicians as well as discussion panels by Iranian communities and musical performances by Iranian youth.

Iranian youth discuss Iran uprisings

Panel of Iranians from Canada

Panel of Iranians from Canada

A panel of Iranian youth who took the stage early on in the program discussed the growing wave of uprisings in Iran and their difference with previous cycles of protest in the country.

The youth, who came from the U.S. and Canada, underlined the role of “resistance units,” which they described as “small groups of MEK supporters who work in a very focused and targeted way.”

Resistance units have had an important role in organizing protests across the country since they started in late December 2018. They also represent Iranians from all areas of the society.

The panelists described the resistance units as the “wakened conscience” of the Iranian nation who are following the path of the thousands of MEK martyrs who have fallen for freedom in the past decades.

Maryam Rajavi: Iran’s seat at the United Nations does not belong to the terrorist regime

Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, president-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI)

Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, president-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI)

The keynote speaker of the event was Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, president-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), who addressed the crowd through teleconference.

“Accelerating developments in Iran enhance the prospects of an Iran free of religious tyranny,” Mrs. Rajavi said, referring to the surge of protests that have been shaking the foundations of the ruling regime since December. The regime’s crackdown on demonstration and the arrest of protesters have not deterred the Iranian people in their resolve to overthrow the regime, Mrs. Rajavi added.

The regime’s impasse can be seen in its fear of the opposition, Mrs. Rajavi stressed. “The mullahs have no way of escaping the siege imposed by an array of dangers, which is why they have activated the regime’s most senior officials in their bid to deal major blows to the Iranian Resistance, while accepting the significant political risks and costs that such a strategy entails,” Mrs. Rajavi said in reference to a number of recent failed terror plots by Iranian regime agents in Europe and the U.S.

Mrs. Rajavi also emphasized that through its crimes and defiance of international norms, the Iranian regime is testing the will of the International community. “In such circumstances, a lack of resolve or a passive attitude by western governments will intensify the regime’s terrorist actions,” she said.

Mrs. Rajavi also spoke to the upcoming UN Security Council session, which will be hosted by the U.S. president and will likely be focused on Iran. “It is an urgent imperative that the Security Council address the flagrant violations of human rights in Iran, especially the torture and massacre of political prisoners, and the regime’s export of terrorism and warmongering in the Middle East Region. It must adopt binding measures to compel the regime to halt its crimes,” Mrs. Rajavi said.

While emphasizing that the Iranian people have all they need to overthrow the Iranian regime, Mrs. Rajavi reiterated the international community’s responsibility to support them in their uprisings. Mrs. Rajavi also stressed the need to cut off the financial lifelines of Tehran’s security and suppression apparatus and the need to shut down the Iranian regime’s embassies and expel its diplomats and operatives from all countries.

“Iran’s seat at the United Nations does not belong to the terrorist regime ruling it. That seat belongs to the Iranian people and Resistance,” Mrs. Rajavi concluded.

General James Jones: Mrs. Rajavi’s ten-point plan is what the regime fears most

 Former U.S. National Security Advisor James Jones

Former U.S. National Security Advisor James Jones

Former U.S. National Security Advisor James Jones, who spoke at the conference, called the Iranian regime “the chief antagonist of peace in the Middle East,” a role that is displayed by the regime’s violent intervention in countries of the region.

“Passivity in face of this tyrannical regime has no place in our policies and governments,” Jones said, calling on the international community to adopt a firm stance toward the regime of Tehran.

Jones also spoke about the nationwide protests in Iran. “The regime has in typical fashion arrested thousands of people. There have been many deaths. But the protests continue,” Jones said, stressing that it is the responsibility of the international community to support protesters in Iran.

Jones voiced his support for the Iranian opposition and Mrs. Rajavi’s ten-point plan. “These ten principles, Jeffersonian principles, is what the regime fears most,” Jones said.

Jones concluded his remarks with a message to the Iranian regime: “Your days are numbered. They are numbered because your people will not stop in their demands for a government that reflects their hopes, their dreams and their aspirations.”

Mayor Rudy Giuliani: Iran is entitled to freedom and

democracy

Mayor Rudy Giuliani

Mayor Rudy Giuliani

“Iran is entitled to freedom and democracy, should be led by leaders like Madame Rajavi and others,” said Rudy Giuliani, former New York Mayor and current advisor and lawyer to the U.S. president. “That will be the only assurance of a peaceful Iran.”

Giuliani also spoke about the Iranian regime’s increased terrorist operations against the Iranian opposition. “I must say to the Iranian government, you must be truly afraid of being overthrown,” he said. “We will not forget that you have murdered many, many Americans. You have taken our diplomats hostage to humiliate us. We understand who our friends are and who our enemies are. And you are our enemy.”

Giuliani reminded that Hassan Rouhani, the regime’s current president who presents himself as a reformist, has more blood on his hands than his “hard-liner” predecessor Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. “[Rouhani] was a reformer,” Giuliani said. “He reformed the methods of murder and murdered more people.” Executions in Iran have seen an unprecedented spike during Rouhani’s presidency.

