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Archive for Sunday, June 29, 2008

Iran opposition group wants off terror list

June 29, 2008

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— Thousands of supporters of an Iranian opposition group called on the European Union and the United States to remove the organization from terror blacklists at a massive rally Saturday outside Paris.

The Paris-based National Council Resistance of Iran - an umbrella group that includes the blacklisted People's Mujahedeen of Iran, or PMOI - held the rally at an exhibition center in the northern Villepinte suburb just days after Britain removed PMOI from its list of banned terror groups.

But National Council leader Maryam Rajavi said the group's status in the U.S. and EU was hindering its ability to fight for regime change in Iran.

In a speech at the Paris rally, she called the terrorist labels "unjust."

"Do not deprive the world from the most effective means to combat the religious fascism and terrorism," Rajavi, dressed in a blue suit and headscarf, told the boisterous crowd. "Instead, side with those who can bring the Iranian people freedom."

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