The Hashem Shabani Action Group, accompanied by leading British human rights activist Peter Tatchell, entered a high-level UK-Iran trade and investment deal at the London headquarters of the National Iranian Oil Company.
The group entered the building and confronted former Chancellor of the Exchequer Lord Lamont, who heads the British Iranian Chamber of Commerce, and Richard Bacon MP, the head of the pro-regime “All-Party Parliamentary Group on Iran”, as well as various Iranian officials. One Iranian official said the group’s action had destroyed hopes of two new potential post-sanctions investment deals.
Protesters and members of the media were violently assaulted by regime agents even as they were leaving the building. Although protesters were detained by police for an hour, no charges were brought against us for our non-violent direct action.
Ahwazis are victims of crimes against humanity in the regime’s violent and destructive pursuit of profits from the resources of their homeland.
All trade and investment deals with the regime, many of which involve resources plundered from oil and gas rich Al-Ahwaz, are acts of aggression against Ahwazi Arabs. Every drop of oil from the depths, every drop of water from the rivers, every grain of rice and wheat from the fields and every date from the palms of Al-Ahwaz belongs to the indigenous Ahwazis. Anything taken by force is an act of war.
While Ahwazi Arabs are violently persecuted and discriminated against in their homeland, we will oppose all trade, investment, cultural, political, diplomatic and religious meetings involving the Iranian regime in London.
At every event, the agents of the Iranian regime and their Western allies will see the face of martyr Hashem Shabani. We will be relentless. We will be the voice of the voiceless.
FREEDOM FOR AL-AHWAZ!
VICTORY TO THE AHWAZI INTIFADA!
THE STRUGGLE CONTINUES!