Rudy Giuliani, former New York Mayor and current advisor and lawyer to the U.S. president

Rudy Giuliani, former New York Mayor and current advisor and lawyer to the U.S. president

The Iranian regime is resorting to irrational terrorist tactics against the Iranian opposition “because you’re so pathetically afraid that the MEK is going to overthrow your government,” Giuliani said.

“We can accomplish telling those people in Iran who are standing up to the threat of violence and murder and destruction that we have their back,” Giuliani said.

While stressing the need international support for the protesters in Iran, Mayor Giuliani reminded the crowd that “Really what’s keeping this alive, and the regime understands it, is you. It’s the work you’re doing, and the people who have that same courage and that same tenacity and that same desire for freedom, who are your brothers and sisters in Iran, who are at the point of the spear. They’re the ones who are putting their lives on the line.”

Giuliani stressed that the Iranian regime sees the MEK as an existential threat to its rule and fears its own overthrow. “It could be in a few days, months, couple of years. But it’s going to happen. They’re going to be overthrown,” he said. “The people of Iran have obviously had enough.”

Bernard Kouchner: Iran has an alternative

Former French foreign minister Bernard Kouchner

Former French foreign minister Bernard Kouchner

“We are dealing with a brutal regime that suppresses its own people,” said former French foreign minister Bernard Kouchner, adding that “The prime victims of this regime are the Iranian people themselves.”

Describing the Iranian regime’s brutal role in the countries of the Middle East region, Kouchner said, “This regime’s behavior in the region is unacceptable. There’s hardly any problem in the region in which the Iranian regime doesn’t play a malign role.”

 

Bernard Kouchner

Bernard Kouchner

Kouchner also warned against the Iranian regime’s terror activities in Europe, including an attempt to bomb the rally of the Iranian opposition in France in June.

Praising the uprisings in Iran, Kouchner said, “The people of Iran have expressed their desire for a republic based on separation of church and state. They want no more theocratic regime.” Kouchner also stressed that “Iran has an alternative, a democratic alternative, which is struggling for a secular Iran.”

General Attorney Michael Mukasey: The U.S. should support the activities of the MEK

Former U.S. General Attorney Michael Mukasey

Former U.S. General Attorney Michael Mukasey

Michael Mukasey

Michael Mukasey

Available intelligence shows the regime continues to build facilities to continue its nuclear program, despite Tehran saying it is not doing so, said former U.S. General Attorney Michael Mukasey, adding that the problem posed by the current regime is way beyond the threat of nuclear weapons.

“Under the current regime, there’s a theocratic and despotism. It finances terrorism both inside and outside its borders,” Mukasey said.

The regime’s destructive ideology has turned against itself, Mukasey explained, highlighted by the discontent in Iran that has shown itself in repeated and widespread demonstrations.

“The demonstrations and protesters come from all segments of the society,” Mukasey observed, adding that their slogans include things like “down with Khamenei” and “down with Rouhani” and target the regime’s meddling in neighboring countries and its rhetoric to try frame foreign countries for the economic woes of the country.

“The protesters will not be brought off with half measures,” Mukasey said, adding that the chief cause of the economic problems of Iran is the corruption at the core of the Iranian regime.

“The regime is absolutely frantic about the threat posed by the MEK,” Mukasey said, which manifests itself in the statements and remarks by the regime’s highest authorities as well as the regime’s terrorist attempts against Iranian opposition members abroad. “Acts of violence like that on another country are acts of war,” Mukasey said.

“The United States should support the activities of the MEK. It would drive the mullahs crazy,” Mukasey said, explaining that it would show the people inside and outside the country that there’s an alternative to the regime.

“We have to focus every effort to bring about regime change, and there’s no group better fit to participate in that effort than MEK.”

Women’s rights activists discuss the role of Iranian youth and women in Iran’s uprisings

“Women play an active role in the Iranian uprisings,” said Soudabeh Sharif, an Iranian women’s rights activist. “Let us not forget that the women’s call for regime change did not begin in the recent uprisings. It began four decades ago.”

Women play an active role in the Iranian uprisings

Women play an active role in the Iranian uprisings

Sharif also said that the Iranian women have paid the heaviest price for freedom. “It is no wonder that the effective opposition against Tehran’s ruling is led by a women, Mrs. Maryam Rajavi.”

“There’s no doubt that the regime’s days are numbered,” Sharif said. “We Iranian women stand behind Mrs. Rajavi wholeheartedly.”

Sadaf Mirzaii, an Iranian student who was born and raised in the U.S., said that although she has never seen her country, she always dreams of going to Iran one day, and the struggles of the Iranian youth of past and present generations have inspired her to support her people in their struggle for freedom.

“I continue to raise my fist along the people of Iran who are taking part in the uprisings,” Mirzaii said.

