14 December 2019 :
Italian Lawmakers Urge Support for Iran Protests. Press Conference in the Italian Parliament in Support of the Iran Protests.
On Wednesday, December 4, 2019, Members of the Italian Parliament and human rights organizations in Italy held a press conference in the parliament’s conference room in solidarity with the recent nationwide uprising in Iran.
The participants welcomed the cancelation of the trip to Italy by the Iranian regime’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, who has the blood of the slain protesters on his hands.
This event was also attended by former Italian Foreign Minister Giulio Terzi; Italian Senators Lucio Malan and Manuel Vescovi, Italian MPs Renata Polverini, Stefania Pezzopane, and Federico Mollicone as well as Mr. Sergio D'Elia and Elisabetta Zamparutti, both former MPs and executives of the Hands Off Cain association.
Ms. Zamparutti started the press conference by giving some details over Zarif’s canceled trip to Italy and then spoke of the recent nationwide Iran protests. “The National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) has declared today, that the death toll during the Iran protests has surpassed 1000, and I have the names of 255 of them identified by the Iranian Resistance,” she said. She also provided the audience with new details about the regime’s killing of minors and the massacre in Mahshahr by the regime’s repressive forces. Mr. Terzi said: “Zarif canceled his trip because he feared being held accountable for human rights abuses and massacre and also having his pictures crossed.”
Mr. Terzi then spoke about the recent nationwide Iran protests and compared them with the 2018 uprising.
While referring to the 1988 massacre of over 30,000 political prisoners, who were mostly members and supporters of the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK), and highlighting that the perpetrators of this crime are still holding power and are willing to repeat this massacre, Mr. Terzi urged the international community and the Italian government to prevent this from happening.
Mr. Mollicone also criticized the Italian government for not taking a strong position on this issue.
Ms. Pezzopane, from Italy’s ruling coalition, spoke of her history of acquaintances with the Iranian Resistance and said ‘we shouldn’t be silent’ and ‘we should do something for the people of Iran.’ Senator Malan slammed the Italian government and its foreign ministry for being silent and, unlike other nations, not taking much stronger positions. “We should stand with the people of Iran,” he added. Ms. Polverini, who is also a former President of Italy’s Lazio region, said: “I met the Iranian Resistance and the friends in this room when I was the governor in Rome. We were supposed to accept some of the wounded from Camp Ashraf. We did a great job at that time and I will never forget those days. If I ever want to speak of my achievements, I refer to it.” “This conference alone is not enough. We should take more action in Parliament and other places and continue supporting the people of Iran and their Resistance,” she added. Senator Vescovi criticized the Italian government and its foreign ministry for being silent and said: “We should support this resistance.” Mr. Esmail Mohaddeth, the spokesperson of the Iranian community in Italy highlighted the importance of international support for the Iranian people’s uprising and the Iranian Resistance movement.