Dear M. Sarkozy, On Sunday 17 June a meeting held in Paris supporting the cultural integration of Iranian refugees in French society was violently disrupted when fifty thugs associated with a destructive terrorist cult called Mojahedin Khalq (MKO) attacked the guests and sponsors of the meeting with knives and broken glass.
Thirteen people were injured, three seriously, and many arrests were made. It is only due to the prompt action of French police that further injuries were not sustained. The violence was quelled by the use of CS gas.
The violent attack on this public meeting was planned by Mohammad Hayati, a leading member of the MKO. Three months ago this man was in Camp Ashraf in Iraq under the protection of US forces. Hayati, a known assassin with a history of terrorist activity going back to the time of the Shah in Iran, is now in France planning and conducting terrorist activities in Europe. The Mojahedin Khalq maintains its Headquarters in Auvers-sur-Oise.
I would like to know what your government is doing to protect not only French citizens, but the citizens of other countries, from violent attacks by this group.
I am a British citizen. I had been invited to speak at a public meeting in Paris. The subject of my speech was to warn against the spread of exactly this kind of violence which is used by destructive cults. Due to the lack of security I was unable to exercise my right to speak. Other people invited to speak included religious leader Sheikh Sango from Paris.
The Mojahedin Khalq claims to be opposed to the Iranian regime. Would you please explain why in France persons with no connection to the Iranian regime have become targets for violent attacks by a terrorist cult, in particular by Mohammad Hayati, a known terrorist who, I repeat, was in Iraq under US protection only three months ago and is now in Paris.
It is surely not acceptable that violent activity by a destructive terrorist cult continues unchecked. I ask again, what steps your government is taking to protect not only French but also other European citizens while in your country?
June 20th, 2007