Giulio Terzi: The UN Security Council must address Tehran’s terrorism

Former Italian foreign minister Giulio Terzi

Former Italian foreign minister Giulio Terzi

“After the nuclear deal, the regime has only become more violent and more corrupt,” said former Italian foreign minister Giulio Terzi. And that violence is showing itself in the regime’s behavior toward protests across Iran, which have continued despite heavy crackdown by authorities.

“To great anxiety of the mullahs, there is a true alternative to this dictatorship. In the West they try to appease the mullahs,” Terzi said, warning that by hiding the real nature of the Iranian threat, the West and European countries threaten to throw away a real opportunity to bring peace to the Middle East.

Terzi called for a multifaceted approach aimed at ending Tehran’s support of terror, its nuclear threat, its genocidal behavior across the Middle East. “The UN Security Council should firmly address Tehran’s growing use of terror plots,” Terzi said. “To European leaders, act in real support of the Iranian people and their aspirations. Hold Tehran to account for its malign and suppressive behavior.”

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Maryam Rajavi: Massacred heroes inspire protesters in revolting cities

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Iranian communities’ global conference upholds 30th anniversary of the massacre of 30,000 political prisoners

A global video conference was held by Iranian communities on Saturday, August 25, 2018, to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the massacre of 30,000 political prisoners in Iran upon Khomeini’s decree for the genocide in 1988. The conference connected 20 cities in France, Germany, Britain, the Netherlands, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland, Switzerland, Italy, Austria, Romania and Canada. A number of political dignitaries attended and addressed the conference where members and representatives of Iranian communities in Europe and Canada participated and delivered speeches. A number of eyewitnesses to the massacre and former political prisoners also testified at this event.
The conference started with remarks by Maryam Rajavi, honoring the heroes of 1988 and elaborating on their impact as an inspiration to the steadfastness of the organized Iranian Resistance for freedom and nationwide uprisings in Iran. Following is the full text of her remarks:

Distinguished personalities, dear guests,
Families of martyrs,
Sisters and brothers who have spent long years under torture in the dungeons of the Shah and the clerical regime,
Friends of the Iranian Resistance who have joined us today in France, Germany, Britain, the Netherlands, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland, Switzerland, Italy, Belgium, Austria, Romania, and Canada,
I salute you all.

Iranian communities’ global conference upholds 30th anniversary of the massacre of 30,000 political prisoners

Thirty years have passed since the massacre of 30,000 political prisoners in Iran, but the mullahs could not conceal their blood-drenched epical resistance. Neither could their international appeasers undermine this incident in favor of the Iranian regime.

Today, those massacred heroes are not physically among us. The locations of their graves are not known and the list of their names is a secret. Speaking of their stories is forbidden and inquiring about their fate is a crime. Their song, however, continues to resonate in our hearts and minds.

On the 30th anniversary of this unforgettable epic, let us rise and honor the memory of the 30,000 red roses of the Iranian Resistance by a minute-long applaud.

According to the information compiled and published by the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran in a book entitled, Crime Against Humanity, our sisters and brothers were executed in 110 Iranian cities in a matter of a few months in 1988.

Now, those fameless towns have turned into hubs of uprisings, and those subdued cities have turned into hotbeds of revolt.

Let us look at Gohardasht of Karaj as an example. Thirty years ago, the resistant political prisoners in this city were lined up in long queues and led to corridors where they were hanged from the gallows. Three weeks ago, however, Gohardasht of Karaj turned into a battle field where courageous youth and resistance units waged an uprising.
In Shapour-e Jadid of Isfahan, in Shahinshahr, in Izeh, Dezful and Ahvaz, in Malayer, Baneh and Orumiyeh, in Zahedan and Bandar Abbas, and in Kazerun and Arak, people still remember the heroes who were hanged here and there from the gallows.
They remember their cause and why they sacrificed their lives, and why they persevered in defending their principles to the end.

The town of Aran in Kashan well remembers her child, Dr. Mansour Paydar, who used every opportunity to treat the poor and the destitute free of charge. He was arrested on his way to join the National Liberation Army and was executed in 1988.

Shahroud remembers Mahmoud Hassani who wrote a poem in prison: “At nights, when you see a glowing comet in the sky, remember the blazing flames who were extinguished in the cold nights of Evin.”

Shiraz remembers Fatemeh Zare’ii, the PMOI’s candidate for the first parliamentary elections in Iran. Mahidasht of Kermanshah remembers Daryoush Reza’ii who escaped the torture chambers of Dizelabad Prison, but was rearrested and executed in 1988 along with another PMOI prisoner from Ilam, Behzad Pour Nowrouz.

Isfahan remembers Fariba Omoumi. Astara remembers Mohammad Reza Saradar Rashti, and Rezvanshahr remembers Houriyeh Ramezani Nejad.

