MKO Annual Gathering Shifted From France to Germany Amid Summer Olympics

The notorious Mujahedin-e Khalq Organization (MKO), known for its anti-Iranian activities, will hold its annual gathering in Berlin, Germany, on June 29th. This decision comes as France declined to approve the meeting due to the upcoming Summer Olympics and Paralympic Games in Paris.

Iran (IMNA) - The MKO's annual event has traditionally taken place in the French town of Villepinte, near Paris, often attracting a crowd of paid participants. However, this year, Germany granted permission for the gathering on June 29th.

The shift in venue can be attributed to France's reluctance to host the event given its focus on hosting the Olympic and Paralympic Games in Paris. The Summer Olympics will commence from July 26th to August 11th, followed by the Paralympic Games from August 28th to September 8th.

The MKO, classified as a terrorist organization in the past, has been held responsible for a series of bombings and assassinations in Iran. The group is believed to be responsible for approximately 12,000 deaths out of the nearly 17,000 Iranians killed in terrorist attacks over the past four decades.

During the 1980s, the MKO joined forces with Iraqi forces in the war against Iran during former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein's regime.

Despite previous listings as a terrorist organization by the United States and the European Union, the MKO was removed from these lists in order for it to be used as a proxy against Iran.

The decision to hold the MKO's annual gathering in Berlin raises questions about the organization's objectives and influence, especially in the context of its designated terrorist status in the past.

MKO elements were moved from Camp Ashraf in Iraq to Camp Hurriyet and then to Albania.

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