Annual MEK rally in Ashraf 3, Albania
On Saturday, a large crowd gathered in Ashraf 3, Albania, home to Iranian opposition group People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK), to hold the annual Free Iran rally of the Iranian resistance. The event was the fourth installment in a series of events held at Ashraf 3.
Former PMOI/MEK Secretary-General Fahimeh Arvani delivered the opening remarks at the Free Iran rally, describing how Ashraf 3 and the Iranian Resistance movement has been able to continue its struggle thanks to its perseverance through the years.
“Iranian opposition President Maryam Rajavi has led this movement and today we are witnessing the regime in Iran on the brink of overthrow,” Ms. Arvani said. “I would like to thank all the distinguished guests with us here today and those who couldn’t join us for all their support in all these years.”
“Resistance Units have spread across Iran and have accomplished their role in their best forms. They are directing protests and demonstrations. We are now in an extraordinary period, especially today, in Ashraf 3. This gathering with your presence has a very strong message for the Iranian people. On behalf of PMOI/MEK members I am honored to thank every single one of you and send my salutations to the Resistance Units,” the former PMOI/MEK Secretary General concluded.
Maryam Rajavi at MEK rally in Ashraf 3: We will take back Iran
The MEK rally in Ashraf 3 continued with a keynote speech by Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, president-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI). “At the hands of the Mojahedin… through their enormous efforts and hard work, Ashraf 3 was built and now stands tall. But our final destination is Tehran, freed from the occupation of the mullahs,” Mrs. Rajavi said.
“Clearly, the regime is fueling tensions in a bid to push back against the international community. They foment turmoil and chaos to hide their fear of being overthrown,” Mrs. Rajavi said in reference to the Iranian regime’s increased terrorist and violent meddling in the countries of the region and across the world, including a bombing attempt against MEK members in Ashraf 3. “However, the reality is that schism and instability are among the signs that the regime is in its final chapter. The clerical regime is not going to find a way out of its inevitable downfall.”
Denouncing the appeasement policy that aims to curb the mullahs’ belligerence by giving them concessions, Mrs. Rajavi said, “Anyone who seeks freedom for Iran, anyone who wants to save Iran from destruction and chaos, anyone who wants global and regional peace and stability, must rise up to demand the overthrow of the mullahs’ regime.”
She also stressed that leniency toward the mullahs would only result in further chaos and bloodshed, reminding the audience of the Iranian regime’s numerous failed terrorist attempts in the past year.
“Today, the situation would have been radically different, and the mullahs, equipped with nuclear weapons, would have created and solidified the empire and Caliphate they had long intended to establish,” Mrs. Rajavi said during her speech at the MEK rally in Ashraf 3 . But the MEK has paid the price to break the atmosphere of fear and intimidation created by the velayat-e faqih and their criminal Revolutionary Guard Corps throughout its history by exposing the regime’s evil nature and its illicit activities, including the disclosure of the mullahs’ nuclear program, and by standing against this regime even at the price of their lives.
“[MEK] thus has left no future for the mullahs’ evil caliphate.”
Referring to the increased activities of resistance units across Iran, Mrs. Rajavi said, “This Resistance has been able to expand and organize its network inside Iran despite the pervasive repression. This is how Ashraf has been replicated in society and among the people of Iran.”
The Iranian regime’s officials are constantly expressing their fear of the increased influence and activities of the resistance units. The regime has also declared that it has arrested many resistance units. “But the enemy can neither succeed in breaking the morale of resistance forces in prisons nor is it able to thwart the resistance movement and the units of rebellion in cities. Yes, every young man or woman yearning for freedom and justice is a potential or de facto rebel,” Mrs. Rajavi said.
Mrs. Rajavi finished her speech at the MEK rally in Ashraf 3 by reiterating the Iranian resistance’s plan to establish a democratic and pluralist republic based on the separation of religion and state, gender equality, autonomy of Iran’s ethnic groups, and a non-nuclear Iran.
“We will take back Iran and we will build a new homeland,” Mrs. Rajavi said.
Robert Torricelli at the MEK rally in Ashraf 3 : Take your lives in your hands
“What began with a single woman is a chorus around the world… To those of you that are risking your lives in Iran I say, It is your time. To the students, if you haven’t joined the brigades of resistance, join today, join tomorrow. Take your lives in your hands,” said former U.S. Senator Robert Torricelli during his speech at the MEK rally in Ashraf 3. “To the workers who hear my voice, break down your chains and rise up to your freedom and the right to feed your families.”
Torricelli underlined the role of the MEK and NCRI in leading the fight against the mullahs’ regime. “There is only one organization that promises to overthrow the dictatorship in Iran and restore the nation and that organization is the PMOI and their leader is Maryam Rajavi,” he said.
He also stressed how the longtime and just resistance of this movement has garnered support from across the world. “Gathered here today is what the regime could not buy. The respect of other nations. Democrats and Republicans, are committed to one common cause: the destruction of this regime now,” Torricelli said at the MEK rally in Ashraf 3.
Rudy Giuliani MEK Rally in Ashraf 3 : Iran has an alternative
“I accuse [Iranian regime supreme leader Ali Khamenei] and [Iranian regime President Hassan] Rouhani and all their followers, I accuse them of murder. Not just murder but mass murder. How can we tolerate this? Four decades of mass murder and crimes against humannity,” said former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani during his speech at the MEK Rally in Ashraf 3.
Giuliani called on the leaders of Europe to stand up against the human rights violations of the regime and support the Iranian people’s struggle for freedom and democracy. “Stand up leaders of Europe. Stand up in Germany, the UK, France, Italy. If you gave us freedom and democracy, don’t turn your back now on democracy and freedom,” Giuliani said.
