In Solidarity with the Iranian People!

07/28/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Here is an open letter I have co-signed with the following people: Marjane Satrapi, Mohsen Makhmalbaf, Reza, Samira Makhmalbaf, Javad Djavahery, Atiq Rahimi, Thomas Johnson, Jean-Claude Carrière, Manon Loizeau, and Ariane Mnouchkine.

On June 12, 2009, the Iranian people voted overwhelmingly for the two reform candidates, deftly using the ballot to give a resounding "No" to Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who had openly positioned himself in favor of the incumbent President Ahmadinejad.

The announced outcome of the election, whose fraudulence no one in their right mind can deny, has outraged the men and women who have seen their vote overturned, confiscated, stolen.

When confronted with a people who peacefully took to the streets to demonstrate their discontent and manifest their desire for democracy (more than two million demonstrators in Tehran on June 22), Basij vigilantes sent by the regime responded with blind force and even fired on the crowd.

Today the Iranian people are gagged.

Today the Iranian people are counting their dead, their wounded, and the disappeared.

Today Iranians' most fundamental rights are systematically and brutally violated.

Today more and more distressing news comes to us of the systematic torture of prisoners, intimidation of the families of victims, and the arrest of opposition leaders and activists.

The world cannot remain silent.

States cannot hold back their reaction.

That is why we call upon the French government not to recognize the results of this rigged election and to keep diplomatic pressure on Iran demanding that the regime:

  • immediately free all political prisoners and all demonstrators who are being held;
  • halt the suppression of demonstrations;
  • respect freedom of expression within Iran

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