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Poster campaign against the invitation of Iranian Foreign Minister Zarif to the Munich Security Conference

Munich, February 18, 2017

The STOP THE BOMB campaign protests against the invitation of Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif to the Munich Security Conference with a poster truck campaign in Munich. 

The posters criticize the increasing numbers of executions in Iran, the Holocaust denial of the regime, the oppression of women and the illusion that the leadership of Iran can be a moderate partner in the region as a result of the nuclear deal.

This illusion is particularly evident in the Syrian war. Only a few days after the nuclear agreement in July 2015, Qassem Soleimani, the leader of the Iranian Quds Brigade, traveled to Moscow, where he planned an intensification of the attacks on the Sunni civilian population of Syria in cooperation with the Russian government. This lead to disastrous destruction of the country and to the largest refugee crisis in the past decades. 

Foreign Minister Zarif is by no means moderate. He stands for the global ambitions of a revolutionary Islamism beyond the borders of Iran: “We have defined a global vocation, both in the Constitution and in the ultimate objectives of the Islamic revolution … I believe that we do not exist without our revolutionary goals.”[1]

STOP THE BOMB spokeswoman Ulrike Becker emphasizes: "The Iranian regime cannot be a partner. It is an illusion that Hassan Rouhani and his foreign minister, Mohammad Zarif, are moderate politicians who might change Iran’s dictatorial, antisemitic and anti-Western course. Closer cooperation strengthens the regime instead of changing it. A policy of cooperation with the Iranian leadership is dangerous for the people of Iran, the region and the whole world."

The truck campaign lasts from January 17-19.

[1] Ali Alfoneh and Reuel Marc Gerecht, An Iranian Moderate Exposed. Everyone thought Iran's foreign minister was a pragmatist. They were wrong, in: The New Republic, January 23, 2014.