Maryam Ranjavi, NCRI, 21 March 2017
In a grand gathering on the occasion of the Persian New Year, the Iranian Resistance’s President-elect Maryam Rajavi congratulated all Iranians in Iran and abroad. She wished that the New Year would be the year of breaking the chains of the Velayat-e Faqih regime, the looming of the spring of freedom and national sovereignty, the failure of the mullahs’ belligerence in the region, and the year of emancipation of the defenseless people of Syria from the clutches of that brutal regime.
John Bolton, former US Ambassador to UN; Robert Torricelli, former member of the US Senate; former Prime Minister Pandeli Majko; Fatmir Mediu, Member of Parliament and leader of the Republican Party;Jean-Pierre Muller, Mayor of Magny en Vexin, member of Val d’Oise Provincial Council and co-president of the French Mayors’ Committee for a Democratic Iran; Bruno Macé, Mayor of Villiers Adam and member of the Mayors’ Committee for a Democratic Iran; as well as a considerable as well as the NCRI Chair of Athletic Committee, Moslem Eskandar Filabi addressed this great gathering convened in Tirana with thousands of PMOI members participating.
Maryam Rajavi said, “The Iranian people’s Nowruz comes the day when all sectors of Iranian society including the Fars, Baluchis, Kurds, Arabs, Azeris, Shiites, Sunnis, Christians, Jews, and followers of other religions and creeds could live together in peace in a society based on separation of religion and state. This would be a society where everyone can freely think and express their opinions, elect and promote their political traditions, endeavor to change any government they deem is against the people’s interests, and a society where people can choose their clothing and no compulsions are sanctioned.”
She added, “The people of Iran and other countries in the region expect that the US would consider a fundamental revision of its policy of the past 16 years. The same policy that has handed Iraq to the religious fascism ruling Iran in a silver platter and opened the path for the destruction of Syria, Yemen and other countries in the region by the regime.Nothing has been more helpful to the Velayat-e Faqih regime in Iran than the US appeasement. Every policy on Iran and the Middle East which does not respect the Iranian people’s struggle for freedom and does not endorse the urgent demand of the peoples of the region to expel the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) is doomed to fail. The overthrow of the mullahs’ religious tyranny is the responsibility of the Iranian people and Resistance. But we expect an end to the concessions and assistances which have contributed to the continued rule of the regime for years. To this end, all commercial and diplomatic relations must be made contingent on end to executions and torture, the regime’s criminal and invasive forces must be expelled from the region, the IRGC must be placed in the list of terrorist organizations, and the Iranian people’s struggle for freedom must be recognized.”
Elaborating on the crises entangling the Iranian regime particularly in the impasse of its upcoming elections, the Iranian Resistance’s President-elect pointed out, “Today, Khamenei faces three major predicaments in determining the fate of the regime’s election sham: First, fearing the Iranian people’s Resistance and uprising; second, the US policy in the region which has seriously alarmed the regime; and third, the dilemma over Khamenei’s succession which has led to a deep crisis within the regime. The people of Iran do not heed the regime’s sham elections and will boycott it as they always have. Based on the acknowledgements made by the regime’s officials, various strata of the people of Iran staged some 7 to 11 thousand protests last year against the regime’s policies. Beyond any protest, this is a daily drill for uprooting the regime’s injustice and oppression. Therefore, Western governments must not fall for the regime’s hoaxes and farcical elections and victimize the people of Iran. The policy of overlooking the Iranian people’s human rights, freedom and Resistance can no longer be continued.”