Rouhani Feared to Face Iranians in Austria
It was about five months ago in October that a terrorist missile attack by Iranian regime against the Iranian resistance base in Iraq left 24 dead, many injured, and a massive amount of property damaged. The attack which was the heaviest and the most brutal of its kind was the latest of series of assaults by Iranian regime aimed to eradicate its foes. Khamenei needed to curb the opposition to guarantee his position as Iran’s most powerful man. The events, however, did not go well for the Supreme Leader .Iranian resistance managed to continue its course in Iraq.
Mullahs’ brutality could not silence the Iranian people forever. Although tough, but the battle for Iranian people to get their country back was already started. Protests and uprisings were formed in different corners of Iran by the people who found their sovereignty hijacked by the Ayatollahs. Found themselves on a hard terrain, Mullahs started goring each other. Rouhani needed to use the help of outsiders to keep his feet on the ground. So, he traveled abroad, from Italy to France to Pakistan to make himself look as the head of a stable state. This time he was in Austria.
Now it came the time for Iranians and human rights activists in Europe, and especially in Austria, to show their detest for the Ayatollahs in Iran. Hassan Rouhani, the president of Iranian regime, was coming to this country. Many Iranians living in Austria took part in a rally in central Vienna to say “No to Rouhani” and condemn the human rights violations in Iran under his presidency. Over 2,300 people have been executed since Rouhani took office in 2013. The Iranian protesters urged Austria, other European governments and the European Union to condition any relationship with the Iranian regime on a halt to executions and human rights abuses in Iran.
The rally was organized by the Human Rights Center for Victims of Fundamentalism. Groups and movements against fundamentalist terrorists are emerging in Europe after this year’s terrorist attacks in Paris, London, and most recently in Brussels. The organizers were also supporters of the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI or MEK), the principal Iranian opposition group and the Paris based National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI). The event organizers sought to bring attention to the wave of executions in Iran and the clerical regime’s export of Islamic fundamentalism and terrorism throughout the region. Demonstrators also expressed sympathy for the Syrian people and condemned Tehran’s support for Bashar al-Assad.
The Iranian regime, finally, cancelled Rouhani‘s trip to Austria which turned into a scandal for Rouhani. As the Austrian newspaper “Di Press” of March 30th noted Iranian regime had asked Austria not to allow Iranian dissidents demonstrate while Rouhani is there. This request was denied by the Austrian authorities. Austrian president, Hines Fisher, said, “Gatherings are not banned in our democracy”.
Mullahs had mistaken Vienna as if it was the streets of Tehran under their despotic rule. Parliament speaker, Ali Larijani, welcomed Rouhani’s decision to cancel his state visit to Austria on March 30th saying the reason was a planned demonstration by the Iranian opposition, People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI or MEK), in Vienna that forced the mullahs’ President to cancel his trip to Austria.
As Tasnim, the news agency of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) Quds Force, quoted on Saturday, April 2, Larijani has said Rouhani cancelled his trip because Austria ignored Tehran’s request to revoke permission for the rally by the PMOI.
Mr. Ahmad Shaheed, the UN Special Rapporteur on human rights situation in Iran, earlier in March announced that the number of executions in Iran in 2015 was greater than any year in the last 25 years. Rouhani has explicitly endorsed the executions as examples of “God’s commandments” and “laws of the parliament that belong to the people.”
Rouhani should not be welcomed to any democratic country.