Speaking to a crowd of approximately 100,000 participants and activists, as well as over 600 political dignitaries from 32 nations including the United States, Rajavi explained, “We have come here to convey to the world the voice and message of Iran’s true owners, the Iranian people.”
She went on to describe that message in terms that reflected the platform of the NCRI, which includes a commitment to a non-nuclear state, an end to Iran’s current meddling in other regions of the globe, and safeguards for human rights that are routinely violated under the existing regime.
The Paris-based resistance leader also praised the Iranian people for actively standing up for this platform and taking actions against the regime in spite of the persistence of human rights violations and the repression of dissent. Speaking directly to them via illicit broadcasts to Iran by the NCRI’s satellite network, Rajavi said, “Your resistance, your struggle, and your solidarity are stronger than any other force.”
Expressing absolute confidence in the prospects for regime change, Rajavi said that this “perseverance has [already] defeated the mullahs.” Addressing a number of domestic and foreign circumstances facing the Iranian regime, Rajavi repeatedly referred to the Iranian government as being at an “impasse” that will lead toward regime change. “The velayat e-faqih regime has reached the end of the line,” she announced, prompting the crowd to chant in Farsi, “The mullahs’ regime must be overthrown.”
In addition to Rajavi, political and military figures from across the world spoke at Saturday’s rally. Bipartisan delegates from the US included former DNC chairman Howard Dean and first Homeland Security Director Tom Ridge. To varying degrees, each supporter of the NCRI endorsed Rajavi’s explicit statement that regime change in Iran is “the only fix” for the various crises facing the Middle East region.
Toward this end, many other speakers also elaborated upon Rajavi’s policy recommendations for Western nations and her criticisms of ongoing nuclear negotiations and overall US policy toward Iran. She accused the US and its allies of effectively siding with Iran both by offering “major concessions” in the nuclear talks and by failing to stand up to Iran’s destabilizing influence in places like Syria, Iraq, and Yemen.
Rajavi and her supporters thus urged the West to change course by siding instead with the NCRI and its constituent groups, which have been the “vanguard force in the fight against fundamentalism,” and which embody the desire for a new, democratic government in Iran.