Earlier this week, Reuters Television broadcast coverage of a rally in Paris which protested a visit by the Iranian Regime’s Foreign Minister Javad Zarif.
The protesters, including supporters of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) and People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI or MEK), highlighted the execution rate in Iran- the highest per capita in the world- and the regime’s interference in the Syrian civil war.
The protesters, in Paris’ Place de Panthéon, staged mock executions and imprisonments and led chants declaring that Zarif is a representative of a terrorist regime, which systematically violates human rights. They trampled over photographs of the mullahs’ Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei and President Hassan Rouhani.
Shahin Gobadi, of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the NCRI, said: “The Iranians are here to make clear that Javad Zarif represents no one but a ruthless theocracy which is the number one executioner… and which is the main sponsor of international terrorism, a regime which has been supporting Bashar Assad in his carnage against the Syrian people.”
French speakers at the rally included Governor Yves Bonnet, former director of the French internal security service DST; Pierre Bercis, honorary President of the French human rights group Nouveaux droits de l’Homme (New Human Rights); and Emmanuel Poilane, chairman of France Libertés-Fondation Danielle Mitterrand.
These protesters joined the 270 Members of the European Parliament who called on EU countries to only continue a relationship with Iran if the regime improves its human rights record and stops interfering with other middle-eastern countries.
A Free Iran rally is planned for July 9, in Paris. They want Western governments to recognise the dictatorship’s barbaric treatment of its own citizens and to halt relations with the mullah’s regime unless improvements are made.