By INU Staff
• Iran: 40 years after religious dictatorship, time has come for regime change
• Recognize right of Iranian people to resist and change Iran regime
In a major rally in Warsaw on February 13, Iranians called for a regime change while expressing support for the Iranian resistance, namely the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) and the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (MEK/PMOI).
The Iranians urged the international community to recognise the right of the Iranian people to overthrow the clerical regime ruling Iran and establishment of democracy.
A year of continual uprisings has brought the regime in power in Iran to the brink of collapse. Iranians are restless and angry at the entirety of the ruling system. Protests spanning 142 cities rocked Iran’s 31 provinces during 2018. Workers, farmers, teachers, pensioners, hard-hit business owners, bazar merchants, and of course students and women have taken to the streets calling for change.
Alarm at the protesters’ affiliation to Iran’s main organized resistance movement, the MEK/PMOI, the pivotal force of the political alternative for future Iran, the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), has permeated the regime.
The protests have shown continuity, expansiveness, growing solidarity, and are fueled by the crumbling economy, depleted from domestic corruption, and under pressure by international sanctions.
Simultaneously with the two day Foreign Ministers’ conference on the Middle East held in Warsaw, a few thousand Iranians gathered close to the National Stadium said it was time to put an end to four decades of political and social repression, massacres, plunder of Iran’s wealth by the regime’s cronies, and misery and war forced upon the region by this regime.
Protesters called on the West to impose sanctions on the regime and include the Iranian regime’s IRGC and MOIS and perpetrators of crimes against the Iranian people on the EU terrorist list.
They said it was time for European countries to align their voices with the voice of the Iranian people and resistance, and to end the nightmare of four decades of the Iranian regime’s atrocities in Iran, the region, and the world.
A video message by Maryam Rajavi, President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran, was broadcast to the demonstration. Madame Rajavi said that the Iranian people’s “immediate demand from the world and their lawful expectation from the Warsaw Summit is for them to recognise the right of the Iranian people’s Resistance to overthrow the mullahs’ theocratic regime to achieve freedom.”
“The Iranian nation deserves this; they have proven it through long years of their quest for freedom and steadfast endurance in confronting one of the world’s most oppressive and ruthless dictatorships. That includes their protests and uprisings over the past year,” Madame Rajavi added.
She formulated the Resistance’s demand: “Respect our people’s struggle against religious oppression and gender discrimination. This would not be any favor or concession to our nation. Rather, it would only end the long-time abuse of their rights facilitated through the West’s policy of appeasement.”
Renowned personalities no less than former New York city mayor Rudy Giuliani and Sid Ahmed Ghozali, former Algerian Prime Minister took to the stage.
“Iran is the number one state sponsor of terrorism in the world. We should not be doing business with a regime that supports terror. The Warsaw Summit should be focused on how we change Iran. How do we change their behaviour against their people.” said Mr. Giuliani. “We believe the alternative to this regime is Madam Maryam Rajavi. We want that the people of Iran can have their country back. We want to see a democratic Iran. A non-monarchy, non-mullah dictatorship,” he added.
Former Prime Minister Ghozali said: “We want stability of the Middle East and all neighbouring countries. The main menace is coming from state terrorism by the Iranian regime, and we see that violence in countries like Iraq, Syria, and Yemen. This is why the sacrifice of the Iranian people is not only for freedom in the Middle East but for the whole world.”
Marcin Święcicki, a Member of Parliament from Poland former Mayor of Warsaw affirmed:
“I am here to support the democratic opposition in Iran. Poland had to fight for its freedom, and the Iranian people are doing the same. That’s why we support the democratic opposition in Iran against a regime that is suppressing its people. We support Mrs Maryam Rajavi and her 10-point plan for equal rights for men and women, rights for minorities, religion and freedom of choice. I am certain that this fight for democracy and to abolish a regime that does not respect human rights will be a successful one.”
Protesters condemned the terrorist plot of the mullahs’ regime against the largest opposition gathering in Paris on June 30, 2018, calling for the expulsion of agents of the Ministry of Intelligence and Security of the ruling regime from the United States of America and Europe. They formulated their demands:
• Recognise the inalienable right of the Iranian people and resistance to overthrow the religious fascism ruling Iran,
• Encourage the referral of the massacre of political prisoners in 1988 and the clerical regime's human rights record to the UN Security Council.
• Apply all necessary measures to expel Iranian regime forces and proxies from Syria, Iraq, Yemen, Lebanon, and Afghanistan.
• Dismiss the Iranian regime delegation from the United Nations
• Recognise the National Council of Resistance of Iran as the viable political alternative to this regime.
According to the demonstrators, for a sustainable democracy in Iran, the world must rely on the people of Iran and its resistance. Change in Iran is a necessity for peace and security in the region and the world.
The gathering was followed by a march around the National Stadium, with Iranian flags and banners waving all the way and slogans shouted by the crowd urging an end to appeasement of the mullahs’ regime.