“When you put money in the hands of murderers, you are supporting murderers. When a German company makes business with Iran, they are helping to kill people in Syria, or kill us here in Albania. You are funding murderers. That makes you complicit in murder. We don’t allow people to fund murder. Wake up. When you buy oil from Iran you are funding murder. Face it and stop it,” Mayor Giuliani continued.
Giuliani also stressed that contrary to other countries in the Middle East region, there’s an alternative in Iran. “This isn’t one of those situations when we have to dispose of a regime and we know that a more horrible regime will come. That was the case in Libya. But here we don’t have that problem. We have the biggest sponsor of terrorism in the world and then we have the NCRI, led by the President-elect Maryam Rajavi. We know there is a group of people who are dedicated to freedom and the cause of it,” Giuliani said.
Giuliani also emphasized that the Iranian resistance has a platform for the future of Iran that demonstrates its dedication to freedom and democracy. “We have a government in exile that has written down its principles. Free elections in six months. Gender equality. System of law. Fair trial. And they oppose capital punishment. This is a good organization. And if you have built this place in three months, you can do that in six months,” Giuliani added MEK Rally in Ashraf 3.
Joe Lieberman: There is nowhere I would rather be today than in Ashraf 3
“It is not only an honor but exciting to be here in Ashraf 3. We gathered in many meetings at this time of the year in Paris and the crowd was enormous, but there is nowhere I would rather be today than in Ashraf 3,” Senator Joseph Lieberman said during his speech at the MEK rally in Ashraf 3.
“Iran is ready for a new dawn and day. You are ready. We are ready,” Senator Lieberman continued, and then he chanted, “Hazer! Hazer!” meaning “I am ready” in Persian, which has become a motto of Iranian Resistance members.
“Now that you are here [in Ashraf 3], the NCRI and MEK can focus its efforts on the fight inside Iran,” Lieberman said at the MEK rally in Ashraf 3.
“History is on your side. Freedom and justice will always prevail. And that is what the MEK and NCRI represent,” Sen. Lieberman added at the MEK rally in Ashraf 3.
“Maryam Rajavi is a principled, visionary, self-less leader and cares for every one of you… Ashraf 3 is the best proof that this movement is a viable alternative to the ruling mullahs in Iran,” Lieberman said. “To those who advocate appeasement, it’s time to stand for the people’s freedom. It’s time to bring a government to Iran that is accountable to the Iranians. A government of the people, by the people, for the people.”
Sen. Lieberman ended his speech by again saying, “Hazer, Hazer, Hazer.”
Michèle Alliot-Marie at the MEK rally in Ashraf 3: Iran is behind all the crises in the Middle East
“I thank you for representing a vision, a direction that unites all Iranians and many people in the world… Iran is behind all the crises in the Middle East. Iran destabilizes the whole region. Iran finances terrorists and supports them with weapons,” said MEP Michèle Alliot-Marie.
“When we talk about Iran we don’t talk about the Iranian people. I refer to the regime that destabilizes the region. The Iranian people isn’t like that,” stressed Alliot-Marie, who is also the former Defense, Interior and Justice Minister of Iran. “We should not be illusional, we have cultural and political differences, but we have values that are common and we should fight for them.”
“We are lucky enough to enjoy these values but we almost lost them at a certain point and there were friends who helped us to keep them. For these reasons we have to stand with the Iranians who want to protect their fundamental human rights,” Alliot-Marie concluded.
Stephen Harper at the MEK rally in Ashraf 3 : Close down the regime’s embassies around the world
“I’m delighted to be here because there are few causes in this world today more important than what you are doing to bring change in Iran to empower the people to determine their government in Iran at the ballot box,” former Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper said at the MEK rally in Ashraf 3. “The need for change in Iran is greater than ever before and the need of the work of this organization for change in Iran is also greater than ever before.”
“The only realistic policy towards Iran is firmness and post-sanctions do what my government did in Canada: Close down the regime’s embassies around the world,” Prime Minister Harper stressed.
“What is the argument against firmness? They say the world has no choice. Appeasement or war. This is not true. Appeasement is accepting the war that the regime is already waging against its neighbors through proxies,” he added. “The right response is not to surrender, but to stand with the Iranain people and against this regime.”
Harper also voiced his support for Mrs. Rajavi’s platform for the future of Iran. “Your ten-point plan is the future, the future Iran and the world needs. Do not give up hope and do not relent in your efforts in anyway,” Harper said.
“Today I’m joined by Canadians here who have supported my government and opposed my government but we share a common goal of you vision for a future Iran. Keep up the fight, Hazer, Hazer, Hazer,” Harper concluded.
Bernard Kouchner at the MEK rally in Ashraf 3: Ashraf 3 is a work of art
“This is a marvelous work of art here in Ashraf. You really deserve to build up a real country in Iran. It is very well done. Coming to Ashraf 3 was a really reward for the people supporting you. Now, we are facing this new step, benchmark and era. The era of freedom in Iran,” said former French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner at the MEK rally in Ashraf 3. .
Kouchner expressed his support for Mrs. Rajavi’s ten-point plan. “I don’t think anyone is against this policy. We believe the people of Iran are not supporting the [mullahs’ regime]. The mullahs are murderers. They are the origin of all terrorist attacks,” Kouchner said at the MEK rally in Ashraf 3.
“We are ready to relieve these people from this awful religious system. We are not against religion. But we are against using religion to kill people… Religion is also the liberation of the people. Madam Maryam Rajavi, You are persistent and a fantastic model for the women of the world… We are completely with you to support such a fantastic program.”
Pandeli Majko at the MEK rally in Ashraf 3: You are in our hearts
“In World War II, German Nazi required Albania to transfer its gold to the bank in Berlin and give up a list of its Jewish citizens. The Albania answer was short: Gold yes, Jews no!” said former Albanian Prime Minister Pandeli Majko.
