In June 2018, agents from the Iranian regime tried to carry out a terrorist attack on an Iranian Resistance rally near Paris where supporters of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) and the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) were congregated.

The plan was foiled before an incident could take place but in November 2020, the leader of the plot and three accomplices were brought to trial where they were later convicted and sentenced. The key perpetrator, Iranian diplomat Assadollah Assadi, received a 20-year prison sentence.

In this regard, the opposition said: “Assadi’s prosecution has shown to the world that Iranian terrorism will continue to threaten Europe and the US until it is finally stopped.”

They encourage the European Union and the wider international community to rethink their approaches on dealing with the Iranian regime. They believe that a new set of ideas should be suggested in order to bring the root of the terrorism to an end, both domestically and abroad.

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Sadly, the EU’s Head of External Actions, Josep Borell, has suggested that the EU’s intention is to continue a ‘maximum diplomacy’ strategy with the terrorist regime in place in Iran and has said himself that he will be taking part in an online business forum with the Iranian regime’s Foreign Minister, Javad Zarif, in early March.

The opposition said: “The fact of the matter is that in the long term, no one in Europe will benefit from this sort of appeasement. All it will do is allow the current Iranian regime to continue with its human rights violations in order to maintain its position of power.”

Thankfully, not everyone takes Borell’s stance on relations with the regime. There is growing support worldwide, and especially within Iran, to endorse the NCRI and MEK resistance movements that are challenging the regime consistently.

There have been numerous protest rallies since the current political system began in the late 1980s. Each time, the regime has sought to suppress these uprisings through multiple arrests, tortures, and executions but this has never stopped the NCRI and the MEK from their goal to overthrown the regime and building a better foundation for Iran.

The Iranian opposition added that, “In the end, it is only by protecting the Iranian people in their fight for a democratic future that the EU and the US can ever hope to permanently eliminate the Iranian terror threat from the world. For these reasons, Western governments should listen to recommendations and be more assertive toward the Iranian regime.”

One of the biggest uprisings in recent years took place in November 2019. Protests began in Khuzestan province on November 15, in response to the announcement of a sudden hike in fuel prices, and quickly spread within hours to over 190 cities. These protests quickly shifted to calls for changes to the regime.

The regime suppressed the uprising almost a week later with the use of guns, batons, water cannons, and tear gas. According to an announcement by the MEK on December 15 2019, more than 1,500 protesters were killed and 12,000 more were arrested.