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Wednesday, March 25th 2009

Outrage on Visit by Iranian Trade Delegation in Vienna

STOP THE BOMB critisizes Nahavandian’s visit to Austria and announces picket on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the proclamation of the "Islamic Republic" in Iran

STOP THE BOMB, a non-partisan coalition against conducting business with the Iranian regime, responded with outrage to the visit of the head of Iran Chamber of Commerce, Industries, and Mines (ICCIM), Mohammad Nahavandian, in Austria. While increased efforts are being made on the international level to confront the threats posed by the Iranian nuclear program, the head of the Austrian Chamber of Commerce (WKO), Christoph Leitl, rejoiced over Austria’s "excellent trade relations" with the Iranian regime. STOP THE BOMB spokeswoman Simone Dinah Hartmann stated, "It borders on impertinence how Leitl is agitating for economic support for the Iranian dictatorship. While the demands for effective sanctions are growing in other European countries, Austria seems to favour even stronger business ties with the Ayatollahs."

On 1 April 2009, from 4.30 p.m. to 8 p.m. ,STOP THE BOMB will hold a picket in front of the Parliament in Vienna on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the proclamation of the "Islamic Republic" in Iran. The protest will also be directed against the WKO’s "fact finding trip" to Iran scheduled for the end of April. The picket against business deals with the Iranian mullahs will simultaneously take place in other European cities including Berlin and The Hague. Further events to commemorate the 30th anniversary of dictatorship in Iran and its victims are planned in Italy and Spain. Hiwa Bahrami of the Democratic Party of Kurdistan Iran refers to 30 years of regime sponsored internal and external terror: "The only thing to celebrate on this occasion are 30 years of resistance against the inhuman Iranian regime."

During the picket in Vienna, which is supported inter alia by Vienna’s Jewish Community (IKG) and Action against Antisemitism in Austria, films on Iran will be shown on a videowall. There will be contributions by i.a. Madeleine Petrovic (The Green Party) and Richard Schmitz of the Austrian-Israeli Society. 

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