“Lately in Albania, politicians have been in tough arguments with each other, but there is no debate about your stay here in Albania. You are in our hearts,” Majko said.
“If the Iranian regime wants to touch you, they must know that we said to the Nazi invaders that gold yes, Jews no. The ambassador of Iran has been kicked out of Tirana. So, don’t push us… Gold yes, Mojahedin no,” Mr. Majko emphasized. “I hope to come soon to see you in Tehran.”
Fatmir Mediu at MEK rally in Ashraf 3 : we are united in your cause to support you for a free Iran
“Welcome to Ashraf 3, the beginning of a free Iran,” said Fatmir Mediu, Chairman of the Albanian Republican Party, during his speech at the MEK rally in Ashraf 3. “We have to think about the next steps, but all of us agree that the time for change in Iran is long overdue. The American government has stood up for change Iran and we wish that Europe also stands up for liberty and freedom for the people of Iran as god-given rights.”
“Last year the Albanian government expelled the Iranian ambassador because they planned to attack us when we gathered with mayor Rudy Giuliani to discuss about iran,” Mediu said.
Mediu emphasized the bi-partisan support for the Iranian resistance in Albania. “Madam Rajavi, your ten-point plan is for sure the future of Iran. Here in Albania we have our political differences, but we are united in your cause to support you for a free Iran,” Mediu said. “We’d rather be remembered by history as people who fought with you for the freedom of the Iranian people than people who stood by and watched.”
Elona Jebrial at the MEK rally in Ashraf 3: We support the MEK and all of their efforts
“I was deputy interior minister when we started the relocation of the MEK people to Albania and it is fantastic that all of you are safe,” said Ms. Elona Jebrial, Deputy Minister of Interior in Albania, during her speech at the MEK Free Iran rally in Ashraf 3.
“Dear brothers, sisters and friends, We support the MEK and all of their efforts. The Iranian regime’s human rights violations dossier must be referred to the UN Security Council… I support Madame Rajvi. She is beautiful inside out,” Jebrial said. “We have our differences in Albania but we are united for the cause of MEK.”
Judge Ted Poe at the MEK rally in Ashraf 3:You speak for the voices that have been silenced
“They said you won’t last in Camp Ashraf, but you made it a paradise. They said you can’t last in Camp Liberty, but you made it a paradise. And then they said you can’t leave Iraq, but with the help of our Albanian friends, you came here to Albania and created this paradise in Ashraf 3. And we will have an Ashraf 4 in Iran where all of us will be gathered together,” former U.S. Congressman Ted Poe said in his speech in the MEK rally in Ashraf 3.
“How ironic is this that the MEK is not on the terrorist list now but the IRGC and Iranian government is on the U.S. terrorist list,” Judge Poe noted, referring to the recent designation of the Revolutionary Guards as a terrorist organization by the U.S.
“There is nothing more powerful than a woman who has made up her mind. And that woman is Madame Rajavi and she has made up her mind for freedom for all of you,” Judge Poe stressed.
“Governments are instituted among people to secure their God-given rights. And if governments don’t do that, the people have the right to abolish that government, like the mullahs in Iran,” he said.
“Wherever there is terrorism, you see Iran’s IRGC. In many continents and even in the high seas. They have forfeited the right to rule the people of Iran. They are guilty of murder,” Judge Poe continued.
Judge Poe underlined the role the MEK has played to help reclaim the basic rights of the Iranian people. “You speak for the voices that have been silenced by the murders that have taken place against them. They cry out for justice. Justice demands that the people of Iran rule their own country. The illegitimate regime of the mullahs are through,” he highlighted.
“I’m here to tell you that the lion with the sword will cut off the head of the serpent in Tehran,” Judge Poe said, and finished his remark with “Azadi, Azadi, Azadi,” meaning freedom in Farsi.
Dana Rohrabacher at the MEK rally in Ashraf 3: freedom will prevail
“We have worked together, Republicans and Democrats, not because we like you but because we share your values,” said former U.S. Congressman Dana Rohrabacher in his speech at the MEK rally in Ashraf 3.
“Madame Rajavi, thank you, god bless you. This movement will make a better world.
We as Americans, are attracted to people like ourselves. We are dedicated to freedom.Thank you because if you succeed, the world will be a safer and better place for my children,” Rohrabacher said. “I say with confidence that freedom will prevail.”
Rohrabacher commended the Albanian government for giving refuge to the members of the MEK who are now in Ashraf 3. “The willingness of the Albanian people to take criticism and be the target of terrorism, is heroic,” he said.
“The most powerful force in the world are those people who believe in freedom and are ready to sacrifice their lives for freedom. I’m saying this to the dictators in Tehran: Your days are numbered and the people here will carry the cause of freedom to Tehran,” Rohrabacher said.
“As long as we have courageous people like you we don’t need to send American boots to the region,” he added. “I know you will win and I will be with you when we go to Tehran and declare free elections.”
Lance Goodan at the MEK rally in Ashraf 3: Madame Rajavi is the most respected Iranian individual
“The first thing I learned about Iran is that the most respected individual among the Iranain community is Madame Rajavi… We have to have regime change in Iran,” Congressman Lance Goodan said.
“I look forward to visiting in Tehran very soon… I encourage the young people across Iran to get together to fight and spread the message and young people are the future of Iran.”
Matthew Offord at the MEK rally in Ashraf 3 : you are the beacon of hope
I am proud to be part of a successful cross party effort to secure your resettlement here in Albania… Your movement with Madame Rajavi is at the forefront of the cause of freedom of Iran and you are the beacon of hope,” British MP Matthew Offord said in his speech at the MEK Free Iran rally in Ashraf 3
Referring to the moving testimonies by MEK members at a conference in Ashraf 3 the previous day, Offord said, “I urge my government to increase the number of people on its sanctions list for human rights violations in Iran.”
