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Mahmoud Ahmadinejad Visits the U.S.
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Four thousand Iranians gathered in front of the U.N. on
Wednesday, Sept. 14th to protest the planted president of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's speech at the
United Nations. People had come from as far as Norway and Los Angeles, Denver and Jacksonville.
Not a single member of the press acknowledged our efforts
and reported ANYTHING on this (except for John Batchelor) and the ones that
did, gave all the credit to the Mojahedeen Khalq which is a group still on the terrorist list of the State Dept.
(more below about the Mojahedeen, a.k.a. MEK, MKO or NCR - National Council of Resistence).
Please pass on this info and the photos so that we can fill
in the news gaps that the mainstream media willfully ignores.
New York protest against Islamic Republic 2005 - Part 1
New York protest against Islamic Republic 2005 - Part 2
New York protest against Islamic Republic 2005 - Part 3
News from the Foundation for Democracy in Iran
Iranian opposition group „rentsū demonstrators in New York; pro-monarchist groups call for Ahmadinejad arrest
credits: Kenneth R. Timmerman]
New York, Sept 14, 2005 - An outlawed Iranian opposition group, which obtained
a permit from the New York Police Department to hold a demonstration in front of the United Nations today, attracted an estimated
2,500 supporters to protest the presence of Iranžs president at the annual meeting of the UN General Assembly.
many of the crowd, coming from Denmark, Germany, Canada, Eritrea and Sudan, acknowledged that they had been recruited by the
organization to attend the rally for money, and that all their expenses ‚ including international air fare, hotels,
and a daily stipend - had been paid by the organization.
“Basically, what you see is ‘rent-a-crowd,’”
said Kourosh Kalhour, spokesman for a pro-monarchist group, the Constitutionalist Movement of Iran, which held a rival demonstration
The Mujahedin-e Khalq, also known as the MEK, the MKO, was black-listed by the Department of State in 1994
as an international terrorist organization because its members had assassinated U.S. military officials in Iran in the 1970s.
MEK „Presidentū Maryam Rajavi, speaking to supporters in New York via a live satellite feed from Paris]
hit squads also murdered U.S. employees of Rockwell and other defense contractors in the 1970s.
Condemned as a “Marxist
Islamic” cult by the former Shah, the MEK played an active role in the 1979 revolution and supported the taking of U.S.
hostages in Tehran. The organization today claims that those actions were not condoned by the current leaders of the organization,
but were the actions of a splinter group.
In 1986, the group moved its headquarters from Paris to Baghdad, and attempted
to launch an armed invasion of Iran in April 1988, backed by Saddam Hussein. In the 1990s, Saddam used MEK troops to attack
opposition militias in the Kurdish safe haven of northern Iraq that today have joined the new Iraqi government.
organization, the National Council of the Iranian Resistance, has also been black-listed by the State Department. Speakers
at todayžs event, which included a member of the Canadian parliament, demanded that the United States lift the terrorist designation
of the group.
Many U.S. members of Congress have signed letters urging the State Department to remove the group from
the terrorist list because they helped to expose the Iranian regimežs secret nuclear programs.
While large numbers
of Iranians enthusiastically waved portraits of MEK leaders Massoud and Miryam Rajavi, hundreds of non-Iranians stood out
in the crowd.
Martin Peterson, 26, of Ringe, Denmark, said MEK representatives contacted him recently in his country
and offered to fly him and members of his family to New York for the rally. “We thought it was a good cause to support,”
[Photo: Martin Petersson (right), 26, of Ringe, Denmark, says and 70 other Danes were flown to New York for
six days, at MEK expense. Other groups from Germany and France were also flown in for the rally at MEK expense.]
said he flew over from Denmark all expenses paid with a group of 70 Danes, and that similar groups had been recruited in Germany
The MEK flew a group of 25 Africans from Sudan and Eritrea to New York from their homes in Ottowa, Canada,
Val, 35, flew down from Ottowa along with her three children, thanks to MEK recruiters. “We want to tell the UN that
the same violations of human rights we see in Iran are happening in Darfur region of southern Sudan. We have come to protest
human rights violations.”
