Thousands of Iranians staged a large demonstration in Brussels (de facto capital of the European Union) on June 15, 2019, followed by a protest rally to condemn the abhorrent violation of human rights in Iran and the Iranian regime’s instigation of terrorism and warmongering in the Middle East region. This was the first of at least four other major rallies by Iranians that will take place in Europe and North America.
They urged the European Union to impose comprehensive sanctions against Iran’s regime and blacklist the Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) and the regime’s Intelligence Ministry (MOIS) as foreign terrorist organizations.
While marching on Schuman Roundabout in Brussels, the demonstrators expressed support for the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) and resistance units inside Iran as well as the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), the Resistance umbrella group and parliament in exile led by the Resistance President-elect, Mrs. Maryam Rajavi,” the NCRI reported in a Statement on Saturday.
Similar demonstrations will be held in front of the State Department in Washington, D.C. on June 21, and also in Berlin (Germany) on July 6, in Stockholm (Sweden) on July 20, and in London (U.K.) on July 27, 2019.
These rallies are held at the time of the Iranian Resistance annual grand gatherings that are held each year on or around June 30 to support the Iranian people’s uprising and their Resistance, particularly the resistance units inside the country.
According to the NCRI, Mrs. Maryam Rajavi who addressed the demonstrators in a video message, said: “The faltering Iranian regime is besieged by a nation that has risen up and has lost all patience. As in the final days of the Shah’s regime, members of the regime’s parliament are ‘sounding the alarm’ in speech after speech and warning of an ominous fate, that awaits the entirety of the regime… Rouhani and his cabinet ministers are insisting that in the past 40 years the regime has never faced such critical circumstances.”
The Iranian people are “crying out for regime change and want to see the downfall of the regime in its entirety. If anyone can change the behavior of the religious fascists and clerical dictators of Iran without trampling on Iranians human rights and their right to determine their destiny, then, by all means, we welcome it and say go ahead and change this regime’s behavior as much as you can,” Mrs. Rajavi added.
“The regime’s strategy for survival in its final days in the deadly crisis it is facing is to demonize the MEK and Iranian Resistance as the main threat and lay the ground for further terrorist acts against them.”
“Apologists of the regime and those who benefit from its continued rule feign concern for war and push for appeasing the ruling murderers in Iran to prevent the regime’s downfall and provide benefits to this regime. Their rationale is that refrain from regime change in Iran saying the devil regime we know is better and the Iranian nation is better off with this regime and everyone should submit to its rule,” Mrs. Rajavi underlined.
“The terrorist plots uncovered in European countries during the past year, such as the attempted bombings in Albania and France, the arrest of Iranian regime agents and its diplomat-terrorist Assadollah Assadi, and the expulsion of four diplomat-terrorists from Europe, provided ample proof of the accuracy of repeated warnings by the Iranian Resistance that the regime’s embassies in Europe are centers of criminal plots,” Mrs. Rajavi said and concluded:
“Therefore, we call on the European Union to place comprehensive sanctions on the religious dictatorship ruling Iran and to proscribe the IRGC and the MOIS as terrorist entities. Its agents must be prosecuted, punished, and expelled. The heads of the regime must account for their crimes against the Iranian people, especially the massacre of political prisoners, in an international court of law.”
Several other speakers offered speech in the rally including Giulio Terzi, former Foreign Minister of Italy; Ms. Ingrid Betancourt, former presidential hopeful in Columbia; Prof. Alejo Vidal Quadras, director of the in Search of Justice Foundation and former Vice President of the European Parliament; Struan Stevenson, coordinator of the Campaign for change in Iran; and Mark Demesmaeker, member of the European Parliament.