Maryam Rajavi: Relocation of Camp Liberty Residents a Setback for Regime & Beginning of a New Era of Change

As reported by the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) on September 10, President-elect Maryam Rajavi addressed large crowds of Iranians, who were celebrating the successful conclusion of the relocation of Camp Liberty’s residents from Iraq to Europe.

In a ceremony at their offices in Auvers-sur-Oise on Saturday, September 10, attended by French, European and Arab dignitaries, Mrs. Rajavi described the relocation as “a strategic setback for the clerical regime,” adding that “the bells toll and call for change and for an era of progress and advancement.” 

“In these 14 years, thanks to the endurance of the PMOI and its members in Ashraf and Camp Liberty, and relentless political and international campaigns, the clerical regime’s schemes to destroy and annihilate the Iranian Resistance were thwarted. The Iranian people’s movement for freedom thus took a substantial step forward against the clerical regime. The regime’s plan to guarantee its own survival with the physical elimination of the PMOI/MEK was foiled,” she said. 

Political dignitaries, old friends of the Iranian Resistance and staunch defendants of Ashraf, attended the ceremony. They included Sid Ahmad Ghozali, former Prime Minister of Algeria; Alejo Vidal Quadras, President of the International Committee in Search of Justice (ISJ) and former Vice President of the European Parliament; Ms. Ingrid Betancourt, former presidential candidate for Columbia; Madam Annisa Boumediene, Expert on Islam and former First Lady of Algeria; Tahar Boumedra, former Chief of the Human Rights Office of the UN Assistance Mission to Iraq, and in charge of the Case in Ashraf; Bishop Jacque Gaillot and Mr. Jean-Pierre Muller, mayor of Magny-en-Vexin and head of the Committee of mayors against fundamentalism and for human rights; Pierre Bercis, President of the New Human Rights Foundation, and Sheikh Dahou Meskine, Secretary General of the Joint Committee of Muslims against Fundamentalism and for Human Rights. 

Congratulations for were heard all around for Mrs. Rajavi and the Iranian Resistance. 

Mrs. Rajavi also remarked that, “The regime ostensibly wanted to expel the Mojahedin from Iraq and to send them away from the Iranian border. Still, the mullahs’ real demand was their annihilation or their surrender to the mullahs’ rule. The fake arrest warrants issued by the Iraqi judiciary, the extradition schemes and the red notices passed on to Interpol, sought to pave the way for the same purpose. The PMOI, however, endured in the face of a ruthless siege; it kept alight the flames of struggle for freedom and held high the flag of the movement for the overthrow of the Velayat-e Faqih regime. It preserved the Iranian nation’s moral, activist and strategic asset amidst the most horrifying crises in the Middle East.” 

Mrs. Rajavi applauded the solidarity and support for the residents of Ashraf and Camp Liberty from around the world. She said, “It was the great power of conscience that rushed to the aid of the resistance from all around the world and prevent much worse disasters.” 

She also spoke about the movement toward justice for the victims of the 1988 massacre in Iran, saying,  “A new chapter has now opened, which is marked by the full-fledged advancement for the overthrow of the Velayat-e Faqih.” 

She also referred to mullah Ahmad Jannati, head of the Assembly of Experts and the regime’s Council of Guardians, who just the day before had set all considerations aside and said, “If the PMOI had been given more opportunity and if they had not been massacred, they would have uprooted the regime.”  His remarks point to the preservation of the regime as being the real issue for the massacre.

Mrs. Rajavi responded, “But let me make it clear for Khamenei and his regime: The Iranian Resistance is now prepared a hundred times stronger and more experienced to forge ahead in its struggle.”