On June 30, the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) and its supporters held their annual Free Iran rally in Paris. During the event, there were multiple delegations of speakers, all who gave support to the resistance and spoke of the importance of regime change for the stability of Iran and the region.
Recent events have shifted the landscape for the Iranian regime, as the United States has pulled out of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) in early May. This has left EU leaders scrambling to assure the regime that the agreement was still valid, but there is little hope to save it. The reason is that the U.S. is imposing the old sanctions, as well as new ones targeting the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) and other institutions key to the Iranian regime’s economic well-being.
With that situation in mind, many delegates from European countries stood in support of the resistance.
“The regime tries everything to crush the opposition, but the world can see that the people are fighting back against the regime. The regime plunder from their people and we must see that moderate ness is not an option. The Iranian regime must be brought to justice for destabilizing the region. We support the fight for freedom,” said Eduard Lintner, former German deputy Interior Minister.
Others noted the impact of the protests in recent months on the regime’s stability. “After recent months, we see that the Iran regime is not ready to have a dialogue with its own people, therefore we should end the appeasement and support Iran resistance instead,” said Marcin Swiecicki, a member of the Poland Parliament.
There was also plenty of praise for Maryam Rajavi, the President-elect of the NCRI, and her 10-point plan for the future of Iran. “We bring our support to Maryam Rajavi and all freedom fighters in Iran. Our unconditional support is even more determined now that that theocracy is trying to crush the opposition,” said Giulio Terzi, former Foreign Minister of Italy.
Members of the UK delegation also brought out the impact of women in the fight to free Iran from the theocratic regime. “I want to highlight the Iranian women who are risking so much to be part of the protest movement. These are women who bravely stand in the face of security forces and chant down with the mullahs. I share your appeal for freedom in Iran. Let us all hope that one day, Mrs. Rajavi is able to put in place her 10-point plan for a Free Iran,” said Theresa Villiers.
There was also much encouragement to support the Iranian people and be a voice for them within the international community. “Earlier this year, we saw in Iran, what I thought was a glimmer of hope. We have to be the voice of the Iranian people. Those people, like ourselves, who want an alternative to the mullahs,” said Matthew Offord.
One French delegate commented on the reality of living under the mullahs and their use of the death penalty as a tool of repression. “The UN Secretary General said that he is disturbed by the executions in Iran. Amnesty International reported that many protesters have been killed,” said Philippe Douste-Blaze, a United Nations official and former French center-right politician.
Finally, a comment by former Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper best sums up the hopes of the international community. “The regime does not seek freedom or peace and we must acknowledge the people’s rising protests in Tehran…Of course, the regime continues to expand throughout the Middle East, build missiles, and terrorize its people…Do not give up hope in a free Iran. You have many friends that support a Free Iran, an Iran that will come to pass someday soon. Keep up the fight!”