British Iranians Picket the Lib Dem HQ
British Iranians staged a silent picket
outside the Lib Dem HQ, in Cawley Street, Millbank. The picket was in
protest at remarks made by Lib Dem Baroness, Emma Nicholson, in the
European Parliament, who referred to the Islamic Republic as "an
advanced form of democracy in the region".
The protesters, mostly professional, took time off work and braved the
cold London weather, and stood outside the Lib Dem HQ, handing out
leaflets - see below - to passers by and Lib Dem members who were visiting
the party HQ.
After about one hour, a Lib Dem official first protested to the police
that the protesters are using a residential property to display their
posters, but the police reassured the official that the owner has given
her consent after speaking to the protesters.
Soon after, the Lib Dem chief executive, Lord Chris Rennard, stepped out
of the HQ to speak to the demonstrators. The demonstrators explained that
Baroness Nicholson's constant support for the Islamic Republic is
providing the mullahs with a lot of undue credit and propaganda. Lord
Rennard was told any comparison of the Islamic Republic with other
countries in the region is an absurd comparison. The Iranian people have
struggled for the last 100 years for freedom of speech and an accountable
government. The analogy would be to tell a Chinese dissident that the
Chines government is not as bad as North Korea or the Pol Pot regime!
"No comparison with other countries in the region is relevant"
Lord Rennard was told.
Lord Rennard was also reminded about another Lib Dem peer who had said
"Human Rights in Iran should not be compared with Western Human
Rights standards but with that of the region. "There should be no
classifcation of Human Rights", the demonstrators told Lord Rennard.
"Human Rights is universal and it should not be classified by race or
Lord Rennard agreed and then asked what the protesters' demands were.
"We need a clear statement from the Lib Dem party on what their
policy towards the Islamic Republic is. Do they support Emma Nicholson or
do they distance themselves from her? If we do not have a satisfactory
answer we will continue to campaign amongst British Iranians not to vote
for Lib Dems and will stage hunger strikes outside the Party HQ" The
demonstrators told Lord Rennard.
Lord Rennard promised to contact Sir
Menzies Campbell, the Lib Dem Shadow Foreign Secretary and try to get
a clarification on the party's policy on the Islamic Republic.
The protesters then thanked Lord Rennard and said they will await the
reply by Sir Menzies Campbell. Lord Rennard however refused to give a
statement to the journalists covering the event.
The leaflet handed out today:
Freedom Loving People of Britain! In a recent debate in the European
Parliament, the Lib Dem Baroness, Emma Nicholson was the only MEP who
praised the medieval theocratic state of the Islamic Republic of Iran,
calling it “a more advanced form of democracy in the region”.
Islamic Republic is in fact a brutal, backward, religious dictatorship.
Only Shiite Muslims can stand as candidates in the so-called
"elections", but not all the Shiites; only the ones who accept
the state interpretation of Shiite Islam, even then they are still vetted
by the unelected Guardian Council before the elections and after the
elections, yet despite all this the state used all its apparatus to cheat
in the last presidential “elections” too.
We wrote to all Lib Dem MPs, MEPs and Lords to clarify their position on
the Islamic Republic and on Baroness Nicholson’s continuous support for
the mullahs. Only Lord Lester distanced himself from Baroness Nicholson.
The leader of the Lib Dem MEPs, Chris Davies also replied to us but backed
his colleague, Baroness Nicholson. Interestingly he also got Iran and Iraq
mixed up in his reply!
By supporting the Islamic Republic of Iran, the Lib Dems are supporting:
1) AN EVIL THEOCRATIC DICTATORSHIP
2) A REGIME WHICH STONES WOMEN TO DEATH
3) A REGIME WHICH HOLDS PUBLIC EXECUTIONS
4) A REGIME WHICH EXECUTES UNDERAGE MINORS
5) A REGIME WHICH SPONSORS INTERNATIONAL TERRORISM
6) A REGIME WHICH PROVIDES TECHNOLOGY AND TRAINING TO KILL BRITISH
7) A REGIME WHICH PUBLICLY ANNOUNCES WIPING ANOTHER COUNTRY OFF THE MAP
8) A REGIME IN WHICH WOMEN ARE SECOND CLASS CITIZENS
9) A REGIME WHICH KILLS AND IMPRISONS JOURNALISTS
10) A REGIME WHICH DOES NOT RECOGNISE FREEDOM OF RELIGION
We believe that none of the above are neither Liberal nor Democratic
values and at a time when the Iranian president calls for another country
to be wiped off the map, and the Islamic Republic technology explosives is
killing British soldiers in Iraq, the Lib Dem leadership by not publicly
distancing itself from Baroness Nicholson has shown gross incompetence and
Would you trust such a party to be in charge of international affairs?