The leader of Iran's exiled opposition group has made her first public appearance in Britain - amid last-minute preparations and tight security.
Maryam Rajavi took centre stage at a concert and rally in London, organised by the National Council of Resistance.
The event was aimed at highlighting the oppression of women in Iran.
Thousands of people, including many Iranian exiles, packed into London's Earl's Court concert hall Friday to take part in a festival entitled "Women - Voice of the Oppressed".
Organisers said the event was planned as a response to the persecution and repression of women by the fundamentalist brand of Islam.
The key address came from Maryam Rajavi, the leader of the National Council of Resistance.
The Council is Iran's major opposition group against the fundamentalist regime in Tehran.
Rajavi herself has been voted by the Iranian parliament in exile as president elect.
Not surprisingly, she received a standing ovation from the audience at the London festival and her defiant speech was interrupted several times by deafening applause.
"Today I feel it is my duty to come here this great day and be united with many of the women who have come to see in the future a great Iran where there is freedom for women who are being at the moment oppressed. And listening to Maryam Rajavi's speech gave me great energy to carry on with this and be united in giving her message to many other women who cannot be here today.
SUPER CAPTION: Nazila Pazuki
"A woman has no right to divorce, a woman has no right even to go to her father's funeral without the permission of her husband. A woman is not able to travel without her husband's permission. On the contrary, her husband has the right to do several marriages and he has access to anything against his wife and many discrimination against women is practiced in Iran. A woman has no rights to laugh, to laugh in the street. Even if a man and a woman walk along in the street they have to have a licence in order to show that they're a relative otherwise they are punished for just walking in the street."
SUPER CAPTION: Mitra Bagheri, Event organiser
Rajavi's public appearance - the first in Britain - provoked tight security and there was a heavy police presence.
Earlier this month, it was revealed that Iran was involved in a plot to blow up the headquarters of the National Council of Resistance's headquarters in Paris.
The festival, which was broadcast to Iranian groups throughout Europe and the US, was held on the 15th anniversary of the beginning of organised resistance by Iranian exiles.
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