In a speech to the Free Iran Global Summit in July, the Iranian opposition President-elect Maryam Rajavi spoke about the five significant and historic occasions that the Iranian Resistance and people should commemorate and reflect on, as they provide “a guiding light for the future.”
She named these occasions as:
- The anniversary of the uprising of the people of Tehran on July 21, 1952
- The anniversary of the founding of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) in 1981
- The anniversary of the ceasefire of the Iran-Iraq War on July 18, 1988, which Supreme Leader Ruhollah Khomeini described as a “chalice of poison” after the Resistance’s National Liberation Army of Iran forced the regime to sign it
- Khomeini’s fatwa to massacre Iranian Resistance members, where 30,000 political prisoners were murdered over the summer of 1988
- The anniversary of the Eternal Light Operation, where the National Liberation Army of Iran went 170 km deep into Iranian territory, near to the gates of Kermanshah, something that no one believed they could do at that point
With these occasions in mind, Maryam Rajavi said that the Iranian people and their Resistance will “undoubtedly triumph” in taking Iran back from the “clerical occupiers.”
She further paid tribute to some of the greatest heroes in modern Iranian history, notably Dr. Mohammad Mossadeq, the leader of the Nationalist Movement of Iran, who was deposed in a UK-US coup in 1953.
Maryam Rajavi cited him as telling the younger generation that they were “the last arrow” in the Iranian people’s quiver and that they must learn from what they have seen and be “tenacious and insistent” on their position for the good of the country. He called for the formation of a political and social organization, like the Mojahedin of Algeria, who would “sacrifice everything they have” to create a free nation.
She further spoke about how the Iranian Resistance leader, Massoud Rajavi had told a military tribunal in 1971, in his defense speech for being a member of the Resistance, that he and his fellow Resistance members were the children of Dr. Mossadeq, who had “dispensed with all personal ambitions for wealth and stature” in order to end colonialism and bring about “freedom and independence.”
“Ten years later, Massoud Rajavi founded the National Council of Resistance of Iran to prevent anyone from usurping the outcome of the suffering and sacrifices of martyrs, as it happened during the anti-monarchic revolution in 1979, and to guarantee a democratic future for Iran,” Maryam Rajavi said.
Further on in her speech, she spoke about how the NCRI is a mirror image of the struggles of the regime and that the regime’s abuse of the NCRI is reflective of the threat that Maryam Rajavi and her Resistance are to the regime’s continued rule.
“The final position regarding the mullahs and those who prefer the clerical regime’s IRGC and Judiciary to the [People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran] PMOI/MEK and the NCRI, will also be shown in the Iranian people’s uprisings and New Revolution,” the NCRI President-elect added.