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On February 8, thousands of Iranians supporters of Maryam Rajavi of the National Council of Resistance of Iran rallied and marched in Paris to mark the 40th anniversary of the Iranian people's uprising against the Shah's dictatorship. The protesters condemned the continuing human rights violations in Iran, increasing terrorist plots of the regime and the regime’s continuing missile and nuclear programs. They called for democratic change in Iran.

The rally was widely covered by international news outlets.

Fox news:

PARIS – Several thousand supporters of an exiled Iranian opposition group marched through Paris on Friday, calling for an end to Iran's clerical regime 40 years after the Islamic revolution toppled Iran's monarchy.

The Mujahedeen-e-Khalq, widely referred to in the West as the MEK, were joined at the rally by an array of speakers before the march, from former and current French politicians to a one-time Algerian prime minister and a Syrian opposition figure.

Crowds waved posters of group leader Maryam Rajavi and founder Massoud Rajavi — not seen since 2003 in Iraq, where the MEK once had a camp and waged war against Iran before being disarmed by invading U.S. troops.

The group bases its headquarters outside Paris with several thousand members in Albania, extracted in a U.N.-brokered effort from Iraq. Supporters are scattered elsewhere in the West as part of the Iranian diaspora.

Security was tight during the rally and march through Paris' Left Bank. The group's annual rally last year was the target of an alleged bomb plot, which was thwarted by arrests. An Austrian-based Iranian diplomat is being held in Belgium, where police found bomb material in the car of a couple of Iranian origin.

"As long as we're dealing with the main state sponsor of terrorism, there is a concern ... But that will never stop us," MEK spokesman Shahin Gobadi said. The MEK hones to U.S. President Donald Trump's hard line on Iran, and supports U.S. sanctions on Iran.

One speaker, former French Sen. Jean-Pierre Michel, said in an interview that "I'm not a fanatic of Mr. Trump ... but I think the United States is right about Iran." He chastised Europeans for what he views as their softer approach to Tehran.


Paris: The Iranian diaspora reunited for a free Iran
On the occasion of the 40th anniversary of the Islamic Revolution, a major demonstration took place in Paris in support of the uprising of the Iranian people this Friday. The Iranian diaspora has come together to demand a free Iran, for the defense of human rights and against the Iranian regime's terrorism.

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Sunday Express:
Thousands of Iranians rallied and marched in Paris yesterday to mark the 40th anniversary of the Iran uprising which toppled the country’s monarchy. The powerful march swept through the streets of Paris, with the rhythms of the drums echoing as demonstrators chanted powerful slogans against the Iran regime. Protesters called on the global community to act now and end atrocities in Tehran - but it was Europe which was most heavily condemned as the demonstrators stood behind US President Donald Trump for his tough stance on the regime.

One speaker at the rally, former French Senator Jean-Pierre Michel, said in an interview: “I’m not a fanatic of Mr Trump but I think the United States is right about Iran.”

In a scathing attack, he also chastised Europe’s leaders for what he views as their softer approach to Tehran.

He added: “Open your eyes and ears. Retake the dignity that the status of Europe brings upon you, take back the dignity of the Europeans. Support the Iranian Resistance.”

Dr Alejo Vidal-Quadras, a former Spanish Member of the European Parliament, said: “I call on the EU to take a hard line with this theocratic and terrorist regime which has no future.

“The EU must stop its appeasement policies and support the Iranian opposition instead of the mullahs.

“Appeasement only encourages the mullahs to commit more crimes in Iran and more terrorism in Europe.

“The EU has to put the entire Iranian Intelligence Ministry and the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps on its terrorism blacklist.”

The Washington Post:

Several thousand supporters of an exiled Iranian opposition group marched through Paris on Friday, calling for an end to Iran’s clerical regime 40 years after the Islamic revolution toppled Iran’s monarchy.

The Mujahedeen-e-Khalq, widely referred to in the West as the MEK, were joined at the rally by an array of speakers before the march, from former and current French politicians to a one-time Algerian prime minister and a Syrian opposition figure.


Getty Images (AFP):
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People hold pictures of Maryam Rajavi, leader of the People's Mujahedin of Iran, and former Iranian flags during a demonstration of the exiled Iranian opposition to protest against the celebration in Iran of the 40th anniversary of the Islamic Revolution, on February 8, 2019 in Paris.


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People walk on portraits of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani (bottom) and Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei (up) during a demonstration of the exiled Iranian opposition to protest against the celebration in Iran of the 40th anniversary of the Islamic Revolution, on February 8, 2019 in Paris.


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People walk on portraits of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani (bottom) and Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei (up) during a demonstration of the exiled Iranian opposition to protest against the celebration in Iran of the 40th anniversary of the Islamic Revolution, on February 8, 2019 in Paris. (Photo by - / AFP) (Photo credit should read -/AFP/Getty Images)


France3 TV Channel, 8 Feb 2019


Demonstration since the early afternoon, in Denfert Rochereau in Paris by the Iranian opposition on the 40th anniversary of the revolution that overthrow the Shah of Iran. The demonstrators supported the people of Iran who demand the end of this regime. The People's Mojahedin (MEK) reside at Auvers-sur-Oise in the Val d'Oise.

 

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