An Iranian opposition group, the People's Mujahedeen of Iran, or PMOI, has campaigned for years to shed its status as a foreign terrorist organization in the United States, Canada and the European Union. Last week the British parliament voted to take the group off its terror list. Hope that other governments may soon follow suit injected new enthusiasm into the group's yearly gathering in Paris on Saturday.
Tens of thousands of supporters of the PMOI came from all across Europe and the U.S. to meet in a giant fairground hall on the outskirts of the French capital. Supporters say the PMOI has massive hidden support inside Iran that could help overthrow the Mullah regime. But being mistakenly listed as a terrorist organization has hindered its capabilities.
Critics of the group say it is also a cult, and its members are brainwashed by a bizarre mix of Islam, Marxism and feminism espoused by husband wife leaders Massoud and Maryam Rajavi.