IETV Report, June 19, 2011
Reporter: They chanted “freedom” and repeated the slogans of the Arab Spring, “people demand regime change.”
Tens of thousands of supporters of the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) rallied in Villepinte in northern Paris on Saturday. They came from northern Europe, Germany, Britain, and even Canada and the United States. They were calling for the freedom of their people and protection of 3,400 of their friends in Camp Ashraf, Iraq, who are under threat.
In the presence of many French and foreign representatives, the President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (Maryam Rajavi) condemned the deadly April 8 attacks by Iraqi forces against the camp, which left 36 dead and over 300 injured.
Maryam Rajavi: Ashraf is the symbol of resistance against the religious dictatorship, a symbol of the perseverance and steadfastness of the Iranian people.
Reporter: In addition to issuing a call to the UN, the European Union and the United States for the protection of Camp Ashraf on humanitarian grounds, she also called on Washington once again to revoke the terrorist designation against her organization and to recognize the resistance movement against the mullahs’ religious dictatorship. Many American dignitaries present at the Villepinte gathering shared that opinion.
Patrick Kennedy: The enemies of our enemies are our friends. In this particular instance, the opponents of the clerical regime are the PMOI, so we must support the PMOI, because they are the alternative to the worst scenario which is the current regime ruling Iran.
Reporter: On the brink of the day of martyrs and political prisoners in Iran, Maryam Rajavi attended a ceremony commemorating the 120,000 people who died over the last thirty years of resistance against the Islamic regime, including those who died during the uprisings of the past two years as well as those who died in Camp Ashraf.