Rev. Dr. Edward Young, Rally Against Rouhani, NY-Sep 24, 2013
US and UN should act immediately to release Iranian dissidents taken hostage in Iraq
Thousands of Iranians took part in a colourful and well-organized rally across from the United Nations Headquarters in New York to reject Iran’s new president Hassan Rouhani, declaring that he is anything but a moderate. They urged the U.S. and the UN to act immediately to guarantee the safety and security of Iranian dissidents in Iraq and to demand Iraq release seven Iranian dissidents taken hostage during the raid by Iraqi forces on Camp Ashraf on September 1, which left 52 dead, some shot while handcuffed.
The Iranians who had come to New York from 40 states across America declared that Rouhani does not represent the Iranian people and that he has been a key official in the regime’s clandestine drive to acquire nuclear weapons, later boasting of deceiving the international community.
Carrying original Iranian flags and posters of the opposition leadership, the protesters, supporters of the Iranian opposition, underscored that Rouhani has colluded with Iraq to massacre 52 unarmed refugees at Camp Ashraf, Iraq, on September 1, and taking seven others as hostage.
They pointed out that Rouhani continues to provide military and financial support for Bashar Assad’s regime and that since his election more than 220 people, including women and minors, have been executed.
Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, the President-elect of the Iranian Resistance, spoke to the throngs of protesters via satellite from her headquarters at Auvers-sur-Oise, northwest of Paris.
“It is shameful for the United Nations to be hosting the president of an inhumane dictatorship in its General Assembly session. We see the hanging of Iranian youth in the streets continues unabated, the repression and summary arrests of women and youth on charges of mal-veiling has become even more widespread, and the new president of this regime has mounted an emphatic defense of his regime’s hegemonic goals in Syria, its nuclear program, and the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC),” Rajavi said.
She added, “It is scandalously shameful to see the expression of so much flattery towards the mullahs when the mullahs are not only incapable of moderation but cannot even pretend to come close to it. This trend has outstripped even the well-known former appeasement policy. This is nothing more than a demagogic effort to avoid paying the price of a correct policy vis-à-vis the religious fascism ruling Iran.”
Referring to the September 1 massacre at Camp Ashraf, the opposition leader said, “The United Nations and the United States of America have in these past years repeatedly violated their promises of protection and provision of security for the PMOI/MEK. Even now, they are playing the shameful role of silent bystanders. There is no better gift for the hostage-takers in Baghdad and their puppet masters in Tehran than such silence. The silence of the US and the UN can only be interpreted as a denial of this kidnapping at a time when the twin dictatorships of Iran and Iraqrefuse to accept responsibility for it. I strongly urge the United States to compel the Iraqi government to free the hostages.”
Emphasizing that the 3,000 residents of Camp Liberty still face grave danger, Rajavi added, “I call on the international community, particularly on the UN and US, to use their influence to station a UN monitoring team with Blue Helmet forces in Liberty in order to provide for their protection in this camp until the final departure of all residents from Iraq.”
Several former senior US officials, including Mayor Rudy Giuliani, Ambassador John Bolton, Former Congressman Patrick Kennedy, former RNC Chair Michael Steele, and Senator Robert Torricelli were among those who addressed the demonstration.
They rejected the notion of Rouhani being a moderate and said he is a terror master with a smile. They urged the US to stand by the Iranian people and the Iranian resistance for a regime change in Iran and the establishment of democracy and human rights. “The UN and the US have turned their backs on murder,” Giuliani said. “This must stop… Before he considers shaking hands with this man, Obama should know how much blood is on Rouhani’s hands,” Giuliani added.
SOURCE Association of Iranian-Americans in New York and New Jersey
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NYC-Rally-Flier-OnNuclear2California Society for Democracy in Iran is sponsoring rally against Iran regime’s president Rouhani. Hundreds of our community members will travel to New York on September 24 to join thousands of Iranian-Americans & human rights advocates to protest visit to the UN by Rouhani whose regime has:
Executed 170 people since his election and oversaw two deadly attacks on Iranian dissidents in Iraq;
Colluded with Iraq to massacre 52 unarmed refugee sat Camp Ashraf, Iraq, on September 1;
Boasted of deceiving the international community while advancing the nuclear weapons program;
Continued to provide military and financial support for Bashar Assad’s regime.
PARTIAL LIST OF SPEAKERS:
Hon. John Bolton, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations (2005 – 2006);
Hon. Rudy Giuliani, Mayor of New York (1994 – 2001);
Hon. Patrick Kennedy, Member of Congress (1995 – 2011);
Hon. Michael Steele, Chairman, Republican National Committee (2009 – 2011);
Hon. Robert Torricelli, United States Senator (1997 – 2003);
Hon. Frances Townsend, Assistant to the President for Homeland Security (2004 – 2007)
Organized by Association of Iranian-Americans in New York and New Jersey and Iranian-American communities in 37 states across America
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 24, 2013
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