Reporting by PMOI/MEK
Paris, December 3, 2019—As protests continue in many cities across Iran, supporters of the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) and the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) gathered in Paris’ Trocadero Square to support the nationwide uprising.
According to MEK sources, the brutal crackdown by the Iranian regime on the protests has resulted in the death of at least 750 demonstrators. 4,000 others have been injured, and security forces have arrested more than 12,000 people.
The demonstrators filled the Esplanade of Human Rights, close to Palais de Chaillot where the UN General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948, with Iranian flags and pictures of the martyrs of the uprising.
Also attending the rally were members of the French National Assembly (French Parliament), councilors and mayors, as well as dignitaries representing different regions of France.
In a video message to the rally, Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, president-elect of the NCRI, urged France to lead a European initiative to dispatch an international fact-finding mission to Iran’s torture chambers. In the past days, several Iranian officials have issued threats about torturing and executing detained protesters. Due to a near-total internet blackout, there’s very little news of what’s happening inside Iran and there’s fear that the regime is setting the stage to conduct a massacre of protesters.
The uprising in November showed that the regime is not capable of containing the roaring tides of protests and social rebellion, and that the Iranian people will never give in. #IranProtestshttps://t.co/9UNRUwy4B9 pic.twitter.com/tBBD3GnwZV— Maryam Rajavi (@Maryam_Rajavi) 2 December 2019
“The blood of over 600 rebellious youths, the cries of 12,000 arrested youths detained in Khamenei’s torture chambers, and the cries of a rebellious nation from across Iran call on the world to stand up to the religious fascism,” Mrs. Rajavi stressed.
Mrs. Rajavi affirmed that the uprising in November showed that the regime is not capable of containing the roaring tides of protests and social rebellion, and that the Iranian people will never give in.
This uprising will carry on until it overthrows the entire clerical regime; this uprising will continue until freedom and popular sovereignty are established in #Iran. #IranProtestshttps://t.co/9UNRUwy4B9 pic.twitter.com/mlv9kRTZNd— Maryam Rajavi (@Maryam_Rajavi) 2 December 2019
“The conditions will not revert back to the pre-uprising equilibrium. Horrified by the looming specter of being overthrown, the mullahs are resorting to outrageous crimes. Khamenei has ordered his mercenaries to shoot directly at youths in the streets. Rouhani has praised the criminal repressive forces,” she added.
Mrs. Rajavi said that the uprising is durable, and the regime is not able to contain the protests and prevent the rising of Rebellious Cities, the Resistance Units and the great Liberation Army.
“This uprising will carry on until it overthrows the entire clerical regime; this uprising will continue until freedom and popular sovereignty are established in Iran,” she said.
Mrs. Rajavi expressed regret that the international community has not responded properly to the crimes against humanity that are currently going on in Iran.
“The European Union must stop its appeasement of the clerical regime. No concessions should be granted to a regime that slaughters protesters and breaches its commitments to the JCPOA, one after the other. The EU must pull the trigger of UN Security Council sanctions against this barbaric dictatorship which is a threat to global and regional peace and security,” she concluded.
Several French dignitaries delivered speeches at the rally and expressed their support for the ongoing protests in iran.
“We are all here today to support the Iranian people, who has but one aspiration, liberty for Iran,” said Michèle de Vaucouleurs, Head of the Parliamentary Committee for a Democratic Iran in the French National Assembly.
Jean-Francois Legaret, Mayor of Paris’ 1st Arrondissement, said that the oppressed people of Iran had no way out of the situation other than revolt.
“The masks our off the faces. [The regime’s President Hassan] Rouhani is not a reformist. We cannot negotiate with a barbarous regime. Those in charge of crimes against humanity should be put to trial,” added the mayor.
“I call on President Emmanuel Macron to take the initiative of missioning a fact-finding commission to Iran for visiting the prisons. The EU should cease the mullahs’ repression against democracy,” affirmed Jacques Boutault, Mayor of Paris’ 2nd Arrondissement.
Paris rally in support of the Iran protests Dec 2