News : Iranian opposition
- Published: Saturday, 27 July 2019
By INU Staff
INU - More than 3000 Iranians rallied in London to show their support for the main Iranian opposition coalition National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) and the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK), as the cornerstone member of this movement. The event was the fifth in a series of demonstrations held in different cities across the globe, including Brussels, Washington. D.C., Berlin and Stockholm.
The London gathering also comes just two weeks after a five-day event at Ashraf 3, the new PMOI/MEK headquarters in Albania, where hundreds of dignitaries from over 50 countries gathered to voice their support for Iranian protesters and the objective of overthrowing the mullahs’ regime.
Among the speakers who addressed the crowd, those who had visited Ashraf3 talked of their personal experience from their visit.
“It was an honor for me to lead a British delegation to Free Iran event in Ashraf 3, Albania. It was an opportunity to meet the people of Ashraf and hear their experiences and their hopes for the future,” said British MP Dr. Matthew Offord.
.@Offord4Hendon: “@Maryam_Rajavi represents an opportunity for the future of Iran. She seeks peace in the region. Recent events in the Persian Gulf show Iran's regime is engaged in state piracy.” #IStandWithMaryamRajavi #WeSupportMEK pic.twitter.com/rlwKS1tatg— NCRI-FAC (@iran_policy) July 27, 2019
“We were convinced during our visit that Madam Rajavi represents an opportunity for the future of Iran. She seeks peace in the region. Recent events in the Persian Gulf show Iran is engaged in state piracy,” he continued in reference to Iranian opposition NCRI President Maryam Rajavi.
“The strong attendance of thousands of Iranians and politicians in these events debunked claims by some media that Mrs. Rajavi and NCRI have no support,” said Irish Senator Gerry Horkan, who had also taken part in the 5 day visit to Ashraf3.
“The 1988 massacre of over 30,000 political prisoners is evidence of the regime’s fear toward the MEK and the resistance movement. The regime has been waging assault on the rights of the Iranian people for over 40 years, and has destroyed their economy through its corruption,” he added.
“We urge the EU and the UK government to designate the IRGC as a terrorist organization as the main tool for the regime to export terrorism. We must alter the policies of our government to recognize the rights of the Iranian people,” the Irish Senator highlighted.
.@gerryhorkan: “We urge the EU & UK to designate the IRGC as a terrorist organization. It is the regime's main tool for exporting terrorism. We must alter the policies of our governments to recognize the rights of the Iran's ppl.” #FreeIran #IStandWithMaryamRajavi #WeSupportMEK pic.twitter.com/pG1bVwqWxC— NCRI-FAC (@iran_policy) July 27, 2019
“Tomorrow, we will remember the 10th anniversary of the first massacre in Ashraf. It was followed by another massacre in 2011 and again in September 2013, as well as massacres in Camp Liberty. I pay homage to all these heroes who fell in these massacres and those who have been disabled for life,” said former MEP Paolo Casaca, who had also visited Ashraf3.
“We will think about them. But we must also think about the present and about ways to confront this regime which is a monster to its people and its neighbors. We must think about ways to confront the sea of lies being thrown at the Iranian opposition. We have seen ludicrous lies and fabricated accounts in newspapers here in England,” he added.
.@paulocasaca1: "Tomorrow we remember the 10th anniversary of the 1st massacre in Camp Ashraf. It was followed by the 2011 + 2013 massacres, & massacres in Camp Liberty. I pay homage to all these heroes of the MEK who fell in these massacres" #FreeIran #WeSupportMEK pic.twitter.com/H64IgAlqXI— NCRI-FAC (@iran_policy) July 27, 2019
“The mullahs want to steal the past of the Iranian people to prevent them from obtaining the future. The past of the Iranian people, Cyrus the Great, Sattar Khan, Mossadegh, and of course Massoud Rajavi, they are your heritage, and you are going to make an Iran that is absolutely in line with its past glories, after putting the mullahs away and putting behind this dark era of your history… The future is yours,” Mr. Casaca concluded.
“The regime has moved to arrest hundreds of MEK supporters and their families in Iran because the popular protests are undermining the regime’s power. The regime is showing with its own actions that we should support the NCRI and Madam Rajavi if we want to counter the regime’s malign activities. They represent a true and viable alternative to the current regime,” said former British MP Brian Binley who had also been among the MEK’s Ashraf3 visitors.
Former British MP Brian Binley: “Boris Johnson needs to change the policy that was pursued by previous UK governments that were frightened to oppose Iran’s regime, a regime that is not supported by the people.” #FreeIran #IStandWithMaryamRajavi #WeSupportMEK pic.twitter.com/CSEsMBnXB5— NCRI-FAC (@iran_policy) July 27, 2019
“The attacks we’ve witnessed in the past months prove the regime sees the NCRI as its main threat. The regime is warning about the growing support for the Iranian resistance,” he added.
“Boris Johnson needs to change the policy that was pursued by previous governments that were frightened to oppose the regime, a regime that is not supported by the people. We need change in the British government,” Mr. Binley concluded.