Mahallat bears lots of memories from Parviz Salimi; Qom remembers Effat Assadi; Saveh remembers Azar Kowsari; Boroujerd remembers Jamshid Assadi, and Lahijan bears memories of Mohammad Sami’zadeh. Khoy remembers Ashraf Mo’ezzi, and Naghadeh remembers Bahman Shakeri who was popular among both Kurdish and Turkish compatriots.

And Masjid Soleiman is never going to forget Ali Salehi, as Izeh remembers Nahid Kaykavous Nejad forever.

These names and memories have become eternal in the historic conscience of our society, lending a restless spirit of resistance and revolt to our cities and villages, inspiring the ultimate freedom of our homeland, Iran.

Former political prisoners have frequently told me that the brave PMOI prisoners chose Massoud Rajavi, the leader of the Iranian Resistance, in the most difficult and intolerable conditions when their choices and loyalty to their cause were being put to test. Those brave souls looked into the eyes of their torturers and interrogators and hailed Massoud Rajavi, or kissed the gallows in his name.

Without doubt, they had a message by repeating this most forbidden name of our time. Their message to the generations succeeding them was: O’ you, the young men and women, who hear our unfinished stories, you should undertake the path and the cause of Massoud Rajavi! The path of struggle for a society devoid of oppression and exploitation, devoid of suppression and tyranny, and devoid of ignorance and deception. This path and this cause are translated into the sacred word of freedom.

Dear friends,
In a verdict which constitutes the most irrefutable document on this genocide, Khomeini issued the order for the massacre and wrote in his own handwriting, “Those who continue to persist on their positions of hypocrisy in prisons across the country are considered as Mohareb (the enemy of God), punishable by death.”

The question is, what was the position they persisted on and why did Khomeini ruthlessly sentence them to death? What was their crime?

Their crime was standing up for freedom of the people of Iran, standing up against suppression of all freedoms, standing up against starvation of people, and standing up against destruction of Iran.

They executed the prisoners for their beliefs. This is an incredible catastrophe but this is what the inhuman clerical regime is all about. Their reaction to dissent, even inside prisons under their own control, is mass executions.

This is what the mullahs’ theocracy is all about. Any protest and any legitimate demonstration is repressed by detention and torture of participants.

In the uprisings last December and January, what was the protesters’ demand and what did they do wrong to be tortured to death? The bodies of a number of them were handed over to their families, telling them that they had committed suicide while in detention.

This is what the velayat-e faqih regime is about. It commits the crime and yet blames the victims of torture and massacre as culprits and criminals.

In the face of such a monster, is it right to give in, or to stand up, resist and fight back?

Where can you find a dictator that does not accuse the people’s just and legitimate resistance of terrorism, or who does not try to get rid of freedom lovers and opponents by accusing them of violence? Indeed, which dictator, tyrant or despot has given up on his crimes by silence and surrender of his victims?

Those who dress down freedom fighters and dissidents for getting tortured or executed, and blame protesters and the oppressed people for getting suppressed, they echo the hypocrite mullahs.

Dear friends,
The 1988 massacre is a major demarcation between the people of Iran and their enemies, separating them into two opposing fronts. There are those who try to hush up the massacre, seeking not only to defend the masterminds and perpetrators of this crime, but to fend off the haunting specter of freedom, popular sovereignty and overthrow of the clerical tyranny.

The so-called reformists, or the regime’s proponents who were totally rejected in the course of the recent uprisings, are still trying to find a way out for the velayat-e faqih but the massacre of 1988 has unraveled their schemes.

The people of Iran ask them why did they conceal the massacre? What were they doing and what were their roles as this massacre was being carried out? And why are they silent, now?

The truth is that the resistance of the massacred prisoners has posed a great challenge to the regime’s factions and their accomplices. At the same time, such steadfastness has been the dignified answer of the prisoners to the homicidal Khomeini who had left them with only two options: Surrender or die!

They sacrificed their lives but sowed the seeds of rising and revolt.

Thirty years on, the dispute continues to be over adherence to this ideal and resisting for it, an ideal which is today being espoused by the resistance units inside Iran. They are called the forces of overthrow. As Massoud Rajavi has pointed out, “The genuine response, and the essential and real answer, have always been and will continue to be in waging a fierce battle at the highest possible magnitude, such that it would escalate through resistance units, lead to the National Liberation Army, and shatter the troops of the anti-human enemy.”

Fellow compatriots and dear friends,
The clerical regime is beleaguered by the eight-month-long uprisings, by the growing role of the PMOI and resistance units in organizing and leading the revolts, and by the consequences of a plummeting and drowning economy. To break out of this deadlock, the mullahs sought to target the Resistance’s gathering in Paris on June 30 by a terrorist explosion.

In March, they had tried another terrorist scheme against the Iranian Resistance in Albania. And just in recent days, the mullahs’ intelligence and terrorist activities against the PMOI in the U.S. were revealed after two of their agents in that country were arrested.

