Delegation from Syria's democratic opposition coalition is now addressing the anti-Rouhani rally in New York in solidarity with the Iranian Resistance. “Free, free Syria,” they said.
A delegation of U.S. faith community leaders are now addressing the rally for freedom and human rights in Iran. Members of the delegation sum up their remarks by saying "No to Rouhani; Yes to
Tom Ridge, former U.S. Homeland Security Secretary and Governor of Pennsylvania: The US promised in writing that it would protect the MEK (PMOI) members who are now in Camp Liberty in Iraq. The US and UN must make good on their promises to protect the residents of Camp Liberty. The US and UN should keep their word. That's why I'm here today. I am proud of the sacrifice and courage of the MEK members in Camp Liberty. We support the modern Iran which is sought by Mrs. Maryam Rajavi and the Iranian Resistance. I am here to remind the UN and my colleagues in the US that although we have condemned the terrorism and torture by the group ISIL (ISIS, or Daesh), but the mullahs' regime in Iran is carrying out the same sorts of acts of terrorism and torture, and we must stand against the regime. The majority of the people in Iran do not support the policies of the mullahs’ regime. I believe that the people of Iran are in alignment with the MEK members in Camp Liberty. That’s why I’m here to join you in this cause.
Amb. Bill Richardson, former U.S. Ambassador to the UN and U.S. Energy Secretary: We support democracy in Iran. The mullahs' regime does not understand the words human rights and democracy. It's great that your movement for democracy in Iran exists. Iran needs to change. We must focus on human rights and Iran's support for international terrorism. Under Rouhani there have been 2000 executions. According to Amnesty International there have been at least 700 executions in Iran this year so far. There is mass violations of human rights in Iran. But let’s remember that there is a democratic alternative that exists which represents human rights. That's you. America should support you. There should be an international effort to stop Iran's support for international terrorism. The mullahs’ regime in Iran is not a moderate regime. It is a terrorist regime. It is a regime that violates human rights because it wants to spread fear among the Iranian population to prevent popular protests for regime change. But the young people of Iran are determined to achieve change. Our message to the young people of Iran is that we support democracy in Iran
Professor Alan Dershowitz, former Harvard Law School professor: There is a group of reactionary tyrants who are in power in Iran. Rouhani presents a smiling face but this is a false image. Rouhani has presided over the brutal execution of more people than even the evil Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. More than 120,000 people have been executed in cold blood by this regime. The mullahs' regime specializes in killing witnesses to its repression and human rights abuses.
The U.S. owes it to the people of Camp Liberty to live up to its word. We have failed to live up to our obligations to protect the residents of Camp Liberty. We have failed Iran's dissidents. We have failed you. Today we are here outside the UN to say that our government and the UN must live up to their duty regarding the Camp Liberty residents.
Michael Long, chairman of the Conservative Party of New York State: I am proud to be joining you in your noble cause for freedom for the Iranian people. Freedom should never be given up on. The people of Iran must achieve freedom. Rouhani must go. How many more people should be slaughtered and killed? It's time for freedom for Iran and the Iranian people. As the chairman of my party in New York, I apologize to you for my President's actions. President Obama is on the wrong side of history. How can you make a deal with a terrorist regime who kills people on a daily basis?
Edward Cox, Chairman of the Republican Party of New York: I stood with you last year and I stand with you at this year's rally. The US claims it has reached a nuclear deal with Iran. But this deal is dangerous because the mullahs will cheat in order to obtain nuclear weapons. The Iranian people want freedom and democracy. In 2009 when the people of Iran rose up for change, the US government failed to side with the Iranian people. In 2016, the next president will support the people of Iran. It's time for the terrorist ayatollahs to go. We support you in your cause of freedom and democracy.