Simultaneously, a large number of Iranians staged a demonstration in the city to protest the visit. They chanted "death to Khamenei, death to Khatami;" "expel murderers of Iranian people from Italy;" "Kharrazi is a terrorist!"
Ms. Mitra Baqeri, the representative of the National Council of Resistance of Iran in Italy pointed out: The Iranians' reaction to the criminal Foreign Minister of the clerical regime, which resembled previous incidents in Rome, New York, Ottawa, Paris, Stockholm, and other European cities, reaffirms the illegitimacy of the mullahs' regime among the people of Iran.
Referring to the arrest of Iranians by Torino's police and the prevention of their picket line despite permission from city officials, she added: The arrest of Iranian refugees for expressing their views against a blood-thirsty regime is a dangerous precedent which runs counter to all legal and democratic values of a civilized nation.
The NCR's representative said Kharrazi's trip is against the highest interests of the people of Iran. He represents a regime which executes a large number of people every day and atrociously assassinates others in Iran and abroad.
Representative office of the National Council of Resistance of Iran - Rome
December 2, 1998