- - Monday, September 13, 2021

I want to begin by thanking all of you for your dedication, your devotion, and your commitment to the cause of a secular, democratic, and non-nuclear Iran. I also want you to know that the U.S. government and the people of the United States stand with you.

I hope you are feeling tremendous pride at this point in your history, you certainly should feel that pride, for working courageously and working together, you today form the backbone of a growing and powerful resistance to the corrupt regime in Tehran—a resistance that— with your perseverance— will never ever be silenced.

Thanks to the leadership of Mrs. Rajavi, you sent a powerful message to Iran’s Supreme Leader Khamenei and his cronies: We shall not take part in your sham election!

Your successful boycott of the election showed that the Iranian people are fed up with the broken promises, the economic incompetence, the systemic corruption, the disrespect for human rights and the misogynistic treatment of the women of Iran.

How ironic that the leaders of Iran treat women as less than equals—when it is this resistance movement, led by a woman and comprised of 50% women—this is the very movement that will ultimately bring them down! Ebrahim Raisi has the blood of many on his hands. As head of Iran’s judiciary, and as a member of the 1988 Death Commission, he is and was responsible for the execution of thousands of political prisoners— mostly members of the MEK.

You—not them—represent the future of Iran. You—not them—are committed to equality for all nationalities and genders. You—not them—believe in peaceful coexistence and respect for the United Nations charter. And if you continue to fight, to challenge, to speak out and to resist, well then, You—not them—will one day deliver the right of self-determination and freedom to the people of Iran.

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