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Protests in Iran: European cities mobilize for Mahsa Amini and women’s rights


Iran’s paramilitary Revolutionary Guards on Saturday issued a fresh warning to Iranians joining the protests that have rocked the country for the past month.

“We say again to our youth, the minority who have been deceived, to stop the evil acts. Today is the end of the riots. Do not take to the streets again,” said the commander in chief of the Guards, General Hossein Salami.

Meanwhile, the trial of five people accused of capital crimes linked to the protests that have rocked Iran for six weeks opened on Saturday in Tehran, judicial authorities said.

The unrest – sparked by the September 16 death of Mahsa Amini at the hands of the country’s vice police – has rocked the Islamic Republic for more than a month.

Amini died three days after being detained for allegedly violating the country’s strict Islamic dress code for women.

Security forces violently suppressed the protests with live ammunition, riot pellets and tear gas.

On Saturday, people took to the streets across Europe in support of Iranian protesters. Here is an overview of some of them:

Germany

Thousands of people gathered in the German capital on Saturday to show solidarity with anti-government protesters in Iran.

Attendees waved Iranian flags and placards critical of Iranian leaders, many of which bore the slogan “Women, Life, Freedom” in English and German.

Protesters formed a continuous line from the Victory Column in Berlin’s Tiergarten park to the Brandenburg Gate.

Several thousand people also expressed their solidarity with protesters in Iran during a demonstration in Cologne.

Italy

Hundreds of people gathered in Rome on Saturday to protest against the Iranian government and its recent seven-week crackdown on protests.

The demonstrators – among them Iranians and Italians – carried photographs of Mahsa Amini. Gathered in Piazza San Giovanni, they chanted “woman, life, freedom”.

“We are not fighting for ourselves, we are fighting for the whole Middle East, we are fighting for the whole world. This is not a normal government at all,” said Sara Moradi, an Iranian living in Turin.

“We are trying to say out loud, also to Western governments, that we don’t want this regime anymore,” said Hamideh Saberi, an Iranian student from Turin. “They must help the Iranian people to get out of this regime and into democracy.”

France

People gathered in Paris and other French cities on Saturday to support the Iranian protest movement, AFP reported.

In the capital, several hundred people took part in a rally in Republic Square, waving numerous Iranian flags and placards with slogans such as “Women, life, freedom”.

“I think there is a real revolution and I think they will achieve freedom,” Mahtab Ghorbani, 39, a writer exiled in France for five years and one of the organizers of the rally, told AFP. .

In Toulouse, around 150 people marched. The demonstrators, carrying Iranian flags, formed a human chain.

In Lyon, around 250 people, according to the Rhône prefecture, responded to the call of the Collective of former students of Lyon and took part in a march from Place Bellecour. They held up placards reading “Solidarity for freedom”, “We are all in revolt”, “#MahsaAmini”, and chanted “We don’t want the Islamic regime, we don’t want the misogynist regime”, “Yes to a democratic regime republic of Iran”.

The demonstrators called on the French government to “put pressure” on the Iranian regime.

UK

People have also traveled to British cities, including London and Brighton, to support anti-government protests in Iran.

In London, protesters demonstrated in support of doctors who are risking their lives treating people protesting in Iran in light of the death of Mahsa Amini.

Dublin, the Irish capital, also witnessed a protest following the death of the 22-year-old who died in mid-September while in police custody in Iran.

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