On Saturday 1st July, the Iranian opposition, the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), will be hosting its annual “Free Iran” rally in Paris. Many people in Iran have risked imprisonment, arrest, torture and even execution to share the news about the event. Many people have passed leaflets around and put posters up in cities across the country.
The activities have been compiled in a video clip. People are calling for regime change and holding posters saying that they want Supreme Leader Khamenei to be replaced by Maryam Rajavi, the president-elect of the NCRI and leader of the opposition.
To be involved in any such activity in Iran is a very dangerous thing. The NCRI / MEK opposition is considered a terrorist group and a “cult” by the Iranian regime, and hundreds of people are executed every year for involvement.
The NCRI have commented on the acts of defiance that have been seen in recent days in Iran, saying that is it proof that the people do not want the mullahs’ regime in charge. They said it shows that “this regime and all its factions have no legitimacy whatsoever and that the July 1 gathering represents the will of the people of Iran.”
At the rally this weekend, politicians from Europe, the Middle East and America (both Democrats and Republicans) will attend.
The theme of the rally this year is “Onward with the Iranian Resistance, Regime Change within Reach”.
There will be a Syrian delegation speaking at the event talking about the effects of Iran’s extensive involvement in their country.
As per previous years, there will be numerous prominent attendees from the US who will voice their support for the Iranian regime and will stand in support of the people of Iran. Some of them have signed a statement of support to say that they believe regime change is “within reach” not just because the regime is in a very weak position but because of the huge movement that it pushing for it.
The statement condemned Iran’s involvement in making the Middle East instable and engulfed in crisis. They said that the NCRI is capable of ending the “nightmare of religious dictatorship” by ensuring that tolerance, equality, democracy and freedom are established. It has support from all over the world and is recognised as being a viable organisation.
They also highlight that it is the responsibility of everyone to stand up to the cruel, inhumane and corrupt regime.