Kennedy joins Iranian exiles protesting in Sweden

STOCKHOLM (AP) — Hundreds of supporters of an Iranian opposition group have rallied in Stockholm, denouncing the Islamic Republic’s regime and urging the U.N. to better protect the group’s members in neighboring Iraq.

Former U.S. Congressman Patrick Kennedy was among the speakers Saturday at the demonstration in support of the Mujahedin-e Khalq, or MEK.

The crowd waved Iranian flags and chanted “down with Mullahs’ regime” before marching toward the Swedish Parliament.

The MEK fought alongside Saddam Hussein’s forces in the Iran-Iraq war and until recently was listed by the U.S. as a terrorist organization. The group says it renounced violence in 2001.

The U.N. says more than 3,000 MEK members live at a former U.S. military base in Iraq. Iraq still considers MEK a terrorist group and wants it out of the country.

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