Irish MEP Mick Wallace has slammed the Iranian protests in the European Parliament and accused some world leaders of “spreading disinformation”.
At his peak in the European Parliament, Mr Wallace accused some protesters of violence and “untold damage and destruction” which he said “will not be tolerated anywhere”.
Nationwide protests sparked by the September death in custody of vice squads of 22-year-old Iranian Kurdish woman Mahsa Amini for wearing an inappropriate hijab have swept the country for weeks.
About 320 people have been killed by security forces and at least 15,000 arrested since the protests began on September 17, according to Oslo-based Iran Human Rights.
The Iranian government has enforced a brutal crackdown on demonstrators.
“Last week we had MEPs, members of the European External Action Service and even some world leaders spreading disinformation. Claiming that the Iranian government decided to impose the death penalty on nearly 15,000 protesters,” Mr Wallace said.
“There was also a lot of violence and killings by some protesters, untold damage and destruction that would not be tolerated anywhere.
“Iran is under attack. The media attack is fierce. The propaganda and destabilization campaign is reminiscent of the Syrian regime change operation.
“Those who supported the so-called Syrian revolution say nothing today that Syria lies in ruins, illegally occupied, sanctioned to death, with millions displaced and hundreds of thousands dead.
“Is that what you want for Iran?”
Mr Wallace also said some protests were peaceful and that Iranians had been unfairly imprisoned and killed.
“There are peaceful protests, many Iranians are unjustly detained and should be released, and far too many have been killed by the aggressive crackdown,” he said.
This comes after Mr Wallace, along with his independent Left Party colleague Clare Daly, abstained in a vote on providing financial aid to Ukraine and voted against a resolution to consider Russia a state sponsor of terrorism.
Yesterday the European Parliament declared Russia a state sponsor of terrorism.
MEPs in Strasbourg argued that Moscow’s military strikes on civilian targets such as energy infrastructure, hospitals, schools and housing violate international law.
The move is largely symbolic, however, as the European Union has no legal framework to back it.
MEP Daly indicated ahead of the vote on the resolution that she would oppose it.
“This [resolution] does not condone Russia’s actions in Ukraine. As I have always done, when votes are taken on parts, I condemn the invasion of Russia and call for a withdrawal,” she said.
“My overall vote is against the inappropriate and unwise call for the use of the term ‘state sponsor of terrorism’.
“Even the Warhawks in the Biden administration have resisted pressure to label Russia a ‘state sponsor of terrorism’ because that would preclude negotiating options for humanitarian and peace efforts. Only a fool would do such a thing.”
https://www.independent.ie/news/mep-mick-wallace-criticises-protests-in-iran-it-would-not-be-tolerated-anywhere-42171805.html Mick Wallace MEP slams protests in Iran – ‘Nowhere will it be tolerated’