Iran Update
Volume: 1 - Issue:  5728 June 2010
Iran Update
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Diplomatic coup for Iranian opposition at Paris rally
AFP
27 June 2010

TAVERNY, France - The People's Mujahedeen of Iran drew tens of thousands of opponents to Iran's clerical regime to its rally outside of Paris on Saturday, including prominent Western political heavyweights.
The presence of former US ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton and former Spanish prime minister Jose Maria Aznar represented a major diplomatic success for the People's Mujahedeen of Iran (PMOI), which the United States still considers a terrorist organisation.
The PMOI advocates the overthrow of the Islamic Republic of Iran, and is a major organisation of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), the political umbrella of exiled Iranian opposition groups.
NCRI president Maryam Radjavi called for democracy in Iran and an end to Islamic rule.
"The Iranian people will continue to resist until the dictatorship is overthrown," she told the crowd at the event in a northern suburb of Paris. Bolton, Washington's UN ambassador from 2005 to 2006, called for the PMOI to be removed from the US terror watchlist, and criticised the crackdown that followed last year's contested elections in Iran.
"Iran is more than ready for democracy," he said.
Organisers put the crowd at 100,000, and said around 20 parliamentarians -- mostly European -- had attended. Police said 30,000 people were present.
The European Union removed the PMOI from its list of terror groups in 2009.
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Iranian exiles demand tougher sanctions on Tehran
Reuters
Laurent Hamida
26 June 2010

PARIS (Reuters) - An Iranian exile group, backed by international politicians, said on Saturday that much stiffer sanctions would have to be imposed on Tehran if world powers hoped to curtail Iran's nuclear programme.
Thousands supporters of the French-based National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) filled a makeshift stadium just north of Paris to denounce Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and demand more pressure be brought to bear on Tehran.
John Bolton, a former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, and former Spanish Prime Ministers Jose Maria Aznar, joined more than 100 lawmakers from across Europe, the Middle East and North America to voice their opposition to Ahmadinejad...
A NCRI spokesman said some 1,000 buses had ferried its supporters to the rally, adding that "many tens of thousands" had shown up. There was no independent estimate of crowd numbers.
The NCRI has followers across Europe and the United States and was the first group to expose Iran's covert nuclear programme in 2002. It claims to have huge backing within Iran although analysts say its support is very hard to gauge.
NCRI leader Maryam Rajavi told the rally that to change ideas in Tehran, the world had to get rid of the current rulers.
"From our point of view, the new Security Council resolution and complementary sanctions by the U.S. and Europe are necessary, but insufficient ... We demand that you stop the purchase of oil and gas from this regime right now," she said.
"The Iranian people, of course, demand far more than this. They demand that this regime must go," she added
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Anti-Iranian regime rally draws thousands to Paris
Euronews
26 June 2010

A rally organised by an Iranian exile group on the outskirts of Paris has drawn thousands of supporters from across Europe.
The National Council of Resistance of Iran says this was the biggest ever meeting of Iranians outside Iran, but there has been no independent estimate of numbers.
Leader Maryam Rajavi called for the "creation of a new society, based on freedom and democracy".
"We think that sanctions are good but they are not enough. The policy in Iran should rely on bringing about change by the Iranian people, and resistance. This is the message we would like to send to the Iranian community." said Shahin Gobadi of the NCRI.
Prominent political personalities included the Spanish former Prime Minister, Jose Maria Aznar, who said sanctions against Tehran were not enough:
"The international community lost a very important opportunity a year ago when they did not give strong support to the those fighting on the streets in different cities. And now we continue, we approve sanctions and I consider this is not enough."
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Thousands of Iranian government opponents hold rally outside Paris
The New York TImes
DHEEPTHI NAMASIVAYAM and STEVEN ERLANGER
26 June 2010

TAVERNY, France - At least 30,000 opponents to the Iranian government gathered on Saturday in a stadium in this quiet town outside Paris to support the National Council of Resistance to Iran in a large rally coming a year after disputed elections in Iran.
Amid high security, and with the presence of some well-known conservative political figures like the former Spanish prime minister, Maria Aznar, and the former American ambassador to the United Nations, John Bolton, the crowd heard speeches condemning the Iranian regime of the ayatollahs and of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
The rally, with supporters dressed in lavender and yellow, was in support of the council leader, Maryam Rajavi, who calls herself the president-elect of the Iranian resistance and lives in exile in France. Her husband, Massoud Rajavi, has not been made any public appearances since 2003.
She called for mobilization of resistance inside and outside of Iran, saying: "No to turbaned fascism, no to stoning, to executions and amputations, no to the obligatory veil, to obligatory religion, to imposed government." Supporter shouted, "Azadi," or liberty. She called on governments to stop buying oil and gas from Iran, welcomed sanctions resolutions passed by the United States Congress and said that Iranian leaders should be tried for crimes against the Iranian people.
Mr. Aznar said: "I support your fight for liberty and democracy. The Iranian people have suffered enough. They demand and deserve a better government, which respects the dignity of people and assures fundamental liberties."
Mr. Bolton said that "the Iranian regime has become a military dictatorship, fascist and repressive. But the repression that followed the fraudulent elections of 2009 has shown to what point the regime is criminal and the opposition powerful."
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Thousands of demonstrators rally outside Paris to back Iranian exile group
The Associated Press
26 June 2010

TAVERNY, France - Thousands of supporters of an Iranian exile group are rallying north of Paris in protest of the Iranian regime.
The event was organized by the National Council of Resistance of Iran. Leader Maryam Rajavi urged the "creation of a new society, based on freedom, equality, democracy, respect for human rights and separation of religion and state."
The event Saturday in the suburb of Taverny drew former Spanish Prime Minister Jose Maria Aznar and John Bolton, who served as Washington's ambassador to the U.N.
The France-based umbrella group includes the People's Mujahedeen Organization of Iran, which was removed from the European Union's list of banned terrorist groups last year.
The group is also lobbying the U.S. to stop classifying it as a terrorist group.
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Diplomatic coup for Iranian opposition at Paris rally
Diplomatic coup for Iranian opposition at Paris rally
Anti-Iranian regime rally draws thousands to Paris
Thousands of Iranian government opponents hold rally outside Paris
Thousands of demonstrators rally outside Paris to back Iranian exile group
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