GROWING SUPPORT FOR A FREE IRAN IN THE UNITED STATES

Washington Times on May 3, 2018 reported on growing Iranian-American support for a free Iran. Excerpts below:

Iranian-Americans are holding a major conference in the District of Columbia [May 5] to support the protests that have arisen inside Iran against the Islamic Republic’s hard-line government in recent months.

Organizers say a goal of the conference — featuring speeches by …former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani and former Democratic New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson — is to drum up stronger U.S. recognition for the pro-democracy movement inside Iran.

Washington could and should do more to formally “recognize the Iranian opposition,” said Shirin Nariman, a spokeswoman for the Organization of Iranian American Communities.

The OIAC is a grass-roots arm of the National Council of Resistance of Iran, an exile Iranian dissident group that has long called for a new government in Tehran and criticized the Islamic Republic’s human rights record. It says more than 1,000 Iranians from across the U.S. will be on hand for the conference at the Grand Hyatt Hotel just a few blocks from the White House.

Delegates “representing Iranian-American communities from 40 states … will voice support for the continuing protests and the uprising that erupted in 142 cities across [Iran], and for a free, democratic, secular, and non-nuclear republic in Iran,” the group said in a statement.

Comment: This is welcome news. During the Obama administration (2008 to 2016) the Iran opposition was ignored. Iran is a challenger to the West and broader Western support for the opposition could lead to the fall of the Tehran theocracy.

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