This week thousands and thousands of Iranian dissidents and their supporters participated in a virtual summit called the ”Free Iran Global Summit,” which has been offering a platform for Iran’s key dissidents, lawmakers, and influential figures like Trump’s lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, and former Sen. Joe Lieberman.
Other people who have spoken include:
- former U.S. Attorney General Michael Mukasey;
"The most restrictive sanctions must be snapped back against the regime. The regime’s nuclear efforts have not abated. It continues to support terrorism," said Michael Mukasey, 81st U.S. Attorney General, at the #FreeIran2020 online event.https://t.co/rwQRWbmj9v— Heshmat Alavi (@HeshmatAlavi) July 17, 2020
- Theresa Payton, CEO of Fortalice LLC, Cybersecurity and Intelligence;
Theresa Payton, CEO of Fortalice LLC, Cybersecurity and Intelligence: The regime spreads disinformation and fake news. They wish to influence the media to discredit the opposition, the #MEK. #FreeIran2020 #WeSupportMEK pic.twitter.com/8lrX3rzVcF— MEK Iran (Mujahedin-e Khalq) (@MEK_Iran) July 17, 2020
- international security analyst, Robert Joseph.
Former US Undersecretary of State Robert Joseph told #FreeIran2020 conference: regime change must come from within and will come from within. @Maryam_Rajavi ten-point plan provides a plan of action for a free and democratic Iran.https://t.co/OSdgQ7DsTH— NCRI-FAC (@iran_policy) July 17, 2020
The National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) and the (PMOI / MEK Iran) which were the key force behind the event, said that the participants from 102 countries and 30,000 locations. Their messages were issuing a warning about the regime’s increase in the use of terrorism in the region and Europe. They have asked from the international community to actively support a regime change.
The organizers of the summit said that the event showed to the international community that “there is a peaceful alternative to replace the regime currently holding power in Tehran.”
This action was supported by Ali Safavi, a member of Iran’s Parliament in Exile and an NCRI member. The event did not face a repeat of the thwarted terrorist plot which was targeted at the summit in 2018, which has now led to a number of arrests.
COVID-19 outbreak not forgotten
The summit paid tribute to all those who have lost their lives in the pandemic which, according to the resistance movement (PMOI / MEK Iran), is far higher than the official figures released by the regime. There is a vast difference between the official data issued by the regime which shows 13,000 dead to that released by the resistance movement with a death toll of more than 72,000.
A majority of the members of the House of Representatives last June backed a bipartisan resolution in relation to Iran that unanimously backs the Iranian opposition movement’s demand for the installation of for a secular, democratic Iran. It condemned any Iranian state-sponsored terrorism.
Recently, in Tehran, there have been several big street protests led by ordinary Iranians. The regime’s response was to kill 1,500 of those who were involved in the protests. This has sparked even more support for a regime change.