Tunne Kelam, MEP, from Estonia, Addressing “Free Iran – The Alternative” gathering in Paris in June 30, 2018:
Dear friends, it is important to know that this is our common fight. It’s not only for freedom of Iran, but for the dignity and solidarity of all of us, all European states, and all the states in the world. I visited Ashraf 10 years ago when it was situated in Iraq. Ashraf survived, thanks to solidarity and support. And today, there are 1,000 Ashrafs in Iran, itself and it is our job to support them.
We represent here European Parliament. The group of friends are Free Iran, which has been there for many years. And we are few here, but many of 751 members of the European Parliament belongs to this group.
Just a few months ago, more than 200 members of the European Parliament adopted an appeal in support of democratic change in Iran, in support of people who demonstrated even yesterday for the freedom, dignity, and social and human rights. But our problem is that it’s not everywhere the case. Some weeks ago in Strasbourg, High Representative of the European Union, Madame Mogherini said that there’s no alternative. The existing nuclear deal. I think the moment has arrived to understand that we have to end the hope that butchers can become more human and civilized. We have today not many choices as freely elected members of Parliament from all around Europe. We have one choice—to support the freedom, restoration of freedom and dignity for Iranian people.
And we share, I said, common future. Your future will be our future—to live in freedom, dignity, and solidarity. Thank you.