PARIS (AP) — Thousands of Iranian exiles have led a Paris rally to demand democratic change in Iran and help for Iranian resistance members in Iraq's refugee camps.
The National Council of Resistance of Iran — which organized Saturday's event at a convention center in the northern suburb of Villepinte — estimated the turnout at nearly 100,000 people.
The council — which is on a U.S. list of terror organizations — has won support from some former U.S. officials such as former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani and former Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell.
Rendell, who attended the rally, urged the U.N., the U.S. and the European Union to start the "emigration process" for Iranian refugees, saying they live in "terrible" condition in Iraq's Ashraf camp.