In support of Maryam Rajavi, the President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), Iranian netizens launched a tweetstorm on July 3 with #IStandWithMaryamRajavi. During the online campaign, Iranians declared their reasons for supporting the NCRI President-elect.
The campaign also coincided with the 18th anniversary of the Iranian resistance victory and the freedom of Mrs. Rajavi in 2003. According to a deal made between the then-French government and ‘moderate’-President Mohammad Khatami’s government, French authorities launched a massive attack targeting the NCRI’s representatives and detained Mrs. Rajavi along with around 160 opposition members and supporters on June 17, 2003.
On the 18th anniversary of the Iranian resistance's victory and the freedom of @Maryam_Rajavi, Iranian netizens inside and abroad insist on their support of Rajavi through a #TweetStorm with #IStandWithMaryamRajavi.
They call freedom-advocate to join them at 5:30 pm CET. pic.twitter.com/j9BeRoIKGw
— Iran News Update (@IranNewsUpdate1) July 3, 2021
French officials portrayed the attack as an anti-terrorist mission. However, they found no evidence, weapons, ammunition, plans, and anything else to prove their claims. Nonetheless, Paris intended to extradite the NCRI President-elect to Iran, enabling the French oil company Total to win tenders in Iran’s southern oilfield projects.
Following an international hunger strike campaign that extended into two weeks, parallel to marches and rallies before renowned French centers and the country’s embassies across Europe, as well as condemnations raised by prominent French dignitaries such as former French first lady Danielle Mitterrand, former President François Hollande, former French anti-terror chief Yves Bonnet, and the lack of any reliable evidence, pushed the Chirac government to release Mrs. Rajavi on July 3, 2003.
Later, in his book titled ‘If you repeat, I will deny,’ then-editorial chief of Le Journal du Dimanche magazine Jean-Claude Maurice unveiled new details about the Paris-Tehran operation against the NCRI and Mrs. Rajavi. “I can tell you that [then-Interior Minister] Nicolas Sarkozy is preparing an operation in this respect,” Maurice quoted France’s top negotiator Foreign Minister Dominique de Villepin as answering his Iranian counterparty Kamal Kharrazi.
“On May 22, 2003, Iranian ambassador Sadeq Kharrazi met de Villepin at the Ministry… Then Kharrazi sent a telex to Tehran, writing, ‘The operation is predicted to perform within June… Everything is prepared since one year ago when Iranian [intelligence] services delivered a list of dissidents who want to see them behind bars to the Directorate of Territorial Surveillance (DST). Still, we have to provide a legal cover for the operation,’” the book read.
Call for Free Iran 2021 Online Gathering
In addition to memorizing the resistance’s victory, participants in the tweetstorm also called on their compatriots, friends, and family members to join the campaign. They also invited freedom-loving people to follow the Iranian resistance’s online conference titled “Free Iran 2021,” scheduled for Saturday, July 10, which is planned to continue for three days.
In a #TweetStorm scheduled for Saturday, July 3, through #IStandWithMaryamRajavi, Iranian netizens across the globe will express their support of NCRI President-elect @Maryam_Rajavi and her #FreeIran10PointPlan for a democratic, secular, and non-nuclear republic of #Iran. pic.twitter.com/lSGK3qtDt8
— Iran News Update (@IranNewsUpdate1) July 2, 2021
According to the NCRI and the conference’s organizers, more than 1,000 international figures, including former officials and policymakers, lawmakers, and human rights defenders, will attend the event from six continents. It is predicted that the conference is the largest-ever online event.
“These were my thoughts last year on this day, the day ‘hope’ to a bright future was returned to us all after days of utter darkness… 18 years later look where we stand, the [Iranian] regime—on verge of collapse—with the inception of [President-select Ebrahim] Raisi and our movement at its Zenith,” tweeted activist Zolal Habibi.
These were my thoughts last year on this day, the day 'hope' to a bright future was returned to us all after days of utter darkness
…18yrs later look where we stand
the regime-on verge of collapse-with the inception of Raisi
& our movement at its Zenith#IStandWithMaryamRajavi https://t.co/dLiP2mWpFs
— Zolal Habibi (@Ashrafi4ever) July 3, 2021
“Maryam Rajavi is the hope of change in Iran. Her leadership is recognized by all of us who have been close to the president of the National Council of Iranian Resistance. I will always be in that feeling of being able to say it, he is my leader, we will see a free Iran,” tweeted INCO President Eva Durán Ramos.
@Maryam_Rajavi_F Es la esperanza de cambio en #Iran. Su liderazgo es reconocido por todos los q hemos estado cerca de la presidenta Consejo Nacional Resistencia Iraní. Spre estaré en ese sentimiento de poder decirla, es mi líder, veremos un #FreeIran2021 #IStandWithMaryamRajavi https://t.co/bJaWI5C0eR
— Eva Durán (@EvaDuranRamos) July 3, 2021
“I stand with Maryam Rajavi because she advocates for our people’s rights,” tweeted regime-change advocate Peymaneh Shafi.
— Peymaneh Shafi (@peymaneh123) July 3, 2021
“Freedom of speech and freedom of clothing is any human’s basic freedom. I stand with Maryam Rajavi because even though she is a Muslim woman but believes in the right to choose one’s own clothing, freely!” tweeted human rights activist Kimia Nila.
