Officials and supporters of Iranian Resistance, French political personalities and human rights advocated as well as Muslim community leaders took part in a ceremony on Saturday, November 21, in Auvers-sur-Oise, Paris, to pay tribute to the victims of November 13th Paris terrorist attacks.
Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, President-elect of Iranian Resistance, reiterated: “The November 13 tragedy demonstrated that there are two opposing fronts; freedom-loving people and advocates of democracy and separation of religion and state, tolerant and democratic Muslims versus tyrants, savages, fanatics, ISIS, Bashar Assad and the Iranian regime.”
Other participants in this solidarity event who addressed the gathering include Ingrid Betancourt, former Presidential candidate in Colombia; Alain Vivien, former French minister; Sylvie Fassier, Jean Claude Jegoudez, Bruno Macé, district mayors and members of the provincial councils; Jean Pierre Bequet, former member of the Val d'Oise Council; Khalil Merroun, head of Evry Mosque; Taoufiq Sebti, Vice President of the Muslims Council of France; Alima Boumediene, former French senator ; Bilal Bely Mokono, an eyewitness who was wounded in Paris terrorist attacks and Paulo Casaca, former member of the European Parliament.
Rajavi called on all Muslims, particularly Muslims in France, to unite against terrorism and extremism under the name of Islam. She said: “Muslims who believe in democracy are the most effective force which could fight and defeat the global danger of Islamic fundamentalism.”
"Fundamentalism under the name of Islam - whether the Shiite variant embodied in velayat-e faqih (the absolute rule of clergy) in Iran or the Sunni variant like Daesh (ISIS) - is the enemy of humanity. Its heart beats in Tehran under the rule of religious fascism," she emphasized.
Mrs. Rajavi rejected the idea of cooperating with Assad to eliminate Daesh (ISIS) and said: “The very existence of Daesh from day one has depended on Bashar Assad and the Iranian regime. Two parties will be seriously hurt by Bashar Assad’s ouster. One is Daesh which would lose its breeding grounds. The other is the Iranian regime whose regional front would crumble and disintegrate.”
“On the one hand, Daesh slaughters dozens of young people in the terrorist carnage in Paris, on the other, the Tehran regime rejoices this anti-human crime and threaten that if France does not accept continued rule of Bashar Assad, more attacks will be on the way,” Mrs. Rajavi said.
In other parts of this ceremony, participants laid flowers on the memorial of victims of November 13 tragedy, flew 130 pigeons symbolizing the 130 people who lost their lives in the fire of fundamentalism and terrorism in Paris, and watched a short film of Camp Liberty’s memorial ceremony for victims of Paris attacks. Composer and conductor, Mohammad Shams, and renowned Iranian musician, Hamidreza Taherzadeh, members of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) also had a beautiful performance in memory of the victims.