Today New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn proudly joins Iran180 to denounce the visit of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to the UN General Assembly next week, and to denounce his regime’s cruel and repressive practices.
“President Ahmadinejad’s brand of hate speech is most unwelcome in New York
City for a host of reasons. Mr. Ahmadinejad has called for the destruction
of Israel and has expressed anti-Semitic views and doubts about the
Holocaust. Domestically, Iranian women often face discrimination and women’s
rights groups are repressed. Those critical of his government have been
perpetually arrested and detained without trial for long periods and are
reported to have been tortured or otherwise ill-treated and denied access to
medical care, lawyers and their families. Mr. Ahmadinejad’s government is
also a supporter of international terrorism in the world today, and for a
regime like this to be on the cusp of developing a nuclear arsenal is a
nightmare too terrible to contemplate. This threat of a nuclear-armed Iran
is not just an Israeli problem but a global problem which the world must
address immediately. For all these reasons, and many more not stated, Mr.
Ahmadinejad is very unwelcome in our city.”
Christine C. Quinn, Speaker – New York City Council.