By Pooya Stone
Some 3000 Iranians living in the UK demonstrated this afternoon Saturday July 27on the streets of central London demanding comprehensive sanctions against the mullahs’ regime.
Demonstrators urged listing of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards (IRGC), the Iranian Ministry of Intelligence (MOIS) and the Iranian supreme leader Ali Khamenei’s office as terrorist entities by the UK, while supporting the Iranian resistance and its president-elect, Maryam Rajavi, and her 10 point plan for the future of Iran.
Apart Iranian opposition figures, British as well as European dignitaries addressed the crowd before the march started.
In a video message to the gathering, NCRI’s president-elect Maryam Rajavi told the demonstrators: “Your demonstration in London today is the culmination of a series of Free Iran protest rallies that ran from Brussels to Washington, Berlin to Stockholm in a month and a half. And it is the continuation of the annual gathering of the Iranian Resistance held two weeks ago, for 5 days, in Ashraf3, the newly constructed base of the Moujahedin-e-Khalq (MEK), in Albania.”
Emphasizing that the Iranian regime does not understand a language other than the language of power and determination, Mrs. Rajavi called on Britain and Europe to stop “paying ransom to the mullahs”, not to help reduce sanctions, and to designate the Revolutionary Guards, the Ministry of Intelligence and Khamenei and (Iranian president Hassan) Rouhani’s offices in the terrorist list. She specifically called on the new UK government to support human rights in Iran and to act to dispatch an international investigative delegation to visit regime prisons and to meet with political prisoners, especially women.
“Today our response should be firm, held on the principle that the Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) and the regime of Iran should be held to account to their atrocities. These organizations should be proscribed in their entirety under the terrorism act,” affirmed British MP Dr. Matthew Offord in his speech.
“We should say we want to see regime change in Iran, led by Madam Rajavi, to achieve a better Iran and a better world order,” the British lawmaker confirmed.
Demonizing the Iranian resistance through “friendly reporters” spreading fake news in various countries especially in the UK in publications such as the Guardian was condemned by the next speaker, Struan Stevenson, former MEP and current coordinator of the campaign for change in Iran.
“My message to Boris Johnson and his government: Please respect the MEK and its charismatic leader Mrs. Rajavi. Please respect their struggle for regime change. We don’t need intervention. We must just support the people and the resistance,” Mr. Stevenson highlighted in a message to the new UK government.
“The UK must recognize the rights of the Iranian people for regime change and support the NCRI and Mrs. Rajavi’s ten-point plan for the future of Iran,” said British MP Roger Godsiff.
“This brutal regime only understands the language of firmness. The international community must make clear to the regime and its officials that we in the free world stand with the people of Iran and their resistance movement to bring about democracy and human rights in Iran.
We fully support the NCRI and we look forward to the day where we can be in Iran and celebrate a free and democratic Iran,” the British MP concluded.
Senator Jerry Horkan of Ireland reminded the mullahs’ atrocities: “The 1988 massacre of over 30,000 political prisoners is evidence of the regime’s fear toward the MEK and the resistance movement. The regime has been waging assault on the rights of the Iranian people for over 40 years, and has destroyed their economy through its corruption.”
“We urge the EU and the UK government to designate the IRGC as a terrorist organization as the main tool for the regime to export terrorism. We must alter the policies of our government to recognize the rights of the Iranian people,” the Irish Senator highlighted.
“Decisiveness is the only solution to dealing with this regime. Our resistance movement has paid the highest price for the rights of the Iranian people,” said Dowlat Nowruzi, NCRI Representative in the UK.
“Enough is enough! The mullahs must go. They do not represent the Iranian people. We want regime change now,” Ms. Nowruzi continued.
Senator Catherine Noone, Deputy Leader of the Irish Senate and Jim Higgins, former member of the Presidium of the European Parliament also spoke.