Traveling with her was Sumia Ibrahim, 40, and Abeba Suleiman, 40 both originally of
Eritrea. Both women brought children along, on MEK-paid tickets.
[Photo: Sumia Ibrahim, 40 (left) and Elizabeth Val,
[Photo: Abeeba Suleima, 40, from Eritrea, poses with her young son.]
Pro-monarchist Iranians demonstrating
nearby said a group of 21 MEK-protestors had flown with them overnight from Los Angeles, and talked openly of how they had
been recruited by the MEK for the rally.
Rival demonstrations of U.S.-based Iranian exile groups gathered an estimated
800 people outside the UN. Some came in buses from Washington, DC, New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut. Others flew in on
a group charter from Los Angeles, with each person paying their own way.
“We worked very hard to bring together
people who normally donžt talk to each other,” said Roozbeh Farahanipour, secretary general of Iranians for a Secular
Republic (Marzepor Gohar). Farahanipour was a key leader in the July 1999 student uprising in Tehran and fled to the United
States two years later.
[Photo: Roozbeh Farahanipour (left).
While not a monarchist, Farahanipour said
he felt it was important for Iranian opposition groups who supported non-violent regime change to work together.
is the important thing,” said Zia Atabay, a prominent broadcaster who founded National Iranian TV in Los Angeles. „Here
we have all these groups together, even if normally they donžt talk.ū
[Photo: National Iranian TV broadcaster Zia Atabay
(with cellphone) speaks with Aryo Pirouznia, who heads the Student Movement Coordinating Committee for a Democratic Iran (SMCCDI),
one of the organizers of the rival (non-MEK) rally.]
Several speakers called for the United States to prevent
Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad from holding lobbying sessions with pro-regime groups during his stay in new York.
called on the U.S. to arrest him on terrorism charges, stemming from his involvement in the 1979-1981 hostage crisis and his
role in the murder of Iranian dissidents in Vienna, Austria and elsewhere.
[FDI Executive Director Kenneth R. Timmerman
called on NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly to send home Islamic Republic president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad]
groups held a separate rally earlier in the day that included leaders of Marzepor Gohar, Iran Society, SOS Iran, Alliance
of Iranians (Texas), National Iranian Congress, Social Democrats, Iranian Council, Iran of Tomorrow, the Pan-Iran party, and
the Student Movement Coordinating Committee for a Democratic Iran (SMCCDI). Members of the Kurdish Democratic Party of Iran
To view the pictures from the New York rallies, go to www.iran.org
CopyrightĐ 2005, Kenneth R. Timmerman
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Former US Hostages and Victims of Torture
Point Finger at Visiting Iranian President
September 14, 2005
Iranian Action Committee
NEW YORK -- Several former U.S. Embassy hostages, Iranian victims of torture and the Iranian Committee to Pursue the
International Crimes of the Islamic Republic of Iran (Committee on IRI Crimes), held a press conference condemning the New
York (UN) visit of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, President of the Islamic Republic of Iran, identifying him as a perpetrator, practitioner
of, and an agent of international terror.
Making this case through powerful, first hand, testimonials and accounts
of their experiences with Ahmadinejad, were former US hostages, who were held in captivity, in Tehran, for 444 days; actual
victims claiming torture at the hands of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad; a member of the Iranian Kurdish Democratic Party detailing,
and implicating, Ahmadinejad in the assassination account of their Secretary-General; and Dr. Manouchehr Ganji, Founder of
Committee on IRI Crimes, himself a former United Nations Rapporteur on Human Rights.
"Many of my interrogations were
at odd hours, after midnight, during which Mr. Ahmadinejad advised me that they knew of my handicapped son's name, address
and school," said former US hostage, Col.
