Iranian gathering in Paris, 9 July 2016
Excerpts from remarks by Governor Bill Richardson, a Democrat, former governor and congressman from New Mexico, former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations and U.S. Energy Secretary
In America, Democrats and Republicans are fighting each other in the election. But today, Democrats and Republicans are here with you. And you have so much support from around the world, from parliamentari-ans, from leaders from Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, the United States — they’re all here. The movement grows; you’ve grown enormously.
Can there be change in Iran, and can you be the agents of change? [YES!] Can the mullahs be the agents of change? [No!] You know, they continue their support of terrorism, they continue the execu-tions and human rights violations, they continue to help Bashar Assad in Syria. There are no internal reforms in Iran. Will you be the democratic alternative in Iran that will bring human rights and freedom and democ-racy? [YES!]
The world must stand with the Iranian people and demand the end of the human rights violations and sup-pression in Iran. Iran should remove their forces from Syria. And we should stand behind the men and wom-en at Camp Liberty. Free Iran.