These efforts and plots were foiled, of course, and the regime suffered their consequences. And once again, it became evident that the murderers of 30,000 political prisoners will stop at nothing to confront their alternative. It was also proven that terrorism is inherent to the clerical regime.

There is hardly any place left in the world which has remained immune to the regime’s terrorism. Tajikistan, Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, the Arab countries, and even Europe and the U.S.
This week too, the clerical regime’s cyber terrorism was also identified and banned. This is the system which engaged in large scale misinformation campaigns. The regime has been spending exorbitant sums of money from the Iranian people’s wealth to slander the Iranian Resistance and disseminate false information against it. The regime’s criminal network also seeks to disrupt safe communications and prepare the grounds for terrorist operations. This network must be shut down altogether.

The mullahs were under the illusion that they could exterminate the resistance movement by massacring its political prisoners, by prolonged suppression, and by demonization campaigns but they failed in their efforts.

Today, the mullahs’ president Hassan Rouhani pleas to the public to ignore the PMOI’s calls urging them to take to the streets. The regime’s experts say, “A third factor has entered the ring, robbing us before our own eyes of our most pivotal asset and the state’s means of power, namely, ‘our popular support…’ And this third factor is at work, deploying its levers, ‘the resistance units,’… to set fire to the state’s fundamental asset which are the young generations of this land.”

In reality, the main predicament the mullahs have to deal with today is their democratic alternative. They have actually lost hope in finding a solution to the crucial problems they face. So, they just try to postpone the development which would ultimately lead Iran towards freedom.

But this is an unlikely dream. The Iranian people’s incessant upheavals have left no place for the realization of such a fantasy. The uprisings are rooted in our people’s eager quest for freedom, democracy and equality.

The participation of the representatives of Iranian communities from various countries in this conference is a vivid example of this reality.

In this year’s annual gathering, I reiterated the vital importance of a viable democratic alternative as the pivotal force to advance the struggle for the overthrow of the regime.

I explained that such an alternative requires, among others, an organization and a leadership; it needs to make sacrifice and pay the price; it needs to have clear demarcations with dictatorship, subordination and dependency; it also needs to have a clear platform for the establishment of a republic based on separation of religion and state, gender equality, and abolition of the death penalty.

It also needs to wage an unrelenting campaign by selfless supporters of this Resistance to defend Iran’s freedom. Such campaigns used to defend Ashraf and Liberty, and today, they support the uprisings and the resistance units inside Iran.

These campaigns are heartwarming for our compatriots and particularly the protesters who see that they have such informed and determined advocates all around the world. The organization of Iranian communities in different countries who defend freedom and democracy for Iran and enjoy political, diplomatic and social leverage is part of the wherewithal of the democratic alternative and part of the Iranian people’s assets for Iran’s freedom. Hail to all of you.

Dear friends,
For three decades, the international community has been silent over the massacre of political prisoners in Iran. As a result, the mullahs have continued with impunity to violate human rights in Iran, launch terrorist operations, and wage catastrophic wars in the Middle East and other countries.

Now, the time has come to end this silence.

The time has come for the United Nations Security Council to prepare for the prosecution of the regime’s leaders, and those in charge of this massacre, and officials responsible for four decades of crimes against humanity.

The regime’s spies and mercenaries must be expelled from Western countries.

All relations must be terminated with this regime which takes advantage of diplomatic resources to promote state-sponsored terrorism. The regime’s embassies must be shut down.

The time has come for the world community to stand by the people of Iran in their uprising against the religious fascist regime ruling Iran and recognize their determination to achieve regime change and freedom.

On the 30th anniversary of the heroes slain in 1988, I urge my fellow compatriots and particularly the courageous youth of Iran to do whatever in their power to expand the Call-for-Justice movement. This movement is part of the uprising for the overthrow of the mullahs’ religious dictatorship.

The day is not far when the people of Iran will see the cause of their martyrs realized in the spring of freedom.

Hail to the martyrs fallen for freedom.
Hail to the people of Iran and God bless you all.

Maryam Rajavi: Massacred heroes inspire protesters in revolting cities

 

International solidarity with the Iranian people’s Resistance

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‌‌A number of personalities and dignitaries from around the world attended an event at the residential quarters of Maryam Rajavi, held after the Grand Gathering of Iranians on June 30, 2018. They declared solidarity with the Iranian Resistance, condemned the crimes of the repressive clerical regime, and expressed support for the Iranian people’s struggle for freedom.

A declaration signed by over 2,500 European parliamentarians in support of the Iranian people’s nationwide uprising and the Ten-Point Plan for a free Iran based on democracy and equality, a declaration of support by members of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, and a declaration of support for the Iranian Resistance signed by the Rt. Rev. Rowan Williams, the Archbishop of Canterbury, and 75 other bishops from across the U.K. were presented to Maryam Rajavi.

