Paris, February 2, 2013 - Dear Madame Rajavi, members of the National Council of Resistance of Iran, members of the French Committee for Democratic Iran, ladies and gentlemen, dear Iranian friends, many nice words and wise words have already been said, and it is difficult to add. Iran as a country and Iranian people as a nation among others have a great and rich culture. The great history and the dignity of Iranian people are well known and admired. As other civilized nations, Iranian people have the full right to free self-determination, peace, freedom, rights and civil liberties, legitimate democratic government established by popular vote. Things which are so evident and natural for a majority of world nations are unfortunately not available for present day Iranian people. If people are murdered and executed, there is no right to life. If people are tortured, inhumanely treated, corporally punished and mutilated, if they are prosecuted for their religion and convictions, freedom of expression there is no freedom. No equality, no civil society, no democracy. No nation merits such conditions and treatment. These medieval violations of human rights accompanied with nuclear threats to outside world must not continue. Those who are responsible must be brought to justice.
Unfortunately, regardless of its own democratically minded people's efforts, supported by the international community, the Iranian regime continues to crack down on its own people. People who have lived under Stalinist Communist totalitarian regime understand what it means to be suppressed and to be without any freedom and fundamental rights and how important it is to get out of it and to become free again. Every understanding support and recognition, moral more than physical, was so important and encouraging. We remember that and we understand you and we will give you all our sympathy and support. You will have a well-established civil resistance movement and there is no deadlock. Our duty is to support this legitimate resistance movement as a democratic alternative to existing regime not only for the benefit of the Iranian people but also for the peace and security of the world. [applause] There is always hope if you keep [0:03:58] in mind peaceful and rational in actions you have surpassed obstacles the politics has placed before you in the international and internal arenas. Sooner or later you will get back your Iran free and democratic, respected by others, and enjoyed by its own people. History shows that dictatorships will never last endlessly. I wish you every success in your great struggle. Thank you. [applause]
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