Speeches in support for the Iranian Resistance, Maryam Rajavi, Iran uprising, #FreeIran2023
The NCRI President-elect, Maryam Rajavi, visited the European Parliament on May 24, 2023. She met with many members of the European Parliament and addressed a meeting bringing dozens of MEPs abreast of Iranian developments. Several MEPs also spoke in that meeting. One of them was Dorien Rookmaker, a member of the European Parliament from the Netherlands and a member of the EP Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs.
Following is the text of her remarks in support for the Iranian Resistance, Maryam Rajavi, and the Iranian people’s Resistance and uprising.
Thank you, Mrs. Rajavi, for being here with us. I can say that we are greatly honored because you’re so brave and so persistent, and you have so much patience.
So, I think I can speak for all people from the Netherlands, where I’m a representative for, that we admire you greatly.
The people of Iran demand freedom and the European Parliament stands beside them. Decades of struggle are culminating in an uprising that will end the reign of terror in Iran. The courageous struggle of the people in Iran and outside Iran that began in September 2022 cost the lives of more than 800 people. 30,000 people were arrested and this month more than 100 people were executed.
The role of women in the uprising is significant and it tells us that the opposition is widely supported. The slogan, with or without hijab, is a sign of unity of the Iranian people who are determined to shed the terror of their oppressors.
We all reject all kinds of dictatorship in Europe. Europe must never in any way or form try to establish a normal relationship with a regime that committed so many crimes. Over 120,000 opposition members were executed by the regime in Iran, and we must never forget the sacrifices the opposition made.
In an open letter to the world leaders of the United States, the EU, Canada and the UK, the government leaders and former leaders in Europe urged them to stand with the Iranian people in their quest for change and to take decisive steps against the current regime.
I’m so honored that I’m given the chance to express my support for the democratic Iran opposition. We know the people of Iran want a democratic, non-nuclear republic, and I’m confident that the regime in Iran will change.
In an interconnected world people should be able to live and work together in peace. If we can help the Iranians to establish a democratic Iran, we have to, because it will be a tremendous contribution to world peace as a whole.
So, I thank you again, Mrs. Rajavi and I hope we can help you establish your objective. Thank you.