The new Trump administration in Washington is still grappling with the extent to which it is obligated to uphold the illegitimate Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) — the nuclear deal that the five members of the UN Security Council plus Germany signed with each other in July 2015, and apparently never signed by Iran. While the Trump administration is saying that military action is not off the table, grassroots efforts by Iranian expatriates to help their brethren inside the Iran to topple their repressive regime have been underway.
These efforts were on full display recently on July 1 in Paris, France, where an estimated 100,000 Iranian dissidents and hundreds of politicians and other world dignitaries attended an annual “Free Iran” rally. The event, titled “Onward with the Iranian Resistance, Regime Change within Reach,” expressed the feelings of courageous young people in dozens of Iranian cities, where they braved the menacing presence of members of the regime’s intelligence services to show support for the rally in Paris.
Across Tehran, Mashhad, Isfahan, Shiraz, Karaj, Tabriz, Ahwaz and other areas, Iranians expressed their discontent on the walls of buildings. The Iranian people denounced Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei and hailed a 10-point plan devised in 2006 by Maryam Rajavi — co-head of the People’s Mojahedin of Iran (PMOI) and president-elect of the Paris-based National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) — for the future of their country. They also distributed leaflets in support of the Paris gathering, and shared hundreds of photos and videos on social media. The rally itself was streamed live on the internet and watched by thousands of viewers.
Speaking at the event, former Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Newt Gingrich said:
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