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France Condemns Iran's Regime for Opening Fire on Protesters

France Condemns Iran's Regime for Opening Fire on Protesters
Amélie de Montchalin, France's Minister of State for European Affairs, told lawmakers in the French National Assembly on December 3, 2019 that Iran's regime opened fire on protesters and arrested thousands in its attempt to stifle the dissent.

France has condemned the "disproportionate force" used by Iran's regime in its crackdown on protesters in Iran. 

Amélie de Montchalin, France's Minister of State for European Affairs, told lawmakers in the French National Assembly on December 3, 2019, that Iran's regime opened fire on protesters and arrested thousands in its attempt to stifle the dissent.

"Indeed, since mid-November, for several days, Iran has experienced an extremely violent, large-scale protest movement which followed the decision to increase the price of fuel in what we know is a much deteriorated economic situation, linked to geopolitical events on which, as you know, France is extremely committed to finding a way to de-escalate things," de Montchalin said in response to a question in the National Assembly. 

"Many people have indeed died. The authorities cracked down on the demonstrations by firing live shots, arrested thousands and cut access to the Internet." 

"Because Internet networks in the country have been cut, because the information is being controlled by the authorities, we don’t, to date, have a clear casualty toll of the crackdown. The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights stated at the end of last week that reports of more than 100 victims were credible, and the NGO Amnesty International is talking about at least 143 deaths." 

"Through me here, through Jean-Yves Le Drian today in London, and I believe in complete solidarity with all our European partners and the whole government, we obviously strongly condemn the violence and disproportionate use of force used against the demonstrators." 

"Given the scale of the crackdown, given the credible reports referring to the deaths of many demonstrators, we urge the Iranian authorities – and I do so here very solemnly – to respect the right to peaceful protest, to respect freedom of expression and free access to communication. France urges Iran to abide by its international human rights obligations, particularly the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights," de Montchalin said.

Hervé Saulignac, a lawmaker from France's Socialist Party, pressed the French government to raise its voice over the Iran protests at the December 3 session of the National Assembly. 

Saulignac said: “Prime Minister, on November 15, following the Iranian regime's decision to raise the price of gasoline, the people of Iran took to the streets and the mullahs' regime responded with arms and created a bloodbath. The death toll is absolutely appalling. Probably more than 500 people are dead and among them, many young people, more than 4000 wounded, ten thousand arrests, that will most certainly lead to mass executions. There were reports of weapons of war used, snipers shot at kids. The security forces of the regime went to the hospitals to seek the demonstrators. This should be described as a massacre.”

 

“The silence of the international community is unacceptable but the most intolerable silence, the most unacceptable one is that of France. Prime Minister, by this silence our country is turning its back on universal values that it has so long embodied. Why is France silent? You know Mr. Prime Minister probably that French parliamentarians of all parties do not understand that French diplomacy deserts the field of human rights and Parliament has also in its role. When it tells you that our country is spoiled by remaining an observer of the horror the innocent people go through.” 

Prime Minister, France by your voice, must condemn the atrocities committed by the mullahs' regime in Iran more clearly than it did. It must also urge the United Nations to investigate to shed light on the crimes that have been committed. Prime Minister, do not betray the values of France. Present it in your response at the height of our history.” 


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