Freedom of speech and freedom of clothing is any human's basic freedom.#IStandWithMaryamRajavi because even though she is a Muslim women but believes in the right to choose one's own clothing, freely! pic.twitter.com/X6usarpdDd
— 𝒦𝒾𝓂𝒾𝒶𝒩𝒾𝓁𝒶 ✌️ (@kimianila) July 3, 2021
“Another fundamental issue the NCRI successfully resolved was the creation of a democratic capacity to create a political front and spur cooperation among all those who have waged a struggle for the regime’s overthrow,” tweeted activist Parisa Amini.
Another fundamental issue the NCRI successfully resolved was the creation of a democratic capacity to create a political front and spur cooperation among all those who have waged a struggle for the regime’s overthrow.pic.twitter.com/yBfthBb8vI#IStandWithMaryamRajavi
— ☆ 𝒫𝒶𝓇𝒾𝓈𝒶 𝒜𝓂𝒾𝓃𝒾 ☆ (@AminiParisa) July 3, 2021
“On July 10, 2021: Largest -ever online International event. Shiyan will be joining the “Free Iran2021 Global Summit “, in supporting Iran’s people and their organized resistance (NCRI) with the leadership of Maryam Rajavi,” tweeted political expert and civil engineer Kasra Nejat.
On July 10, 2021: Largest -ever on line International event. Shiyan will be joining the #FreeIran2021. “ Global Summit “, in supporting Iran’s ppl & their organized resistance #NCRI with the leadership of .@Maryam_Rajavi. #IStandWithMaryamRajavi..@Ashrafi4ever pic.twitter.com/JgSwOjVdfg
— Kasra Nejat (@kasraNejat1) July 2, 2021
“I stand with Maryam Rajavi because her ten-point plan is the best solution for a free and democratic republic in Iran based on peace, justice and equality,” tweeted human rights activist Masoud Dalvand.
#IStandWithMaryamRajavi because her ten-point plan(https://t.co/JeWuGdK5Yy) is the best solution for a free and democratic republic in Iran based on peace, justice and equality.#FreeIran2021 pic.twitter.com/iCbB3VZ7EI
— Masoud Dalvand (@Masoud_Dalvand2) July 3, 2021
“Abbe Pierre, Danielle Mitterrand, Yehudi Menuhin, Elie Wiesel, John McCain, Mahmoud Abbas, and Ingrid Betancourt stood with Maryam Rajavi, and I stand with Maryam Rajavi too,” mechanical engineer Aladdin Touran wrote as a Tweeter thread.
— Aladdin Touran (@AladdinTouran) July 3, 2021
“After 18 years, I still remember those moments of joy and happiness on July 3, 2003. The most glorious moment in our resistance’s history Iran” tweeted human rights activist Siavosh Rajizadeh.
The reason why #IStandWithMaryamRajavi
After 18 years, I still remember those moments of joy & happiness on July 3, 2003.
The most glorious moment in our resistance’s history #Iran https://t.co/ZLoRMnbgFG
— S̲i̲a̲v̲o̲s̲h̲ (@r_siavosh) July 3, 2021
“I stand with Maryam Rajavi because the Iranian regime has finally shed its threadbare façade of democracy and legitimacy and has revealed its true colors: a brutal gang of criminals that have only stayed in power through violence, terrorism, and corruption,’” tweeted activist Reza Massali.
“Iranian regime has finally shed its threadbare façade of democracy and legitimacy and has revealed its true colors: a brutal gang of criminals that have only stayed in power through violence, terrorism, and corruption.” pic.twitter.com/97toGJAQz9
— M.Reza Massali (@m_mrezamm) July 3, 2021
“Maryam Rajavi wants everything for the deprived people of her homeland,” tweeted Saeed Morad.
— Saeed Morad (@saeedseydmorad1) July 3, 2021
“I stand with Maryam Rajavi for her ten-point Plan as the platform for a free, non-nuclear state with equality and market economy at its core,” tweeted Shanaz from San Francisco.
— Shanaz (@ShanazRx) July 3, 2021
“The regime in Iran has a new judiciary chief in Gholam-Hossein Mohseni-Eje’i, another known human rights violator. The Iranian people, however, are striving for ‘Free Iran 2021,’” tweeted political analyst Heshmat Alavi.
The regime in #Iran has a new judiciary chief in Gholam-Hossein Mohseni-Ejei, another known human rights violator.
— Heshmat Alavi (@HeshmatAlavi) July 3, 2021
“I stand with Maryam Rajavi to say no to poverty, no to child labor, no to hunger and starvation, no to homelessness, no to injustice in the society… and yes to freedom of choice and speech in a democratic society, a free Iran,” tweeted Director of International Coalition of Women Against Fundamentalism (ICWAF) Sara Fallah.
#IStandWithMaryamRajavi to say no to poverty
No to child labour
No to hunger & starvation
No to homelessness
No to injustice in the society.
Yes,#IStandWithMaryamRajavi for freedom of choice & speech in a democratic society.
Free Iran. pic.twitter.com/n9PRq9DhX2
— Sara Fallah Director of ICWAF. (@shahnazfarzaneh) July 3, 2021
“I stand with a free Iran, I stand with Maryam Rajavi,” tweeted human rights activist Jess Kroener.
— Jess (@JessKroener) July 3, 2021
“I stand with Maryam Rajavi because she is a beacon of hope and victory for the people of Iran, and a nightmare for the fundamental terrorists ruling my homeland,” tweeted political activist and INU associated editor Ali Latifi.
— Ali Latifi (@alilatifi684) July 3, 2021