The president-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, addressed the people of Iran in a speech marking Nowruz, Iranian New Year. Firstly, she wished the people of Iran happy celebrations and congratulated her compatriots across the whole of the country and those who have remained hopeful thorough some very dark times under the oppressive rule of the mullahs.
She acknowledged and thanked those people that have participated in the uprising over the past year, emphasising that they have made the past year a success in terms of progress towards freedom.
Many Iranians are unable to afford the bare necessities, much less the luxuries that they once permitted themselves for their Nowruz celebrations. The economic crisis and the regime’s utter mismanagement of the country’s wealth has resulted in large parts of the population falling into absolute poverty. Mrs. Rajavi reminded these people that she, and the Resistance, stands beside them. She mentioned the farmers who have lost their livelihoods because of the water scarcity, the teachers who are subjected to awful discrimination, poverty and imprisonment for protesting, the millions of unemployed people, and the people who are living in extreme poverty with no shelter for them or their children.
Mrs. Rajavi also paid tribute to the many freedom fighters that have been executed in the most horrific of conditions, describing them as the heroes in this quest for liberty.
With regards to the upcoming year, Mrs. Rajavi expressed her hope, pointing out that the pillars of the regime have been shaken by the people. This year, she said, will be “the harbinger of storms and change” and the year when the regime will be overthrown.
The leader of the Resistance also spoke about the tangible signs of the regime’s failures and weaknesses, including the widespread protests and strikes, the nuclear deal (JCPOA), the loss of investments and trade opportunities with western companies, tough sanctions, the collapse of the economy and so on.
Mrs. Rajavi assured the people of Iran that the regime is not going to be able to find its way out of its situation because of the protests and nationwide uprisings that it will continue to face. Its downfall, she promises, is inevitable.
“The mullahs have no chance of survival. Throughout the past year, however, they were dreaming of finding a way out by annihilating the Mojahedin and the Iranian Resistance. So, they concentrated the core of their efforts on terrorism and demonization targeting the Mojahedin. But they failed.”
Finally, Mrs. Rajavi called on the people of Iran to move forwards into this new year, together and “hand in hand”. She called on the people to continue with the solidarity that makes the regime weaker and to show the regime that they will not bow to its suppression.
She reminded the people that they are worthy of everything they are fighting for and that they will be the catalyst for great change. “The people of Iran deserve such a country and they will write and create such a destiny with their own hands.”