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Anti-Iranian regime rally draws thousands to Paris

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A rally organised by an Iranian exile group on the outskirts of Paris has drawn thousands of supporters from across Europe.

The National Council of Resistance of Iran says this was the biggest ever meeting of Iranians outside Iran, but there has been no independent estimate of numbers.

Leader Maryam Rajavi called for the “creation of a new society, based on freedom and democracy”.

“We think that sanctions are good but they are not enough. The policy in Iran should rely on bringing about change by the Iranian people, and resistance. This is the message we would like to send to the Iranian community.” said Shahin Gobadi of the NCRI.

Prominent political personalities included the Spanish former Prime Minister, Jose Maria Aznar, who said sanctions against Tehran were not enough:

“The international community lost a very important opportunity a year ago when they did not give strong support to the those fighting on the streets in different cities. And now we continue, we approve sanctions and I consider this is not enough.”

Campaigners also paid their respects to those who died in post-election violence in Iran last year.

The France-based umbrella group includes the People’s Mujahedeen Organization of Iran, which was on the EU-s list of banned terrorist groups until recently.