In brief remarks, Maryam Rajavi expressed her gratitude to the dignitaries who participated in the Iranian Resistance’s grand gathering. Excerpts:

The event this year was held in a very different circumstance than last year. Iranian cities have been the scenes of major anti-regime protests. The social atmosphere is volatile and the Iranian people demand regime change. 
To disappoint them, the mullahs tell the people of Iran that no one hears their voice. And to justify their appeasement of the mullahs, their proponents claim that there is no viable alternative to this regime. These efforts, however, are getting no-where.

The event this year was also different, because the international situation has dramatically changed. It appears that the policy of appeasement has run its course, because it became clear that no amount of economic and political concessions will bring any change to the behavior of the ruling theocracy.

Lending support to the Iranian people and Resistance for freedom, is crucial to a successful firm policy on the religious dictatorship ruling Iran. Toppling the mullahs’ regime is vital to restoration of the human rights of the Iranian people, and to bringing peace and tranquility to the Middle East. And I am confident that the Iranian people will succeed in bringing freedom to Iran.

Thank you and God bless you all

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Below you can watch the video of this event:

The inevitable confessions; The role of the PMOI/MEK in organizing uprisings and nationwide protests at the Iran regime’s media

The inevitable confessions- The role of the PMOI-MEK in organizing uprisings and nationwide protests at the Iran regime's media

After more than 7 months of nationwide protests in Iran, which began in January 2018, these uprisings and protests and strikes continue to occur, and each day is more organized and more powerful than the past in various cities of Iran.

The latest protests in August in a large number of cities, including in the capital of Tehran, with slogans of “Death to dictator” and “Death to Khamenei” representing the will of the Iranian people to overthrow of the religious dictatorship and establish freedom, democracy, justice and human rights based on a Democratic Government in Iran.

What is significant in the process of these uprisings is the role of the PMOI/MEK in organizing these protests through rebellion hubs. Recently, the MOIS (Ministry of Intelligence) made a video about role of rebellion hubs of MEK, and has spread it in the regime’s media and acknowledged this role.

The media, experts, and various agents of the mullahs’ regime also admit to this crucial role in their media every day.

Below, we just read some of these confessions for example, indicating the state of the regime on the verge of overthrowing by the Iranian people and resistance.

Vatan Today Newspaper -July 3-IRGC member, Hassan Rouzitalab an expert of the regime on the MEK: “The MEK has been on top of the social media scene from the start. They attract political activists in the streets and ordinary people and convince them to be MEK resources.”

“More than 70% of calls to protest and video coming out of the protests… are related to MEK channels. Massoud Rajavi has issued five statements about the protests and clashes since December which is really unprecedented in recent years.”

“MEK forces have divvied up the cities among themselves and organized protest veterans in the streets into Telegram groups in a process that has taken several years. For example, in one small town there are over 5,000 members in various groups who have the means to coordinate a place and time for gatherings there. Their behavior and slogans are all related to the MEK… Direct calls for overthrow, it was heard everywhere (in all cities) and was repeated frequently. “

July 14, Tasnim new agency, IRGC Brigadier General, Jalali, Chief of the passive defense organization: “Year 2018 is a special year. We are in an important turning point in the history of the revolution …. It is noteworthy that all counter-revolution has been designed on the basis of the PMOI. “

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Maryam Rajavi’s poster hanged in Tehran

July 21, Fasl-e-Tejarat (Trade season site) Ali Rabie Minister of Labor: Today our enemies, particularly the MEK, are targeting the social issues in the country, something that was very apparent in the issue of the truckers… Various networks were activated to transform this demand as a protest by the MEK in the shortest possible time…

July 25, Qom news- Mohammad Khan Bloki, Director General of the Shipping Union of the regime: “The majority of the people that guided the truckers’ gatherings to insurrection were from the MEK who had infiltrated this social sector.”

August 1, Fars News AgencyReza Hosseini, consultant to Soft Wars HQ of the Armed Forces:

“We have to pay attention to what the MEK did in the 1980s to understand how they have resurfaced again and have advanced to the forefront and leadership stage in some sectors. Sometimes it is said that these guys (MEK) have been killed off and don’t mention them anymore!… As an expert I will tell you that anyone who says the MEK is dead either has a bad motive or is ignorant.”

August 1, the same source adds: “The MEK are creating waves today. They have entered into various social strata like the truckers and bazaar owners and provide them with direction. Right now they have influence in the universities, particularly in provincial capitals. That is why we sometimes hear discourses in university settings that are the MEK’s narrative.”

August 2, Tasnim News Agency (Quds Terrorist force’s agency) Mullah Ahmad Salek, a member of Iran’s Majlis (parliament): “Affiliated to pro-Khamenei faction, said of the recent workers’ protests in Esfahan: “The slogans that were chanted in the demonstration were directed by the MEK through foreign news channels.”

Next step: Recognizing the NCRI as Iran’s alternative

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Free Iran Gathering, Paris, June 30, 2018

As discussions about sanctioning the Iranian regime continues and European countries and companies continue to weigh their options, a recently foiled terror plot in the heart of the Green Continent should provide something to think about.

