Iranians, supporters of the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI or MEK) and the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), along with numerous renowned politicians from both sides of the Atlantic will join a virtual conference on June 20, commemorating the beginning of the 40th year of Resistance against the religious fascism ruling Iran.
On June 20, 1981, following two-and-a-half years of peaceful political activities despite the regime’s brutality, half a million MEK supporters in Tehran staged a peaceful protest, marching toward the Majlis (Parliament). The regime’s founder and then Supreme Leader Ruhollah Khomeini ordered the Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) to open fire on the crowd. Hundreds were killed and thousands were arrested and subsequently executed; many were not even identified. June 20 is therefore remembered as the day of the Martyrs and Political Prisoners. By killing people on the streets, the regime lost its political legitimacy, and its reign of terror began. MEK leader Mr. Massoud Rajavi established the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) as a viable alternative to the regime, with the MEK as the largest group within this democratic coalition of opposition forces. Since 1981, the MEK has paid the price of freedom and democracy by sacrificing over 120,000 of its members and supporters, while thousands of prisoners have endured various forms of torture and on the other hand, showed the regime’s brutality to the whole world and exposed its secret activities to obtain a nuclear bomb. The MEK and its Resistance Units in Iran have been playing a leading role in the Iranian people’s uprisings, such as during the nationwide Iran protests in November, which shook the regime’s foundation.
Renowned global dignitaries will join this virtual event to express their solidarity and sympathy with the Iranian people and their organized resistance movement in their ongoing struggle to establish freedom, democracy, and human rights in Iran. This page will be updated throughout the day with a live report from the event:
UPDATE: 4:30 PM CEST
Virtual Conference – Iran Regime Change, Indispensable to Democracy and Justice in Iran, In commemoration of day of Martyrs and Political Prisoners-Free Iran 2020
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Baroness Sandy Verma
“During these difficult times, we must remember the four long decades of sacrifice that have been made. Over 120,000 PMOI members have been tortured and executed. Yet the regime has not been able to silence the resistance movement led by my dear sister Maryam Rajavi,” said Barones Sandy Verma.
“Today, the regime is terrified by the organized NCRI resistance movement, its president-elect and its support among the young generation in Iran. Regime officials warn of popular protests because of growing dissent in the Iranian society,” she added.
“The world is witnessing the rejection of dictatorship in anti-regime protests. It is vital to stand up to suppression and tyranny. The UK has an opportunity to show that there is a viable alternative to the mullahs’ regime. The people of Iran deserve a prosperous future. No government, group, or individual must rest easy until the people of Iran enjoy freedom. We remain with you, we will be there in celebration with madam Rajavi and all of you,” Baroness Sandy Verma concluded.
Rama Yade, former French Secretary of Human Rights
“The mobilization of youth as never before is your victory. Ashraf 3 is your victory. Nothing can prevent your greatest victory,” said Rama Yade, former French Secretary of Human Rights. “We are together, yesterday, today, and tomorrow.”
UPDATE: 6:25 PM CEST
Antonio Tasso, Member of the Italian Parliament
“In Iran, the youth are suppressed and arrested. This regime exploits even the novel coronavirus to kill political prisoners. This situation is unfortunately met with silence from Europe,” said Italian MP Antonio Tasso.
“Our states must condemn the leaders of this regime who have killed political prisoners in 1988 and protesters in 2019. We can not accept the appeasement attitude. The European Union must take a step forward. We must stand with the Iranian people,” Mr. Tasso added.
“We must be with the victims of the regime’s cruelties. We must acknowledge that the regime must not have a seat at the United Nations. I stand by the side of your organized resistance,” the Italian MP concluded. “I am an Ashrafi.”
UPDATE: 6:30 PM CEST
Michele de Vaucouleurs, Member of the French National Assembly
“I am impressed by the uprisings of Iranian women and girls who are the victims of the regime’s misogynist rule. Honor crimes in Iran show the misogyny of the mullahs. The constitution of the theocratic government protects these crimes,” said French National Assembly Member Michele de Vaucouleurs.
“I renew my support for the initiative of Mrs. Rajavi to protect the rights of women in Iran,” she concluded.
UPDATE: 6:35 PM CEST
Steve McCabe, Member of UK Parliament, former Parliamentary Whip
“It’s 40 years since the people’s revolution has been hijacked by the mullahs. They’re twisting and distorting religious beliefs for their own power. Throughout these years, the NCRI has survived,” said British MP Steve McCabe, a former Parliamentary Whip.
“Now the people are chanting down with the dictator, down with the supreme leader. The Iranian people know that a different future is possible. They know that Maryam Rajavi can lead the country to a different future. That is why the regime tries so hard to damage the reputation of the opposition,” Mr. McCabe added.
