Iranian opposition to demonstrate in Warsaw: report

According to rp.pl, the news website of the Polish “Rzeczpospolita” daily, the Iranian opposition movement National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) will manifest in Warsaw during the Middle East conference that is scheduled for February 13-14.

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The manifestation is expected to be held at Wednesday noon, near the National Stadium, the location of the conference.“We expect thousands of participants,” Javad Dabiran, a representative of NCRI from Berlin told rp.pl.

He added that he is satisfied that representatives of the Iranian authorities have not been invited to the conference. “Talks with them would be leading to nothing,” Mr Dabiran said.

He also presented three postulates of NCRI: extending sanctions laid on Iran, placing Iranian secret services on the list of terrorist organisations and recognising NCRI as a legit opposition organisation.

According to the organisers, the demonstration will be attended by many VIPs supporting the Iranian opposition, such as Rudy Giuliani, the former Mayor of New York City and Polish MPs and MEPs from different parties.

“I will attend the summit of Iranian opposition in Warsaw. They organise annual meetings in Paris, where I also often go,” Marcin Święcicki, an MP of Civic Platform said. He added that he and other politicians support NCRI and stressed that his support has nothing to do with the conference in Warsaw, because he has been doing it for a long time.

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NCRI is closely associated with People's Mujahedin of Iran (MEK), the organisation which took part in overthrowing Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi during the Iranian revolution in 1979. Soon the MEK and Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini went into conflict and many Mujahedin were killed.

They responded with terrorist attacks and moved from Iran and MEK was placed on the list of terrorist organisations. The NCRI was also included on the list by some countries, but it has since been removed.

NCRI has changed its image in recent years, now it is considered a pro-democratic movement and has the support of many Western politicians.

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