CNN reports on the pro-MEK rally organized in Washington last Friday:
Hundreds of supporters of the Iranian resistance group Mujahedin-e Khalq rallied in front of the U.S. State Department in Washington Friday, demanding the United States remove the group from its list of foreign terrorist organizations.
Some Iranians in the United States have been critical of the MEK. In a press release Friday, Trita Parsi, president of the National Iranian American Council, said delisting the group “would be disastrous for Iran’s nonviolent democratic opposition — the Green Movement.”
“The MEK is pressuring the U.S. to turn its back on the millions of Iranians who have embraced nonviolence in the struggle for democracy,” Parsi said, “to instead support an undemocratic terrorist organization.”
Calling the MEK “a cult that abuses its own members,” Parsi said it has “no support among the Iranian people.” The MEK, he said, has been paying U.S. politicians to get it off the list of foreign terrorist organizations.
“If the MEK campaign is successful,” he said, “it means that America’s national security is officially on sale to the highest bidder, and terror groups are free to set U.S. policies if the price is right.”