In Germany on Friday, the former vice-president of the European Parliament and President of the International Committee In Search of Justice (ISJ), Dr. Alejo Vidal-Quadras, addressed a meeting of young people. Vidal-Quadras has been involved with PMOI for 15 years.
With the upcoming 50th anniversary of the political movement in Iran, Dr Vidal-Quadras calls on young people to continue showing their perseverance, regardless of the repression they face.
Dr. Vidal-Quadras highlighted the PMOI as the “backbone of a nationwide resistance against the ruling religious dictatorship” and a “treasure of moral, cultural, and political values in today’s world.” He praises members of PMOI for being advocates of a democratic Islam and for also showing the world that Islam is very different from the Islamic extremism that terrorizes the Middle East.
Maryam Rajavi, the president-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) was praised for her hard work and for leading the opposition group as a Muslim woman, representing a “revolution which can shake very positively the Islamic world.”
At the end of his speech, Dr. Vidal-Quadras thanked the PMOI and NCRI for ensuring that there will one day be a democratic change in Iran: “I consider out of the many things that I have done in my political life to defend civil liberties and democracy, my collaboration with you as the most important of all. Sometimes you are so kind to thank me for my help to your cause, but it is me that must thank you for the opportunity to participate in an undertaking so decisive for the future of Iran and of the whole world.” He said that, without a doubt, the eviction of the mullahs from power will be the “largest step towards global peace and stability that the world has witnessed since the fall of the Berlin wall.”