Maryam Rajavi and a number of members of parliament participated in a meeting at the French National Assembly on Tuesday, January 17, 2017. Entitled, "Middle East Developments, French and European Approaches",
the meeting featured FNA representatives and other speakers who discussed and exchanged views on France's Iran policy.
In her speech in this meeting, Maryam Rajavi said:
The New Year began with great worries for the Iranian regime. With Rafsanjani's death, one of the two pillars of the regime crumbled and the regime moved closer to its downfall in its entirety. Over the past 38 years, Rafsanjani played a significant role in suppression at home, export of terrorism abroad, and the regime's quest to obtain the nuclear bomb. He always was the regime's number 2 man who helped maintain its internal power balance. The clerical dictatorship has thus become weaker in its entirety.
Khamenei and the regime's most ruthless factions will have to adopt a more defensive posture and rely more on export of extremism, terrorism, and nuclear projects.
Today, the mullahs' debilitated religious tyranny fears any unrest particularly in light of its upcoming presidential election next May.
The memories of the 2009 uprisings haunt the regime. Social movements and popular protests are growing. Thousands of demonstrations and strikes by workers, retired employees, teachers, nurses, students, and families of political prisoners took place last year and are going to expand over the next year.
The weakening of the Velayat-e Faqih regime is heartwarming to our people. Political prisoners have become more active in sending out their messages and the social media echo them extensively. The families of the victims have challenged the regime by holding its officials accountable for their crimes, particularly the massacre of 30,000 political prisoners in 1988. The people of Iran demand an end to executions and an end to dictatorship in Iran.
Text of the speech