By: Pejman Amiri
Over 100,000 people rallied in a grand gathering at the Bourget convention center in Paris for the “Free Iran” rally on Saturday, July 9th, showing the world how a united, strong opposition stands against the mullahs ruling Iran and is devoted to realizing regime change in Tehran aimed at toppling the mullahs once and for all. This rally, organized and sponsored each year by the Iranian opposition National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), gathered hundreds of senior politicians, current and former leaders and officials, lawmakers and human rights advocates from America, Europe, the Middle East and beyond.
As the crowd went wild welcoming NCRI President Maryam Rajavi’s remarks, she met all their expectations by delivering a powerful speech as always.
There will be no possible path to gain victory over Daesh (the Arabic acronym for the self-proclaimed Islamic State, ISIS or ISIL) without bringing an end to Iran’s expansionism across the Middle East, Rajavi said.
Several hundred prominent dignitaries from five continents and dozens countries represented their respected countries and voiced their all-out support for the NCRI cause championed by Maryam Rajavi, the charismatic Iranian opposition leader. She has been able to gain the support of thousands of politicians and lawmakers across the globe for her famous 10-point plan for a future Iran.
Former House speaker and presidential candidate Newt Gingrich; former Democratic National Committee chairman and presidential candidate Gov. Howard Dean; former energy secretary and ambassador to the U.N. Gov. Bill Richardson; former deputy secretary of state and ambassador to the U.N. John Bolton; former attorney general Judge Michael Mukasey; the first American homeland security secretary Gov. Tom Ridge; former FBI director Louis Freeh; former White House homeland security and counterterrorism advisor Frances Townsend; former Marine commandant General Conway; former army chief of staff and former commander of U.S. forces in Iraq, General George Casey were amongst the long slate of others participated in this rally from the United States.
Major delegations represented the countries of Spain, Switzerland, France, Romania, Poland, Norway, Estonia, Albania, Malt, the Netherlands, Portugal, Australia and also a variety of Arab and Islamic countries.
“We have bought time to stop the nuclearisation of the regime which is great for security,” said former European Parliament Vice President Alejo Vidal-Quadras, in a July 8th press conference, yet adding many mistakenly believe the situation in Iran and the region has changed for the better, while all signs show Iran has continued and actually intensified its meddling. Vidal Quadras described the regime in Tehran as ”astute”, adding the international community must be worried about Iran abusing the new status quo to pursue their own regional strategy.
“Let’s not be too optimistic” about the nuclear deal, he added.
Pejman Amiri is a freelance writer on Iran & Middle East Pro-democracy & freedom for Iran follow Pejman on @pj_arad