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- On Monday June 3, 2017, Saudi Arabia’s al-Riyadh newspaper in an article titled “Velayat-e faqih, a regime in downhill,” wrote: “A number of participants in the Iranian Resistance grand gathering in Paris expressed their optimism about the overthrow of the Iranian regime after the glorious presence of Iranian dissidents and political, parliamentary and military figures from five continents.”

The annual gathering of the Iranian opposition for a free Iran convened in Villepinte, Paris, in the afternoon of Saturday, July 1, 2017, lasting for 10 hours.

Tens of thousands of supporters and hundreds of distinguished personalities, elected representatives and activists for human and women’s rights activists from U.S., Europe, Asia, Latin America, Africa and Australia participated in the rally in solidarity for a free Iran.


During the “Free Iran” rally on July 1st, a panel discussed the overthrow of the clerical regime in Iran and the end of war and terrorism in the Middle East.

The Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), Mohammad Mohaddessin, thanked the participants for attending on behalf of the President-elect Maryam Rajavi.

By Jubin Katiraie

This weekend in a cavernous convention hall outside of Paris, over 100,000 flag waving, foot-stomping, cheering supporters of the National Council of Resistance of Iran ( consisted of MEK/PMOI and other groups and personalities) gathered for their annual meeting.

A massive gathering of the Iranian diaspora was held in Villepinte Exhibition Centre, near Paris, on Saturday, July 1, 2017 to show their support for PMOI / MEK, the main opposition to the Iranian regime and advocating adoption of a firm approach toward the theocratic regime in Iran.The gathering presented a large number of political dignitary speakers from all over the world, including from the U.S. Congress and personalities close to the current U.S.

NCRI - David Amess, British politician and Member of Parliament, said at the “Free Iran” rally that evil will prevail because of inaction. He said: “(…) for evil to prevail all it needs is for good women and good men to do nothing.” He said that he was there with the other members of the British delegation to ensure that something does happen.

He said that the British Parliament feels very strongly on matters of democracy and action must be taken immediately to put an end to the suffering in Iran.


Ed Rendell, politician and former mayor of Philadelphia, spoke at the “Free Iran” rally in Paris on 1st July. He opened his speech with mention of the many people who worked hard to free the people of Ashraf. He said that Bob Torricelli and Colonel Wes Martin deserve extra credit for the effort and time they put into the operation.

NCRI - Rudy Giuliani former mayor of New York City spoke at the “Free Iran” rally on Saturday 1st July in Villepinte, France. He said it was an honor to join the Resistance once again and gave some encouraging words of praise to all those involved in the movement including the 120,000 martyrs and the leader Madame Maryam Rajavi who has been there through the good, difficult and horrible times.

NCRI - A former US lawmaker addressed the Free Iran gathering in Paris this weekend to speak up for freedom in Iran and talk about the international community’s shift away from the mullahs and towards the resistance.Joseph Lieberman, former US Senator and Democratic Vice Presidential candidate, shared with the over 100,000 people gathered his dream for peace in the middle east and how the first step must be ousting the terrorist Regime from Iran.

NCRI - This weekend, a former US ambassador to the UN, addressed the Free Iran Gathering in Paris, which attracted over 100,000 people, and insisted that the time was up for the Regime in Iran, and threw his support behind the Resistance forces (including the People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran (MEK).John Bolton remarked that the only people that would truly be able to rule in place of the Regime would be the Iranian Resistance, which already serves as a government-in-exile with Maryam Rajavi as its president.