“The regime’s Ministry of Intelligence and Security (MOIS) has admitted that it employs agents against the PMOI because of the growing support for the opposition. It doesn’t matter what the regime does. It is finished,” he continued.
“After 40 years, people are tired. There is a possible alternative future. I want the British government to be open in its support for NCRI and Madame Rajavi. Iran will be free,” British MP Steve McCabe concluded.
Ingrid Betancourt, former Colombian Senator and presidential candidate
“Since the beginning, the mullahs’ regime betrayed the trust of the Iranian people. Thanks to evidence gathered by the MEK, we know the regime has executed 120,000 opponents since 1979,” said Íngrid Betancourt, former Colombian Senator and presidential candidate.
“In the past 40 years, the regime has resorted to all means to destroy the resistance and its most organized member, the MEK. Its diplomacy has been to obtain appeasement from foreign countries and ban, deport and extradite MEK members,” she added.
“But the people of Iran have never accepted the regime in the past 40 years and have resisted. We are proud to be part of this resistance.
“The people are voicing for the overthrow of the mullahs’ regime. Their slogans are: ‘Reformers, hardliners, the game is over,’ ‘Death to Khamenei,’ and ‘The enemy is right here, not in America.’ This is in line with the calls made by the MEK,” Senator Betancourt continued.
“The regime resorted to brutal violence during the 2019 protests, killing at least 1,500 people. But the uprising has shown the overthrow of the regime is possible, and the role of the MEK is not only instrumental but essential,” Mrs. Betancourt emphasized.
“In Iran, the coronavirus has killed at least 50,000 people, but the regime claims that it has killed less than 10,000. Unlike other countries, the regime is not supporting the people during the novel coronavirus outbreak.
“The MEK is the only organization in the world that has fully embraced gender equality. Facing the most misogynistic regime in the world, a woman is leading the way, and we are proud of it,” the former Colombian presidential candidate highlighted.
“Today, the Iranian regime faces its most severe crisis of its 40 years of existence. It is at an impasse with no solution. The game is over. And we, all of us, we know that for Iran, to unlock the door to its democracy and peace, Maryam Rajavi and MEK are key.”
UPDATE: 7:05 PM CEST
Faisal Odeh Al Rfouh, former Jordanian minister, Professor, University of Jordan
“The tyranny of the mullahs continues to this day. The international community must not remain silent about this,” said Faisal Odeh Al Rfouh, former Jordanian minister.
“Since the beginning of the novel coronavirus outbreak, the regime has abandoned the people and does not even declare how many people have been killed. The people of Iran are increasingly dying of COVID-19. Tens of thousands of prisoners are dealing with coronavirus. Some tried to flee prisons to escape COVID-19 infection, but the regime arrested and executed them.
“The regime is not interested in the health of the people. They only care about their own authority. They are using the coronavirus to kill the people. Instead, the regime is spending its money in Syria, Lebanon and Iraq,” Professor Al Rfouh added.
“The regime is facing many crises, including the coronavirus crisis, economic crisis, social crisis, and internal disputes. The strategy of the regime is to export terrorism abroad. The entire region has lost its stability and security because of the meddling of the mullahs’ regime.
“Regime change will restore security and stability in the region,” Professor Al Rfouh continued.
UPDATE: 7:10 PM CEST
Hermann Tertsch, Member of the European Parliament
“Even with all the appeasement and collaboration the regime has enjoyed by western countries, it is in a critical phase. The resistance is stronger every day. We still have enormous tasks in fighting this common enemy of the Iranian people and all freedom-loving people across the world,” said European Parliament Member Hermann Tertsch.
“All forces must unite to support the resistance in Iran to finish this history of terror that is 40 years old.
“I hope that the NCRI celebrates in not a long time the triumph of bringing democracy to Iran,” the MEP concluded.
UPDATE: 7:10 PM CEST
“The activities of Resistance Units inside Iran has been a major factor for bringing change to Iran. It’s time for Europe to take concrete actions to make the regime know that we have a firm policy and we stand with the people of Iran,” said former Spanish Senator Margarita Duran Vadell.
“I have studied the regime’s reactions to this movement. They have tried to destroy the image of the resistance as all dictators do. But the resistance stands taller and stronger than ever. We are not unwise to listen to this nasty regime. We are proud to stand with you Mrs. Rajavi. Let’s move toward a free Iran,” the former Spanish senator concluded.
UPDATE: 7:15 PM CEST
You’re a bright example Mrs. Rajavi. Your main goal is equality and equal value of men and women, in leadership positions, to show people we are not without power. The equality of men and women is an important chapter for freedom in Iran or any other country in the world.
We all hope for freedom in Iran very soon. It’s about change that you are living and showing to all of us. We are happy that you are leading this example. It’s been 40 years and you have been tireless. We always need examples like you are leading at the moment.
I hope that you are brave and will continue to do great things.