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Wednesday, 18 December 2019 - Strasbourg Revised edition

Violent crackdown on recent protests in Iran (debate)

  Jytte Guteland (S&D). – Mr President, the United Nations has said that at least 7 000 people have been arrested in Iran since the mass demonstration erupted last month. We call for the immediate release of those arbitrarily detained. It is truly horrifying to hear about the security forces firing on protesters, and many people have been killed during this unrest. The internet shutdown in Iran made it difficult for outside groups to document the death toll and for journalists to paint the full picture of what was happening on the ground in dozens of cities.

It is unacceptable that people who protest because of social and economic injustices are killed and injured. We Social Democrats condemn the actions of the regime and demand that the violence stop immediately. The people of Iran need the EU on their side. This is why I’m happy to stand by this resolution, where we demand a stop to the violence and call for the EU to continue raising human rights and concerns with the Iranian authorities in bilateral and multilateral exchanges.

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