At a gathering in Tirana, Albania, in celebration of the Iranian/Persian New Year, the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) President-elect Maryam Rajavi expressed her wish that this New Year would be the year that the chains of Iran’s religious fascism are broken.
She wished “the looming of the spring of freedom and national sovereignty, the failure of the mullahs’ belligerence in the region, and the year of emancipation of the defenseless people of Syria from the clutches of the clerical regime ruling Iran.”
Thousands of members of the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI) took part in the celebration. Various international figures also participated in this event, including John Bolton, former U.S. Ambassador to UN; Robert Torricelli, former member of the U.S. Senate; David Muniz, deputy U.S. Ambassador in Albania; Jean-Pierre Muller, Mayor of Magny en Vexin and member of Val d’Oise Provincial Council; and Bruno Macé, Mayor of Villiers Adam from France.
“Today, Khamenei faces three major predicaments in determining the fate of the regime’s election sham: First, fearing the Iranian people’s Resistance and uprising; second, the U.S. policy in the region which has seriously alarmed the regime; and third, the dilemma over Khamenei’s succession, which has led to a deep crisis within the regime. The people of Iran do not heed the regime’s sham elections and will boycott it as they always have….Western governments must not fall for the regime’s hoaxes and farcical elections and victimize the people of Iran. The policy of overlooking the Iranian people’s human rights, freedom and Resistance can no longer be continued,” said Rajavi.
The gathering included a number of expat Iranians, Albanians and other members of the international community. The speakers also touched on the human rights violations that have continued, despite protests from Iranians within the country and the international community. The celebration included many of the traditions of the Persian New Year, including the sharing of various foods associated with the New Year.
As part of her remarks, Rajavi also touched upon the issue of appeasement, which various agencies have accused Western nations of doing in their dealings with Iran. “We expect an end to the concessions and assistances, which have contributed to the continued rule of the regime for years. To this end, all commercial and diplomatic relations must be made contingent on an end to executions and torture, the regime’s criminal and invasive forces must be expelled from the region, the IRGC must be placed on the list of terrorist organizations, and the Iranian people’s struggle for freedom must be recognized,” said Rajavi.
According to Bolton, “The golden era of the mullahs’ relations with the U.S. is over. It is vitally important that the whole world know that the U.S. policy on Iran and its sponsored terrorism has fundamentally changed.” This referenced the change in policy from the Obama administration to the new Trump administration.
Other speakers praised the efforts and perseverance of the PMOI members in Iraq over the years in the face of the actions of the Iranian regime, especially since members of the gathering included former Camp Liberty residents. Many in the crowd held up Iranian flags during the speeches, cheering and showing support for Rajavi.
“It is a great pleasure to see all of you gathered here together after all the years of danger…For you, there is only the language of heart without political divisions…You must consider Albania as your second home,” said Pandeli Majko, former Prime Minister of Albania.
In describing the Iran of the future, Rajavi said, “This would be a society where everyone can freely think and express their opinions, elect and promote their political traditions, endeavour to change any government they deem is against the people’s interests, and a society where people can choose their clothing, and no compulsions are sanctioned.”