Iranian opposition groups protest in Brussels

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People wave Iranian national flags and hold signs as they take part in a march organised for a free Iran and protesting against the Iranian regime, on June 15, 2019 in Brussels. (AFP)
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People hold a banner as they take part in a march organised for a free Iran and protesting the Iranian regime, on June 15, 2019 in Brussels. (AFP)
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People wave Iranian national flags and hold signs as they take part in a march organised for a free Iran and protesting against the Iranian regime, on June 15, 2019 in Brussels. (AFP)
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People wave Iranian national flags and hold signs as they take part in a march organised for a free Iran and protesting against the Iranian regime, on June 15, 2019 in Brussels. (Photo courtesy: Twitter)
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People wave Iranian national flags and hold signs as they take part in a march organised for a free Iran and protesting against the Iranian regime, on June 15, 2019 in Brussels. (Photo courtesy: Twitter)
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People wave Iranian national flags and hold signs as they take part in a march organised for a free Iran and protesting against the Iranian regime, on June 15, 2019 in Brussels. (Photo courtesy: Twitter)
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People wave Iranian national flags and hold signs as they take part in a march organised for a free Iran and protesting against the Iranian regime, on June 15, 2019 in Brussels. (Photo courtesy: Twitter)
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People wave Iranian national flags and hold signs as they take part in a march organised for a free Iran and protesting against the Iranian regime, on June 15, 2019 in Brussels. (Photo courtesy: Twitter)
Updated 15 June 2019

Iranian opposition groups protest in Brussels

LONDON: Iranian opposition groups protested outside the Council of the European Union in Brussels on Saturday against the regime in Tehran.
The protests mark the upcoming anniversary of protests in 1981, when the People’s Mujahedin of Iran demonstrated against the impeachment of the then president Abolhassan Banisadr.
Several European politicians, including the former Italian Foreign Minister Giulio Terzi and the former Vice President of the European Parliament Alejo Vidal-Quadras, gave speeches at the protest in support of the Iranian opposition.
The President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran Maryam Rajavi called on the “EU to designate the mullahs’ Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) and their Ministry of Intelligence (MOIS) as terrorist entities.”
She also said that the Iranian “regime’s mercenaries must be tried, punished and expelled.”
Rajavi also saluted “supporters of the Iranian people’s Resistance, and the Human Rights advocates who have come from various European and Arab countries.”


Europe will face terror threat if Libya govt falls: Erdogan

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Europe will face terror threat if Libya govt falls: Erdogan

  • The article was published on the eve of a Libya peace conference in Berlin
  • Erdogan’s government backs Sarraj and the Turkish parliament approved the deployment of troops to Libya

ISTANBUL: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has warned Europe it could face new threats from terrorist organizations if Libya’s UN-recognized government in Tripoli were to fall, in an article published in Politico on Saturday.

In the article, which was published on the eve of a Libya peace conference in Berlin, Erdogan said the EU’s failure to adequately support the Government of National Accord (GNA) would be “a betrayal of its own core values, including democracy and human rights.”

“Europe will encounter a fresh set of problems and threats if Libya’s legitimate government were to fall,” Erdogan wrote.

“Terrorist organizations such as ISIS and Al-Qaeda, which suffered a military defeat in Syria and Iraq, will find a fertile ground to get back on their feet.”

The GNA led by Fayez Al-Sarraj has been under attack since April from strongman Khalifa Haftar’s forces based in the east of the country, with fighting killing over 280 civilians and 2,000 fighters.

In a joint initiative, Turkey and Russia have brokered a cease-fire but Haftar walked away from talks in Moscow this week aimed at finalizing the truce agreement.

A furious Erdogan has accused Haftar of fleeing Moscow and said he would “teach (him) a lesson” if he resumed fighting.

Erdogan’s government backs Sarraj and the Turkish parliament approved the deployment of troops to Libya earlier this month after the signing of a controversial security and maritime deal between Tripoli and Ankara.

“To leave Libya at the mercy of a warlord would be a mistake of historic proportions,” he said, in a veiled reference to Haftar.