Reporting by PMOI/MEK
Paris, February 12, 2020—Freedom-loving Iranians and supporters of the Iranian opposition People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) rallied in Paris on Tuesday, February 11, to mark the 1979 revolution anniversary. This gathering, held outside the French National Assembly, was in solidarity with the Iranian people’s ongoing protests across the country despite a massive crackdown by the regime’s ruthless domestic repression machine.
Those attending this rally also commemorated the memory of PMOI/MEK members killed by the Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) and other regime thugs in an attack on their home back on February 8, 1982. Two senior members, Mousa Khiabani and Ashraf Rajavi, were among the nearly two dozen PMOI/MEK members killed by a large number of IRGC units attacking their home in downtown Tehran.
A number of French MPs and other elected officials participated in the rally, delivering speeches in support of the Iranian people’s struggle for freedom, democracy, and human rights. Following the November 2019 and January 2020 uprisings that have shaken the mullahs’ very pillars of power, the Iranian people are constantly braving all odds to express their opposition to the mullahs’ regime.
Over 1,500 protesters were killed in the November 2019 uprising while another 8,000 were injured and at least 12,000 arrested by the Iranian regime’s forces. Efforts continue to raise international awareness about the fate of those arrested and increase pressure on the mullahs’ regime for their release.
The demonstrators and speakers at this rally expressed their comprehensive support for the Iranian people’s uprising, rebellious youths and the sole democratic alternative able to replace the mullahs’ regime with a popular government: the Iranian opposition coalition National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI).
The demonstrators also expressed their full support for a call by NCRI President Maryam Rajavi on the international community to designate senior regime officials as individuals who have committed crimes against humanity. The rally also called on all governments and global bodies to dispatch an international delegation to investigate into the killing of protesters during the November 2019 and January 2020 uprisings, and the status of those arrested during these massive nationwide protests.