Socorro Gomes: In times of pandemic, Trump offends humanity by stepping up sanctions against Iran

Friday, March 20, 2020

Donald Trump's government decided to reinforce the criminal sanctions that the United States has maintained and intensified against Iran for decades. The US peace movement has already denounced the perversity of such a measure, especially considering that Iran is one of the countries most affected by the global coronavirus outbreak, with more than 17,000 confirmed cases of contamination and more than 1,000 deaths registered thus far, while there is still a lack of vital medicines and medical equipment for the Iranian people to face the pandemic.

It is therefore outrageous and we repudiate in the most vehement terms Trump's criminal decision to step up on sanctions, at a time when nations should be cooperating to overcome this pandemic and create solutions to protect their peoples and humanity against this humanitarian calamity.

We express, as always, our solidarity with the Iranian people confronting the US imperialist policies, in situations, literally, of life and death. We join the peace organizations that already denounced Trump's action as a crime against humanity and demanded from other nations, especially the European allies of the United States, not to obey Trump's misdeeds and cooperate with Iran in the fight against the pandemic.

That we have to witness the adoption of such a measure is even more illuminating about the vicious nature of imperialism and the need to strengthen international solidarity among the peoples and with the Iranian people.

End US criminal sanctions against Iran, now!

Socorro Gomes
President of the World Peace Council