Back in July, Iranian Opposition President Maryam Rajavi gave an interview to the Washington Times about her work with the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), but we think it’s important to revisit it now. In this first part, we will look at the messages that she had for the international community and the United States about supporting the Resistance.
Maryam Rajavi noted that the people of Iran are ready for regime change, citing the twin uprisings of November 2019 and January 2020, where people used slogans that rejected both the regime and the Shah, who was deposed in 1979. (A common lie by the mullahs is that dissidents support the hated Shah, which the mullahs use to try and discredit Maryam Rajavi and the opposition.)
She said that people want a democratic republic based on universal suffrage, which was obvious because of the nationwide boycott of the parliamentary elections in February before the regime even acknowledged that coronavirus was plaguing the country. (It’s now killed over 150,000 people.)
“In short, the regime is in a much weaker and more vulnerable position compared to last year; it is much more exposed, and the society writ-large is on the verge of a real explosion. So, the regime is closer to being overthrown more than ever before,” Maryam Rajavi said.
She said that the July gathering had three main messages:
- Despite the regime’s efforts to destroy the Resistance, they are strong than ever before
- The Resistance stands with the Iranian people in their fight to overthrow the regime
- There is a viable alternative to the regime that believes in democracy, gender equality, and the separation of religion and state
“The international community must recognize and acknowledge the right of the Iranian people for resistance against this medieval regime and for uprooting it once and for all.” Iranian Opposition President added.
She further called for a “firm and resolute policy” against the regime to deny them access to resources and opportunities that they would use for terrorism and domestic repression, stating that they should not be allowed to get their hands on “a single bullet.”
— Maryam Rajavi (@Maryam_Rajavi) September 18, 2020
“This is in line with the Iranian people’s interests as well. Replenishing the regime’s financial coffers is tantamount to more suppression against the Iranian people and an escalation in exporting terrorism and warmongering in the region,” Maryam Rajavi noted.
She then spoke about the trial for regime diplomat Assadolah Assadi (due to begin later this month) for the attempted bombing of the 2018 Free Iran rally, which is the first time a regime agent will face terrorism charges in Europe.
“He is a senior officer of the Iranian regime’s Ministry of Intelligence and Security (MOIS) and was the commander of a plot to bomb the Iranian Resistance’s annual gathering in Paris. The targets were myself and senior European and American dignitaries in attendance.
“If the plot were not discovered and thwarted at the last minute, it would have led to the largest and deadliest terrorist act on European soil. Of course, terrorism has been part of the regime’s survival strategy and its most important foreign policy instrument since day one.
“But in recent years, the situation has changed, creating a greater need for the regime to resort to terrorism, especially against its legitimate and powerful alternative, because the regime has grown increasingly weak and vulnerable,” Maryam Rajavi concluded.