5 July 2009
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As protests still continue in Iranian cities, following massive fraud in the presidential election, it seems that the protestors are now demanding more than just the annulment of the election result but rather a change in the whole system of the current regime.
Many Iranian political groups who have been waiting for an uprising of the people against the regime to help change Iran’s current political leadership, are now beginning a count-down to the fall of the religious regime in Iran.
The Mujahedin e Khalq e Iran or People’s Mujahedeen Organization of Iran (PMOI) organized their annual gathering on Saturday June 20 in Villepinte Paris, to celebrate the 28th anniversary of creation of the National Resistance Council of Iran (NRCI). Thousands of Iranians from across the globe came to Paris, to show their support to the residents of Ashraf city, the PMOI’s residential – military camp in Iraq.
Maryam Rajavi president-elect of the National Resistance Council of Iran and one of the PMOI’s founders gave a speech to the PMOI’s adherents and her supporters while being well-received by several European Parliamentarians invited to the gathering.
The main occasion of this gathering was the celebration of the 28th anniversary of the NRCI and the support for maintenance of Ashraf city, the post-election situation in Iran was highlighted by Mrs. Rajavi in her speech when she said: “it is the time for the people to have a government by the people and for the people.”
In this gathering, European Parliamentarians from the GB, Denmark, Germany, France, Spain, Spain and Canada all spoke on behalf of their parliaments supporting the decision of the European Parliament to remove PMOI from the terrorist list. They emphasized safety and security for the residents of Ashraf city (PMOI Camp in Iraq), based on international humanitarian and refugee conventions. The Parliamentarians highlighted POMI’s real struggles against Islamic fundamentalism in Iran. They all called for the USA to support this decision of the European Parliament and PMOI from their terrorist list.
On April 24, 2009 The European Parliament signed a resolution considering all security of the lives of residences of Ashraf city, the POMI’s camp in Iraq based on the international humanitarian and refugee conventions.
Mujahedin e Khalq (People’s Mujahedin Organization of Iran)
Mujahedin e Khalq is a well known Iran group, that had military bases in Iraq and political offices in Europe, famous for their resistance against the Iranian strict religious regime, is now entering into the stage with a maneuver of its supporters in Europe through a grand gathering in Paris, since lately the restrictions on this political – military group is being released by the European parliament.
Founded in the mid-1960s as a political group by university students, the Mujahedeen first fought against Mohammad Reza Shah Pahlawi, the pro-America King of Iran until the collapse of the monarchy and beginning of the Islamic Republic. They were not granted a role in the post-monarchy Islamic Republic government, because their religious views differed from the conservatives of the Religious Monarchy of Ayatullahs.
This group added a military branch to their political structure after moving from Iran. They were welcomed by Sadam Hussain in Iraq in the early 1980s. With the support of Saddam, they created an army of thousands of religious believers. They announced war against all interests of the Iranian regime until the collapse of that regime, and have launched many attacks against IRI officials and interests over the past 20 years. During the eight years war of Iraq against Iran, 1981-89 they played a major role supporting Saddam against Iran.
After the collapse of the Saddam Regime in 2003, the Mujahedeen e Khalq was peacefully disarmed by the American forces in Iraq and their residential military camp (Ashraf city) was secured by the Americans until August 2008.
PMOI and the USA
Since the Mujahedeen are not yet off the U.S. terrorist list and the American Forces handed the security operations to the Iraqi forces, Iraqi officials have warned they will close the PMOI Camp (Ashraf city) and expel the residents to Iran or elsewhere, when they have established relations with the IRI regime.
PMOI leaders struggle to convince the world that Ashraf city is not a terrorist camp but a city of resistance against the IRI regime. Their struggles have been successful in Europe to some extent, but because they are strong Shiite believers with a tendency towards leftist ideology, they are still recognized as a terrorist group by the USA.
Contemporary Iran and the Iranians
Protests in Iran and around the world show that millions of Iranians around want to see fundamental changes in the system of the ruling regime in Iran, and the latest presidential election that was reported to be tainted by mass fraud has opened a new page in Iran’s contemporary history. Protests indicate the good possibility of a new revolution that could end in the creation of a true Islamic Democratic Republic to replace what the Iranian people now call a “religious monarchy.”