December 13 2017
For the first time in a parliamentary debate, the MEK presence in the European Parliament was denounced as a security issue. MEP Ana Gomes spoke during the debate on Iran’s nuclear deal demanding that MEK agents who work in the parliament must be expelled. This followed a violent incident the previous week in which agents of MEK leader Maryam Rajavi – who was inside the building at the time – viciously beat a group of Iranian oppositionists who were leaving parliament after giving testimony to MEPs as witnesses of human rights violations in the MEK. The MEK agents were waiting to ambush them as they left the building. Such violence is intended to prevent MEK critics from speaking to parliament.
The MEK has a long history of infiltrating Western parliaments and, on a daily basis, stalking, harassing and intimidating the members of parliament, their researchers and other staff. This latest incident of violence has clearly crossed a line of democratic tolerance among MEPs who applauded the speech by Ms Gomes.
Parliamentary debate following the statement by the Vice-President of the Commission/High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini – Iran nuclear deal.
Full support for High Representative Mogherini’s efforts in implementing the nuclear agreement with Iran. Which is strategic for the EU and global security.
The EU should encourage Iran to play a responsible role in its region and beyond. In contrast with the Wahhabism fuelling terrorism and escalation by Saudi Arabia and proxies.
But the EU should also demand that Iran stop supporting militarily the butcher Assad in Syria.
The EU cannot also be silent about human rights concerns in Iran. But for being credible and effective it must not turn a blind eye to the provocative activities of sects such as the MEK – Mojahedin e Khalq – which act within this parliament and last week even physically assaulted an opponent just outside the parliament. This criminal act happened when the MEK leader Maryam Rajavi was in the parliament. I demand from President [Antonio] Tajani the expulsion of MEK agents who work at the EP building and premises. This is also a security matter for all of us. [applause]
Iran Interlink, EUP, Strasbourg