On Saturday, 15/06/2019, the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) held a rally in Brussels. The rally started with the speeches of political personalities and human right activist from various European countries. Featured speakers were Giulio Terzi, former minister of foreign affairs in Italy, Ingrid Betancourt, former Colombian Presidential candidate, Alejo Vidal-Quadras, former Vice-President of the European Parliament, Struan Stevenson, former member of the European Parliament, Mark Demesmaeker, member of the European Parliament from Belgium, and Françoise Schepmans, a member of parliament from Belgium, etc. The speakers expressed their support for the people of Iran and their fight for freedom and democracy. They also showed their support of the National Council of Resistance of Iran and the 10-point plan of Maryam Rajavi, President-elect of NCRI.
As an Iranian student in Belgium, I joined this rally to be the voice of the people inside the country for freedom and democracy, especially the young boys and girls who deserve to live out and build their dreams. Following the news during the last week gave me a clear idea about what is going on in Iran and how the regime has used the people as hostages for the past 40 years.
When I heard about the attack on the oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman, it becomes clear that the clerical regime in Tehran uses terrorism and war as a supplementary force in its foreign policy. On the other hand, the regime keeps control inside the country through vast oppression of activists, for instance, a political prisoner, Alireza Shirmohammadali was killed in prison just two days before this march. Hearing this news, made me more determined to participate in this event to tell the European countries to stop appeasing this medieval regime.
The protesters in this march had clear requests from Europe. They asked Europe to expel the mercenaries and spies of the regime. They demanded the closing down of Iranian embassies and expel the so-called diplomats in European countries. The Iranian regime uses these embassies to direct their terror units. In 2018, the regime used a diplomate in Vienna to give a bomb to two terrorists in Belgium to target an NCRI gathering in Paris. In addition, protesters asked Europe to not sacrifice human rights and justice for financial interests. In fact, protesters only asked Europe to stand by the people of Iran.
We successfully conducted the solidarity march with the people of Iran and their resistance in Belgium. Despite the clear demands of the protesters what this demonstration showed was the organizational power of NCRI as the legitimate alternative to the mullah’s regime in Tehran. The march in Brussels was the first march of many, continuing in other European countries and the US. The march in Brussels was held on 15 June, and this Friday 21 June, NCRI holds another solidarity march in Washington DC, in front of the State Department. Afterwards, they go to Germany, Sweden, and Great Britain. I strongly believe that we as the people of Iran have to be the true voice of our people inside the country and demand that Europe must stop appeasement of the Iranian regime and stand with the people of Iran in their fight for freedom and democracy.