The British MP reiterated his support for the cause of the Iranian resistance. “I support Madame rajavi’s ten-point plan that provides a clear alternative to the current Iranain regime… I call upon the UK government to recognize Madame Rajavi’s ten-point plan,” Mr. Offord concluded.
Sandip Verma at the MEK rally in Ashraf 3: Brave women in Iran are challenging the regime
“There is no one stronger than a woman fighting for her children and land. Brave women in Iran are challenging the regime in every possible way. Many have been imprisoned and tortured in Iran,” said Baroness Sandip Verma during her speech at the MEK Rally in Ashraf 3.
“The regime in Iran considers women activists as enemies of state… My sister, Maryam Rajavi, a Muslim woman makes the resistance a unique example in the Middle East,” she added. “We hope to celebrate Madame Rajavi’s success, your success, our success in Iran soon.”
Bob Blackman at the MEK Rally in Ashraf 3 : The mullahs only understand the language of firmness
“I welcome the designation of the IRGC as a terrorist organization and to sanction the supreme leader,” said British MP Bob Blackman said during his speech at the MEK Free Iran Rally in Ashraf 3, urging the UK government to adopt similar measures.
“The mullahs only understand the language of firmness. The international community must make it clear that we in the free world stand with the Iranian people and their resistance, NCRI, to bring democracy and freedom in Iran,” he added.
“I don’t believe that theocracy has a future in Iran. Iran has a better future because it has a democratic alternative, a leader in Madame Rajavi and a viable platform… Last year we met in Paris, this year we met in Ashraf 3. Let us resolve that we met next year in Tehran.”
Roger Godsiff at the MEK Rally in Ashraf 3: The only way forward is Madame Rajavi’s ten-point plan
“We are here once again to oppose the mullahs for what they’re doing to the world. They are killing Iranians in the most diabolic way. They are violating the human rights of their population in every way,” British MP Roger Godsiff said during his speech at the MEK Free Iran rally in Ashraf 3.
“The Iranian regime supports terrorism in Yemen, Syria and Afghanistan. Yet we see governments throughout the world, particularly in Europe, who stand idly by and argue for appeasement. Policies that haven’t worked and won’t work. That is very dangerous for the world peace,” he added.
“The only way forward is Madame Rajavi’s ten-point plan. It’s imperative that we don’t turn away from the process of democracy in Iran,” Mr. Godsiff continued.
“Madame Rajavi offers a real way, a democratic way and it is up to all of us to support that,” he added.
Tom Ridge at the MEK Rally in Ashraf 3: You fight for all who cherish freedom and democracy around the world
“You can imprison a man or a woman but you can’t kill an idea. You can exile a man or a woman but you can’t kill an idea,” said Tom Ridge, former Governor of Pennsylvania and the first U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security, during his speech at the MEK rally in Ashraf 3.
“I say to each one of you, we pay tribute to your relentless pursuit for justice and freedom in your homeland which has a rich history and culture and has contributed much to the rest of the world,” Governor Ridge said. “You fight for all who cherish freedom and democracy around the world.”
“There are probably millions in the world whose prayers are with you and your cause. Sometimes in your lives, you have to pursue causes bigger than yourself. 120,000 men and women have died embracing a cause bigger than themselves. You are embracing a cause bigger than yourself and you will prevail,” Governor Ridge said in his speech.
“Your courage and sacrifice will be responsible for the freedom and democracy of freedom generations. The same privileges that we take for granted in our countries,” Governor Ridge concluded.
Sid Ahmed Ghozali at the MEK rally in Ashraf 3
“The Ashrafis have shown that the Iranian Resistance will survive under pressure… The Islamic Republic of Iran is a cruel and bloody religious dictatorship which want to dominate the Arabci Islamic world,” former Algerian Prime Minister Sid Ahmed Ghozali said during his speech at MEK rally in Ashraf 3.
Prime Minister Ghozali commended the Abanian government for resettling MEK members in their country. “Albanians have shown that they are not big for their size but for the size of the ideas that they defend. When you defend democracy and freedom you become great people,” the former PM said.
Nazir Hakim at MEK rally in Ashraf 3: The Iranian regime doesn’t know what peace is
“My dear sister Maryam, I am sure that you will be victorious. You will achieve the freedom that you seek. You have proven that you are able to bring freedom to Iran,” said Syrian opposition figure Nazir Hakim during his speech at the MEK rally in Ashraf 3.
“With the help of the honorable lady, Madame Rajavi, I hope that we will overthrow the mullahs and will seek and set justice. Our revolution is peaceful. However, the Iranian regime doesn’t know what peace is,” he added. “I believe that you have the potential to build a new system and a much better one.”
“I would like to ask the U.S. and the European Union not to give the Iranian and the Syrian regimes the opportunity to progress. If you can’t help, don’t impede,” he continued. “I hope that we will have a new government in Iran and you will find the justice you seek.”
Louis Freeh at MEK rally in Ashraf 3: Ashraf 4 will be in Iran
“Madame Rajavi we salute you, we respect you and your ability to lead this peace movement.
I want to thank the people and the government, past and present. I would like to thank the government of Albania for rescuing all of you in this room. An absolute gesture of humanity,” said Judge Louis Freeh, former director of the FBI.
“Years ago we were worried about your safety. Those of us in the U.S. who supported you became subjects of criminal investigations by our own government. And we welcomed that.
