The 2017 Free Iran gathering had the inspiring message that regime change in Iran is not only necessary, not only possible, but within reach.

Maryam Rajavi outlined that there are three fundamental truths for obtaining freedom in Iran, and peace in the Middle East:

1. The Iranian Regime must be overthrown

2. The overthrow is within reach

3. The Iranian Resistance (NCRI/MEK) is capable of toppling the Regime

Overthrowing the Regime

The Iranian Regime is a medieval theocracy that rejects political opposition, human rights, and world peace.

The Iranian Regime does not respect its own people and regularly violates their human rights.

Before the Free Iran gathering Els Van Hoof, a Belgian MP, expressed concern for violation of rights of women and minorities in Iran and voiced support for Maryam Rajavi and the Iranian Resistance (NCRI/MEK) for their view of a future Iran.

The Iranian Regime does not respect the other nation-states of the Middle East, as evidenced by their interference in Syria, Iraq, and Yemen.

Prince Turki bin Faisal Al Saud, of Saudi Arabia, said: “The regime is looking for more crises and is therefore using militias to pressure other countries. This is how the regime pursues power.”

Nasr Hariri, Former member of the People’s Council of Syria from Daraa, and Suhair Alattasi, the leading female secular activist in the Syrian opposition, gave speeches in which they called for the overthrow of the Regime and the continued fight for freedom from tyranny.

The end of the Regime

At the Free Iran Gathering today, many cited that it was time for the Regime to go.

Maryam Rajavi said: “The conclusion is what the Iranian Resistance has emphasised since the outset and many in the world have reached today: The solution, and the only solution, is regime change.”

Former U.S. ambassador to the UN, John Bolton gave a speech to the Free Iran Gathering, in which he clarified that President Trump’s administration is totally opposed to the barbarous regime in Tehran.

Bolton declared: “The 1979 Iranian regime will NOT reach its 40th birthday.”

Why the Iranian Resistance is needed

Maryam Rajavi assessed that it was obvious that the Iranian Regime was afraid of its people and the democratic resistance forces; citing the nearly 11,000 protests against the Regime in 2016 alone.

She said that the only real solution to the problems of the Middle East is Regime change in Iran, which can be reached if the international community would support the will of the people and the Resistance.

The Iranian Resistance has provided the most consistent support to the Iranian people and their pleas for freedom. The brave men and women of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) and its largest member group the Mojahedin-e-Khalq (MEK) have worked tirelessly to expose the crimes of the Iranian Regime, including their support of terrorism, their secret nuclear programme, and the massacre of 30,000 political prisoners (mainly members of the MEK) in 1988.

The NCRI now acts as a government-in-exile, with its leader Maryam Rajavi. Maryam Rajavi has set out a 10-point plan for bringing Iran into the 21st century, with a commitment to gender equality, a secular government, and the end to a nuclear weapons programme.

Professor Firouz Daneshgari, from the Delegation of Specialists, voiced support for this plan during a speech to the Free Iran Gathering today.

Maryam Rajavi said: “The winds of change have started blowing in our homeland. The ruling regime is in disarray and paralysed as never before. Iranian society is simmering with discontent and the international community is finally getting closer to the reality that appeasing the ruling theocracy is misguided.”

It is time to stop appeasing the Regime and embrace the Resistance, the only people who can bring Regime change to Iran.