Fearing protest action by Iranians, Kharrazi cancels scheduled speech

Fearing the protest rally by Iranians supporting the National Council of Resistance of Iran, mullahs' Foreign Minister Kamal Karrazi canceled his scheduled speech at the French Institute for International Relations (IFRI) yesterday in Paris.

A number of NCR's members and Committee Chairmen addressed the rally held yesterday afternoon in front of IFRI.

Chanting "down with Khamenei, down with Khatami," "No to dialogue with the murderers of the Iranian people, expel them from France," "Kharrazi is a terrorist," displayed their indignation toward and repugnance at the policy of appeasement with this anti-human regime.

The resolution of the protest read in part: "Economic ties with the mullahs not only blatantly contradict human rights principles, but will have no future. In the years past, the French policy toward the theocracy ruling Iran has been unbalanced and amounted to unilateral granting of political and economic concessions to a regime which is devoid of any political and economic future. By ignoring the aspirations of the Iranian people and their Resistance, this policy leaves no path to the future."

The resolution added: "Instead of tying its policy with those who have murdered the Iranian people, France must identify with the Iranian people and their aspirations for establishing democracy and human rights in Iran. The correct policy is to support the NCR and its President-elect Maryam Rajavi."

The reaction by Iranians in Paris and before then in Vienna, Turin, Rome, New York, Ottawa, Los Angeles, Stockholm, etc., to trips by the clerical regime's officials demonstrates palpably that the mullahs' ruling Iran are devoid of any popular backing among the Iranian people.

Secretariat of the National Council of Resistance of Iran
February 4, 1999

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