By Bill Richardson – Washington Times, July 13, 2016
Governor Bill Richardson attended the Grand Gathering of the Iranian Resistance in Paris on Julyh 9th and gave a short speech which was applauded by the crowd over and over. He said “in America, Democrats and Republicans are fighting each other in the election. But today, Democrats and Republicans are here with you. And you have so much support from around the world, from parliamentarians, from leaders from Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, the United States — they’re all here. The movement grows; you’ve grown enormously.
Can there be change in Iran, and can you be the agents of change? [applause with YES] Can the mullahs be the agents of change? [No!] You know, they continue their support of terrorism, they continue the executions and human rights violations, they continue to help Bashar Assad in Syria. There are no internal reforms in Iran. Will you be the democratic alternative in Iran that will bring human rights and freedom and democracy? [applause with YES]
The world must stand with the Iranian people and demand the end of the human rights violations and suppression in Iran. Iran should remove their forces from Syria. And we should stand behind the men and women at Camp Liberty. Free Iran.”
Mr. Bill Richardson, a Democrat, is a former governor and congressman from New Mexico, a former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations and a former U.S. energy secretary. These excerpts are from his remarks to the July 9 rally in Paris.