Iran’s opposition conference “Free Iran” headed by the National Council of Resistance of Iran started its annual forum on Saturday in Villepinte in Paris with a brief press conference by Maryam Rajavi, the head of the exiled council, during which she called for the “accountability of the Iranian regime and for supporting the popular uprising in order to overthrow the regime of “Wilayat al-Faqih.”
Rajavi said spoke on the ongoing protests that first erupted in the areas surrounding Tehran’s Grand Bazaar and has led to a domino effect on other cities as well.
“The first thing that must be said today is that flames of the auspicious and liberating uprising are again rising in Tehran and across Iran: Again, Mashhad and Shiraz, Bandar Abbas and Qeshm, Karaj and Kermanshah, Shahriar, Islamshahr, Kashan, Arak, Isfahan, Ram Hormuz, and many other towns and cities,” Rajavi said.
The President-Elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran headed by the Mujahedeen-e-Khalq (MeK), said that “Indeed, the uprising cannot be extinguished and will continue without respite, constantly expanding and deepening”.
“The second sign that the phase of the regime’s overthrow has arrived is that for the past six months the Iranian people have waged an uprising and a protest movement despite maximum suppression, despite the so-called suicides by the detainees in the mullahs’ prisons and despite daily arrests and executions designed to intimidate the public,” she said.
The Iranian leader stressed that “the people of Iran determined to topple the regime and establish a Republic based on pluralism, the voices of the people, and separation of religion and state.”
Also in a message addressed to the Iranians she said “the change of the regime is within reach now more than ever, a bright future without execution, torture, discrimination and suppression.”
She also addressed the international committee demanding “the recognition of the Iranian people struggle and resistance to put an end to the religious dictatorship” and also for the “support of Iranians to topple the regime in order to prevent the dangers of nuclear weapons, missiles and terrorist Iranian regime and its meddling in the region,” according to Rajavi.
Rajavi also called to hold the Iranian regime accountable for the human rights violations through imposing full financial and oil sanctions.
The Iranian leader living in exile also called for the halt in trade with members of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards and with institutions belonging to Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.
The conference which will run for three days is expected to host a number of regional and international speakers to express solidarity with the Iranian opposition.