On March 25th Protestors from the Azeri community in Iran gathered in front of the European Parliament Brussels, and in front the other EU institutions to show their support to the Iranian revolution as well as the Ukrainian diaspora, writes Manel Msalmi, President of The European Association for The Defense of Minorities.
The movement called the Freedom and Justice gathering for Iran which was organised by Salah Kamerani ,the spokesperson of this movement together with Mrs Charifa Jafari and with the presence of the representatives of the non-Persian nations in Iran and members of the Ukrainian diaspora in Europe as well as European journalists and human rights activists.
The rally (moderated by Manel Msalmi – ed.) was a peaceful demonstration organised by South Azerbaijanis to take place in order to expose the policies of the Islamic Republic of Iran by excluding non-Persian nations from all spheres of decision-making by disinformation and misinformation.
The voice of each nation in Iran has been suppressed in different ways and their basic human rights have been denied. South Azerbaijanis have 40 years of non-violent struggle against racism . The source of recent protests were women, the youth and minority nations.
South Azerbaijanis are determined to change the course and to press their mark by exposing the racism in Iran and by bringing their untold story to the attention of the world.
The protest was also an opportunity to condemn the imperialist ambitions of the Islamic Republic of Iran for stoking the Russian aggression against Ukraine by supplying drones despite their poor accuracy. So, strengthening minority nations in Iran is a strategic solution for fighting against Iranian aggression.
The Speakers included Mrs Sharifa Jafari, Mr Saleh Kamrani, Qashqai Representative Ruhalla Muradi, Dr Awdi Representative of the Arab Ahwazi community, Baluchi Representative, the head of the media commission Mr Babek Azad, logistics unit manager Mr Mahud Bilgin and The head of the Finance Commission Mr Eldar Garadagli.
Prominent British journalist and reporter Chris White joined the rally following a trip to Ukraine as a reporter to speak about the Iranian drones used outside Lviv where he stayed as part of a humanitarian mission in an entirely civilian area. He showed his solidarity with the people of Iran and his call for justice for the people of Ukraine .
Gary Cartwright, editor in chief of EU Today, gave his support to the non-Persian nations in Iran and talked of his constant work with the Ukrainian diaspora in Europe to help the victims of the Russian aggression.
The rally ended with a statement calling for justice and freedom for all non-Persian nations inside Iran as well as women and young protestors victims of IRGC violence, condemning the arbitrary arrests of protestors and the death executions of political dissidents as well as the use of drones against the Ukrainian civilians and the support of the Russian aggression and asking the EU and international community to prevent Iran from getting nuclear weapons.
Manel Msalmi, Brussels, March 26th 2023.