Dave Roeder (Ret.). "They had full knowledge of my son's school pick-up and drop-off
schedules, threatening that my wife would receive his small body parts, by mail, if I did not cooperate," he added. "I was
in Tehran, I was there, I saw him [Ahmadinejad] for months
and months, I can tell it was him. No one can tell me otherwise," said Bill Daugherty, also a former hostage, in Tehran, whose point was to challenge any skeptics of his and his fellow
hostage's accounts and recognition of Ahmadinejad.
Internationalizing Mr. Ahmadinejad's portfolio of crimes, Dr. Morteza Esfandiari representing Iranian Kurdish Democratic
Party indicated that they and the Austrian authorities are in possession of detailed and extensive data and information implicating
Mr. Ahmadinejad's personal involvement in the July 12, 1989 assassinations of Mr.
Abdul-Rahman Ghassemlou -- the Secretary- General of the Iranian Kurdish Democratic Party -- and two of his colleagues in
Fearing for their lives and personal safety, a gruesome accounting of the 1989 kidnapping and assassination
was presented on behalf of Mr. Abass Gholizadeh's family who, subsequent to several
failed attempts, was kidnapped by the Islamic Republic's intelligence agency in
Turkey. In an ordeal, widely reported
by the Turkish media, Abass Gholizadeh was kidnapped, while on a walk with his wife, only to be found by the Turkish police,
three months later, badly mutilated and tortured, floating off the coastal waters of Istanbul.
This account, including the involvement of the Tehran regime, was widely reported by the media, which, in addition to prior
similar acts, resulted in the recall of Iran's then-Ambassador to Turkey, Mr. Manucher
Mottaki, who is currently also in New York with Ahmadinejad. "This crime including several other assassinations of Iranian
dissidents, in Turkey, were committed with the full knowledge and, in fact, supervision of Mr. Mottaki who today enjoys full
diplomatic courtesies in this very city -- as Mr. Ahmadinejad's prized Foreign
Minister," said Dr. Manouchehr Ganji, making the presentation at the behest of Mrs. Gholizadeh, whose assassinated husband
worked with the Flag of Freedom Organization of Iran, which Ganji headed.
In addition to various other accounts offered
by former US hostages, Messrs. Kevin Hermening, Col. Chuck Scott (Ret.), Don Sharer, as well as their attorney, there was
first hand testimony by a former Iranian national, Mr. Joseph Pirayouf, relating his story of intimidation, arrest and torture,
in Tehran, at the hands of Mr. Ahmadinejad leading to, among other injuries, the fracture of his jawbone. At the time of his
arrest, in 1979, Mr. Pirayouf, owner of a taxi company, had been assisting Americans to exit Iran, which was found to be offensive by anti-American zealots like Ahmadinejad.
"The presentation today portrays just a small sample of the kind of criminal behavior the leadership of the Iranian
regime has systematically pursued," said Dr. Ganji, author and an authority on international law and human rights. "Iranians,
particularly those suffering at home, appreciate the distinctions that are being made every day between them and the clique
of criminals that are ruling them. We heartily welcome the former American hostages'
decision to stand with those Iranians struggling today, in quest of freedom and a secular democratic system of government
based on international covenants on human rights. "
After the 1979 revolution, the twenty-three year old Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
became Ayatollah Khomeini's universities'
representative in the Student Office for Strengthening Unity, which played the command and control center for the seizure,
and subsequent occupation, of the US Embassy for 444 days. Later in the 1980's
he joined the Revolutionary Guards and eventually helped create the infamous Qods Brigade, which is today, still tasked with
the super-secret special terror operations dictated by the clerical leadership. Just this summer, he was handpicked and declared
winner, by the regime's Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Khamenei, to replace the outgoing
President Mohammad Khatami.
Not only did the American delegation WALK OUT...this
is a photo that shows the room as the Terrorist planted president of the Islamic Republic of Iran was speaking.