Mr. Makhmalbaf is a well known Iranian film maker. He has received many praises and rewards for his movies, However, this speech puts him at the level of all those Iranian freedom fighters who have risked every thing for democracy.
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"European Parliament urgent meeting on Iran - 8 July 2009"
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Honorable members of parliament,
I am here - as an Iranian, as an artist and as a representative of the protestors who are being killed in Iran for the sake of democracy - to ask you the following questions:
"If the passengers of an aircraft were taken hostage by a hijacker, would the governments of the world side with the hijacker or with the passengers? Would the nations and governments of the world declare that the hijacking is an internal affair between the passengers and the hijacker, or take steps to rescue the passengers?"
Do not imagine that the Iranian people's movement has ended with the repression, killings, detentions and torture. Our movement against the coup d'e'tat government has become an everyday part of our lives. You will see that, through civil disobedience and non-violent struggle, the Iranian people will ultimately topple this government.
You know that: Dozens of people have been killed. Thousands have been detained and tortured. And many reporters - even foreign reporters - have been arrested. Political figures who have objected to election rigging and dictatorship have been arrested. Even the local employees of embassies in Tehran have not been spared and have been arrested; although they were performing the same jobs that people do in the Islamic Republic of Iran's embassies abroad. And anyone who speaks to any independent news source is at risk.
Iranians have the right to look at the world and to view as their enemy anyone who helps this coup d'e'tat government and helps perpetuate it. The people of Iran must not be sacrificed for their oil. It must not be that, as long as there is oil and as long as there is a need for oil consumption in the world, other governments give themselves the right to negotiate and strike deals with those who hold the key to the flow of oil.
The rage that the last generation of Iranians felt towards the United States and Britain was because of the coup that they staged in Iran in 1953 against the popular government of Dr Mohammad Mossadegh, and because of their cooperation with the Shah's post-coup government. For more than half a century, this rage prevented Iranians from being friends with the West. It also allowed a demagogic State to rule over the people by exploiting this rage, thereby depriving the civilized world of a highly-cultured ally. Let us not behave in a way that will make the next generation of Iranians view Europe in the same light. You must convey the message to the people of Iran that today's world is a humane world, in which everyone is aware of other people's suffering and nothing can make them indifferent to this suffering.
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