They didn’t ask us any questions. Nobody asked any questions about the MEK before the unjustifable placement on the terrorism list. There was, I believe, a very bad intent and collusion with the Iranian regime to designate a freedom organization to appease the terrorism regime. How ironic that we saw the IRGC go on to kill 19 American servicemen in the Khobar Towers,” he said.
“We have to get ready for is the prosecution and conviction of the thousands of criminals who have murdered, assassinated and killed, not by accident, but a deisgned plan to mass murder a group of people. What will terrify terrorists more than anything is the prospect that they will be arrested and prosecuted under the rule of law,” Director Freeh said.
“I think of Ashraf 3 as temporary quarters. It’s Ashraf 4 that we would want to visit,” he concluded.
Michèle de Vaucouleurs at MEK rally in Ashraf 3: I know one day you will be hosting me in a free Iran
“We are proud to be here with you,” said French MP Michèle de Vaucouleurs to MEK members in Ashraf 3 during her speech at the Free Iran Rally. “While tensions between Iran and the U.S. are on the rise, we are here to protect the interests of the Iranian people and protect democracy.”
De Vaucouleurs pointed to the need to bring attention to ongoing human rights violations in Iran. “The deteriorating human rights situation in Iran should be discussed before resuming any relations with Iran’s regime, she said. “President Emmanuel Macron said he was determined to observe human rights violations in Iran during his talks with Iranian officials. However, the regime violates these principles to this day.”
The French MP also praised the MEK for its persistence despite many trials and tribulations. “The regime has destroyed all that you have owned in Iraq. You have revived and you keep fighting for a democratic Iran against the mullahs. Your battle is not in vain and I know one day you will be hosting me in a free Iran.”
Jean-François Legaret at MEK rally in Ashraf 3: We are all citizens of Ashraf
“We are all citizens of Ashraf. When we see this extraordinary energy and the miracles you’ve achieved, you’ve done all of this in 16 months. This is magnificent,” said Jean-François Legaret, the mayor of the 1st arrondissement of Paris.
“It is important that you eradicate the mullahs’ regime. Iran keeps on lying and deceiving. It is important that you achieve democracy and freedom in Iran,” Mayor Legaret said about the Iranian resistance’s ongoing struggle against the mullahs’ regime.
Mayor Legaret then revealed his surprise. “We have decided to declare Ashraf 3 a city of international dialogue and a sister city of the 1st Arrondissement of Paris. We want to sign a declaration with the mayor of Ashraf 3,” Legaret said as he presented the declaration. “We promise to keep a dialogue between our municipalities and Ashraf 3. I’m happy with all my colleagues to give you this declaration.”
Anotonio Tasso at MEK rally in Ashraf 3: President Maryam Rajavi guides your dream
“Iranian brothers and sisters, it is our honor to participate in this meeting to celebrate freedom of speech and thought,” said Italian MP Antonio Tasso in his speech at the MEK Rally in Ashraf 3. “President Maryam Rajavi guides your dream. I had the honor to meet President Rajavi at the meeting last year and I admire her charisma and 10 point plan for a free Iran… Thank you and Hazer, Hazer, Hazer.”
Italian MP Roberto Rampi the MEK Rally in Ashraf 3
“Your dream of a free Iran is guided by Mrs. Maryam Rajavi and I admire her charismatic personality and ten-point plan for a free Iran,” said Italian MP Roberto Ramp during her speech at the MEK Free Iran rally in Ashraf 3.
Giuseppina Occhionero at the MEK Rally in Ashraf 3: Your martyrs sacrificed their lives for freedom for Iran
“Your martyrs sacrificed their lives for freedom for Iran,” said Italian MP Giuseppina Occhionero during her speech at the MEK rally in Ashraf 3. “We cannot have appeasement with such a bloodthirsty regime. We must investigate the Iranian regime’s human rights violations… We support you in your goals and stand with you.”
Marc Ginsberg at the MEK rally in Ashraf 3: we can help you to achieve what you wish to achieve
“Madame Rajavi, we had dreams. There is a field of aspirations, there are achievements and setbacks, but the one thing that drives us Americans is that what we try to achieve for ourselves can be achieved by every human being that believes in freedom,” said Marc Ginsberg, former U.S. Ambassador to Morocco.
“I have one expression that I say in Persian: ‘Shoma Behtarini!’ You are the Best!” he added. “We believe that we can help you to achieve what you wish to achieve.”
“I’m just an ambassador and I hope that I will be able to see the day where a new U.S. embassy is opened in Iran and we can say: Azadi, Azadi, Azadi, meaning freedom,” Mr. Ginsberg added.
Dr. Salman Al-Ansari at the MEK rally in Ashraf 3: The ruling mullahs in Iran will be overthrown
“Salam bar Mardome Iran. Dorud bar Shoma Ghahramenan Iran (Greetings to the people of Iran. Salute to you heroes)” said Dr. Salman Al-Ansari is the founder and president of the Washington DC-based Saudi American Public Relation Affairs Committee.
“Madame Maryam Rajavi, I’m proud to be here with you and fight against the regime of Khomeini, even though the days of this regime are over… We will see soon that Maryam Rajavi goes to Tehran and calls for the peace that she struggled so much for,” he added.
“My message to the rotten Khamenei: We know that you are trying to destroy the will of your people and you hide behind the injustice you do by killing and torturing people. But at the end of the day, the ruling mullahs in Iran will be overthrown,” he concluded at the MEK rally in Ashraf 3.
Eduard Lintner at the MEK rally in Ashraf 3 : You are the ones who continuously fight for a free Iran
“Your movement under the leadership of Madame Rajavi is a democratic alternative to the mullah regime,” said German MP Eduard Lintner during his speech at the MEK Free Iran rally in Ashraf 3, Albania
Reminding the Iranian regime’s increased terrorist attempts against the Iranian resistance, Lintner said, “We should not allow the mullahs to keep us hostage and impede and hinder us in your steps forward.”
