Around 4000 persons, most of who came from Eastern Europe, have participated in an all expenses paid Annual Meeting of the Mujahideens of the People in Paris.

Sponsored by Maryam Radjavi, the life cycle of the Mujahideens of the People has been bizarre:
• stage one: they were an Iranian Marxist political party;
• stage two: they metamorphized into a private Iraqi army serving Saddam Hussein
• stage three: they were classified as a “terrorist” organization by the United States and the European Union; and
• stage four: they finally emerged as “Freedom Fighters”. [1].

They have claimed responsibility for a number of attacks involving a number of murders in Iran that cannot be calculated.

Benefitting from total and unconditional support from the CIA during the 1980s, every year they invite to Paris-Villepinte a certain number of international personalities, whom they pay very well. This year the speakers, introduced by journalists such as Alex Taylor, included:
- Rudy Giuliani, Donald Trump’s lawyer and former Mayor of New York
- Newt Gingrich, former Speaker of the US House of Representatives
- Bill Richardson, former US ambassador to the United Nations
- Michael Mukasey, former US Attorney General
- Louis Freeh, former director of the FBI and member of Opus Dei
- General George Casey, former US Chief of Joint Staff
- Stephen Harper, former Prime Minister of Canada
- Philippe Douste-Blazy, former UN Under Secretary General and French Minister
- Rama Yade, former French Minister
- Bernard Kouchner, former French Minister and Co Founder of Médecins sans frontières and Médecins du monde.

Numerous personalities also represented Saudi Arabia, Jordan and the Syrian Jihadists.

Profiting from the timing of this meeting – which coincided with anti-government demonstrations in Iran - the speakers have called to “topple the regime”. Although it is true that the Mujahideens of the People are participating in all anti-government action in Iran, they are not at the origin of the current protests. These protests first of all represent a reaction against the collapse of the standard of living and in some cases, against water restrictions or even security issues.

Anoosha Boralessa

[1] « Les Moudjahidin perdus », par Paul Labarique, Réseau Voltaire, 17 février 2004.