Bill Richardson Governor of New Mexico from 2003 to 2011, former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations and the Energy Secretary under Clinton Administration
Thank you. Thank you very much. Thank you. I have two questions for you. One of them requires a yes and the other one requires a no. So it’s going to be very easy. My first question: Has there been any change since Rouhani came to office? [No!] The second question: Is there hope for change for Iran? [Yay!]
It’s a great honor for me to participate with Governor Dean and so many bipartisan leaders from the United States and around the world, but you are the stars here today. The first question: Has there been any change? The answer is no. There’s been more executions under Rouhani. There’s been more repression. They said they were going to release political prisoners. It did not happen. Did they change their behavior? The answer is no. They continue to repress with genocide the people of Syria. They continue to fight against human rights in the entire Middle East. They refuse to say to Maliki that you should have an inclusive government of Shia, Sunni, and Kurds to save Iraq. There has not been any change with Rouhani. There has not been any serious change in nuclear negotiations with the West and with the United States.
But the most important question for us here: Is there any chance of change for Iran? And the answer is yes, because it’s you. It’s you. It’s the MEK. It’s Maryam Rajavi. It is the freedom loving people of Iran that are in this room that want democracy, that want human rights.
I’ve been coming here for many years. I’ve never seen such a big crowd And now I want to be the speaker that made the shortest speech. Thank you.
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