The National Assembly votes a resolution in “support to the Iranian people”

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French deputies voted on Monday for a resolution condemning “in the strongest terms the brutal and widespread repression” in Iran against “non-violent demonstrators”. The National Assembly affirms “its support for the Iranian people in their aspiration to democracy and respect for their fundamental rights and freedoms”.

Unanimously, the National Assembly adopted, Monday, November 28, a resolution in “support to the Iranian people”, condemning in particular the restriction of freedoms and rights of women.

Renaissance MP Hadrien Ghomi, himself a descendant of Iranians, called for “sending a strong message” by voting for this majority text, on the week-long menu dedicated to parliamentary initiatives. He collected the votes of the 149 voting deputies, to the applause of the entire hemicycle.

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The situation “requires action, with responsibility”, she said, indicating that after two packages of sanctions already taken at European level, “new sanctions are in preparation for the next Council of Foreign Ministers on December 12 “.

The resolution “condemns in the strongest terms the brutal and widespread repression” of “non-violent demonstrators”, “denounces the use of torture” and “affirms its support for the Iranian people in their aspiration to democracy and respect for their fundamental rights and freedoms”.

“A message of solidarity”

In addition, the text “calls for the immediate release of French nationals arbitrarily detained”, seven in number.

All the political groups welcomed the fact that this resolution, “admittedly symbolic”, could “send a message of solidarity” for “a people (who) are acting for a democratic alternative”, in the words of the boss of communist deputies André Chassaigne.

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Meyer Habib (LR), however, deplored a “colorless and very pale” text, which “lacks courage” by “ignoring Iranian nuclear power, state terrorism, totalitarianism”. He had prepared his own resolution which was to be debated on Thursday but ultimately will not be.

Angélique Ranc (RN) regretted that “France is still and always asking for help from the European Union”.

Iran is the scene of a protest movement sparked on September 16 by the death of Mahsa Amini, a 22-year-old Iranian Kurd arrested by morality police for violating the Islamic Republic’s strict dress code. The authorities denounce these protests as “riots” encouraged by the West.

With AFP


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