The Iranian regime continues to use repressive measures against the Iranian people in an attempt to keep them from organizing an uprising. That repression includes actively terrorizing the organized, democratic alternative led by the resistance coalition, known as the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI). This coalition includes the PMOI/MEK, a group that has strong links to ongoing protests and strikes throughout the country.
Regime behind attempted attack in Paris
One of the ways that the regime has been active against the NCRI is through terrorist activities using its Ministry of Intelligence (MOIS). A recent alleged attack involved an Iranian diplomat from the Vienna embassy, who was arrested in Germany for his role in the attempted attack. Currently, this diplomat, who has ties with the MOIS, is being extradited to Belgium, where the couple with the bomb material was arrested.
The target of this group with the Free Iran rally held in Paris on June 30. The group included Iranians and leaders from various countries around the world.
France responds with freezing assets
For French authorities, the actions of this diplomat and his connections with MOIS have resulted in a joint statement that condemned the actions of the regime and froze assets for several groups and at least two individuals.
“An attempted attack was thwarted. This act of an extreme gravity envisioned on our territory could not go without a response,” said the statement. U.S. officials showed their support for the actions of the French authorities, noting that “Tehran needs to know this outrageous behavior will not be tolerated.”
According to members of the Iranian regime, the actions by the French government are part of a larger movement toward isolating the regime even further for its terrorist activities. Maryam Rajavi, President-elect of the NCRI, called the actions necessary, but she also noted that European Union members need to follow through on the April 29, 1997 declaration of the EU.
The NCRI also called on Europe to enforce the EU declaration to keep the MOIS from planning and executing attacks against the Iranian resistance. They point to the fact that the regime’s survival is at stake, so these attacks are meant to destroy the only viable opponent to the rule of the mullahs. Despite their best efforts, it appears that the international community is no longer willing to tolerate the actions of the regime within their borders.