Stop violence against peoples movement in Iran
Maite Mola, Vice-President of the Party of the European Left declares:
Tens of thousands of Iranians demonstrated against the poor economic conditions in the country, especially against unemployment and high prices but also against repression by the Iranian government. The protests are the largest since the disputed 2009 presidential election. The form of protest has spread throughout the country in recent days. On the night of Tuesday, they were reported from demonstrations in 62 cities.
The wave of protests spread all over the country and have also reached the capital Tehran. The group of demonstrators is very diverse, its a movement constituted by workers, young people, students and women.
In consideration of the escalation of violence in Iran, whereby at least 22 people lost their lives and according to state television, more than 800 people were arrested, the European Left calls for respect for the right to peaceful demonstrations and freedom of expression. These protests could actually be the beginning of something very big. We also oppose any intervention in Iran by the US, NATO, EU and other foreign powers, as this is delegitimising the protests and helps the Iranian government to find excuses for its harsh treatment of the demonstrators. A hypothetical military intervention might as well lead to another war in the Middle East.
We will also express our deeply support for the people's movement in Iran and stand on the side of all progressive forces, towards the developing of a united action of various social strata.