Free Iran Gathering
The international gathering titled “Free Iran Gathering 2018 – the Alternative” coincides with dissident activity simmering all over Iran.
Nationwide protests took place in more than 140 cities and towns earlier this year and shook the regime to its core. People in small and large cities in all 31 provinces of the country chanted slogans like “Death to Khamenei,” “Death to Rouhani,” and “Hardliners, Reformers, the game is now over,” making clear their desire to overthrow this dictatorial regime. The intensity and speed of developments in recent months have forced regime officials, including Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei and President Rouhani, to acknowledge the widespread and growing role of the Iranian Resistance in organizing protests and their increasing popularity amongst the youths and women.
Despite the Iranian regime’s brutal suppression of the protests, various cities including Isfahan, Ahvaz, and Kazerun, have witnessed large anti-government protests that continued for several days at a time over the past few months.
To this, one must add the strike by truck drivers that spread to more than 280 cities in all 31 provinces and continued despite officials attempting to crack down on the drivers.
In the international arena, Iran policy is being hotly debated and the US has opted for a much tougher strategy, holding the regime accountable for its nefarious and malign conduct across the region, its ballistic missile program, and its suppression at home.
As such, the Iranian regime is increasingly isolated at home and abroad, which have brought the internal situation to the point of explosion.
Participants in the June 30 gathering will include Iranian expats and their international supporters, along with hundreds of political, social, and cultural dignitaries from North America, Europe, the Middle East, North Africa, and Australia. Some 100,000 people from five continents took part in last year’s event, including hundreds of dignitaries.
- Rudy Giuliani, former Mayor of New York, former US Presidential candidate
- Newt Gingrich, former Speaker of the House and US Presidential candidate
- The event is significant for a number of reasons:
- It will provide a different perspective on the situation in Iran and offer Western nations a policy alternative that emphasizes the voice of Iranians.
- It will present a rare example of cross-Atlantic bipartisanship on the issue of Iran. The make-up of the US delegation, in particular, will represent a rare example of bipartisanship.
- It will serve as a starting-point for regional cooperation, in light of the presence of senior politicians and activists from Arab and Muslim countries, as well as a delegation from the moderate Syrian opposition, including those who took part in the Geneva talks.