The Iranian opposition National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) rally in Paris was the target of an Iranian regime-blueprinted bomb plot, leading to the shocking arrest of Iranian “diplomat” who personally delivered the bomb to the operating team, according to European security services surveying his moves.

As the United States is putting aside the failed Iran appeasement policy, Europe is encouraged to follow in such foot-steps. It is high time to stand shoulder to shoulder with the Iranian people as they continue protests across the country.

The NCRI’s June 30th rally once again reminded the international community of how there is a viable alternative to the mullahs’ regime struggling to realize democratic regime change for nearly 40 years.

Hundreds of high-profile international figures from across the globe attended the rally, including former prime ministers, foreign ministers, diplomats, ambassadors, members of parliament and an astronomical list of notable dignitaries from the United States, Canada, Europe, the Middle East and North Africa were on hand to support the democratic alternative to the mullahs’ terrorist state.

The NCRI President-elect Maryam Rajavi delivered the keynote speech at the massive rally.

The flames of the protests cannot be extinguished, and they will continue to soar without respite, indicating a constantly expanding and deepening uprising,” she said.

“Everyone senses the explosive state of Iranian society. The mullahs can offer no solution and are neither willing nor able to resolve the problems. The Velayat-e faqih (absolute clerical rule) lacks all legitimacy.

Mrs. Rajavi went on to offer an alternative in the form of the parliament-in-exile NCRI:

We call for the establishment of a society based on freedom, democracy, and equality, which has clear demarcation lines against despotism and dependence as well as gender, ethnic and class discrimination. We have defended and will continue to defend gender equality, the right to freely choose one’s attire, separation of religion and state, autonomy of nationalities, equal political and social rights for all citizens of Iran, abolition of the death penalty, freedom of expression, parties, the media, assembly, unions, associations, councils and syndicates.

It is time for the international community to face the undeniable facts. The Iranian people are uprising to overthrow the decaying mullahs’ regime. In parallel fashion, the alternative to the mullahs is becoming stronger by the day.

Democratic regime change through the NCRI and MEK grassroots movement is the only realistic and available solution to the Iranian crisis. The first step in such a direction is recognizing the NCRI and Mrs. Rajavi as the democratic alternative to the mullahs.

Early Consequences of Sanctions Against Iran

Early Consequences of Sanctions Against Iran

By Masoud Dalvand

These days, the heated and controversial discussion of Iran’s sanctions has attracted attention and put the ruling mullahs in Iran at a deadly deadlock.

Sanctions against Iran, in particular the sanctions on Iran’s oil, are actions taken by some countries in the world to propose a United States to prevent or restrict Iran’s nuclear program. The sanctions are aimed at removing the mullah’s regime from oil revenues and forcing them to cooperate with the international community to stop the construction of nuclear weapons and nuclear warheads.

These sanctions are imposed through an immediate solution, i.e. boycott of purchases or buyers, or indirect ones, such as boycotting tanker ships or boycotting banks, with the aim of eliminating the purchasers of the oil and turning them to other suppliers of this commodity.

Following US withdrawal from Iran deal or JCPOA on May 8, 2018, the US Treasury Department announced that sanctions against Iran would commence again in the 90th and 180th days after the withdrawal of Iran deal.

Accordingly, the first US embargo against Iran will begin on August 6, 2018, and after this deadlock, the Iranian regime will not be able to buy the US dollar or trade gold or other commodities.

In addition, sanctions against Iran will be imposed in the area of ​​aluminum, steel, coal, Dollar exchange and automobile industry, and significant restrictions will be imposed on transactions with Rial outside Iran.

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The second US sanctions package against Iran will be operational on November 4, 2018.

From now on, international restrictions will apply to the activities of the National Iranian Oil Company and the purchase of oil, petrochemicals and petroleum products from Iran will be subject to sanctions.

The Iranian shipping industry, the activities of the Central Bank of Iran and the Western financial institutions, as well as those whose names were removed from the sanctions list on January 16, 2016, would be subject to further sanctions.

The Consequences of the first phase of the sanctions

At this point, those who came to Iran with a deal with sanctions are back to the sanctions list.

It should be kept in mind that Iran was one of the world’s largest oil producers and issued billions of dollars of oil and gas annually. But Iran’s oil production, along with its GDP, fell dramatically with international sanctions.

At the same time, it should be borne in mind that such sanctions will go beyond the scope of the relationship between Iran and the United States, in such a way that all non-US companies that interact with the Iranian market will aim at unilateral US sanctions.

At a news conference July 2, State Department Policy Planning Director Brian Hook, said that Washington is “safe enough” to supply oil to replace Iran’s crude oil.

The US goal is “to increase the pressure on the Iranian regime to cut its oil revenues and bring it to zero.”

This equilibrium will be offset by OPEC, India and Saudi Arabia.

