WPI condemns arrest of members of the People's Mojahedin Organisation of Iran

Early today, in a coordinated action, 1200 'anti-riot' French police attacked the People's Mojahedin Organisation of Iran (PMOI) and the National Council of Resistance headquarters in France and arrested nearly 150 of its leaders and members.

The French government has called this an act against 'terrorism'. If the French government is truly concerned about terrorism, it must shut down the embassies of the Islamic Republic of Iran and its surveillance network in France. It must end its support and dealings with the Islamic regime of Iran. The French government's action is a clear attack on the opposition of the Islamic Republic. It is a clear collusion with the criminal Islamic regime of Iran and that too at a time when the people of Iran are on the street to overthrow it.

The Worker-communist Party of Iran strongly condemns the French government's actions and demands that it release all the detainees. The WPI calls on all opposition forces to strongly condemn the action of the French government irrespective their closeness to or distance from the PMOI.

Worker-communist Party of Iran

17 June 2003