To all those who believe that the people of Iran have been silenced, let them have a look at what is happening here. Show to the world this gathering of worldwide leaders and free Iranians living freely in Europe, defying with their presence the deadly craziness of the mullah. In spite of more than a hundred thousand of executions, women, kids, men killed because they dared to say no, no to the whip, no to the gallows, no to the prohibition of happiness, of music, of joy, here is the free people of Iran responding to the call, standing up to confront the murderers of Tehran.
Congressman Danny Davis
I’m Congressman Danny Davis, and of course Illinois has never been as big as Texas. But one thing that we learned in Illinois is that a people united will never be defeated. And I want to commend this coalition which will go down in history as one of the greatest demonstrations for equality, for opportunity, for liberation, and for justice that this world has seen in a long, long time. You inspire and motivate not only yourselves, but you are telling people all over the world that you don’t have to sit back and take it, that all you gotta do is organize your neighbors, organize your friends, organize young people, organize students, and I guarantee you that democracy will prevail every time. Never been in a demonstration this big so I thank you for giving me the opportunity to experience the biggest single demonstration for democracy that I’ve ever had.
Kim Campbell Former Canadian Prime Minister
Good evening. Good evening. I’m not sure what surprises me most—that we’re still here or that you’re still here, but it’s great that we’re all still here. I’m honored to be here with my colleagues who are current and former members of the Canadian Parliament and one of my colleagues is going to address you as well, so I’ll be brief because you don’t need more speeches. And in fact I was trying to think what I could tell you that you hadn’t already heard.
Pandli Majko Former Prime Minister of Albania
My dear friends, Iranian brothers and sisters, two years ago we have been here in such a podium only two people. If you see the video, I finished my short speech saying that next time we Albanians will come in front of you with 22 people. But it looks that we have passed the borders of our promises. Here you don’t have only politicians, Member of Parliament, but you have doctors, professors, lawyers, people that consider Iranians that have come in our country like part of our family.
Giulio Terzi Former Italian Minister of Foreign Affairs
Madame President-Elect, dear friends, I have the pleasure to introduce tonight first of all a very distinguished and important delegation from the Italian Parliament, the Italian cities, Italian organizations, all friends that you have in Italy, and that are fighting for your freedom and human rights in Iran. The participation in this grand meeting of hundreds of Iranian association from all over the world proves the depth and the intensity of the struggle, a struggle for democracy against dictatorship.
Struan Stevenson President of the European Parliament Delegation for relations with Iraq
Madame Rajavi, ladies and gentlemen, I prepared a speech but I’m not going to read that. I want to speak from my heart because I am Ashrafi. There are three clear messages that have emerged from this marvelous gathering today, three clear messages: Maliki out. Rouhani out. Khameini out. Now there are a hundred thousand of you in this hall, let’s hear all of your voices so that Maliki can hear you in Baghdad, so that Rouhani and Khameini can hear you in Tehran. Let’s hear the message now. Maliki [out]. Rouhani [out]. Khomeini [out]. Louder. Maliki [out]. Rouhani [out]. Khomeini [out]. Wonderful.
Louis Freeh Former Director of the US Federal Bureau of Investigation
Thank you. Thank you, Judge (McKenzie), Madame President-elect, and most importantly, our brothers and sisters in Camp Liberty who are hearing this today. Ladies and gentlemen God bless them, and keep fighting. Less than 48 hours ago, less than 48 hours ago, 18 years ago the Iranian government acting through the IRGC blew up Khobar towers in the eastern province of Saudi Arabia, killing 20 U.S. airmen, wounding 372, and killing and wounding many other nationals.
Ad Melkert Special Representative of UN Secretary General from 2009 to 2011, former leader of the Dutch Labour Party
Thank you very much, dear friends. It is truly a special moment to be here with you today and I’m grateful for the opportunity to express at this truly impressive meeting my feelings of deep sympathy with a cause of freedom, the need for reconciliation and the promise of peace, democracy and social progress in Iran and the wider region of the Middle East that is in such trouble and turmoil today. And to express my strong hope that the humanitarian imperative and the cause of human rights should prevail over political considerations and calculations to which no individual should be held hostage.
Alejo Vidal-Quadras Vice-president of the European Parliament
Dear Mrs. President, Madame Rajavi, dear friends, let me say one thing very clearly from the very beginning of my words to you today. The international community and in particular the government of the United States, the United Nations, the European Commission, the member states of the European Union are in part responsible for the suppressive measures at Camp Ashraf and Liberty who led to the loss of 136 lives. While the government of the United States is sending 300 advisors to Iraq it no longer has any excuse not to prevent another attack on Liberty.
Phillip Crowley Assistant Secretary of State from 2009 to 2011
When someone said there’s a hundred thousand people in the audience you don’t really appreciate the size and dimension and power and force of this audience until you stand in this very spot. We stand with you and we salute you for seeking to be a part of the debate that is happening in Iran and to be part of the force that will ultimately change Iran for the better. As we stand here it is an incredibly complex time in the Middle East.
Frances Townsend Homeland Security Advisor to the United States President George W. Bush
Thank you, it is really my honor to be here with you again in Paris. You know, when we think about each time we get together there are more voices that rise up, there are more voices that take comfort by virtue of your presence here today in Camp Liberty, in Iran where they don’t have the freedom to assemble to have their voices heard. And so to everyone in the hall from the back to the front, your voices represent the voices of freedom that are in Iran that cannot be heard now. Thank you.
Madame Rajavi, distinguished guests, Camp Liberty residents and supporters, and particularly those at Camp Liberty, salam malakem. It was indeed a great pleasure to be with you here today and I can tell you the pain that I am suffering from a recent back operation pales in comparison to the pain that those at Liberty are suffering today.
General James Conway The 34th Commandant of the Marine Corps
Good Afternoon Ladies and Gentlemen,
My name is General Conway. As a three star General serving with my marines in Iraq in two tours. I was one of those people who made a promise to your countrymen. That is why I am here with you today. I have for you three quick points:
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