Amid increasing tensions between the U.S. and Iran, an international and bipartisan group of lawmakers, diplomats and dignitaries held a Trans-Atlantic Summit on Friday to demand that the world hold the Iranian regime accountable for its heinous actions, that have resulted in the deaths of thousands of innocent people.
More than 10,000 locations throughout the world participated in the 4-hour-long televised bi-partisan event, which came just days after the regime executed the popular 28-year-old pro-democracy protester, Navid Afkari. Despite an international outcry over his arrest, including a request from President Trump to spare the wrestler’s life, Afkari was killed for his role in a 2018 anti-government protest.
Democrats and Republicans Unite in Support of NCRI, Calling for a “Free Iran”
9 Democrat and Republican senators, along with 22 members of the House of Representatives addressed the National Council of Resistance of Iran’s (NCRI) summit, announcing support for its cause. The NCRI aims to establish a free Iran; a non-nuclear, secular, democratic republic based on respect for human rights and gender equality.
Senators Roy Blunt, Bob Menendez, Ted Cruz, Jeanne Shaheen and Marco Rubio all highlighted the regime’s human rights abuses and expressed solidarity with pro-democracy protesters. Senator Rubio hinted at the nuanced shift in US policy tendency saying, “This battle is not simply to keep Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons and support terrorism. Our battle is to give Iran back to its people.”
Mayor Rudy Giuliani and Senator Joseph Lieberman, two decorated U.S. Generals, Gen James Jones, President Obama’s National Security Advisor and NATO’s Supreme Allied Commander, and Gen Jack Keane, former Vice- Chief of Staff of the United States Army also participated in the summit.
General Jones pushed for increased sanctions saying that, “There should be more isolation of leaders of Iran. They should not be welcomed in countries that support freedom and democracy. We must support the Iranian people and the NCRI. They are the ones who will topple the regime. They will usher in a new era for the history of Iran.”
Meanwhile, in a passionate speech outside Capitol Hill, Gen. Jack Keane addressed a socially distanced, masked audience saying, “We in the US are inspired by the Iranian people’s raw courage and by Maryam Rajavi’s leadership, and what she will achieve as president of Iran. We identify completely with the people protesting in the streets of Iran.”
President-Elect Rajavi Calls For More Iran Sanctions
Maryam Rajavi, the President-Elect of the NCRI, has devoted her life to freedom for her country. In her keynote address, she called for comprehensive sanctions against the regime and recognition of the resistance movement for freedom. “The people of Iran want this regime punished through a comprehensive boycott,” she told thousands of supporters.
In a show of solidarity with Afkari and other protesters on death row, the President-elect of the NCRI, Maryam Rajavi, called Afkari a “national hero” and laid a wreath of flowers beneath a huge poster of him in Ashraf-3, Albania.
By withdrawing from JCPOA (the Obama-era “Iran deal”) the Trump administration has placed enormous pressure on the Iranian regime. Iran’s economy has suffered and increasingly the people are coming forward to demand change. But, the regime hold has proved strong — and, it is for this reason that so many are calling for increased sanctions on Iran, specifically from Europe, to better isolate the regime.