“You are the ones who continuously fight for a free Iran, and Europe must support you,” the German MP said to the MEK members in Ashraf 3. “Only in this way can we achieve peace in the world… We need a peacful and tolerant Islam like you represent it.”
“We should thank the Albanian people and government for the support they are giving you,” Mr. Lintner said.
Martin Patzelt at the MEK rally in Ashraf 3 : I admire what you’ve done in Ashraf 3
“1- I thank you and admire what you’ve done in Ashraf 3, but also all the people around the world who’ve helped your cause of freedom and democracy.
“2- To my government: We are not allowed to step back and pretend we are blind for the sake of economic interests. We need to support these people who are showing us what is going on.
“3- To the Iranian regime: Don’t think that you will win. I was raised in Eastern Germany and when the people want something they will prevail. This is the experience of my life and I hope we will achieve this together.
Ingrid Betancourt at the MEK rally in Ashraf 3: We are ready to take down the mullahs
“I know how difficult it is to talk about our own suffering and we tend to be very abstract. Yet with the exhibit that you showed us, Madame Rajavi, the tortures that we saw there can only come from a psychopath,” said Colombian Senator and former Colombian Presidential Candidate Ingrid Betancourt during her speech at the MEK rally in Ashraf 3 .
“Shame on those who demonize the MEK for the money of the Iranian regime’s Ministry of Intelligence and Security (MOIS). Two weeks ago there was an op-ed in The New York Times that claimed the IRGC is a transformed institute that is loved by the people and that’s why the Trump policy will fail. But that’s exactly why the U.S. policy will succeed because they are cutting the regime’s financial assets,” she added.
Sen. Betancourt also expressed her support for Mrs. Rajavi. “Madame Rajavi, you are the force of change, the beacon of change, you are the phoenix rising from the ashes of devastation of the mullahs. Maryam and Massoud Rajavi, you are the guarantee of peace and democracy in Iran and the world,” she said.
“To the mullahs: We are ready to take them down. We are united with the people of Iran. We are coming to get you, the mullahs. We will hold you accountable for the crimes you’ve done for decades,” she concluded.
Hadatha Lieberman at the MEK rally in Ashraf 3: You are going be the light that lights up the world
“When I think about darkness I think about where I was born in Czechoslovakia, to parents who fled from concentration camps. I read all my life about terror and torture,” said Hadassah Lieberman, the spouse of Senator Joe Lieberman, during her speech at the MEK rally in Ashraf 3.
“Yesterday, when I saw the darkness and the numbers of destruction in the museum, and heard the voices of those who shared their stories, I saw the light in their eyes. I’m not trying to be biased but the light in the eyes of the women came shining out and struck me. I said to them that you are very, very special and a part of what we need in this world today is more light,” she said at the MEK rally in Ashraf 3.
“You are going be the light that lights up the world… Be brave and keep lighting up,” Hadassah Lieberman concluded at the MEK rally in Ashraf 3.
Former French Minister of Human Rights, Rama Yade, says:
There is a new city, Ashraf 3, built here in Albania by thousands of Iranians who survived the attacks of the Iranian and Iraqi governments. Thank you to the Albanians who made it possible for the Ashrafis to have somewhere to stay, after their great sacrifices. What you have achieved here, you can achieve in Iran in one day.
I am emotional when I see the Iranian Resistance’s museum at Ashraf 3 and the MEK’s 120,000 martyrs. Iran is a nuclear threat and a religious threat, starting from the same nature of the Iranian Regime… the MEK members have paid the price of resistance with their lives. They are supportive of Islam but are against fundamentalism and they put women at the centre of their movement. 2018 was a dark year for human rights in Iran, and we should be concerned about that.
John Baird at the MEK rally in Ashraf 3: It is time to put an end to religious fascism
“It is a great honor for me to visit Ashraf 3 and see all of you personally and listen to your stories first hand,” said former Canadian Foreign Minister John Baird during his speech at the Free Iran rally in Ashraf 3, referring to the testimonies given by MEK members in the conference in the previous day.
“We know the Iranian regime too well. We know that you have to combat the regime’s lies and propaganda. In Canada we know that the appeasement of the mullahs is an absolute disgrace. We know that there isn’t such a thing as a moderate fascist,” he said.
“It is time to put an end to religious fascism, it is time for freedom, it is time for victory, it is time for the mullahs to go,” Mr. Baird concluded.
Yakin Ertürk at the MEK rally in Ashraf 3
“The testimonies we received from the Ashraf residents put our humanity to test. I felt rage and hope, seeing the survivors continue their struggle with determination. Human dignity will defeat evil,” said Yakin Ertürk, UN Special Rapporteur on Violence against Women (2003-2006), in her speech at the MEK rally in Ashraf 3, in presence of MEK members.
“Many rapporteurs have repeatedly written about violence against women in Iran. Yet we must also note the women’s resilience on the street, in social media and even in the privacy of their homes,” she added, referring to the role Iranian women have played in leading the resistance against the mullahs’ regime in Iran.
“The new generation of Iranian women who are the product of the revolution era are as bold as their predecessors… Those who support freedom and justice in Iran must join forces to empower the Iranian people’s struggle,” Ms. Ertürk added.
Judge Susana Medina at the MEK rally in Ashraf 3: Maryam Rajavi’s ten-point plan is a plan of human rights
“I come from Argentina, a victim of the Iranian regime’s terrorism,” said Judge Susana Medina, former head of the International Association of Women Judges. “Maryam Rajavi’s ten-point plan is a plan of human rights. I hope to go with Maryam Rajavi to Iran where you will establish justice, gender equality, and freedom… Only on these terms can we have a free Iran.”
