July 1, 2017 -- The grand gathering of the Iranian Resistance was held on Saturday 1 July in Paris. As usual this is not only an outstanding, colourful and great event but a manifestation of the only organized democratic opposition in Iran, the real alternative to the Mullahs’ regime. As such this grand gathering is supported by all the walks and varieties of Iranian people, even prisoners.
Iranians from five continents supporting the Iranian Resistance converged in Paris, for the #FreeIran rally, to echo the demand of the overwhelming majority of Iranians for regime change. Entitled, ‘Onward with the Iranian Resistance, Regime Change within Reach’, the rally coincides with a continuing crackdown, unbridled regional meddling, export of terrorism, and ballistic missile development by the Iranian regime, underscoring the need for a decisive policy vis-à-vis the ruling theocracy.
The rally is an extension of widespread activities against the clerical regime inside Iran, which began before the presidential election farce and have continued and expanded since. The participants will be joined by a stellar group of bipartisan former senior officials, lawmakers and officials from the United States, Europe and the Middle East. Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, the President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran, was the keynote speaker. Newt Gingrich, Senator Joseph Lieberman, Louis Freeh, Tom Ridge, Michael Mukasey and General George Casey were among the US speakers.
For the annual Iranian opposition convention in Paris, those joining this rally from outside of Iran may have different motives, but for the prisoners who have no means to send their voices outside the four walls of prison, this gathering has another meaning:
– Outside their prison walls there is nothing but silence;
– everyone is merely thinking about their own lives and how to make ends meet, and;
– there is no option or alternative other than this ruling state.
The annual Iranian opposition convention is a galaxy of inspiring responses that shed light into the darkness, and end this atmosphere of passivity and succumbing to their demands.
Maybe some people, such as political activists and various intellectuals, may use this to justify their inaction, and even when there is a possibility it becomes the victim of their disappointment and lack of hope.
However, this annual Iranian opposition rally continues to be the sound of thunder and light in a sky of inaction, passivity and silence…there is both hope, and wishes can come true, and there is an alternative that has all the means necessary. Not only the noble and freedom-loving Iranians outside of Iran, but also all those who care and have a conscience across the Middle East, Europe and the United States are mobilized by this movement. And what a higher ray of hope for a detained prisoner deprived of everything, that there are many dear loved ones behind the walls of prison and on the other sides of the oceans, whose hearts beat for the very country and cause he/she has been imprisoned for.
What higher message than this is there for political prisoners, and even non-political prisoners, that brothers and sisters, friends and relatives are there in various parts of Europe, the US and the region (Syria, Jordan, Iraq, Egypt, Algeria, Palestine, Saudi Arabia …) who not only remember but are the voice, the voice of all the Iranian people in the larger prison called Iran, who all yearn for a free Iran, a democratic Iran. These are the true representatives of the Iranian people, and not those who the international community impose more and more sanctions on to confront their waves of wars, killings and missile launches.