The Consequences of the second phase of the sanctions

According to US sanctions, the US Treasury Department will review the performance of the Iranian oil purchasers six months after the withdrawal from Iran deal (November 2018) and, if they have not complied with the sanctions law, countries banks that buy Iran oil and pay to the Central Bank of Iran (such as Chinese, Korean or Indian banks) are subject to sanctions. The United States has announced that all countries and companies that will cooperate with Iran after November 4, 2018 will be subject to US sanctions.

What is the real solution to the crisis?

Now and after all the sanctions and political and economic equations, the people of Iran say the last words. They want a government that, instead of investing heavily in terrorism, promote peace and prosperity and peaceful coexistence with its neighbors.

As Mariam Rajavi, President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), recently said in a statement:

The disastrous state of the economy and the foreign exchange market is the direct product of the regime’s depravity. The free fall of the value of Rial to the world’s lowest is a consequence of the rule of the mullahs who have destroyed everything to preserve their power.

The mullahs have no solution for containing the chaotic state of the economy and all their measures and plans have failed. Sacking the Central Bank’s president, arresting bazaar merchants, spreading lies and false pretenses are no longer effective.

Iran’s crumbling economy cannot be saved unless by toppling the regime.

Hence, in these days, more courageous than ever, the Iranian people in Tehran, Mashhad, Karaj, Shiraz, Isfahan and Rasht and other cities scream the overthrow of the religious dictatorship and say death to the dictator. It is the right of the Iranian people to live in peace and freedom and in a democratic country, with a prosperous economy. Enough of war and destruction, terrorism and corruption and poverty.

The wave of nationwide strikes, protests and uprisings in the cities of Iran

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This article is based on reports and videos sent by PMOI/MEK activists inside Iran

Iran, July 31, 2018 – Tuesday has been the scene of numerous protests and demonstrations in cities across Iran.

Strike, Protest in Isfahan: Beginning this morning, Tuesday, July 31, truck drivers and owners as well as large group of people and youth in the city of Isfahan have been staging a protest against spiraling high prices, repeated power outages and inhuman policies of the clerical regime in the city’s Amirkabir (now called new Shapour) industrial district. They subsequently marched toward the city’s main streets.

Shop keepers have stopped work and all shops are shut down. Enraged over the runaway inflation, high prices, corruption and repression, the crowd were chanting: “Death to high prices, death to unemployment,” “death to the dictator,” “dignified Shapouris, support us, support us,” “dignified Iranians, support us, support us,” and “incompetent officials, resign, resign.”

Referring to the regime’s hollow promises, they are chanting “these are all lies.” The city’s industrial workers are taking parts in the demonstration by carrying a placard protesting against high prices and terrible living conditions.

A large group of repressive forces and anti-riot units have been stationed on the scene and on different streets to disperse the crowd and prevent its expansion.

Protests erupt in several Iranian cities, Karaj, Rasht, Shiraz  over economic troubles and the rotten dictatorship of the mullahs:

Karaj demonstration started the late afternoon with many young protesters chanting anti-government slogans. The youth are chanting “the people are begging while mullahs are living like Gods.”

Residents of Gohardasht in Karaj, especially women challenged security forces and protested against skyrocketing high cost of living and the spiraling economic crisis.

Security forces attack protesters in Karaj.

July 31 – Karaj: Protesters chanting: “Reformist – Hardliner – the game is over”

Protesters chant the game is over for both factions of the regime the so called reformists and fundamentalists.

July 31, Gohardasht Karaj:  Protesters chanting: “Death to the dictator (Khamenei)” “Beware of the day we take up arms”

Following Karaj, protests erupted in Shiraz, with demonstrators pouring into the streets and chanting slogans against the regime for increasing unemployment rates and the down-spiral in the country’s economy.

Update: 9:00 PM local time: In Shiraz, security forces have started targeting protesters with tear gas. According to local reports, security forces have injured a young boy who had attended the protest along with his mother.

The protests that began in different Iranian cities this afternoon have reached Rasht, Gilan province. The people of Rasht are chanting, “Death to high prices. Don’t be afraid. We’re together.” While the protests were triggered by economic grievances, the protesters of Rasht quickly turned their rage toward the Iranian regime in its entirety.

Following reports of large protests in the central city of Isfahan, Rasht, Ahvaz, Zanjan, Tabriz and a number of other cities, now there are reports of protests and clashes in the city of Karaj, northwest of Tehran.

People chant “as long as the dictator is ruling Iran, the uprising will continue

The Iranian regime’s security forces tried to control the situation in Karaj by attacking the protesters, but the people confronted them.

Since nationwide protests erupted across Iran in December, demonstrations have continued in different cities and quickly turn into anti-government protests.

The people of Karaj also call on their fellow countrymen to rise in their support and encouraged the merchants of the bazaar for supporting protesters.

Maryam Rajavi, President elect  of the National Council of Resistance of Iran(NCRI), sent messages in support of the protesters.