Bandanda Rana at the MEK rally in Ashraf 3: The women of the Iranain Resistance are an example for the world
“I think that the power and resilience of the women of the Iranain Resistance is an example for other women in the world,” said Bandana Randa, Vice Chair – UN CEDAW Committee at the MEK rally in Ashraf 3.
“When I looked at Maryam Rajavi’s ten-point plan I saw so much similarity with what we are advocating for… There cannot be peace without women. When your movement is led by a woman, peace is guaranteed sooner than later,” Ms. Rana concluded at the MEK rally in Ashraf 3.
Maria Candida Almeida at the MEK rally in Ashraf 3: your dream will come true
“I believe in your ideas and share your dreams of freedom and equality and liberation of your country,” said Maria Candida Almeida, Deputy Attorney General Of Portugal.
“I admire Madame Rajavi who has fought for these values in Iran. Martin Luther King had a dream and it came true. Ghandi had a dream to free his people and it came true. Nelson Mandela had a dream and it came true. Mrs. Rajavi your dream is noble and your dream will come true like the others. Thank you so much for your example,” she added at the MEK rally in Ashraf 3.
Dr. Ranjana Kumari at the MEK rally in Ashraf 3
“Your resilience, your strength, and your hard work is evident to the whole word. Every stone speaks about your resolve,” said Dr. Ranjana Kumari, Director of Center for Social Research, said to MEK members during the Free Iran rally in Ashraf 3.
“What more do global leaders want to see than the ten-point plan of Maryam Rajavi… I know that today we are one step closer to Iran, Maryam, Freedom… May you all see the victory under the sky very soon and I’m sure with all the global leaders here it won’t be long. Hazer, Hazer, Hazer,” Dr. Kumari said at the MEK rally in Ashraf 3.
Robert Joseph: there is an alternative to the regime in Iran
“The resistance units in Iran represent the front line of a historic battle between good and evil,” said Amb. Robert Joseph, former U.S. Special Envoy for Nuclear Nonproliferation.
“Your cause will prevail over evil. More important than the magnificent buildings and the material accomplishments of you here in Ashraf is the idea,” Amb. Joseph said to the MEK members of Ashraf 3. “The Iranain regime may kill you and torture you and imprison your mothers and fathers but the regime will not triumph over your spirit. That spirit is not grounded in hate but in love.”
“There is a path to a secular non nuclear and democratic Iran. Fact is that there is an alternative to the current regime in Iran. This is not in Syria or Libya. We have a government in exile that will establish democracy in Iran,” Amb. Joseph reiterated, referring to the NCRI and MEK.
“It is a fact that the regime will fall, because of its terrorism, its corruption and most importantly the Iranain people’s desire for freedom,” he concluded at the MEK rally in Ashraf 3.
Gen. George Casey at the MEK rally in Ashraf 3: Ashraf 3 is the global center of the democratic alternative to the iranain regime
“Over the past year Iran has increased its malign activities. Iran’s behavior is not normal. It’s terrorist behavior,” said Gen. George Casey (retired), former commander of the Multi-National Forces-Iraq.
“It’s time! Change must come to Iran… I’m surprised when Iran continuously denies its efforts to sow instability. Many of us have first-hand experience how Iran uses terror and subversion to accomplish their political goals,” he added at the MEK rally in Ashraf 3.
“I witnessed Iran train and equip Iraqi militias. I held Iran responsible for the death of hundreds of coalition forces,” Gen. Casey continued.
“The Iranain regime is a challenge not only for the Iranian people but also for the international community,” he explained at the MEK rally in Ashraf 3 .
“Ashrafis, what you have built here is a tribute to your courage, determination, and the 160 comerades who died during your journey here. You have cemented Ashraf 3 as the global center of the democratic alternative to the iranain regime,” Gen. Casey explained.
“Change will come to Iran due to what you have done,” he concluded at the MEK rally in Ashraf 3.
Gen. James Conway, former Commandant of the United States Marine Corpsat at the MEK rally in Ashraf 3
“I ask all of you representative of your country to do more when you go back to your country. I ask you to use your names and influence so that your governments respond swiftly to the Iranian regime’s atrocities,” said Gen. James Conway, former Commandant of the United States Marine Corps.
Saleh al‐Qalab: The mullahs will soon be overthrown under the leadership of Maryam Rajavi
“The mullahs will soon be overthrown under the leadership of Maryam Rajavi. Those who lead Iran today are not the leaders of the Iranian people. They are taking Iran a thousand years back in time,” said Saleh al‐Qalab, former Minister of Culture and Publicity of Jordan, in his speech at the Free Iran rally in Ashraf 3. “We stand by your side from around the world. You are in the heart of the Arab people, because the greatest risk in that area is the risk coming from the mullahs.”
Sali Berisha at the MEK rally in Ashraf 3: You are the hope of your nation
“You inspire every human being with your fighting,” Sali Berisha, former Albanian Prime Minister and President, said to MEK members in Ashraf 3 in his speech at the Free Iran rally. “Two years ago I was in Paris in your meeting. At that time the great powers were negotiating with the Iranian regime and I thought how hard it would be for your fight against the Iranian regime. But a few years later you’ve been proven right. You are the hope of your nation.”
“Albania must expel and will expel any official representative of the mullahs,” Berisha recommended, adding, “You represent Iran.” In the past year, Albania has expelled two Iranian diplomats for their role in an railed terrorist attempt against MEK members in Albania.
“Maryam Rajavi’s ten-point plan is inspired by your 100,000 martyrs. It’s a plan by universal values. I fully support that you will prevail. The mullahs have shown that they have no faith,” Berisha said at the MEK rally in Ashraf 3.
“Sooner or later, the mullahs will face what they deserve. The caliphate of the mullahs will never prevail in the region,” the former Albanian prime minister concluded.
