Anti-war activists affiliated with the Occupy Movement in the US have lent their support to Iran’s nuclear energy program. Prominent activists Ramsey Clark and Sara Flounders, the co-founders of International Action Center (IAC), launched a petition titled "Hands off Iran” on Sunday, on the occasion of the 85th birthday of Ramsey Clark, former US Attorney-General at Riverside Church in New York.
The petition called for the removal of US-led sanctions imposed against Iran, calling them “an inhuman act that has endangered the life of tens of millions of innocent Iranian citizens for their “crime” of deciding to live independent and free from the yoke of hegemonic powers.”Referring to the lack of real grounds for accusations against Iran’s nuclear energy program, the petition said the excuse for aggression against Iran is based on an allegation “that has strongly been denied by Iranian officials” and “intelligent agencies of the US itself.” Commenting on negotiations between Iran and the P5+1 -- Russia, China, France, Britain, and the US plus Germany --, the group said, “In these negotiations, one side is the oppressor and the other side is the oppressed. One side is after domination, exploitation and plunder and the other side is looking to preserve its right to self-determination and sovereignty.” “One side to this dispute has continuously shown its imperial arrogance through war crimes in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, and Syria and by fully backing the repeated Israeli mass killings of the Palestinian people, and the other, Iran, has not initiated any war against any nation,” the petition added. In conclusion, the petition urged the US government to immediately lift all sanctions against Iran, end threats of war, deal fairly with Iran, recognize the right of Iranian people to develop nuclear energy for peaceful purposes, and “Hands off Iran.” PG/HGH/SS