In a grand gathering in Tirana, Albania, on the occasion of the Persian New Year, the Iranian Resistance’s President-elect Maryam Rajavi wished that the New Year would be the year of breaking the chains of the religious fascism ruling Iran. Today marked the beginning of the Iranian New Year or Nowrouz that starts with the arrival of spring.  Mrs. Rajavi wished the looming of the spring of freedom and national sovereignty, the failure of the mullahs’ belligerence in the region, and the year of emancipation of the defenseless people of Syria from the clutches of the clerical regime ruling Iran.

Thousands of members of the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI) took part in the grand event.

 John Bolton, former US Ambassador to UN; Robert Torricelli, former member of the US Senate; David Muniz, deputy US Ambassador in Albania,  Jean-Pierre Muller, Mayor of Magny en Vexin and member of Val d’Oise Provincial Council; and Bruno Macé, Mayor of Villiers Adam from France, took part in the gathering.  A considerable number of political personalities from Albania including Elona Gjebrea, Deputy Minister of Interior; Pandeli Majko, former Prime Minister; Fatmir Mediu, former Defense Minister and leader of the Republican Party; and Archbishop of Tirana Rev. George Frendo took part in the gathering.

Elaborating on the crises entangling the Iranian regime particularly in the impasse of its upcoming elections, Maryam Rajavi pointed out, “Today, Khamenei faces three major predicaments in determining the fate of the regime’s election sham: First, fearing the Iranian people’s Resistance and uprising; second, the US policy in the region which has seriously alarmed the regime; and third, the dilemma over Khamenei’s succession which has led to a deep crisis within the regime. The people of Iran do not heed the regime’s sham elections and will boycott it as they always have. Based on the acknowledgements made by the regime’s officials, various strata of the people of Iran staged some 7 to 11 thousand protests last year against the regime’s policies. Beyond any protest, this is a daily drill for uprooting the regime’s injustice and oppression. Therefore, Western governments must not fall for the regime’s hoaxes and farcical elections and victimize the people of Iran. The policy of overlooking the Iranian people’s human rights, freedom and Resistance can no longer be continued.”

She said, “The people of Iran and other countries in the region expect that the US would consider a fundamental revision of its policy of the past 16 years. Nothing has been more helpful to the regime in Iran than US appeasement. Every policy on Iran and the Middle East which does not respect the Iranian people’s struggle for freedom and does not endorse the urgent demand of the peoples of the region to expel the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) is doomed to fail. The overthrow of the mullahs’ religious tyranny is the responsibility of the Iranian people and Resistance. But we expect an end to the concessions and assistances which have contributed to the continued rule of the regime for years. To this end, all commercial and diplomatic relations must be made contingent on an end to executions and torture, the regime’s criminal and invasive forces must be expelled from the region, the IRGC must be placed on the list of terrorist organizations, and the Iranian people’s struggle for freedom must be recognized.”

John Bolton while thanking the Albanian government for accepting members of the PMOI said: “The golden era of the mullahs’ relations with the U.S. is over. It is vitally important that the whole world know that the US policy on Iran and its sponsored terrorism has fundamentally changed.” He said the Iranian regime is a rogue regime and its life expectancy is very short indeed and added “the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps should be put on the U.S. terror list as early as possible.” Ambassador Bolton stressed:  “The declared policy of the United States should be regime change in Iran, the sooner the better.”

Senator Torricelli praised the perseverance of the PMOI members in Iraq over the years in the face of the regime’s deadly attacks and continued pressures and said “one woman, Maryam Rajavi, made the decision to save 3000 lives, a movement and the hope and aspiration for Iran’s future…It has been the honor of my life to be a soldier of your movement in the darkest days of your country.”

Pandeli Majko, former Prime Minister of Albania, pointed out: “It is a great pleasure to see all of you gather here together after all the years of danger…For you there is only the language of heart without any political divisions. You are welcome here and you are part of our family. You must consider Albania as your second home.”

According to Fatmir Mediu, former Minister of Defense and leader of the Republic Party of Albania, “This is a day of reflection and responsibility to continue our struggle for liberty and freedom. The only thing necessary for the triumph of good is for people to be united. What God has given cannot be taken by evil…Mrs. Rajavi is an aspiration not only for you, but for many others around the world.”

Maryam Rajavi pointed out, “The Iranian people’s Nowruz comes the day when all sectors of Iranian society including the Fars, Baluchis, Kurds, Arabs, Azeris, Shiites, Sunnis, Christians, Jews, and followers of other religions and creeds could live together in peace in a society based on separation of religion and state. This would be a society where everyone can freely think and express their opinions, elect and promote their political traditions, endeavor to change any government they deem is against the people’s interests, and a society where people can choose their clothing, and no compulsions are sanctioned.