Amb. Lincoln Bloomfield: The allegation of cult is gone forever
“The allegation of terrorism against the MEK has been completely debunked. We now know that no one from three generations of the resistance has ever been prosecuted for terrorism. Not one person,” said Amb. Lincoln Bloomfield.
“There is an obscuring curtain known as the allegation of the MEK being a cult. I have been here for three days. My friends and I have been able to talk with any MEK member we wanted to. These people are stronger than me and they are dedicated to keeping their choice of continuing to resistance,” he added. “The allegation of cult is gone forever and is finished.This is what has been accomplished here,” Amb. Bloomfield concluded at the MEK rally in Ashraf 3.
Lars Rise: Ashraf 3 is a city that will write history
“Ashraf 3 is a city that will write history. When I look at former prime minister Sali Berisha, his courage to start it when all the Western European countries said no because all of our countries were thinking about the nuclear deal. And all of this happened for the extraordinary leadership of Maryam Rajavi. She is already leading like the leader of a free Iran,” said former Norwegian MP Lars Rise at the MEK rally in Ashraf 3, Albania.
“We have made great progress and now the situation has reversed where the MEK is off the terror list and the Iranian regime is blacklisted. The biggest money launderer in the world, the Iranian regime, is facing problems everywhere,” he added.
“All over the world, the Iranian regime is trying to impact journalists and politicians but this opposition will prevail. The truth will prevail,” Mr. Rise continued.
“We are ready, Maryam Rajavi is ready, and we are encouraged to hear this word today so many times: We are ready,” he concluded.
Kimmo Sasi at the MEK rally in Ashraf 3: Ashraf 3 shows that you have strong commitment for change
“We know that the foundations of a welfare state are human rights, democracy, and economic freedom,” said Finnishi MP Kimmo Sasi.
“It’s very important when we want to have change that there is an alternative and Madam Rajavi’s ten-point plan is the alternative,” he added at the MEK rally in Ashraf 3.
“40 million Iranians live in poverty today. Corruption, money laundering and the financing of terrorism are the reasons. We need sanctions so that money is stopped and returned to Iran when the country is free,” Mr. Sasi continued. “We see demonstration in Iran that show frustration. Ashraf 3 shows that you have strong commitment for change.”
“We Nordics support your cause for a free Iran,” he concluded.
Alejo Vidal Quadras: Dear Ashrafis, you are unbeatable
Alejo Vidal Cuadras, former Vice President of the European Parliament, at the MEK rally in Ashraf 3 – Tirana, Albania – July 13, 2019
“I have been attending these magnificent events for 15 years and this is the first time we celebrate our gathering in Ashraf. I say Ashraf because Ashraf one, two and three are the same uninterrupted beacon of resistance and freedom,” Alejo Vidal Cuadras, former Vice President of the European Parliament at the MEK rally in Ashraf 3, Albania.
“I wish Massoud Rajavi, the leader of the Iranian resistance, well and salute him… I visited Ashraf one as the head of a parliamentary delegation years ago and I witnessed how the PMOI transformed a desert into a prosperous community. For men and women of that quality that transformed that desert, nothing is impossible and you have achieved that quality here in Ashraf 3,” he continued.
“Dear Ashrafis, you are unbeatable. That’s why I’m convinced the Iranian regime will change sooner rather than later. We must all pay tribute to the people and officials of Albania for such humanitarian example,” Dr. Vidal Quadras added.
“There is a continuity line made of courage and resilience that connects Ashraf one, two, and three, but there won’t be an Ashraf 4 because it is already named thousands of years ago. Ashraf four has already a name and this name is Iran,” he said.
“Iran itself will be the final Ashraf. The whole country, our beloved and ever lasting Ashraf, when freedom, and respect for human rights and equality between men and women will be established in that country,” the former European Parliament Vice President continued.
“The alternative to the mullah’s nightmare is ready and it is Maryam Rajavi. She has created a team to which I’m proud to be a member. Nothing and nobody can stop the next Ashraf whose name is Iran,” he concluded.
Ben-Oni Ardelean at the MEK rally in Ashraf 3: one day very soon this regime will fall
“This is our hope that very soon the brutal and criminal regime [of Iran] will fall,” said Romanian MP Ben-Oni Ardelean at the MEK rally in Ashraf 3. “Faith, love and hope are everlasting. Your love for the people in Iran is motivating you and us to do what we do and fight against this terrorism and this criminal regime. Your hope brings you here year after year. We hope that one day very soon this regime will fall. We hope to do our best for our nation and every single human being that deserves freedom,” he added.
“We should do what we can do to ensure this freedom comes for the Iranian people. I hope more nations come to this conclusion that we all have to do our best to provide full freedom for the Iranian people. We congratulate and support Madam Rajavi. Freedom for the Iranian people,” Mr. Ben-Oni Ardelean concluded.
Gerry Horkan at the MEK rally in Ashraf 3: Tehran is causing havoc across the region
“We are with you for freedom in Iran. We support the NCRI in everything you are trying to do… We know the regime is a threat to peace and stability. Tehran is causing havoc across the region. We must never forget that,” said Irish Senator Gerry Horkan.
“Last week I was with the NCRI at the Berlin gathering. Nobody thought the Berlin Wall would fall when it did. I think the day is coming sooner than we think for the regime in Iran to fall and free and fair elections will be held in Iran,” Senator Horkan continued.
“I want to congratulate all of you for what you have done in Ashraf 3. Your museum and exhibition here shows the atrocities are still happening in Iran. We must get rid of that regime and do everything we can to bring an end to the vicious mullahs’ regime. We are here from so many parts of the world to support you and Madam Rajavi,” the Irish Senator concluded.