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Iranian New Year brings support from current and former US leaders
As the Iranians celebrated Nowruz, the Iranian New Year, on March 20, there was a gathering of Iranians and supporters of Iranian resistance in Albania.

As part of this gathering, Maryam Rajavi, President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) and others spoke in support of Iranian freedom and regime change. Rajavi ascribed it as a house-cleaning, a ritual commonly associated with spring.

"The Iranian people are determined to bring about a new era with the help of the combatants of freedom by toppling the religious dictatorship. This uprising showed us how to attain our freedom through our own efforts. For this reason, it is new and is directed against backwardness and fundamentalism. It is sketching the future of Iran and is presenting an alternative to the regime," said Rajavi.

Additionally, Rajavi met with former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani on March 18. During the meeting, they discussed the crises of the regime, including the continued uprisings and protests of the Iranian people themselves.

Giuliani also spoke at the New Year celebration on March 20. He described the efforts of the members of the PMOI/MEK and their struggles for decades.

"Next year, we will witness major changes regarding Iran. The corrupt regime of the ayatollahs is on the verge of collapse. The U.S. policy, unlike the policy of the previous administration that was trying to appease the mullahs, is to hold them accountable for its crimes inside and outside of Iran and also to support the legitimate demand of the Iranian people for regime change and establishing democracy and human rights," said Giuliani.

He also noted that regime's biggest lie is that the Iranian resistance has no support within Iran. Yet, Giuliani pointed out that the recent protests showed that this was not the case, and that there are many indications of a growing social base of the MEK within Iran.

"In Iran, unlike other countries in the region, there is an alternative to the ruling regime," said Giuliani. "This is why regime change will promote peace and tranquility in the region which have been seriously undermined by the Iranian regime."

Other US leaders, most notably President Trump, sent a message to the Iranian people on Nowruz. President Trump paid tribute to the resilience of the Iranian people, while slamming the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), which he called a hostile army and "not Iranian".

"The IRGC employs propaganda and censorship to hide the fact that the Iranian regime plunders Iran's wealth and abuses its people. To hide the truth, Iran's rulers suppress their own citizens' rights to free assembly, access to information, and equal opportunity," said Trump.

"Despite the oppression they face, Iranians are fighting to reclaim their rights. They long for a springtime of hope, and the United States stands with the Iranian people in their aspirations to connect to the wider world and have a responsible and accountable government that truly serves their nation's interests."

Trump also reaffirmed the support of the US for the Iranian people as they "seek to reclaim their fundamental freedoms of expression, religion, and peaceful assembly".

In other recent events, two American senators have pledged their support for a non-profit Iranian-American group that wants to replace the regime with a democratic and secular government.

Maryland Senator Ben Cardin and Arkansas Senator John Boozman made this pledge during their speeches at an annual luncheon held by the Organization of Iranian-American Communities (OIAC) to celebrate the Iranian New Year (Nowruz). Others speaking at the event include former US Senator Joe Lieberman, an MEK supporter who chairs the non-profit group United Against Nuclear Iran (UANI).

"This is a moment of real opportunity. If we act together: Congress and the [Trump] administration, Democrats and Republicans, liberals and conservatives and even a few independents and moderates, then next Nowruz we are going … to celebrate the end of the Islamic Republic of Iran," said Lieberman.

The change in the administration in the United States has resulted in a fresh round of support for the Iranian people and their hope for regime change.

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